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Watch: Merseyside Police firearms unit face looming crisis, union claims

There are calls on Merseyside for more firearms officers after the force missed out on a slice of millions of pounds of extra funding for counter terrorism.

Since 2009 Merseyside Police say they have lost around 30 firearms specialists.

Unions and the Police claim they're losing officers from their already depleted ranks, to Greater Manchester.

Matt O'Donoghue has the details:

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Preston MP calls on the government to intervene in Chorley A&E crisis

The Preston MP Mark Hendrick has called on the government to intervene in the closure of Chorley's Accident and Emergency department.

Chorley A&E closed in April due to a lack of doctors. Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust says it won't re-open until April 2017 as it would be unsafe to do otherwise without the correct number of staff.

The latest figures from the North West Ambulance Service show the number of patients waiting over an hour to be handed over from an ambulance to hospital staff at the Royal Preston trebled in May from 43 to 141, the month after Chorley's closure. The number waiting over 30 minutes went from 166 to 313.

The Trust says Chorley is not the main factor for the increase. Year-on-year there are 40 more patients attending the Royal Preston each day, 13 of those are from the Chorley area. The Trust instead says it is facing greater demand from the local population, an issue facing hospitals across the UK.

Mark Hendrick says the government needs to 'get a grip' of Chorley's staffing problem, as well as the wider 'national problem'.

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Watch: Dan Hewitt gets reaction from Liverpool Mayor favourite Steve Rotheram

Yesterday Andy Burnham was selected as Labour's candidate to be Mayor of Greater Manchester. Today it was the turn of members in the Liverpool City Region to make their choice.

Walton MP Steve Rotheram beat the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson and Wavertree MP Luciana Berger to win the contest.

In a region dominated by Labour Mr Rotheram is now the clear favourite to win the Mayoral election next May.

ITV Granada's Political Correspondent Daniel Hewitt was at the announcement in Liverpool:

Watch: Andy Burnham talks to ITV Granada

Labour members in Greater Manchester have voted for their candidate for the city's first metro mayor:

The Leigh MP and shadow home secretary beat the Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd and Bury South MP Ivan Lewis.

He's now odds on favourite to win the Mayoral election next May, and earlier he spoke to our Political Correspondent Daniel Hewitt about his plans for the region.

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