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Lucy Powell: Muslims should be able to practise their faith "without fear"

Lucy Powell, MP for Manchester Central, has said that Muslims should be able to practise their faith "without fear."

Powell was speaking in the wake of the mosque fire at the Manchester Nasfat Islamic Centre on Sunday night.

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  1. Daniel Hewitt: Political Reporter

Labour campaign vice-chair denies manifesto ignores the north

The Labour Party today chose Manchester to launch it's manifesto ahead of the closest General Election in modern times.

Our political reporter Daniel Hewitt was there in the old Granada Studios and caught up with Lucy Powell, parliamentary candidate for Manchester Central, and vice-chair of the Labour Party's election campaign.

Report reveals almost half of all children in Manchester Central are living in poverty

Almost half of all children in Manchester Central are living in poverty. The area has the highest number of youngsters living below the breadline anywhere in the country.

Children's charity Barnados says urgent change is needed to ensure young people get the best start in life. Manchester Central MP Lucy Powell says the changing face of the city may explain the statistics.