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Obama strategist to join Labour's election campaign

One of US President Barack Obama's top campaign strategists has been recruited by Labour to play a key role in Ed Miliband's bid for Downing Street in next year's general election.

Obama strategist David Axelrod is to join Labour's election campaign. Credit: Olivier Douliery/ABACA/Press Association Images

David Axelrod, who is credited with masterminding Mr Obama's presidential victories in 2008 and 2012, will join Labour's general election campaign team as a senior strategic adviser, the party announced.

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Spectacular Kelpies sculpture unveiled in Falkirk

Dramatic sculptures celebrating Scotland's horse-powered heritage have been unveiled in Falkirk.

The Kelpies sculpture was designed by Andy Scott
The Kelpies sculpture was designed by Andy Scott Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The colossal 30-metre high Kelpie sculptures tower above the Forth & Clyde canal to form a gateway to the canal entrance on the East Coast of Scotland.

The Kelpies are 30 meteres high and weigh over 300 tonnes each
The Kelpies are 30 meteres high and weigh over 300 tonnes each Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Each Kelpie weights over 300 tonnes, and were sculpted by Andy Scott.

Tweets show St Pancras 'chaos' after Eurostar delays

Travelers at St Pancras station have posted pictures of the scene on Twitter, with some describing the situation with the hashtag #chaos.

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Eurostar told ITV News that customers have a choice of re-booking and getting compensation, or of a full refund, as well as being reimbursed for reasonable resulting accommodation costs.

Long queues at St Pancras after 'severe' Eurostar delays

Hundreds of travelers are queuing and waiting at St Pancras after severe delays meant a backlog of Eurostar services.

A fatality in the Lille region and infrastructure problems in the Eurotunnel mean few customers will be able to travel today, a spokesperson for Eurostar told ITV News.

Video footage shows the scenes at St Pancras, where some queues appear to stretch much of the length of the station.

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'Severe delays' on Eurostar after fatality

There are "severe delays" on the Eurostar after a fatality and infrastructure problems in the Eurotunnel caused a backlog of trains.

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A spokesperson for Eurostar said that while they were not responsible for the causes, responsibility for passengers now rested with them. Credit: PA

Eurostar's twitter feed advises customers who are not currently at the station not to make their way there this evening, saying "we will be unable to accommodate you tonight".

It also says customers trying to contact them by phone could have to wait up to 20 minutes.

A fatality in the Lille region was followed by a technical hitch in the Channel Tunnel, resulting in a backlog of passengers on the tunnel's shuttles.

Eurostar say customers have a choice of re-booking their journey for free along with some compensation, or of getting a full refund for their journey.

They say they will also reimburse resulting accommodation costs.

Queen presents money to pensioners at Maundy service

The Queen commemorates Maundy by offering "alms" to senior citizens
The Queen commemorates Maundy by offering "alms" to senior citizens Credit: PA wire

The Queen, joined by the Duke Edinburgh, has presented money to pensioners at the traditional Royal Maundy Thursday service.

Hundreds of well-wishers lined the streets outside Blackburn Cathedral in Lancashire to welcome the royal party to the service which dates back to the 13th century.

Crowds wait for Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh outside Blackburn Cathedral
Crowds wait for Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh outside Blackburn Cathedral Credit: PA wire

The Queen distributed Maundy money to senior citizens, including retired pensioners who have been recognised by the clergy and ministers for their service to the church and local authority.

Maundy Thursday is the Christian holy day on the Thursday before Easter to commemorate the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ
Maundy Thursday is the Christian holy day on the Thursday before Easter to commemorate the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ Credit: PA wire

During the service 88 men and 88 women received a coin for each of the Queen's 88 years of reigning. Each pensioner was also given a white purse and red purse to mark the celebration.

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