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World Book Day comes to Lancashire

Thousands of children will get to meet some of their favourite authors at a special event to mark World Book day. 98 schools across the North West are taking part and will get to chat to authors at Preston North End. Frank Cottrell Boyce, famous for scriptwriting as well as children'sbooks will be in attendance. Also Cressida Cowell, who's books How to Train a Dragon have been made into two successful Hollywood movies.

How to train a Dragon has spawned 2 films starring America Ferrara (pictured) Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

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Labour proposes 'Turing's Law' to pardon convicted gay men

Ed Miliband has announced that a Labour government would pass a “Turing’s law” allowing the relatives of deceased gay men convicted under now-repealed indecency laws to obtain a pardon.

Alan Turing Credit: Press Association

The family of Wilmslow codebreaker Alan Turing have been campaigning for pardons for 49,000 other men persecuted like him for their homosexuality.

Turing, whose work cracking the German military codes was vital to the British war effort against Nazi Germany, was convicted in 1952 for gross indecency with a 19-year-old man.

He was given a postumous royal pardon in 2013.

Under the Labour plan, the family and friends of dead men would be able to apply to the Home Office to have gross indecency convictions quashed where they involved consensual same-sex relationships

Under legislation passed three years ago people still alive with convictions of this kind can already have them expunged from the record.

Mayor's bursaries help 1800 students

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson Credit: PA

More than 1800 students have been able to continue their studies thanks to a bursary scheme funded by the Mayor of Liverpool and the city's further education college. The bursary was set up three years ago after the Education Maintenance Grant was scrapped by the Government. Students aged between 16 and 18 whose families receive financial support are eligible for grants worth £20 per week.

Mayor Joe Anderson will visit the City of Liverpool College today to meet students who have benefitted from the scheme. He says "it's really important for the City that we are developing the right skills in the right sectors and that all young people have access to learning.

Elaine Bowker, the principal of the City of Liverpool College, says over the past three years the bursary scheme has "eased the impact of cuts in education funding and helped support learners with some real financial challenges."

  1. Tim Scott, ITV News

Meet Runcorn's leaders of the future

There are 10 weeks to go the General Election but at one school in Runcorn - they've already chosen their leaders.

In fact the Year 6 classes at Pewithall Primary went a bit further than that - they formed their own political parties, had a campaign, and staged their own ballot.

Tim Scott went to find out who topped the pupil poll:

School holds its own elections

The general election may be a few months away, but one school in the region is already getting in the mood.

Year six students at Pewithall primary in Runcorn have been organising their own elections.

Teachers came up with the idea in a bid to try and get children interested in politics.

Pupils have formed their own parties complete with policies and manifestos and have been debating issues important to them.

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Turing family demand pardons for thousands of gay men

The family of Alan Turing have been to Downing Street to demand pardons for thousands of men prosecuted for being gay.

The Second World War code-breaker from Wilmslow was convicted over his sexuality. He was given a posthumous royal pardon two years ago.

His great-niece Rachel Barnes handed in a petition, with almost 500,000 signatures. She, and her son Tom, told ITV News that the family have had an incredible year and hope awareness surrounding Alan Turing can help thousands of other families.

Alan Turing's family demand pardons for men convicted under anti-gay laws

The family of Wilmslow codebreaker Alan Turing will visit Downing Street today to demand the Government pardons 49,000 other men persecuted like him for their homosexuality.

Alan Turing Credit: Press Association

Turing, whose work cracking the German military codes was vital to the British war effort against Nazi Germany, was convicted in 1952 for gross indecency with a 19-year-old man.

He was given a postumous royal pardon in 2013.

Turing's great-niece and great-niece will hand over the petition, which attracted almost half-a-million signatures.

Alan Turing's family plea for more homosexual pardons

The family of Wilmslow codebreaker Alan Turing will visit Downing Street on Monday to demand the Government pardons 49,000 other men persecuted like him for their homosexuality.

Turing, whose work cracking the German military codes was vital to the British war effort against Nazi Germany, was convicted in 1952 for gross indecency with a 19-year-old man.

Alan Turing Credit: Press Association

He was chemically castrated, and two years later died from cyanide poisoning in an apparent suicide.

He was given a posthumous royal pardon in 2013 and campaigners want the Government to pardon all the men convicted under the same outdated law.

Turing's great-nephew, Nevil Hunt, his great-niece, Rachel Barnes, and her son, Thomas, will hand over the petition, which was signed by almost half-a-million people.

"I consider it to be fair and just that everybody who was convicted under the Gross Indecency Law is given a pardon.

It is illogical that my great uncle has been the only one to be pardoned when so many were convicted of the same crime.

I feel sure that Alan Turing would have also wanted justice for everybody."

– ALAN TURING'S GREAT-NIECE RACHEL BARNES
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