Nancy Pelosi joins G7 Speakers on a visit to Coronation Street

Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, has continued her visit to the UK with a stop on the cobbles at Coronation Street.

She accompanied North West MP Sir Lindsay Hoyle, speaker of the House of Commons, to the set of the ITV soap in Trafford, Greater Manchester, as part of the G7 Speakers' Conference.

Sir Lindsay said people should "stand together" to call out hate as he used the event to discuss hate crime.

The speakers have discussed issues surrounding security in parliament during the weekend's summit, which has been held in Sir Lindsay's home constituency of Chorley, in Lancashire.

On Sunday, delegates were invited to the set of Corrie to join writers, producers and cast members involved in an ongoing storyline about hate crime - which has seen the goth character Nina Lucas and her boyfriend Seb Franklin being set upon by a gang in an attack that left Seb with fatal injuries.

The storyline was based on the murder of Sophie Lancaster in Lancashire in 2007, and saw actress Mollie Gallagher, who plays Nina, win a National Television Award for serial drama performance for her role in the storyline.

Those attending the conference took part in a panel discussion about the power of television to influence democracy, along with Ms Gallagher and David Neilson, who plays Roy Cropper, before touring the set.

Sir Lindsay said programmes like Coronation Street can influence people's lives across the world.

Sir Lindsay said it was an "absolute privilege" to visit the set to have a discussion about "real storylines that affect people" and introduce his fellow speakers to "the longest soap opera in history".

He added: "And, hopefully, we'll have a better country when we continue to call out hate."

Iain MacLeod, producer of Coronation Street, said it was an "incredible honour" to host the G7 speakers.

He said: "It's a massive, massive honour to have such esteemed personages in our studios discussing our show, discussing the role our show, and others like it, play in society and democracy."

He added: "I think what our show does in terms of democracy is set the terrain, I think it encourages empathy.

"It encourages people to look at people that aren't like them and put themselves in their shoes.

And I think, hopefully, that encourages a more empathetic and a kinder dialogue, politically speaking."

Other VIPs on the tour included Richard Ferrand, the President of the French National Assembly and Roberto Fico, President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies. They were joined by representatives from the EU, Germany, Canada and Japan.

Before touring the set the visitors held talks about the role TV plays in democracy, as part of the overall scope of the G7 Speakers' Conference, which look at how to balance open access to democracy, with safety.

They also stopped at Coronation Street's memorial to the victims of the Manchester arena terror attack.

Nancy Pelosi and Sir Lindsay Hoyle at Coronation Street's memorial to the Manchester Arena attack victims. Credit: Press Association