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<B>Tuesday Mar 16:</b> Liverpool and Manchester leaders back gateway plan; Ed Balls says Bulger killers “not evil”; lawyer mum in discrimination case and supermarket plan for Crosby

Published on March 16th 2010.

The Nifty 250: news of the day in so many words

LEADERS FROM LIVERPOOL AND MANCHESTER have joined forces behind a major £50bn strategy which would see Liverpool turned into a world superport as part of an ambitious project to make the north-west an economic zone of international significance.

If realised, the Atlantic Gateway scheme could deliver 250,000 new jobs and 400,000 new homes by 2030, and establish an area of economic growth second only to London in the UK.

The scheme envisions berths for ships too big to use the Panama Canal being built at Mersey Docks and along the 44-mile Manchester Ship Canal, at Wirral, Ellesmere Port, Warrington and Salford.

SCHOOLS Secretary Ed Balls said James Bulger’s killers were not “intrinsically evil” as he waded into the row over trying youngsters in adult courts.

The Labour cabinet minister said the Children’s Commissioner’s comments about the two-year-old’s murder were “ill-advised”. See Larry Neild's comment here.

A SENIOR PARTNER at major Liverpool law firm DLA Piper claims she was sacked after she became pregnant, an employment tribunal in Liverpool heard yesterday.

Sarah Sweeney, 36, says the firm sexually discriminated against her, and alleged Philip Rooney, the managing partner in the firm’s Liverpool office, said women who have children should not return to work.

Last night, DLA Piper said it would strongly contest all her allegations.

THE planning application for a £50m scheme which includes a Sainsbury’s supermarket in Crosby has been lodged with Sefton Council.

The 150,000 sq ft scheme also includes a public transport interchange alongside retail units and a building for the community.

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