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Miliband wants to spread wealth to North West

The Labour leader, Ed Miliband is in Manchester to unveil his party's plan to try and spread power and prosperity across England's regions. He believes the economic recovery is only benefitting a wealthy few in London and not everyday working people in the North West and elsewhere outside the capital.

Labour want to spread power and prosperity across the country Credit: PA

Included in Labour's plans, if they win the next general election, is giving regions more power over their public transport networks and passing an English Devolution Act which Labour says will mean a cash boost of £30 billion pounds over five years.


Firecrews to stage strike

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Firefighters in the region are to stage a four day strike from 6pm this evening (31st October) over pension. It's the latest in a series of national strikes and falls on one of the busiest weekends of the year. Greater Manchester fire and rescue service is appealing to people to go to organised bonfires and firework displays or postpone an event at home.


The Liverpool charity helping mums deal with postnatal depression

A powerful film made in Liverpool is exploring what it's like to live with post natal depression.

The condition affects one in ten mothers but its often described as the invisible illness.

The former Coronation Street star Denise Welch has taken part and talks openly about her battle with PND after having her son.

This report from Victoria Grimes:

Police hunt missing sex offender

Tahir Shah. Credit: Lancashire Police

Police believe a missing sex offender may be in Blackburn or Manchester.

Tariq Shah, 43, was convicted of rape at Carlisle Crown Court in January 2004 and sentenced to five years imprisonment.

He was also made subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Shah was released from prison in September this year after being convicted of possession of an offensive weapon and is wanted for a breach of his licence by failing to notify police of his current address.

Shah is described as Asian, 5ft 8ins tall and of a stocky build.

He has tattoo dots on the knuckles of his left hand, a cannabis leaf tattoo on his left hand and the word ‘TAZ’ tattooed on his right forearm.

Officers believe he has links to both Blackburn and Longsight in Manchester.

“Shah is a registered sex offender who has failed to notify police of his whereabouts.

"I would appeal to anyone who has seen Shah or who knows where he might be to contact us.”

– DC Simon Fetigan, Lancashire Constabulary

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Director Mike Leigh on movies and growing up in Salford

He's a very clever man who reigns from the North West but his work is seen by a worldwide audience.

Award winning director Mike Leigh has been making films for years - Vera Drake, Secrets & Lies and Life is Sweet are just some of his work.

Now his latest film 'Mr Turner' is coming out this week and it's based on the life of landscape painter JMW Turner.

Our entertainment correspondent Caroline Whitmore caught up with him in his hometown of Salford.

Help and support for those affected by post natal depression

Several organisations provide help and support for those with or affected by post natal depression:

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