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Cameron pays tribute to Tory MEP Philip Bradbourn

Prime Minister David Cameron has paid tribute to Tory MEP Philip Bradbourn, who has died at the age of 63.

Mr Bradbourn, who had served in the European Parliament since 1999, was diagnosed with bowel cancer shortly after being re-elected in May and died last night.

David Cameron said Philip Bradbourn had a "truly admirable" dedication to public service. Credit: Ludlow Conservatives/PA Wire

Mr Cameron paid tribute to the West Midlands MEP's long career in public and political service, for which he was awarded the OBE in 1994.

Philip's dedication to public service was truly admirable; he was a well-respected and effective MEP. In a political career which spanned over four decades, he showed great passion in serving both the party and his constituents. My thoughts are with Philip's family at this sad time.

– David Cameron

Keith Vaz: Immigration system is in 'intensive care'

The troubled British immigration system has "moved from A&E into intensive care", according to the chairman of the influential Home Affairs Select Committee.

Keith Vaz told ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener that it was up to politicians including the Prime Minister to take action on exit checks for migrants.

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US releases four Guantanamo prisoners back to Afghanistan

Four prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay for more than a decade have been sent home by the US to Afghanistan.

The transfer is part of a slow-moving attempt by the Obama administration to close the Cuba prison facility. Credit: Reuters/Michelle Shephard

The men were flown by the US military to Kabul overnight and released to Afghan authorities, the Pentagon said.

The prisoner transfer is the first of its kind to the country since 2009.

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Police cordon around house where body was found

Police have cordoned off an area of Hillfield Street, Gateshead, where a woman's body was found last night.

A police community support officer guards the cordon on Hillfield Street, Bensham

Officers found the body of the 42-year-old woman inside a house on the street in Bensham at about 8:30pm on Friday, 19th December. Her death is being treated as suspicious.

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Woman found dead in Gateshead

Police are investigating the suspicious death of a 42-year-old woman, who was found dead in Bensham, Gateshead.

Her body was found at an address in Hillfield Street at 8:30pm on Friday 19th December.

"We are carrying out enquiries into this woman's death and there are extra officers in the Bensham area carrying out enquiries and extra patrols.

"There will continue to be a police presence in the area throughout the day and I'd ask anyone with any concerns to speak with an officer."

– Gateshead Chief Inspector Steve Ammari

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Police reissue appeal for witnesses over PC death

Detectives are reissuing their appeal for anyone who may have witnessed the assault of three men on Colquitt Street in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of Friday, 19 December, to contact them.

Police believe that three men were involved in the attack on PC Neil Doyle and two of his colleagues at about 3.15am and they are urging anyone who has any information to come forward.

A 28-year-old man from Huyton was arrested on suspicion of the murder of PC Doyle and two section 18 assaults, after he presented himself at a police station last night. He is being interviewed by detectives.

PC Neil Doyle who died after being assaulted early on Friday morning Credit: Merseyside Police

Anyone with information is urged to call the investigation team on 0800 230 0600 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Cameron: Only Tories offer 'competence' on immigration

The Prime Minister has insisted that only the Tories can offer "competence" on dealing with immigration and his plans to reform European welfare rules would be an "absolute requirement" in his proposed renegotiation of the UK's links with Brussels.

Cameron: Only Tories can offer 'competence' on immigration'. Credit: PA

An influential Commons committee has highlighted a series of failures in the immigration system but the David Cameron claimed "real progress" had been made in addressing the issue and voting for Labour or Ukip would deliver "chaos".

But the scale of the challenge faced by the Tories, who had set a goal of reducing net migration to the "tens of thousands", was underlined by the scathing Home Affairs Select Committee report.

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