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Chancellor 'unlikely to hit borrowing target'

Chancellor George Osborne. Credit: PA Wire

ITV News' Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship has calculated that Chancellor George Obsorne is unlikely to hit his borrowing target following new figures released by the Office of National Statistics.

In March, the Office for Budget Responsibility forecast borrowing for 2014-2015 would be £95.5bn.

The new ONS figures show £64.1bn has been borrowed since April.

PM says Miliband's Labour 'sneers at patriotic people'

David Cameron has accused Labour of sneering at patriotic working people after Emily Thornberry was forced to stand down as shadow attorney general over her white van Rochester tweet.

The Islington South MP's picture tweet was said to have enraged Labour leader Ed Miliband while it was condemned by a number of her party colleagues.

But Mr Cameron claimed the incident accurately represented the party's stance under Mr Miliband.

Emily Thornberry is one of Ed Miliband's closest allies and aides. Effectively what this means is that Ed Miliband's Labour Party sneers at people who work hard, who are patriotic and who love their country, and I think that is absolutely appalling.

– David Cameron


'Cannibal' victim died of 'sharp trauma to face and neck'

The inquest into the death of Cerys Yemm, the women who was killed earlier this month at a hotel in Argoed, Wales, heard the initial findings of the post-mortem into her death before adjourning until April next year.

The inquest heard that 22-year-old Yemm died from sharp force trauma to the face and neck.

Gwent Coroner David Bowen released Cerys Yemm's body to her family. Credit: Family handout

Yemm died after Matthew Williams, who had recently been released from prison following a vicious attack on his ex-girlfriend, attacked her "in an act of cannibalism".

Read: Calls for inquiry into alleged cannibal killer.


Government borrowing at £7.7bn in October

Government borrowing fell to £7.7bn in October, down £200m from last year, latest figures show.

But borrowing between April and October, was £64.1bn - £3.7bn higher than the same period last year, monthly figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

Meanwhile the UK's net debt is now at £1.449 trillion, down on last month but £3.7bn higher than last October. It now represents 79.5% of gross domestic product (GDP), down from September's 79.9% but ahead of 77.7% a year before.

The figures mean the Treasury still looks well off the target for a 12% fall in the annual deficit expected by the independent Office for Budget Responsibility.

Ukip's Reckless sworn in as he joins opposition benches

Ukip MP Mark Reckless has been sworn in following his re-election to Rochester and Strood before finding his new seat in the opposition benches.

Mr Reckless made his oath after approaching the dispatch box alongside fellow Tory defector Douglas Carswell.

Mr Reckless faced some heckling from Labour MPs on the opposition bench which Mr Carswell has used since his return to Parliament last month.

The Ukip duo will sit together in the second row of the opposition benches, behind Labour veteran Dennis Skinner.

Whelan apology 'half-hearted', says Jewish body

The main representative body of British Jews has called Wigan chairman Dave Whelan's comments "outrageous" and labelled his apology as "half-hearted".

Dave Whelan has been criticised for his comments. Credit: PA

The Board of Deputies of British Jews vice-president Jonathan Arkush said in a statement: "Dave Whelan's comments about Jews are outrageous and offensive, and bring the club and the game into disrepute.

"His half-hearted apology does not go far enough. You cannot insult a whole group of people, and then say, 'I would never insult them', and hope that's OK.

"We need to see a proper apology and full recognition of the offence caused. Whelan, in his role as chair of a football club, has a responsibility to set the tone for both his players and supporters. Racism and anti-Semitism will prevail on and off the pitch if it's acceptable and unchallenged in the boardroom.

"We will be taking up the matter with the Football Association and Kick It Out."

'I got it wrong' says MP as England flag tied to her home

The Labour MP who resigned from the shadow cabinet after her white van Rochester tweet has said she "got it wrong" as a flag of St George was tied to railings outside her London home.

The flag of England, the St George's Cross, flaps in the wind after being tied to Emily Thornberry's house.

Emily Thornberry, the former shadow attorney general, stood down after facing criticism for her photo that appeared to ridicule a Rochester home with three large England flags draped across the front of the house.

The Islington South MP spoke to reporters outside her house before cycling off to Parliament.

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