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Love Manchester

There. That's the Valentine's Day stuff out of the way except a brief mention for Mike Kane MP, who though technically elected yesterday, didn't get his result until the early hours of Valentine's Day morning. Congratulations to Mike who has big boots to fill in following Paul Goggins but I'm sure he will do a great job in representing Wythenshawe and Sale East in parliament. Not just yet though as parliament is now in recess - isn't it always - so he won't be able to officially sign in until a week Monday.

Spent yesterday afternoon in Wythenshawe but the morning at the Museum of Science and Industry Advisory Board. I think the Museum has got a real lease of new life since it became part of the Science Museum Group. Typical of this was the Wellcome Trust supported " Brains " exhibition. This took an exhibition originally shown in London, enhanced it with Manchester material, and drew in over 100,000 visitors, around 40% of them first-time visitors to the museum. Collider is having a similar impact, again with Manchester links through university based scientists working on the CERN project.

A museum that had become very tired and inward-looking is once again beginning to tell the story of how Manchester's science and engineering married to industry changed the world, but also brings it right up-to-date with the world-leading science that is happening in the city now.

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