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Machines 'could do a third of British jobs by 2030'

A Barclays machine.
Barclays is one business increasingly investing in machines. Credit: Tonight/ITV

Machines will be capable of doing more than a third of Britons' jobs by 2030, exclusive research for ITV's Tonight predicts.

The study by the University of Oxford looked at 702 different categories of occupation and found that 36% of the UK workforce are in jobs where there is a high risk that a machine could be capable of doing their work by that time.

The programme, which airs at 7.30pm on ITV, sees a range of experts predicting that technological changes in the coming decades will be at a pace not seen since the industrial revolution of the 19th century.

'Disingenuous' to blame overdue smears on GP access

It is misleading to suggest the rise in overdue smear tests is the result of a lack of GP access, the Government has said.

A Department of Health spokeswoman claimed there had been a sharp rise in the number of women screened for cervical cancer in the wake of Jade Goody's death in 2009, and now, fewer were choosing to get screened:

It is disingenuous to suggest that more women are unable to get a smear test because of GP access issues.

We know there was a significant rise in women wanting tests in 2009 following Jade Goody's death, and now fewer women choose to take up the invitation to have a smear.

The old 48-hour GP appointment target actually worsened access and under new plans, millions more people will get to see their family doctor at evenings and weekends.

– A Department of Health spokeswoman


'Proud day' for Cornwall after years of campaigning

A sign reads 'Welcome to Cornwall'
The Cornish have received minority status for the first time. Credit: Toby Melville/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Campaigners on the Cornish peninsular are celebrating after the people of the region received official minority status for the first time.

Many on the peninsular have long argued the region deserves special measures - including economic concessions, such as reductions in fuel duty - in recognition of its geographical location and cultural heritage.

Half a million people signed a petition and thousands marched through Cornwall and Westminster in opposition to 2012's controversial VAT rise on hot pasties - dubbed the "pasty tax".

Dick Cole, leader of Cornish independence party Mebyon Kernow, said: "The detail is still to come out on what this might mean, but make no mistake that this is a proud day for Cornwall."

Read: Cornish receive minority status for the first time

Labour: Rise in missed smear tests 'extremely worrying'

The 11% rise in the number of women who have failed to have a smear test is "extremely worrying", Labour have said.

Shadow health minister Liz Kendall said:

Someone is diagnosed with cervical cancer every three hours in the UK, and it kills three women every single day.

Smear tests save thousands of lives every year, so this recent drop in uptake is extremely worrying.

It's vital to increase public awareness and make it easier for women to book their tests, including outside normal working hours, because it can be tough getting to your local surgery if you're working, commuting or have to pick your children up after school.

– Liz Kendall

Read: 'Govt failing to act' over rise in missed smear tests

'Govt failing to act' over rise in missed smear tests

Labour has accused the Government for failing to act after figures showed an 11% rise in the number of women who had missed a vital cancer screening.

Read: Cervical cancer test fears

Smear test
Women in England and Wales are eligible for smear tests at 25. Credit: PA

Read: Pancreatic cancer poses 'growing threat'

Around 3.7 million women were late with their smear test check up for cervical cancer last year, while only 364,000 missed them in 2009-10, according to data.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), who released the figures, said the working women bracket had the biggest increase in overdue smear tests.

More than a million aged in their 30s were overdue, up 11%, while numbers of 40-somethings rose 15% to 925,000 and in their 50s it was up 16% to 620,000.

Read: 'Unaffordable' breast cancer drug set to be blocked

Cornish recognised as national minority for first time

Cornish and Union flags are waved side-by-side.
Cornish and Union flags are waved side-by-side. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

The Cornish are to be recognised as a national minority group for the first time, the government has announced.

After years of campaigning, the move means the Cornish are classified under the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities - meaning they have the same rights and protections as the UK's other Celtic people, the Scots, the Welsh and the Irish.

Communities Minister Stephen Williams said of the announcement: "This is a great day for the people of Cornwall who have long campaigned for the distinctiveness and identity of the Cornish people to be recognised officially."

The announcement follows previous commitments, which included formal recognition of the Cornish language.


Syria: Ban Ki-moon urges end to blocks on aid

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Credit: Katerina Sulova/Czech News Agency

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has demanded the Security Council take action in Syria on violations of international law as he reported that none of the warring parties was adhering to UN demands for aid access.

In his second monthly report to the 15-member council on the implementation of a resolution demanding great humanitarian aid access in Syria, Ban said "none of the parties to the conflict have adhered to the demands of the Council".

"The Security Council must take action to deal with these flagrant violations of the basic principles of international law," he wrote in the 21-page report.

He did not specify what measures the council should take.

Read: Warning over sharp rise in 'British jihadis' heading to Syria

Donations for teenage cancer patient reach £1.5m

Nearly 60,000 people had donated to Stephen's fundraising page.

Donations to teenage cancer patient Stephen Sutton have passed the £1.5 million mark after his campaign for the Teenage Cancer Trust became an international story.

Nearly 60,000 people had donated to Stephen's cause via his JustGiving page at the time of writing.

After originally aiming to raise £10,000 for the charity, Stephen raised the target to £1 million as interest in his campaign grew.

Read: Teen passes £1m charity goal as cancer fight nears end

Pancreatic cancer 'poses growing threat'

A controversial pancreatic cancer awareness campaign launched recently.
A controversial pancreatic cancer awareness campaign launched recently. Credit: Pancreatic Cancer Action

Pancreatic cancer stands alone as an increasingly deadly threat to both men and women in Europe, a study has shown.

Experts called for priority to be given to preventing and treating the terrible disease, which is predicted to kill 82,300 people in the EU this year.

While proportionately more people are dying from pancreatic cancer, the new research recorded falling death rates for all but one of seven other types of the disease.

The exception was lung cancer - but only in women, due to the fact that generations of them took up smoking later than men, according to the findings published in the journal Annals of Oncology.

Syria: Warning over increase in 'British jihadis'

A Syrian rebel fighter rests among debris in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria.
A Syrian rebel fighter rests among debris in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria. Credit: Reuters

A national campaign to stop would-be terrorists travelling to Syria will be launched today, following a dramatic rise in the number of people being arrested after going to the war-torn state.

UK authorities have long expressed fears about aspiring jihadis travelling to Syria for terrorist training, and it is thought that hundreds of Britons have already been there.

Scotland Yard says 40 Syria-related arrests were made in the first three months of this year, up from 25 in the whole of last year.

Senior National Co-ordinator Counter-Terrorism Helen Ball said the campaign is "not about criminalising people, it is about preventing tragedies".

"We want to inform those who wish to genuinely help the Syrian cause how they can do so safely and legally," she said.

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