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Could English manifesto fuel new referendum hopes?

The Conservatives' English manifesto launched today proposes English votes for English laws.

But seven months after Scotland voted to save the union, critics say that the proposals could fuel demands for another referendum and could stoke the flames of English nationalism.

Tories proposes English-only votes for key policies

Launching his English manifesto today, David Cameron said that English MPs would have the final say over income tax and other key policies.

The Conservative leader promised firm proposals from the manifesto would be in place within 100 days of forming a government and full implementation by the March budget.

English MPs will be able to set an English rate of income tax and set budgets and policies for health and schools.

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Murder investigation after body found in flat

A murder investigation has been launched by South Wales Police following the discovery of a person’s body at an address in Andrews Court, Rickards Street, Graig, Pontypridd.

The discovery was made just before 3pm on Friday by a police officer. Investigations are ongoing to confirm the identity of the body.

As part of the investigation, a police cordon is in place near the Sardis Road rugby ground in Pontypridd, and at the flat where the body was discovered.

A 50 year-old man has been arrested in connection with the investigation and is currently in police custody.

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Police would like to hear from anybody living near Andrews Court on Rickard Street, Graig, Pontypridd, who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the past few days.

Detective Superintendent Paul Hurley, said: “We would like to speak to anybody who thinks they may have information that can help our investigation. No matter how insignificant the information may seem, we would like people to contact us.

In particular, we want to speak to anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the vicinity of Andrews Court, Rickards Street, were the body was found, and also to anyone who may have seen something suspicious near the rugby ground on Sardis Road in the past couple of days.

We have a team of detectives and the support of specialist resources working on this inquiry and while we understand it will alarm the community, this is an isolated incident and we do have somebody in custody.

We have a team of detectives and the support of specialist resources working on this inquiry and while we understand it will alarm the community, this is an isolated incident and we do have somebody in custody

– Detective Superintendent Paul Hurley
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Anyone with information is urged to call 101 quoting reference *140670 or they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Miliband 'sympathetic' to more bank holidays

The Labour leader said that he would be open for more time off for workers Credit: PA

Labour leader Ed Miliband has revealed he is "quite sympathetic" to having more bank holidays, economic impacts allowing.

Asked about Ukip's proposal for St George's Day to be designated a new bank holiday, he told LBC radio: "I am quite sympathetic to more bank holidays.

"But you have to be careful about what it means for the economy and all that," he added.

Mr Miliband said he had not marked St George's Day this year but it was "always nice to celebrate it by campaigning in England".

England means a whole range of things. It means a sense of fair play, it means incredible countryside, it is obviously the place where my parents took refuge after the Second World War so it means a huge amount to me.

– Ed Miliband

Labour candidate Anas Sarwar receives death threat

The Labour candidate and former Scottish Labour deputy leader Anas Sarwar has received a death threat on his answering machine.

Labour candidate Anas Sarwar receives death threat. Credit: PA

Scottish Labour Deputy Leader Kezia Dugdale said: "These types of threats have no place in our society. No-one, politician or otherwise, should have to face threats of violence. What has it come to when people seeking to be part of the democratic process face threats of this nature?"

The message threatening to shoot Mr Sarwar was left on the machine of his Glasgow office between April 8 and 10. Scottish Labour said the matter has been reported to police. Mr Sarwar is standing to hold his seat for Glasgow Central. Police Scotland said they had no comment at this time.

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