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Friends of Alan Henning, who's being held hostage by Islamic State militants, say not enough is being done to get him released

Mr Henning, who's 47, was kidnapped soon after crossing into Syria with an aid convoy in December last year. The Government says it won't negotiate with I-S and won't pay ransoms. But in the meantime, Mr Henning's friends say hostages from other countries have been released.

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Islamic state ignores Wife's pleas for mercy

The wife of kidnapped aid worked Alan Henning says the Islamic state have so far ignored her pleas for his release.

It's over a week since they released a video threatening to kill the Salford taxi driver .

Mrs Henning has pleaded with the militants to "see it in their hearts" to release him but has so far received no response.

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Hostage's wife: Don't allow world to see Alan dying

The wife of British hostage Alan Henning has pleaded with Islamic State militants not to "allow the world to see a man like Alan dying".

Ina statement released through the Foreign Office, Mr Henning's wife Barbara said she has sent messages to IS urging them to release her husband but has received no response.

I am Barbara Henning the wife of Alan Henning.

Alan was taken prisoner last December and is being held by the Islamic State.

Alan is a peaceful, selfless man who left his family and his job as a taxi driver in the UK to drive in a convoy all the way to Syria with his Muslim colleagues and friends to help those most in need.

When he was taken he was driving an ambulance full of food and water to be handed out to anyone in need.

His purpose for being there was no more and no less. This was an act of sheer compassion.

I cannot see how it could assist any State's cause to allow the world to see a man like Alan dying.

I have been trying to communicate with the Islamic State and the people holding Alan. I have sent some really important messages but they have not been responded to.

I pray that the people holding Alan respond to my messages and contact me before it is too late.

When they hear this message I implore the people of the Islamic State to see it in their hearts to release my husband Alan Henning.

– Barbara Henning
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Labour activists gather for party's annual conference

Labour activists will gather today ahead of the start of the party's annual conference following Scotland's decision to reject independence.

Ed Miliband has arrived in Manchester ahead of his party's annual conference. Credit: PA Wire

Ed Miliband arrived in Manchester as Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans to ensure English MPs were the only politicians allowed to vote on issues that affect England.

But Mr Miliband said he wants a national debate on the issue of constitutional reform.

Any moves to restrict Scottish MPs' votes on English matters could undermine any future Labour Government.

The Labour event is due to begin with a women's conference as Deputy Leader Harriet Harman, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper and shadow equalities minister Gloria De Piero all address activists.

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