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Leigh rugby league star banned for 'doping' offence

Banned - Sean Penkywicz Credit: PA Pictures

Former Wales international Sean Penkywicz has been given a two-year ban after testing positive for a growth hormone releasing peptide, UK Anti-Doping has announced.

The 33-year-old Leigh hooker, who served a two-year drugs ban in 2005, underwent an out-of-competition test last December which later proved positive.

UKAD say the case is only the second of its kind in the UK relating to the banned substance GHRP-6, which is used by bodybuilders.

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.


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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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