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Former police chief to head Hillsborough probe

Former police chief to head Hillsborough probe Credit: ITV Granada

It has been revealed that Rob Beckley has been appointed to the Metropolitan Police as Assistant Commissioner to carry out the investigation into what went wrong in the lead up to the Hillsborough disaster.

Beckley will head Operation Resolve - the probe into the planning and preparation of the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

The news comes after Jon Stoddart OBE stood down from the role in September.

Most recently, Beckley was Chief Operating Officer at the College of Policing but retired in March. He has previously served in the Metropolitan Police Service, Thames Valley, Hertfordshire Constabulary and Avon and Somerset Police, where he was Deputy Chief Constable.

In a statement, Home Secretary, Amber Rudd said:

Following the decision of Assistant Commissioner Jon Stoddart OBE to stand down as head of Operation Resolve on 5 September 2016, I am pleased to inform Parliament that I have appointed Assistant Commissioner Rob Beckley QPM as the head of Operation Resolve.

– Amber Rudd

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Paul Nuttall named as new UKIP leader

The North West MEP received 62.6% of the vote. Credit: ITV News

North West MEP and former deputy leader Paul Nuttall has been announced as the new UKIP leader. He received 62.6% of the vote.

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Trafford Council leader defends being abroad when £42m cuts announced

The leader of Greater Manchester's only Conservative council has defended being out of the country when his team announced proposals for £42m of cuts, and a 4% tax rise.

Cllr Sean Anstee, the leader of Trafford Council told ITV News it was 'coincidental rather than deliberate' that he was in New York in early November, when the savings were announced.

Mr Anstee - the Conservative candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester - was in the US to run the New York City Marathon and raise money for charity.

He told Granada Reports the timing of his council's announcement was regrettable: "If it could have been avoided, that would have been helpful."

The other main candidates in the race to be the first Mayor of Greater Manchester are:

  • Andy Burnham - Labour
  • Jane Brophy - Liberal Democrat
  • Shneur Odze - UKIP
  • Deyika Nzeribe - Green

The elections will be held in May 2017.

Sean Anstee selected as Conservative Mayoral candidate

Sean Anstee will be the Conservative candidate in the Mayoral election Credit: The Conservative Party, NW

Sean Anstee has tonight been selected as the Conservative candidate for the Greater Manchester mayoral election. The 29-year-old is the leader of Trafford Council.

The other main candidates are:

  • Andy Burnham - Lab
  • Jane Brophy - Lib Dem
  • Shneur Odze - UKIP
  • Deyika Nzeribe - Green

The elections will be held in May 2017.

Confidence in Northern Powerhouse drops post-Brexit

Confidence in the government's flagship Northern Powerhouse has dropped sharply since Brexit. Exclusive research from Ipsos MORI suggests people in the North West are not convinced the plans to better balance the domination of London are actually working.

But ahead of tomorrow's autumn statement, former Chancellor George Osborne has told us 'it won't happen overnight' and 'if we don't try we'll never succeed'.

Our political correspondent Joe Pike has the story:

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