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Actor David Morrissey talks to Dan Whitehead about returning to Liverpool for reality-warping thriller The City and the City and says the concept of overlapping cities isn’t far from real life today.

When former bricklayer and Labour MP Steve
Rotheram was elected to the most powerful job on Merseyside last May he made a range of ambitious pledges. Almost a year on, Roger Ratcliffe asks the mayor what progress he has made.

Women are under-represented at senior levels of the legal profession and so too are people from BME backgrounds but Sonali Naik’s recent appointment as QC marks an advance, says Helen Nugent.

In our arts and entertainment section there are reviews of TV, home entertainment, albums and independent cinema, as well as news of this month’s book releases and a preview of an exhibition in Kendal documenting a year in the life of Cumbrian women farmers.

On the news pages we report on the homeless people taking part in a new opera production, and on the consultation taking place over the government’s new domestic abuse bill.

Columnist Saskia Murphy is worried that cities are becoming too expensive for young people, while comedian Doon Mackichan writes a letter to her younger self, who grew up in the Scottish countryside.

Plus, of course, our ever popular crossword and Sudoku.

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