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PM planning to send daughter to a state school in London

David Cameron is planning to send his oldest daughter to a state school. Credit: PA

David Cameron has said he and his wife Samantha are looking to send their 10 year-old daughter Nancy to a state school in London next September. If so, it will be the first time that a Conservative Prime Minister has sent a child to a state secondary school - assuming his party is still in power after the next General Election.

Mr Cameron, who was educated at Eton, told Good Housekeeping magazine they had looked at three or four schools in London and Nancy would have a "very large say" in the decision.

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Thousands expected to join pay march in London

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Thousands of workers, including many who have been on strike this week, will join protests today to highlight the need for pay to increase. Huge numbers are expected to take part in the main rally in London.

The TUC is organising the demonstration under the banner 'Britain Needs A Pay Rise', following days of industrial action by public sector workers ranging from nurses and midwives to civil servants.

Met Police sergeant picks up national bravery award

A Metropolitan police sergeant picked up a national award for bravery last night for single-handedly confronting a sword-wielding attacker

Sgt Steve Brown Credit: Met Police

In the early hours of Christmas Eve 2012 Sergeant Steve Brown was on duty in Islington when he found himself face-to-face with a violent Samurai sword-wielding man who only moments earlier had stabbed a complete stranger.

After a terrifying struggle, he managed to overcome him. When the attacker's bag was later searched, an arsenal of weapons including a crossbow and hunting knife were found.

Sgt Brown picked up the national honour at the Police Federation's Annual Bravery Awards, which followed a reception at Downing St yesterday.

Home Secretary Theresa May said: "The actions of Sergeant Stephen Brown are a powerful reminder of the commitment and courage thatpolice officers bring to their role"

London councils worst in England for turning homeless people away

London councils are the worst in England for turning homeless people away- according to an undercover investigation by homelessness charity Crisis. Using people with personal experience of homelessness to test the services, it found that 80 per cent of them got no or little help at all.

A homeless man sleeps beside a shop window in central London Credit: Laura Lean/PA Wire

City wide, this is likely to mean thousands of people turned away without help. Official figures show that rough sleeping in the capital has risen sharply compared to the rest of the country, more than doubling in the last six years

In response to the report's findings, Crisis is launching a campaign - No One Turned Away - calling for action from the three main political parties so that all homeless people can get the help they need.

Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, said: "Life on the streets is devastating and no one should have to go through it. Yet even in the 21st century, homeless people who ask their council for help are being turned away to sleep on the streets - cold, desperate and forgotten. This is nothing short of a scandal. On top of the human cost, it is incredibly expensive for society, which has to pick up the pieces.

He added: "Our findings paint a grim picture of homelessness services in the capital. While London councils are under enormous pressure from welfare reforms and budget cuts, many are failing to meet even their most basic legal duties. Homeless people are being turned away without so much as an assessment of their needs.

"Everyone deserves a second chance, yet too often the door is slammed in people's faces, leaving them with nowhere else to turn."

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Lord Darzi formally unveils plans today to make London the healthiest major city in the world

Former health minister and pioneering surgeon Lord Darzi will unveil some radical smoke-free plans for London later today- as part of a drive to make the capital the healthiest major city in the world.

Professor Lord Ara Darzi at the launch of the London Health Commission Credit: PA

He wants to make London's parks as well as Trafalgar Square no-smoking areas- as well as implement measures to combat the threats caused by obesity, lack of exercise and pollution.

Smoke-free proposals for London park and public places Credit: PA

He'll be presenting the final report of the London Health Commission to London Mayor Boris Johnson today.

Lord Darzi says "Each year, more and more Londoners are choosing to quit smoking, improving and lengthening their lives. We need to help more Londoners to do the same. After all, smoking is still the leading cause of avoidable deaths - every year, more than 8,000 Londoners die prematurely from tobacco.

He added:

"As a cancer surgeon working in the NHS, I see the terrible consequences for smokers and their families. We must do more to help people quit and discourage kids from taking it up. The 2007 legislation tackled passive smoking. We now need to do more to help smokers to kick the habit"

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