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Cooper wants to put 'families at heart' of Labour party

Yvette Cooper has said the Labour party has to offer hope to families. Credit: Stefan Rousseau / PA Wire/PA Images

Labour leadership hopeful Yvette Cooper has said she will put measures to help families at the heart of her campaign to rebuild Labour after its election defeat.

The shadow home secretary said Labour had to "reach outwards" and "rebuild", winning back voters who deserted the party in favour of the Tories, Ukip and the SNP.

Ms Cooper believes she can smash the "glass ceiling" and become Labour's first permanent female leader, vowing to "shake up the system".

In an interview with The Sun on Sunday (£), mother-of-three Ms Cooper, whose husband and former shadow chancellor Ed Balls lost his Westminster seat in the general election, said Labour had to offer hope to families.

We need to put families at the heart of our politics. As a mum, I feel very strongly about that because my family, my kids are the most important thing in my life.

That has to be reflected in what we do. We have got to reach out and rebuild and that means winning back voters.

We've got to show practical things we can do to help families get on, to know their kids can get an apprenticeship, have a good start in life and go to university.

– Yvette Cooper

Illegal rave crowd attack police

Four police officers have been injured - one seriously - after officers came under attack from a large crowd of revellers when they broke up an illegal rave in Lincolnshire last night.

Four Lincolnshire Police officers were injured breaking up an illegal rave near Bourne

Police went to the Twyford Woods area, just off the A1, near Bourne, around midnight, after receiving a call from a member of the public complaining about loud noise and anti-social behaviour.

But when they attempted to break up the gathering they came under attack from the large crowd. Four officers were injured, one seriously but not life-threatening. A police dog was also injured.

Three women from Norfolk were arrested and police seized sound amplification equipment and generators. Police are asking motorists to avoid the roads around Twyford Woods whilst their enquiry continues.


Calendar Weather - Sunday

Brightening from the north Credit: York KERRIE GREENFIELD

Cloudy with hill fog and some rain first thing, however this should gradually clear to leave a drier and brighter afternoon from the north with some sunshine.

Cloud will linger for longer in the south, especially around The Wash and for North Norfolk - but even here it should brighten later in the afternoon.

Feeling warmer near the coast compared to Saturday but a fresher breeze in general. Highs in shelter in the sunshine up to 16-18°C

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75% reduction of front counter services at Derbyshire Police

Derbyshire Police says only four of its 16 front counter services will remain open by September.

12 front counters will be closed by September Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The closures are part of the force's plans to make savings of up to £26 million during the next five years.

Only the counters at Buxton, Chesterfield and Derby's St Mary's Wharf and Pear Tree police stations will remain open.


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Police search for missing man with Boston connections

Malcolm Dent has not been seen for about a fortnight Credit: Humberside Police

Police are looking for a missing man who has links to Boston in Lincolnshire.

Malcolm Dent, 56, who recently moved out his home in Grimsby, has not been seen since 6 May and was reported missing by his family on 15 May.

He is described as white, 5ft 11ins tall, of thin build and with dark thinning hair.

Mr Dent's family are anxious to confirm his safety and wellbeing.

Anyone who sees him is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police on 101.

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Corfu bungalow where two children died to be demolished

Christi and Bobby Shepherd were aged seven and six when they died. Credit: Family handout

The bungalow where Bobby and Christi Shepherd died from carbon monoxide poisoning in Corfu is to be demolished.

A statement from lawyers for the Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel said: "Now that all proceedings including the inquest are over we have decided to demolish the bungalow.

"I can confirm that the bungalow will be demolished after the hotel operations have ended for the season."

The bungalow the Shepherds stayed in nine years ago. Credit: ITV News

Earlier this week, Bobby and Christi's parents asked for the bungalow 112 to be knocked down and a children's playground put in its place as a "lasting tribute".

The hotel also confirmed an electrician convicted over the deaths but uncovered by ITV News still working at the hotel had now been sacked.

An ITV News investigation also found a manager sentenced to seven years for the deaths had been working at another hotel used by tour operators Thomas Cook, who the Shepherd's booked their holiday through.

George Chrysikopoulos has since been sacked at the request of Thomas Cook boss Peter Fankhauser.

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Hotel to discuss memorial with Bobby and Christi's family

The owners of a Corfu hotel are to discuss what should happen to the land after the bungalow where Bobby and Christi Shepherd died is demolished.

The children's parents have called for a playground to be put in its place in memory of the six and seven year old.

A statement from the Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel said: "It is the intention of the company to privately discuss with the family the most appropriate use of this area in memory of Christi and Bobby.”

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