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Allegations of electoral fraud investigated in Oldham

Greater Manchester Police say they are investigating allegations of voting fraud in the Alexandra Ward of Oldham during the General Election.

GMP say they are investigating allegations of electoral fraud Credit: PA Images

A Greater Manchester Police:

On 19 May 2015, Greater Manchester Police received a report of voting fraud that is alleged to have taken place in the Alexandra Ward of Oldham during the General Election on 7 May 2015.

An investigation has now been launched and enquiries are ongoing.

Anybody with information should contact the police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– Greater Manchester Police statement

Burnham's leadership bid gets double boost

Andy Burnham is bidding to become Labour leader Credit: MP's website

A week after Ed Miliband resigned as Labour leader one of the contenders for his job has had a double boost to his campaign today. North West MP Andy Burnham has fewer rivals in the race after shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna withdrew earlier today. Mr Burnham who kept his Leigh seat last week is one of the favourites to succeed. The shadow health secretary also joined Mr Umunna in the top five politicians with the biggest growth in Twitter followers since their party lost the election.

Chuka Umunna has withdrawn from the race for Labour leadership Credit: PA

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Osborne outlines 'radical new model of city government'

Chancellor George Osborne has outlined "a radical new model of city government" for major English cities to take control of their own affairs if they agree to be governed by a directly elected mayor.

Speaking in Manchester, he said: "We will hand power from the centre to cities to give you greater control over your local transport, your housing, your schools, your healthcare and we'll give you the levers you need to grow your local economy and make sure local people keep the rewards.

"With these new powers for cities must come new city-wide elected mayors who work with local councils.....I will not impose a mayor on anyone but nor will I settle for less. My door is open to any other major city who wants to take this bold step into the future".

"This is a revolution in the way we govern England", Mr Osborne added.

Cumbrian MP Tim Farron stands for Lib Dem leadership

Tim Farron stands for the Lib Dem leadership Credit: PA

Tim Farron has launched his campaign for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats.

The Westmorland and Lonsdale MP says he wants to give Britain "the liberal voice it needs." However, he insists that his constituency will always remain his "top priority."

Mr Farron is the second candidate to declare, after the North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb.

"I'm standing to be leader of the Liberal Democrats because I think Britain needs a political party who will stand up for the environment, human rights, equality and liberalism. I want to be the person who helps our party fightback and give Britain the liberal voice it needs.

However Westmorland will always be my home and will remain my top priority. Nothing will distract me from that. When I was first elected I said that I would always be Westmorland’s man in Westminster and never the other way around."

– Tim Farron MP
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