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New Minister for Women criticised over gay marriage

Nicky Morgan, the new Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Minister for Women. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Nicky Morgan ministerial responsibility for women has been criticised in light of her opposition last year to the legalisation of gay marriage.

Ms Morgan voted against the measure last year, and Benjamin Cohen, publisher of gay current affairs site PinkNews, said of her appointment: "It is unfortunate that the new Minister for Women opposes the rights of some women, lesbians, to have the right to marry.

"I hope that in her new role, Nicky Morgan will represent all women regardless of the gender of the person they love."


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Nicky Morgan named new Financial Secretary

Nicky Morgan, the MP for Loughborough and currently Economic Secretary to the Treasury has been appointed Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Minister for Women, the Prime Minister has said on Twitter:

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Sajid Javid named new Culture Secretary

Sajid Javid, the MP for Bromsgrove and current financial secretary to the Treasury has been appointed as the new Culture Secretary following Maria Miller's resignation, the prime minister has said:

Man dies after being hit by car on highway

A man has died after being hit by a car in Worcestershire today.

The accident happened on the Bromsgrove Highway shortly after 6am, when emergency services were called to reports of an accident involving a pedestrian.

The man died after being hit by a car on the Bromsgrove Highway Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman Suzie Fothergill said paramedics had attended along with a trauma doctor, but nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.


Man shot in foot in 'targeted attack' on his home

A man is being guarded by police in hospital after being shot in the foot at his own home in what officers believe was a targeted attack.

Police patrols have been stepped up after the shooting.

The man, who was in his 40s, was at his home in Lee Road, Hollywood, Bromsgrove, at around 10.45pm yesterday evening when someone shot at the house from outside, hitting his foot.

The man was taken to hospital after being shot in the foot Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

One man has been arrested and is being questioned in connection with the investigation.

Supt Kevin Purcell, North Worcestershire commander, urged anyone who was in the area and who may have information to come forward.

We are appealing for witnesses to come forward and will be increasing police patrols in the area to provide reassurance to local people.

We believe this was a targeted but isolated incident at the property in Lee Road.

The injured man does not have life threatening injuries. However this incident could have been much more serious and we need to find out exactly what happened.

He said a Vauxhall Insignia was found burned out in Shirley in the Peterbrook Road area, which is believed to be linked to the shooting.

Motorcyclist suffers cardiac arrest after crash

A motorcyclist is fighting for his life in hospital after crashing with a car and suffering a cardiac arrest in Worcestershire today.

The man, thought to be in his 30s or 40s, was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham after the crash, which happened at the junction of the A38 and Church Lane in Wychbold, near Bromsgrove, shortly after 8am.

A Community First Responder and a passing firefighter who happened to be on his way to work both helped give the man CPR before the ambulance arrived.

Murder suspect pleads guilty to prison van escape

Anslow, 31, fled to Northern Cyprus Credit: West Mercia Police

A murder suspect from Tipton in the West Midlands has pleaded guilty to conspiring to escape from a Prison Van.

John Anslow was due at a hearing at Stafford Crown Court in January last year when the prison van he was in was ambushed on a narrow road in Tardebigge, just outside Bromsgrove.

Four people have already pleaded guilty to their part in his escape.

The 31-year-old then fled to Alancak in Northern Cyprus where he was arrested in April this year for immigration offences and deported back to the UK.

He has now been remanded in custody and will be sentenced at a later date.

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