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Paul O'Grady 'considering' leaving country if Tories win

Comedian Paul O'Grady has said that he would consider leaving the country if the Conservatives win the upcoming election.

Paul O'Grady said he was considering leaving the country depending upon the election results Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Speaking at a Labour rally held at the Royal Horticultural Halls today O'Grady told the crowd that he would think about moving to a "house on a Lido in Venice" if the Tories retained power.

He said: "I cannot live under this Conservative... this coalition anymore."

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Man Utd fans applaud for Rio in fifth minute

Manchester United fans applauded in the fifth minute and sang Rio Ferdinand's name as they paid tribute to his late wife during the game with West Brom.

The players are also wearing black armbands in memory of Rebecca Ellison who died after a short battle with cancer.

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No arrests following Blackpool protest

Lancashire police have responded to the protests at Blackpool Football Club which led to the match against Huddersfield being abandoned. There were no arrests following the trouble. The force released a statement:

Lancashire Police were notified of a protest that was planned to take place prior to the game against Huddersfield FC. Approximately 2000 people took part in a short march and static protest outside the club, both of which passed off peacefully. Two minutes into the second half of the match, approximately 150 people made their way out of the stands and on to the pitch to peacefully occupy the centre circle. All efforts made by stewards and police officers to ask them to leave were unsuccessful and eventually the match officials made the decision to abandon the game. Our priority is to ensure the safety of all supporters and those involved in the game. The protest was peaceful and non-violent at all times and the response from both the stewards and police officers at the ground reflected this.

– Lancashire Police

Man found stabbed in South Manchester

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was found with stab wounds in Manchester. Police were called to Chesham Avenue in Sharston in the early hours to find a 25 year old man had been stabbed in the chest. He's in a critical condition in hospital.

Two men, aged 21 and 22, and two women, aged 45 and 25, were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remain in police custody for questioning.

“This is a fast moving investigation, and, though four people have been arrested I am appealing to the members of the public to stop my officers on the street or ring the police station if you believe you have any information that will help us ascertain exactly what happened in the early hours of this morning.

“All information will be treated in confidence and you do not have to give your name if you so wish.

– Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Cunliffe
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QPR: 'Thoughts of everyone' with Rio Ferdinand

Queen's Park Rangers has said the club's thoughts are with Rio Ferdinand and his family after his wife Rebecca died after a short battle with cancer.

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