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<b>Wednesday 4 November:</b> Liberal’s want Manc-power, jets make emergency landings and switchover at blooming last

Published on November 4th 2009.

LIBDEM LEADER SAYS DEVOLVE FINANCE POWERS to major cities like Manchester and hit out at the “grotesque centralisation that was holding back the progress of cities”. In his speech, addressed to leaders from the biggest English cities at the Core Cities Conference, Nick Clegg said the recession and the impact of the decisions of bankers in London had made clear a commitment to localism was needed. He said constitutional change was needed which assumes local authorities “have the powers to do what you want to do unless you are told otherwise.”

TWO JETS MADE EMERGENCY LANDINGS at Manchester Airport yesterday morning. The Glasgow and Leeds departure planes diverted to Manchester and were met on the runway by a fleet of fire and emergency service crews. No passengers were injured and an investigation is now underway.

A POLICEWOMAN HAS BEEN FOUND DEAD by her children. The body of mother-of-four Vijay Singh, 37, was discovered by her eight-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter at their home in Levenshulme. The officer, who had served with Greater Manchester Police for 14 years and was based at the Chester House headquarters in Old Trafford, is believed to have died of natural causes. A GMP spokesman said: "Her death is not suspicious."

SEVEN MILLION TV VIEWERS are taking part in the biggest switchover in UK history as the digital change gets underway. The switchover will see the BBC Two analogue channel being turned off for good, with the remaining analogue channels being permanently switched-off on December 2.

This’n’That wisdom: You will never win, if never begin

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scoteeeNovember 4th 2009.

At least my ride home on the metrolink since Monday of this week hasn't been affected in any way at all!

AnonymousNovember 4th 2009.

Taking part? We're being forced - at cost to ourselves. It's brilliant where I live, because of the "unique properties of the shape of the valley" I live in the digital signal doesn't reach us. No idea why as the analogue signal's always worked fine. Result? Pay to get freesat installed, £80. Otherwise no tv. I'm going the no tv route, can't wait.

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