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  1. Ann O'Connor - Correspondent

WATCH: Fundraising success to help Jack walk.

A family from Liverpool are saying thank you tonight to everyone who's helped them raise money for surgery they hope will help their son walk unaided. Their twin boys both have cerebral palsy - one of them Luke Hickey has already had the operation. Well now his twin Jack can undergo the same treatment. Their parents had to raise more than a hundred thousand pounds.

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Campaign to highlight risk of stroke

A new awareness campaign is being launched in the North west to reduce the devastating effects of having a stroke. Latest figures show the potentially life- threatening and debilitating condition is affecting a larger proportion of middle-aged adults.

  • Current figures show there are 149,000 people on GP registers in the North West who have had a stroke
  • While the majority of strokes happen to those over 70, a larger proportion of strokes are occurring in middle age adults (40 – 69 years)
  • Public Health England's national Act F.A.S.T. stroke campaign is to remind people of all ages to be aware of the symptoms and call 999 urgently at the first signs

Stroke is still one of the leading causes of death in England. While it’s often associated with older people, the latest research shows that people are having strokes at a younger age. Everyone needs to be aware of the signs

– Dr Rebecca Wagstaff, Public Health England, North West

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IoM abortion reform passes major stage

Dr Alex Allinson in the House of Keys today. Credit: Helen McKenna, ITV

Plans to reform abortion law on the Isle of Man have passed a major hurdle in the House of Keys.

Parliament held its second reading to discuss proposals today for reform, which would mirror the law in the UK.

Efforts to form an investigating committee - which some MHKs feared would delay the reforms for more than a year - were defeated eighteen votes to five.

It'll now go through to the amendment stage.

At present, abortions can only be carried out on the Isle of Man if a pregnancy is the result of rape or because of mental health concerns under the Termination of Pregnancy Act 1995.

Members of the House of Keys debated the decision of taking the Bill to a committee for two to three hours - Chris Robertshaw led the motion but was unsuccessful.

Let us now seize the opportunity to move forward with a piece of legislation fit for our society, our island, and our century.

– Dr Alex Allinson MHK

Pro-life group return to IoM in lead-up to abortion reform talks

Tynwald Parliament buildings in Douglas. Credit: ITV Granada

UK pro-life group Abort67 have returned to the Isle of Man to protest outside the government buildings in Douglas.

Despite complaints by some residents, the group aim to highlight their views while the House of Keys discusses abortion law reform this month.

The group have said they will be on-island until January 24th and wear body cameras to deter threats from locals.

MHK Dr Alex Allinson has spent a year working on proposals for a new abortion Bill, updating the current Termination of Pregnancy Act 1995.

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