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Watch: Could driverless cars be made on the Isle of Man?

The days of driverless cars are almost upon us as big manufacturers are spending a lot of money developing an idea that would have seemed impossible just a few years ago.

And now the Isle of Man may be where such cars are tested. Manx officials believe it could bring investment from across the globe onto the island.

Our correspondent Rob Smith reports.


Famous Liverpool building could become film studios

Liverpool's famous Littlewoods building Credit: Liverpool City Council

Plans are being considered for a a new film and TV studio at Liverpool's famous Littlewoods Building. If it gets the go ahead the Littlewoods Studios would consist of a huge media hub and a new home for the Liverpool Theatre School which is currently based in Aigburth . It could mean the creation of more than a thousand jobs. The site has been empty since 2003.

“With this development we can support the film sector, attract inward investment, give a boost to the local economy, create jobs, improve skills and generally enhance the image of the city

– Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool


Labour proposes 'Turing's Law' to pardon convicted gay men

Ed Miliband has announced that a Labour government would pass a “Turing’s law” allowing the relatives of deceased gay men convicted under now-repealed indecency laws to obtain a pardon.

Alan Turing Credit: Press Association

The family of Wilmslow codebreaker Alan Turing have been campaigning for pardons for 49,000 other men persecuted like him for their homosexuality.

Turing, whose work cracking the German military codes was vital to the British war effort against Nazi Germany, was convicted in 1952 for gross indecency with a 19-year-old man.

He was given a postumous royal pardon in 2013.

Under the Labour plan, the family and friends of dead men would be able to apply to the Home Office to have gross indecency convictions quashed where they involved consensual same-sex relationships

Under legislation passed three years ago people still alive with convictions of this kind can already have them expunged from the record.

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