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Welcome to North West Tonight with Annabel Tiffin and Roger Johnson.
Our top story: Tories on tour - Theresa May's Cabinet
visits Cheshire, claiming the Northern Powerhouse
We'll be assessing the significance of today's trip.
Also tonight: A new future for Blackpool's Winter Gardens -
a ?21 million investment to bring the big conferences
A milestone for Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral
And in sport, we'll celebrate Britain's best Alpine result for 35
years thanks to Lancashire skier Dave Ryding.
We'll be looking back at Wayne Rooney's record-breaking weekend.
With misfiring Trident missiles in the headlines,
this might not have been the best day for Theresa May
But today the PM did just that, travelling up to Warrington
to reveal her big industrial plan for the country.
So will it deliver the goods or, like the missile, land
Well, let's ask our political editor Nina Warhurst,
Bring us up to date. The Prime Minister chose this big science and
innovation campus near Warrington to launch her big industrial strategy.
Lots of companies collaborate on innovation, technology here, and
that's something she wants to see more of. The idea is that the
Government gives more support to businesses, it intervenes to help
them grow and is asking them to work together more and collaborate and
feedback on what they need and she didn't just come here alone to
launch a strategy, she brought her entire cabinet to this building to
prove she means business. The Prime Minister, the Foreign
Secretary and the Chancellor. My question is, is this very public
visit to the North West more than a gesture? Investment that will bring
jobs as part of our industrial strategy, ensuring the economy is
working across the whole country and that we are seeing investment
leading to a higher wage, higher productivity, higher skills. What is
new to do that will translate to jobs for the North West? The
investment that has been put into the northwest will translate into
jobs for families but the industrial strategy we are launching today and
that will be consulting with businesses on because we want to
ensure we get it right, it's about the long-term. A few miles north,
the Burns brothers have been making filters for more than 30 years.
They'd like to see less talk and more cash. It's more hot air. I
think investing in the legs of ourselves, manufacturing, is the way
to go, not sharing it with other people but investing in the people
that are doing good manufacturing at the moment. by coming to the North
West to launch a big industrial strategy, the Prime Minister was
making a statement. She was saying, I don't just kill about the South
East, I care about you and your communities, -- I don't just care
about the South East. But on the other end of Warrington she might
have had a different reception. Does nothing for people in the teens or
early 20s you, nor Penta ships. With people that are working, they're
just taking more money off them is tax credits have gone down. There's
no trade or anything unless you work in a shop or a tip. Labour have been
quick to criticise the new industrial strategy, asking how can
be key jobs for the next education while slashing education funds? --
can we create jobs? We had a rehash of the local funding formula for
schools and in Salford we are looking at losing ?309 per pupil.
This was a short and public visit from a Prime Minister known for
playing a long and private game. It might be a while before we see what
impact the long-term industrial strategy has here.
I did push the Prime Minister unemployment figures because they
are 0.5% higher than the national average in the South West. She
wouldn't promise it would bridge the gap but what I found interesting is
that she mentioned the Northern Powerhouse five times. When she
first took office there was a real reluctance to use that phrase, so
associated it is with George Osborne and David Cameron, but today she
talked about it a lot, she has faith that will bring jobs to the region.
We thought it was dead in the water. The Northern Powerhouse tonight
appears to be alive and well. As Nina mentioned, today's raft
of announcements included more details on where ?300 million
Northern Powerhouse money will be There's investment in skills
training and transport, a new advanced manufacturing centre
in Lancashire and ?10 million There's also ?21 million to money to
revamp Blackpool's Winter Gardens, part of bid to bring the big
conferences back to the resort. If these Walls could talk, what a
tail they'd tell. -- tale. Education, education, education. For
decades, Blackpool's Winter Gardens hosted the major political parties
for their annual conferences. We may get rescued the future. Here, the
top politicians of the they would enjoy their party's biggest party of
the year but eventually the politicians fell out of love with
Blackpool. It was just a sign of The Times, people had better facilities
to offer and this is why it's so key that we do build a new conference
centre in Blackpool because we'd love to welcome them back. This is
how Blackpool hopes to woo them back, a ?25 million revamp of the
Winter Gardens to create a conference centre fit for the
21st-century. Today, the Government announced it will be putting up ?50
million towards the project through its growth steel project. -- growth
deal. It will bring style and I hope it will make people and Blackpool
feel that little bit better about their town. Utah the smart new
conference centre but with the rest of the resort be up to scratch --
you've got to the smart new conference centre, but with the rest
of it to be up to scratch with the 21st century? Yes, some hotels are
extremely good but we are building a new one as part of the tramway
interchange. It is a gentle man interested in building one right
next to the conference centre. they seem to be as confident as they can
be that by the end of 2019 this car park will be part of the revitalised
Winter Gardens complex and it will host a 4-star conference hotel. The
question nobody can answer for sure will be if that will be enough to
bring big party conferences back to the resort.
