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Yorkshire Ambulance thank staff for safe service during strike

NHS workers from 11 trade unions - including nurses, midwives and paramedics, staged a four hour walkout this morning.

Pickets were outside hospitals across the region from 7am including ones in Leeds, Lincoln and Bradford. The industrial action is over a pay dispute, and follows a strike involving thousands of workers last month.

Liz Furness from the Royal College of Midwives explained the importance of the strike.


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May unveils new anti-radicalisation laws

Schools, prisons and councils will be required by law to crackdown on terrorism or face a court order, the Home Secretary has announced.

Theresa May said measures to be put in place included extremist speaker policies in universities.

If organisations fail in their statutory duty "ministers will be able to issue directions to them, which will be enforceable by court order", she added.

New legislation will also ban insurance companies from footing the bill for terrorist ransoms.

And Terrorism Prevention and Investigations Measures (TPims) will be strengthened to re-introduce powers to relocate terror suspects around the country.

Since April 2010, 753 people have been arrested for terrorism-related offences, 212 have been charged and 148 have been successfully prosecuted.

A total of 138 people have been jailed for terror offences while 13, including hook-handed radical cleric Abu Hamza, have been extradited. A further 84 "hate preachers" have been excluded.

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'Around 40 terror plots in Britain foiled since 7/7'

Home Secretary Theresa May.

Around 40 terror plots to attack Britain have been foiled since 7/7, the Home Secretary revealed today.

Theresa May said plans to stage a Mumbai-style atrocity, blow up the London Stock Exchange, bring down airliners and assassinate a British ambassador were among those stopped by the police and intelligence services.

But she added: "As the IRA once boasted, the terrorists only have to be lucky once."

Launching the start of Counter Terrorism Awareness Week, Ms May described IS as "one of the most serious threats we face" but said is not the only terror group Britain is at risk from.

She said: "This is a struggle which is being fought on many fronts and in many forms. It is a struggle that will go on for many years.

"And the threat we face right now is perhaps greater than it ever has been - we must have the powers we need to defend ourselves."


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Unions accuse Government of lies as NHS staff strike

Dave Prentis Credit: PA Wire

Unions have accused the Government of lying over NHS pay as health workers across the country take to the picket lines.

The Government said it had put forward plans to guarantee all staff would get at least 1% this year and next, but they had been rejected by the unions.

Unison leader Dave Prentis said: "It's ludicrous that the Government is keeping up the pretence that all staff are getting a 1% pay rise, and it doesn't matter how often they say it; it's simply not true."

He said the 1% pay rise recommended by the independent NHS Pay Review Body for all NHS workers had been rejected by the Government.

A Department of Health spokesman said: "NHS staff are our greatest asset and we want to make the current pay system fairer - which is why we have put forward proposals that would guarantee all staff would get at least a 1% pay rise this year and next, but these have been rejected by the unions.

"We have taken tough decisions to increase the NHS budget, but we can't afford a consolidated pay rise in addition to increments without risking 10,000 frontline jobs."

Police launch campaign to prevent terror attacks

Police forces in our region will help launch a major campaign today, to prevent terrorism attacks in the UK.

Floral tributes at Kings Cross station after 7 July 2005 bombings Credit: Jeff Moore/ /Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment

The worst the country has seen was the 7/7 bombings on London's transport network - carried out by four men from West Yorkshire. Today Monday November 24, forces including Humberside and North Yorkshire police will hold events to highlight what to be aware of in crowded placed transport hubs.

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