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Man arrested after blogger abused on Twitter

A man has been arrested over homophobic abuse on Twitter after Guardian columnist Jack Monroe was bombarded by someone claiming to be from Ukip.

The food blogger has quit Twitter after receiving messages of hate, which she described as "suffocating".

The account, now suspended, claimed to be from Alex Wood, a former Ukip election candidate from Somerset who was suspended by the party in 2013 after pictures appeared of him apparently making a racist salute, which he denied. Police said they were satisfied the comments did not appear on his account.

Ukip said the account is a fake, written by a troll and said the contents were "vile".

Avon and Somerset Police said a 22-year-old man have been arrested following an investigation into homophobic messages being sent from a bogus Twitter account.

Tories claim Sturgeon would 'pull the strings' in new ad

The new Conservative Party billboard unveiled today.

Nicola Sturgeon would "pull the strings" in the event of a deal between her party and Labour, the chairman of the Conservatives has claimed as he unveiled the party's latest poster campaign.

The billboard depicts Sturgeon as a puppeteer and Miliband as a dummy, with the words "more taxes, more borrowing, more debt." underneath.

Speaking on the poster's launch, Grant Shapps said: "Labour are collapsing in Scotland. This means the only way that Ed Miliband might crawl through the gates of No10 now is if he’s carried there by the SNP.

"Nicola Sturgeon would pull the strings and demand weaker defences, more spending and unaffordable welfare hand-outs. It would be a disaster for taxpayers."

Miliband has publicly rejected the suggestion of a deal with the SNP despite consistent overtures from the Scottish Nationalists, with Alex Salmond today putting renewed pressure on the Labour leader to consider a coalition.

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Police urgently appeal for son and brother of murder victims

Detectives investigating the murders of two women in Bootle are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a man who they urgently need to speak to.

A murder inquiry was launched yesterday after the discovery of the bodies of two women at two separate addresses in Bootle.

The women have since been identified as Bernadette Fox, 57, of Brookhill Road, Bootle, and her daughter, Sarah Fox, 27, of Worcester Road, Bootle.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Rooney, said:

“We are currently trying to trace Peter Fox, the son of Bernadette, as he could have information which could assist with our investigation.

I would appeal to Peter to come forward so that we can speak to him following the murders of his mother and sister.

“I would also ask the public to help us find Peter as we need to speak to him urgently in relation to the two murders.

“I would stress to the public that if they do see Peter Fox, they should not approach him.

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'Everyone in Britain should know how to speak English'

Everyone who settles in Britain should be able to speak English, Ed Miliband has said.

Ed Miliband speaking in Wirral this afternoon. Credit: ITV News

Outlining his key immigration policies, Mr Miliband told an audience in Wirral: "Everyone in Britain should know how to speak English. Sometimes, we’ve been too timid about this but it is something we should expect from everyone who comes here."

Mr Miliband said this "especially" applied to people working in the public sector, adding that "nowhere is that more true than in our NHS".

He said a Labour government would legislate to ensure all healthcare professionals can speak English to a "sufficient standard" so they can care effectively for patients.

Miliband on immigration: Labour 'got it wrong' in past

Ed Miliband has admitted Labour "got it wrong" on immigration in the past, but claims his party has "listened, learned and changed".

Ed Miliband, the Labour leader. Credit: ITV News

"We were wrong not to ensure there were maximum transitional controls when new countries joined the European Union in 2004," Mr Miliband said.

"And the reason we were wrong is that working people were seeing dramatic changes in their communities that were not planned or properly prepared for.

"And we won’t make that mistake in future."

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