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North West: Tory leadership
Steve Rawling
Politics Show North West

David Cameron and David Davis
Two Davids rolled into Manchester

The Conservative leadership campaign rolled into the North West this week - but how did Davis and Cameron deal with the questions you wanted to ask them?

The North West contains 16 seats that the Conservatives must win if they are to get the 7% swing they need to regain power.

Their top target - Westmorland and Lonsdale - would fall with just a 0.3% swing.

Across the region barometer seats like Bolton West, Bury North and Wirral West would have to turn blue if the party were to mount a serious revival.

But they need to muster a swing large enough to take back Lancashire West - which has been solid Labour since 1987 - if they are to become the next government.

Both David Davis and David Cameron have supporters among the region's MPs, convinced that their man can lead the party back to government.

We hear from them, and see how the leadership contenders dealt with questions from The Politics Show's viewers.

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... As the Education White Paper promises power to parents, Liverpool City council tells us their hands are tied by finances.

Liverpool - like many areas in the North West - has to deal with a falling school age population.

By 2010, there will be around 7000 fewer pupils in the city's schools.

But the council is worried that it will be impossible to close schools built under PFI deals without incurring huge penalty fines.

Senior councillors say the forthcoming education reforms could make the situation worse.

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