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Rachel Reeves: Sunak’s help for families is just poor imitation of Sure Start

Rachel Reeves: Sunak’s help for families is just poor imitation of Sure Start

Ripping up Sure Start centres for people with young families was an “act of criminality”, shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves has claimed. Chancellor Rishi Sunak insisted the newly announced “family hubs” scheme was different from the Labour policy, but Ms Reeves branded the Government’s investment in early years a “pale imitation”. Ahead of Wednesday’s autumn Budget, …

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Latest Scottish Covid figures show 21 deaths and more than 2,500 cases

Latest Scottish Covid figures show 21 deaths and more than 2,500 cases

Scotland has recorded 2,528 cases in the past 24 hours, the latest Scottish Government figures show. A further 21 deaths have been recorded, but the figures released on Sunday are for the previous 48 hours, after a “data issue” meant death numbers could not be reported on Saturday. The Scottish Government said 20 of the …

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Neighbour heard ‘shouts and screams’ at scene of suspected double murder

Neighbour heard ‘shouts and screams’ at scene of suspected double murder

A neighbour has described hearing shouts and someone “yelling out in pain” from the scene of a suspected double murder in Essex. Police were called to the address at Regency Court in Brentwood at around 1.30am on Sunday morning. They found three injured people, including two teenage boys who later died from their injuries. The …

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Husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe goes on hunger strike for second time

Husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe goes on hunger strike for second time

The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has gone on hunger strike for the second time in two years due to the Government’s “inaction and failure” in its handling of her case, their MP has said. Richard Ratcliffe is beginning a hunger strike outside the Foreign Office in London and intends to sleep in a tent at …

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Chancellor rejects Rashford’s calls to continue free school holiday meals

Chancellor rejects Rashford’s calls to continue free school holiday meals

In a letter to the Sunday Times, England and Manchester United forward Rashford joined with supermarket bosses and food industry leaders to demand ministers continue providing the meals to vulnerable children, even when they were not in the classroom. The signatories said that doing so during the earlier stages of the pandemic, after campaigning from …

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Former footballer Jay Tabb all set for charity ride

Former footballer Jay Tabb all set for charity ride

Former Premier League footballer Jay Tabb will experience another kind of sporting thrill when he takes to the saddle for the Fitzdares Racing Welfare Charity Flat Race at Wincanton on Sunday. The 37-year-old enjoyed a 16-year career as a midfielder, working his way through Crystal Palace’s youth academy before undertaking spells at Brentford, Coventry, Reading …

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