Britain to fight EU demand for further £1.7bn

Britain is to fight the EU on the extra £1.7bn it is demanding as a budget contribution, it has emerged.

EU chiefs explained the sudden rise in contributions as a way of reflecting Britain's growing economic stability after the 2008 crash.
However, a Downing Street source made clear the UK will challenge the demand.

The source said: "It's not acceptable to just change the fees for previous years and demand them back at a moment's notice."

David Cameron held talks this evening with his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte, who also faces an extra 642 million euro bill, on what steps they can take next.

Scrap 'simplistic' school holiday ban, say councils

The ban on parents removing their children from school during term time should be scrapped because it is "too simplistic", according to Britain's local councils.

The Local Government Association (LGA) hit out at Michael Gove's flagship policy which only allowed children time off from school if they had permission from the head teachers who deemed the family had "exceptional circumstances".

The LGA said the ban was not flexible enough and was not tailored to fit around the complexities of modern family life. Parents face a £60 fine per child if they take their child out of school without permission which rises to £120 if not paid within 21 days. Those who fail to pay can face prosecution, with a maximum fine, if convicted, of £2,500 or a jail sentence of up to three months.

Police release CCTV footage of Canada shooter

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Police have released CCTV footage of the lone gunman alleged to be responsible for killing an army reservist and launching an attack on the Canadian Parliament. The footage shows Michael Zehaf-Bibeau running after he shot and killed soldier Cpl Nathan Cirillo at Canada's National War Memorial yesterday.

His mother Susan Bibeau, told an Associated Press reporter she did not know what to say to those hurt in the attack, "can you ever explain something like this?" she said. "We are sorry." Zehaf-Bibeau was shot dead by the ceremonial sergeant-at-arms inside the parliament building.

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