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<b>Monday 5 October:</b> Hefty Conservative security, roly-poly bus driver ban and yes to referendum for mayor (sort of)

Published on October 5th 2009.


THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY CONFERENCE has rolled up in Manchester, causing diversions and delays – and lots of visitor dollars. Some 1,400 police officers will protect David Cameron and over 12,000 delegates. Said to be the “most advanced command centre in the country”, barricades built from 1,000 tonnes of concrete will create a “ring of steel” around the “island site” at Manchester Central.

A TODDLER HAS BEEN FOUND DEAD at her home in Cheadle Heath. Her 43-year-old mum was taken to hospital with cuts to her wrists and has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Three-year-old Bethany Marie Kennerley was found collapsed at a flat in Redwood Close on Saturday morning. A post-mortem will take place today.

FAT BUS DRIVERS HAVE BEEN BANNED from getting behind the wheel for “safety” reasons. Stagecoach bosses have told drivers they will not be able to drive a bus if they exceed the 23-stone weight limit, one driver saying he was told to “go to Tesco” to be weighed. Those who have a weight “issue” will be given support or offered alternative work. The firm has said it is “unlikely” their drivers will exceed the weight limit.

CAMERON HAS VOWED TO HOLD A REFERENDUM on whether Manchester should have an elected mayor. Despite a recent consultation by Manchester City Council that revealed two thirds of people in the city were against an elected mayor, the Conservative leader said there should be more power for the people running the city as “accountability helps to build great cities.”

This 'N' That wisdom: One ounce of keeness is worth a whole library of certificates

Taken from the free calendar available at This 'n' That, Soap Street, Northern Quarter. Wisdom rating: 2/10

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M30October 5th 2009.

Who's paying for all this lot anyway?

emma graceOctober 5th 2009.

Don't forget the Sauna M30.....you know, in case anyone, erm, fancied a sauna

DescartesOctober 5th 2009.

Hm, I had no idea Emma, you certainly go to some exciting places on your nights out.

Ali McGowanOctober 5th 2009.

1. Yeah, look after our next Government... and yes it brings a bit of disruption but it also gives Manchester great kudos (not to mention extra dollar). 2. If Cameron allows a referendum on a Mcr Mayor - good effort. I voted 'yes' and think it's about time we had more visible, local power. 3. Rather than ban fat drivers, can Stagecoach not look to ban RUDE drivers? Sorry to those that are not, but there are far too many unhelpful, rude, jobsworth types... Just a thought...

I want my city back!October 5th 2009.

Am I the only local who thinks the security this week is absurdly over-the-top? The local bobbies, on time-an-a-half and maybe more, must be rubbing their hands in glee.

west lancsOctober 5th 2009.

That Prescott, cheeky bugger

M30October 5th 2009.

Xanadu was a "friendship club" located off Chapel Street in Salford. There were beds in there in case anyone fancied having a nap. Sadly closed now though, Jinkies.

east lancsOctober 5th 2009.

Prescott's got two of 'em...

JinkiesOctober 5th 2009.

M30, what's Xanadu and how do you know about it?

AnonymousOctober 5th 2009.

Ouuu, all the police are in the city centre so it's an easy day for crim's in Salford is it? Who cares, let Salford burn, I think it's only right to dedicate some police time to looking after the future leaders of our country.

M30October 5th 2009.

I hear that the takings of the Ladies of the Evening are up tenfold. Not to mention Xanadu.

smittyOctober 5th 2009.

"I want my city back" - for goodness' sake it only lasts a couple of days and brings a fortune into the city!

DescartesOctober 5th 2009.

Has anyone else seen the noddy train going around town with Gordon Brown and Hazel Blears on it? What's wrong with a taxi eh? Labour's spending is totally out of control!

Ali McGowanOctober 5th 2009.

1. Yeah, look after our next Government... and yes it brings a bit of disruption but it also gives Manchester great kudos (not to mention extra dollar). 2. If Cameron allows a referendum on a Mcr Mayor - good effort. I voted 'yes' and think it's about time we had more visible, local power. 3. Rather than ban fat drivers, can Stagecoach not look to ban RUDE drivers? Sorry to those that are not, but there are far too many unhelpful, rude, jobsworth types... Just a thought...

I want my city back!October 5th 2009.

Am I the only local who thinks the security this week is absurdly over-the-top? The local bobbies, on time-an-a-half and maybe more, must be rubbing their hands in glee.

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