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Lucy Meacock caught up with Liverpool legend and punditry giant, Jamie Carragher.

He joined her in the studio talked about everything from his playing career, living life in the spotlight, his political views and that spitting incident.

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Judy Finnigan: Vicious comments on social media drive women out of TV

Richard and Judy chat to Lucy. Credit: ITV News.

Presenter Judy Finnigan has said scrutiny from the media led to her decision to end her television career.

Being interviewed alongside husband Richard Madeley for ITV News Granada Reports, the presenter, 70, said she had "developed an allergy" to working on television.

She said: "Part of that is being fed up of being trailed after by paparazzi and people like that, you get to the point where you just think 'I don't want anything to do with it any more'."

But she said the scrutiny had not stopped since she stopped appearing on screen.

She said: "I've not been on telly for ages and I don't want to do any more, it's fine, I'm having a lovely time, but they still bloody follow me around, the paparazzi."

Finnigan, who presented ITV's flagship daytime programme This Morning with her husband from 1988 until 2001, also spoke out about how comments on social media affect women.

She said: "I do know quite a lot of women in television now who are finding it very hard to agree to appear on things because they get such vicious comments on social media and I think it is much worse for women."

The couple. interviewed by Lucy Meacock as she marked her 30th year on Granada Reports, met while working on the north-west news programme.

They revealed they shared their first kiss after covering the Blackpool Illuminations switch-on.

I do know quite a lot of women in television who are finding it very hard to agree to appear on things because they get such viscous comments on social media.

– Judy Finnigan

Richard and Judy, who have been married for 32 years, met while working at Granada Reports.

The couple launched This Morning at Liverpool's Albert Dock in October 1988 and presented the programme for more than 10 years.

Granada lunchtime news bulletin

The budget announcement meant no lunchtime news from us today but here is the latest from the region in a special bulletin with Lucy Meacock.

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Video: The Prime Minister being questioned about transport spending live on Granada Reports:-

The government's announced tens of millions of pounds for transport projects aimed, it says, at keeping the North west moving:-

The Prime Minster's been in the region this afternoon to see for himself the areas that might benefit.

Schemes getting funding include the M6 Heysham link road, the electrification of the Wigan - Bolton railway line and junction improvements on the M55 and M62.

Our presenters Ann O'Connor and Tony Morris questioned the Prime Minister about the announcement live in studio on Friday's Granada Reports:-

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