The Guardian Liverpool

She’s Leaving Home review – an inventive riff on the Beatles song

T he Beatles didn’t just come from Liverpool, they were made here. The tang of the city flavours their songs. Their blend of absurdity, wry wit, cocky assurance and warm compassion is, perhaps, most succinctly sampled in the 13 tracks of the band’s eighth album, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely ...

2017-06-11 10:31 open_in_new
Guaranteed to raise a smile! Our pop critic's verdict on Liverpool's Sgt Pepper celebrations

A mong the selection of vast advertising hoardings lining Liverpool’s Erskine Street, one currently stands out. If you’re driving into the city, it suddenly confronts you with an immense black and white image of the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, in profile, his hand resting on his ...

2017-06-05 08:01 open_in_new
EDL and anti-fascist protesters clash in Liverpool

Riot police have stepped in to prevent clashes between the English Defence League and anti-fascist protesters as demonstrations take place in Liverpool.

EDL demonstrators gathered at the Lord Warden pub on London Road from about midday on Saturday while an anti-fascist rally was held ...

2017-06-03 17:31 open_in_new
From Sgt Pepper to the sublime: in praise of Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral at 50

I see it every day, straight ahead, as I drive down Hope Street in Liverpool on the way to work. A ring of flying buttresses, like a tent’s guy wires, soars towards a central cone and a glass lantern tower topped with a crown of thorns. Medieval cathedrals were meant to stop the breath, to ...

2017-06-03 16:25 open_in_new
Teenager dies after Liverpool shooting

An 18-year-old man has died after being shot in Liverpool.

Merseyside police said armed officers and the ambulance service were called after the teenager was found injured in Toxteth at about 8.30pm on Friday. He was later pronounced dead in hospital.

Ch Insp Keith McLachlan said ...

2017-06-03 10:55 open_in_new
Alan Johnson's Sgt Pepper pilgrimage: ‘The album put me on a musical high from which I’ve yet to descend’
In May 1967, Johnson was 17, playing in a band and waiting for the Beatles’ new album. Fifty years after Sgt Pepper’s release, the retiring MP heads to Liverpool to join the city’s celebration of the LP ...
2017-06-01 09:21 open_in_new
Knowsley, the country’s safest Labour seat, has been savaged by Tory cuts
Struggling with poverty, unemployment and disastrous cuts to public services, voters here know they’re still better off with Labour • Zoe Williams reports from North East Hampshire, the safest Conservative seat ...
2017-06-01 08:15 open_in_new
Man in Liverpool arrested on suspicion of murdering woman and two children

A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the bodies of a woman and two children were found in a flat.

Merseyside police opened an investigation after being called to a ground floor flat in Falkner Street, Toxteth, at about 7.30pm after concern for the safety of ...

2017-05-31 03:39 open_in_new
Judy Chicago on the Beatles: 'They represent things we have lost – hope and freedom'
For Sgt Pepper’s 50th anniversary, the great psychedelic visionary of feminist art has created a giant mop-top mural inspired by Fixing a Hole – a song that sums up what she has spent her entire career doing ...
2017-05-25 07:57 open_in_new
My daughters’ safe return brought home the bond Manchester and Liverpool have

T hey say politics is about events, but it’s rare for events to touch politicians in a directly human way. Often our perspective and experience can be detached, theoretical and abstract, and then sometimes reality comes crashing in.

Long before Monday’s appalling tragedy, my opposite ...

2017-05-24 15:25 open_in_new
Mersey feat: world's biggest wind turbines go online near Liverpool

The planet’s biggest and most powerful wind turbines have begun generating electricity off the Liverpool coast, cementing Britain’s reputation as a world leader in the technology.

Danish company Dong Energy has just finished installing 32 turbines in Liverpool Bay that are taller ...

2017-05-17 09:23 open_in_new
Kelvin MacKenzie leaves the Sun

The Sun has confirmed that its former editor Kelvin MacKenzie has left the newspaper after he was suspended for writing a column comparing the footballer Ross Barkley to a gorilla.

News UK, the publisher of the Sun and the Times, said on Monday that MacKenzie, who edited the Sun between ...

2017-05-15 17:44 open_in_new
Me and my garden: ‘It’s a treasure to be shared. In summer we have parties of over 500 people’

I have always been the one to do the garden labour – digging or installing a pond, say – but never the brainwork. Years ago, my parents-in-law retired to a house with a huge clump of dead bamboo in a two-acre garden. They gave me a pair of loppers to remove it. At the time I was a parish ...

2017-05-13 13:49 open_in_new
'Back to the future': Liverpool Everyman's new rep company takes stock of first season

A s the penultimate production in the Liverpool Everyman theatre’s season – Toxteth-set drama The Sum – premieres, and the season starts to draw to a close, all eyes in the theatre world are watching to see if the old rep model can work in a modern age.

While there are other ...

2017-05-10 18:31 open_in_new
Liverpool mayor says Labour party is 'not always a meritocracy'

Labour’s longstanding mayor of Liverpool complained that the party is “not always a meritocracy” after he was defeated in the race to be selected as the candidate for a safe seat in the city.

Joe Anderson spoke out after he lost out to Dan Carden, a relatively unknown adviser to Len ...

2017-05-09 21:35 open_in_new
Two-year-old girl mauled by up to five dogs in Liverpool

A two-year-old girl has been seriously injured after being mauled by up to five dogs as she played in a garden in Liverpool.

The toddler was playing with friends in a relative’s back garden when the dogs attacked her at about 3.40pm on Sunday, police said.

A spokesman for ...

2017-05-08 11:23 open_in_new
‘Catholic preoccupation with sin is perfect training for a writer’ – Jimmy McGovern

He is renowned for bleak, bruising and brilliant dramas from Hillsborough and Cracker to The Lakes, Accused and last year’s blistering take on the consequences of the Iraq war, Reg. But Jimmy McGovern says that he might not have become a writer had he not been raised in the Catholic faith with ...

2017-05-07 02:15 open_in_new
Artist’s tribute to Beatles manager

Turner prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller is to stage a haunting tribute to the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, in the run-up to events in Liverpool marking 50 years since the release of the band’s groundbreaking album, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The artist, who created ...

2017-05-07 02:15 open_in_new
Catholic schools and social segregation

The Roman Catholic archbishop of Liverpool, Malcolm McMahon, appears more than a little defensive in his interview with Peter Wilby, whose questions about Catholic school admissions, far from being “based on inaccurate information”, were precisely the right ones (Grammars and free schools ...

2017-05-03 20:09 open_in_new
Stephen Jeffcoate obituary

My brother, Stephen Jeffcoate, who has died aged 77, was a former professor of biochemical endocrinology at the Chelsea Hospital for Women in London.

Steve was the eldest of four sons born to a Liverpool gynaecologist, Professor Sir Norman Jeffcoate, and his wife, Josephine Lindsay. He ...

2017-05-02 21:03 open_in_new
Our new metro mayors will help the revival of England’s great cities

T he left has always been a bit cynical about George Osborne’s promise to devolve power to English cities in the form of new “metro mayors”. At the Labour party’s annual conference in October 2015, shadow communities secretary Jon Trickett warned a roomful of council leaders not to get ...

2017-05-02 10:03 open_in_new