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Watch the third of Paul Crone's reports as the North West prepares to remember the Somme

As the nation prepares to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in Manchester this Friday, we have a series of special reports on Granada Reports. Tonight we're featuring the story of two soliders from the North West who survived - for very different reasons.

You can find our more about the Somme commemorations by clicking here


MP for Middleton & Heywood resigns from Shadow cabinet

Liz McInnes resigns Credit: Liz McInnes

Liz McInnes, Labour MP for Heywood and Middleton has this evening resigned from the Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government.

In her resignation letter to the Labour leader she said:

‘When news first broke that a vote of no confidence was to be held on Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, I expressed my opposition to the motion.

With our country potentially facing the largest crisis since 1945 I strongly believe that now is not the time for internal division.

However, while I voted in support of Jeremy against today’s motion, the result makes it clear that he has lost the confidence of a vast majority of our MPs and so we are unable to be as united and as effective as we need to be for the sake of the nation.

With regret, I have therefore resigned from my shadow ministerial position with immediate effect.

I hope that as soon as possible we are able to be united again and get on with our job of holding the Conservatives to account.’

Liz McInnes resignation letter Credit: Liz McInnes

Tony Lloyd says no increase in reports of 'racist incidents'

Tony Lloyd Credit: PA

Interim mayor of Greater Manchester Tony Lloyd has said that there has not been an increase of reported race crime in Manchester.

Following reports of racist incidents in other parts of the UK following the EU Referendum result, Greater Manchester’s Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said:

People across Greater Manchester will condemn racist attacks which have been reported in different parts of the country in the wake of the EU Referendum result.

Greater Manchester Police has not seen an increase in reports of hate crime over the weekend – a reflection of our strong, cohesive, and welcoming communities. However, we must not be complacent and I encourage anyone who has been a victim of hate crime to come forward and report it.

Hate crime has no place in our communities. The overwhelming majority of British people stand together against hatred and prejudice. These acts of racism are not in our name and will not be tolerated.

– Tony Lloyd

Wythenshawe MP resigns from Labour shadow cabinet

Wythenshawe & Sale East MP Mike Kane has become the latest MP to resign from Labour's shadow cabinet.

He announced on Twitter that he's stepping down from his role as Shadow International Development Minister.

A wave of shadow cabinet ministers have resigned in protest to Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.


Man charged over Ancoats death

A man has been charged after the body of a man was found in Ancoats. Shortly before 8pm on Saturday 25 June 2015 police were called by the ambulance service to an address in Victoria Square in Ancoats.

The body of a man, who has since been formally identified as 57-year-old Duncan Edward Keating, was found and police launched an investigation.

A post-mortem concluded that he died as a result of postural asphyxia.

Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Ms Jean Keating, mother of Duncan Edward Keating, said:

“We are all devastated, heartbroken and still in disbelief. The family appreciate privacy at this sad time but will try to keep all informed as the investigation continues.”

– Jean Keating, mother of Duncan Edward Keating

Graham Dunn (28/10/53) of Edge Lane in Droylesden has been charged with section 47 assault and has been remanded into custody to appear at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 28 June 2016.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 or via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

North West MPs at the centre of unfolding political drama

Four days on from that momentous vote to leave the European Union, and MPs from our region are right at the centre of an unfolding political drama.

Over the last 48 hours, EIGHT North West MPs have left Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet - seven of them today. They say the party's got no chance of winning the next General Election with him in charge.

Meanwhile, the Tories are also badly divided. There are now questions over whether the Tatton MP George Osborne can now survive as Chancellor?

North West MPs named in Corbyn reshuffle

Labour's Jeremy Corbyn has appointed a raft of new members to his shadow cabinet after a series of resignations. The reshuffle includes two new North West MPs.

Angela Rayner MP

:: Angela Rayner (Ashton-under-Lyne) moves into the shadow cabinet with the women and equalities portfolio, taking over from Kate Green. She was previously a shadow work and pensions minister.

Debbie Abrahams MP

:: Debbie Abrahams (Oldham East & Saddleworth) has been promoted to shadow work and pensions secretary, replacing Owen Smith. She was previously a shadow minister in Mr Smith's front bench team.

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