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Sol Campbell launches Twitter attack on Labour

Sol Campbell played 73 times for England. Credit: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Former Arsenal and England footballer Sol Campbell has launched a Twitter attack on the Labour Party, describing them as the "grim reaper" of "anyone who has done well".

In a series of tweets, during which he appeared to endorse the Conservatives, Campbell took particular aim at Ed Miliband's plans for a "mansion tax".

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Former Boris Johnson deputy defects to Ukip

Boris Johnson's former deputy mayor of London Richard Barnes has defected from the Conservatives to Ukip.

Barnes left London's General Assembly in 2012.

Announcing the move on the day of Johnson's speech to the Conservative Party conference, Barnes accused his former party of failing to "speak the language of normal people".

"There seems to be a detachment from ordinary people's lives in the Westminster Village," he told the Evening Standard.

Barnes served as deputy mayor between 2008 and 2012.

'Twice as hard' to get GP appointments under coalition

People over 50 are finding it twice as hard now to book a GP appointment as they did five years ago, Saga claims.

Saga says GPs are being asked to Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

One in five told the group they have to wait more than a week to see their GP, director of communications Paul Green said, citing a survey of 11,000 people.

He welcomed David Cameron's plans for seven-day GP services, but said: “GPs are constantly being asked to do more for less, and it is clear that we face an unprecedented crisis in our NHS and Social Care systems.

"I’m sure many people will want more than just promises, they will want the detail and reassurance about how this can actually be delivered,” he added.

Cameron: 'No heartbreak' if Britain leaves EU

David Cameron said the EU question was one of "pragmatism". Credit: Wiktor Dabkowski/DPA

David Cameron has said he would feel no heartbreak if Britain left the European Union.

The Prime Minister said he felt "about a thousand times more strongly about our UK" than the EU.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "The UK was an issue of heartbreak. This is a matter of important pragmatism."

What is best for our UK? How do we get the best deal for Britain? That is what I feel strongly about.

If I didn't think it was in Britain's interests to be in the EU, I would not argue for it.

– David Cameron, BBC Radio 4 Today

Cameron: I will avoid the word 'purring' from now on

David Cameron says he will not be using the word "purring" again after he was recorded using it to describe the Queen's reaction to the Scottish referendum result.

Asked whether he would leave Tory activists "purring" when he addresses the party conference in Birmingham, the Prime Minister told Sky News' Sunrise: "That is a word which I'm going to avoid from now on."

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May plots new powers to tackle hate groups

Theresa May is proposing serious new powers to clamp down on the people and organisations who spread "hate".

Theresa May's Home Office will now fully oversee counter extremism efforts. Credit: Oli Scarff/PA Wire

There would be ASBO-style orders for hate preachers and organisations which spread extremist ideologies would be banned in the way that terrorism-linked groups can be proscribed now.

The Home Office is also going to take full control of the government's counter extremism effort now - rather than the Department for Communities and Local Government running part of it. That will include security checks to stop extremists becoming school governors or heading up charities.

But it is banning the "haters" that could prove problematic. Defining who is saying something which is so racist, sexist or homophobic that their group should be outlawed won't be straightforward.

Labour: 'Harder and harder' to get GP appointment

Labour says the current government has made it "harder and harder" for people to get a GP appointment, despite David Cameron's pledge to extend GP opening hours.

Andy Burnham said a Labour government would guarantee an appointment within 48 hours. Credit: PA

After the Prime Minister's announcement, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said: "David Cameron made an almost identical announcement this time last year but, in the 12 months since, he has made it harder, not easier, to get a GP appointment.

"After the election, David Cameron scrapped Labour's GP appointment guarantee and cut support for evening and weekend opening. His broken promises on the NHS have caught up with him.

"Labour has a plan for extra funding for the NHS and commitment to recruit 8,000 more GPs."

He said a Labour government would "guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours or a same-day consultation with a doctor or nurse for those who need it".

Boris set for further attack on Ukip after vacuum gag

Boris Johnson previously said Conservative MPs would be Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Boris Johnson is expected to launch another attack on Ukip when he addresses the Conservative Party conference later today, ITV London correspondent Simon Harris reports.

Yesterday he joked at the conference in Birmingham that Ukip defectors were the "type" that would have sex with vacuum cleaners.

The EU commission wants to ban vacuum cleaners on the grounds that they are too powerful. If you do not handle your vacuum cleaner correctly, you may end up inhaling the hamster – the budgerigar through the bars of the cage.

And I have read that there are some people – probably the type who are thinking of defecting to UKIP – who present themselves at A&E with barely credible injuries sustained through vacuum cleaner abuse."

– Boris Johnson, speaking at the Conservative Party conference

Cameron: I will apologise to the Queen when I see her

David Cameron says he will apologise to the Queen when he next sees her after after he was overheard saying she "purred" about the Scottish referendum result.

"My office has already registered that very strongly with the Palace and of course I will do so in person when we next have our audience," he told Good Morning Britain.

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