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A new Channel Four series, Dogs: their secret lives, has lifted the lid on the emotions of mans best friend. The programme con rms what many dog lovers will already know, our beloved pets miss us when were not there and many suffer from seperation anxiety as ve-year-old Toby the tibetan terrier shows when hes waiting for his family to return. Full story on page 9.
Councillors back Deputy Mayor after shock resignation
Councillors across Liverpool have heaped praise on the citys former deputy mayor, follow-ing the announcement of his shock resignation yesterday.
Cllr Paul Brant resigned from his post for personal rea-sons, leaving two pivotal roles in the council vacant, saying that he will need his full at-tention to deal with an issue that has cropped up in his life.
Councillor Tom Morrison, Deputy Lib Dem leader in Liv-erpool, said: Sad to learn Paul Brant has resigned. A top guy and a great Councillor. Someone I really look up to even though we are from different parties.
Council sources have said that Assistant Mayor Roz Glad-den was due to be con rmed as the new deputy mayor.
Brant was rst elected as a councillor for Liverpool City Council in 1995. He held mul-tiple positions during his po-litical career, including Direc-tor of Liverpool Groundwork Trust, Chairman of the Board of Housing Association in his Riverside Ward and, most re-cently, the councils Cabinet Member for Finance, as well as maintaining a career as a suc-cessful commercial barrister.
Mayor Joe Anderson said: A huge honour and privi-lege to have worked with Cllr Paul Brant a friend and col-league played a key role in helping city over last 3 years.
Respect for the councillor ex-tended to not just to the local Labour and Lib Dem party, but to the local Green party as well.
Councillor John Coyne, the
leader of the Green Party in Liverpool City council, said: I have very high regard for him. I understand he resigned for personal reasons which I hope arent causing him too much dis-tress. Hes the kind of politician we need more of in Liverpool.
Even a former Lib Dem city council leader showed his support, acknowledg-ing the loss of such an able politician in the council.
Warren Bradley, leader of the council from 2005 to 2010, tweeted: A shame @CllrPaul-Brant has resigned; always had respect for each other. Strange to just walk away though con-sidering the ability he has?
Councillor Brant has already been removed from the councils website and a by-election will be held in the Riverside ward.
By James Routledge and Liberty Chrismas
RESPECT: Colleagues will miss Paul Brant. Twitter/ Paul Brant
An eye witness to a three-year -old girl falling into the River Mersey has said today that hopefully safety lessons will be learnt from the incident.
Calum Boner, 15, from Scot-land, was on the Mersey Ferry when a young toddler fell off the top deck into the water.
He said: She fell in between the boat and the port.
There was a high chance she could have hit her head off the tyres or the port edge.
It was hopefully a one off. He also mentioned how the
mother of the child sprinted to the lower deck as soon as her child fell.
The three-year-old was rescued by a crewman after being swept under the landing stage at Seacombe Ferry Terminal.
North West Ambulance Ser-vice NHS Trust said the girl was conscious and breathing and was taken to Arrowe Park Hospital on Merseyside with cuts to the head.
The Mersey Ferry crewman has been hailed as a hero after diving into the water to save the girl and pulling her to safety.
The Maritime and Coast-guard Agency said: A crewman went in after and managed to quickly recover the girl and get her safely ashore.
Mr Boner, who saw the crews reaction, spoke of their speedy response.
He said: As soon as the child fell in, one crew member
jumped in the water while an-other stretched in and pulled the child out.
Twitter responses to the incident also praised the crewmans effort.
@trfc_rover said: Well done to the crewman from mersey ferry diving in to save 3year old girl who fell into water from top deck.
Investigations are now underway to nd out exactly how the little girl was able to fall off the boat on Monday afternoon.
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Campaign set to stamp out fascismThousands of people marched in Liverpool city centre to show racists and fascists that they are not welcome in the city.
People from all over the UK attended and were joined by trade union leader Len McClus-key and Liverpools Mayor Joe Anderson plus other in uential gures to march.
During the rally on Saturday, which was led by trade unions and anti-racist groups, demon-strators focussed on the election of British National Party leader Nick Grif n to a seat on the Eu-ropean Parliament in 2009, rep-resenting the North West.
Unite was one of the major trade unions behind the march and one of their Regional Of- cials, Dave Telford, told Liv-erpool Life: This is to put up a united front and to show that the people of Merseyside and the North West wont tolerate fascism. They dont want to see Nick Grif n re-elected as an MP here. We want to make sure that doesnt happen.
Labour Councillor Ann OBryne echoed this message: Its great to see events like this happening in the city given what a fantastic city we are. Were sending a really strong message to say we will not tolerate fas-cists in our city. This is against the BNP and EDL, were saying dont bother coming to this city you are not welcome.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe An-derson, spoke to the crowds at the end of the march at the Pier Head. He said: Liverpool is a city that has a proud history of diversity, embracing different cultures, different religions and different people. Our future is based on a diverse future and it should be united and together we can defeat the fascists.
He continued, It is absolutely right that a city that was built on
racism is at the forefront of the battle to keep racism and fas-cism out of our city and thats why Labour and the trade un-ions of Liverpool will work to-gether.
The march, which started at William Brown Street and passed through the city centre, was attended by approximately 5,000 people.
The Unite General Secretary, Len McCluskey, is a native of the city and was one of the thou-sands who took part.
He said: We need to demon-strate our vision of the type of Britain we want; diverse, equal and united. Thats what were ghting for and that is the core values of ordinary working peo-ple.
Heres the point, heres the truth about what we are standing for, our rejection of violence and division, our message of hope, not hate is a message of unity. We are stronger together. Our values, our beliefs will make for a better and safer Britain.
by Niall Dudley
UNITED: Unison workers join the march against fascism and racism on Saturday Pictures: Niall Dudley
Bebington Bookfest talks BeatlesAs part of the Wirral Libraries Bookfest, Bebington Library welcomed Beatles author and historian Ray OBrian to speak to the community.
e evening brought a taste of the Beatles to the peninsu-la when Mr OBrian shared his personal experience and re-search of the bands connection with Wirral on Friday.
He said: It was in the Wirral that the bands rst fan club was formed and their rst publicity shots were taken, their rst suits were made and where Ringo Starr made his o cial debut.
Already a fan of Mr OBrian, library advisor Maria Byrne at-tended one of his talks in New Brighton, in 1973, where a pro-gramme about Paul McCartney was lmed.
She said: I have his autograph from that night.
e Bookfest festival this year took place between the 5th and 12th October and hosted a range of events across the Wirral.
Home-grown authors, readers and speakers, including Wirrals own award-winning poet Clare Kirwan showcased their expe-riences and talents to the com-munity.
Last week authors Caroline Smalles and Cathy Cassidy held events to give advice to aspiring writers .
by Gemma Sherlock
BANNER: Campaigners take a stand against poverty Pictures: Niall Dudley
HISTORIAN: Ray OBrian talks to the audience Pictures: Maria Byrne
BEAT THE REAPER 10K RACEby Gemma Sherlock
A Halloween inspired 10k race is set to take place in Croxteth Country Park, on Sunday 20th October.
e Beat the Reaper is a two lap course of the park passing through the woods where Grim Reapers will be hiding ready to race competitors to the nish line.
e race will start at 10.30am and nish outside of Croxteth Hall which is situated in the centre of Croxteth Country Park.
e race costs 15 (una liat-ed), 13 (a liated). Entries are now open for the race online.
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