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William thanks Australia in parliament speech

The Duke of Cambridge has given a speech to the Australian parliament in Canberra, praising the country as a rising "economic power house" and giving thanks for the "warmth and generosity" shown to them during their tour.

On the penultimate day, he also mentioned Prince George's love for a large wombat toy received during the trip.

ITV News' Royal Editor Tim Ewart reports:


Thought for the day from William in Oz: "The harder you work the luckier you get."


William reveals Prince George has been chewing the cuddly wombat toy he was given. No surprise there.

Clegg: Ukip 'peddle myths unchallenged'

Ukip have continued to "peddle their myths unchallenged for decades" claiming Britain's problems all stem from the EU.

Nick Clegg will warn Nigel Farage's party have "a dangerous fantasy" which will "jeopardise jobs" at a rally in Colchester:

Ukip and others have been allowed to peddle their myths unchallenged for decades, claiming that all of our problems would magically disappear if the UK just left the EU.

But it's a dangerous fantasy. It's the surest way to jeopardise jobs, risk our fragile economic recovery, and it will leave Britain alone and diminished in the world.

– Nick Clegg


Lib Dems: Cameron and Miliband 'missing in action'

The Lib Dems will take aim at the Conservatives and Labour for being "missing in action" in the fight against "populists and xenophobes" as they launch their European election campaign today.

Read: Ukip numbers rise sees them closing in on Lib Dems

Nick Clegg
Nick Clegg was seen as the loser in two recent debates against Ukip leader Nigel Farage. Credit: PA

Nick Clegg will return to his claim the Liberal Democrats are the "party of in" during European debates, warning that the "fight is on".

The Lib Dem leader will also hit out at Ukip, adding every gain they make at the May 22 elections will represent another step closer to a British exit of the EU.

Nick Clegg will say: "Ed Miliband and David Cameron are now officially Missing in Action - saying the bare minimum in this debate because they are too scared of losing votes to Nigel Farage, because they're so desperate to cover up the deep divisions in their own camps."

Read: Nick Clegg vows to step up Europe campaign

Study: Cannabis linked to 'potentially lethal' damage

Cannabis smoking could lead to lethal heart damage, a study suggests. Credit: PA

Smoking cannabis can cause potentially lethal damage to the heart and arteries of young and middle-aged adults, a study has found.

Researchers in France who looked at almost 2,000 patients with medical problems related to cannabis use identified 35 serious instances of cardiovascular complications.

Twenty heart attacks were recorded, as well as 10 cases involving arteries in the limbs, and three affecting blood vessels in the brain. Nine patients, around a quarter of the total, died.

Most of the patients in the study - published in the Journal of the American Heart Association - were male, with an average age of 34.3 years.

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Barclays making 'material moves in right direction'

Barclays bank is making "material moves in the right direction" despite criticism over its decision to raise the bonus pool and cut jobs, according to a financial expert.

Richard Buxton, one of the City's top fund managers, who oversees billions of pounds at Old Mutual Global Investors told Sky News this week that he was supportive of the chief executive.

Our focus is on the progress being made to improve returns, notably within the investment bank.

We are confident that much more will be achieved here, which will feed through to lower costs and lower compensation over time, albeit in an uneven fashion.

I'm confident that after further work on costs this year, the three-year average 2012-2014 numbers will show material moves in the right direction.

The bank knows it has to improve the staff-to-shareholder reward ratio - but this is a multi-year journey.

– Richard Buxton

Bank bosses to face shareholder fury

Angry shareholders will face Barclays bosses at the bank's annual general meeting, where they are likely to express their fury over high bonuses.

Read: Barclays unveils new chairman

Barclays is still trying to recover trust after the libor fixing scandal. Credit: PA

Read: New Bank of England warning over bankers' bonuses

Barclays defied calls for restraint on banking bonuses by increasing the pool by 10% to £2.38 billion despite profits falling by a third and plans to cut thousands of jobs.

The meeting comes after Business Secretary Vince Cable wrote top 100 top businesses, warning them high executive pay would be a "dereliction of duty" and damage public trust.

The bank's pay policy has also been criticised by the Institute of Directors, which complained that the bonus pool for 2013 was nearly three times the £859 million paid out in dividends to shareholders.

Barclays has already announced the appointment of a new director, Crawford Gillies, to chair its remuneration committee. He will succeed Sir John Sunderland at a date to be set.

Read: Hundreds more jobs set to go to at Barclays


Student loans 'cost taxpayer more than a school place'

Student loan debts are written off after 30 years.
Student loan debts are written off after 30 years. Credit: Johnny Green/PA Wire

The impact of the Government's major student loans shake-up could end up costing the taxpayer more money per year than sending a child to secondary school, according to a new report.

The IFS's new report looks at the group of English, full-time undergraduates who started university in 2012 - the first year of the new fees system.

The report says that once other types of Government spending on undergraduates is taken into account - such as grants for students and teaching funding for universities - each student costs the taxpayer just over £24,500 in total over the whole of their degree course.

This works out at around £7,600 per year of study, for an average course of 3.2 years - more than the £6,000 on average that the Government spent on each secondary school pupil in 2012/13, the IFS said.

Police make Syria plea to British Muslim women

There has been a surge in Brits traveling to fight in Syria this year.
There has been a surge in Brits traveling to fight in Syria this year. Credit: Reuters

Police are appealing particularly to British Muslim women to prevent their loved ones from joining the Syrian conflict.

As part of a campaign to curb rising numbers of would-be British jihadis, the country's counter-terrorism unit said it wanted women to be aware of what to do if they feared any men they know may be travelling to the country to fight.

Around 400 Britons are believed to have gone to Syria over the last two years, authorities believe, with an estimated 20 having died, including one man suspected of carrying out a suicide attack.

Abdul Waheed Majeed, 41, is believed to have driven a lorry to a jail in Aleppo before detonating a bomb in February.

Read: Warning over sharp increase in 'British jihaids'

UK should build 'new community institutions' for elderly

Britain should build "new community institutions" specifically designed to help elderly people live independent lives to cope with the looming care crisis.

IPPR senior research fellow Clare McNeil said:

The supply of unpaid care to older people with support needs by their adult children will not keep pace with future demand.

Thousands of people in their 60s and 70s today could be left to cope on their own when they need care in the future, with overstretched services unable to make up the shortfall.

Britain needs to build new community institutions capable of sustaining us through the changes ahead and to adapt the social structures already in place, such as family and care, public services, the workplace and neighbourhoods.

– Clare McNeil

Not enough family carers for elderly 'by 2017'

There will not be enough family members to provide informal care for their elderly relatives as early as 2017, a leading think tank has warned.

Read: Tonight: Looking after Mum and Dad

IPPR published the research into social policy called the Condition of Britain. Credit: PA

Read: Charity: Local authorities 'rationing care' to the elderly

IPPR warned there would be more than a million elderly people without adult children to care for them by 2030, as they published research on rising care costs.

The report shows the average annual cost for an older person who pays for a typical package of care has increased to £7,900 a year, an average £25,000 for home care and an average £36,000 for a nursing home.

IPPR pointed to Germany, Japan and Australia as examples of countries with ageing populations which had coped well in the absence of adult children.

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