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MP hits out at watchdog over pay rise plans

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones branded the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, Ipsa, a ‘disgrace’ and said that MPs had not been consulted properly over plans to increase their pay.

Top honour for Maundy patron Julie

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of awarding the Accrington actress and Maundy Relief charity patron one of Hyndburn’s highest honours.

X Factor star at old school

Pupils at Peel Park Primary School were delighted by the visit of old boy and singing starlet Reece Bibby.

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MP hits out at watchdog over pay rise plans

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones branded the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, Ipsa, a ‘disgrace’ and said that MPs had not been consulted properly over plans to increase their pay.

Top honour for Maundy patron Julie

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of awarding the Accrington actress and Maundy Relief charity patron one of Hyndburn’s highest honours.

X Factor star at old school

Pupils at Peel Park Primary School were delighted by the visit of old boy and singing starlet Reece Bibby.

Coffee shop worker to stand for Labour for the fourth time

David Hartley, 21, has been a member of the Labour Party since he was 18 and has been selected to run in the Conservative-held ward for the fourth time.

Strongmen in challenge event at Victoria Hotel

An estimated 350 spectators watched the strongmen battle for supremacy over six different events in The Great Harwood Novice Strongman Classic.

Dance teacher reveals the success of her new school

Alice Blokland, 23, of Baxenden has established the Wonderland School of Dance at the Baxenden Conservative Club and has attracted more than 40 students in five weeks.

Retired nurse releases second collection of poetry

Jane Gill-Wilson’s second volume of poetry is entitled ‘Out of Darkness’ and follows the success of her first book ‘Raw Emotion’ which was released in 2011.

Summer school preparing its youngsters for the year ahead

Norden High School ran a Summer School for its new Year 7 pupils to help them prepare for high school life and meet their soon-to-be classmates.

‘Nanny Anny’ tells of her 50 year trip around the globe

Marleanne Dolphin, better known the world over as ‘Nanny Anny’, left a terraced house in Clayton in 1959 with little more than five shillings in her pocket to find fortune in London.

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Reds' manager James Beattie leaves by mutual consent

The club confirmed on Friday evening that they and Beattie have decided to terminate their contract by mutual consent with immediate effect.

Council pays tribute to 'father of the community'

Sardar Ali suffered a suspected heart attack on Sunday, August 31, after collapsing in front of family and friends during afternoon prayers at the Raza Jamia Masjid Mosque on Grimshaw Street.

Call to fly St Andrew's cross

Conservative Councillor Peter Britcliffe wants the borough to show its support for keeping the United Kingdom together by raising the St Andrew’s Cross above the town hall building in the lead up to the historic vote on independence.

Boss James Beattie lays down Marcus Carver challenge

James Gray and his new strike partner shone during Accrington Stanley's 3-2 win over Tranmere last Saturday.

Sex offender used library to trawl web

James Craft, 24, was jailed for 18 months after breaching a sexual offences order which requires him to notify police within three days of a change of name or address.

Knife man terrified OAP and girl, four

Glenn Morley, of Dowry Street, Accrington, went over to the woman who is in her sixties and started swearing at her and ‘waving’ a knife around, Burnley Crown Court heard.

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