Campaigners fighting to save a number of local Remploy factories from possible closure in the summer have been lobbying parliament.
An independent review recommended that in future government support for disabled workers should be focused on individuals rather than institutions. But opponents claim that many of those facing redundancy won't be able to find jobs.
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England begin their Ashes campaign this morning, with Durham cricketers Mark Wood and Ben Stokes, among the starting line up.
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