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Eddisbury MP stepping down for New York job

Stephen O'Brien became MP for Eddisbury after the July By-election of 1999 Credit: PA

Stephen O'Brien is set to step down after serving as Eddisbury's MP for 15 years.

Mr O'Brien was first elected in the July by-election of 1999.

He has confirmed that he will not seek re-election on the 7th of May and will be taking on a new job at the United Nations in New York, as the next Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs.

The Eddisbury Conservative Association will now start the selection of the Conservative Party Candidate for Eddisbury for the General Election.

It has been the most enormous privilege to serve as the Member of Parliament for all the people of Eddisbury over the last, almost, sixteen years. I shall always be grateful for the support and engagement across a wide variety of issues over that time throughout the constituency.

– Stephen O'Brien MP


Funeral of Paul Goggins MP today

The funeral of the MP Paul Goggins takes place at St John's, Salford at midday. It is a public service.

The funeral of the MP Paul Goggins takes place in Salford at midday today. He was taken ill suddenly when he was out running. His family have asked for no flowers but for people to donate to one of three charities- Cafod, The Cardinal Hulme Centre and Leukaemia Lymphoma Research.


Greater Manchester health boss pushes for debate on controversial NHS bill

Ashton-Under-Lyne based Dr Kailash Chand OBE used Governments E-Petitions scheme to call for the Health & Social Care Bill to be dropped.

Ashton-Under-Lyne based Dr Kailash Chand OBE passed the 100,000 signatures mark making it eligible to be debated in the House of Commons. He and Stalybride and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds will put the petition before the backbench business committee and request a debate.

This could mean the Government discussing dropping the bill before the bill itself is even put before Parliament. Dr Chand will be informed before the end of the day as to whether his E-Petition has been successful.

Greater Manchester GP gets huge support for Drop the Bill

Calls for the government to drop controversial health reforms could force a parliamentary debate. Dr Kailash Chand OBE from Ashton-under-Lyne has gathered massive support after launching an e-petition.

Greater Manchester GP sees 160,000 backers for his Health and Social Care Bill petition.

Kailash Chand from Ashton-Under-Lyne wants the Government to drop the Bill.

His e-petition has had one of the biggest ever responses.

Usually e-petitions only need 100,000 backers to be considered for a debate - but his has surpassed that by 60,000.

A decision on a possible debate is expected today.