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General election 2017: Tories ‘won’t look again’ at social care plans

General election 2017: Tories ‘won’t look again’ at social care plans

Media captionDamian Green says a £100,000 inheritance is “reasonable” Damian Green has said the Conservatives will not “look again” at plans to fund social care in England, despite fears they will be unpopular with voters. The Tory manifesto says elderly people needing care at home would have to meet the costs but could keep £100,000 […]

General election 2017: Tories ‘won’t look again’ at social care plans

General election 2017: Tories ‘won’t look again’ at social care plans

Media captionDamian Green says a £100,000 inheritance is “reasonable” Damian Green has said the Conservatives will not “look again” at plans to fund social care in England, despite fears they will be unpopular with voters. The Tory manifesto says elderly people needing care at home would have to meet the costs but could keep £100,000 […]

General election 2017: Labour will ‘in effect’ end benefit freeze

General election 2017: Labour will ‘in effect’ end benefit freeze

Labour will “in effect” end the freeze on benefits through a package of reforms in its “first Budget”, the shadow chancellor has said. John McDonnell said his proposals would make the freeze “irrelevant”, but did not say whether he would scrap it. Later though, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told Sky News the freeze was “unfair” […]

Afghanistan blast scientist Lee Peters receives MoD payout

Afghanistan blast scientist Lee Peters receives MoD payout

Image copyright Slater and Gordon Image caption Lee Peters said he was told the device had had the potential “to have blown my head clean off” A scientist who lost three fingers when a suspicious package exploded as he handled it has been compensated by the Ministry of Defence. Lee Peters, 51, had been examining […]

Whales die off coast of East Anglia

Whales die off coast of East Anglia

Image caption An area close to Felixstowe Pier has been sealed off Three whales have died off the coast of East Anglia. An area south of Felixstowe Pier in Suffolk has been sealed off after a 30ft (9m) female whale washed up on the beach there. The first whale, a minke calf, was spotted on […]

Tories ‘won’t look again’ at social care plans

Tories ‘won’t look again’ at social care plans

Damian Green has said the Tories will not rethink plans to fund social care in England, amid warnings they will go down badly with core Tory voters. The Work and Pensions Secretary said: “We have set out the policy, which we are not going to look at again.” The Tory manifesto says elderly people requiring […]

Alps murders: Brother calls for High Court review

Image copyright Getty/AFP Image caption Zaid al-Hilli said he did not trust French police to solve his brother’s murder five years ago The brother of a British engineer who was gunned down with his family in the French Alps has called for a High Court review into the case. Zaid al-Hilli said there had been […]

Spy author Anthony Horowitz ‘warned off’ creating black character

Spy author Anthony Horowitz ‘warned off’ creating black character

Author Anthony Horowitz says he was “warned off” including a black character in his new book because it was “inappropriate” for a white writer. The creator of the Alex Rider teenage spy novels says an editor told him it could be considered “patronising”. Horowitz wanted a white and black protagonist in his new children’s books […]

General election campaign paused to remember MP Jo Cox

General election campaign paused to remember MP Jo Cox

Image copyright PA The general election campaign will be put on hold later as politicians set aside their differences to remember Labour MP Jo Cox. Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and other party leaders will stop campaigning for an hour to honour the mother-of-two who was murdered last June. Her widower Brendan Cox said it would […]

General election 2017: Two million apply to register to vote

General election 2017: Two million apply to register to vote

Media captionHow do I register to vote? More than two million people have applied to register to vote in the month since Theresa May announced plans for a snap general election on 8 June. The highest number of applications so far was on 18 April, the day the prime minister made her announcement, when just […]

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