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Iraqi-born Tory MP: Trump ban is 'demeaning and sad'

Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi was born in Iraq Credit: Marr Show

Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi has said Trump's travel ban made him feel "discriminated against and demeaned" for the "first time in his life".

Nadhim Zahawi, who was born Baghdad in Iraq, has been advised by lawyers that he will be barred from the United States under the border clampdown on travellers from seven Muslim nations and all refugees.

The MP for Stratford Upon Avon said the order would affect him and his wife as they were both born in Iraq.

The couple have two twin sons studying at Princeton University in the US and they do travel to America regularly.

He told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show: "I don't think I have felt discriminated since little school when the kids were very cruel, as a young boy coming from Iraq of Kurdish origin.

"For the first time in my life last night I felt discriminated against, it's demeaning, it's sad."

Stratford MP says he'll now be banned from US

Stratford-upon-Avon MP Nadhim Zahawi has tweeted he will be banned from America because he was born in Iraq, following President Trump's new "extreme vetting" order.

Zahawi and his wife who was also born in Iraq both have British passports.


Bethany Hill: Family pay tribute to 'fun-loving girly girl'

The family of murdered Bethany Hill have paid tribute to their "fun-loving girly girl".

Miss Hill was tied up and killed by Jack Williams, 21, and Kayleigh Woods, 23, who were both sentenced to life for murder.

In a statement following the sentencing, the family of Miss Hill said the killers showed "no remorse" for the "monstrous actions".

The heartbreak of knowing that we will never see our beautiful Beth again, that they have denied her the chance to see her nieces and nephews grow up and taken her from us in such a brutal, cruel way, is unbearable.

Beth was a fun-loving girly girl who would naturally be able to brighten up any room with her laughter and energetic personality.

To us she will remain a diamond in the sky, a beautiful, loving young woman with everything to live for.

– Family statement
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Weekend Picks: The Stratford Town William Shakespeare Walk

Stratford-Upon-Avon: The Swan Fountain at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre - Sat & Sun at 11am and 2pm

The best part about this freebie (for the under 8s) this weekend is that it’ll go ahead, whatever the weather. Take a stroll in the footsteps of the literary great, William Shakespeare, from his birthplace to his grave.

A guided tour of the historic spine of this ancient town will unravel much about its own story and previous guests describe it as a walk through the pages of history.

You will see the houses connected to Shakespeare and his family and witness a living legacy throughout the area.

Stratford may well be known for William Shakespeare, but does have justa little more to offer. Explore the quaint shops and ancient boozers along thewaterside while you’re here and pick out a souvenir or two to take home withyou.

The walk is classed as 'easy' walking boots /shoes are not necessary


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Weekend Picks: Halloween Tudor Storyteller

Halloween Tudor Storyteller: Thurs 27th - Sat 29th October (Shakespeare’s New Place, Warwickshire)

Credit: The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

The Halloween Tudor Storyteller event presents a mix of spooky and comedic tales from 400 years ago for all the family.

Visitors will get the chance to learn about how the Tudors dealt with suspected witches and find out about ancient Halloween customs. Evening performances starts at 6pm and are unsuitable for children.

There are plenty of ghoulish goings-on at each of the Shakespeare family homes this half term.

Our family-friendly activities are a great opportunity to learn about the history of All Hallows Eve with lots of fun to be had.” -

– Ruth Warner, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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Weekend Picks: Stratford Town Centre Food Festival

Stratford Town Centre Food Festival: Fri 23rd - Sun 25th Sept (Stratford-upon-Avon town centre)

Loxleys Restaurant Credit: StratForward

The Stratford-upon-Avon food festival takes place this weekend across various locations in the town centre.

The three-day event, will pack Stratford’s streets with stalls of local fine food and drink. The town will also welcome chef Jean-Christophe Novelli to the Waterside Cookery School on the festival’s final day.

Highlights of the festival include chef demonstrations, workshops and the popular Food and Ale Trails, which allow 200 daily ticket holders to get free samples from selected businesses across the town.

Food and drink is such a key part of what Stratford offers, not just to locals but to our international visitors, and the festival is the perfect chance to showcase our thriving food and drink scene

– Ruth Wood, Stratforward events manager

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