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Kendall backs Harriet Harman's policy on welfare cuts

Labour leadership hopeful Liz Kendall has defended the party's interim leader, Harriet Harman after others attacked her for endorsing key Tory benefit cuts.

Liz Kendall and Harriet Harman Credit: REUTERS/Darren Staples / Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Liz Kendall said it was essential that the party showed that it had changed if was to regain the trust of voters.

She said "People said to us 'We don't trust you on the money, we don't trust you on welfare reform.'

If we are going to oppose things we have to put something else in its place, because if we carry on making the same arguments we have done over the last five years we will get the same result.

"We have to put forward a different credible alternative and Harriet was absolutely right to say that."


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Liberal Democrat leader contenders in the Midlands

With the Liberal Democrats wiped out across the Central region in the General Election, there's a mountain to climb for the party to put itself back into the political landscape.

With the resignation of Nick Clegg, it left the party leaderless, but now the two contenders to replace him are trying to drum up support across the Midlands and put the Liberal Democrats back in the spotlight.

Gareth Owen has been to a recent hustings event in Stratford to speak to the two men who think they've got what it takes to lead the Lib Dems.

Birmingham to remember Srebrenica massacre

Birmingham City Council is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre by hosting a memorial event in collaboration with the UK charity, Remembering Srebrenica.

In 1995 8,372 Bosnians were killed in the worst massacre in Europe since the end of the Second World War. The genocide took place during the war in Yugoslavia which saw the country break up into independent states.

More than 8,000 people died in the massacre Credit: Thomas Brey/DPA/Press Association Images

At the event messages will be shared from delegates who were given the opportunity to visit both Sarajevo and Srebrenica where they were able to meet survivors of the genocide and understand about the ongoing procedure of identifying the dead.

Low levels of trust in Westminster politicians

Just 15% of voters in the Midlands trust politicians in Westminster according to a new survey.

Pollsters YouGov surveyed people for the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (Cipfa.) Cipfa concluded that voters' trust in central politicians falls the further away from London they live.

23% of people in London said they would trust politicians in Westminster to allocate spending within their region compared to 15% in the Midlands.

Derbyshire MP in 'Jurassic Park' jibe from David Cameron

Veteran Bolsover Labour MP Dennis Skinner was labelled a 'dinosaur' by David Cameron after calling him "Dodgy Dave" during a heated exchange at today's Prime Minister's questions.

Mr Skinner accused Mr Cameron of removing hundreds of millions of pounds from the miners' pension scheme, to cheers from the opposition.

Mr Cameron retorted by saying "it's good to see the Labour party in full volume cheering on Jurassic Park", in a clear reference to Mr Skinner's age.

Dennis Skinner turned 83 earlier this year and has been the MP for Bolsover since 1970.


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Ukip deny spokeswoman Suzanne Evans has been sacked

Suzanne Evans is also Ukip's deputy chairman. Credit: PA

Ukip has insisted their spokeswoman has not been sacked despite a leaked internal email ordering press officers to keep her off the airwaves.

It was reported Suzanne Evans, who is also deputy chairman of the party, had lost her job after saying Nigel Farage should not lead the campaign to leave the EU because of the "divisive" way he was seen by the public.

The sender of the leaked message, who was not identified, wrote that they were issuing a "directive" having "just spoken to Nigel".

But Ukip have issued a statement saying the leaked email obtained by the BBC had been issued "without proper authority" and Ms Evans remained in her post.

Asked if the email accurately reflected Mr Farage's view, a spokeswoman said: "Nigel has nothing to do with any of this."

Read more: Ukip spokeswoman 'sacked' after criticising Farage

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Death knell for Kellingley and Thoresby pits

More than 200 staff at Kellingley Colliery are being sent their redundancy letters today, and Thoresby Colliery will cease production at the beginning of July, it has been revealed.

Chris Kitchen, the General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said: "Under the UK Coal closure plan that the Government is helping us fund, Thoresby will cease production at the end of June beginning of July. Then the shafts will be filled in and another one bites the dust."

Reports back in March said the pit would close by the end of the year.

However, Mr Kitchen added that the initial date to end production which was July 10 is now July 3 because the workers are a week ahead of themselves.

Kellingley Colliery is about six months behind Thoresby.

Today UK Coal will send out letters to 205 miners putting them on notice of redundancy.

There are 500 miners at Kellingley. The remainder will leave when the pit closes in about six months.

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