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Hospitals face shake up over food standards

Hospital food standards are being shaken up so that from now on, those in England will be forced to provide better food. They need to provide more water, more fish, and more fruit and vegetables, and use less salt.

Hospitals will then be ranked on the quality of food - but campaigners say the new standards should be legally binding.

ITV News reporter Lucrezia Millarini has the details:

Read: Government vows crackdown on unacceptable hospital food

Deposed Ukip candidate calls Carswell an 'idiot'

Roger Lord, who had been the Ukip general election candidate for Clacton until Douglas Carswell jumped ship yesterday, has called the Tory defector an "idiot".

"If somebody pushes me, I'm going to push back," he said. "Has he [Carswell] got a membership card? I'm not sure he's officially a member yet."

Mr Lord told ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Weiner that Mr Carswell "could have said sorry, but he hasn't got the guts to do it".

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Cameron to speak on raising terror threat to 'severe'

Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will make a statement on raising of the UK Threat Level from international terrorism to Severe at 2.45pm.

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I'll be making a statement on the raising of the UK Threat Level from international terrorism to Severe at 2.45pm.

Salmond: Yes campaign still the underdog

Alex Salmond said the Yes campaign remained the underdog in the run-up to the September 18 referendum, despite a new poll showing an increase in support.

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First Minister Alex Salmond visits a children's play centre in Edinburgh today. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The First Minister said it was "comforting and encouraging" that the No campaign's lead had been cut to just six percentage points, according to a Survation poll for the Scottish Daily Mail.

However, Mr Salmond stressed: "The polls are with us, but we're not there yet, we're still behind, we're still the underdogs, we've still got work to do, we're still trying harder ... to convince our fellow citizens that Yes offers the right vote for the future."

He also joined the Prime Minister in condemning the Yes supporter who pelted Scottish Labour MP Jim Murphy with eggs in Kirkcaldy, Fife yesterday.

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