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Campaign to scrap joint enterprise law

The Justice Committee is calling for an urgent review of a law which allows gang members present at the scene of a murder to be jailed. It follows a campaign from the mother of one of one teenager who was jailed over the death of Gary Newlove in Warrington, 7 years ago. Janet Cunliffe, the mother of Jordan Cunliffe wants the notion of "joint enterprise" scrapped. Her son was convicted because he failed to prevent other members of the group committing the crime. Alan Beith is the Chairman of the Justice Committee.

Granada Reports General Election Poll: The Big Issues?

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Are you convinced by the Chancellor's Northern Powerhouse promise?

Tatton MP and Chancellor George Osborne say he has a grand plan for the North of England - he calls it 'The Northern Powerhouse' - but do voters here plan to keep him in his powerhouse in Westminster come May?

The Conservative Party hopes Mr Obsorne's commitment to invest more in rail, road, arts and science in the North West will be rewarded with more North West MPs at next year's General Election.

But are voters in the key marginals convinced?

Our political reporter Daniel Hewitt has been to Bolton West, the region's most marginal constituency, to gage opinion.

Tune in to Party People tonight on ITV at 23:40 for reaction from MP's Nigel Evans, Julie Hilling and Andrew Stunnel.

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Autumn Statement: Reaction from a North West battleground

The Chancellor and Tatton MP George Osborne has been laying out his plans for the economy in his final Autumn Statement before the General Election, but will it be enough to swing voters in the North West's most marginal constituency?

Our political reporter Daniel Hewitt has been to Bolton West where just 92 votes separate Labour and the rest, to speak to businesses, parents and first-time voters.

Halton MP calls for waste-incinerator to be shut down

Halton MP Derek Twigg is calling for a waste-incinerator to be shut down, after complaints from the local community. People living near "The Runcorn Energy from Waste" facility claim steam-emissions and noise from the site are making their lives a misery. The Environment Agency say they've found no evidence of a breach of the rules. But Mr Twigg is now calling for all parties to meet and find a solution.

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Jailed shipyard worker takes fight for justice to Europe

A former shipyard worker from Aintree jailed after an industrial dispute thirty years ago is taking his fight to clear his name to the European Parliament.

Eddie Marnell is one of 37 men arrested at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead during a strike over redundancies in 1984.

Cammell Laird is now an entirely different company under different management.

But Eddie has won the right to have his petition considered in Brussels.

Daniel Hewitt reports.

Petition over Cammell Laird strikers will be heard

The Cammell Laird ship yard on the River Mersey in Birkenhead. Credit: PA

The case of a group Cammell Laird workers who were sacked and jailed for taking part in a strike in 1984 will be heard by the European Parliament.

Thirty years ago the employees were dismissed, jailed for 30 days and lost their redundancy and pension rights.

Eddie Marnell, petitioner and GMB Central Executive Council member, said "I look forward to attending this hearing in the European Parliament as another step in what has been a long road to try to get justice.

"We are commemorating 30 years since the strike this month, and I am pleased that there is now a date for the petition to be heard.

Businesses and charities to take over unused buildings

Derelict buildings in Manchester and Liverpool are to be handed over to artists and entrepreneurs, under a Government scheme to revitalise run-down areas of northern cities.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, announced the move on a visit to Berlin, where a similar project has turned unused land and buildings into work space.

He wants pop-up shops, start-up businesses and charities to takeover vacant buildings temporarily. Councils and land-owners will be asked to match sites with potential users.

Nick Clegg speaking in Berlin Credit: PA

"Leaving useful land in the north to languish is not only bad for business, it can hamper the success of an area in so many ways. Which is why I want to see empty buildings brought back to life and back in business.”

– NICK CLEGG, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER

The north of England has nearly twice as many hectares of previously developed vacant land and buildings as the south. Mr Clegg is setting up a working group of councils, businesses and charities, to report back in January.

"We need to understand what stands in the way of some of the most incredible space in the country being used and make things more flexible so that we can fill these buildings with artists, start-ups, and other entrepreneurs to restore the buildings' purpose and appeal."

– NICK CLEGG, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER

Some areas and buildings have already been identified in Manchester, including plots on King Street, Cross Street, Deansgate and Piccadilly Place.

In Liverpool, the ABC Cinema, Lyceum Post Office and The Oratory are among the sites being considered.

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