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Johnson family welcome independent inquiry into Tory bullying claims

The father of a young Tory party activist who committed suicide after claims he had been subjected to bullying has said he welcomes news of an independent inquiry into the allegations.

Speaking to ITV News, Ray Johnson said that he hoped it was the start of a "fair" investigation and that the Conservative party would give his family an opportunity to take part in the inquiry.


Cameron: We must take action on climate change today

David Cameron has said the world must take action on climate change now before it is too late.

Addressing a summit in Paris, the Prime Minister said: "Instead of making excuses tomorrow to our children and grandchildren, we should be taking action against climate change today.

"What we are looking at is not difficult, it's doable, so therefore we should come together and do it."

'Fully independent inquiry' over Conservatives bullying claims

The Conservative Party has agreed to a fully independent inquiry into allegations surrounding the death of young activist Elliott Johnson.

Mr Johnson, 21, committed suicide after claiming he had been subjected to bullying within the party's youth wing.

The inquiry will be carried out in its entirety by Clifford Chase law firm, the party said, and chairman Lord Feldman - accused by Mr Johnson's father of failures in his response to the allegation - will not attend the board when it considers its final report on the claims.

Hunt 'reserves right' to impose contracts on junior doctors

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Junior doctors may still have a new contract imposed on them by the Government despite a potential agreement being reached that could avert strike action, the Health Secretary has warned.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Jeremy Hunt insisted he must retain the right to impose new terms at some point despite the "time-limited" agreement for the British Medical Association (BMA) to suspend strike action if the Government agrees not to impose a new contract.

Mr Hunt also denied claims that he had mishandled the dispute after Labour claimed that disruption caused to patients by cancelled operations could have been avoided had he agreed to mediated talks earlier in the process.


BMA executive meeting to discuss government 'time out' proposal

The junior doctors executive committee is meeting now to decide whether to halt a planned strike and accept the government's proposal for further talks.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told MPs in the Commons there had been a "time-limited" agreement made this afternoon for further talks, where the BMA would suspend strike action if the Government agrees not to impose a new contract on doctors.

Shadow Cabinet backs free vote for MPs on Syria airstrikes

Labour has confirmed it will allow its MPs a free vote on the decision to launch airstrikes against so-called Islamic State in Syria.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said that the Shadow Cabinet will urge David Cameron to "step back from the rush to war" and hold a full two-day debate on the issue.

Today's Shadow Cabinet agreed to back Jeremy Corbyn's recommendation of a free vote on the Government's proposal to authorise UK bombing in Syria.

The Shadow Cabinet decided to support the call for David Cameron to step back from the rush to war and hold a full two day debate in the House of Commons on such a crucial national decision.

Shadow Cabinet members agreed to call David Cameron to account on the unanswered questions raised by his case for bombing: including how it would accelerate a negotiated settlement of the Syrian civil war; what ground troops would take territory evacuated by ISIS; military co-ordination and strategy; the refugee crisis and the imperative to cut-off of supplies to ISIS.

– Spokesperson for Jeremy Corbyn
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