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Party People: Exclusive interview with David Cameron

This week Rob McLoughlin talks exclusively to David Cameron Credit: Granada reports

In this week's 'Party People' David Cameron talks exclusively to Rob McLoughlin about his bid to win over the North West and about the possibility of a coalition with Ukip.

We try and find out what 5 more years of David Cameron in Downing Street would mean for people in the region, for the NHS, for benefits, and for the so called 'bedroom tax'.

  1. Daniel Hewitt, ITV News

Exclusive - David Cameron gives new hope to Southport woman in a battle against the bedroom tax

A severely disabled woman says she has fresh hope in her battle against the so-called bedroom tax after the Prime Minister agreed to personally look into her case.

Charlotte Carmichael, from Southport, suffers from Spina Bifida and needs a specialist bed to sleep.

Last year, a judge ruled that she should be exempt from paying for the second bedroom she says she needs.

The government are trying to overturn that decision and make her pay for it.

But in an exclusive interview David Cameron has told ITV News he will investigate the matter.

Political Reporter Daniel Hewitt has the story:

In a statement the Department for Work and Pensions said: “Since 2013 councils have received almost £500m of extra funding to support the most vulnerable, including £75m for disabled people.”

  • Watch the exclusive interview with David Cameron in full on Party People at 10.40pm tonight on ITV Granada.

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PM tells Manchester bosses to save £60m without cutting services

Prime Minister David Cameron Credit: PA

David Cameron has warned Manchester town hall bosses not to slash services further - despite needing to make savings of £60m. Councillors will meet tomorrow to discuss where the savings will be made next year.

Council leader Sir Richard Leese has warned that Mancunians will be ‘shocked’ by the scale of the cutbacks.

But the Manchester Evening News reports Mr Cameron warned councillors not to ‘parade’ cuts to make a political point. It is the tenth-hardest hit authority in the country, behind Liverpool, Birmingham and a number of inner London authorities.

Yet more than 20 councils will actually end up with MORE money - all of them in the south, apart from Cheshire East.

But when presented with the figures by the MEN, Mr Cameron said “The discrepancy is this: that Manchester city council’s spending per dwelling in 2014 to 2015 is £2,518.

“That is £429 more than the English average, which is £2,089, so I don’t accept that there is an unfair discrepancy.

The PM went on to say: “I hope Manchester city council won’t do what it has done in some previous years, which is announce the most painful looking cuts and attempt to blame them on central government."

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Video: The Prime Minister being questioned about transport spending live on Granada Reports:-

The government's announced tens of millions of pounds for transport projects aimed, it says, at keeping the North west moving:-

The Prime Minster's been in the region this afternoon to see for himself the areas that might benefit.

Schemes getting funding include the M6 Heysham link road, the electrification of the Wigan - Bolton railway line and junction improvements on the M55 and M62.

Our presenters Ann O'Connor and Tony Morris questioned the Prime Minister about the announcement live in studio on Friday's Granada Reports:-

The Prime Minister live in the Granada Reports studio tonight

David Cameron will answer questions from Tony Morris and Ann O'Connor Credit: ITV Granada Reports

On tonight's Granada Reports, we'll be asking David Cameron live in studio will millions of pounds spent on road and rail schemes in the North West really make a difference ?

Join us from 6pm

  1. Daniel Hewitt - Political Reporter

Wirral West MP tipped for promotion in reshuffle

Esther Mcvey MP with Prime Minister David Cameron Credit: PA

The MP for Wirral West Esther Mcvey is widely tipped for promotion as the Prime Minister begins his cabinet reshuffle. The former TV presenter was elected in 2010 and currently works in the Department for Work and Pensions as the Minister for Disabled People.

The Prime Minister is believed to be keen to see more females in the higher ranks of his government, and to promote more Northerners. Mcvey has impressed senior cabinet members with her robust defence of the government's benefit changes in a series of media appearances over the last 12 months.

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