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Lancashire student caught up in terror incident in London

A Lancashire MP says a student from Darwen has caught up in the terror incident on Westminster Bridge in London.

Jake Berry the MP for Rossendale and Darwen is locked in an office in Parliament due to the terror incident in Westminster.


Shots fired at house while woman and child inside

Shots were fired at a house in Gorton Credit: MEN syndication

Police are investigating after gun shots were fired at a house while a woman and child were inside.

Shots were fired through the window of the property on Sutton Road, Gorton , in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The gunman fled from the scene after firing the gun.

Nobody suffered from any injuries.

It is understood the man was concealing his face with a hooded top.

Police were called to the scene at 12.20am this morning. A police cordon has been placed around the building. Searches inside the property have now started. Officers can be seen examining the window frame and at least one bullet has been removed by a forensic officer using tweezers.

Police in Gorton are combing the scene for evidence Credit: MEN syndication


George Galloway to stand in Gorton by-election

George Galloway has announced he will stand in the Gorton by-election as an independent.

The election, to be held on the 4th of May, follows the death of Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman, who had represented Gorton since 1983.

Mr Galloway, who once appeared on Celebrity Big Brother, was expelled from the Labour Party in 2003 because of comments he made against the Iraq War. Most recently he lost his seat as MP for Bradford West at the 2015 General Election.

Mr Galloway, 62, says he decided to stand in Gorton because of his ‘admiration’ for Sir Gerald. He has also pledged to attempt to put former Prime Minister Tony Blair on trial for war crimes.

George Galloway will stand as an independent candidate in Gorton Credit: PA Images

Labour has not yet revealed its candidate, but its shortlist includes MEP Afzal Khan and local councillors Yasmine Dar, Amina Lone, Luthfur Rahman and Nasrin Ali.

Writing on political website Westmonster, Mr Galloway said:

“I have decided to seek election for Manchester Gorton in the forthcoming by-election precisely because of my admiration for its late MP and I hope to persuade voters of every background that I am the best person to try to fill his shoes. I want to continue his work on international issues – which are particularly important in Gorton- especially the issues of Palestine and Kashmir but also the broader questions, the dangerous confrontation between the west and the Muslim world which threatens all of us. I would like to be the big voice for Manchester Gorton it still needs. Manchester is great, world class. But Gorton can’t be left behind.''

– George Galloway
The former MP has compared himself to the late Sir Matt Busby Credit: PA Images

Mr Galloway has also compared himself to the late Manchester United manager Sir Matt Busby.

''It’s true I’m not local but then neither was Sir Matt Busby. Neither was Sir Alex Ferguson nor Pep Guardiola nor Jose Mourinho. Like them I want to work for you, for Gorton, for Manchester.

I am like Sir Matt a Scot of Irish background. There are plenty of us around Manchester. My 40 year relationship with Pakistan and Bangladesh my 40 years with the Arabs mean I can speak the language. I can talk the talk but I also walk the walk.''

– George Galloway

Raising awareness of a deadly infection

Madison Barclay died at two days old Credit: family photo

A grieving couple are trying to raise awareness about a condition which kills a newborn baby every single day. Mel and Andy Barclay from Rochdale lost their daughter Madison in 2012 to Group B Strep. She was just two days old. Now there's a call for screening for all pregnant women between 35 and 37 weeks to pick up early signs of the infection.

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