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Minister for loneliness appointed to continue Jo Cox's work

A minister for loneliness, a project first started by the late MP Jo Cox, has been announced by Downing Street. Tracey Crouch MP said she was proud to take on the “generational challenge” to tackle an issue affecting about nine million UK people, young and old. She said she would work across political parties and with communities. The Commission on Loneliness was first set up by Ms Cox, who was killed before the EU referendum by a man who shouted “Britain first” during the attack. A 2017 report said loneliness…

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John Worboys: Minister considering judicial review

The justice secretary is considering a judicial review of the decision to free sex attacker John Worboys on parole. The Sunday Times reports David Gauke has sought advice on whether a judicial review could succeed. It is understood he will only move forward if there is a reasonable prospect of success. The Parole Board said it was “confident correct procedures were followed”. Taxi driver Worboys was jailed in 2009 and is thought to have carried out more than 100 rapes and sexual assaults. He had been convicted at Croydon Crown…

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Austria far right: 'Nobody has anything to fear' says new minister

Austria’s next interior minister has said “nobody has anything to fear” from the new coalition government. Far-right politician Herbert Kickl, a senior figure in the Freedom Party, said he had “a very, very good feeling” about the new coalition with the conservative People’s Party. Austria’s president approved the new coalition on Saturday, two months after inconclusive elections. People’s Party leader Sebastian Kurz, 31, will be Austria’s new chancellor. He will become the world’s youngest head of government. What propels young leaders to power? President Alexander Van der Bellen said the…

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Medicinal cannabis: Health Minister signs licence for Ava Barry

The Irish minister for health has signed a licence for a seven-year old from County Cork to access medicinal cannabis. Ava Barry suffers from a severe form of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome. On Tuesday, Simon Harris told the Dáil (Irish Parliament) he could not comment on individual cases, but had signed the third application for a licence. In a video message her mother Vera Twomey said she had “good news”. “Ava has been granted the licence for the medical cannabis and we’re coming home. We’ll be home for Christmas…

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News: Jamaican prime minister Holness calls for inclusivity in tourism

Andrew Holness, prime minister of Jamaica, has praised the potential of tourism as a tool of development, while warning growth in the sector must be sustainable. He was speaking at the UNWTO-organised Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism, currently taking place in Montego Bay, Jamaica. He said: “Tourism is key to social inclusion and the reduction of poverty – this conference compliments those ambitions. “There has been a revolution in travel, in how people source their destinations, the places they want to stay, and what…

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News: Minister Bartlett welcomes global hospitality sector to Jamaica

Jamaican minister of tourism Edmund Bartlett has welcomed delegates to the Montego Bay Convention Centre for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation Global Conference on Jobs & Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism. With more than 1,300 delegates registered to attend over three days, the event will be the largest of its kind ever to take place in the Caribbean. “It is a tremendous honour and privileged to open this event; the first of its kind in the Caribbean and, indeed, in the world,” minister Bartlett told delegates. Over the…

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Sacked Welsh Labour minister dies

An ex-Welsh Labour minister who faced a party investigation into allegations about his personal conduct has taken his own life, BBC Wales understands. Alyn and Deeside AM Carl Sargeant, 49, lost his ministerial job as cabinet secretary for communities and children last Friday. A family statement said they were “devastated beyond words” at the loss of “the glue that bound us together”. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the death was “deeply shocking news”. Mr Sargeant was married and had two children. The Welsh Assembly’s business for Tuesday has been cancelled…

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