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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."

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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.


Hundreds march through Birmingham against library cuts

An estimated 250 people are marching through the centre of Birmingham this afternoon in protest against changes to the New Library's opening hours.

Up to 250 people are expected on the march Credit: ITV News Central

Friends of Birmingham Library say the City Council is cutting a vital learning resource.

Protesters will make their voices heard outside of the council house and the library Credit: ITV News Central

The City Council says the cuts are an unavoidable measure to make necessary budget cuts.

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