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Morning Headlines
21st November 2014

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UKIP gains second MP in Rochester & Strood win

The UK Independence Party havs gained its second elected Westminster MP.

Mark Reckless, formerly a Conservative, received more than 42 percent of the vote in the Rochester and Strood by-election.

The 43-year-old gained 16,867 votes, just shy of three thousand votes more than the Conservatives. Labour polled just 6,713.

Reckless defected from the Tory party to UKIP in September this year.

Labour’s Emily Thornberry quits over allegedly classist tweet 

Labour's Emily Thornberry has resigned after a tweet she sent during the Rochester and Strood by-election campaign stirred controversy. 

The tweet, captioned “Image from #Rochester” was a picture of a modern terraced house with three England flags, and a white van parked outside.

Ms Thornberry, the shadow attorney general, had previously apologised for the tweet. 

She has been criticised for holding working class voters in “contempt”, although she claims that she only tweeted the picture as she had never seen a house covered in the flags before. Simon Danczuk, Labour MP for Rochdale, told the Mail Online, “I think she was being derogatory and dismissive of the people. We all know what she was trying to imply.

"I’ve talked about this previously. It’s like the Labour party has been hijacked by the north London liberal elite and it’s comments like that which reinforce that view."

Ched Evans no longer welcome to train at Sheffield

Sheffield United have retracted their decision to let convicted rapist Ched Evans train at the club.

The side have been heavily criticised after allowing Evans to train upon his release from prison.

Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill announced she wanted her name removed from Bramall Lane if Evans ever played for the club again.

Parliament may need £3bn repairs 

According to Newsnight, taxpayers may have to spend more than £3billion to stop Parliament turning into an unusable "ruin."

Much of the infrastructure hasn't been updated since the 1950s, leaving a senior insider to believe maintenance could be embarrassing and expensive.

MPs and peers may be moved out of the Palace of Westminster for five years, though no final decisions have been made.

Currently, the annual bill for small repairs and DIY stands at around £30million. 

Investigation ordered into waiting times at west London A&E 

An investigation has been ordered into rising waiting times at hospital Accident & Emergency departments in west London. 

NHS England is examining whether the increase in delays at Northwick Park and Ealing hospitals are linked to the controversial closure of two A&E departments at Hammersmith and Central Middlesex.

West London Accident and Emergency departments have previously been accused of "breaking under the strain."

Changes to US immigration ease risk of deporting 5 million immigrants 

Changes to the US immigration system could see nearly five million people living illegally in the country being allowed to stay.

There are around 11 million illegal immigrants in the US and this year, children coming across the border prompted a crisis.

Obama’s plan would let 4.4 million undocumented parents of children who are legal residents stay in the country temporarily, without threat of deportation. 

Undocumented residents could legally apply for work permits lasting three years and join American society. The would not be able to vote or qualify for insurance under the healthcare law. 

Coulson gets early release from jail 

Andy Coulson is expected to be released from jail today after serving less than five months of his 18 month sentence.

The Former Editor of the News of the World was jailed in July for plotting to hack phones at the newspaper.
 
Coulson will be made to wear an electronic tag as a condition of his early release.

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