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North West MEP Paul Nuttall quits UKIP

Credit: PA

Ukip MEP for the North West and former leader Paul Nuttall has become the latest leading figure in the party to announce his resignation.

It's in protest at the decision to appoint controversial figure Tommy Robinson as an adviser.

Mr Nuttall said he made the decision after 'much soul-searching' and says he'll will continue to serve the North West in the European Parliament until his term expires.

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Same sex marriage Bill put forward again on Isle of Man

Chief Minister Allan Bell spoke strongly in favour of the Bill yesterday in the House of Keys Credit: ITV

A second reading has taken place on the Isle of Man to legalise a same sex marriage Bill.

Chief Minister Allan Bell spoke in the House of Keys yesterday to outline why the island's government, Tynwald, should vote in favour of the legislation.

MHKs who opposed the Bill included Eddie Teare, John Houghton, Zac Hall and Chris Robertshaw.

Numerous online petitions in favour of the Bill have been shared on social media via change.org.

To view the Bill, visit http://www.tynwald.org.im/

The fact that same sex couples can marry will have absolutely no effect on another person's marriage, the Church of England and many other religious bodies. We'll continue to maintain their view on what constitutes a marriage as only being a marriage between a man and a woman.

– Chief Minister Allan Bell

Eddisbury MP stepping down for New York job

Stephen O'Brien became MP for Eddisbury after the July By-election of 1999 Credit: PA

Stephen O'Brien is set to step down after serving as Eddisbury's MP for 15 years.

Mr O'Brien was first elected in the July by-election of 1999.

He has confirmed that he will not seek re-election on the 7th of May and will be taking on a new job at the United Nations in New York, as the next Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs.

The Eddisbury Conservative Association will now start the selection of the Conservative Party Candidate for Eddisbury for the General Election.

It has been the most enormous privilege to serve as the Member of Parliament for all the people of Eddisbury over the last, almost, sixteen years. I shall always be grateful for the support and engagement across a wide variety of issues over that time throughout the constituency.

– Stephen O'Brien MP

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Funeral of Paul Goggins MP today

The funeral of the MP Paul Goggins takes place at St John's, Salford at midday. It is a public service.

The funeral of the MP Paul Goggins takes place in Salford at midday today. He was taken ill suddenly when he was out running. His family have asked for no flowers but for people to donate to one of three charities- Cafod, The Cardinal Hulme Centre and Leukaemia Lymphoma Research.

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