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Shropshire doctor describes quarantine system as 'bizarre'

A doctor from Shropshire who travelled back from Sierra Leone with a nurse who has been diagnosed with Ebola, has described the quarantine system as bizarre.

Dr Martin Deahl from Newport sat next to the nurse Pauline Cafferkey on the flight into Heathrow on Sunday. She's since been confirmed with the illness.

They'd been among thirty medics sent out to West Africa to help with the Ebola epidemic.

Today Dr Deahl told ITV news he thought it was illogical that he and the other volunteers were told they could take public transport home from the airport but then should avoid it for the next three weeks.

Conservative MEP Philip Bradbourn died after bowel cancer battle

The Conservative MEP for the West Midlands, Philip Bradbourn, has died at the age of 63 after a short battle with bowel cancer.

Conservative MEP Philip Bradbourn died at the age of 63 Credit: Conservative Press Office

Mr Bradbourn, who served in the European Parliament since 1999, was diagnosed shortly after being re-elected in May.

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, says:

Philip’s dedication to public service was truly admirable; he was a well-respected and effective MEP."

– Conservative Press Office
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Tory MEP Philip Bradbourn dies aged 63

Tory MEP Philip Bradbourn has died aged 63, the Conservative Party has announced. The West Midlands MEP, who had served in the European Parliament since 1999, was diagnosed with bowel cancer shortly after being re-elected in May and died last night.

His no-nonsense approach to politics made him a powerful voice for the West Midlands as well as a resolute defender of the British taxpayers' interests in Brussels and Strasbourg.

– Ashley Fox, leader of the Conservative MEPs

Ashley Fox, leader of the Conservative MEPs, said Mr Bradbourn was a "one-off" adding that he was "a much loved character who could always be relied on for a robust intervention and a succinct summary of a political point".

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Stafford Hospital campaigners' camp five months on

It's five months today since a protest camp was set up in the grounds of Stafford Hospital. The protesters are still there - despite the arrival of winter weather.

Campaigners say plans to move some services out of Stafford to other hospitals will put patients lives at risk. They say hospitals are already struggling to cope, and planned changes will make things even worse. Keith Wilkinson reports.

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East Midlands Councils furious at further cutbacks

The Government has announced a further cut to local authority budgets next year. They describe the 1 point 8 per cent reduction overall as a fair settlement in tough times.

But some councils in the East Midlands are furious saying they're already on the brink and that the cuts will hit the most vulnerable.

The Local Government Association claims that once inflation is taken into account the loss in funding is more than 8 per cent for each council. So who's right?

Our Political Correspondent Alison Mackenzie sent this report from Westminster.

  1. Chris Halpin

Black Country business reacts to Autumn Statement

One business in the Black Country says the help being offered by the Chancellor in the Autumn statement is all well and good, but in previous schemes they haven't seen the money come through.

Alpha Engineering in Willenhall is as old as the Coalition Government; it was formed in 2010 and now employs nine people.

Bosses say business is brisk, but the firm can't grow fast enough because it's hard to access finance to buy new machinery, or to find the right staff with the appropriate skills.

Managing Director Anthony Chisholm had high hopes for today's announcement from Westminster. Chris Halpin was there to gauge his reaction when George Osborne made his pledges for small businesses.

Cameron: Mitchell 'should move on' from 'Plebgate'

Former Cabinet minister and Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell must accept the verdict of the High Court on the "Plebgate" libel action and move on, David Cameron has said.

David Cameron was delivering a speech on immigration in Staffordshire Credit: ITV News

The Prime Minister insisted it was "never right to be abusive or rude" to a police officer and said the judge had "made very clear his verdict".

Mr Justice Mitting decided that the former chief whip did call Pc Toby Rowland a "pleb" because the officer did not have the "wit, imagination or inclination" to invent it.

Asked about the outcome of the case after he made a keynote speech in Staffordshire on immigration, Mr Cameron said: "On the issue of Andrew Mitchell, I mean, let me be clear - it is never right to be abusive or rude to a police officer. I think that is extremely important.

"But, look, we've had a court case now. That's how we do things in this country.

"The judge has made very clear his verdict and I think everyone should accept that verdict and move on."

Andrew Mitchell is the MP for Sutton Coldfield Credit: PA

Mr Justice Mitting said he had reached the "firm conclusion" that the 58-year-old MP used the "politically-toxic" word "pleb" in Downing Street in September 2012 when he was not allowed to cycle through the main vehicle gates.

Mr Mitchell, who resigned as whip a month after the altercation, vehemently denied this during his two-week libel action against News Group Newspapers.

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