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Northamptonshire MP promoted in wake of Maria Miller resignation

South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadson is now the Economic Secretary to the Treasury Credit: ITV News

Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom has been made a junior Treasury minister following the resignation of the Culture Secretary Maria Miller.

Andrea Leadsom has been the Conservative MP for South Northamptonshire since May 2010.

She is now the Economic Secretary to the Treasury replacing Nicky Morgan who is now Financial Secretary to the Treasury, a job vacated by Sajid Javid who was promoted to the Cabinet as the new Culture Secretary.

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MP to talk on Nottingham Trent University housing plan

Government planning minister Nick Boles MP will be in Nottingham today to discuss a new planning quality standard which has been put forward by experts at Nottingham Trent University.

The 'Built for Life' standard, co-written by the university, allows house hunters to pick out the best-designed and highest quality new homes.

Planning minister Nick Boles MP will be talking at Nottingham Trent University
Planning minister Nick Boles MP will be talking at Nottingham Trent University Credit: nickbolesmp.com

The primary authors of Built for Life were the university's urban design lecturer Stefan Kruczkowski, and not-for-profit group Design for Homes' chief executive David Birkbeck.

Mr Boles will also be launching the Built for Life website.

Commissioner for children's services in Birmingham

Birmingham City Council says more children in the city are being abused than they know about.

Officials said that for a city of its size and with its levels of deprivation and poverty, they would expect Birmingham to have more cases of child abuse.

Today a new commissioner has been appointed to help the authority improve. The council has been criticised heavily in the past for failing to protect children.

Spontaneous applause and warm tributes at the funeral of former Chesterfield MP Tony Benn

by Alison Mackenzie Political Correspondent

Friends family and supporters from the world of politics gathered to pay tribute to the former Chesterfield MP Tony Benn at his funeral today in Westminster. One mourner described him as a man who had inspired ideas humour and hope for generations.

Funeral of former Chesterfield MP Tony Benn

Tony Benn, veteren labour politician Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The funeral of former Chesterfield MP, Tony Benn, will take place at St Margaret's today.

His body has lain to rest in the Palace of Westminster ahead of the funeral. Royal permission was granted for the honour which has only been given to one politician before, Grantham-born Margaret Thatcher.

Tony Benn died two weeks ago at his home, and people from across the political world have paid tribute to him.

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MP Peter Bone: We have suffered trial by media

Conservative MP Peter Bone said he and his wife have suffered "trial by media" after the Crown Prosecution Service announced that the couple will not face any charges over fraud allegations.

Mr Bone said in a statement: "What has been so frustrating about this whole episode is that it has been going on for over a year, without an opportunity for us to clear our names. Recently, we have suffered trial by media."

File photo of Peter Bone Credit: ITV News

"One newspaper in particular has printed information that is incorrect and made allegations that are totally untrue," he went on. "It seems that certain newspapers feel able to print information that is without foundation, despite being told in advance that that information is factually incorrect."

Read: MP Peter Bone won't face any charges over fraud claims

"As we have done nothing wrong and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) only considered the evidence, not newspaper innuendo, we have been proven innocent," the 61-year-old added. "We are naturally delighted that this nightmare has now come to an end."

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Cheryl James family to apply for new Deepcut inquest

Pte James, 18, was undergoing initial training at Deepcut Barracks when she was found with gunshot wounds in November 1995. Credit: PA

The Government's chief legal adviser has given permission to the family of a young Army recruit who died at Deepcut barracks to apply for a fresh inquest into her death.

Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC has granted Private Cheryl James' family consent to apply to the High Court for a new inquest into her death, nearly a decade after it happened.

Pte James, 18, was undergoing initial training at Deepcut Barracks when she was found with gunshot wounds in November 1995.

She was one of four young soldiers who died at the barracks in Surrey between 1995 and 2002, sparking allegations of bullying and abuse.

Transport Secretary backs sooner build for HS2

The Transport Secretary and Derbyshire Dales MP, Patrick McLoughlin, has told the Commons he backs the recommendations to build the controversial High Speed rail link sooner and quicker.

It follows the recent report from the newly appointed HS2 Chairman Sir David Higgins calling for a new hub in Crewe to be built six years earlier than planned. The line will cut journey times from London to Birmingham to 49 minutes .

Soldier's mother: Arboretum closure would break hearts

A woman who lost her son in Basra says the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire is too important a place to get rid of, and it would break her heart if it closed.

Carol Jones was instrumental in getting the Basra Memorial moved from Iraq to the Arboretum. She says she prefers to go to the memorial in Staffordshire than to her son John's grave.

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