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<b>News of the day in so many words:</b> Reality TV, library closure and Jane Kennedy leaves cabinet

Published on June 9th 2009.


A LIVERPOOL FAMILY have turned their home into a Big Brother-type house. Installing cameras throughout, including the garden, the Walmsley family are being watched by 120,000 Internet users 24/7.Admitting people think they’re “crackers”, dad Jack says they “love the experience” himself, his wife and their five children sometimes forget they’re on camera.

A MOTHER whose boyfriend is accused of killing her two year old son, lied to the authorities about the abuse the toddler suffered, a court heard yesterday. Wayne Davenport is accused of the manslaughter of Joshua Jones, who was found dead at Mr Davenport’s and Nichola Bowman’s home in 2007. Two weeks before his death, Joshua had been in hospital with a number of injuries, Miss Bowman blaming her mother’s partner for the injuries. Both defendants deny causing and allowing the two year old’s death.

THE ENQUIRY into the closure of 11 libraries across the Wirral will begin today. Faced with huge protests by the public and local MPs, the then culture secretary, Andy Burnham, intervened at the last minute to prevent the first library being closed. The hearing will determine if Wirral Council has a duty to keep the libraries open, with one MP describing the consultation process as “flawed”.

FOLLOWING LAST WEEK’S cabinet reshuffle, Liverpool Wavertree MP Jane Kennedy has left following claims the MP refused to pledge loyalty to the PM. The former environment minister said she was not able to “give assurances of loyalty” to Gordon Brown, so was not reappointed to the government.

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