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Details on food poisoning bug in chickens to be released

The extent to which food poisoning bug Campylobacter is among shop-bought chickens will be revealed today.

Campylobacter is the most common form of food poisoning in the UK and is found in poultry. Credit: PA Wire

The Food Standards Authority (FSA) will publish the second set of results today, in the year-long testing of whole chickens bought from UK retailers and smaller independent stores and butchers.

The announcement will name individual retailers for the first time, following criticism of the FSA's decision not to identify retailers in the first set of results in August.

Campylobacter, which grows in the guts of chickens, is killed through cooking but is the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK with some 280,000 people affected every year.

Immigration figures to be released amid May warning

The latest immigration figures will be published today after the Home Secretary's warned that the Government was "unlikely" to meet its target of cutting migration by the next election.

The latest immigration figures will be released today. Credit: PA Wire

Theresa May said the increasing number of EU migrants coming to Britain meant it would be difficult for the government to cut net annual migration into Britain below 100,000.

Labour has previously claimed that the Government's migration target was "in tatters".

The net migration figures, for the year to June, will be published by the Office for National Statistics this morning.

The last set of figures - published at the end of August - showed overall net migration rose to 243,000 in the year to March - up from 175,000 the previous year.

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What is the Smith Commission?

  • The Smith Commission was set up after Scotland voted "No" in the independence referendum in September
  • The commission was tasked with reaching an agreement on devolving further powers to the Scottish Parliament
  • Lord Smith of Kelvin, who led the process, will unveil his proposals today
  • The plans are the result of cross-party talks by the Scottish Parliament's five political parties
  • His recommendations will form the basis of draft legislation due to be published in January

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Labour: Doctors and patients are crying out for help

David Cameron must listen to doctors and patients "cries for help" and act to ease the pressure on A&Es, the shadow health secretary has said.

After senior consultants told ITV News that departments were heading for a "winter crisis", Andy Burnham accused the Government of trapping A&Es in a "downward spiral".

Doctors should not have to take to the TV screens to get their voices heard but that is what they are having to do under this Government.

David Cameron's abolition of guaranteed access to GP services and undermining of social care has left hospitals under intolerable pressure.

He has trapped A&Es in a downward spiral and, as doctors leave in their droves, the problems are only getting worse. As a result, patients are facing a difficult winter of trolley waits and ambulances queues.

Now that front-line A&E doctors have spoken out in this way, David Cameron can no longer ignore this crisis on his watch. Doctors and patients are crying out for help and he must act now.

– Andy Burnham
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