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Conurbation in north‐west England, centred on Liverpool, made a metropolitan county after local government reform in 1972. A distinctive local dialect (‘scouse’) and wry humour contribute to a regional identity, with Liverpool as the main cultural focus. The metropolitan council was abolished by the Local Government Act of 1985 but the term ‘Merseyside’ remains in use as a geographical expression.

Subjects: British History.

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