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finish one ahead of Shane Lowry of Ireland. And that is all the sport.
There's more Good evening. Counting has started
for the North West's European Election. Voters went to the ballot
box on Thursday to choose eight Euro MPs. There are counts at councils
across the region tonight, coordinated from Manchester Town
Hall. Our political editor Arif Ansari is there.
This is the count for voters in Manchester. 11 political parties on
the ballot paper, plenty of choice. And these elections are taking place
in about 40 councils across the north`west. As the results come in,
they will go up on that scoreboard over there and Manchester town hall
will be the place where those numbers are totalled up and divided.
There are eight Euro MPs in the region. And what will happen to
political parties? Labour at the moment have two but expect to go up
to three. The Conservatives on three are braced to lose one, to go down
to two. On a bad day, it could be even worse. What about UKIP? They
won one here five years ago. They are probably going to go on to two
tonight. That is what they are aiming for. And then the eighth
seat, the big story here last time was when Nick Griffin won it for the
BNP. He is expected to lose. Will the Lib Dems hold on or could the
Greens take it? Plenty of questions here and we will find out in the
next few hours. Meanwhile, Southport's Lib Dem MP
John Pugh is questioning Nick Clegg's leadership of the party
after dismal local election results saw them lose more than 250 local
councillors. Misty Pugh suggested a dozen of his Commons colleagues had
expressed doubts about the Deputy Prime Minister saying, "While the
Captain goes down with the ship, there's no need for the ship to go
down with the captain." But Cheadle's Lib Dem MP Mark Hunter
told Sunday Politics that it would be foolish to change leaders now.
There is clearly a problem about engagement, which we have
acknowledged. We have to work harder at getting that message across and
finding other ways in which we might be able to do it. But I do not think
the idea of changing leaders 12 months out from the general
election... The idea that with one single bound we can be free of all
these problems and a new leader will magically transform our fortune is
for the birds. One of the the region's biggest
animal charities has launched a campaign to help prevent dogs
overheating in cars. The Dogs Trust says there's been an annual rise in
the number of dogs dying in the North West, with many owners unaware
of the danger they're putting their pets in. Ian Haslam reports.
It is simple, poignant and it could be a life`saver. The message could
not be clearer. This is something that is on the increase. People do
forget that dogs can die in hot cars. It can only take 20 minutes
for a dog to actually die in a hot car. Here at the charity's North
West base, many of the staff have seen the problem first`hand. Some of
the examples are actually on Southport beach. People have left
their dogs in the car while they have gone shopping. They have had to
be rescued. I actually saw a dog in the boot of a car panting very
heavily and the owners were totally unaware. Unfortunately, there have
also been many examples of dogs overheating on car journeys in the
region. The advice is to keep your car as cool as possible, get things
like these sunblinds for the windows and stop regularly so the dog can
drink water. They need to really think about what they are doing when
they leave the dog in the car. Basically do not do it. Please do
not do it. The Dog's Trust have put out similar messages to this in the
past. They are hoping this one will prove a turning point.
Liverpool's first Rock and Roll Marathon and Half Marathon's been
taking place today. The 7,500 runners were greeted with live music
and entertainment at almost every mile. The event, which was spread
across the city, started and finished at the iconic waterfront.
Really nice out in the park. A good day up there and then coming along
the Mersey towards the end was perfect. Seeing kids all lined up.
People supporting their rain and their family. It feels great to have
loads of scousers cheering us on. It was brilliant fun. Lovely weather.
Lovely city to run around. Absolutely amazing. I am getting
married next Saturday and my bride`to`be is about an hour behind
me. She cannot catch me! In Super League, Ben Currie's brace
helped Warrington to a convincing 36`4 win at Wakefield. But Widnes
lost 34`22 at Castleford. Cricket now. The first day of
Lancashire's County Championship match against Yorkshire at
Headingley has been badly affected by rain. Lancashire are batting
first and are 86 for one. The weather now, with Mel Coles.
Good evening. Showers have been the order of the day and are putting in
an appearance tomorrow, too. But we should get to see some dry, bright
spells as well. Back to this evening, the showers continuing.
Some are still quite heavy although they will fade as the night goes on.
A few clear spells may be allowing for some mist and fog to develop.
Temperatures dropping. Tomorrow, for most places, getting off to a dry
start with some brightness through the morning and into the early part
of the afternoon. Showers return as we go through into the afternoon.
Some could be potentially heavy and thundery. Tuesday looks like being a
showery day but a little bit later on there will be the risk of some
rain moving in. See you later. Goodbye.
Good evening. Some of us had a pretty good soaking. It downpours
around with thunder and lightning. It wasn't so bad everywhere. The
satellite picture across the Midlands, East Anglia and the south
coast, the Isle of Wight. A beautiful end to the day. You can
see further west and north and that is