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Prime Minister to attend unveiling of memorial for police officer killed on duty

PC Dave Phillips Credit: Merseyside Police

The Prime Minister Theresa May will attend a ceremony for the unveiling of a memorial to a police officer who was killed on duty.

PC Dave Phillips was killed when he was hit by a truck in October 2015.

The unveiling of the Police Memorial Trust’s national tribute to the Merseyside Police officer will take place in Hamilton Square Gardens, Birkenhead.

It will be the first time a Merseyside Police officer has been honoured in this way.

I am extremely proud to be in Merseyside to lay the Trust's 42nd memorial to this fallen police hero

– Mrs Michael Winner, Chair of the Police Memorial Trust

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Theresa May set to be confirmed as new Conservative leader

Graham Brady MP and Chairman of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee Credit: PA

Altrincham and Sale West MP and chairman of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee, Graham Brady, said he needed to consult with the party's board before formally confirming that Theresa May was the new leader of the Conservative Party.

Theresa May looks set to be confirmed as leader, and the UK's second female prime minister, after her only remaining rival Andrea Leadsom sensationally dropped out of the race to succeed David Cameron.

Leadsom announced she was quitting the contest shortly after apologising to the Home Secretary over an interview in which she appeared to suggest that the fact she was a mother gave her the edge over the childless Mrs May as a future PM.

Speaking on the steps of her campaign HQ in Westminster, the Energy Minister wished Mrs May "the very greatest success" and promised her "my full support".

He said he was hoping to hold discussions this afternoon, but was unable to say whether Mrs May would be confirmed as Prime Minister by the end of the day or the week.

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Michael Gove, who came third in the leadership ballot among Tory MPs, pledged his backing to Mrs May, saying:

Andrea Leadsom spoke with great dignity and courage today. I wish her every success in the future.

We should now move as quickly as possible to ensure Theresa May can take over as leader. She has my full support as our next Prime Minister.

– Justice Secretary Michael Gove

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Rochdale MP says child sex abuse inquiry was 'mishandled' from the start

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk says the Home Secretary has mishandled the sex abuse inquiry from the beginning. It comes as reports claim Theresa May could disband the panel set up to run the public child sex abuse investigation in the New Year. It was set up in light of recent scandals like the grooming ring in Rochdale which saw a number of men jailed for preying on young girls.

The MP also told Granada Reports that despite rumours he was defecting to UKIP after a meeting with Nigel Farage he was sticking solidly with Labour.

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Campaigner's fight for life sentences to mean life

A leading crime campaigner is questioning an announcement today by the Home Secretary that in future people who kill police officers will receive full life sentences.

Jean Taylor from Wirral says Teresa May seems to value the lives of officers more than those of other victims of murder.

Jean has fought for longer sentences after three members of her family. Click here for more.

Sarah Rogers reports: