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Shapps: Politicians should not use Twitter 'to judge the public'

Conservative party chairman Grant Shapps has said politicians should not be using Twitter to judge the public but that the public should be judging politicians, after Emily Thornberry's tweet led to her resigning from the front bench.

Tonight's panel on The Agenda with Tom Bradby. Credit: Twitter/ @agendaitv

Speaking as one of the guests on The Agenda with Tom Bradby Mr Shapps said it was still important for MPs to be on Twitter: "Politicians can either hide away or they can be out there. It's not just tweeting - it's about replying to people who tweet to you."

Other guests on the programme on ITV at 10.35pm tonight are feminist writer Germaine Greer, poet Benjamin Zephaniah and Telegraph Women's Editor, Emma Barnett.


Dewani 'a silent observer' as lawyers submit appeal

Lawyers for Shrien Dewani, the British businessman accused of arranging the murder of his wife during their honeymoon in South Africa, submitted an appeal today to get the case thrown out.

ITV News' Steve Scott reports:

Dewani was a silent observer as his barrister tried to get the case dismissed the on grounds of lack of evidence, arguing that state prosecutors had failed to prove that his client had planned his wife Anni's murder.

Western Cape High Court judge Jeanette Traverso is set to listen to the prosecution's case tomorrow.

Parents say Llewelyn-Bowen grotto 'ruined Christmas'

Children were left in tears at 'The Magical Journey' near Sutton Coldfield, which parents claimed 'ruined the magic of Christmas'.

The Christmas grotto, which was backed by the designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, was forced to close after just a single day following hundreds of complaints.

ITV News Corespondent Ben Chapman reports:

Retailers brace for Black Friday Christmas shopping frenzy

With Christmas shopping season in full swing, an increasing number of retailers are using flash sales, which offer heavy discounts but typically last only a few hours.

More than £360,000 a minute is expected to be spent this week on what has become known as 'Black Friday'.

ITV News reporter Rebecca Barry has found the sales are already under way:


Ministers believe we face 'unprecedented' terror threat

Ministers believe Islamic State, and other radical groups, present an unprecedented threat on home soil. That has prompted the unveiling of wide-ranging powers to counter it.

Radicalisation itself would be challenged in schools and colleges while suspects' ability to leave and re-enter the country would be disrupted.

The Home Secretary wants a new Counter-terrorism and Security Bill fast-tracked through Parliament. But Lib Dem and Labour doubts over the communications aspect of the package will make it a contentious, pre-election issue.

ITV News UK editor Rohit Kachroo reports:

Do you feel cheated whenever you buy a train ticket?

"Do you feel cheated whenever you buy a ticket?," asks YouTuber Jazza (aka rhymingwithoranges).

"I personally live just outside of London and I spend over £20 a day just getting in and out of work, and that's money that I'd quite like to have."

Watch his video below for a flavour of what he is going to ask political leaders during Leaders Live. What will you ask?

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Prankster students put 5,000 balloons in housemate's room

Try getting into this room Credit: Southampton Tab

Prankster students went the extra mile to teach their housemate not to leave his room unlocked.

Where will you sleep tonight? Credit: Southampton Tab

Tom Evans and his friends blew up a whopping 5,000 balloons to surprise their housemate after he made the rookie mistake of leaving his room open when he went home for the weekend.

Look through any window Credit: Southampton Tab

The Southampton students performed the ultimate prank purely because they thought it would be funny.

You can read more on the prank in Lucy Dyer's report in the Southampton Tab

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