Ivan Lewis has announced his bid to become the first elected mayor of Greater Manchester.
The Labour MP for Bury South, who is Jewish, confirmed he will put himself forward for the position - a week after Manchester’s police and crime commissioner Tony Lloyd said he would also be seeking the Labour candidacy.
Mr Lloyd has served as Greater Manchester’s interim mayor since June 2015.
John Ware is scribbling notes on his Wizo pad. The award-winning investigative journalist is in Israel with the four other winners of Wizo UK's annual Commitment Awards to visit the charity's flagship projects and other innovative schemes.
Cabinet Office Minister Matt Hancock has announced that the UK and Israel will work together to tackle cyber security attacks on their national institutions.
During a visit to Israel today, Mr Hancock, who was joined by British business executives on the delegation, said: "I welcome this opportunity to forge even closer links in the field of cyber security with our Israeli partners.”
Doors are firmly shut as I wander the hushed corridors of Israel's oldest university, the Technion in Haifa, formally known as the Israel Institute of Technology. The hush is partly attributable to the fact that it's a holiday period on a campus normally accommodating 13,500 people.
A senior government adviser has welcomed the contribution Israeli scientists can make to major British institutions.
Speaking ahead of the arrival on Wednesday of a delegation of Israeli scientists in London, Emma Hennessey, the Foreign Office’s deputy chief scientific adviser, said Israel was “an important science partner for the UK”.