Calls to halt the Labour leadership race have been branded "unhelpful" after reports emerge of alleged "hard-left infiltration" of party.Read the full story ›
The final hustings in the Labour leadership campaign have been taking place in Warrington.
Leigh MP Andy Burnham is in second place in some of the polls, trailing surprise leader Jeremy Corbyn.
ITV correspondent Ashley Derricott reports.
Labour's leadership hopefuls are taking part in a North West hustings organised by the party in Warrington today.
New Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has apologised after a post on his Twitter feed suggested gay people could be "cured".Read the full story ›
A woman from Liverpool says that changes to the national retirement age mean that her future plans have been shattered.
When the state pension age was changed in 1995 it meant thousands of people were unable to retire at 60, as they'd planned.
Now campaigners have raised an online petition to get the law changed back.
Andrew Fletcher reports:
Irish President calls the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace centre in Warrington 'an inspiration.'Read the full story ›
MPs furious at a decision they say will lead to the downgrading of Wythenshawe hospital in Manchester have held a meeting with the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Health officials in Greater Manchester did not grant Wythenshawe specialist status in the "Healthier together" reforms - a move campaigners claim will cost lives.
North West MPs have been meeting the Health Secretary over their fears that Wythenshawe hospital is being downgraded.
It missed out on plans to create four so-called "Super Hospitals" in the region to concentrate on areas such as high risk emergency surgery.
The "Healthier Together" shake up would mean Wythenshawe becoming a local hospital focusing mainly on planned procedures.
Wythenshawe MP Graham Brady says the process for choosing the hospitals did not take into account several factors:
Cat Smith, Labour MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, writes about why she voted against her party on government reforms to welfare.Read the full story ›
Andy Burnham, the current frontrunner for the Labour leadership, has said he will abstain from today's main vote on the government's welfare plans if a Labour amendment does not pass.
Some Labour figures could vote against the measures in parliament tonight - directly undermining acting leader Harriet Harman's call for the party to abstain.
The bill - outlined in George Osborne's Budget - will include measures to cut the welfare cap and restrict tax credits to two children per family.
Burnham, along with fellow leadership candidates Jeremy Corbyn and Yvette Cooper, opposed Harman's original plan not to oppose the plans - with Harman then tabling an amendment seeking to block the government's proposals.
"The Tories want to use this period to brand us in the way they did in 2010. We must not allow that to happen," he said in an open letter to colleagues.
"Collective responsibility is important and it is what I would expect as leader of our party. It is why I will be voting for our Reasoned Amendment and, if it is defeated, abstaining on the bill."
However, he added that the move would be "only the beginning of a major fight with the Tories over the measures, adding: "I am determined that we will fight this regressive Bill line by line, word by word in committee. If the Government do not make the major changes during committee stage, then, as Leader, I will oppose this Bill at third reading."