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Campaign to stop pubs becoming supermarkets

A survey found the number closing every week is rising
A survey found the number closing every week is rising Credit: David Jones/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A campaign to stop pubs being turned into supermarkets has been set up in the Midlands.

A survey found the number closing every week has gone up from 26 to 31.

The Campaign for Real Ale says changes to planning laws to protect pubs are needed.

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Tony Benn's granddaughter to stand for election

The granddaughter of the late Labour politician Tony Benn has been selected to stand in next year's general election, as she bids to become the fifth generation of her family to sit in the Commons.

Emily Benn will contest Croydon South for Labour in May next year, but she will have to overturn a 15,818 Tory majority if she is to win the seat and join her uncle Hilary Benn in the Commons.

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Emily Benn with, her grandfather, former Labour MP Tony Benn (right) and her uncle Hilary Benn. Credit: PA

Benn, 24, said it was "insulting" to suggest that her family's history had anything to do with her selection and insisted there was no extra pressure at become of her ancestry.

As well as her uncle and grandfather, Ms Benn's great-grandfather William Wedgwood Benn, her great-great-grandfather, Sir John Williams Benn and great-great-grandfather Daniel Homes, were all MPs.

Tony Benn died in March at the age of 88, with David Cameron describing his death as a "sad day for British politics".

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Police appeal after woman dies in Chesterfield car crash

Police in Derbyshire are appealing for information after a woman died when the car she was driving came off the road and hit a tree.

It happened at about 9pm on Monday, on Sheffield Road in Chesterfield, near the Sandpiper Hotel.

Three people were in a grey Citroen C3 when it left the road, went through a metal railing and hit tree.

The driver was a 35-year-old woman, who suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two male passengers were injured, one seriously, and we taken to hospital. Police do not believe any other vehicle was involved, and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Chesterfield crooked spire to get clock back after repairs

The church is getting its clock back Credit: ITV News Central

Chesterfield's iconic Crooked Spire church is getting its clock back today after repair work.

The clock has been out of action at St Mary and All Saints Church since January. Workmen will abseil from the church tower to place the hands back on the clock face.

The St Mary and All Saints Church in Chesterfield Credit: ITV News Central

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Council: Cycle lane is part of a longer path

Derbyshire County Council has defended a cycle path in Chesterfield, which local cyclists have criticised for being four metres long. They say it is simply a section of a longer cycle lane.

"This is not a four-metre long cycle path - it is part of our Chesterfield town-wide network. The photograph makes it look odd because it is a busy part of town and it is intersected by two road junctions.

We're keen to promote cycling and make our towns accessible to cyclists. This cycle path runs from West Bars, along New Beetwell Street, ending at Park Road. It is a continuation of a longer cycle path from the A61 Derby Road, through the picturesque Queen's Park into the town centre.

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Chesterfield cycle lane is just four metres long

Council chiefs in Chesterfield have been left red faced after cyclists criticised a brand-new bike lane - which is just four metres long.

The short cycle lane was painted in Beetwell Street earlier this month and was almost instantly criticised by cyclists in the town.

The tiny lane Credit: Ross Parry

Bike commuter Will Jones, said: "It makes the council a laughing stock really."Why on earth would anybody need a cycle lane so short? It's stupid."

Cyclist Lisa Jennings, said:

"It's an embarrassment to the town. There are so many dangerous roads which really do need a cycle lane, but don't. So to paint this pathetic little lane is just an insult to cyclists who are forced to use genuinely dangerous roads which still don't have a cycle lane."

The entire lane Credit: Ross Parry

Spontaneous applause and warm tributes at the funeral of former Chesterfield MP Tony Benn

by Alison Mackenzie Political Correspondent

Friends family and supporters from the world of politics gathered to pay tribute to the former Chesterfield MP Tony Benn at his funeral today in Westminster. One mourner described him as a man who had inspired ideas humour and hope for generations.

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