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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.


Cameron pledges to bolster GP surgery staffing

David Cameron has insisted he will deliver the NHS staff required to ensure seven-day GP surgeries become workable.

The Prime Minister told Good Morning Britain he would "extend" growth in GP numbers to meet the new requirements should the Conservatives be elected next year.

PM: Pilots show weekend GP surgeries 'working'

David Cameron has told Good Morning Britain current pilots of seven-day GP surgeries have been working.

The Prime Minister said he was "a big believer" in the family doctor service and said the £100 million pledge was "building on something that works and will be welcomed by families up and down the country".

GPs 'can't sustain current service, let alone stretch it'

GP services are under so much pressure in the UK that they cannot sustain the existing service without extra money, let alone extend their hours through the weekend, a medical expert has warned.

Deputy Chair of the BMA, Dr RIchard Vautrey told Good Morning Britain: "We need more GPs, more nurses, more support staff and there's no sign of that happening at all. This is just a drop in the ocean."

Lessons of history from the marginal seat of Dudley North

The scale of the task facing the Conservatives at the annual conference has been made clear by an opinion poll for ITV News.

It suggests that in 40 marginal constituencies where Labour and the Tories will go head to head, Ed Miliband's party has an 11% lead.

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports on the lessons of history in the marginal seat of Dudley North:


Sunday Mirror 'stands by Brooks Newmark story'

The editor in chief of the Sunday Mirror has said the paper "stands by" its sex-scandal story about Tory MP Brooks Newmark.

Lloyd Embley said there was a "clear public interest" in the story because of Mr Newmark's role as a minister and founder of the Women2Win group aimed at prospective female parliamentary candidates.

He pointed out that the investigation was carried out by a freelance journalist before the Sunday Mirror was involved.

Brooks Newmark resigned after the sting published in the Sunday Mirror. Credit: PA Wire

However he apologised to the models whose images were used by the journalist, who was posing as a young female Tory activist.

"We thought that pictures used by the investigation were posed by models but we now know that some real pictures were used," Mr Embley said.

"At no point has the Sunday Mirror published any of these images but we would like to apologise to the women involved for their use in the investigation."

Minister 'will look at women-only train carriages'

Introducing women-only train carriages could help combat a rise in sexual assaults on passengers, a Transport minister has said.

Conservative MP Claire Perry said such carriages already existed in Japan "because there is a particular problem with groping and low-level violence".

"It is a very interesting question and I will look at all ideas," she said.

A carriage reserved for women and children in Thailand. Credit: Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha

There are also women-only cars on selected trains in countries such as Thailand, India and Brazil.

There were 1,117 sexual offences recorded by British Transport Police (BTP) in the 12 months to March 2014 - a 20.8% annual increase.

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