A Dorset MP has written to the Transport Minister saying he will continue to fight to save the Portland Search and Rescue helicopter. Under a government review of coastguard operations, the service would be axed by 2017. Richard Drax says the Portland base offers good value for money.
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Russia has announced that it will expel 23 UK diplomats in a deepening rift over the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy and his daughter.
Scores of flights were cancelled and drivers were warned to take care as the "mini beast from the east" swept in.
Sergei Skripal, the ex-Russian spy who was the target of the attack, and his daughter Yulia, remain in a critical but stable condition.