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Labour MP resigns from shadow cabinet after flag tweet

Shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry has resigned from the shadow cabinet, the Labour Party has said.

Emily Thornberry has resigned from the shadow cabinet, the Labour Party has announced. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

It follows controversy over a tweet she posted earlier today of a house draped with England flags and the words "Image from Rochester".

In Pictures: Snow causes chaos in New York State

Fresh snow has fallen in New York state, where longtime residents described the blast of winter weather as the worst in memory.

Some areas of New York state along the Great Lakes had nearly five feet of snow. Credit: ITV
Some of the dead were found in their cars after they were buried under the snow. Credit: ITV
Officials said roof collapses posed a threat, especially at mobile home parks. Credit: Reuters

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Polls close in Rochester and Strood by-election

Ukip's candidate for Rochester and Strood, Mark Reckless, pictured at a polling station earlier. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The polls have now closed in the Rochester and Strood by-election.

Mark Reckless, who defected from the Conservatives to Ukip, is the favourite to retain his seat, where he stood down when he changed parties.

Should Reckless win the seat, Ukip will have their second elected MP.

Wigan Athletic owner Whelan accused of antisemitism

Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan has been accused of antisemitism after he was quoted as saying, "Jewish people chase money more than everybody else".

Asked about the decision to appoint Malky Mackay as Wigan manager despite a string of allegedly racist, sexist, and antisemitic messages sent by Mackay during his time at Cardiff, Whelan told the Guardian he saw "nothing offensive" in those messages.

Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan pictured with new manager Malky Mackay. Credit: Barrington Coombs/PA Wire

“I think Jewish people do chase money more than everybody else. I don’t think that’s offensive at all,” he added.

Former FA and Premier League executive Simon Johnson wrote on Twitter:

Charlie Webster: Sheffield Utd has 'done the right thing'

Former Sheffield United patron Charlie Webster, who left her position at the club over the Ched Evans matter, said on Twitter it had "done the right thing" by deciding not to let the footballer train at its facilities.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who is MP for Sheffield Hallam, also tweeted his support for the club saying it was "a sensible decision."

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Dave Berry welcomes United's retraction on Evans

Sheffield United has withdrawn an offer to allow Ched Evans to train with the club. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Singer Dave Berry, who resigned as a patron at Sheffield United following the Ched Evans row, has welcomed a decision to withdraw an offer for the footballer to train at the club but says it should not have taken so long.

Mr Berry told ITV news: "I'm very pleased to hear it but why has it taken so long? And still, where are all the men in this? I haven't seen anyone commenting from football clubs."

He added: "I'm rather disappointed at men not supporting this girl and making any gestures. They've said nothing about the contract - we're still only halfway there."

Labour: Govt decision on EU bank cap a 'climbdown'

Ed Balls said the decision not to challenge the EU cap was a 'humiliating climbdown'. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls said the Chancellor's decision not to pursue a challenge to an EU cap on banker bonuses "is a humiliating climbdown".

Mr Balls also accused the Chancellor of trying to "sneak out" the decision under the cover of the Rochester and Strood by-election.

He added: "The Chancellor revealed his true priorities when he decided a year ago to spend taxpayers' money fighting a bank bonus cap while working families face a cost-of-living crisis. He should tell taxpayers how much money he has now wasted on this challenge, which we warned him against.

"Labour will reform the banks and levy a tax on bank bonuses to fund a paid starter job for young people out of work for over a year."

Sheffield United retracts training offer to Ched Evans

Sheffield United has retracted its offer to let convicted rapist Ched Evans train at the club.

The football club said the reaction to its initial decision to allow Evans to train there "has been at an intensity that could not have been anticipated when first announced."

Sheffield United has retracted its offer to allow convicted rapist Ched Evans to train at its facilities. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

"Sheffield United will not be used to promote the view that professional footballers should be treated differently, as has been the want of certain sections of the media and various commentators," the club said in a statement.

"During this whole period, we have been served a timely reminder of what we have been throughout our history: Sheffield United is a family and community club that, even in times of adversity, will remain strong and grow from its experiences."

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