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Halt universal credit or rough sleepers will double, says Burnham

The number of rough sleepers in Greater Manchester could at least double this winter unless Theresa May halts the much-criticised rollout of universal credit, Andy Burnham has warned.

The Labour mayor said it was the unanimous view of the region’s public officials that the homelessness ...

2017-10-06 17:45 open_in_new
‘Moggmentum’ behind Rees-Mogg stirs activists at Tory conference

I t has been a tale of two conferences: while Conservative ministers speak to a half-empty auditorium, the party’s activists queue down stairwells and squeeze into hotel rooms to catch a glimpse of just one backbencher.

Jacob Rees-Mogg may once have been named the “the MP for the 20th ...

2017-10-04 17:19 open_in_new
'Indication of police misconduct' in Ellen Higginbottom case

The police watchdog has said there is “an indication of misconduct” by three radio operators at Greater Manchester police prior to the murder of 18-year-old student Ellen Higginbottom.

The A-level student was reported missing on the evening of 16 June after failing to return home from ...

2017-10-04 16:13 open_in_new
Moving upwards: the Manchester loft that lured me from London

“I wanted a nice place in a nice area, which would have been a real stretch in London,” says Stuart Eminson. He’s a 44-year-old clarinettist, who’s played with various professional symphony and chamber orchestras – as well as in musicals including Wicked, Cats and Phantom of the ...

2017-10-01 07:53 open_in_new
Tory conference delegates targeted by extremists

A Conservative MP has said the party’s conference in Manchester is being targeted by fascists after pictures circulated on social media of a banner reading: “Hang the Tories.”

Greater Manchester’s mayor, Andy Burnham, and local Labour MPs denounced the banner, which was strung ...

2017-10-01 00:11 open_in_new
UK university censors title of Holocaust survivor's speech criticising Israel

Manchester University censored the title of a Holocaust survivor’s criticism of Israel and insisted that her campus talk be recorded, after Israeli diplomats said its billing amounted to antisemitic hate speech.

Marika Sherwood, a Jewish survivor of the Budapest ghetto, was due to give a ...

2017-09-29 08:35 open_in_new
The Band review – Take That musical is perfect alignment of pop and poignancy

J ukebox musicals can make or lose a lot of money: for every Abba with a Mamma Mia! there’s a Spice Girls with Viva Forever! But if Gary Barlow is hoping his own exclamation mark-eschewing entry into that market will become Take That’s most elaborate tax write-off yet, he may be in for a ...

2017-09-27 14:47 open_in_new
British ally of Jihadi John 'may still be alive'

A jihadist who fled Manchester for Syria has been identified as a key member of a clique of British fighters that included Jihadi John, it has been reported.

Raymond Matimba is believed to have left Britain in 2014 to link up with terrorists in the region.

According to the Daily ...

2017-09-26 11:15 open_in_new
Drug dealers play their trump card

D rug dealers have been discovered targeting freshers at Manchester University, particularly in the Fallowfield area, near some of the halls of residence. According to reports, dealers have been handing out free samples of cannabis, even their business cards.

Those business cards sound ...

2017-09-24 02:55 open_in_new
Our Town review – Wilder's hymn to ordinary lives is remade for Manchester

E dward Albee loved Thornton Wilder’s 1938 paean to ordinary people, set over 12 years at the start of the 20th century in the sleepy New Hampshire town of Grover’s Corners (population 2,642). But he hated that “everyone performs it like it was a Christmas card”. He would have no such ...

2017-09-22 15:39 open_in_new
Manchester United's 'class of 92' unveil plans to open university

Members of Manchester United’s famous “class of 92” have unveiled plans for to open a university that will teach students how to understand finance, cope under pressure and “maintain a healthy body and mind”.

University Academy 92, or UA92, the brainchild of Gary Neville and ...

2017-09-20 18:29 open_in_new
Girlguides aim to tackle loneliness among older people

Girlguides have launched a UK first with a new badge to tackle loneliness among older people.

Guides will visit homes for elderly people, putting on plays and craft sessions, to speak to senior citizens and earn the new specially-designed badge.

The scheme, which started as a tiny ...

2017-09-18 02:31 open_in_new
Chris Boardman: 'Energy gel? I'd rather have a sandwich'

So, you’re the first cycling and walking commissioner for Greater Manchester. How come?

Because Andy Burnham [the mayor of Greater Manchester] phoned and asked me. I was quite taken aback, because do I have any qualifications? No. But I was taken with his enthusiasm. From the first few ...

2017-09-16 13:05 open_in_new
The Guardian view on the London tube bomb: keep calm and carry on

W e cannot rely forever on the incompetence of our enemies but we should enjoy it while it lasts. The bucket bomb on a London tube this morning was undoubtedly intended to kill and maim as many people as possible. That it failed does not diminish the malevolence of its makers. It was no more ...

2017-09-15 21:41 open_in_new
Police concerned for Clarke Carlisle after ex-footballer reported missing

Police have said they are growing increasingly concerned for the former footballer Clarke Carlisle after he was reported missing.

The ex-Burnley and Leeds player was last seen by his family in Preston on Thursday afternoon, Lancashire police said.

His wife, Carrie Carlisle, said he ...

2017-09-15 15:05 open_in_new
May’s uncaring snub on pay is an insult to us NHS nurses who give our all

H ow would you feel if you went to work, and your first task was to sit with a dying patient and make sure that their death was dignified? Then you laid them out and comforted grieving relatives before getting back to work as though nothing had happened. No counselling, no break, no ...

2017-09-13 19:01 open_in_new
Lorraine Gradwell obituary

Many of the most important advances in the struggle for disabled people’s rights in the UK have been won first at local level. Lorraine Gradwell, who has died aged 64 of complications following heart failure, played a central role in making Manchester a bastion of disability rights and a model ...

2017-09-12 13:15 open_in_new
Traffic in the blackout: the peril of crossing the road - archive, 1939

A week’s experience of the “black-out” in Manchester has been greatly disturbing. The record of traffic accidents during the dark hours in the city and surrounding districts suggests that unless special safety steps are taken we are likely to have a death-rate of two per “black-out,” ...

2017-09-12 07:45 open_in_new
It was all white on the night the Manchester Arena reopened its doors

A t the Manchester Arena reopening on Saturday night there was a rumour Peter Kay would be appearing, but we knew neither how nor when. It became a guessing game. Surely Rick Astley wasn’t billed on merit, alongside local heroes Noel Gallagher, Blossoms and the Courteeners? Kay must be ...

2017-09-11 17:27 open_in_new
Manchester rocks on in memory of Ariana Grande concert victims

Manchester Arena has reopened with a charity concert to raise money for a memorial to the 22 people killed in a suicide attack on 22 May. About 14,000 people, including a number of survivors and bereaved relatives, packed into the venue last night to hear an eclectic lineup topped by Noel ...

2017-09-10 02:57 open_in_new
Manchester Arena reopens for bombing victims' benefit concert

Thousands of fans are gathering, with heightened security in place, at the reopening of Manchester Arena for the first time since the terrorist attack in May.

Fans attending the benefit concert on Saturday face additional screening and bans on backpacks, large bags and some electrical ...

2017-09-09 20:21 open_in_new