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Poll shows North West prefer Miliband to Cameron

  1. Daniel Hewitt - Political Reporter

Nigel Farage: "Ringfence NHS spending? Forget that"

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has told Granada Reports his party will back the National Health Service and does want it to be free at the point of delivery, but would not ringfence NHS spending.

Speaking with 100 days to go until the General Election, Mr Farage said all parties need to confront the 'elephant in the room' that is future funding of health, but remained unclear over how his party would propose financing the NHS.

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  1. Daniel Hewitt - Political Reporter

Election Exclusive: Nigel Farage on why UKIP isn't funding 'vast majority' of North West candidates

With 100 days to go until polling day, UKIP leader Nigel Farage speaks exclusively to our political reporter Daniel Hewitton why his party isn't targeting funds to the 'vast majority' of parliamentary candidates in the North West.

Mr Farage also refused to reveal which Northern seats his party is targeting May, and said he 'doesn't remember' where money is being allocated in the North West.

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Victims still feel ignored and unimportant

Justice agencies fail to demonstrate compassion, empathy or patience when handling complaints from victims. Baroness Newlove, the Victims Commissioner, has written a highly critical report into the way victims are treated.

Victim Commissioner Baroness Newlove Credit: PA

She found that many people feel ignored, unimportant and confused when raising concerns about their treatment. Baroness Newlove has campaigned for victims after the death of her husband Garry who was attacked by youths outside their home in Warrington in 2007.

All it takes is basic human decency to explain to a victim, in a sensitive and timely way, why something has gone wrong and what they can do about it. I have seen excellent examples of work by agencies across the country but it’s clear that many victims are still not getting the service they deserve.

– Baroness Newlove, Victims Commissioner

Fracking 'funeral march' in Lancashire

Cuardrilla wants to drill for shale gas Credit: PA

Anti-fracking campaigners are staging a 'funeral march' for Lancashire saying that a go ahead for the controversial procedure would amount to death for the Fylde countryside.

The fracking firm Cuadrilla has applied to explore two sites at Little Plumpton and Roseacre Wood for shale gas.

Councillors are due to make a final decision on the planning application but a report earlier this week by Lancashire County Council recommended rejecting it.

Organisers say the march will be from the stocks in the centre of Poulton Le Fylde at 10am walking to Blackpool.

Cuadrilla has said any issues raised in the report can be resolved.

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