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Farron waits for leadership decision

The new Liberal Democrat leader is expected to be announced later. Cumbrian MP Tim Farron is seen by many as favourite to land the position following the party's disastrous showing at the General Election two months ago.

Lib Dems leadership hopeful, Tim Farron Credit: pa

Farron, who's 44 years old, represents the geographically huge seat of Westmoreland and Lonsdale, in the Lake District. He's told Granada Reports he'll push for voter reform so people in the North get the government they vote for.

The leaders post is vacant because deputy prime minister Nick Clegg stepped down the morning after the General Election.


Unite back Corbyn and not Burnham as Labour Leader

Jeremy Corbyn Credit: PA

The country's biggest trade union Unite has backed Jeremy Corbyn for Leader Labour, with Leigh's MP Andy Burnham second preference.

The decision is a big boost for Corbyn, who has been well received at hustings involving trade unions in recent weeks.

He said it was a "great honour" to receive the union's backing.

It's something of a surprise position for Mr Corbyn to find himself in, having been a thorn in the side of successive Labour leaders.

Andy Burham second Unite prefence Credit: Lynne Cameron / PA
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Labour leadership candidates clash on the economy in Manchester

The four candidates for the leadership of the Labour Party have appeared together for the first time in the North West since the General Election.

The front runner is still Andy Burnham, the Leigh MP and shadow health secretary, though polls suggest his rivals are closing in.

Our Political Reporter Daniel Hewitt was at the event in Manchester.


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Disabled people here facing an uncertain future

Hundreds of the most severely disabled people in the North West face an uncertain future as a specialist government fund closes. The Independent Living Fund stops from today. It's currently a protected pot of money which allows people with disabilities to control their own care. Instead the funding will be managed by local councils. But many fear the move will lead to fewer disabled people being able to live independently.

Tony Lloyd takes up post as interim Mayor

Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd will officially become Greater Manchester's Interim Mayor later.

Tony Lloyd Credit: PA

Mr Lloyd, the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner, will be sworn into the position at a meeting of the region’s town hall chiefs in Oldham. He beat Wigan council leader Lord Peter Smith to be selected just weeks ago. Mr Lloyd will provide a figurehead until 2017, when an elected mayor is voted in. His role was created as part of the 2014 devolution deal, which included control over housebuilding, planning and transport.

Stockport Council to buy football club's Edgeley Park ground

Edgeley Park Credit: PA Images

Stockport Council will make an offer to buy Stockport County's Edgeley Park ground.

The Council voted unanimously to make the offer after current owners Cheshire Sports allegedly received an offer from a third party who may have chosen to knock the ground down.

Councillors praised a petition with more than 4000 signatures presented to the Council previously in the hope they would buy the ground and keep it in operation.

Prime Minister in Runcorn to speak on welfare policy

The Prime Minister David Cameron is speaking in Runcorn about ending what he calls the 'merry-go-round' of taxation and benefits for people on low incomes.

Mr. Cameron is speaking in Cheshire to set out his argument that the UK needs a welfare system to encourage work.

The speech comes amid a heated debate about the planned £12 billion worth of cuts to welfare services.

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