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Loughborough teen to mark 750 years of Parliament

A teenager from Loughborough will join MPs and other dignitaries in a ceremony to mark the 750th anniversary of the English Parliament.

Rina Roy

Rina Roy is one of 6 youngsters chosen from across the country to head to Westminster for the unique celebration.

"I think it's really special, it's once in a lifetime, it's very educational.

I really want to find out a bit more about the 750th anniversary of de Montfort Parliament.

I feel really very privileged to have been chosen out of 400 people. "

– Rina Roy



New Tory MEP takes late Philip Bradbourn's seat

Philip Bradbourn died of bowel cancer Credit: Conservative Press Office

A new Tory MEP has taken his seat in Strasbourg following the death of Philip Bradbourn.

Former Warwickshire cricketer Daniel Dalton filled the vacancy in the West Midlands left by Mr Bradbourn, who died last month.

Mr Dalton said he hoped to follow the example set by his predecessor.

The new MEP has taken the seat as he was the next person on the Tory list for the West Midlands at the European elections last May.

The European Parliament in Strasbourg Credit: Patrick Seeger/DPA/Press Association Images

"I would prefer to be elected under much happier circumstances. Philip Bradbourn was a sterling defender of the West Midlands in Europe, and I will follow his example and seek to emulate his work in promoting the interests of the region as a diverse and proud manufacturing region.

"I have lived most of my life in the region, played cricket for Warwickshire and coached around the region, so it is a great honour to represent the West Midlands in Brussels and Strasbourg.

"I will have two priorities: to play my part in reforming Britain's relationship with the EU, and to stand up for the West Midlands and promote the region wherever I can. "Philip always used to say that his job was to represent the West Midlands in Europe and not Europe in the West Midlands. "That will be my aim: to promote and defend the West Midlands over the next five years, and to make the common market work for our region's manufacturers and exporters."

– Daniel Dalton

Mr Bradbourn, who died aged 63, was hailed by David Cameron as a "well-respected and effective" politician.

He had served in the European Parliament since 1999 and was diagnosed with bowel cancer shortly after being re-elected in May.

"Philip's dedication to public service was truly admirable.

"He was a well-respected and effective MEP. In a political career which spanned over four decades, he showed great passion in serving both the party and his constituents."

– David Cameron

New whistleblowing policy for Birmingham City Council

A new council-wide whistleblowing and serious misconduct policy comes into force in Birmingham today, which aims to improve the process for anyone with concerns or issues surrounding the City Council.

Birmingham council house Credit: PA

Staff and members of the public will be able to contact a central whistleblowing email and postal address or a telephone number, with anonymised monthly summary reports set to be sent to heads of services and the council's Deputy Leader, Cllr Ian Ward, for monitoring.

The revised whistleblowing and serious misconduct policy follows the review by Sir Bob Kerslake into the council's governance and organisational capabilities and the investigations into issues arising from the Trojan Horse allegations by both Ian Kershaw and Peter Clarke.

We have welcomed the advice and recommendations put forward by Sir Bob Kerslake, Ian Kershaw and Peter Clarke and have developed a thorough and robust policy on whistleblowing.

This will help to ensure that we comply with the highest standards of openness, honesty and accountability.

Staff, citizens and any other concerned parties or individuals can now be assured that if they have worries about potential serious wrongdoing, they will be listened to and their concerns dealt with quickly and confidentially.

– Cllr Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council
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May: Police budget cuts will not leave forces 'unviable'

Sweeping budget cuts to police forces imposed by the government are not driving forces to "the edge of viability", the Home Secretary has insisted.

Theresa May, responding to claims by Lincolnshire Police that more cuts could render the service "unsustainable" within three years, said she realised making more cuts would be "challenging" - but said savings could be made in IT and by integrating with other 999 services.

Credit: PA

It comes after the force's Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick and chief constable Neil Rhodes wrote to Mrs May, saying they feared only by axing another 236 officers could they plug an estimated £10.7 million funding gap.

In response, Mrs May said they would be consulted as part of a review into the way police forces are funded "in due course".

I accept that delivering further savings in future will be challenging. However ... there remain significant efficiencies to be delivered - from ICT, procurement, and integration with other emergency services.

I do not accept, therefore, that any force is on the edge of viability, although I recognise that Lincolnshire faces particular pressures.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has made clear that sustained economic stability will require difficult decisions about public spending to continue into the next Parliament.

– Theresa May, Home Secretary
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