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Manchester MP piles pressure on abuse inquiry chief

South Manchester MP John Leech has submitted a parliamentary motion calling on the Chair of the Historic Child Sex Abuse inquiry Fiona Woolf to stand down.

He said he wants an inquiry that is transparent, independent and would challenge the establishment.

“I submitted this EDM because I want an inquiry that the victims of historic sex abuse can have faith in.

"That allows the victims the chance to give evidence.

"That challenges the establishment and makes clear that those who have done wrong, or covered up abuse, are going to be brought to justice.”

– John Leech MP

Rochdale MP calls for chairwoman of historic child sex abuse inquiry to stand down

Fiona Woolf has come under increasing pressures to step down as chairman of the inquiry into historical child sex abuse Credit: PA

Rochdale's Labour MP Simon Danczuk, who led the campaign for an inquiry into historic child sex abuse , said Fiona Woolf should step down from here role as chairman after she revealed her social social relationship with former home secretary Lord Brittan.

The Lord Mayor of the City of London confirmed that she had attended dinner parties at Lord Britan's house and hosted the Tory peer and his wife on three occasions, but insisted she did not have a "close association" with the former cabinet minister.

Mr Danczuk said Mrs Woolf and Lord Brittan were "clearly good friends" and she should stand down as chairwoman.

Background: Fiona Woolf to chair abuse inquiry.


Isle of Man to increase 'toilet tax' to £100

Residents on the Isle of Man will see an increase in controversial sewerage charges, known on the island as a "toilet tax".

In April the Manx government decided to bring in a charge of £50 per annum for dealing with sewerage, despite more than 6000 people signing a petition opposing the charge.

Now Tynwald says the charge will increase to £100, after the Manx Utilities Chairman said there would be a shortfall of £10m by 2021.

Taxi drivers line up in "our hero" tribute to Alan Henning

Taxi cabs with yellow balloons in memory of Alan Henning. Credit: PA

Hundreds of taxi drivers have paid tribute to their former colleague Alan Henning.

They adorned their vehicles with yellow ribbons and the bonnets bore the slogan "RIP Gadget, Our Friend, Our Hero".

Earlier, stars of Coronation Street and Emmerdale took part in a football game in Monton to help raise money to support the Henning family.

The all-stars team, which took on AFC Monton, included the actors Ralf Little, Chris Bisson and Andy Whyment.

The celebrity-packed team line up to Alan a round of applause before the game. Credit: ITV News
Hundreds of taxis took part in today's convoy. Credit: ITV News

A day of tributes to local hero Alan Henning

A yellow ribbon tied to a tree in Eccles in memory of Alan Henning. Credit: ITV News

The life of Alan Henning will be remembered in Salford and Eccles today after those who knew him and his family pay their tributes.

Local football team AFC Monton is hosting a celebrity-backed match which hopes to raise money for the Henning family and assist their efforts to bring his body back to the UK.

Later, Alan's colleagues in the taxi driver community will adorn their vehicles with yellow ribbons and convoy through the area.

Speaking to ITV News yesterday alongside Mike Haines, the brother of IS victim David Haines, Alan's wife Barbara expressed her thanks for the support the family's received from the local community and across the world.

"They gave their lives to this cause and we are incredibly proud of them" - hostage families

Barbara Henning appeared tearful as Mike Haines made today's statement. Credit: ITV News.

This is the letter to the Guardian from Barbara Henning and Michael Haines.

David and Alan Henning travelled to Syria to help their fellow man by delivering vital humanitarian support to those who needed it most. Their desire to help was not driven by their religion, race or politics, but by their humanity. David and Alan were never more alive than when helping to alleviate the suffering of others. They gave their lives to this cause and we are incredibly proud of them.

"We are writing this letter because we will not allow the actions of a few people to undermine the unity of people of all faiths in our society. How we react to this threat is also about all of us. Together we have the power to defeat the most hateful acts. Acts of unity from us all will in turn make us stronger and those who wish to divide us weaker. David and Alan’s killers want to hurt all of us and stop us from believing in the very things which took them into conflict zones – charity and human kindness. We condemn those who seek to drive us apart and spread hatred by attempting to place blame on Muslims or on the Islamic faith for the actions of these terrorists.

"We have been overwhelmed by the messages of support we have received from the British public and others around the world. We call on all communities of all faiths in the coming weeks and months to find a single act of unity – one simple gesture, one act, one moment – that draws people together, as we saw in Manchester last week and as we are coming together in Perth today. We urge churches, mosques and synagogues to open their doors and welcome people of all faiths and none. All these simple acts of unity will, in their thousands, come together to unite us and celebrate the lives of David and Alan. This is what David and Alan truly stood for.

– Michael Haines and Barbara Henning


Clegg says "the Lib Dems will confound people"

The Deputy Prime Minister, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, has been in the region to promote an initiative called Northern Futures.

It aims to get cities in the North of England to work together to compete with the economic and political power of London.

It's Mr Clegg's first visit to the North West since the Lib Dems' disastrous result in the Heywood and Middleton by-election, when the UK Independence Party almost snatched the seat from Labour.

Watch the full interview below:

Thousands raised for the children of murdered hostage Alan Henning

A fund set up to help the children of the Salford aid worker Alan Henning has reached almost £40,000.

Mr Henning's teenage children both attended a memorial service for him in Eccles - it's now 10 days since the rebel group Islamic State broadcast a video of his murder.

Salford University, where Mr Henning's wife works, is also offering to help raise funds in his name, as our correspondent Ashley Derricott reports:

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