Liverpool actor Ricky Tomlinson will address a fringe meeting of the Labour Party conference in Manchester as he campaigns to overturn a 39-year-old conviction for picketing.
The Royle Family star was one of 24 building workers put on trial in Shrewsbury in 1973.
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A man who looked at girls under cubicles at a swimming baths in Stockport has been jailed for seven years.
Jon Paul Porter, 27, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court after being found guilty of three rapes, an attempted rape and three assaults.