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Day-trippers urged to avoid visiting France

Eurotunnel says passengers should reschedule if they can Credit: PA

Eurotunnel is advising anyone taking a day-trip to France via its passenger services to postpone their journey due to long delays as a result of migrant activity throughout the night.

The advice follows a warning from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to avoid Calais because of industrial action by French farmers. It also warned anyone travelling through the French port to keep vehicle doors locked because of the "large numbers of illegal migrants" and a "high threat of terrorism.

Kent Police has been forced to reintroduce Operation Stack in the early hours of this morning leading to further disruption on Kent's roads.

Police extend Operation Stack as traffic levels grow

Kent Police have extended Operation Stack to cover five junctions of the M20 as heavy freight traffic and disruption at Calais continue to cause delays.

Credit: Kent Police

The motorway closure will now run between junctions 8 and 13, affecting the coastbound traffic.

Tourist and local traffic is being diverted onto the A20 from Junction 8 at Hollingbourne to allow backed-up freight traffic to park on the coastbound carriageway of the M20. Channel Tunnel-bound traffic can then rejoin the M20 at junction 11.

Police had earlier said that the problems were being exacerbated by freight drivers trying to bypass the queues on the M20 by joining the domestic traffic.


Lord Sewel is first to take peer's walk of shame

Lord Sewel brought in the new rules and is the first to exit under them. Credit: PA

Lord Sewel is the first peer to quit the House of Lords since the introduction of new rules allowing members to resign, retire or be expelled for wrongdoing.

Since the passage of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014, some 30 peers have retired because they no longer wished to play a role in the House - but Lord Sewel is the first to be forced out by a scandal.

Previously, peers could be temporarily suspended if they went bankrupt or were found guilty of treason.

Tony Benn secured a change of the law in 1963 to allow him to renounce his title so he could serve as an MP.

A handful of peers stood down to retain their non-dom tax status when a 2010 law required members of the Lords to be UK taxpayers.

But in the past it took a special Act of Parliament to actually remove a Lord.

The last time this happened was in 1917, when the Titles Deprivation Act was passed to allow British peerages to be removed from the Dukes of Albany and Cumberland, both German princes who fought in the Kaiser's Army in the First World War.

Under the 2014 Act, any peer sentenced to 12 months in prison is automatically removed from the House.

Labour accuses Chancellor of 'complacency' over UK growth

Labour's Shadow Chancellor has accused George Osborne of being 'complacent' over the latest GDP figures and said Britain needed a "more balanced recovery".

Chris Leslie said the Chancellor needed to do more to support exporters in the face of "mounting instability from Europe, China and the world economy".

Today’s figures show we need a more balanced recovery, with construction output weak for the past nine months. The OBR has revised down productivity next year and for three years after that. Manufacturing is down by 0.3 per cent and the Government is on course to miss its exports target by hundreds of billions of pounds. The Chancellor is complacent at a time when he should take action to support exporters and strengthen Britain’s infrastructure. Pulling the plug on major rail electrification and hitting households next April with a work penalty in the tax credit system are the wrong choices for the long term.

– Chris Leslie

Two patients in Manchester test negative for Mers virus

Manchester Royal Infirmary. Credit: PA

Two patients who sparked a suspected Mers outbreak at a Manchester A&E unit have tested negative for the virus.

Dr Rosemary McCann, North West Deputy Director of Health Protection for Public Health England, said: "PHE can confirm that two individuals were tested for MERS-CoV in Manchester. These cases were separate and unrelated. The results of both tests were negative."

There have been 316 tests for MERS since 2013, with all being negative.

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