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UKIP leader Henry Bolton hit by ruling body 'no confidence' vote

UKIP’s ruling national executive committee (NEC) has unanimously backed a vote of no confidence in party leader Henry Bolton. Mr Bolton has faced repeated calls to quit over offensive texts sent by his former girlfriend. But he has said he will defy the committee and continue as leader, as a contest would finish the party. Party members will now be given a vote on whether the former Army officer should remain in post. UKIP chairman Paul Oakden said Mr Bolton was “disappointed” by the NEC’s decision but understood “that the…

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John Worboys: 'No plans' to review rape cases

Almost 100 unprosecuted cases against sex attacker John Worboys will not be reviewed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), it has emerged. Lawyers representing Worboys’ victims asked the CPS to review the 93 cases that the 60-year-old rapist was not prosecuted over. One of his victims said it would be a “total scandal” if the additional cases were not reviewed. The CPS said it had no plans to review its decision-making. Worboys, who was jailed in 2009, gave his victims drug-laced champagne before attacking them in the back of his…

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Field Farm Fisheries' 'no Polish' sign taken down

Media playback is unsupported on your device The owner of a fishery which displayed a sign banning Polish and “Eastern bloc” anglers says it has been taken down after his family received threats. Billy Evans of Field Farm Fisheries said the sign went up because he had caught anglers stealing fish. He said he now may also shut the fishery. Polish fisherman Rado Papiewski raised more than £10,000 for a private prosecution to have the sign removed. The Equality and Human Rights Commission says the sign was unlawful. It had…

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'No 10 knew' of Damian Green claims in 2016, claims Kate Maltby

Media playback is unsupported on your device Kate Maltby, who claims Damian Green made inappropriate advances to her, says she told a senior Downing Street aide about his behaviour in 2016. The MP, who denies the claims, was sacked from the cabinet on Tuesday. This came after an inquiry found he had broken the ministerial code over “misleading” statements after pornography was found on his computer. Downing Street has denied that Theresa May knew anything about Ms Maltby’s allegations. A No 10 source said the PM has said “everyone should…

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V Festival: 'No police stationed' at 2017 event

No police were stationed inside V Festival in 2017 because of a dispute over money, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme understands. The organisers, Festival Republic, refused to pay the cost of special police services at the 50,000-strong event, Chelmsford City Council documents show. There were also concerns over the vetting of staff and drug dealing. Festival Republic has not responded to a request for comment. Essex Police said policing for a private event was the duty of organisers and not compulsory and it had had armed officers patrolling outside the…

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Facebook: Jokes 'no excuse' for harassment

Facebook has published its internal workplace harassment policy in part to help other companies, chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has said. The policy’s definitions of harassment include unwelcome sexual advances, threats, insensitive jokes and innuendo. It states that it is no defence to pass off an offensive comment as a joke or to blame the influence of alcohol. It also says harassment reports should be responded to within 24 hours. A team will then investigate the allegations but will not be responsible for the final outcome, which can range from…

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'No fear factor' for Gatland's Wales v All Blacks – preview of weekend Tests

How to follow the action Date: Saturday, 25 November Time: 14:30-19:30 (all times GMT) 14:30: Scotland v Australia – Watch live BBC One coverage and follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website/app 15:00: England v Samoa – Listen to 5 live sports extra commentary, follow live text commentary and watch BBC Two highlights at 19:30 on the BBC Sport website/app 17:15: Wales v New Zealand – Watch live BBC Two coverage, listen to 5 live sports extra commentary and follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website/app…

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