Grenfell Tower fire: NHS trusts asked to check cladding on hospitals 'as soon as possible'

NHS trusts have been warned to check the cladding on their hospitals following the fire at Grenfell Tower in which at least 79 people are missing presumed dead. In a letter seen by trade journal Health Service Journal, NHS England warned facilities staff to provide any details of any cladding on their buildings and fire improvement schemes “as soon as ...

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Hugh Grant offers £1,000 for return of WW2 veteran's medals

Hugh Grant has offered a £1,000 reward for the return of a blind WW2 veteran’s medals which went missing at a motorway service station. Alfred Barlow, 95, of Stockport, Greater Manchester, was returning from a pilgrimage to Normandy, France, on 8 June when he noticed they were missing. He was at Norton Canes Services, near Walsall on the M6 Toll. ...

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Isle of Wight term-time holiday dad Jon Platt guilty

Media playback is unsupported on your device A father who fought a long-running legal battle over taking his daughter on a term-time holiday to Disney World Florida has been found guilty over the unauthorised trip. Jon Platt lost his legal challenge at the Supreme Court in April, despite winning earlier legal battles in a case brought by Isle of Wight ...

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Ed Miliband Interviews Brother David On Radio Two In First Public Conversation Since 2010

The Miliband brothers have had a frosty relationship since Ed unexpectedly seized the Labour leadership in 2010, denying David the chance to realise pundits’ claims he was a prime minister in waiting.   On Friday, they were not speaking. But this time the breakdown in communication had nothing to do with old grudges. The pair’s London-to-New York phone connection broke ...

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A Year On I Have Come To Terms With Brexit But I'll Never Stop Fighting For My Right To Stay

How many ears must the NHS haveBefore he can hear staff cry?Yes, and how many vacancies will it take ’til he knowsThat too many staff have gone? The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind. The answer is blowing in the wind. 12 months ago my life changed and was turned upside down. I came to England 17 years ...

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Frankie Boyle Tells Owen Jones Grenfell Fire Victims Were Treated As ‘Less Than Human’

Comic Frankie Boyle has weighed in on the Grenfell Tower tragedy, asking “to what extent is that an accident?” Speaking to political activist Owen Jones for The Guardian, Boyle questioned the actions of Tory-run Kensington and Chelsea Council leading up to the blaze that killed at least 79 people. Boyle said: “If they have a council that doesn’t respond to ...

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ISCA Academy Schoolboys Who Donned Skirts In Uniform Protest Now Allowed To Wear Shorts To Class

A group of teenage boys who wore skirts to protest their school’s uniform rules have won the right to wear shorts to class.  More than 30 boys at Isca Academy in Exeter donned skirts borrowed from their sisters and friends after one pupil was reportedly told he would be put in isolation if he wore shorts to school during the ...

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The Women Of Northern Ireland Deserve Nothing Less Than Fully Funded NHS Abortion Care

Over the past four years, our government has spent £3m to help women in developing countries access safe abortion services, stating that “women and adolescent girls must have the right to make their own decisions about their sexual and reproductive health and well-being, and be able to choose whether, when and how many children to have.” We couldn’t agree more. ...

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What Would You Do If Your Home Became A Warzone?

Gulwali Passarlay is a speaker, activist and former refugee from Afghanistan who came to Britain in 2004, aged just 12. He is the author of The Lightless Sky: An Afghan Refugee Boy’s Journey of Escape to A New Life in Britain. In this vlog for HuffPost UK, Gulwali talks about his journey through ten countries as a refugee, what it ...

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Thomas Tallis School Forced To Apologise After Students Asked To Pen Suicide Note In English Class

A London secondary school has been forced to apologise after pupils were told to write suicide notes as part of an English lesson.  Year 8 students at Thomas Tallis School in Blackheath were asked to complete the assignment – which has been branded “insensitive” by parents – while studying Shakespeare’s Macbeth.  Lady Macbeth takes her own life after the power-hungry ...

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