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'The irony isn’t lost' on pregnant ISIS bride pleading to return to UK, says Security Minister

Security Minister Ben Wallace has commented on 19-year-old Shamima Begum’s pleas to return to the UK, four years after she fled to Syria to fight alongside ISIS.

Mr Wallace explained there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach in dealing with radicalised teenagers who want to return to the UK, but says ‘actions have consequences’ and people like Ms Begum should expect repercussions if they genuinely want to return to London.

“Not all of them are victims, some of them are. That’s going to be a difficult balance for us to deal with,” he told Good Morning Britain.

“We as a government have been incredibly clear, as have the police, that if you go and fight or support these types of organisations, there are consequences for that.”

“If you come back here, you should expect to be investigated and you should potentially expect to be charged with terrorist offences or other offences."

Family of misdiagnosed cervical cancer patient call for NHS inquiry

The family of NHS nurse Julie O’Connor are fighting for an inquiry into her death, after her cervical cancer was misdiagnosed and not spotted by doctors for years.

Julie allegedly had her initial cervical smear test at Bristol’s Southmead Hospital in September 2014, and the test results came back as negative. Even after six further tests, there were allegedly no signs of cancer.

Kevin O’Connor, Julie’s husband, told Good Morning Britain they believed the original pap smear test was ‘misdiagnosed and mistreated’, and this pushed them to get a second opinion.

“It was unfortunate we had to go to a private consultant to get the cancer diagnosis. We have been campaigning for the last two years for an independent review,” he said.

"We sent the smears and biopsies off for independent analysis. They came back as riddled with cancer cells. It was unreasonable that anybody would have missed it, but the hospital was still in denial."

When they received her cancer diagnosis, Mr O'Connor said they were 'dumb struck'.

Julie passed away on 4th February 2019 at the age of 49.

Three days before her death, she sent a video message to the health officials she had believed failed her and her family.

Lying in her hospice bed, she said: "I think it’s disgusting that my life should have been suffering the way it has and will continue to suffer."

Julie's daughter Sophie told GMB: “My mum, she created a really big legacy in our family. She was never negative about any of this...I promised that I would look after my dad and my brother for her.”

The hospital has admitted to negligence and apologised to the O’Connor family, but Mr O'Connor is campaigning for more to be done.

He told GMB he is concerned other cases of cervical cancer have been missed by the hospital.

“Are there more victims? They need to go back to 2014, are there other victims out there?" he asked.

“This is not about the blame… it’s ensuring there are no more victims out there.

“I’m not angry - that’s not going to help us and not going to help Julie - just frustrated. We would just like an independent public inquiry.”

According to Mr O'Connor, the hospital is allegedly doing a partially independent review and is only covering the investigation itself.

A spokesman for the North Bristol NHS Trust said: “We are committed to understanding the full circumstances of the case we provided so we can improve our services for the future, and we will be publicly open with the overall findings of the independent investigation we have commissioned."

Police cuts put the public ‘at risk’

The public and police are exposed to ‘increased risk’ as a survey revealed that more officers are working alone.

According to a study by the Police Federation, the police are struggling to tackle the rise in knife crime with 75% of officers patrolling the streets alone.

With youth crime nearly doubling last year, this recent police study disclosed that the police are struggling to meet the increasing demands.

Proposal to cancel free TV licences for seniors sparks debate

A consultation exploring a scheme providing seniors over 75 with a free TV licence has proposed to end this service by 2020.

According to TV Licensing, nearly 3.9 million seniors have their £150.50 TV licences paid for by the government every year. Advocates for elderly people have slammed the decision, believing it improves the wellbeing of many lonely elderly people across the UK.

However the BBC argues, by ending the scheme, they will be able to save costs and invest the money in better quality programmes.

Breastfeeding kit for men: The future of fatherhood?

According to its inventor, a hormone kit that lets fathers breastfeed when their partner is struggling could be available in as little as five years. An 'empathy tool' for fathers, the kit involves taking several drugs through the partner's pregnancy so that the man grows milk ducts at the time of birth.

Spencer Matthews, Quentin Wilson and the product's inventor Marie-Claire Springham debated the future of 'chestfeeding' this morning.

Should secondary school start at 10am?

Today, MPs are set to debate whether school start times should be pushed back to 10am after a petition - signed by both parents and pupils - received over 180,000 signatures.

Katharine Birbalsingh and Biba Tanya debated whether secondary school should at a later time, so teenagers feel more alert and ready for learning when they attend classes.