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City news in 250 words: Friday 5 February

MPs must pay back, police get name badges and a baby in the back

Published on February 5th 2010.

City news in 250 words: Friday 5 February

REGION’S MPS TOLD TO PAY BACK £34,562 that was wrongly claimed. Sir Thomas Legg’s long-awaited audit ordered 19 MPs in our region to refund the taxpayer, with the biggest bill of £6,786.06 owed by Wigan MP Neil Turner. Sir Legg’s report condemned the "culture of deference" in the Commons fees office that meant officials failed to challenge claims under the £24,000-a-year “second home” allowance.

POLICE TO WEAR ID BADGES TO IMPROVE ‘CUSTOMER SERVICE’ with the public. All 8,100 officers along with 4,000 civilian staff will be ordered to wear the magnetic tags, which will display their full name and rank. GMP is the first in the country to introduce the name badges. Undercover cops and those in riot gear will be able to take their badges off. Chief Constable Peter Fahy, who has already started wearing his badge, has brought in the policy to improve the force's image with the public.

THE ROYAL TRAIN PULLED UP IN PICCADILLY yesterday to start the Duchess of Cornwall’s tour of the North West. The duchess visited Coronation Street and offered her services for a walk-on part, while Prince Charles visited Museum of Science and Industry.

CABBIE DELIVERS BABY ON THE BACK SEAT in the middle of the city centre. En route to St Mary’s Hospital, Colin Gillmore pulled up at the MEN Arena, and along with the woman’s partner, followed telephone instructions from the emergency services operator. All the while, the mother’s young son carried on eating his banana in the front seat.

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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

CASFebruary 5th 2010.

Why still no general rants? Why? Anyway has a takeaway from Khan Ba Ba last night and it was absolutely brilliant. Very hot, very very hot, but really good!

Much better than Akbars where evrything seems to made from the same base these days. Desereves another review if you're passing

DescartesFebruary 5th 2010.

This whole MP's paying back £1.2m is great, I just wish the inquiry hadn't cost us £1.1m. We all knew what it'd announce: MP's are crooked and have almost literally been dipping in our pockets to fund whatever they please. Imagine how many of our hard earned pounds have gone to MP's in the last 100 years alone.

EditorialFebruary 5th 2010.

Cas, that's on the list. Give us a couple of weeks and it'll be done. Thanks.

Smyth HarperFebruary 5th 2010.

Absolute fury on the MEN's comments about the police name badges story. Mystifies me as to what the big deal is, but worth a visit as it really is hilarious. That lot would get angry at Florence Nightingale!

GordoFebruary 10th 2010.

Cas, where is Khan Ba Ba? need a curry fix this Friday

J E SibberingFebruary 10th 2010.

On Liverpool Road by the zebra crossing, opposite MOSI, very near Akbars.

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