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Nicky Morgan asked to intervene in free school row

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has been asked to intervene in a row about the opening of a new free school in Leicester.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The city's first Sikh school, Falcon Primary, was expected to open to its first students this morning.

Parents were told on Monday it would not open because conditions had not been met.

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New badger vaccination scheme announced

A new badger vaccination scheme has been announced as part of efforts to eradicate bovine TB in England.

The Government wants to eradicate bovine TB by 2038.
The Government wants to eradicate bovine TB by 2038. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Rural Affairs Secretary Elizabeth Truss launched the new Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme (BEVS) as part of the Government’s strategy to make England bovine TB-free by 2038.

The scheme will support badger vaccination projects in the middle of the country such as Cheshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire, which are most at risk from the disease spreading from areas such as the South West and West Midlands.

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Dudley South MP to stand down at 2015 general election

The MP for Dudley South, Chris Kelly, has said he will stand down at next year's general election.

The Conservative MP did not give a reason for his decision.

I would like to thank all those who have supported me since I was selected for Dudley South in September 2007. I would especially like to thank all those who voted for me at the general election in May 2010 and all of the friends and supporters who helped me for that election, as well as those who have supported my efforts since. I am proud to have served the good people of Dudley South for the past five years.

– Chris Kelly, Dudley South MP
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£1m cash pledge for Armed Forces Memorial

The Prime Minister has announced an extra £1m funding for an Armed Services Memorial honouring veterans who have served in conflicts including Iraq and Afghanistan.

Downing St said the Government was committed to funding the monument, which is at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, until 2020.

Visitors at the Armed Forces Memorial in Staffordshire.
Visitors at the Armed Forces Memorial in Staffordshire. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The memorial commemorates over 16,000 people who have died on duty since the end of World War II.

There will be a dedication service on Monday for the 17 service personnel who died on duty in 2013.

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Family of ex-Tory minister praise health professionals

The family of former Conservative minister Sir David Mitchell, who died aged 86 following a long illness, have paid tribute to the health professionals who looked after him.

Former transport minister Sir David Mitchell.
Former transport minister Sir David Mitchell. Credit: PA

Sir David Mitchell, the former Member of Parliament for Hampshire North West and minister in the Thatcher governments has died today aged 86.

The family has expressed its gratitude to the health professionals and carers who enabled him to die peacefully in his own home.

– A family spokesman
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Former Conservative minister Sir David Mitchell dies

Former Conservative minister Sir David Mitchell has died aged 86 following a long illness, his family has announced.

Sir David, who served under Margaret Thatcher in various departments including industry, transport and Northern Ireland, was the father of former Cabinet minister and current Tory MP Andrew Mitchell.

He was an MP from 1964 to 1997, representing Hampshire North West, and died at his home in Odiham, Hampshire, in the early hours of this morning.

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NHS campaign group march to Mansfield

A group of mums who are fighting to save the NHS are marching from Chesterfield to Mansfield today.

The women are joined by hundreds of supporters, and they are following the route of the 1936 Jarrow March.

The group want to see a repeal of the Health and Social Care Act, and want to halt the privatisation of the NHS.

New flat rate for Leicester parking

Drivers will pay no more than £1 an hour to park in Leicester city centre from November
Drivers will pay no more than £1 an hour to park in Leicester city centre from November Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Drivers will pay no more than £1 an hour to park in Leicester city centre - at any time and on any day.

The new flat rate for parking will be introduced in council run car parks in November.

New payment machines and credit and debit card parking will also be installed.

'Save Our NHS' march arrives in Nottinghamshire

Today, the '999 Save Our NHS' march arrives in Mansfield
Today, the '999 Save Our NHS' march arrives in Mansfield Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A three hundred mile protest march by campaigners fighting to save the future of the NHS arrives in Nottinghamshire today.

More than 35 women supported by hundreds of followers set off from the North East earlier this month on the route of the 1936 Jarrow March.

Today, the '999 Save Our NHS' march arrives in Mansfield. The group aims to protect the health service from privatisation and to keep it safe for future generations.

Govt: 'Businesses turning away customers if business is not accessible'

Businesses could boost their income by millions of pounds by becoming more accessible to people with disabilities according to the government. It says that homes in the West Midlands that have someone classified as disabled have £19 billion of disposable income, while the figure in the East Midlands is £15 billion.

The Minister for Disabled People, Mark Harper MP, says businesses are turning away customers if their business is not accessible.

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