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Five key things in the BBC’s Johnson-Corbyn debate

Mr Corbyn faced further scrutiny of Labour’s Brexit position – to negotiate a deal with the EU and put it to a referendum – and his own position of staying neutral in any campaign. He was attacked by Mr Johnson for his “failure of leadership” by not taking a side, and asked repeatedly about his beliefs. But like the PM, Mr Corbyn won over some of the audience with his pledge to bring the country together, whatever the outcome of another vote on the EU – which he thinks he…

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Man sentenced for flashing toy gun at yacht club

‘Really silly’ George, of Panorama Road in Sandbanks, was a regular customer and had been drinking at the club during the afternoon of 10 September, the court heart. Prosecutor David Finney described how George lifted up his cardigan and flashed the handle of the fake gun that was tucked into the waistband of his shorts. In a statement, a member of staff said he was “really scared” at what he had seen. “I felt threatened seeing it – I didn’t know what he would do,” he said. Related Topics Poole…

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Final day for Help to Buy Isa applications

On average, first-time buyers using the scheme are 28 – two years younger than the average age across all first-time buyers. The scheme will officially close to new accounts but account holders can keep on saving until autumn 2029, with bonuses needing to be claimed by 1 December 2030. A number of banks have already pulled their Help to Buy Isas, prompting a late surge, according to some providers. Rachel Springall, from financial information service Moneyfacts, said that if savers missed out on Help to Buy Isas there was the…

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Man in custody for murder of 11-month-old baby boy

When he brought the boy back the next day, he said the child couldn’t breathe and when the family ran to the car to check, the court heard, the baby was cold to touch. Objecting to bail, the court heard between his arrest and his appearance this morning, the police had established Sharyar Ali left the baby alone twice for a period of hours while looking after him – once to go to a casino and once to return to Monaghan. District Judge Eamon King said this was a pointless…

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‘Dystopian’ Christmas decorations ridiculed

They were created by the same company behind the Tunnel of Light in Norwich and displays in London’s Harrods department store and Paris’s Champs Élysées. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNorwich’s light tunnel was designed by the same company People were quick to criticise the display. Liam Statham wrote: “I love the dystopian Christmas vibe”, while George Hanton said it was the “most Derby picture ever. Love my city”. “So yet again I’ll be spending more money visiting other cities for a Christmas experience rather than staying…

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MP abuse: ‘I had police escort after death threat’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFour politicians from across the political spectrum described their experience of abuse More than 100 abuse complaints against Scottish politicians have been reported since the summer, with 35 leading to criminal investigations. Police attribute it to the “febrility” of the political atmosphere. Politicians have increasingly become the target of abuse, and, as polling day approaches, women politicians are speaking up about it. BBC Scotland has spoken to four female parliamentarians from the 2017-2019 term about its impact. ‘Credible’ death threat “Earlier this…

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The parents raising their kids on the road

Natasha and Yair, who was a Ministry of Justice lawyer, put most of their belongings in storage and began travelling around the country relying solely on their earnings on the road. “People told us we were crazy – it was like, ‘what are you doing? You’re insane; can’t you just [live] normally?’” said Natasha, originally from Whitefield, Greater Manchester. “But Maoz was the most chilled baby and was nursing and just happy. Every baby is different and we’re all different mums, and I don’t think how I live is right…

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Rail passengers ‘stranded’ as cable snaps

Northern and Trans Pennine Express services in the area have also been affected. Passengers expecting to use the route have been advised not to travel, and have been warned journey times would be at least three hours longer than usual. Virgin train tickets could be used on Thursday, the rail services said. Content is not available Related Topics Network Rail Preston Lancaster Virgin Trains Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-50572149

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Families face long autism appointment waits

“For the first time – after years of campaigning – we have NHS statistics on how long children and adults are waiting for an autism assessment in England,” she said. “It’s an important first step but the data itself is deeply disappointing.” The NAS has been campaigning for a trust by trust breakdown of waiting times but said the first such figures to do that do not provide a clear national picture. Image copyright Natasha Webb Image caption Natasha Webb waited two years after being referred for her son to…

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Australian broadcaster Clive James dies aged 80

According to a statement from his agents, he died at home in Cambridge on Sunday. A private funeral was held on Wednesday in the chapel at Pembroke College. “Clive died almost 10 years after his first terminal diagnosis, and one month after he laid down his pen for the last time,” the statement read. Follow us on Facebook, or on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts. If you have a story suggestion email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk.

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No apology from Corbyn over anti-Semitism claims

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Jeremy Corbyn is pressed over his handling of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn has declined to apologise to the UK Jewish community after the chief rabbi criticised how the party deals with anti-Semitism claims. In a BBC interview with Andrew Neil, the Labour leader was asked four times whether he would like to apologise. Mr Corbyn said his government will protect “every community against the abuse they receive”. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis claimed “a new poison – sanctioned from…

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Tesco pulls honey off shelves amid purity concerns

“The findings of the analysis is that there is likely to be adulteration with non-natural products,” a council spokeswoman told the Sunday Times. The council contacted the FSA, which confirmed it was looking into the matter, but has denied it called for Tesco to withdraw the product. “We are continuing to look into these reports to determine whether further action is required,” the FSA said in a statement. “Honey is a natural but complex product and there are a number of different tests which may be used to determine authenticity.”…

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WW1 soldier ‘reunited’ with family

The 25-year-old died near the town of Albert, on the Somme, in 1916. Now Ms Jones has been contacted by three members of his family who read how she had been moved to visit his grave in Bapaume Post Military Cemetery. Image copyright Gwyneth Jones Image caption Pte Francis Leonard Bell died less than two weeks before the end of World War One In a final twist, Ms Jones has since discovered her great uncle is buried nearby. Pte Francis Leonard Bell, of the Lancashire Fusiliers, died in France from…

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