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Official: Gorton by-election postponed until the same day as the General Election

polling station Credit: Press Association.

Parliament has confirmed that the Manchester Gorton by-election scheduled for Thursday, 4 May, will not take place.

The House of Commons has approved a motion to supersede the original writ which set the date of the by-election, allowing the Returning Officer to cancel it.

Instead, the vote to elect a new MP to the Manchester Gorton constituency will now take place on Thursday 8 June as part of the General Election.

The elections for the first ever Mayor of Greater Manchester, and the Manchester City Council by-election to elect a new councillor to the Rusholme ward, go ahead as planned on the 4 May.

"I welcome the fact that this situation has now been resolved.

"We always knew common sense would prevail but our expert advice made it clear that as Returning Officer I did not have the legal power to change the date of the Manchester Gorton by-election. Now that Parliament has acted I am able to do so."

– Joanne Roney OBE, (Acting) Returning Officer for Manchester

City mayor bids for Liverpool Walton parliamentary seat

Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool Credit: Press Association.

The directly elected Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, is throwing his hat into the ring to become Labour's candidate for the Liverpool Walton constituency.

It's possible the area's current MP, Steve Rotheram, wont stand in the General Election as he's currently running to become directly elected Mayor of the City Region, covering Merseyside and Halton.

If Mr Anderson, who's led Liverpool as council leader and Mayor since 2010, won the Walton seat, it could mean yet another election in Liverpool - this time to replace him as Mayor of the city.

I would hope that the people of Liverpool can understand how I have come to this decision and that party members both nationally and locally will understand that my heart's desire is to fight for the people of Liverpool and Labour's vision for running the country.

"This general election, as a chance to stand up in Parliament for Walton and Liverpool, is an opportunity I must take."

– Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool

Responding to the news, the Liberal Democrat leader in Liverpool called for the city mayoral post to be abolished.

Cllr Richard Kemp described the role as 'redundant' once the city region mayor is elected.

"The fact that Joe Anderson is seeking to leave the council and become an MP confirms the view that we expressed at the budget meeting of the council that the Liverpool City Elected Mayoral position was redundant given the election of a City Region Mayor.

"If Mayor Anderson is successful in getting the nomination we will move a motion to remove the position at the first possible opportunity."

– Cllr Richard Kemp, Leader of the Liverpool Liberal Democrats
  1. Sarah Rogers, ITV News

North West drivers could face a 'toxin tax' of £20 a day for driving a diesel car

Drivers of some diesel vehicles in the north west are about to find out if they face paying a new tax of up to £20 a day.

It comes amid concern over air pollution.

The suggestion is that diesel vehicles, once promoted as having fewer emissions, are partly to blame.

A scheme to scrap your car altogether is also a possibility, although the government says we'll have to wait until Monday for details.

Sarah Rogers reports:

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Osborne: it's been a great privilege to serve Tatton

Former chancellor George Osborne says it's been a "great privilege" to serve the Tatton constituency, as he steps down after 16 years.

George Osborne will step down as Tatton MP Credit: PA Images

Osborne won't stand in the 2017 General Election, he was appointed editor of the London Evening Standard last month.

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George Osborne will stand down as Tatton MP

Former Chancellor George Osborne will stand down as MP for Tatton before the 2017 general election.

Osborne will stand down as Tatton MP Credit: PA Images

The news was confirmed by The Evening Standard, the paper which controversially appointed Osborne as editor earlier this year.

He told the paper:

“I am stepping down from the House of Commons - for now. But I will remain active in the debate about our country’s future and on the issues I care about, like the success of the Northern Powerhouse."

– George Osborne
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