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WORK BEGINS ON FIRST OF FIVE ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS

Work has officially started on a £1.25 billion project to build the Royal Navy’s five new warships as Defence Secretary Ben Wallace cut steel for the first vessel. The ceremony for HMS Venturer on Thursday took place at Babcock’s facility at Rosyth in Fife, where the new Type 31 frigates are being built. The newest of the Royal Navy’s frigate fleet will undertake a variety of roles on operations including […]

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WOMAN VOWS TO CONTINUE FIGHT OVER DOWN’S SYNDROME ABORTION LAW

A woman with Down’s syndrome has vowed to continue her legal battle against the Government over legislation which allows the abortion of babies with the condition up until birth. Heidi Crowter, 26, from Coventry, is one of the three claimants who brought legal action against the Department of Health and Social Care in the hope of removing a section of the Abortion Act they believe to be an “instance of […]

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WOMAN FEEL UNSAFE AFTER TEACHER’S MURDER, WARNS CAMPAIGNER

Women do not feel safe on the streets of London following the death of teacher Sabina Nessa, according to one of the organisers of a vigil in her memory. Anna Birley, 32, co-founder of Reclaim These Streets, has urged the Government to reform the education and criminal justice systems to stop misogyny and violence against women in the wake of her death. A vigil for Ms Nessa, 28, is due […]

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PREMIER LEAGUE AND CHAMPIONSHIP CLUBS TO TRIAL SAFE STANDING AREAS FROM JANUARY

Clubs in the Premier League and Championship will be able to offer licensed standing areas from January 1 next year as part of a pilot programme. The Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) set out the plans in a statement on Wednesday. The introduction of designated safe standing areas would mean an end to the blanket ban on standing in the top two divisions of English football which has been in […]

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M25 PROTESTERS DECLARE ‘CAMPAIGN GOES ON’ DESPITE PRISON THREAT

Environmental activists have indicated they will continue blocking the M25 despite a High Court injunction. Insulate Britain said in a statement that “right now our campaign goes on”. It has shut down parts of the M25 five times in just over a week. The Government successfully applied to the High Court for an order which prohibits anyone from blocking the M25. Home Secretary Priti Patel said the “important injunction” means […]

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WATCHDOG FINDS SERIES OF FAILINGS AFTER PRISON BABY DEATH

Ambulance crews were called to the scene in September 2019 but the child did not survive. Police launched an investigation, treating the death as “unexplained”. A newborn baby died after an 18-year-old gave birth alone in her cell in Europe’s largest women’s prison, according to a watchdog which found a string of failings in her care. The mother, known as Ms A, should never have been allowed to give birth […]

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FINALISTS IN JOHN LENNON-INSPIRED SONG CONTEST TO BATTLE IT OUT AT CAVERN CLUB

Ten songwriters from across the world are to perform their tracks in the final of a competition inspired by John Lennon’s peace anthem, Imagine. Ten songwriters from across the world are to perform their tracks in the final of a competition inspired by John Lennon’s peace anthem, Imagine. The International Song for Kindness contest was launched on October 9 last year on what would have been the musician’s 80th birthday. […]

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PELE ‘STILL RECOVERING VERY WELL’ FOLLOWING SURGERY AFTER ‘LITTLE STEP BACK’

Pele has revealed he is very well despite “a little step back” this week in his recovery after surgery to remove a tumour from his colon earlier this month. The three-time World Cup winner was expected to return home shortly after he left intensive care at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo on Tuesday. However, reports in Brazil on Friday stated the 80-year-old was back in the ICU but […]

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FRANCE RECALLS ENVOYS TO US AND AUSTRALIA OVER SUBMARINE DEAL

France has taken the dramatic step of recalling its ambassadors to the United States and Australia in the worsening row over their nuclear submarine deal. French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the “exceptional decision” was justified by the “exceptional gravity” of the actions of the two Western allies. It followed the announcement earlier this week that the US and the UK had agreed to help the Australian navy acquire […]

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