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May dodges maternity services question four times

Theresa May has repeatedly dodged a question about maternity services on the campaign trail for the upcoming by-election in Copeland.

She was asked specifically about concerns which her own candidate, Trudy Harrison, has about maternity services closing at West Cumberland Hospital.

Harrison has said she is opposed to plans to close the unit, and May refused to answer the question four times.

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Britain will help tackle Europe's migrant crisis post-Brexit

Britain will continue to help tackle Europe's migrant crisis after Brexit, the prime minister Theresa May has confirmed.

Speaking at a summit of EU leaders in Malta the PM referred to the issue of migration from Libya across the Mediterranean as one of the "biggest challenges that Europe is facing" and pledged that the UK would continue its support to tackle the issue after leaving the EU.

She said: "We've agreed what we need is a comprehensive but a coordinated approach.

"The UK has already contributed significantly to the effort but we will continue to do so and we will continue to do so even after we leave the European Union because we want to continue to be a good friend and ally to the European Union as we build a global Britain standing tall in the world."

Mrs May also said that looking ahead to upcoming Brexit negotiations what she wanted was to build a "strong partnership" with the EU as "we're not leaving Europe, we're leaving the EU".

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EU leaders embrace plan to 'stem illegal migration flow'

Tusk announced the agreement met by EU leaders at a press conference in Malta on Friday Credit: APTN

European Union leaders have announced that they will be embracing a plan to "stem illegal flows into the EU" as part of "a sustainable migration policy" to ensure effective control of Europe's external border.

Speaking at a summit in Malta on Friday European Council President Donald Tusk said the 28 countries in the Union had agreed to "work with the IOM to step up voluntary returns from Libya to countries of origin" as well boosting training, equipment and support to the Libyan coast guard.

The agreement was reached less than 24 hours after Italy and Libya reached a deal which called for more support for the Libyan Coast Guard and the "humanitarian repatriation" of migrants, with a possible economic deal in the pipeline.

EU leaders suspicious of May-Trump relationship

European leaders are watching the relationship between Theresa May and Donald Trump with suspicion, according to ITV News Europe Editor James Mates.

At the first EU summit since President Trump was sworn in, French President Francois Hollande said Donald Trump was putting "unacceptable pressure" on the union.

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker echoed Mr Hollande's criticism, suggesting Mr Trump "does not know Europe".

Although leaders believe that she did good work on convincing Trump to continue supporting Nato, she also pressed her counterparts to commit to spending 2% of GDP on defence, as per Nato rules.

There are suggestions that, if the Trump administration continues being antagonistic, EU leaders think the UK will need to choose whether to enjoy a close relationship with Washington, or with Brussels.

May uses Valletta tour as opportunity for discussion

Theresa May and Angela Merkel talk during the walkabout. Credit: AP

Theresa May used a walking tour of Valletta in Malta to talk with some of the key players that will take part in upcoming Brexit negotiations.

The Prime Minister and her European counterparts visited some of the capital's historic sites during the 30-minute excursion.

Mrs May took turns to speak to German chancellor Angela Merkel, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council president Donald Tusk.

Mrs May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Credit: AP

Mrs May chatted to well-wishers along the route from the Grandmaster's Palace to St John's Cathedral.

She admired the interior of the cathedral, before walking with Mr Juncker to the Barrakka Gardens, and then taking in the view across the bay with Mr Tusk.

She ignored shouted questions by reporters along the route.

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