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The headlines this Monday lunchtime: The Government's big day out.

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The Cabinet comes to Cheshire promising investment for industry,

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The Isle of Man decides whether to bring its strict laws

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And the centuries old village shop - which could be about to

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The Prime Minister is in the North West this lunchtime

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holding a cabinet meeting outside London for the first time.

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The Government's launching a new industrial strategy -

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offering support to businesses - including more than ?300 million

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here as part of the northern powerhouse project.

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But critics are questioning whether that's enough.

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Our political editor Nina Warhurst is in Daresbury

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whole and this is a science and innovation campus which supports

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companies across the north-west. It works out how we can use space

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technology here on the ground. This sort of place is exactly what the

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Prime Minister wants to see more of as part of her industrial strategy.

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She has invited the Cabinet here to talk about it. It is the Government

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offering guidance and support and going out to companies and saying,

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what would you like to see us doing's what do you need? Some

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Labour MPs have met this with scepticism. Some business owners

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have told me what they would like to see is hard cash invested, not just

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offers of guidance. There is potential for this to be beneficial

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for the north-west and the long-term. It could overtime have an

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impact on the north-west. We will wait and see. They have formulated a

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strategy. We have not seen great detail of it but it has a great deal

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of potential to grow the north-west industries, energy and digital,

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these are things at the north is really good at and it needs support

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from central undergo Government. Nina, we have had more detail from

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funding for the Northern Powerhouse today. -- for the Northern

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Powerhouse. Back in the Autumn Statement, we heard 556 million

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pounds that will be invested in the Northern Powerhouse. We have heard

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today that have the pie is going to be sliced up. We do quite well at

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out of it. This is money that will go to local enterprise partnerships.

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These are governments that pitch. Greater Manchester will receive ?130

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million. Liverpool region will receive 72 million. Lancashire 72

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million and Cheshire and Warrington 43 million. We have not had detail

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about the projects but the two we have been told about is a

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reorganisation of the Blackpool Winter Gardens which will hopefully

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become a national conference centre. Another one is a new science Park

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for gesture. It is important to remember that unemployment in the

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north-west still a percent higher than the national average. It will

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take time to see whether this visit the Prime Minister is simply a

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hollow or whether it will translate to real jobs. Thank you, Nina. We

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will have more from Nina at 630 tonight.

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A 32-year-old woman's been charged with the murder

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The body of 71 year old Derek Taylor was found by police

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The Green Party has announced Will Patterson

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will be their candidate for the Greater Manchester

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The Chair of the Wigan and Leigh Green Party

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is standing following the death of Deyika Nzeribe

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Rochdale's Olympic medallist and former world champion

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Keri-anne Payne has announced her retirement from swimming.

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The 29 year old says he hopes to continue inspiring others

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to share her love of open water swimming.

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An attempt to change the Isle of Man's controversial abortion laws

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At the moment, terminations there are only allowed under

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strict circumstances - meaning many women travel to the UK

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Some want the law brought into line with the mainland -

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but others don't agree - as Jacey Normand reports.

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In Britain, abortion is legal at 24 weeks.

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On the Isle of Mann, terminations are restricted

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pregnancy risks posing grave or permanent injury to the woman's

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The number of official abortions on the

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Anyone wishing to access the procedure therefore would either

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have to travel to Britain or order tablets online -

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an offence that carries a two year prison sentence.

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Since April last year, a group of Manx women have been

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We are aware that there's 479 women in the last five years

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That is around 98 women a year who are travelling.

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Those are just the ones we know about.

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Just before the elections in September,

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They represent the life of the unborn child.

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The thing is, we have to balance the right

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of the women to life and health and the

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right of the baby to life and health.

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In my view, you cannot say that the baby is not a human being.

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Both camps have been vocal and are hoping to

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influence the Government during the course of this Parliament.

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We are going to review it to see if it needs updating.

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Obviously, it is too early to say which way that is coming to go.

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And you can see more on that on Inside Out North West -

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The Lancashire village of Chipping risks losing

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Brabin's shop opened in 1668 and has been trading

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in various forms ever since, but next month, it faces

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The current owner is selling up, and if a buyer isn't found

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by the end of February, the shop could close its doors.

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For almost 350 years, Brabins shop has been at the heart

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of the Ribble Valley village of Chipping, but possibly

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Roy Pinkett bought the business in 2014, but his wife Sharon

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is suffering ill health and so they've put it up for sale.

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We've probably had about a dozen people showing a bit of interest.

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I think the furthest one came from Kent to view it

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No firm offers or anything like that.

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Brabins is by some accounts the longest trading

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shop in the country - havng been a butchers, bakers

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and undertakers, amongst other things.

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If a buyer isn't found by the end of February, that

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If we don't have a buyer, we will have to close the doors.

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John Brabin was a wealthy cloth merchant here

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Upon his death, his will instructed the creation of a Brabin trust

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They still manage almshouses and give out educational bursaries

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I just wish the trust would have supported us a bit more.

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The mobile post office opens up at Babins twice a week

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and would have to find a new home if it closes.

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It would mean the loss of another feature of

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I have been here for 53 years and gone in there for sweets

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My mum and dad always used to shop in there.

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Chipping itself is getting bigger with houses.

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It is probably disappearing at the wrong time.

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The business comes with a home, outhouses, land and even

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There is still time for potential buyers to save the doors

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closing on this slice of Lancashire heritage.

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could be a great opportunity for someone.

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Quite a cloudy afternoon in store as well.

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Where that cloud is thick enough, you might get

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In the main, a dry afternoon and occasionally a fine one with a

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little bit of brightness peeking through the clouds.

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A touch milder on the Isle of Man s it will be overnight as well.

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Overnight, there is some clear clear sky for a time,

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We then go through to Tuesday daytime, some cloud around

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through the morning and brighter weather in behind it.

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Generally cloudy as we go through the afternoon.

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Temperatures at around six, seven, maybe eight Celsius.

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Starting to turn breezy from Wednesday onwards.

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In the main, generally dry and occasionally bright as well.

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Another chilly start for us tomorrow. Annabel and myself will be

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here at 6:30pm. In the meantime, from the lunchtime team, thank you

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for watching and have a lovely afternoon. Goodbye.

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