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Murphy vows to end 'losing Labour' in Scotland

Jim Murphy has vowed to end the "period of self harm" that Scottish Labour has been through if he becomes party leader.

The Shadow International Development Secretary has announced his candidacy for the leadership, joining MSPs Neil Findlay and Sarah Boyack in the race to replace Johann Lamont, who resigned on Friday

Mr Murphy told BBC News he was confident the party could produce a strong performance in next year's general election.

Jim Murphy campaigning for No votes ahead of the Scottish independence referendum. Credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

"I'm not interested in left-wing Labour or right-wing Labour, or old Labour or new Labour. I'm interested in losing Labour," he said.

"I want to end that period of losing Labour here in Scotland, starting with the UK general election in 2015, where I'm confident we can hold all the seats we currently have but pick up one or two on top and also win that election in 2016 for the Scottish Parliament."

Whistleblower: Report 'doesn't offer concrete solutions'

The health worker responsible for gathering the main evidence in the 2012 Rochdale child sex abuse case has told ITV News Ann Coffey's report "doesn't go anywhere" to ensuring it never happens again.

Sara Rowbotham said she had "tried hard to make it clear" to the authorities that children were being sexually exploited but that "nobody did anything meaningful" to stop it.

"Ann Coffey's report doesn't go anywhere to address any of that, it doesn't go anywhere to ensuring that that's never going to happen to anybody again," the whistleblower said.

"She doesn't offer concrete solutions, she doesn't absolutely say we have zero tolerance, it doesn't go anywhere to address the injustice and the absolute terror that happened to those children in Rochdale," she added.


'Many Tories MPs in favour of drugs policy reform'

Many Tory MPs are in favour of drugs policy reform, the Commons has heard.

Poole MP Robert Syms said: "Contrary to press reports, there are many of us on the Conservative benches that believe in evidence-based reform to have a more effective policy in dealing with the scourge of drugs."

Zac Goldsmith, Tory MP for Richmond Park, added: "I understand that 20% of people who have taken heroin for the first time say they got it for the first time in jail.

"If we can't control it in jail, how on earth are we supposed to control it on our streets?"

Instagram site briefly goes down

Photo-sharing site Instagram briefly went down today.

An "Internal Server Error" message appeared when users attempted to access their accounts.

A source from Facebook, who own Instagram, confirmed to ITV News that the network was temporarily down for a short period but is now available.

The message that users were greeted by when trying to log in. Credit: Instagram


Israeli police kill suspected shooter of Jewish activist

Israeli police have shot dead a Palestinian suspected of trying to kill far-right Jewish activist Yehuda Glick.

Moataz Hezaji was suspected of shooting Glick from a motorbike as he left a conference at the Menachem Begin Heritage Centre

Police shot him dead on a rooftop in the Abu Tor area of east Jerusalem, where there have today been clashes with Palestinian residents.

A tear gas canister explodes in east Jerusalem, where security forces have clashed with Palestinian residents. Credit: Reuters

The incident has led to the closure of the Temple Mount site, a holy site for both Jews and Muslims.

Glick has caused controversy by campaigning for Jews to be able to pray at the al-Aqsa mosque compound, one of Islam's holiest sites.

The 48-year-old is in a serious but stable condition in hospital, doctors said.

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