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Farage: Only Ukip will tell the truth about immigration

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has claimed "broken" promises on controlling immigration are part of the reason why many people are sceptical about politics and insisted only his party are being honest about the contentious issue.

Speaking during a campaign trail event at Dover, Mr Farage reiterated his party's view that Britain cannot control immigration while it is part of the European Union.

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10-year-old boy 'needing medication' goes missing in South London

A 10-year-old boy has gone missing from his home in South London. Police say they're becoming 'extremely concerned' about the safety of Malakhi Chijiutomi-Ghosh. He suffers from a condition known as Adrenal Hyperplasia, which requires medication three times per day.

Malakhi Chijiutomi-Ghosh Credit: Metropolitan Police
  • Malikhi is a light skinned black male, aged 10 years, 4ft 7ins tall of slim build with short black curly hair
  • He is thought to be wearing a dark blue coat with fur on the hood with black jeans and black trainers
  • He has connections to Thornton Heath, Victoria and Croydon areas and may be travelling on public transport

Anyone who has information on Malikhi’s whereabouts should contact Croydon Police immediately by dialling 101.


PM: Economic figures 'good for businesses and families'

Prime Minister David Cameron has said official figures on economic growth released today are "good for business and families".

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There are no MPs... 'try to remain calm at this difficult time'

With the election campaign underway and parliament officially dissolved it means there's one thing missing from Westminster. Or to be precise 650 things.

Until election day there are no MPs. A fact not lost on London Overground. This image of the message board at Homerton warns commuters to 'remain calm'. It's been shared thousands of times online.

Turkish far-left group take prosecutor hostage

Teenager Berkin Elvan died following anti-government protests in Istanbul. Credit: REUTERS/Serkan Senturk

A far-left Turkish group have taken an Istanbul prosecutor hostage and threatened on its website to kill him.

The Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) published a picture of the prosecutor with a gun to his head, prompting special forces officers to enter the courthouse as people inside the building were evacuated.

The prosecutor is leading an investigation into the death last year of a teenager, Berkin Elvan, wounded during anti-government protests in June 2013.

Television footage showed special forces officers entering the building.

Labour manifesto pledges 'fully costed and funded'

Ed Balls has insisted all of Labour's manifesto pledges would be fully costed and funded as he accused the Conservatives of planning "even deeper cuts in the next three years than we have had in the last five".

The shadow chancellor visited Swindon to set out Labour's plan to cut and then freeze business rates, which he said would save 1.5 million small businesses an average £400.

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls speaks in Swindon today. Credit: ITV News

This would be funded by reversing a coalition cut in the main rate of corporation tax from 21p to 20p, due to come into effect on April 1.

"It's not right to go ahead with the further cut for larger companies when we can use the money in a better way to help us create more good jobs by backing small companies," Balls said.


Plaid Cymru 'will not prop up Conservative government'

Plaid Cymru's leader Leanne Wood said her party would not support a Conservative government. Credit: Benjamin Wright / PA WIRE

Plaid Cymru's leader Leanne Wood has said her party would not prop up a Conservative government or a Labour administration implementing austerity measures.

Ms Wood told the BBC that Plaid Cymru would work with the Green party and the SNP's in the event of a hung parliament if it was "in our interests".

There's no way that we could support the Tories in government, absolutely not. Wales has never given a mandate for the Tories to rule over us and it's highly unlikely that they will next time.

We won't back a Labour government to implement austerity and Trident replacement either.

– Plaid Cymru's leader Leanne Wood

Ms Wood later launched the party's manifesto with the tagline 'Working for Wales' and said: "If Plaid Cymru holds the balance of power, we will use that to rebalance power and wealth throughout the UK, away from the financial sector in the City of London and to those communities in Wales that need the investment."

Plaid Cymru’s plans feature three priorities: securing parity of powers and resources for Wales with Scotland; ending austerity and permanently rebalancing the UK economy with targeted investment.

Ms Wood said her party had Wales' interest at heart and planned to "unleash its economic potential" while creating 50,000 jobs through more public contracts for Welsh companies.

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