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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.

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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

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Important day for G.Manchester Dr @kailashchandobe as a decision is made on whether his #DropTheBill E-Petition is debated in Westminster.

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.

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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.

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