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Police watchdog chairman: Wright position 'untenable'

Shaun Wright was in charge of children's services in Rotherham.
Shaun Wright was in charge of children's services in Rotherham. Credit: ITV News

The chairman of South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Panel said he believed Commissioner Shaun Wright's position had become "untenable" and called on him to stand down over the Rotherham child abuse scandal.

Labour councillor Harry Harpham told BBC Radio 4's Today programme:

He should resign at the earliest opportunity.

He can only be removed from office by resigning or unless he commits a criminal offence.

We are not able to remove him, however, I will seek an urgent meeting with Shaun to let him know my position.

– Harry Harpham

Sunny spells with some outbreaks of rain

Largely dry with outbreaks of rain across the east and Scotland.
Largely dry with outbreaks of rain across the east and Scotland. Credit: Met Office

A cloudy start a cross Scotland and many eastern parts of England with outbreaks of rain moving slowly northeastwards.

Elsewhere, it will be largely dry with sunny spells though a few showers are likely. Some of the showers will be heavy during the afternoon and may also merge into some longer spells of rain.

Windy, especially in the northwest. Maximum temperatures reaching 23C in London.

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MP: Shaun Wright 'should go' regardless of Labour

Shaun Wright "should go" from his South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner post, after it emerged he was in charge of children services for five years as mass child sexual exploitation in Rotherham went on, an MP has said.

Rochdale MP Simon Danzcuk, who is himself a Labour MP, told Good Morning Britain Shaun Wright must be "one of the most unpopular politicians in Britain" because of his alleged mismanagement of children services from 2005-10.

Three months of Gaza food aid 'costs £42 million'

Around £42 million is required for the World Food Programme to continue food assistance to Palestinians for the next three months, the organisation said.

They said: "To continue its food assistance programmes in Palestine, WFP requires approximately US$70 million (£42 million) for its humanitarian response in Gaza for a period of three months."

Since the beginning of the latest conflict, they added that they had provided daily emergency food rations to up to 350,000 displaced people in Gaza, while reaching more than 120,000 people with emergency vouchers.

As a convoy carrying food for 150,000 people entered Gaza for the first time since 2007 today.

In numbers: Privately-educated people in public roles

The number of people in senior jobs that were educated at fee-paying schools has been outlined in a new report.

The study from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission found the following proportions were privately educated:

  • 71% of senior judges
  • 62% of senior armed forces officers
  • 55% of permanent secretaries (most senior civil servants)
  • 53% of senior diplomats
  • 45% of public body chairs
  • 44% of the Sunday Times Rich List
  • 43% of newspaper columnists
  • 35% of national rugby teams
  • 33% of the England cricket team
  • 26% of BBC executives

Food convoy for 150,000 people reaches Gaza

A convoy carrying food for 150,000 people has entered Gaza for the first time since 2007, the World Food Programme has announced.

The aid reached the Rafah crossing from Egypt after a seven-hour drive from Alexandria, the organisation said. The convoy of 8 trucks was carrying 15,600 food parcels.

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“The opening of the Rafah crossing for humanitarian aid provides a major opportunity to scale up aid delivery to Gaza and needs to be sustained,” WFP Country Director Pablo Recalde said.

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Rotherham victims 'not concerned with who resigns'

The lawyer for 15 of the victims of sexual exploitation in Rotherham has said his clients are "not terribly concerned with who resigns" over the scandal.

David Greenwood told Good Morning Britain victims wanted to make sure "systems are put in place and enough funding is put in place" to support other victims and prevent a repeat of the widespread abuse.

British Muslim and Jewish leaders unite over Gaza

Palestinians in Gaza celebrate after the ceasefire was announced.
Palestinians in Gaza celebrate after the ceasefire was announced. Credit: Khatib Abed Rahim/ABACA

Muslim and Jewish leaders in the UK have issued an unprecedented joint statement, calling on both faiths to "export peace" to Gaza.

The Muslim Council of Britain and the Board of Deputies of British Jews made the joint call an open-ended truce was agreed in the Middle East.

Both Israel and Hamas have claimed victory following the recent conflict, which is thought to have claimed the lives of 2,143 Palestinians and 70 Israelis.

The MCB and the BoD said they condemned the civilian casualties and hoped for "lasting peace", while also stating Muslims and Jews should "get to know one another".

The death of every civilian is a tragedy, and every effort should be taken to minimise such losses. The targeting of civilians is completely unacceptable and against our religious traditions. We pray for a speedy end to the current conflict and for a lasting peace for all.

– Muslim Council of Britain and Board of Deputies of British Jews

'No living wage' for many part-time working women

Women working part-time are typically earning less than the living wage in many parts of Britain, a new study claims.

Female employees earning below the living wage is the 'norm' in Britain, the TUC says.
Female employees earning below the living wage is the 'norm' in Britain, the TUC says. Credit: Jens Kalaene/DPA

The TUC says most part-time women workers were earning below the living wage in over 50 local authority areas, including three out of four in West Lancashire and two-thirds in West Somerset.

The living wage is currently set at £7.65 an hour across Britain, apart from in London where it stands at £8.80.

The union has called on the Government to ensure companies awarded contracts pay their staff the living wage.

Study: Depression among cancer patients 'overlooked'

Large numbers of cancer patients suffer from major depression and in the vast majority of cases their mental anguish is being overlooked or ignored, a study has found.

The survey found a higher prevalence of depression among cancer patients.
The survey found a higher prevalence of depression among cancer patients. Credit: Reuters

A survey of more than 21,000 patients in Scotland found rates of clinical depression ranging from 6% to 13%, compared with a prevalence of just 2% in the general population.

Of the 1,130 who had been diagnosed, almost three quarters (73%) were not receiving any kind of effective treatment.

The findings, reported in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry, were revealed as doctors reported promising results from two trials testing a new approach to managing depression in cancer patients.

SMaRT (Symptom Management Research Trials) Oncology 2 and 3 used specially trained nurses to deliver a range of psychiatric care including behavioural therapies and medication.

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