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A high-powered delegation from Merseyside has met Government ministers to press for action in response to the Daily Post’s Fight for a Flight Campaign.
The paper wants landing slots for Liverpool flights from Heathrow or Gatwick, and the exemption of Liverpool-London flights from air passenger duty.

The Camden New Journal has launched a new title – the Islington Tribune.
The two free titles will share some copy but the new edition will have some 10 change pages of local news, produced by a dedicated district reporter and sub.

Wartime Arctic convoy veterans have vowed not to give up the fight for recognition from the Government after their plea for a medal was turned down.
The Portsmouth News has appealed directly to the Prime Minister but Mr Blair snubbed a meeting with the veterans’ representatives.

The Scottish political editor at the Herald, Murray Ritchie, is to retire in the new year.
His six years in the role follow a career which has taken in reporting, being a columnist, and investigative journalism. He previously worked for the Dumfries and Galloway Standard.

Former journalist Claire McGine revealed her personal anguish over a cancer scare to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
She gave a frank account to the Gloucester Citizen of her worry at being first diagnosed with a tumour, going through an operation and chemotherapy and then waiting for the all-clear.

The Derby Evening Telegraph is working with Asda to give youngsters the chance to work alongside a reporter or a photographer for a day.
The prize is being raffled by the Long Eaton store for Children In Need.

Hull has been named the Northcliffe Centre of the Year by Lord Rothermere at a gala dinner.
Managing director Heather Wozniak said: “It reflects the tremendous efforts of all our staff at Hull during the past two years.”

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