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Call to end discrimination against gay men giving blood

Michael Fabricant, the Conservative MP for Lichfield, will introduce legislation today calling for an end to discrimination against men who have sex with men giving blood.

The MP for Lichfield is calling for a change in the rules on gay and bisexual men giving blood Credit: PA

Currently gay and bisexual men can give blood, but only after abstaining from sex for twelve months before donating.

Michael Fabricant, the MP for Lichfield Credit: PA

Mr Fabricant will introduce a Private Member's Bill in the House of Commons and speak for ten minutes on why the ban should be removed.


Tuesday night Football: Full-time scores


  • Blackburn 1 - 0 Birmingham
  • Blackpool 0 - 1 Derby
  • Watford 2 - 2 Nottingham Forest
  • Wolves 2 - 0 Middlesbrough

League One

  • Barnsley 2 - 3 Notts County
  • Colchester 2 - 1 Chesterfield
  • Crawley 1 - 0 Walsall
  • Crewe 1 - 0 Peterborough
  • Oldham 4 - 1 Coventry
  • Port Vale 2 - 2 Scunthorpe

League Two

  • Cambridge 1 - 2 Cheltenham
  • Carlisle 3 - 4 Burton
  • Northampton 1 - 3 Oxford Utd
  • Shrewsbury 5 - 0 Bury
  • Tranmere 0 - 0 Mansfield

New £6m burns research centre opened in Birmingham

The Countess of Wessex has officially opened a research centre for people with burn injuries.

The Healing Foundation Centre for Burns Research is based at the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

A number of burns victims attended the ceremony. They included Karl Hinett, a soldier injured when his armoured personnel carrier was attacked by a mob in Iraq. Keith Wilkinson reports.


Bronze sculpture unveiled to honour women of WW2

The Bronze sculpture was unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum Credit: ITV News Central

A bronze sculpture to honour the work of 240,000 women during the Second World War has been unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum near Burton on Trent.

The sculpture was unveiled by The Countess of Wessex Credit: ITV News Central

The Countess of Wessex was joined by the women of the Land Army and Timber Corps, known as the lumber jills.

Some of the 400 or so land girls met The Countess of Wessex at the ceremony Credit: ITV News Central

Most of the 400 or so land girls who came along were in their 80s and 90s now, but braved the strong winds and rain from ex-hurricane Gonzalo to be there and remember friends on their special day.

VIDEO: Waterfall blown upwards by high winds

A video has emerged on youtube which shows a Derbyshire waterfall, called Kinder Downfall, blowing upwards as high winds from ex-Hurricane Gonzalo hit.

Storm-force winds battered the Peak District today as remnants of the hurricane moved across the UK.

Rod Kirkpatrick, who shared the video on YouTube, said the River Kinder was "stopped in its tracks" where it usually cascades 80 feet (24 metres) down the waterfall.

The storm-force winds ensured Kinder Downfall did not live up to its name Credit: Rod Kirkpatrick

This was not the first time Kinder Downfall has defied gravity, but was one of the most spectacular examples of this phenomenon.

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