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Rescue teams 'trying to find people alive among dead'

Rescue teams are attempting to find survivors of the migrants tragedy "among the dead floating in the water" in the Mediterranean, the Maltese prime minister has said.

Joseph Muscat said a Maltese patrol boat was assisting Italian naval ships and cargo vessels with the efforts.

They are literally trying to find people alive among the dead floating in the water.

– Malteste Prime Minister Joseph Muscat

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Police name missing kayaker as search continues

Police have named a canoeist who has gone missing in the Solent as 54-year-old Stephen Taylor.

A search was launched last night for Stephen Taylor. Credit: ITV Meridian

Mr Taylor, of Newbroke Road in Gosport left Lee-on-Solent, at around 11.30am yesterday morning in his blue coloured kayak with the intention of paddling to Lepe beach in the Southampton area.

The experienced canoeist's partner alerted police when he failed to return home.

Mr Taylor is believed to be wearing a wetsuit, a light blue coloured long sleeved top, navy blue life jacket with a red detail and a beige sun hat.

A passing vessel is believed to have seen Mr Taylor at 10.50pm last night, Hampshire Police added.

Farage: Polls missing Ukip voters who didn't vote last time

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said that polls ahead of the general election are missing the Ukip vote made up of people "who didn't vote for anybody" last time.

Farage: Polls missing Ukip voters who didn't vote last time. Credit: BBC

Speaking to the Sunday Politics show, Mr Farage said: "The one thing the polls are really missing here is that a large lump of the Ukip vote are people who didn't vote for anybody in the last election."

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Poll: Should Newcastle fans boycott Spurs match?

Should Newcastle fans boycott the match against Spurs? Credit: PA

Thousands of Newcastle fans are expected to boycott today's game against Tottenham at St James' Park.

The Magpies recent run of form has angered some supporters, who blame owner Mike Ashley for not investing more money in the club.

Campaigners from the 'Ashley Out' group say they will hand out 20,000 leaflets near the stadium before kick-off at 4pm.

What do you think? Should Newcastle fans boycott today's match? Have your say below:

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Cameron: Prospect of SNP in Westminster 'frightening'

The prospect of a SNP involvement in a future Labour government would be "frightening", David Cameron has said.

David Cameron has again warned of a potential Labour/SNP deal. Credit: BBC/The Andrew Marr Show

He called on the Labour leader Ed Miliband to rule out any kind of deal with Nicola Sturgeon's party.

"The SNP is a party which doesn't want to come to Westminster to contribute to a government; it wants to come to Westminster to break up our country," the Prime Minister told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show.

He accused the SNP of being a "group of nationalists who want to be involved in the government of a country which they don't want to belong to".

Balls: 'I want Lloyds and RBS back in the private sector'

Labour's shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has said he wants bailed out banks back in the private sector but would need to look more closely at a share sale.

Ed Balls: 'I want Lloyds and RBS back in the private sector'. Credit: PA

I am not going to do it by discounting the price at sale, which ends up with a big rise in prices afterwards, which means the killing goes to institutional investors and doesn't go to the tax payer and the national debt.

I hope David Cameron and George Osborne now admit they got the Royal Mail sale badly wrong. I promise you this - I will not short change the tax payer on Lloyds and RBS.

– Labour's shadow Chancellor Ed Balls

Speaking on the Murnaghan show, he said: "I want Lloyds and RBS back in the private sector to get our money back to get the national debt down. Of course I do."

Treasury chief criticises Tory Lloyds share sell-off plan

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has criticised the Conservatives' proposal to sell shares in the bailed-out Lloyds bank.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander. Credit: PA

This idea is one that we have looked at several times in government... and decided against, because it's not been clear that we'd be able, through this method, to get the money back for the taxpayer.

The British people have put a lot of money and made a lot of sacrifices as a consequence of the financial crisis, and as we are able to return these banks to the private sector, people should be able to benefit.

The point I'm making about this Tory plan is, I'm not sure anyone can have any certainty it will actually happen... unless the Conservatives are saying that they'd sell these shares even if they didn't get the taxpayers' money back, and I think that would be a highly irresponsible thing to do.

– Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live
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