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McVey defends choice of dress for Cabinet reshuffle

Employment Minister and Wirral West MP Esther McVey has defended her choice of dress for Tuesday's Cabinet reshuffle.

Minister for Employment and Disabilities Esther McVey arrives in Downing Street
Minister for Employment and Disabilities Esther McVey arrives in Downing Street Credit: PA

Some newspapers referred to the dress as "thigh-flashing" to which Ms McVey replied it was just a "summery dress".

Speaking to ITV News, she said:

"I suppose we're starting a conversation. You've got to look at the positive side. And if the positive side is that there are more women in cabinet and if there's more powerful women in the country, that's positive. So for me, it's the start of a conversation.

"However that conversation starts, and if it is with a bit of thigh on show, well so be it. The most important thing is that women can go on and achieve."

– Wirral West MP Esther McVey

Memorial service for MP Paul Goggins

Former Wythenshawe and Sale East MP Paul Goggins.

A memorial service will be held today for the late Wythenshawe and Sale East MP Paul Goggins. The 60-year old died in January, days after collapsing while out running with his son over the Christmas break.

Politicians will join members of the Goggins family for the service in the church of St Margaret in Westminster Abbey.

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Wirral West MP McVey tipped for Cabinet post

by Dan Hewitt

Wirral West MP Esther McVey is widely tipped to enter the cabinet today as part of the Prime Minister's final reshuffle before next year's General Election.

Esther McVey is being tipped for a position in the Cabinet Credit: PA Images

The current Employment Minister is believed to be one of ten women who could find themselves prompted as David Cameron looks to address the lack of women at the top table of government.

Ms McVey is held in high regard among senior Tories for her work in the Department for Work and Pensions, and for her strong media performances in defending the government's welfare reforms.

She was tipped for promotion earlier this year when Culture Secretary Maria Miller was forced to resign over her expenses, but was overlooked in favour of Sajid Javid.

It's believed the Prime Minister is considering moving Mr Javid to another cabinet brief in order to hand the role to Ms McVey.

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Row over women only parliamentary candidates

There's a row in the North West over a controversial method of increasing the numbers of women in Parliament.

The Labour Party told 10 local parties in our region they have to select a female candidate to stand in next year's General Election.

But opponents, including members within their own party, say blocking men from standing is unfair, and patronising to women.

Our political reporter Daniel Hewitt has more:

Political reaction to Bury's new bin policy

Minister for Local Government Brandon Lewis said:

"The Labour Party have a clear political agenda of moving to monthly bin collections.

The Labour-run Welsh Government is doing it in Wales, and now Labour councils are following in England.

It will harm the environment by fuelling fly-tipping, and rips off taxpayers by cutting the services they pay for in council tax.

This strengthens the case for changing the law to protect local services from such Labour cuts"

Rochdale council suspends abuse independent review

In order not to interfere with any potential police investigation we have agreed to temporarily suspend our independent review.

The council is determined to complete a thorough and transparent examination of the events when it is possible to do so.

In the meantime we await to hear how GMP's wider investigation will proceed.

We also welcome the announcement by the Home Secretary Theresa May of an independent inquiry to look into historic cases of child sexual abuse.

– Linda Fisher, Acting Chief Executive Rochdale Borough Council
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