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Scottish Labour MP Hugh Gaffney 'heckled over weight and accent'

A Labour MP has claimed he was subjected to slurs over his weight and Scottish accent during Commons debates. Hugh Gaffney, who was elected in June last year, said he had been “heckled something awful” by Tory MPs. But the former postal worker said nothing would deter him from “standing up for workers and equality”. Mr Gaffney said: “When people ...

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Scrap 'tens of thousands' migration target, MPs urge

The government should drop its target of reducing net migration to the tens of thousands, a group of MPs has said. Failure to meet it “undermines” public trust, the Home Affairs Committee argued, and instead, immigration policies should consider the UK’s needs “and humanitarian obligations”. The MPs also said fears about the scale of illegal immigration have grown because of ...

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Thousands struggle to access childcare on glitchy website

Thousands of parents in England are struggling to get subsidised childcare as they grapple with a glitchy website eight months after it was set up. In some cases, money meant for fees has become stuck in tax-free childcare accounts, leaving some parents unable to pay their nursery bills. Others struggled to apply for or reconfirm their free childcare. The government ...

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Women urged to share sexual harassment experiences

Women and girls are being asked to share their experiences of sexual harassment in public places, as the government launches a new inquiry. The Women and Equalities committee’s investigation follows widespread allegations in the UK and the US. It will shine a spotlight “on a problem that seems to be so routine in women’s lives”, yet often absent in public ...

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Cancer debt: Former police officer owed £26,000 after diagnosis

A former police officer who was diagnosed with terminal cancer has spoken of his despair after racking up debts of £26,000. Mark Harrigan, 55, who lives in the New Forest in Hampshire, has been using credit cards to pay his day-to-day bills. He says he never had money worries in the past but the debts piled up as he was ...

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Cassie Hayes: Man charged with travel agent murder

A man has been charged with the murder of a travel agent who was killed at her workplace in Southport. Andrew Burke, 30, of Vincent Street, St Helens, will appear from custody at South Sefton Magistrates’ Court in Bootle on Monday. Cassie Hayes, 28, died of her injuries in hospital after the incident at the Tui store in Chapel Street, ...

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Man wanted over crossbow murder found dead

Police hunting for a man wanted over the murder of a neighbour and the attempted murder of his pregnant girlfriend say they have found a body. It is believed to be Anthony Lawrence, 55, and was found in a vehicle on Sunday evening in North Yorkshire. Police had been searching for him after Shane Gilmer was found injured at his ...

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'Dipstick' vandalises police car on emergency call out

Police officers on an emergency call-out returned to their car to find a metal bollard had been thrown through the rear windscreen. Bedfordshire Police said it was responding to an unrelated dispute on High Street, Dunstable, on Friday at 14:10 GMT. No-one was in the vehicle at the time and there were no injuries. Supt Nick Lyall described it as ...

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Council accused of keeping 300 grave cemetery find 'hush hush'

A large pre-Christian cemetery containing about 300 graves, along with evidence of a “horse burial”, has been unearthed in a village in Somerset. The “important and complex” site was discovered at Yatton last year during works to develop the land for housing. But North Somerset Council has been accused of keeping the find “hush, hush” and of not informing residents. ...

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Londoners hit out at 'mistimed' bus safety alerts

Bus passengers have criticised Transport for London (TfL) over a “mistimed” announcement designed to stop people falling over on board. The warning, “Please hold on, the bus is about to move”, is supposed to sound just before buses pull away from stops. But a technical glitch means many warnings sound after the bus has started moving. Some passengers have branded ...

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