A man - whose 20-year-old son was shot dead in a Greater Manchester
takeaway nine years ago - is supporting a campaign to raise
Halton McCollin died as he ran from a gunman in Stretford in 2008.
His killer has never been caught, despite a ?50,000
For every weapon removed off the streets is a possible life-saver
or some devastation saved a family from going through.
You should be able to walk wherever you please without the fear
of someone having a gun that's going to shoot you.
Meanwhile, police say a huge convoy of vehicles through Liverpool last
night was an "extensive disruption plan" targeting those
Police were seen in the city centre, Aigburth and Speke.
Labour's candidate to be the first Metro Mayor
of the Liverpool City Region has launched his campaign.
Walton MP Steve Rotheram has pledged to improve
apprenticeships for young people, reduce the cost of the Mersey tunnel
tolls for local residents, and work with Liverpool's elected
Mayor Joe Anderson to gain more devolved powers from the Government.
The important thing now is for us six districts and the metro mayor
to be going to Westminster to wrestle those additional powers
that really mean we can do great things for the people
Steve Rotheram is one of four candidates announced
for the May election, alongside Conservative Tony
Caldeira, Liberal Democrat Carl Cashman and Tom Crone of the Green
Ukip haven't announced a candidate as yet.
At the moment, terminations there are only allowed under
That means many women travel to the UK to pay
Some want the law brought into line with the mainland,
but others don't agree, as Jacey Normand reports.
In Britain, abortion is legal to 24 weeks.
On the Isle of Man, terminations are restricted unless the pregnancy
risks posing grave and permanent injury to the woman's
The number of official abortions on the island is usually
Anyone wishing to access the procedure therefore would either
have to travel to Britain or order tablets online, an offence which
Since April last year, a group of Manx women have been
We're aware there are 479 women in the last five years who have
travelled across the UK, so that's around 98 per year,
who are travelling, and those are just the ones know about.
Just before the elections in September, another group formed,
who represent the life of the unborn child.
We've got to balance the right of the woman to life and health
and the right of the baby to life and health and, in my view,
you cannot say that the baby is not a human being.
Both camps have been vocal and are hoping to influence
the Government during the course of this Parliament.
Does it concern you that in terms of women who can't afford to travel
to the UK to have terminations, that they may be ordering
That is a concern and that is something we are working with and UK
authorities and Customs and Excise to bring in legislation quickly
It's also a criminal offence - if those tablets are intercepted
by the Royal Mail, that person could go to jail.
Technically, I suppose they could do.
And you can see more on that story on Inside Out North West
Still to come on North West Tonight: Shutting its doors on 350
years of history - are the tills about to stop ringing
And another Rooney record as wine becomes
United's top scorer - a former striker
This summer, Liverpool's Catholic Cathedral celebrates
Paddy's Wigwam, as it s affectionately known,
was consecrated at Whitsuntide in 1967.
The cathedral authorities are planning a series of events
Our Merseyside Reporter, Andy Gill, looks back at its history.
It's an unmistakeable part of the Liverpool skyline,
as modern-looking now as it was half a century ago.
