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Storm damage brings 'devastation' to North Wales

The Energy Networks Association has described the storm damage in the North Wales as "nothing less than devastation for large parts of that area."

Storm damage causes trees to collapse in Aberystwyth Credit: ITV Wales

"The result is that we still have over 17,000 people centred in that area off power," said Tony Glover, from the trade body.

"The debris that flew around in North Wales were quite incredible and the impact it had on the electricity networks has resulted in a level of devastation that I don't think has ever been seen in the area, certainly not for decades," he added.

BMJ's exercise findings in full

According to the BMJ's research into exercise taken by seven-year-olds:

  • Only on in three (33 percent) of Bangladeshi children managed the recommended exercise minimum.
  • Children in Scotland were the second worst country for overall activity. Only 52.5 percent were able to meet the one hour target.
  • Seven-year-olds living in the north west of England were the most likely to hit the one hour mark, with 58 percent taking part in vigorous exercise.
  • However, children in the midlands came in last, with only 46 percent likely to meet the bare minimum.


Lord Howell: 'I meant frack in the North West - not East'

Lord Howell has said that he meant to say the North West, not the North East when he said that fracking should take place in "desolate" areas in the north of England.

Lord Howell speaking in the Lords yesterday.

Speaking to the Telegraph Lord Howell said: "What was in my mind was much more the drilling going on off the Lancashire coast.

"But it came out of my mouth as the North East, which you can blame me for rightly. And that has created a great furore.

“The North East wasn’t in my mind at all."

Yesterday Lord Howell, who is father-in-law to George Osborne said: "There are large and uninhabited and desolate areas. Certainly in part of the North East where there's plenty of room for fracking."

Teachers to strike in more than 2,700 schools

More than 2,500 schools in the North West of England could be affected today as teachers stage a walkout over pay, pensions, working conditions and jobs.

Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and NASUWT will take part in a strike, the first in a planned national rolling programme of strikes across England and Wales which will continue in the Autumn term.

2,765 schools could be affected by today's strikes Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Twenty two authorities, and a possible 2,765 schools, across the North West will be affected as joint rallies are held in Liverpool, Manchester, Chester and Preston.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, will address the rally in Liverpool at midday.

Civil service walkout to hit workplaces this afternoon

PCS members are set to take part in a walkout this afternoon Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A walkout by Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union members is set to hit workplaces across the UK this afternoon.

Starting at 1pm, PCS members will take part in a half-day strike to tie in with a three month campaign over pay and pension disputes.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "These walkouts, following our strike on budget day, are part of an ongoing campaign of industrial action and protests to put pressure on a government that is refusing to even talk to us.

"We have asked for talks but ministers and senior officials have refused, so we are taking action to oppose and shine a light on what are deeply unfair and unnecessary cuts to the living standards of hard-working public servants."

Teaching unions outline timetable of industrial action

The two largest teaching unions, NUT and NASUWT, have announced a series of industrial actions in response to their dispute with the government over pay, pensions and workload.

The actions include:

  • National rallies across England and Wales in April and May
  • National strikes starting in the North West on June 27

If the Education Secretary does not "respond positively to the unions’ demands" there is also a chance of further strike action in the Autumn term, including a one-day nationwide strike.