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Key dates in Alvin Stardust's showbusiness career

Alvin Stardust, who has died aged 72, had a rich and varied career in both music and, latterly, acting and musical theatre.

  • Born Bernard Jewry in 1942 in east London
  • Got his first guitar aged 12
  • Signed his first record deal in 1961 as frontman of Shane Fenton and the Fentones
  • Signed to Magnet Records in 1973, this time under the name Alvin Stardust.
  • Scored hits well into the 1980s including Pretend, I Feel Like Buddy Holly and My Coo Ca Choo
  • turned to acting in the 1990s, appearing in shows such as Hollyoaks, the Grimlys and Doctors
  • also appeared in several musicals, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Boogie Nights

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London security review after Ottawa shooting

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Police and security services are reviewing the security in place around Parliament and other key London institutions after a soldier was shot dead in the Canadian capital Ottawa.

Prime Minister David Cameron has said that meetings were being held to make sure that security and intelligence services have "all the angles covered".

Speaking to the BBC's Asian Network, he said:

I was actually in a meeting with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner and the head of MI5 when the news about Ottawa broke.

They immediately reassured me that they had been looking at the security of institutions in central London but they would look again, obviously, to see if there is anything more that can be done and those meetings are taking place this morning.

Obviously what's happened in Canada is a very tragic event. Lives have been lost, including the life of a soldier, and it shows that we have to be permanently vigilant against this sort of terrorist threat.

Here in the UK we are very vigilant and, as I've said, meetings are taking place to make sure that we have all the angles covered.

– PM David Cameron

Alvin Stardust 'still had a great deal to give'

Alvin Stardust still had "a great deal to give", his manager has said.

The singer was on the verge of releasing a new album, entitled 'Alvin', at the start of November.

Alvin and I had only started working together over the last couple of years because he and I believed that musically he still had a great deal to give and explore, and so we recorded an album that is a testament to an artist who gave his career to music.

– Andy Davies

Mr Davies said although he did not know him very long, Stardust was "one of the most genuine and likeable men I've ever met".

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NHS could trial tax breaks for volunteers

Today's five-year plan for the NHS calls for an expanded role for volunteers in providing healthcare. Its recommendations include:

  • Better support for England's 5.5 million unpaid carers
  • Expanding opportunities for volunteers to work alongside NHS staff
  • Testing idea of tax breaks for NHS volunteers
  • Building stronger ties with charities and voluntary organisations
  • Making local NHS funding simpler and more accessible to charitable groups

ITV News Poll: Should firms provide incentives for people to lose weight?

One of the proposals announced today by the Chief Executive of NHS England is for firms to provide incentives for their staff to lose weight and stay healthy. The thinking is that then saves money for the NHS because it reduces the numbers of people needing treatment.

We want to know what you think. Would that be a good idea? Or is it placing undue pressure on overweight people. Take part in our poll below.

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Tributes paid to 'lovely' Alvin Stardust

People have been leaving their tributes to Alvin Stardust on Twitter, including radio DJ Tony Blackburn:

Radio 5 Live presenter Nicky Campbell said he "did the attitude consummately":

Former member of Blue, Antony Costa, remembers acting alongside him in the stage show Boogie Nights.

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