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UKIP leader Henry Bolton hits out at national executive committee

UKIP leader Henry Bolton has said the party’s national executive committee (NEC) has no right to sit in judgement on his personal life. And he warned that UKIP faced extinction if the NEC voted to get rid of him as leader when it meets later. Mr Bolton has faced repeated calls to quit over offensive texts sent by his former girlfriend. He told the BBC’s Pienaar’s Politics the NEC was “not a court of moral judgement”. He said he had ended the “romantic element” of his relationship with Jo Marney…

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'Do not travel' warning as snow storm hits

A fresh band of persistent heavy snow is set to sweep across parts of the country for a third day. Drivers have been urged to stay off major roads in southern Scotland and northern England unless absolutely necessary. It is believed to be the first time the “do not travel” warning has been issued since the high winds of January 2013. A Met Office amber “be prepared” alert is now in place until 05:00 on Thursday. Police Scotland are advising drivers not to use roads in Dumfries and Galloway, East…

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'Mourinho was slaughtered but got a point… am I going mad?' – Joey Barton hits out at praise for Man City display at Anfield

Pep Guardiola Monday, January 15, 2018 Joey Barton says he cannot understand the positive reaction to Manchester City’s display against Liverpool. City lost their unbeaten Premier League record in a thrilling match at Anfield on Sunday, going down 4-3, but earned plenty of plaudits for their attacking performance. Barton, though, insists only the result matters and is amazed by the different reactions to Manchester United’s goalless draw at Anfield earlier in the season and City’s defeat against Jurgen Klopp’s side. Jose Mourinho was widely criticised for his defensive approach against Liverpool in…

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Roy hits England ODI record 180 in win over Australia

First ODI, Melbourne Australia 304-8 (50.0 overs): Finch 107, Stoinis 60, M Marsh 50; Plunkett 3-71 England 308-5 (48.5 overs): Roy 180, Root 91* England won by five wickets Scorecard Jason Roy hit the highest one-day international score by an England player with a sublime 180 to help the tourists beat Australia by five wickets in the first ODI at the MCG. Roy surpassed Alex Hales’ previous mark of 171 before the opener was caught late on as England eased to the highest successful run chase at Melbourne. Joe Root…

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Flu epidemic hits US, hospitalizations climb during peak season

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes the nation is at peak flu season, as the disease is now considered to be an epidemic, based on its medical impact, the federal agency said today. The rate of hospitalizations for pneumonia and the flu is continuing to climb amid a CDC warning of several more weeks of significant flu activity. “What we’re seeing this year — the influenza season started earlier and seems to be peaking right about now,” Dr. Daniel B. Jernigan, director of the Influenza Division in…

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Pound hits highest level since Brexit vote

Sterling has jumped to its highest level against the US dollar since the Brexit vote. The surge to almost $ 1.37 came after Bloomberg reported that the Spanish and Dutch finance ministers had agreed to seek a Brexit deal that kept the UK as close to the EU as possible. The pound rose more than 1% to $ 1.3691, its highest level since 24 June 2016. The currency had been trading at about $ 1.50 before the result of the referendum became clear. Later on Friday, sterling gave up some…

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Tributes flow for young face of Akubra as father hits out at bullies

Thousands have paid tribute to the former face of Akubra Hats, “Dolly” Amy Jayne Everett, who took her own life at 14 after being bullied. Father Tick Everett used Facebook to describe his grief, saying his beloved daughter felt she had no other option. Amy Jayne Everett had been the young face of Akubra hats as a girl. Photo: Ben Bissett “I know for some suicide is considered cowardly but I guarantee those people wouldn’t have half the strength that my precious little angel had, Doll had the strength to do…

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