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Ukip tipped for big win at Rochester by-election

Ukip will land a second voice in Parliament next month according to a new poll that puts the party a commanding 13 points ahead of the Conservatives in the run up to the Rochester and Strood by-election.

Mark Reckless, left, is bidding to join fellow Tory defector Douglas Carswell, right, as a member of parliament for Ukip. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

A ComRes study tips the Eurosceptics to get 43% of the vote, well ahead of the Conservatives on 30%, as Tory defector Mark Reckless bids to regain his former seat for Nigel Farage's party.

Labour trailed in third on 21%, while the Liberal Democrats were way back on 3% alongside the Greens ahead of the November 20 poll.

ComRes interviewed 1,500 adults in the north Kent constituency by telephone between October 17-21.

Soldier killed in Ottawa named as Cpl Nathan Cirillo

The soldier killed at the National War Memorial in Ottawa has been named as Cpl Nathan Cirillo, by Canadian broadcaster CBC.

The 24-year-old reservist was serving in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada regiment.


Ottawa suspect was 'Canadian convert to Islam'

The man police are investigating as the possible suspect in the Ottawa shootings, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, is believed to have been a Canadian convert to Islam.

Two US officials told Reuters that US agencies have been advised that the shooter was a Canadian convert to Islam. One of the officials said that the man was from Quebec.

Ottawa witnesses describe shock as gunman opened fire

Three witnesses describe seeing the gunman move through Ottawa earlier today.

One witness said he saw the man open fire on the soldier at the War Memorial: "A guy came from the side, my left hand side and came over with the rifle and shot at the man, then the guy went falling down and everybody was just in shock."

A second man says he heard gunshots before seeing crowds "screaming and running" before he saw a man with scarf over his face with "a double barreled shotgun."


Professor Green raps Ukip 'morons' over Calypso song

Rapper Professor Green has told ITV News the release of the 'Ukip Calypso' song shows the anti-EU party are "even bigger morons than people perhaps first thought".

Speaking at the Mobo Awards, Green admitted he had not heard the controversial single but told Vincent McAviney the statement of apology issued by its creator - former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read - showed it represented "absolute disrespect" for refugees and immigrants.

Obama 'very shaken after tragic' Ottawa attack

President Obama has described the situation in Ottawa as "tragic" after an attack left a soldier dead.

Mr Obama said: "Just two days ago a soldier was killed in an attack...we now know a young man was killed today.

"We don't yet have all the information on what motivated the shooting, if this was the work of a broader network or plan or an individual that chose to take these actions."

He added: "I've very familiar with that area and I'm reminded of how warmly I was received and I'm obviously very shaken by it."

Report: Lloyds to cut 9,000 jobs over next three years

At least 9,000 jobs will be axed at Lloyds Banking Group over the next three years along with an unknown number of branch closures, Reuters has reported, citing sources.

The cuts would amount to 10 per cent of Lloyds' workforce and follow some 30,000 job axings by the company since the financial crisis of 2007 to 2009.

The Government still holds a 25 percent stake in Lloyds Banking Group after a £20.5 billion pound bailout in the wake of the financial crisis. Credit: Paul Faith/PA Archive

Reuters reported the job cuts will be announced by Chief Executive Antonio Horta-Osorio in a three-year strategy review next week.

The report said the increase of online transactions and automated bureaucracy will lead to the closure of some branches.

Baby dies as car slams into crowd in Israel 'terror attack'

A baby has been killed and eight people injured after a car slammed into a packed crowd in Jerusalem in what police described as a "terrorist attack".

The driver was shot by police as he tried to run away after ploughing his vehicle into the pedestrians and was in serious condition in hospital.

Israelis stand behind a police barrier near to the wrecked car in the attack at a stop on the city's light railway in Jerusalem. Credit: Reuters/Ammar Awad
Police said the driver, identified as a 21-year-old Arab resident of the Silwan area of East Jerusalem, has a 'terrorist background'. Credit: Reuters/Ammar Awad
Two of the injured pedestrians remain in serious condition in hospital after the attack at around 6pm local time as passengers alighted the train. Credit: Reuters/Ammar Awad
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