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Fiddler on the Roof review – Liverpool delivers milkman musical for our times

A n old Broadway musical full of nostalgia for a lost way of Jewish life in rural Russia might seem an odd choice as the first show for the new Everyman company, whose 14 actors will work together over six months on five shows. But Gemma Bodinetz’s loving but firm and elegantly spare revival ...

2017-02-23 18:45 open_in_new
Police hunting for escaped killer enlist help of foreign colleagues

Detectives hunting for a fugitive killer who escaped during a hospital visit have widened the net and teamed up with international police forces.

Shaun Walmsley, who has now been on the run for more than 36 hours, was freed when two armed men ambushed prison guards outside Aintree hospital ...

2017-02-23 11:03 open_in_new
Cuts that squeeze the life out of Liverpool

Your piece on the new threat to Liverpool’s remaining libraries is important (Liverpool likely to be forced into cutting more libraries, says mayor, 21 February). The scale of assault on public and civic life here shocks: £330m in cuts since Cameron and Clegg’s coalition government of 2010, ...

2017-02-22 22:53 open_in_new
Arron Banks defends 'sick of hearing about Hillsborough' remarks

Arron Banks, the Ukip donor, has defended his comments on Twitter that he was “sick to death” of hearing about the Hillsborough disaster, calling the criticism a smear campaign.

The Leave.EU founder posted his tweets after Ukip’s leader, Paul Nuttall, was forced to admit he did not ...

2017-02-22 15:09 open_in_new
Shaun Walmsley prison escape prompts call for urgent security review

The mayor of Liverpool has demanded an urgent security review after a gangland killer was sprung from custody by an armed gang while on a hospital visit.

Merseyside police has confirmed that Shaun Walmsley, 38, remains at large after the ambush outside Aintree University hospital in ...

2017-02-22 11:51 open_in_new
Tony Davis obituary

From the 1960s until they retired in the late 1980s, the Liverpool quartet the Spinners were the popular face of British folk music on radio, television and in concert halls throughout the UK. They always denied having a leader, but Tony Davis, who has died at the age of 86, was their frontman, ...

2017-02-21 15:49 open_in_new
Government vows to do all it can to protect jobs at Vauxhall's UK plants

The business secretary has promised the government’s “unbounded commitment” to protecting jobs at Vauxhall amid concerns over the carmaker’s future.

Fears are growing about Vauxhall’s plants in Ellesmere Port and Luton as the French owner of Peugeot and Citroën, PSA Group, ...

2017-02-20 22:11 open_in_new
Four more Liverpool libraries face closure in fresh round of cuts

Up to four libraries could close in Liverpool, as the city council takes the scalpel to budgets in the latest battle between central and local government over funding cuts. If the closures go ahead it will mean the city has lost more than half its libraries in the last two years.

The ...

2017-02-20 19:59 open_in_new
Merseyside Ukip officials quit over Paul Nuttall Hillsborough controversy

Two Ukip chairmen in Merseyside have resigned in protest at Paul Nuttall’s handling of the controversy over his claims about the Hillsborough disaster.

Adam Heatherington and Simon Monkcom handed in their resignations from the party this week, following their leader’s admission ...

2017-02-20 12:17 open_in_new
Merseyrail and Northern strike ballots open amid Southern deal collapse

The RMT has opened ballots for strike action at Merseyrail as the continuing battle over how trains are staffed and operated threatens to spread beyond Southern.

The announcement on Friday came after the union confirmed that it was balloting guards on Northern rail and Southern drivers ...

2017-02-17 19:21 open_in_new
Liverpool mayor plans council tax rewards to tackle dog fouling

Liverpool’s mayor has said he will offer a year’s exemption from council tax to anyone who provides evidence of dog owners failing to clean up their pet’s mess.

Joe Anderson said the plans were about boosting “civil pride” in the community. He said the reward scheme would apply ...

2017-02-17 19:21 open_in_new
Liverpool mayor calls on Paul Nuttall to resign as MEP over Hillsborough claims

The Labour mayor of Liverpool has called on Paul Nuttall to resign as a Euro-MP for north west England after he admitted that claims that a number of “close personal friends” had died in the Hillsborough disaster were untrue.

Joe Anderson said Nuttall needed to stand down as an MEP and ...

2017-02-15 21:03 open_in_new
Hillsborough families dismayed by Paul Nuttall's 'insulting' admission

Bereaved families of Hillsborough victims have reacted with dismay after the Ukip leader, Paul Nuttall, was forced to admit that claims on his website about losing close friends in the disaster were false.

Margaret Aspinall, the chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, whose ...

2017-02-14 20:51 open_in_new
Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

The Marco Silva bandwagon may have stalled but the sheen has yet to come off the young Portuguese manager. Arsenal, just about, deserved to beat Hull side on Saturday lunchtime but onlookers could not fail to be impressed, shocked even, by the cohesion the visitors showed. Starting the match ...

2017-02-13 10:23 open_in_new
The Guardian

Paul Nuttall, the Ukip leader, has denied that he has lied about being a Hillsborough survivor after a number of people questioned his claim to have been present on the day of the disaster.

He claims to have been present, along with his father and two uncles, when 96 Liverpool fans were ...

2017-02-10 21:31 open_in_new
Lessons to be learned from Knowsley’s schools

Having spent most of my 40-plus years of teaching in Knowsley, I read with horror that the area “is to be turned into a laboratory” of educational experiment once more (G2, 30 January). The idea that politicians in London think they have a solution to the undoubted problems that exist in ...

2017-02-06 22:41 open_in_new
System is ‘close to failure’ as PM’s council raises tax for social care

In her first speech as prime minister last year, Theresa May pledged to govern for those who found themselves “just about managing” to survive financially. With Britain’s overstretched and underfunded social care system at breaking point, she can add the council in Maidenhead, her ...

2017-02-05 02:35 open_in_new
Liverpool residents 'must break silence' after string of murders

Communities in Liverpool need to break the wall of silence around gang crime, a senior Merseyside police chief has said, after an unprecedented rise in the number of shootings led to the city’s fourth murder in nine months.

Nikki Holland, an assistant chief constable, said residents ...

2017-02-03 19:45 open_in_new
Love your local? Liverpool joins cohort of community currencies

T he idea of supporting local businesses over multinationals has gained so much traction in recent years that several neighbourhoods have gone as far as launching their own local currency. The likes of Bristol, Brixton, Totnes, Exeter, Kingston and Lewes were joined, just in time for Christmas, ...

2017-02-03 09:51 open_in_new
Colm Tóibín appointed chancellor of Liverpool University

Novelist Colm Tóibín has been appointed chancellor of the University of Liverpool. The author, who won the 2009 Costa novel of the year with Brooklyn, accepted the role because of the part universities play promoting ideas and connections, which, he said. mattered now more than ...

2017-02-02 12:55 open_in_new
The Guardian

A murder investigation is under way after a man was shot dead in a “cold-blooded, targeted” attack outside a chip shop in Liverpool.

Witnesses said a 26-year-old appeared to have been shot nine times outside Anna Jung’s in Grosvenor Road, Wavertree, at about 7pm on ...

2017-02-02 11:49 open_in_new