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MPs meet health minister over hospital fears

North West MPs have been meeting the Health Secretary over their fears that Wythenshawe hospital is being downgraded.

Wythenshawe Hospital missed out in favour of Stepping Hill Credit: Granada Reports

It missed out on plans to create four so-called "Super Hospitals" in the region to concentrate on areas such as high risk emergency surgery.

The "Healthier Together" shake up would mean Wythenshawe becoming a local hospital focusing mainly on planned procedures.

Wythenshawe MP Graham Brady says the process for choosing the hospitals did not take into account several factors:

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Andy Burnham to abstain during main welfare vote

Andy Burnham, the current frontrunner for the Labour leadership, has said he will abstain from today's main vote on the government's welfare plans if a Labour amendment does not pass.

Andy Burnham will abstain from tonight's vote - in keeping with Labour policy. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Some Labour figures could vote against the measures in parliament tonight - directly undermining acting leader Harriet Harman's call for the party to abstain.

The bill - outlined in George Osborne's Budget - will include measures to cut the welfare cap and restrict tax credits to two children per family.

Burnham, along with fellow leadership candidates Jeremy Corbyn and Yvette Cooper, opposed Harman's original plan not to oppose the plans - with Harman then tabling an amendment seeking to block the government's proposals.

"The Tories want to use this period to brand us in the way they did in 2010. We must not allow that to happen," he said in an open letter to colleagues.

"Collective responsibility is important and it is what I would expect as leader of our party. It is why I will be voting for our Reasoned Amendment and, if it is defeated, abstaining on the bill."

However, he added that the move would be "only the beginning of a major fight with the Tories over the measures, adding: "I am determined that we will fight this regressive Bill line by line, word by word in committee. If the Government do not make the major changes during committee stage, then, as Leader, I will oppose this Bill at third reading."

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.

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.

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.

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