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Junior Doctors in the North West explain why they've voted to strike over contract dispute

Junior doctors working in the North West have been telling Granada Reports why they've voted to go on strike.

45,000 have been balloted over changes to their contracts. It would be the first time in the history of the NHS that junior doctors have staged an all-out strike.

The ballot closed on Wednesday evening at 5pm. The result is expected on Thursday morning.

Daniel Hewitt reports.


Junior doctors protest at pay offer

Junior doctors in the north west have been protesting about plans by the government to change the terms of their contracts. The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has proposed a pay increase of 11% but it will mean a change in hours worked. The government say the current contracts are out of date having been introduced in the 1990's. But junior doctors like Latifa Patel, who supports the protest in Manchester, says lives will be put at risk.

Cabbie's eye-view of political journey for Oldham

The political spotlight is shining brightly on Oldham as campaigning hots up for a crucial by-election next month.

The seat of Oldham West & Royton is vacant following the death of the Labour MP Michael Meacher, who'd held it for 45 years.

The leaders of Labour and UKIP were there campaigning today.

The full list of declared candidates for the Oldham West and Royton by-election is:

Labour: Jim McMahon Conservatives: James Daly UK Independence Party: John Bickley The Liberal Democrats: Jane Brophy The Green Party: Simeon Hart

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