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Spotlight on Warrington South

In our continuing look at the region's key marginals Ann O'Connor goes to Warrington South where it's all to play for in a seat where the Conservatives have a slim majority

Here's the full list of candidates for the Warrington South seat in the General Election 2015

  • Bob Barr Liberal Democrat
  • Kevin Bennett TUSC
  • Nick Bent Labour
  • Stephanie Davies, Green
  • Mal Lingley UKIP
  • David Mowat Conservative

Special election profile - Chester

The City of Chester has played host to the Romans, the Vikings and the Normans - all of whom fought for and claimed the city as their own. Today, a very different fight is taking place. The Conservative Party won the seat from Labour at the 2010 General Election. Both parties have made winning this time a top priority. Our political reporter Daniel Hewitt has been to visit this key battleground constituency.

Full list of candidates for City of Chester Constituency Credit: GTV

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It's the battle for Number 11: The men who want to be the next chancellor campaign in the North West

With just two weeks left of the General Election campaign and here in the North West we're getting a lot of attention from the country's most powerful politicians.

This region will play a big part in who wins this year's Election - and today it was the turn of the money men to try and win over voters.

Political Correspondent Daniel Hewitt reports:

Spotlight on Burnley

Burnley has often been labelled as one of the victims of the recession. But the town seems to be really turning things around. Business people in the Lancashire town say it's actually been one of the places in our region which has LED the economic recovery. So with the general election just around the corner, which party's going to end up in power in this key marginal seat? Here's a constituency profile from Tim Scott.

Below is a list of all the candidates standing on May 7th 2015.

Candidates for Burnley Constituency Credit: ITV Granada

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Watch: Anti-cuts rally leaves Manchester Town Hall in 'lockdown'

Police have condemned the protest as 'totally unacceptable'. Credit: Manchester Evening News.
The Town Hall was described as 'besieged' Credit: Manchester Evening News.
The demonstration resulted in officers and politicians being barricaded inside the building for around two hours. Credit: Manchester Evening News.

Police condemn protesters' actions as 'totally unacceptable'

Protest outside Manchester Town Hall. Credit: Manchester Evening News.

Police have condemned a protest outside Manchester Town Hall as totally unacceptable.

The demonstration against funding cuts and homelessness resulted in officers and politicians being barricaded inside the building for around two hours.

Officers say the actions of a small minority of the group resulted in a number of assaults and criminal damage.

“Whilst the majority of people protesting were doing so in a peaceful manner, a number of individuals decided to go beyond this and began to participate in disorder which resulted in criminal damage to the Town Hall and a number of assaults.

“This is totally unacceptable behaviour and Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council will be working together to identify these individuals in order that they can be prosecuted."

– Assistant Chief Constable Rebekah Sutcliffe, Greater Manchester Police.

Police Commissioner Lloyd aims to become Mayor of Greater Manchester

Tony Lloyd is a former MP for Stretford in Manchester. Credit: ITV News.

Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd is planning to run for interim Mayor of Greater Manchester.

The introduction of the post is the first step in the devolution of powers to the region.

The devolution deal includes plans to merge the Police and Crime Commissioner role with that of an elected mayor.

“We must ensure that we have a plan to grow the economy across all ten boroughs and cities in Greater Manchester so that every community sees that devolution will make a real difference to their lives.

– Tony Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester
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