Andy Burnham

Celebrities show their support for Bolton's young carers at Octagon

MORE than 100 people, including a few famous faces, took centre stage to support young carers in Bolton.<p>A special evening held at the Octagon Theatre …

Manchester

Britain is being stalked by a zombie elite – time to take them on

What to do when our economy benefits only the few, but politicians seem powerless to change it? This new series follows communities who are working out their own answers<p>This is the age of the zombie. The undead maraud around our popular culture. Stick on the telly, and they’re attacking Jon Snow in …

Opinion (UK)

GM Mayor Andy Burnham involved in a car crash in Moor Lane

GREATER Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has been involved in a car crash in Bolton town centre.<p>Mr Burnham was on his was to the Octagon Theatre when he …

Manchester

The squatters and rough sleepers taking up the fight against homelessness in Manchester

Two very different occupied spaces embody a new wave of resistance to Manchester’s appalling housing crisis.<p>From a sprawling listed building whose …

The north of England's road and rail commuter woes

<b>Whether it's brake lights on the M62 as far as the eye can see or standing room only on crammed trains, commuting between cities is an often painful experience in the north of England. As campaigners set out their vision to revolutionise northern travel, what is the daily reality for those</b> …

Yorkshire

Pro-EU campaigners lobby Andy Burnham for Brexit impact assessments

PRO-EU campaigners lobbied Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham’s office to demand he orders a survey into the impact of Brexit on jobs and the …

Manchester

Introducing Bolton's new police superintendent

HAVING fewer police on the ground is a 'positive challenge' says Bolton's new superintendent.<p>Steve Howard, who replaced the borough's previous …

Manchester

Greater Manchester urged to adopt Hillsborough-inspired charter to support bereaved families of arena bombing

A REVIEW panel looking at the response to the Manchester Arena attack is asking the region’s leaders to sign up for a charter inspired by the …

Manchester

Mayor of Greater Manchester set for Tameside Question Time

Droylsden News Tameside Posted by Lee Wild<p>The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, is holding a series of special Question Times across the …

Manchester

Most people in the West Midlands don't know the name of regional mayor Andy Street

Just one in three people in the West Midlands say they can name the region’s mayor.<p>Our exclusive survey suggests mayor Andy Street is still …

West Midlands

Fears that 'vigilantes with baseball bats' could patrol Ladybridge streets

THERE are fears that ‘vigilantes’ armed with baseball bats could start patrolling the streets of an estate plagued by burglaries due to a lack of …

Manchester

It’s not the Cabinet reshuffle the government should worry about – it’s the NHS

The health service is on the brink and could be tipped over by the “Australian flu”.<p>Today’s main theatre is the comings and goings around the Cabinet …

Brexit

The latest victory for Corbynites creates a conqueror’s dilemma

Momentum may be tempted to pursue a purge of Labour MPs, but that would be both difficult and risky<p>One of the many things that have changed about the Labour party over the past two years is that some of its leadership cadre now cite Marxist thinkers with approval. John McDonnell, the shadow …

Opinion (UK)

Mass closure of NHS walk-in centres is fuelling winter crisis, claim campaigners

Easy access to medical help for many denied after 40% of services shut<p>Dozens of NHS walk-in centres have shut since 2010, depriving patients of easy access to medical help for minor ailments without having to wait days for an appointment, and adding to the pressure on A&E units.<p>A total of 95 …

Health Care

Back in the driving seat: councils sense new hope for their beleaguered buses

A new act of parliament - the unlikely gift of ex-chancellor George Osborne – grants powers to local authorities to undo the worst excesses of deregulation<p>Buses and the Conservatives have rarely got along. Even if Margaret Thatcher didn’t really say that any man over 26 riding on a bus is a …

Cities

Ruth Davidson’s influence shows how power in British politics is shifting

The leader of the Scottish Tories is looking closely at how Boris Johnson used his tenure as Mayor of London.<p>It wouldn’t be quite accurate to call it …

Referendums

Grenfell Tower fire: Police ask for £38m to fund investigation

<b>The Metropolitan Police has asked the Home Office to pay £38m for its Grenfell Tower fire investigation.</b><p>The London force has submitted an £11.1m claim to cover overtime and extra costs in 2017-18.<p>It will also request £27m to fund the entire costs of the investigation, which involves 200 officers …

Grenfell Tower

Lidl store opening will give new life to 'left behind' Radcliffe

THE date for the opening of the new Lidl store in Radcliffe is drawing ever closer.<p>The arrival of the flagship store, which opens its doors to …

Manchester

This is how much Birmingham politicians earn

Our political leaders are often accused of being out of touch and coining it in while being paid a fortune for cushy jobs.<p>But how much do they really …

Birmingham, UK

Manchester hostel offers the working homeless a roof over their heads

Stop Start Go charity to provide bedsit rooms for growing number of people who have jobs but still can’t afford to pay rent<p>Levels of homelessness among working people in Manchester are so high that a new hostel has opened with dedicated bedsits for those with jobs who find themselves out on the …

Race & Ethnicity

Joe Anderson says helping to take down Kelvin MacKenzie was a 2017 highlight

Joe Anderson has counted the role he played in getting reviled ex-editor Kelvin MacKenzie sacked from the S*n as one of his moments of …

Ross Barkley

Our most popular stories of 2017 - a year Manchester will NEVER forget

2017 was a year we can never forget. One event overshadowed everything else. On May 22, twenty-two innocent people lost their lives and many more …

Manchester

Young girl spends birthday money feeding homeless people

A nine-year-old girl spent all of her birthday money buying food for homeless people on the streets of Manchester.<p>When Molly McGinley spotted some …

Poverty

UK metro mayors still don't have the financial muscle they need

They have already made an impact, but metro mayors like Andy Burnham and Andy Street are seriously constrained by Whitehall. They need more resources<p>Amid all the political upheavals following the EU referendum, you could be forgiven for having overlooked one of the most significant developments in …

Cities

Skullfades Barbers’ Ged King appeals for donations ahead of trip to refugee camps in Dunkirk

SALE'S barber to the homeless, Ged King is looking for donations ahead of his next mission in his trip to the refugee camps in Dunkirk.<p>The Skullfades …

Manchester

2017 Was the Year Politicians Met Their Own Mediocrity

History handed the political class a chance to step up, and nobody did.<p>Knowing the breadth of the German language, there's probably a word somewhere in their dictionary that means "he who fears that one day he will have to deal with something as important as his job title suggests he should".<p>This …

Jacob Rees-Mogg

News review of the year

It's been a busy year in Wigan - here are some of the top stories from the Wigan Post and Wigan Observer over the last 12 months ...<p>JANUARY<p>1 A woman …

Manchester

New shelter plan to take homeless off freezing streets of Bolton

PLANS are being discussed to open a new shelter that would help take Bolton's homeless people off the streets during winter.<p>Town hall bosses are …

Poverty

Tributes paid to Gogglebox star Leon Bernicoff who has died aged 83

Scouse Gogglebox star Leon Bernicoff has died.<br>The ECHO has taken a look back at the 83-year-old’s life following his death after a short battle with …

Everton FC

Chill wind blows through Britain’s growing homeless camps

Just outside the main railway station in Milton Keynes, a town built in the 1960s with a utopian vision of affordable housing and full employment, …

Housing