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Labour stalling extra Scottish powers 'a nonsense'

The Shadow Chancellor has flat out denied the Labour party would stall extra powers being devolved to Scotland just because they want longer to examine the PM's English votes for English laws proposal.

Ed Balls told Good Morning Britain it was "a complete nonsense" and part of David Cameron's attempts to hold a "fractured" Conservative party together.

He added: "David Cameron's proposal could end up with him saying, 'I want two Parliaments'."

MP: English votes for English laws 'common sense'

It is "common sense" to have only English MPs voting on issues which only effect England and Ed Miliband is "playing politics" by arguing against it, the Conservative party chairman told Good Morning Britain.

Grant Shapps denied major changes to the constitution would be rushed through and said banning non-English MPs from voting on English only issues would address "a great imbalance" in the UK Parliament.


Thai murder victim 'was trying to help' says father

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The father of the British man murdered in Thailand believes his son had stepped in to help his fellow victim when they were both brutally killed on an island.

Ian Miller said it was in his 24-year-old son David's character to help, and claimed that was probably the circumstance when he and Hannah Witheridge were murdered in Koh Tao a week ago.

He told the Daily Mail: "It has become clearer and clearer that it is quite likely David was stepping in to help a girl who was in trouble.

"That would be absolutely in his character."

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Wednesfield High School fire 'was arson'

An arson attack was to blame for a major fire which took hold of a derelict building at the old Wednesfield High School campus overnight, fire chiefs have revealed.

The blaze started in the dining hall area of the building, which had been due for demolition.

The fire broke out shortly after 6pm yesterday Credit: @nathancleary

Fire crews were called to the scene in Lakefield Road, Wolverhampton, shortly after 6pm yesterday.

They managed to get the blaze under control within two hours, and stopped it from spreading to other parts of the building.

Two crews currently remain at the scene damping down.

Turkey: Syrian refugee flood hits 100,000

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The number of Syrians who have flooded across the border into Turkey to escape Islamic State militants has reached 100,000, Turkiish authorities have said.

A majority of them are Syrian Kurds, and their arrival since last Thursday has pushed Syria's violent internal conflict dangerously close to the Turkish frontier.

Islamic State militants has in recent days advanced into Kurdish regions of Syria that border Turkey, where fleeing refugees reported atrocities that included stonings, beheadings and the torching of homes.


'Over 60,000' Syrian refugees flee into Turkey in 24 hours

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Over 60,000 refugees, mainly Syrian Kurds, have fled across the border into Turkey this weekend, Turkish authorities have said.

Some 66,000 fled violence in their homeland in less than 24 hours after Turkey opened its border to Syrians fleeing the town of Kobane in fear of an Islamic State assault.

In some places along the frontier Turkish police clashed with protesters and aid workers trying to help the refugees from Syria's bloody civil war.

Sharon Osbourne joins cancer fundraising campaign

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Sharon Osbourne and a host of other celebrities are coming together to "show solidarity" in the national fundraising campaign Stand Up To Cancer.

The joint Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 campaign aims to accelerate new treatments to cancer patients, and the list of celebrities - each with their own personal reasons for getting involved - includes Osbourne, Davina McCall, Christine Bleakley and Alan Carr.

Former X Factor judge Osbourne, who has battled cancer herself, said: "Having had personal experience of cancer, I know first-hand the devastating effect it can have on a person and their friends and family.

"But we can't sit there and let cancer take control of our lives - the more of us who show solidarity and Stand Up To Cancer together, the faster we can fight this deadly disease."

Osbourne previously revealed she had undergone a double mastectomy. The 61-year-old beat colon cancer over a decade ago but opted for surgery after finding she carried a gene which increased the risk of developing breast cancer.

Prime Minister to hold talks on 'English votes'

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David Cameron will gather senior MPs at his official country retreat today to consider his plan to restrict the voting rights of Scottish MPs in the Commons in an attempt to deliver "English votes for English laws".

The Prime Minister has said measures to address the issue of MPs with seats in the devolved nations being able to vote on policies that do not apply in their constituencies must go "in tandem" with the process of granting fresh powers to Holyrood.

The row over Mr Cameron's decision to link the issues overshadowed the Labour Party conference, with Ed Miliband under pressure to support the changes.

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