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How Manchester Airport grew into an aviation giant

Manchester Airport is celebrating its 80th birthday in style.

The former Ringway Airport began life in 1938 as just a solitary hangar in a field in South Manchester.

Now it is the UK's third biggest airport and a brand known across the world.

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Poor childcare "forcing Mums to stay at home"

Half of stay-at-home mums in the North West want to work but can’t get the childcare they need. Save the Children estimates there are over 104,000 stay-at-home mums in the North West who would prefer to work if they could arrange good quality childcare which is convenient, reliable and affordable. The charity says childcare issues are the number one barrier preventing mums in the North West from working.

Childcare problems are a huge barrier for mums wanting to work Credit: pa
Credit: save the children

Northern convention could boost region's economy

The mayors of Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City Region are calling for a special convention to boost the northern economy:

Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham want political leaders from across the North to come together in June.

They'll discuss rail investment, Brexit and devolution.

Convention would focus on devolution, transport and Brexit Credit: ITV
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