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Granada Debate: Is the North West in the grip of a housing crisis?

Soaring rents, poor living conditions and rising homelessness in the region, is the North West in the grip of a housing crisis?

That's this month's Granada Debate:

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Labour renews calls for Esther McVey to resign

Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons yesterday Credit: PA/PA Wire/PA Images

The MP for Tatton is facing more calls to resign after she admitted to 'inadvertently misleading' the House of Commons about Universal Credit.

The Work and Pensions Secretary had claimed the National Audit Office had called for a roll-out of Universal Credit to be accelerated.

However, that was denied by the watchdog yesterday.

Ms McVey appeared in the Commons again today after an urgent question by Birkenhead MP Frank Field was granted.

Labour politicians say the Conservative politician should be 'ashamed' and once again called for her resignation.

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Celebrating Manchester's Windrush generation

Events are planned across Manchester to celebrate the contribution made by the city's Windrush Generation.

The West Indian Community Centre in Longsight are holding a Gala Event on Saturday night with a Caribbean Steel band and a play by Victor Richards called 'Street Paved with Gold'.

Cultural workshops, music and a cricket match will take place in the city's Alexandra Park over the weekend to mark the 70th anniversary of the first migrants to arrive in Britain.

Aldred Barnett says the West Indian Community established the first Saturday school and some of the oldest summer schools in the country, all thanks to the Windrush Generation.

The Chair of the Manchester Caribbean Carnival, Mike Bisson says he has been speaking to a 90 year old man who has been told to provide proof of his residency online.

He says the Home Office needs to provide practical workshops to help and end the red tape.

There was a 'bittersweet' reaction in Manchester to Windrush Day after the government's recent 'hostile environment' immigration policy left some branded 'illegal immigrants' and facing deportation.

A party was held at the Bougainvillea Gardens Sheltered Accommodation in Longsight on Friday, founded by Louise Da Cocodia, the first Black nursing officer in Manchester.

Here's Elaine Willcox's report

IoM Abortion Bill amendments to be discussed this morning

Bishop of Sodor and Man Peter Eagles was welcomed by Tynwald in 2017 Credit: tynwald.org.im

The Isle of Man's Abortion Reform Bill will have a second reading this morning when the Legislative Council sits at 10.30am.

Bishop of Sodor and Man Peter Eagles has put forward eight amendments to be considered, including reducing the timescales for abortions to 12 weeks and 22 weeks.

Pro-choice group Handmaids IOM posted their views via Facebook, saying that the amendments "are either further delaying tactics - after all, these have already been voted down - or it’s an expression of just how little the Church trusts women."

A 'flag relay' marks the role Liverpool women made to the suffrage movement

Eleanor Rathbone was tireless campaigner for women and underprivileged people. Credit: ITV Granada

A team of government workers in Liverpool are taking part in special 'flag relay' to mark a the centenary of the first women being given the vote in the UK.

The team from the Crown Commercial Service and the Home Office will display the 'Votes for Women' flag on the Royal Liver Building today.

The event will remember in particular some of the women from Liverpool who played a key part in the struggle for women's suffrage.

In May 1929 Eleanor Rathbone was elected as an MP, becoming the first Liverpool woman to take a seat in the House of Commons. She served until 1945.

The suffrage flag will travel around the country to mark 100 years since the passage of The Representation of the People Act 1918 - which handed the vote to 8.5 million women, 40% of the adult female population in the UK at the time.

Later that year the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act 1918 was passed, allowing women to be elected to Parliament.

Watch: a special tribute to Eleanor Rathbone in her home city here

'Women campaigned for over 60 years to receive the right to vote and we want to celebrate this and continue promoting diversity in every way possible.

'One of the most influential women in the Suffrage movement, Eleanor Rathbone, came from Liverpool. That struck a chord with us, and we're thrilled to be given the opportunity to hoist the flag for the day.

'We want to promote gender equality and celebrate Women's rights, but we also want to promote diversity more widely across the Civil Service.'

– Alexandra Marshall from CCS

Nigel Evans challenges neighbouring MPs over Brexit

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans is urging neighbouring MPs not to frustrate the passage of the EU Withdrawal Bill when it returns to the Commons later.

He claims Blackpool, Burnley and Hyndburn had the highest margin of leave voters in Lancashire.

Mr Evans believes his colleagues have a duty to give the electorate what they chose.

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