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Manchester Withington - Labour Gain

  • Jeff Smith (Lab) 26,843 (53.72%, +13.27%)
  • John Leech (LD) 11,970 (23.96%, -20.70%)
  • Robert Manning (C) 4,872 (9.75%, -1.36%)
  • Lucy Bannister (Green) 4,048 (8.10%, +6.33%)
  • Mark Davies (UKIP) 2,172 (4.35%, +2.80%)
  • Marcus Farmer (Ind) 61 (0.12%, -0.00%)
  • Lab maj 14,873 (29.77%)
  • 16.99% swing LD to Lab
  • Electorate 80,590; Turnout 49,966 (62.00%, +1.45%)

Video constituency report: Manchester Withington

A day after Ed Miliband launched Labour's election manifesto in Manchester, David Cameron and Natalie Bennett did the same for the Conservatives and the Greens.

And today a poll of polls - that's an average from all the major polling organisations - put the Conservatives and Labour neck and neck on 34% but saw the Liberal Democrat vote well down on 9%.

Well, Nick Clegg's party are confident they'll do much better in the seat of Manchester Withington, which they've held for the last 10 years.

Our reporter Adam McClean went to see if they can buck the national trend:

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New venue found for vulnerable adults following fire

A new venue has been found for vulnerable and elderly adults – just days after a huge fire that destroyed their day centre.

The fire, at Minehead Resource Centre in Old Moat,Withington, started around 9pm on Wednesday, strong winds hampered rescue efforts and quickly engulfed the building.

But, now, the 65 people – some of whom have physical and learning disabilities - have a new venue on the site of a former school, which is big enough to keep the group together and cater for specialist needs.

Click video for our report on the fire.

  1. Tim Scott, ITV News

Report: Heartbreak as fire wrecks a community centre

There were dramatic scenes as a fire devastated a community centre in Manchester and left the local council trying to make alternative arrangements for dozens of vulnerable people.

Thirty firefighters were called to the Minehead Resource Centre at Withington but the building has been largely destroyed.

Tim Scott has been to the scene:

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Community centre destroyed in Manchester

Firefighters in Manchester have been tackling a huge fire at a community centre in Withington overnight. It broke out around 9pm on Dermot Murphy Close off Princess Parkway. Crews say their efforts were being hampered because of strong winds and say they'll be there most of the day.

Dramatic photos of Withington fire which destroyed day centre

The fire service posted dramatic pictures and a short video online from the scene, showing severe damage to the building and noting the effects of bad weather on efforts to extinguish the blaze.

Strong winds fan flames at Manchester fire

A day centre has been engulfed in flames in what firefighters have described as a serious blaze fanned by strong winds. Fire crews said they expected to remain at the scene on Dermot Murphy Close in the Old Moat area of Withington, Manchester, throughout the night after being met with a "well-developed fire in the property."

Firefighters responded to reports of smoke in the area at around 9pm yesterday. Strong winds have fanned the flames, making efforts to fight the blaze difficult, officers said.

Funeral for teen boxer found hanged at home

Macauley Moran

The funeral will take place today of a promising boxer found dead at his home in Manchester. 16 year old Macauley Moran was discovered hanged in his bedroom in Withington last week. His father Mario Conway told Granada the pressure of the behavioural condition ADHD may have driven him to take his own life.

See the full story here. More information can be found at the ADHD foundation.

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