It's still in living memory for many people, 50 years, and it's a great
occasion to celebrate with people's memories and in a sense, because of
the nature of this building and its modernity, it's nice to remind
people that actually it's now 50 years and it's a lovely milestone I
think. Once the design was approved, it
took less than five years to build. The Metropolitan Cathedral was open
for public worship. The Prime Minister Harold Wilson
and a host of cardinals and archbishops were at
the consecration in 1967. She's 92 and still a
regular worshipper here. I can remember the Scouts lining the
route up to the ramp. It was all done in five years. 1962 to 1967, it
was a wonderful experience that we at last had our own mother church
for the North of England. In the 1930s there were plans
for a huge cathedral here. They got as far as building
the crypt designed But after World War Two, costs meant
a cheaper design was needed. For many though today's cathedral
is just as imposing. I love it, I adored it. I think it's
the glass more than anything, the atmosphere, the deep blue glass. I
once spent a day here from dawn to dusk just to watch the effects of
the lake through all the different windows.
It's needed extensive repairs over the years.
But is part of the city's fabric now.
In its 50 years, this cathedral like its Anglican counterpart of the road
has become a focus for the city for good times and bad. There was a mass
for the victims of the Hillsborough disaster here the day after it
happened. Over the next months
there are special masses, flower shows and concerts
to mark the jubilee. We'll have more in the build-up to
its golden jubilee later in the year.
We'll be talking about record-breaker Wayne Rooney shortly,
but first up is success on the slopes for the
You can see how steep that hill is, he not only looks cool but an
amazing achievement. Yes, we're not exactly known
for winning in the Alps, are we? But Lancashire's Dave Ryding
pulled out the performance Dave, who's from Bretherton
near Leyland, is a slalom skiier and in Kitzbuhel in Austria
yesterday, one of the premium world Dave finished a fantastic second
to shock the rest of the field. The first time in 35 years a British
skier has done that. And as I found out today he's
made people who know him back here in the North
west extremely proud... From the Lancashire Foothills to
glory in the Alps, Dave Ryding was clearly emotional at achieving his
first podium finish. This is what he said to BBC Radio. It's just crazy.
Just really proud of what I've achieved. What the whole team has
achieved, we're not a big team, my coach, my and man and me and they do
the work of eight guys so I'm very grateful to them. Dave's
achievements is extraordinary, it's just the second time in male British
Alpine skier has finished in the top three. This famously was the last,
when Conrad shocked the downhill world with silver in 1981. But for
Dave Ryding's family it's all about their boy and when I met his
grandparents today, they were bursting with pride. We're thrilled
to bits. We've followed David for 23 years from when he was a little tot
to where he is at now. When you knew he had got second place and was on
the podium, how did you feel? You going to make me burst into tears!
It was phenomenal. Having watched him as a child and seeing him now
with what he has just achieved has been coming this year but suddenly
he's arrived. This is where Dave learned to ski as a youngster,
Pendle ski club near Clitheroe. He still has many friends at the club.
I was very surprised. I know how well he has been skiing but to think
he made the podium any world-class field was fantastic. Dave will now
have his sights set on a medal at the championships and the Winter
Olympic Games in South Korea next year and after his results of the
weekend, the man they call the Rocket will believe anything is
possible. Wayne Rooney added another
goal-scoring record to his already impressive portfolio at the weekend,
his late equaliser at Stoke making him Manchester United's
all-time record goal-scorer. Goal number 250 for the club means
he eclipses Sir Bobby Charlton's record and it took Wayne 200
fewer games to do it. Well, to reflect on the achievement
I'm joined by another former United frontman,
Andy Ritchie. This is the goal that took into the
record. It's extremely impressive. Fantastic, he is breaking records
left, right and centre and he's a very proud man after scoring that
goal and he didn't really get to celebrate because he wanted to get
everybody back. Sir Bobby was there as well. Sir Bobby scored some
fantastic goals. It took the a few more games to get there, though. How
do you compare the two? You've got to compare Wayne with the best,
cause he's done it. Sir Bobby was probably more of a midfield player.
Wayne has probably played upfront most of his career. He's a fantastic
player and I wish him all the best because I think it's been a
fantastic achievement. 250 goals, 546 appearances, 758 for Sir Bobby,
but he has captured the heart of Manchester United fans. Did you
think Wayne Rooney has done the same? I certainly think he has. I
think he should go down as an all-time legend as a Manchester
United player. He's been out slowly fantastic for the football club --
absolutely fantastic. He's looked up to buy the rest of the players.
