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Becky's stepbrother appears in court charged with murder

Becky Watts was missing for over a week before body parts were found in a house. Credit: ITV News

The stepbrother of 16-year-old Becky Watts has appeared in court charged with her murder.

Wearing a blue t-shirt in the dock, Nathan Matthews, 28, spoke only to confirm his name and address.

He was remanded in custody to appear before Bristol Crown Court tomorrow via video link.

Matthews' girlfriend Shauna Hoare appeared in the dock separately wearing a dark blue shirt.

She spoke quietly to confirm her name, address and date of birth, and was remanded in custody until a preliminary hearing on April 2.

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Clegg offers to take Cameron's TV debate place

Nick Clegg has said he is ready to take David Cameron's place in a head-to-head TV debate with Ed Miliband if the Prime Minister refuses to take part.

Clegg said on his weekly LBC radio phone-in that he is ready to take Cameron's place in the two-way debate planned by Sky News and Channel 4 for April 30 - one week before the General Election on May 7.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg speaks on LBC radio. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

"Having been in government for five years, I also have this old-fashioned view that I want to defend the record of this Government," Clegg told listeners.

If David Cameron is too busy or too important to defend the record of this Government with Ed Miliband, then I offer myself. I'll do it instead."

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Ex-Tory MP Proctor denies being part of 'rent boy ring'

Harvey Proctor in 1983. Credit: ITV News

Former Tory MP Harvey Proctor has denied being part of a "rent boy ring" after his home was raided by police investigating historic child sex claims.

Proctor denied attending sex parties with other MPs in the 1970s and 1980s and said he knew nothing of an alleged VIP paedophile ring in Westminster.

He added he wanted police to interview him as soon as possible so he could clear his name.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I have never attended sex parties at Dolphin Square or anywhere else. I have not been part of any rent-boy ring with Cabinet ministers, other Members of Parliament or generals or the military."

Police are investigating allegations that three boys linked to the alleged ring were murdered.

Proctor left parliament in 1987 after pleading guilty to acts of gross indecency.

Blair donates more than £100,000 to Labour candidates

Tony Blair has donated more than £100,000 to help Labour win key battleground seats at the General Election.

The former prime minister has made a donation of £1,000 to the local campaigns in 106 target constituencies, saying they were "where the election will be won for Labour".

Former Labour leader Tony Blair. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/Geisler-Fotopres/DPA

A Labour spokesman said the party was "delighted" that Blair had put his own money behind the effort to get Ed Miliband into Downing Street.

"Good luck and here's to a Labour victory on May 7," he wrote in a letter to the candidates.

CPS criticised for failing to prosecute Naseer in UK

Abid Naseer was convicted of plotting attacks in Manchester, New York and Copenhagen.

Police chiefs have questioned why an Al-Qaida terrorist was not prosecuted in the UK after planning "another 9/11" on Britain's streets.

Pakistani-born Abid Naseer, 28, was convicted in a New York court of plotting attacks on both sides of the Atlantic, including one in Manchester.

But police chiefs have criticised the Crown Prosecution Service for not charging him when he was arrested in the UK in 2009.

Tony Lloyd, police and crime commissioner for Greater Manchester, said: "The reality is that, had the Americans not acted, a dangerous man who was intent on causing death and destruction here could potentially still be walking our streets.

"This is deeply worrying and I will be raising this issue with the Home Secretary because we need real assurances that whatever went wrong here is never repeated. The public will want to know why he wasn't brought to trial here."

The CPS say there was not enough evidence to prosecute Naseer in the UK.

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