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Ashton-under-Lyne MP to stand down

The MP for Ashton-under-Lyne is to stand down at the next General Election due to bad health. David Heyes has been the Labour MP since 2001.

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£23m boost for NW businesses - Deputy PM

Nick Clegg Deputy PM
Deputy PM Nick Clegg Credit: PA

The government has announced a £23 million cash boost for businesses in the region.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says the money from the Regional Growth Fund. will be

shared between 7 businesses in the North West.

Nick Clegg said:'We’re seeing very encouraging signs that the British economy is on the road to recovery. Home-grown and British-based businesses are leading that charge for a stronger economy.'

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Consultation on the future of Liverpool’s libraries starts

Consultation on the future of Liverpool libraries starts today Credit: PA

A consultation on the future of libraries in Liverpool has started, as the service looks to find £2.5m worth of savings.

The service needs to reduce its £10 million budget by 25 per cent, as part of £156 million of savings needed over the next three years due to cuts in government funding.

There is likely to be a significant reduction in the 19 libraries that are currently operated across Liverpool.

Residents are being asked to complete a questionnaire which will give them the opportunity to have their say, and a number of public meetings will be held across the city, with dates and venues to be confirmed.

The consultation will run until Friday 16 May.

Colleagues offer support to Menzies

Mark Menzies MP Credit: File photo

Colleagues from the local Conservative Party have offered their support to Fylde MP Mark Menzies after he resigned as a ministerial aide following newspaper allegations about his personal life.

There were no signs of life at Mark Menzies' constituency office today Credit: GTV

In a statement he said: "A number of these allegations are not true and I look forward to setting the record straight in due course." The outgoing chair of Fylde Conservative Association councillor Brenda Ackers says he has her full support.

She says, 'I was very upset and shocked about the allegations on Mark's behalf.

It won't alter his position as MP for Fylde

He's a hardworking MP, very approachable, friendly and he's built up a strong support in the area."

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Tory group backs former aide over escort allegations

The local conservative group has come out in support of constituent MP who has resigned as a ministerial aide following allegations reportedly made by a Brazilian male escort.

Fylde Conservative Association chairman Councillor Brenda Ackers has come out in support of the Mark Menzies saying:

"Mark has the full support of his constituency party."

(File Photo) Mark Menzies stepped down from his post as Minister for Flyde. Credit: Parliament.uk/Mark Menzies
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Tory MP resigns as ministerial aide after allegations

A Tory MP has resigned as a ministerial aide following allegations reportedly made by a Brazilian male escort.

Mark Menzies quit as a parliamentary private secretary to International Development Minister Alan Duncan following a Sunday Mirror investigation into his personal life.

In a statement the Fylde MP said: "I have decided to resign as a PPS after a series of allegations were made against me in a Sunday newspaper.

"A number of these allegations are not true and I look forward to setting the record straight in due course."

Anti-cuts protesters to join march and rally in Liverpool

Liverpool Town Hall Credit: Granada Reports

A march and rally will be taking place in Liverpool later in protest of cuts to public services in the North West.

Unite, the country's biggest union, said that the region had been hit 'disproportionately hard' by the government's austerity cuts which was having a 'devastating effect' on public services.

March and rally details:

  • Assemble at 10:00 at Pier Head
  • March departs at 10:45
  • Rally at St. George's Plateau at 11:30
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