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Sheikh: IS have 'hijacked the name of Islam'

Islamic State (IS) have "hijacked the name of Islam", according to a Shia sheikh, who is campaigning for the media and public to change the name they use for the terrorist group.

Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hilli told Good Morning Britain: "The goal is to get them to understand that this is nothing to do with Islam what so ever. It's barbaric and it's against humanity."

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IS kidnapping 'more like a slow motion murder'

Kidnappings by Islamic State (IS) are better thought of as "a slow motion murder," as they are carried out to terrorise any would-be enemies, a hostage negotiator has warned.

Dr James Alvarez told Good Morning Britain: "They have hold these hostages for a long time, and then trotted them out when they are ready and have done the unspeakable things they have done."

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Salford aid worker 'took risk' to deliver aid

Alan Henning

A British man taken by Islamic State militants has been identified as a "passionate" former taxi driver thought to be from Salford who "took that extra risk" to deliver aid.

47 year old Alan Henning was named as the man shown in the footage of David Haines's murder, which appeared over the weekend.

Mr Henning has helped on at least two convoys into Syria, where humanitarian volunteers drive supplies across the Turkish border into the war-torn country. He helped load supplies into ambulances that were to be driven to Syria to help refugees.

His friend Mohamed Elhaddad, company director of the UK Arabic Society, tonight spoke of Mr Henning's determination to help others.

Mr Elhaddad, British convoy leader, described the hostage as a passionate humanitarian volunteer, but said he insisted on going a long way into Syria to deliver aid.

"I remember going on two convoys with him, at the end of 2012 and in May 2013, and he was always very positive and very interested in the work. I have met his family and his children. The first time we went together he was very excited and very emotional. He does a lot for others. He is good at DIY and he was a useful person to have on the trips. But Alan went too far into Syria. He took that extra risk, because he could have accomplished the drop-off at the border. I disagree completely with what is happening to him. Alan is my friend, this is extremely sad for him and his family. It is a very sad situation."

– Mohamed Elhaddad
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British hostage 'went a long way into Syria' to deliver aid

Alan Henning helped on at least two convoys into Syria, where humanitarian volunteers drive supplies across the Turkish border into the war-torn country.

His friend Mohamed Elhaddad, company director of the UK Arabic Society, said he insisted on going a long way into Syria to make sure the aid reached its intended recipients.

Mr Elhaddad said:

He was always very positive and very interested in the work.

I have met his family and his children. The first time we went together he was very excited and very emotional. He does a lot for others.

He is good at DIY and he was a useful person to have on the trips.

But Alan went too far into Syria. He took that extra risk, because he could have accomplished the drop-off at the border.

I disagree completely with what is happening to him. Alan is my friend, this is extremely sad for him and his family. It is a very sad situation.

– Mohamed Elhaddad

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Evans to fight 'injustices' as he continues as Ribble Valley MP

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has pledged his support to victims of injustice, after he was re-selected to to stand as the Conservative Party candidate in next year's general election.

Mr Evans was chosen after a secret ballot during a meeting in Clitheroe, with members of the local Conservative Association on Monday night.

Mr Evans was cleared of a string of sexual offences in April. Granada Reports spoke to him and began by asking why the law needs to be changed

Evans to fight 'injustices'

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans, who was cleared of a string of sexual offences, has pledged to campaign for the victims of injustice after winning the backing of local party members to defend his seat at the general election.

Nigel Evans has been reselected as candidate for the Ribble Valley Credit: PA Images

Mr Evans was reselected last night in a secret ballot of Conservative members in Ribble Valley as their candidate for the election next year.

Speaking on BBC1's Breakfast programme, he said he would draw on his experience to campaign for a change in the law to prevent suspects in criminal cases being named publicly until they are charged.

"I found an inner strength through going through this ordeal. It can either destroy you or make you stronger. In this case it made me stronger," he said.

"I think people saw that, that I was more determined to carry on being a Member of Parliament so I can speak out about some of the injustices that occur."

Mr Evans stood down as Commons deputy speaker while he contested the allegations against him in court.

The MP, who sat as an independent during the proceeding against him, had the Conservative whip restored shortly after his acquittal earlier this year.

Bank of England boss to face TUC questions

The governor of the Bank of England will face questions from trade union activists on unemployment and how the economic recovery is affecting workers when he addresses the TUC Congress today.

Mark Carney will become only the third governor to speak to the annual gathering of unions when he delivers a speech in Liverpool. He has agreed to take questions from delegates after his address and is set to be asked about union warnings that pay is failing to keep pace with inflation.

Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, said he wanted to hear that the governor will "hold his nerve" by keeping interest rates low so that "real jobs" can be created, rather than those involving controversial zero-hours contracts.

The theme of the conference is Britain Needs A Pay Rise, with unions complaining that workers' pay has fallen in real terms since the coalition came to power, especially in the public sector.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said there was a cost of living "crisis" in the wake of the economic crash, which unions blame on bankers.

Delegates will today debate issues including public services, rail privatisation and opposition to the privatisation of probation services.

Nigel Evans reselected

Nigel Evans reselected as Conservative candidate for Ribble Valley Credit: PA

Nigel Evans will be the Conservative Candidate for Ribble Valley in the next general election. Local party members met in Clitheroe this evening to discuss if Mr Evans should stay on. He was reselected. Mr Evans was cleared of a number of sex charges in April.

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