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Cooper wants to put 'families at heart' of Labour party

Yvette Cooper has said the Labour party has to offer hope to families. Credit: Stefan Rousseau / PA Wire/PA Images

Labour leadership hopeful Yvette Cooper has said she will put measures to help families at the heart of her campaign to rebuild Labour after its election defeat.

The shadow home secretary said Labour had to "reach outwards" and "rebuild", winning back voters who deserted the party in favour of the Tories, Ukip and the SNP.

Ms Cooper believes she can smash the "glass ceiling" and become Labour's first permanent female leader, vowing to "shake up the system".

In an interview with The Sun on Sunday (£), mother-of-three Ms Cooper, whose husband and former shadow chancellor Ed Balls lost his Westminster seat in the general election, said Labour had to offer hope to families.

We need to put families at the heart of our politics. As a mum, I feel very strongly about that because my family, my kids are the most important thing in my life.

That has to be reflected in what we do. We have got to reach out and rebuild and that means winning back voters.

We've got to show practical things we can do to help families get on, to know their kids can get an apprenticeship, have a good start in life and go to university.

– Yvette Cooper


Police: Three people found dead at a house in Didcot

A man, a woman and girl have been found dead at a house in Didcot. Credit: Dave Thompson / PA Wire/PA Images

A murder investigation has been launched after a man, woman and girl were found dead at a house in Didcot, Oxfordhsire, Thames Valley police said.

In a statement the police said officers were called to an address in Vicarage Road by a member of the public at 8.23pm on Saturday and found three bodies inside the property.

A man, a woman and girl, who are yet to be identified, were pronounced dead by ambulance staff at the scene. No arrests have been made.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Steel said: “Thames Valley Police has launched a murder investigation in Didcot after receiving a call from a member of the public at 8.23pm yesterday.

“Police officers attended the scene and three bodies were found inside the property. A man, a woman and a girl were pronounced dead at the scene by ambulance staff. Their deaths are being treated as suspicious.

“This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the loved ones of the deceased.

“I would like to reassure the public that we are carrying out a thorough investigation into the incident.

“We would urge anyone with any information about the incident to contact us immediately via 101 quoting reference number 1370."

Plaque to be unveiled at site of WWII Dunkirk tragedy

Several events have been taking place to mark the 75th anniversary of the Dunkirk rescue mission 'Operation Dynamo'. Credit: Gareth Fuller / PA Wire/PA Images

A memorial plaque will be unveiled on Sunday at the site of the MV Crested Eagle, a paddle steamer which was attacked and sunk as thousands of soldiers were rescued from the French coastline during the Second World War.

The ship was targeted by the Germans at Zuydcoote, a few miles north of Dunkirk, during Operation Dynamo, the rescue mission to save British, French and Belgian troops from the German advance across Europe in 1940.

The merchant vessel sank and all 300 soldiers on board were killed.

Later today a commemoration for the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships (ADLS) will be held on the quayside in Dunkirk, next to the famous little ships that were used to rescue men from the beaches.

Veterans have been attending a series of events to mark the 75th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuations including a service yesterday at the Allied Beach Memorial.


Sweden has won the 60th Eurovision Song Contest

Sweden's Mans Zelmerlow won the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Credit: Reutrers/Leonhard Foeger

Sweden's Mans Zelmerlow has won the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, beating Russia and Italy in the long-running TV music show.

Finalists from 27 countries took part in the competition which was held at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria.

The 28-year-old singer and TV presenter performed the winning electro-pop ballad 'Heroes', dancing in front of a black screen with animated gnomes.

Sweden last won the 60-year-old competition in 2012.

Listen to Sweden's winning entry below:

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John Prescott backs Andy Burnham for Labour leader

Former deputy prime minister John Prescott has thrown his support behind Andy Burnham in the race to replace Ed Miliband as Labour leader and compared the former health secretary to former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Lord Prescott said he supports Andy Burnham's bid to become Labour leader. Credit: Stefan Rousseau / PA Archive/PA Images

Lord Prescott said Mr Burnham showed many of the "skills and qualities" demonstrated by Mr Blair.

In his Sunday Mirror column Lord Prescott said: "Before Tony became our leader, he spent 11 years as an MP. In that time he learned his brief, gained the -experience, handled the media and won the public's trust with an overwhelming landslide.

"I have seen a lot of those skills and -qualities in Andy Burnham during his 13 years as an MP. Many people talk about aspiration but Andy is a living example - a working class lad from Liverpool who went to a -comprehensive and got a place at Cambridge University."

He added: "Andy also has that one thing all leaders crave - the common touch. I've seen him in small groups and big meetings.

"People instantly warm to the guy. He's a family man who loves his football. He's not just faking it like Cameron to be popular...

"Tony was a winner. We now need someone who can earn the trust of the public and has an insatiable desire to help everyone get on in life."

Burundi opposition figure Zedi Feruzi assassinated

People have been holding protests against the President's plan to run for another term of office. Credit: Reuters/Eric Vidal

The head of an opposition party in Burundi, Zedi Feruzi, has been shot dead in the capital by gunmen, according to Reuters news agency.

Feruzi and his bodyguard was killed in the Ngagara district according to the head of the civil society group Ligue ITEKA, Anshere Nikoyagize. Residents said he was killed near his home.

"We heard a lot of gunfire," a neighbour of Feruzi told Reuters. "It's unfortunate because there were army soldiers here, and they didn't do anything."

Burundi is facing its deepest crisis since the end of an ethnically-fuelled civil war in 2005. The unrest was triggered by the President's decision to seek another five years in office.

The presidential election is due to be held on June 26th. Parliamentary and local council polls will now be held on June 5th, delayed by a little more than week.

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