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Iain Lindley to stand for Tories in Worsley and Eccles South

Councillor Iain Lindley has been selected as the Conservative party candidate for the Worsley and Eccles South seat in the upcoming General Election on June 8th.

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WATCH: Greater Manchester Metro Mayor candidates go head-to-head in the Granada Reports debate

Tony Morris is at Rochdale Town Hall where he's hosting Granada Reports' Greater Manchester Metro Mayor debate.

Voters put their questions to the candidates on what they would do if they win the election to become Mayor.

Nineteen people left without a home after fire rips through Stockport hostel

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Police and the fire brigade are investigating a blaze at a hostel which has left 19 people needing to be rehomed.

All the residents have now been accounted for following the fire on the A6 Buxton Road in Stockport but officials say they're not thought to have been in the building.

The alarm was raised just before 4.30am today when four fire engines were mobilised.

The operation's now been scaled down but fire fighters remain at the scene damping down and ensuring the building is safe.

Fire investigators will be working closely with Greater Manchester Police to establish the cause of the fire.

"There are still 3 residents that are unaccounted for, but not thought to be in the building, however the fire investigation team will be further searching the building for casualties, as well as identifying the cause of the fire.

"We are currently working with Stockport Homes to re house the 19 residents that were rescued."

– Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

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Granada Reports Special: Voters put their questions to the Greater Manchester mayoral candidates

Granada Reports' Greater Manchester Mayoral Debate Credit: ITV News.

It's one of the biggest political changes in a generation and it is happening right here in the North West.

Our two biggest regions - Greater Manchester and Merseyside and Halton are on the verge of choosing new Metropolitan Mayors - political leaders who will have big budgets and major influence.

Tonight at 6 o'clock on ITV, a special Granada Reports debate sees voters question the Greater Manchester Mayoral candidates

  1. Ann O'Connor, ITV News

The huge housing challenge facing Greater Manchester's new mayor

The polling booths of Greater Manchester are going to be busy over the next few weeks.

The General Election is due on June 8 but a month before that there's the ballot for the new Metro Mayor.

He or she will hold new powers devolved to the area by the Government.

Included in those powers are controversial plans for building thousands of houses.

Here's Our correspondent Ann O'Connor:

The Candidates for Mayor of Greater Manchester. Credit: ITV News.
  1. Ann O'Connor, ITV News

Could plans for new mayors mean a return to the old days 'on the buses'?

In six weeks, many of us will go to the polls to choose our first ever elected mayor.

The winner will have powers over many parts of everyday life.

In Greater Manchester, those include the transport that keeps the area moving, particularly the hundreds of thousands of journeys made every day by bus.

Ann O'Connor reports:

The Candidates for Mayor of Greater Manchester. Credit: ITV News.
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