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Britain 'not asked by US to join strikes on Islamic State'

Britain has not been requested to join strikes against the Islamic State, Downing Street has insisted.

The wreckage of a car belonging to Islamic State militants in northern Iraq.
The wreckage of a car belonging to Islamic State militants in northern Iraq. Credit: Reuters

The Times reported that the Pentagon had been exploring whether western allies such as Britain and Australia, and allied Gulf states, would assist in a broader campaign in Syria against the radical group.

The United States has launched scores of bombing attacks on Islamic State (IS) militants in northern Iraq in a bid to assist Kurdish and Iraqi forces in their fightback.

But a No 10 spokeswoman said: "There's been no request for us to deliver air strikes and this is not something under discussion at the moment.

"Our focus remains on supporting the Iraq government and Kurdish forces so that they can counter the threat posed by Isil, for example with the visit of our security envoy to Iraq this week and the provision of supplies to Kurdish forces."

MP blasts 'woolly-minded elite' running child services

The long-term sex abuse in Rotherham was repeatedly over-looked by a "liberal, woolly-minded, middle class elite" unable to understand the lives of inner-city children, according to a Labour MP.

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Danczuk's Rochdale constituency was also blighted by a sex-trafficking scandal, instigated by a group of Pakistani men. Credit: PA

Writing in the Daily Mail, Simon Danczuk was highly critical of "media friendly" multiculturalism and suggested the abuse had been exacerbated by police, social services and child protection leaders overly concerned with political correctness.

The problems, I very firmly believe, all stem from the top. I believe that all those three agencies are run by a liberal, woolly-minded, middle-class elite who simply cannot conceive of the truly miserable lives that some inner-city children in this country are forced to endure, and who prefer to concentrate on media-friendly ideas such as multiculturalism, diversity and community values – rather than on something as wicked as the rape of a child. They do not pursue the perpetrators because, blinded by political correctness, they simply do not see the abuse.

– Simon Danczuk

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Ebola vaccine to be trialled on humans 'within weeks'

Human safety trials on an experimental Ebola vaccine will begin in the coming weeks, US health officials are to announce today.

The GlaxoSmithKline experimental vaccine will be tested within weeks, sources say.
The GlaxoSmithKline experimental vaccine will be tested within weeks, sources say. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The GlaxoSmithKline vaccine will be available for the tests sooner than originally estimated, sources told Reuters.

US officials have also approved the first steps toward using three advanced laboratories to manufacture Ebola vaccines and treatments, the news agency reports.

PM heads to Scotland to make case for Union

David Cameron heads to Scotland today in a call to keep the Union together.

The Prime Minister will address CBI Scotland.
The Prime Minister will address CBI Scotland. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

With just three weeks to go until the independence referendum, the Prime Minister will address he business organisation CBI Scotland's annual dinner in Glasgow.

The Conservative leader will use his trip north to make the business case for Scotland remaining in the UK - describing Britain as one of the world's "oldest and most successful single markets".

It comes the day after 130 business leaders in Scotland signed an open letter which declared that the case for leaving the UK "has not been made".

Labour MP to refer Shaun Wright for police probe

Labour MP John Mann says he will refer Shaun Wright for a criminal investigation over claims of misconduct in public office.

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So Wright refuses to resign as police and crime commissioner. Tomorrow he receives my referral of him for criminal investigation .

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Letter going early morning asking Home Secretary to refer my complaint of misconduct in public office (re Rotherham) to another police force

Mann claims the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner and other colleagues could be charged with misconduct in public office after a report outlined widespread sexual exploitation in Rotherham over a 16-year period.

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The law is clear: Sean Wright and others can be charged with misconduct in public office. Referral to police/ home office tomorrow

Shaun Wright: I intend to see my duty through

South Yorkshire PCC Shaun Wright remains insistent that he will not resign from his post, despite stepping down from the Labour Party "with deep regret".

I entered into public service over twenty years ago to make a positive difference. Protecting vulnerable people has been my number one priority as Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire. I have had to make the difficult decision to stand down from the Labour Party and it's with deep regret that I've come to that decision.

– Shaun Wright, South Yorkshire PCC

However, he said he would remain in his role as PCC after making "progress" during his tenure in the region's response to sexual exploitation.

I was elected to deliver the people’s policing and crime priorities in South Yorkshire and I intend to see that duty through by leading the force on that urgent, and fundamental, journey of improvement for the sake of past, present and potential victims, who are the most important people in all of this.”

– Shaun Wright, South Yorkshire PCC

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Scottish referedum: Push begins for the 'missing million'

The "Yes" campaign claim tonight they are heading for victory in Glasgow, a key battleground in the Scottish independence referendum

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They say a snap ICM poll, based on a small sample and taken straight after Monday's TV debate, puts them at 51 per cent in the city - and the "No" campaign at 49.

Today there was a push to get hard to reach voters - the so called 'missing million' to take part. These voters, some experts predict, could decide the final outcome.

ITV News Correspondent Martin Geissler reports:

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