You've got to say he's an all-time legend. Thank you very much indeed.
Burnley are still smarting after a controversial penalty cost
them a valuable point away at Arsenal yesterday.
The Clarets levelled at 1-1 in injury time
through Andre Gray's penalty, but the home side were awarded
a spot kick of their own when Mee clashed with Koscielny,
Sanchez converted to win the match for Arsenal at the death.
We know how tough it is, this division, but we need officials
to make the right decisions and that is the real shame of today
- to lose a game in that fashion and an offside not given
Everton midfielder Gerard has joined EC Milan on loan until the end of
the season. -- AC. Fleetwood moved up to fourth in
league one. Sale Sharks fans finally
had something to smile about at the weekend
as the Steve Diamond's side They'd actually lost their last 16
games in Europe until this late penalty From AJ MacGinty secured
a 25-23 success over Scarlets This time last week
we were reflecting on the retirement of swim star Fran Halsall,
today it's the turn of her Team GB team mate Keri-Anne Payne who's
bowing out of the sport. The 29-year-old Olympic silver
medallist from Rochdale was also Keri-Anne says she still hopes
to inspire others to share her love Congratulations to Southport golfer
Tommy Fleetwood who won the Abu Dhabi championship yesterday. He
beat Dustin Johnson. It's his first European tour title in more than
three years. Andy Ritchie met him recently. He said he was a nice guy.
It was like you and your Big Brother sitting there!
A corner shop in the Lancashire village of Chipping first
opened its doors when Charles the Second was on the throne.
It's still in business, but for how long?
Yes, the country's oldest shop could be about to shut its doors
It's up for sale and, it seems, no one want to take it over.
For almost 350 years, Brabin's shop has been at the heart
of the Ribble Valley village of chipping but possibly
Roy Pinkett bought the business in 2014, but his wife Sharon
is suffering ill health and so they put it up for sale.
We've probably had a dozen people showing a bit of interest.
The furthest one came from Kent to view it,
but nothing's positive from it, no offers or anything.
Brabins is, by some accounts, the longest trading shop
in the country, having been a butchers, bakers and undertakers
If a buyer isn't found by the end of February,
If we don't find a buyer we'll have to close the doors.
John Brabin was a wealthy cloth merchant in Chipping in the 1600s.
Upon his death, his will instructed the creation of a Brabins Trust
They still manage almshouses and give out educational bursaries
I just wish the trust had more supporters.
The mobile post office opens up at Brabins twice a week
and would have to find a new home if it closes, and of course it
would mean the loss of another feature of village life.
We've been here 53 years, we've been there for sweets
and newspapers and groceries and my mum and dad
Longridge is a far way to go so it's a shame.
Chipping itself is getting bigger with houses so it's probably
The business comes with a home, outhouses, land and even animals.
There is still time for potential buyers to save the doors
from closing on this slice of Lancashire heritage.
It could be a great opportunity. The trust say they're working hard and
hopeful of finding someone to take it on. Let's get a look at the
weather now. It wasn't the best of starts today.
Many places were great, misty and murky for a huge portion of the day.
The sun came out in some places in the afternoon and that will be the
pattern again tomorrow. We have eight Met Office warning for four,
the lowest level, yellow. It could turn up anywhere and could be dense.
The first few days of the beaker chilly. By Thursday, we are really
in the cold air, but after that we are back in milder conditions so as
we speak, 12 showers across the region this afternoon hardly
dampening the ground, but the big story is visibility, the mist and
fog warning really an issue tomorrow morning for drivers and it might
affect airports. Away from that, some blue on the chart. Temperatures
will be fairly low from zero to two Celsius. Whenever you are, two
Celsius is not very good. The sun rises at 6:08am, we're getting
around 50 more minutes of sunlight in a week. -- 15. As the morning
goes on, brighter skies should come through the mist and fog and by the
afternoon is not a bad picture. The Isle of Man have cloud and rain and
soda Cumbria, pushing into Lancashire, but most people see an
improvement. It will still feel cold.
Well, it is January! Will be back with more news and weather at
10:30pm. Insight Out is on at 7:30pm here. Good night.