Campaigners fighting to save a number of local Remploy factories from possible closure in the summer have been lobbying parliament.
An independent review recommended that in future government support for disabled workers should be focused on individuals rather than institutions. But opponents claim that many of those facing redundancy won't be able to find jobs.
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Kerrie Gosney brings you Saturday night's forecast
Showers becoming heavy and thundery Saturday afternoon. Drier for a large part of Sunday
Robert Hodgson, from Stanley, County Durham, committed the offences on the girls, aged as young as five or six, up to the age of 13.