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Labour commits to installing sprinkler systems in all new schools as figures show less than one in three have them fitted

A Labour government would ensure all new schools have sprinkler systems in place as fresh figures show less than one in three schools built or refurbished by central government since 2010 have them installed. Party officials told The Independent that, if elected, Labour would remove a “loophole” in the existing legislation, which they claim allows a significant proportion of schools not to fit sprinklers. The ...

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Brendan Cox steps down from charities set up in murdered wife Jo's memory over 'mistakes I made several years ago'

Brendan Cox has stepped down from the charities he set up in his murdered wife’s memory following accusations of sexual harassment. The father-of-two has left his role as director of the charities More In Common and The Jo Cox Foundation after saying he would “take full responsibility” for his actions. A former colleague from Save the Children made accusations about ...

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How legal marijuana could save California's wildlife from toxic pesticides

On 1 January, Proposition 64 was welcomed with open arms and Happy New Year blunts by many Californians.  To bring in the new year, the state had become the latest in the US to legalise the drug for recreational use, following years of partial legalisation for medical purposes.  Even before full legalisation kicked in, California was already the cannabis capital of ...

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Facebook will use postcards to verify identity of ad buyers in wake of Russia meddling claims

Facebook plans to begin mailing postcards to verify the identities of political advertisement buyers. “If you run an ad mentioning a candidate, we are going to mail you a postcard and you will have to use that code to prove you are in the United States,” executive Katie Harbath said during a weekend gathering of state election officials, according to ...

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Murdered MP's widower Brendan Cox quits charities

The husband of murdered MP Jo Cox, Brendan Cox, has quit two charities he set up in her memory after allegations of sexual assault were made public. Mr Cox denied assaulting a woman in her 30s at Harvard University in 2015 – but admitted to “inappropriate” behaviour while working for Save the Children. He has left posts at More in ...

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Judge threatens to jail woman if she ‘inconveniences’ public with another suicide attempt

The 23-year-old is living in pain after a an accident during a football match caused her to develop Fowler’s Syndrome. (Picture: Mirrorpix) A judge has sparked outrage after telling a young woman she could be jailed if she ‘inconveniences the public’ with a third suicide attempt. Kimberley Macfarlane has threatened to take her own life twice on the same road ...

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US students plan national school walkout over lack of gun control laws

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre has sparked a wave of vigils and protests in America (Picture: Getty) Students across America are planning to walk out of classes and protest against the lack of anti-gun laws being passed in Washington. A walkout has been organised for April 20, which is the 18th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre ...

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Jose Mourinho unsure whether ill Paul Pogba will return for Manchester United in Champions League clash against Sevilla

Paul Pogba missed the FA Cup win over Huddersfield Town due to illness (Picture: Getty) Jose Mourinho admits he is unsure whether Paul Pogba will be available for Manchester United’s Champions League clash with Sevilla on Wednesday night. The Red Devils face Spanish side Sevilla in the last-16 of the competition this week but Pogba could be absent after he ...

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Paddy McGuinness sings heartfelt rendition of All By Myself as Take Me Out finishes for another year

Paddy put his heart and soul into that performance (Picture: ITV) Take Me Out is over for another series, and there’s no better – or sadder – way to close the show than with a blackout. Poor Steve from Luton got all nos from the Flirty Thirty, and it all came down to a cowboy outfit bedazzled with rhinestones, teamed ...

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Commuter branded ‘ignorant’ for complaining about delays caused by fatal crash

Two people died in the accident this morning but Kate Jackson complained her journey was ruined (Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/LNP) An ‘ignorant and selfish’ commuter has been slammed for complaining about train delays after a 15-year-old boy and his granddad were killed on the line. The pair were killed this morning after their car was struck by a train at a ...

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