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Cash boost for resort

Coastal towns like Blackpool will get £10,000 from a coastal revival fund to kick-start their economy. They will also be able to apply for £50,000 from the government. Each Coastal Community Team will receive advice and support from the Coastal Communities Alliance.

Communities will be able to bid for a share of the new heritage fund to tap into the potential local heritage has to benefit the surrounding economy and wider community. Mark Francois is the minister for coastal communities.

Fears about health shake-up

A number of North West MPs are claiming people's lives will be put at risk by a major re-organisation of hospitals in Greater Manchester. The Healthier Together programme aims to concentrate specialist services like emergency surgery at four main hospitals - at Manchester Royal Infirmary, at Salford Royal, at Royal Oldham and at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.

Manchester GP Ivan Benett is a supporter of the "Healthier Together" programme.

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MPs raise concerns over 'Healthier Together' plans

Some North West MPs are claiming people's lives will be put at risk by a major re-organisation of hospitals in Greater Manchester.

The Healthier Together programme aims to concentrate specialist services like emergency surgery at four main hospitals: Manchester Royal Infirmary, Salford Royal, Royal Oldham and at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.

But the hospitals not among the chosen four aren't happy - the Royal Bolton, Wigan Royal Infirmary and Wythenshawe Hospital in south Manchester.

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Lib Dems congratulate Farron on leadership win

Liberal Democrats were quick to congratulate Tim Farron on his election as party leader.

Nick Clegg, the former Lib Dem leader, tweeted his congratulations, but warned Farron the role was a "tough job".

Clegg led the party during its time in power as part of the coalition government, and to a disastrous election defeat earlier in the year.

Simon Hughes, who lost his seat as MP for Bermondsey in the last election, and Mike Thornton, the former MP for Eastleigh, also tweeted their congratulations to Farron.

Paddy Ashdown, the Lib Dem Grandee who had backed Farron's rival Norman Lamb in the build up to the election also tweeted his congratulations.

Farron claimed victory over rival Norman Lamb who had been a minister in the coalition government.

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Nick Clegg: Tim Farron 'will do us proud' as Lib Dem leader

Nick Clegg has congratulated Tim Farron, who is succeeding him as Liberal Democrat leader following the result of the party's leadership contest this afternoon.

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Leadership rival congratulates Farron on election

The Norflok MP Norman Lamb has congratulated Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron on being appointed the leader of the Liberal Democrats.

New Lib Dem leader expected this afternoon

The Liberal Democrats are expecting to appoint their new leader around 1700, with Westmoreland MP Tim Farron the front runner.

Tim Farron is up against Norman Lamb Credit: PA Images

He is up against Norman Lamb, the Norflok MP, with the Preston-born Farron the favourite.

The Lib Dem leadership ballot Credit: Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats have confirmed that all votes have been cast and are currently being counted.

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