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Branson urged to meet unions over Virgin West Coast pay row as strikes loom

Branson urged to meet unions over Virgin West Coast pay row as strikes loom

Union leaders are urging Sir Richard Branson to intervene in a dispute over pay which is set to spark a series of strikes on Virgin Trains West Coast. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) and Transport Salaried Staffs Association...

today, 15:46 in Regional North West
 
Ireland-based Ryanair pilots to strike five days before Christmas

Ireland-based Ryanair pilots to strike five days before Christmas

Some Irish-based Ryanair pilots are to take pre-Christmas strike action. The one-day industrial action will take place on Wednesday December 20 and will mostly involve captains. Trade union Impact said it would either disrupt flights or generate...

today, 15:36 in Regional North West
 
Silence on Virgin deal

Silence on Virgin deal

An attempt by councillors to debate the controversial awarding of a £104m Lancashire County Council health contract to the private sector was knocked back today. Labour County Coun Mohammed Iqbal had tried to get the award to Virgin Care of the...

today, 15:21 in Regional North West
 
Former Second World War sea captain from Garstang and Blackpool dies

Former Second World War sea captain from Garstang and Blackpool dies

Tributes have been paid to a former Second World War sea captain who has died aged 91. Captain John Beatson was born in Blackpool, but spent his youth living above Storeys Weind and in Kepple Lane, Garstang with his parents Eva and John, three...

today, 14:49 in Regional North West
 
Enormous televisions and reclining chairs recommended in fight against man flu

Enormous televisions and reclining chairs recommended in fight against man flu

The much-debated phenomenon of "man flu" may have some basis in fact, researchers have said. A Canadian study was carried out to determine whether men really do experience worse symptoms than women or whether it is just a myth. Dr Kyle Sue,...

today, 12:23 in Regional North West
 
Full moons can increase likelihood of fatal motor bike crashes

Full moons can increase likelihood of fatal motor bike crashes

More fatal motorbike crashes take place on nights where there is a full moon, research has found. A study analysed fatal collisions which took place over a 30-year period in the UK, United States, Canada and Australia, comparing the number that took...

today, 12:23 in Regional North West
 
Peppa Pig blamed for 'inappropriate use of Primary Care Services'

Peppa Pig blamed for 'inappropriate use of Primary Care Services'

Cartoon character Peppa Pig has been blamed for contributing to patients' unrealistic expectations of what they can expect from their GP. A general practitioner, writing in the BMJ, also suggested the TV show aimed at preschoolers could be encouraging...

today, 11:52 in Regional North West
 
Time is running out to help needy children

Time is running out to help needy children

Staff at Preston’s university shop is spreading festive cheer by taking in presents for needy youngsters. The UCLan In the City Shop’ in Lune Street is being used to encourage the public to drop off gifts suitable for young people up to the age of 18,...

today, 09:24 in Regional North West
 
Five quizzed over suspected murder of three children who died after house fire

Five quizzed over suspected murder of three children who died after house fire

Five people are being questioned over the suspected murder of three children who died after a house fire. Demi Pearson, 14, was pronounced dead at the scene in Worsley, Greater Manchester, while her eight-year-old brother Brandon and seven-year-old...

today, 08:13 in Regional North West
 
Council recruitment drive follows criticism by Ombudsman.

Council recruitment drive follows criticism by Ombudsman.

A major recruitment drive for occupational therapists (OTs) has followed criticism of Lancashire County Council by the Local Government Ombudsman. Now the full county council will assess work being done to increase staffing and improve performance...

yesterday, 14:30 in Regional North West
 
Christmas calf show is moo-velous says College

Christmas calf show is moo-velous says College

A Christmas calf show organised by agriculture students from Myerscough College has helped boost funds for charity. Students plan and prepare for the event months in advance and college Head of Agriculture Craig Thompson, said: “All the students have...

yesterday, 13:24 in Regional North West
 
Oliver, 12, re-opens Fulwood library

Oliver, 12, re-opens Fulwood library

Christmas came early for users of one Lancashire library this week. They got the best possible present when the doors to Fulwood library re-opened 14 months after it was closed in a council economy drive. There to perform the official opening was one...

yesterday, 12:55 in Regional North West
 
How to answer nine of the most challenging questions kids love to ask

How to answer nine of the most challenging questions kids love to ask

Has your young child ever asked you a question you just can't answer? You're not alone - nearly half of parents admit they often struggle to answer their youngster's tricky questions. So what's the solution? Around 50% of parents confess to turning to...

yesterday, 12:14 in Regional North West
 
FESTIVE PLEDGE: Support Lancashire Post's Christmas Appeal for 2017 for Nest

FESTIVE PLEDGE: Support Lancashire Post's Christmas Appeal for 2017 for Nest

The Lancashire Post has launches its Christmas Appeal for 2017, urging our readers to back an organisation providing vital support to young victims of crime. The Lancashire Post has launches its Christmas Appeal for 2017, urging our readers to back an...

yesterday, 11:39 in Regional North West
 
Lancashire Police vow as nationwide alcohol breath tests see dramatic fall

Lancashire Police vow as nationwide alcohol breath tests see dramatic fall

The number of alcohol breath tests deployed by police on England’s roads has fallen by a quarter in the last five years, a new report has said. The figures, published by the Institute of Alcohol Studies on Friday, also show the number of Roads...

yesterday, 11:14 in Regional North West
 
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