It's not the first time Esther McVey has been tipped for a big promotion and missed out. Our Political Reporter Daniel Hewitt asks why.
Prime Minister has handed McVey the right to attend Cabinet meetings as Employment Minister rather than the expected promotion
The Conservative MP for Wirral West is expected to be promoted to the cabinet later in the last reshuffle before the General Election.
The Prime Minister is in the region ahead of a tour of the North West in which he'll be claiming the Government's policies are delivering for the people of this region.
He argues the Government is helping to support business and creating jobs so successfully there are record numbers of people in work in the North West.
A demonstration is taking place by pro Palestinian protestors in Manchester. Around 200 people have gathered in the Market Street and King Street area. They've been met by a small counter demonstration. Police have been unable to confirm if there have been any arrests.
Reacting to the announcement that Greater Manchester Police is to launch a new investigation into whether authorities covered up abuse at Knowl View School in Rochdale, Simon Danczuk MP told Granada Reports:
"I welcome the fact that GMP are taking what's in our book seriously. It is clear to me that crimes have been committed, though I hope the police will prioritise the arrests of abusers who are still alive over whether council officers covered this up.
"That is what the victims have told me is their priority. They want to see those who inflicted terrible abuse on innocent children brought to justice."
Linda Fisher, Acting Chief Executive, Rochdale Borough Council:
“The historic activities at Knowl View and any subsequent accusations of wrong doing must be fully examined and Rochdale Borough Council very much welcomes the investigation by GMP police.
“We will continue to co-operate fully with the force’s inquiries making all information available.
“This is a positive step on the road to resolution and we are pleased the Force has acted swiftly to launch a criminal investigation.
“The people of Rochdale, the Council and most importantly the victims, need to have confidence in the process and faith that the truth will be discovered and any necessary actions taken.
“Our own independent review, being carried out by Neil Garnham QC, will recommence when this is deemed appropriate and in agreement with GMP.”
Greater Manchester Police is to launch a new investigation into whether reports of abuse by Cyril Smith and others were covered-up by the authorities in Rochdale.
The independent inquiry will be separate from the investigation underway into alleged abuse at Knowl View school. The investigation announced today will focus on how reports of child abuse by were handled by local authorities, namely Rochdale Council and local Police forces.
Assistant Chief Constable Ian Wiggett from GMP, said: “Following the publication of MP Simon Danczuk's book 'Smile for the Camera’, GMP conducted an assessment of the allegations contained within that book. As a result of the assessment, GMP decided that a criminal investigation was required.
“This also followed consultation with Rochdale Council and the QC conducting the independent inquiry on their behalf. The council asked Neil Garnham QC to suspend his independent review and he has agreed to do so.
“The GMP investigation will now seek to identify whether any offences have been committed in the way that previous reports of abuse were handled or allegedly covered up.
“The main concerns relate to the response to child abuse over several decades connected to Knowl View School in Rochdale.
“We have consulted with the Home Office in relation to the national inquiry that has been announced into how organisations responded to child abuse, but as these matters relate to criminal allegations in the GMP area, the responsibility to investigate them falls to the Chief Constable.
“We are aware that some of the allegations relate to the past involvement of police officers, and therefore we have referred those matters to the IPCC. In addition, we have established an independent oversight panel to demonstrate the independence and rigour of the investigation that we will be conducting.
“If there are further allegations that relate to the conduct of police officers, these will similarly be referred to the IPCC, as we are required to do.”
An investigative journalist claims he was threatened by the former MP Cyril Smith, and then raided by police, to stop him revealing the names of politicians who were trying to legalise sex with children.
Don Hale was editor of the Bury Messenger in the 1980s.
He says he was told he'd go to prison if he printed a story based on a dossier of Westminster documents.
He's given his first broadcast interview on the revelations to Ashley Derricott:
Nasser Shaikh, the elder brother brother of Khuram, has released this statement from Colombo where four men have been jailed for his murder:
– Nasser Shaikh
“Today, the country has done what many people hoped and prayed for. Those who killed my brother have been punished and are now behind bars for a long time.
"Our campaign was not only about justice, but to bring awareness of the wonderful work my brother did around the world, working in humanitarian aid. He is a true inspiration for many and we hope his legacy continues with those he left behind.
"Whilst our family and friends find it difficult to come to terms with the tragic loss, I hope today can bring some comfort to everyone involved that we achieved the justice we set out for and the country can move forward in a better place for many, ensuring no other person suffers the same fate as my brother.
"I wish to thank everyone who embarked on my personal journey around the world and supported it immensely, which includes the Sri Lankan public.
"I would also like to thank the British Government who have been instrumental in seeking answers for our family, the Sri Lankan officials for progressing the trial towards its resolution, but more importantly to acknowledge the bravery and defiance shown by those who gave witness accounts in the case.
"Today is a symbolic moment: a day the country delivered justice – a day I delivered my promise to a brother.”
“We welcome the verdicts and sentences handed down today to those responsible for the murder of Khuram Shaikh. We hope that this will begin some closure for his family and friends who have faced a long and difficult fight for justice.
"The officials of the Attorney General’s office have shown great professionalism and integrity and we would like to thank them. We will continue to monitor any developments in the case closely.”
The verdicts of six men accused of killing an aid worker from Rochdale in Sri Lanka are expected today.
Khuram Shaikh died while on holiday in the beach resort of Tangelle on Christmas Day in 2011.
All six men deny the charges against them.
Khuram's brother Nasser, who has led a two and half year campaign for justice, will be at the High Court in Colombo to hear the verdicts.
The brother of Khuram Shaikh, the aid worker from Rochdale killed in Sri Lanka in 2011, has told Granada Reports he is 'scared' ahead of the verdicts into Khuram's alleged murder.
Nasser Shaikh has flown to Colombo where the trial of six men accused of killing the 32-year old is expected to conclude on Friday.
Khuram died while on holiday in the beach resort of Tangelle on Christmas Day 2011. All six men deny the charges against them.
Speaking to ITV Granada's Political Reporter Daniel Hewitt from Sri Lanka, Nasser admitted he is preparing for an emotional day in court:
– Nasser Shaikh speaking to Granada Reports
"My tireless campaign has brought about an emotional journey this week knowing it's nearing the end.
At first I was scared of the truth about what happened to my brother and now I am scared about the result.
I am holding back the tears at the moment as I need to stay brave and resolute.
I hope the support, prayers and dedication shown by so many around the world brings the justice we all crave for."