Sarah Wollaston MP (Con, Totnes, Brixham and South Hams) says the niqab (a full-face Islamic veil) should be banned in schools and colleges. A Birmingham college last week reversed a decision to ban the garment on security grounds. Read more about that decision here.
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Earlier this evening we had more clear spells appearing and they prompted a fall in temperatures.
Cold particularly in Dorset and Somerset. Close to freezing.
Colin Durston was due an operation for a permanent replacement before Christmas but the winter crisis has left him unsure about the future.