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Car workers urged to accept wage offer

The Jaguar Land Rover plant, Halewood Credit: pa

Unite is urging its members at car giant Jaguar Land Rover to accept an "exceptional" two-year pay deal. The union said the proposed agreement is worth 3.5%, plus a £750 bonus in year one and an plus an inflation-proofed rise in year two. Around 22,000 workers at numerous sites including Halewood, on Merseyside will be balloted, with a "strong" recommendation to accept the offer.

Unions say workers should share in JLR's success Credit: pa

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Anger as fracking gets the go ahead in Lancashire

Fracking has been given the go ahead in Lancashire. Protestors say it's a dark day for democracy. The government has approved it even though local councillors said it shouldn't happen.
They're still considering a site at Roseacre Wood - but drilling will now go ahead at Little Plumpton which many feel will open the floodgates for hundreds of similar sites across the North West. WATCH: THIS REPORT BY OUR CORRESPONDENT AMY WELCH

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Mayoral candidates call for HS2 investment promise

Artistst's impression of HS2 Credit: pa

The Labour mayoral candidates for Greater Manchester and Liverpool are calling for the prime minister to honour pledges to invest in high speed rail services.

Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram challenged Theresa May to follow through with plans for HS2, a fast route between London, the Midlands and the North and HS3, a fast route between Manchester and Leeds.

Andy Bonner reports:

MP: Pregnant women 'need more protection' in workplace

Ashton-under-Lyne MP Angela Rayner is calling on the government to eliminate pregnancy-related discrimination in the workplace.

New research has found more than one in 10 pregnant women and new mothers reported being dismissed or forced out of their job.

MPs on the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee called for a German-style system which would ban employers from making women redundant during and after pregnancy except in specific exceptional circumstances.

The committee also called for a "substantial" cut in the £1,200 fee for women taking a pregnancy-related discrimination case to an employment tribunal.

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