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Ukip: Chilcot inquiry delays 'completely unjustifiable'

Ukip deputy chairwoman Suzanne Evans Credit: PA Wire

"Endless delays" in the publishing of the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq War are "completely unjustifiable", Ukip deputy chairwoman Suzanne Evans said.

Speaking at a small business policy briefing in central London, Evans added: "That's nothing new, is it? We have been calling for it for some time.

"We have had a petition online actually, asking for it to be published. What are they so frightened of?

"It seems to have been beset by endless delays, which seem to me to be completely unjustifiable.

"I think our response is exactly the same as it was a couple of months ago - that it's about time it was out.

"We have always felt they were going to kick it into the long grass until after the election. Once again they are showing that's exactly what they intend to do."

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Clegg: 'Bewildered and beyond dismay' over Chilcot inquiry

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said he was "dismayed beyond belief" at the reported delay of the Chilcot inquiry findings.

Speaking on the election trail in St Ives, Clegg said: "I'm just dismayed beyond belief that we are having to wait so long - and now, it is being reported, even longer than I had feared - to finally find out the truth of what happened in the run-up to that fateful - and what I have always considered, personally, to be illegal - invasion of Iraq."

Major 'doing the SNP a favour bringing them centre stage'

Former Liberal leader Lord Steel says Sir John Major does not understand Scotland.

He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme:

The Tories are really doing the SNP a favour by bringing them to the centre stage of the campaign.

I think the consequence is we will end up with a minority government. Ed Miliband has made it clear he does not want any deal with the SNP.

– Lord Steel

With 16 days to polling on May 7, Sir John will say in a speech in the Midlands that a Labour-SNP administration would lead to "weak and unstable" government and wreck Britain's economic recovery.

Prince William completes air ambulance pilot training early

The Duke of Cambridge has completed his air ambulance training early and will now stay on unpaid leave until after the Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to the couple's second child, Kensington Palace has said.

Prince William is on unpaid leave ahead of the birth of his second baby Credit: PA

The Prince will then begin his final block of pilot training on 1st June for three weeks.

The Duke of Cambridge has completed the first phase of his in-work air ambulance helicopter pilot training with Bond Air Services earlier than anticipated.

This is due to a combination of The Duke performing well in the various modules and having very good flying conditions that allowed flight training and assessment to progress more quickly than had been planned.

...As he now will not have any further training to complete after returning from paternity leave, he will not return to duties with Bond until that time, and will remain on unpaid leave until then.

– Kensington Palace spokesperson

The couple's second child is due later this month and the royals have said that they do not know whether they are having a girl or a boy.

The Palace also said that Prince Harry will make a brief trip to the UK from Turkey this weekend to attend the London Marathon as Patron of its Charitable Trust.

He will then travel to Australia privately on 27th April to begin the second phase of his military attachment to the Australian army.

Ed Miliband: EU plan to cut migrant deaths 'not enough'

Labour leader Ed Miliband has said a European Union plan to cut numbers of deaths of migrants crossing the Mediterranean does not go "nearly far enough" and warned it will be "a stain on the EU" if proper action is not taken.

Labour leader Ed Miliband Credit: PA Wire

Prime Minister David Cameron will join EU leader in Brussels on Thursday to discuss the 10-point plan, drawn up on Monday in response to the deaths of an estimated 900 people on a boat which capsized off the coast of Libya on Sunday.

The EU aims to strengthen its Triton patrolling service and seek a military mandate to seize and destroy people-smugglers' boats, backed by increased budgets for Frontex, which manages the borders of the 28-nation bloc.

But Labour leader Ed Miliband told BBC1's Breakfast the plan did not go far enough, asking: "We haven't really got to a situation, have we, where we just let people drown because saving them is somehow a price not worth paying? We cannot do that.

"Frankly, it is a stain on the EU if we don't take proper action."

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Sturgeon suggests Borgen star could play her in a movie

Nicola Sturgeon admitted she had re-watching Danish political drama Borgen "once or twice" and suggested the show's star Sidse Babett Knudsen could play her in a movie of her life.

The pair met in 2013. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA

Scotland's First Minister is a long-time fan of the show, which depicts a female prime minister running a coalition government against the odds, and tweeted frequently while it was shown on BBC4.

In 2013 the SNP leader told the Radio Times it remains her favourite show and Knudsen's character Birgitte Nyborg was her favourite TV politician.

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