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MoD: Nato ships will help save lives and catch criminals

Reacting to news that Nato will deploy ships in the Aegean Sea to combat people-smugglers, a Ministry of Defence spokesperson said:

We welcome this announcement which will not just only save lives at sea but is firmly aimed at breaking the business model of criminal gangs who operate in the region.

Illegal migration and trafficking is placing thousands of lives at risk through treacherous journeys into Europe, and the scale of the migration crisis shows we must work together via Nato and the EU to tackle both the causes in Syria and elsewhere and the gangs which profit from it.

– MoD


Labour: Imposing doctors' contracts will 'destroy' morale

Shadow Health Secretary Heidi Alexander speaking in the Commons.

New contracts due to be imposed on junior doctors will "destroy morale" and bring "chaos", shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander has said.

"Does he not realise that this decision could lead to a protracted period of industrial action that will be distressing for everyone?" she asked.

She also questioned Hunt's claim that the imposition of the new terms was backed by all NHS leaders, citing one who said he had backed the offer made by the government, but did not support imposing it without an agreement from the British Medical Association.

The comments appeared to refer to Andrew Foster, chief executive of Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS, who tweeted: I have not supported contract imposition. I have supported the view that the offer made is reasonable.

HMRC tells MPs: We wanted to fine Google over tax

HMRC Chief Executive Dame Lin Homer. Credit: PA

HMRC has told MPs it wanted to fine Google over their tax affairs - but could not prove their accounts were assembled with "insufficient care".

Earlier Google finance boss Tom Hutchinson said HMRC determined they had a "reasonable argument" for the amount of UK profit they declared.

"And that's why there was no penalty," he added.


Nato patrols 'will not stop or push back refugee boats'

Nato's mission in the Aegean Sea will not be able "stopping or pushing back refugee boats", Nato's secretary-general has said.

Jens Stoltenberg said ships will contribute "critical information" to help the Turkish and Greek coastguard tackle human trafficking and criminal networks.

He also said Nato would step up surveillance of the Syrian-Turkish border.

The move to deploy ships follows a request from Germany, Turkey and Greece.

Thousands of refugees have already arrived in Greece by sea since the start of the year.

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