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When the smog clears
One of the country’s leading film makers, Mike Leigh has returned to his Manchester roots with his new film about the Peterloo massacre. He talks to Stuart Holmes about the transformed landscape of his home city and why those who lost their lives nearly 200 years ago would be shocked to see wasted votes if they were transported forward in a time machine. Photos and cover: Howard Barlow.

Supporters club
A government reprieve for supported housing means
this vital form of accommodation for vulnerable people can now continue. Ciara Leeming speaks to residents from around the north who have been helped back on their feet.

On the throne
Liverpool stand-up Adam Rowe may have been crowned king of jokes for a gag about welfare benefits but, he tells Saskia Murphy, he’s not aiming to be a political comedian.

Plus
Is Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson right to call for offences against rough sleepers to be classified as hate crimes? Special extended Halloween arts and entertainment coverage. Columnist Saskia Murphy swears at the beeping. Chris Bonington’s letter to his younger self.

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