Branson urged to meet unions over Virgin West Coast pay row as strikes loom

Union leaders are urging Sir Richard Branson to intervene in a dispute over pay which is set to spark a series of strikes on Virgin Trains West Coast.

The dispute is about winning independent representation for pilots

Ireland-based Ryanair pilots to strike five days before Christmas

Some Irish-based Ryanair pilots are to take pre-Christmas strike action.

County Coun Peter Britcliffe

Silence on Virgin deal

An attempt by councillors to debate the controversial awarding of a £104m Lancashire County Council health contract to the private sector was knocked back today.

Researchers suggested that momentary distraction is a common contributor to road traffic deaths

Full moons can increase likelihood of fatal motor bike crashes

More fatal motorbike crashes take place on nights where there is a full moon, research has found.

Hayley Baines with James Moorhouse and the champion.

Ribble Valley youngster James (three) crowned supreme champion

A three-year-old boy owned the supreme champion heifer shown by his mother at Skipton Auction Mart’s Christmas prime cattle show and sale – the annual high profile highlight attended by independent retail butchers and meat wholesalers again seeking top quality beef for their customers’ Christmas tables.

Emails should be sent to staff about their behaviour before parties

Firms urged to email staff about behaviour before work Christmas parties

Firms are being urged to be extra vigilant about the threat of sexual harassment at office Christmas parties this year.

Looking to bag a bargain before the Boxing Day sales start?

How to get money off Amazon purchases

Looking to bag a bargain before the Boxing Day sales start?

New buses will help transform travel in many rural areas

Improved bus routes on their way

New bus routes starting in Lancashire next week will see public transport restored to a number of villages, and more frequent services across Burnley, Pendle and the Ribble Valley.

Council leader Coun Geoff Driver

£7m cuts to council services

A £7m package of cuts was approved by Lancashire County Council’s cabinet today, with warnings more cuts will be announced over the next two months.

The former Keirby Hotel has been closed down by fire and council chiefs amid concerns about fire safety.

Former landmark hotel is shutdown by fire chiefs

The former Keirby Hotel in Burnley has closed down today after being served with a series of legal notices.

One in three employers surveyed said that men will never take an equal role in caring for children.

Managers reluctant to hire women who may have children, survey finds

One in seven employers admit they would be reluctant to hire a woman who might have children, according to a new study.

Shhh. No mobiles of headphones

Future of quiet carriages on trains under scrutiny after passenger palaver

A train operator is considering scrapping its quiet carriages and is asking its passengers whether they want them to stay or go.
Ashley Highfield

New reporters 'to hold local councils to account'

New reporters are being recruited to cover local councils across the North West.
Do you have a small fortune stashed away in your attic?

Do you have valuable Star Wars toys in the attic?

With the latest instalment of Star Wars series ‘The Last Jedi’ due for release next week, the Force could be with Star Wars fans who have valuable vintage action figures.

Children under 13 are banned from Facebook but this new app targets children aged 6 and up

Facebook launches messaging app for under-13s

Facebook has launched a messaging app for kids, a move which will see the social media giant expand their user base to a whole previously under-age sector.
One in five of those polled books a day off after their office bas

Fifth of workers book day off to recover from office Christmas bash

Half of workers have a "civilised" three-course dinner in a restaurant followed by drinks in a bar for their office Christmas party, a new study reveals.
Google has been named the best place to work in the UK

Free food and medical costs make Google the best place to work in the UK

Internet giant Google has been named the best place to work in the UK, offering benefits including free food and medical costs.
Passenger watchdog Transport Focus compared the news to "a chill wind" blowing down platforms

Rail passengers to be hit by hike in train fares

Rail passengers are to face more woes as plans to increase fares by the largest hike in five years have been revealed.

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Full list of Toys R Us stores set to close

Toys R Us has put forward plans to close at least a third of its UK stores, putting up to 800 jobs at risk.

Almost 400 miles of roadworks will be lifted

400 miles of roadworks to be lifted to ease Christmas getaway

Almost 400 miles of roadworks will be lifted to ease journeys over Christmas.
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