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Cameron says 'the sooner Blatter is gone, the better'

David Cameron has said the "sooner Sepp Blatter resigns, the better" following allegations of Fifa corruption.

The Prime Minister told a press conference in Berlin: "In my view he should go.

"You cannot have accusations of corruption at this level and on this scale in this organisation and pretend that the person currently leading it is the right person to take it forward.

"It cannot be the case. Frankly, what we've seen is the ugly side of the beautiful game and he should go. And the sooner that happens, the better."

Burnham distances himself from Tories over welfare cuts

Andy Burnham was speaking to business leaders Credit: PA

Labour leadership candidate Andy Burnham has sought to distinguish himself from the Conservatives over welfare cuts and reducing the national deficit.

Answering questions after his speech to business leaders in central London, the Shadow Health Secretary said that benefits should not be "indiscriminately lumped together".

He said: "Our plan is not a Tory plan because public spending cuts cannot bear all the brunt of deficit reduction."

He added: "There is a more sophisticated debate to be had, about in-work benefits."


Aston Villa fan David Cameron to miss Arsenal match

Prime Minister David Cameron will not be at Wembley to cheer on Aston Villa in Saturday's FA Cup final against Arsenal.

Cameron will not watch Aston Villa in the FA Cup final. Credit: PA

Downing Street said the Prime Minister has a long-standing private commitment which will mean he cannot attend the game.

Mr Cameron's professed love for the Midlands club was called into question when he expressed support for West Ham United - who also play in claret and blue - during a general election speech in April.

He later blamed the blunder on a "brain fade", though critics noted he had previously told the House of Commons he was not a football fan.

Asked if Mr Cameron would be at Wembley on Saturday, his official spokesman said: "The Prime Minister won't be in the crowd for the FA Cup final. He has a long-standing private engagement."

Labour must look to 'tomorrow' insists Cooper

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has urged Labour not to become stuck in its past problems.

During an event at Tech City in London, the leadership candidate admitted the party had got left behind and was not offering answers to people's concerns over the future.

The Shadow Home Secretary said Labour needed answers 'for tomorrow' Credit: PA

"People want to feel ambitious for their future, not fearful about what tomorrow will bring," she said, adding that the party couldn't "seek comfort in past victories or defeats".

"We can't get sucked back into replaying Miliband vs Miliband, Blair vs Brown, or trying the old campaign playbooks from the 1990s or the Noughties.

"Britain has moved on. We need answers for tomorrow, not yesterday."


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Flight forced to perform u-turn over cabin crew illness

An easyJet plane has been forced to return to Luton Airport. Credit: PA

An easyJet plane has been forced to return to Luton Airport after several cabin crew members reported feeling unwell.

The EZY 2083 flight was destined for Tel Aviv in Israel but had to perform a u-turn.

The airline said that the crew are currently being assessed as a "precautionary measure".

They also said that the flight will now leave tomorrow.

"easyJet can confirm that flight EZY 2083 from Luton to Tel Aviv today has returned to Luton as a precautionary measure due to cabin crew members feeling unwell.

The crew are currently being assessed by medical staff as a precautionary measure. The flight will be delayed overnight and passengers will be provided with overnight accommodation and meals.

The safety and welfare of our passengers and crew is our highest priority. We would apologise for any inconvenience experienced by the delay."

– easyJet

SFO 'examining material' relating to Fifa 'corruption'

The Serious Fraud Office has said it is "actively assessing material in its possession" relating to possible Fifa corruption.

It comes after bank accounts at Barclays, HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank were allegedly used to transfer cash as part of the conspiracy.

The three British-based international banks were named on the indictment released by the US Department of Justice.

Eighteen people have been charged over alleged bribes totalling more than $150 million (£98 million) for TV rights, sponsorship deals and World Cup votes.

An SFO spokeswoman said: "The SFO continues actively to assess material in its possession and has made plain that it stands ready to assist ongoing international criminal investigations."

It would not comment on what the material is or when it first came to its attention.

Peter Robinson 'in good spirits' after leaving hospital

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson has left hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack.

Peter Robinson thanked staff at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital Credit: PA

The Democratic Unionist leader spent four nights at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital where he underwent a procedure on Monday but has been allowed to return home to recover.

Senior DUP sources said the 66-year-old was in good spirits.

A spokesman said: "He was discharged this morning and is back at home. He is in good form and is happy to be home. His spirits are good."

Robinson used Twitter to thank the medics in the specialist cardiac unit.

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