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Historic Suffragette banner to return to Manchester

The banner was carried at many historic Suffragette rallies Credit: People's History Museum

A unique part of the region's history is returning to Manchester.

A banner used in Suffragette demonstrations in the city is to move to the People's History Museum.

It appeared on the platform alongside Emmeline Pankhurst, whose name it features, in some of her most significant speeches, including a rally at Manchester's Heaton Park when she addressed a crowd of 50,000 people

For almost a century the banner has been out of the public eye, for a time it lay undiscovered in a Leeds charity shop.

It will go on public display next year for the centenary of women gaining the vote.

The significance of this banner to suffragette history cannot be overstated, such pieces rarely come up for sale and this combined with its quality is what prompted our campaign to acquire it. What makes the banner even more special is that it witnessed some of the key suffragette rallies that took place in Manchester, where the movement began. Having the Manchester suffragette banner as part of our collection will help us to illuminate to visitors this important chapter in the story of Britain's struggle for democracy so we thank everyone who has supported our campaign.

– Jenny Mabbott, Head of Collections & Engagement at the People's History Museum

One of the reasons suffragette artefacts excite such interest is for the way these trailblazers campaigned so creatively. Alongside banners and placards they used everything from their campaign colours to their own attire to carry their message. So it will be thrilling to see the Manchester suffragette banner join its place alongside our collection of campaign leaflets, photographs, sashes, ceramics, Pank-a-Squith board game and three banners from Suffragette Atelier, Ilford WPSU and Brighton WSPU.

– Helen Antrobus, Programme & Events Officer at the People's History Museum

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Burnham: Rail journeys take as long as they did in 1960s

Demands for the Government to deliver a fair deal on transport for the North of England are set to be made by political and business leaders later today.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, who will speak at the summit, said trains are "old and packed out". Thousands have signed a petition calling for the Manchester-Leeds trans-Pennine electrification to go ahead.

EXCLUSIVE: George Osborne says some of Theresa May's advisers tried to airbrush his idea for a Northern Powerhouse from history

George Osborne in his only TV interview. Credit: ITV Granada

George Osborne has said that some of Theresa May's advisers tried to airbrush his idea for a Northern Powerhouse from history.

Speaking exclusively to Granada Reports, the former chancellor and Tatton MP said Mrs May should now use the Conservative party conference in Manchester in October to commit her government to the North.

Our political correspondent Dan Hewitt has been reporting for a couple of weeks on the state of public transport in the North West.

You might remember he went from Manchester to a science park in Ellesmere Port on public transport - a journey that takes less than an hour in a car - it took Dan nearly two and a half hours.

That report was picked up by the media nationally - and clearly made its way across George Osborne's desk.

Dan spoke to Mr Osborne at the London Evening Standard's office for his only TV interview.

The Blackpool MP Paul Maynard is a government spokesperson on transport.

He says the government and Prime Minster are committed to the Northern Powerhouse, and it's safe in the their hands.

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Billions of pounds less spent on transport in the north compared to the capital

Credit: ITV Granada

Business leaders say a lack of investment in transport in the north of England shows how we're being let down by the Government.

Figures published yesterday suggest the north has seen £59 billion pounds less spending over the last decade compared to the capital.

And yet the Government insists it's still committed to creating a Northern Powerhouse. Our political correspondent Daniel Hewitt takes up the story:

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