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Dads to get time off work 'for ante-natal appointments'

Fathers-to-be will be entitled to take time off work to accompany their pregnant partners to ante-natal appointments, after new equality laws came into effect.

Credit: PA

Dads can take unpaid time off for up to two ante-natal appointments for no more than six-and-a-half hours for each visit.

Changes in the law applies to spouses, same-sex, civil and long-term partners and applies whether the child is conceived naturally or through donor insemination.

It also extends to those who will become parents through a surrogacy arrangement if they expect to satisfy the conditions for, and intend to apply for, a Parental Order for the child born through that arrangement.


Gatland, Seldon and Elleray among those honoured at Windsor today

Rugby coach Warren Gatland is among those being honoured at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle today.

New Zealander Gatland, 51, who has been in charge of the Wales rugby union side since 2007, will be made an OBE. Credit: PA

Anthony Seldon, the headmaster of the prestigious private school Wellington College, will receive a knighthood at the ceremony.

Seldon has become established as one of the country's highest-profile headmasters since he joined the school in 2006.

Anthony Seldon is also a political historian, with books including Tony Blair's biography. Credit: Twitter / @AnthonySeldon

David Elleray, the former football referee, is due to receive an MBE at the event.

Elleray, a former geography teacher and housemaster at Harrow school, is being recognised for services to football.

He was one of the sport's most high-profile referees before retiring in 2003.

Elleray, pictured sending off Roy Keane in 2001, is now the chairman of the Football Association's Referee's Committee. Credit: PA

Alice Gross post-mortem examination to resume today

A post-mortem examination on the body of tragic teenager Alice Gross is expected to resume today.

Alice Gross, 14, failed to return home on August 28th and her body was found on Tuesday night. Credit: Family handout

Scotland Yard confirmed that the body of the 14-year-old schoolgirl, who went missing on August 28, had been recovered on Tuesday from the River Brent in west London.

The post-mortem began yesterday at Uxbridge Mortuary and is expected to continue today due to the "complex nature" of the investigation, the force said.

Following the discovery, police said their investigation into her disappearance was now a murder inquiry.


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