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On the road with Andy Burnham: the MP discusses Corbyn, his kids, and his wife's Tory past

The next few weeks are the most important in Andy Burnham's political career.

Ballot papers are now dropping on people's mats and soon they'll vote on whether they want him as the new leader of the Labour Party.

The MP for Leigh is promising something for everybody - nationalising the railways, scrapping tuition fees and thousands of new affordable homes.

But he's trailing Jeremy Corbyn in the polls, and rival Yvette Cooper has called for him to stand down if he is unwilling to attack the frontrunner.

Our political reporter Daniel Hewitt has spent the day with Mr Burnham as he toured the North West.

  1. Tony Morris

Burnham says he can rebuild the Labour party

Andy Burnham says Labour's been too shallow and frightened of its own shadow and he's pledging to change it.

The Leigh MP who is also shadow health secretary is the bookies' favourite to be next Labour leader although there has been a dramatic in support for left winger Jeremy Corbyn.

Andy Burnham is promising "something for people in every postcode".



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Plea to find thief who stole from a dying pensioner

A family has appeal for help after a shocking theft from an 82-year-old woman as she lay dying after a road accident in Leigh.

Irene Ditcher had her purse stolen after a collision with a lorry.

The police officer in charge described it as one of the most disgusting crimes he'd ever investigated.

Irene's niece, Christine, is urging whoever was responsible to give themselves up.

Tim Scott reports:

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Dying mum was 'over the moon' that she said goodbye to her horse

The daughter of a woman who succumbed to cancer has told Good Morning Britain how her mother was "over the moon" that she could say goodbye to her beloved horse.

Sheila Marsh, 77, passed away just hours after nurses agreed she could be taken outside Wigan Royal Infirmary to say goodbye to her horse Bronwen.

It had been her dying wish to say goodbye to her horse, who she had looked after for 25 years.

Deputy director of nursing at the hospital, Pauline Law, said her "heart jumped into action" when she was first asked to see if Mrs Marsh could say goodbye to Bronwen.

Luckily, the team had a "perfectly choreographed plan" that helped Mrs Marsh fulfil her dying wish.

Her daughter Tina said her mother has "over the moon" and "clear as day shouting Bronwen's name".

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