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Summary

  1. Flood warnings lifted in Lancashire after Monday's storms
  2. Private health firm to take over running of urgent care in West Lancashire
  3. 'Failure of management' to blame for Chorley's A&E closure, MP claims
  4. Lancashire student launches campaign for a seat in House of Lords
  5. Updates on Tuesday 22 November

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates from Lancashire have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region. 

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  2. Weather: Rain clearing for most areas, with overnight frost in the north

    BBC Weather

    It will turn drier overnight, although it will remain cloudy with some outbreaks of rain in the south of the region. Some frost is likely by dawn further north.  

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    Lows tonight of 4C.

    Any residual rain will clear to leave a fine day with sunny spells, the best of which will be across more northern parts. Staying cold, despite lighter winds.

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  3. Preston student applies for House of Lords seat

    A university student has applied for a seat in the House of Lords.

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    University of Central Lancashire post-graduate Tom Molyneux put himself forward after learning it was possible to self nominate.

    There are currently about 825 members who are eligible to take part in the work of the House of Lords.

    The youngest member of the Lords is currently 39 years old. 

  4. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • The MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale denies wrongdoing amid reports he made false claims for mileage expenses
    • A&E bosses are set to be quizzed by county councillors on what they are doing to reopen Chorley Hospital's A&E department, with the town's MP saying the continuing closure is down to a "failure of management"    
    • A private healthcare firm is to take over the running of urgent health care and community health services in West Lancashire from April
  5. New parking rules for Whalley visitors

    New parking restrictions are being brought into the village of Whalley.

    Whalley

    It comes after traders said limited spaces were affecting the local economy. 

    The Chamber of Trade also said local workers were occupying spaces meant for shoppers. 

    Despite some objections, the county council has agreed to ensure cars can only park for two hours from Monday to Saturday between 08:00 and 18:00.

  6. Football: Consistent team selection pleases Blackpool boss

    BBC Lancashire Sport

    Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer believes his side's recent climb up the League Two table is partly down to consistent team selections.

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    Video caption: Gary Bowyer

    Saturday's win over Leyton Orient lifted Bowyer's side into the division's play-off places.

    They face Mansfield tonight looking for their third straight league victory.

    You can hear commentary from 19:00, on BBC Radio Lancashire.

  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A6 Lancashire both ways

    BBC Travel

    A6 Lancashire both ways severe accident, near Church Lane affecting New Lane.

    A6 Lancashire - A6 Garstang Road in Bilsborrow blocked and queuing traffic in both directions near the Church Lane junction, because of an accident. Congestion to the New Lane junction.

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  8. Lancashire MP denies wrongdoing amid false expense claims

    The MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale has denied making false claims for mileage expenses in his constituency while he was on foreign trips.

    David Morris

    Mr Morris says that, on 12 out of the 25 occasions, he is alleged to have claimed for mileage when abroad, he was actually in the country. 

    The MP also claimed that the "wrong date" had been automatically selected for five of his claims and called for a new computer system for parliamentary expenses.  

    IPSA - the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority - said the dates entered on the system "are the dates given to them by MPs". 

    According to the Mail on Sunday, the Conservative MP claimed around £1,400 in expenses over the past four years.

  9. Watch: Facelift for 170-year-old railway viaduct

    A 170-year-old railway viaduct, the oldest in Lancashire, is having a £1.6m facelift.  

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    Video caption: The Whalley Viaduct drainage system will hold excess surface water during heavy rainfall

    Whalley Viaduct, which carries trains between Clitheroe and Mancester Victoria, is showing signs of age.

    Network Rail says it's strengthening the Victorian structure and adding a drainage system to control excess water flow into the River Calder, which is prone to breaching its banks.

  10. Weather: Showery outbreaks during the afternoon

    BBC Weather

    Largely cloudy this afternoon with further showery outbreaks of rain, locally heavy and wintry over higher ground. Staying cold with a brisk breeze around coasts.  

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    Turning drier overnight, although it will stay cloudy with some outbreaks of rain continuing in the south of the region. Some frost is likely by dawn.

    Lows tonight of 4C.

    More from BBC Weather  

  11. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A6078 Lancashire both ways

    BBC Travel

    A6078 Lancashire both ways severe accident, between A666 Great Bolton Street and A6078 Lower Audley Street.

    A6078 Lancashire - A6078 Lower Audley Street in Blackburn closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the A666 Great Bolton Street junction and the A6078 Lower Audley Street junction, because of a serious accident.

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  12. Private health firm to run urgent care services in West Lancashire

    A private health firm is to take over the running of community health and urgent care services in West Lancashire, it has been announced.

    Hospital

    Virgin Care will become the provider from 1 April next year. 

    The NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group says it made the decision following a procurement process. 

    The move has been criticised by West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper who called it a "slap in the face" to local NHS providers, and without any consideration to the future of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

    Virgin Care operates more than 230 NHS and social care services across the UK - including primary care services and prison healthcare. 

  13. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • A private healthcare firm is to take over the running of community health and urgent care services in West Lancashire from 1 April
    • The MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale denies he made false mileage claims in his constituency while he was away on foreign trips
    • Twelve taxi firms are set to meet Pendle Council later after their vehicle failed recent spot checks
  14. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A59 Lancashire both ways

    BBC Travel

    A59 Lancashire both ways severe accident, between Kingsway and A5072 Strand Road.

    A59 Lancashire - A59 Liverpool Road in Preston blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Kingsway junction and the A5072 Strand Road junction, because of an accident.

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  15. Where are they now? Tommy Docherty

    BBC Lancashire Sport

    One of football's most charismatic and colourful characters is the latest feature on BBC Radio Lancashire Sport's 'Where are they now' series.

    Tommy Docherty and Sir Matt Busby
    Image caption: Docherty (left) with former Manchester United boss Sir Matt Busby

    Tommy Docherty played more than 300 matches for Preston North End between 1949 and 1958.  

    He also appeared for Arsenal, Chelsea and Celtic, as well as managing the likes of Manchester United and a short spell with the Scotland national team.

    Docherty, 88, explained how his move to Deepdale from Celtic came about.  

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    You can listen to a more in-depth interview with Mr Docherty from 18:00.

  16. MP says Chorley A&E closure due to 'failure of management'

    The MP for Chorley says a "failure of management" at Chorley Hospital is the reason why its A&E department remains closed.  

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    Video caption: Lindsay Hoyle

    Lindsay Hoyle's criticism comes on the day A&E bosses will be quizzed by county councillors on what they are doing to try to reopen the unit.

    The department has been closed since April, but is due to reopen for 12 hours a day in mid-January.

  17. Pendle taxi firms called to council meeting over failed spot checks

    Taxi companies in Pendle whose cars have persistently failed spot checks will meet councillors later.

    Taxi

    The latest check on 21 September led to 81% of vehicles being taken off the road and their drivers' licences suspended. At a previous spot check, 71% of vehicles failed the test.  

    The authority has asked 12 firms to attend the Taxi Licensing Committee.

  18. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • All flood warnings have been lifted after storms hit Lancashire overnight
    • Twelve taxi firms in Pendle are due to meet the council later after their vehicles failed recent spot checks
    • A private company will take over the running of community health and urgent care services in West Lancashire from 1 April