Leaders appear for half-time report
DAVID Cameron and Nick Clegg will insist today that the Coalition is “steadfast and united” as they mark the halfway point in their Government with a raft of pledges on childcare bills, infrastructure investment and help towards care costs for the elderly.
The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister will make a rare joint appearance where, in an echo of the now infamous rose garden press conference that launched the power-sharing Government, they will set their new priorities for the next two-and-a-half years.
They will insist their “sense of shared purpose” on the big issues has grown over time as they publish a mid-term review that looks back at how successful the Government has been in meeting its Coalition Agreement promises and commits them to further reforms.
Girl, 13 dies in police chase crash
A 13-YEAR-OLD girl has died in a crash involving a vehicle which was being pursued by police.
The teenager was travelling with her mother, father and brother in Ilderton Road, New Cross, south London, yesterday when their Volkswagen Polo and a Peugeot 308 that was being chased by a marked police car collided.
The girl, who was in the rear of the car, died at the scene from her injuries, Scotland Yard said.
Police chief warns flag protest mob
LOYALIST violence over the flying of the Union flag will be firmly dealt with for as long as necessary, Northern Ireland’s police chief declared after a fourth night of rioting.
Matt Baggott’s warning came just hours before fresh disturbances erupted in Belfast, with police once again coming under attack.
A mob hurled steel barriers, bricks, fireworks and bottles at officers patrolling Castlereagh Street in the east of the city last night.
Briton killed in waterfall accident
A BRITISH man has died after falling from a waterfall in Australia.
The 20-year-old was walking with friends in the Blue Mountains near Sydney when he slipped in water and fell over the edge of Wentworth Falls, New South Wales Police said.
Police, paramedics and rescue teams were called and the man, who has not been named, was declared dead at the scene.
Campaigners unveil a ‘Leveson bill’
LOWER fines for newspapers that sign up to an independent press watchdog would be enshrined in law for the first time under a “Leveson Bill” published by media reform campaigners.
Hacked Off has drafted a proposed law for England and Wales based closely on the recommendations made by Lord Justice Leveson after his inquiry into media ethics.
It claims the document, worked on by legal experts, undermines Conservative suggestions that legislation would be unworkable and offers a “plain and straightforward” way of implementing the findings of the 2,000-page report published last year.