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  2. MSC to PC - Day 1

    I hope so, thank you! 🙏
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    Hopefully they announce something soon on DS. 😂🤞 I’m surprised that they’ve only done one recruitment process this year or am I wrong, has there been two?
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    How’s training going so far?
  5. MSC to PC - Day 1

    I'm waiting very impatiently for the next 👍😂
  6. MSC to PC - Day 1

    Ah ok, I was wondering because as far as I knew there hadn't been an MSC to PC intake since earlier this year and wondered if I'd missed something. But, good luck! I'm sure you'll have nailed it!
  7. MSC to PC - Day 1

    I was on the June intake but rescheduled my Day 1.
  8. MSC to PC - Day 1

    May I ask when this round of MSC to PC came out?
  9. MSC to PC - Day 1

    Hi there, guys. I went through the Day 1 process on the 16th Nov which admittedly was quite nerve-wracking. Was anyone else on here on that Day 1? So take me feel a little bit more optimistic, I thought I’d ask how long it took everyone else to hear back? I’m now just waiting; it’s been around 5/6 days now excluding the weekend. How much more longer do you guys think I’ll have to wait? On the day of my assessment, there were only around 8 of us, so I’m assuming it won’t take long for them to mark and distribute results. Fingers crossed. 🤞
  10. Budget 2017: Stagnant earnings forecast 'astonishing' 23 November 2017 From the section Business Related TopicsBudget 2017 Image copyright Getty Images The prediction that average UK earnings in 2022 could still be less than in 2008 is "astonishing", according to an independent economic think tank. Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, added that the economic forecasts published in the Budget made for "pretty grim reading". He highlighted that since 2014 growth in earnings has been "choked off". "We are in danger of losing not just one but getting on for two decades of earnings growth," he said. "Let's hope this forecast turns out to be too pessimistic." Mr Johnson was reacting to the productivity, earnings and economic growth forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), which were released on Wednesday. Live: Budget reaction and analysis What the Budget means for you At a glance summary: Budget key points The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has said he hopes to prove the bleak economic forecasts released in the Budget wrong. The chancellor said clarity around Brexit would increase consumer confidence and lead to higher growth in the economy. On Wednesday, the OBR cut its growth forecast for the UK economy sharply, following changes to estimates of productivity and business investment. It now expects the economy to grow by 1.5% this year, down from its previous forecast of 2%. It also said growth would be weaker than previously thought in each of the subsequent four years. The Resolution Foundation says disposable incomes are now expected to be £540 lower by 2023 than forecast in March, largely as a result of weaker pay growth. It says the UK is on course for its longest fall in living standards since records began more than 60 years ago, with real disposable incomes now set to fall for 19 successive quarters. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPhilip Hammond explains how the UK can get its economic forecast upgradedDespite high levels of employment in the UK, wage growth has remained stubbornly low. The latest official figures showed workers' earnings, excluding bonuses, rose 2.2% in the three months to September compared with a year ago. But they fell 0.5% in real terms when accounting for inflation, marking seven months of negative pay growth, according to the Office for National Statistics. View the full article
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  12. Budget 2017: Hammond to 'seize opportunities' from Brexit 21 November 2017 From the section UK Politics Related TopicsBudget 2017 Image copyright AFP Image caption Theresa May made Philip Hammond her chancellor in June 2016 The UK must "seize the opportunities" from Brexit while tackling deep-seated economic challenges "head on", Philip Hammond is to say in his second Budget. The chancellor will promise investment to make Britain "fit for the future" as an "outward looking, free-trading nation" once it leaves the EU in 2019. But he will also commit to supporting hard-pressed families with the cost of living and address housing shortages. Labour say he should call time on austerity and boost public services. In his Commons speech, which will begin at about 12:30 GMT, Mr Hammond will set out proposed tax and spending changes. He will also update MPs on the current state of the economy, future growth projections and the health of the public finances. Budget 2017: Everything you need to know Why the young should watch the Budget Labour demands 'emergency Budget' He has been under pressure in recent months from sections of his party who argue that he is too pessimistic about the UK's prospects when it leaves the EU. In response, he will set out his vision for the UK after Brexit as a "prosperous and inclusive economy" which harnesses the power of technological change and innovation to be a "force for good in the world". What will be in the Budget? Image copyright PA Image caption Millennials are getting money off rail tickets but will there be anything else for them? Unlike past years, few announcements have been briefed out in advance of the big day. But the chancellor is expected to announce more money for teacher training in England and extra cash to boost the numbers of students taking maths after the age of 16. He has signalled he wants to speed up permitted housing developments and give more help to small builders. In a nod to younger voters, discounted rail cards will be extended. Skip Twitter post by @bbclaurak Report End of Twitter post by @bbclaurak An extra £2.3bn for research and development and £1.7bn for transport links are designed to address the UK's lagging productivity. Extra money is also expected to be found for new charge points for electric cars and for the next generation of 5G mobile networks. Expect the theme of innovation to ring through the speech, with Mr Hammond hailing the UK as being "at the forefront of a technological revolution". Driverless cars 'on UK roads by 2021' Tax on takeaway boxes to be considered Will it be a 'bold' or 'boring' Budget? Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatch Nicholas Watt's 2016 profile of the man nicknamed SpreadSheet PhilThe image Mr Hammond has cultivated as a safe, unflashy pair of hands in uncertain times - hence his ironic "box office Phil" nickname - was dented in the March Budget when he had to backtrack on plans to hike National Insurance for the self-employed. Asked on Sunday whether this would be a bold or boring Budget, he settled for describing it as "balanced". While some Tory MPs would prefer a safety-first approach with no controversy, others want him to turbo-charge efforts to prepare the UK for life after Brexit. Most hope he will begin to address issues perceived to have hurt the Tories at the election, such as the financial pressures on public sector workers and young people. In remarks released ahead of the speech, Mr Hammond strikes an upbeat tone, saying he will use the Budget to "look forwards, embrace change, meet our challenges head on and seize the opportunities for Britain". How will 'box office Phil' play the Budget? Isn't the Budget normally in Spring? Image copyright PA Image caption Leaves rather than daffodils will be the backdrop to Budgets from now on Yes, that's the way it's been for the last twenty years. The last one was in March and normally there wouldn't be another one until Spring 2018. But Mr Hammond thinks late autumn is a more suitable time for tax and spending changes to be announced and scrutinised before the start of the tax year in April. So from now on, Budgets will take place in November. But aside from the timing, the choreography of Budget day will remain the same. Mr Hammond will be photographed in Downing Street holding the famous red ministerial box - used to carry the statement - aloft before making the short journey to the Commons. While tradition dictates he can take a swig of his chosen tipple during his speech, Mr Hammond is expected to eschew anything too strong and confine himself to water during what is normally an hour-long statement. What's happened since the last Budget? Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe chancellor speaking about the economy on the Andrew Marr showQuite a lot. In the last nine months, the UK has triggered Brexit and begun negotiations on the terms of its departure from the EU. Economic conditions have changed too, although there is fierce debate about how much of this is attributable to uncertainty and negativity over Brexit. Inflation has risen to 3%, its highest level in five years, while growth has faltered a little. However, borrowing levels are at a 10-year low, giving Mr Hammond more flexibility, while employment remains at record levels. The political backdrop has also changed enormously. The loss of their majority in June's election sparked fresh Brexit infighting within the Conservatives. The government has the backing of the DUP, but Mr Hammond - who is distrusted by many on the right of the party - does not have unlimited political capital in the bank. UK public borrowing up as Budget looms Why isn’t the UK more productive? What sort of advice he is getting? Free market think tank the Adam Smith Institute is among campaigners urging an end to stamp duty for first-time buyers. Skip Twitter post by @ASI Report End of Twitter post by @ASI Lib Dem leader Vince Cable says housing and the NHS should be the priorities. Skip Twitter post by @vincecable Report End of Twitter post by @vincecable And Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell wants immediate action to reduce inequality. 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  13. 21 November 2017 From the section Entertainment & Arts Image copyright Getty Images Rodney Bewes has died aged 79, his agent has confirmed. The actor had a career spanning six decades and is best known for playing Bob Ferris in sitcom The Likely Lads. His agent issued a statement saying: "It is with great sadness that we confirm that our dear client, the much-loved actor Rodney Bewes, passed away this morning." The statement paid tribute to the actor, calling him a "true one-off" and a "brilliant storyteller". "He had a funny anecdote for every occasion. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time. We will miss him terribly." Bewes was originally from Bingley in Yorkshire but moved to Luton as a child. He is survived by his four children - Billy, Joe, Tom and Daisy - and his two grandchildren, Oscar and Eliza. Read more here - Obituary: Rodney Bewes Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents. If you have a story suggestion email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk. View the full article
  14. Gaia Pope death: Arrested family want police apology 21 November 2017 From the section Dorset Related TopicsGaia Pope case Image copyright PA Image caption Gaia Pope's body was found 11 days after she went missing A 19-year-old wrongly suspected of Gaia Pope's murder has been "on the verge of a mental breakdown", his mother has said. Nathan Elsey was detained alongside his grandmother Rosemary Dinch, 71, six days after Miss Pope, 19, disappeared. Deborah Elsey said she had "no idea" why her son was a suspect and has called on Dorset Police to apologise. The force, which has released the pair without charge, said officers would have had "multiple grounds for arrest". Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGaia Pope's father Richard Sutherland said the family would "treasure her always"Mrs Elsey, a family friend of Miss Pope's, said her son's arrest was a "horrendous shock". 'Every single emotion' Her brother Paul Elsey was also arrested on suspicion of murder and later released. Mrs Elsey said she and the three arrested family members were staying with her brother Greg. "We're still not in our homes and still have none of our personal effects. At the very least I'd like an apology," she said. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFamily friend Rosemary Dinch was the last person to see Gaia Pope before she went missing"We're going through every single emotion rolled into one - you don't know what you're feeling. "One minute you want to cry for yourself, then you cry for Gaia and her family and then there's anger for police." Miss Pope was reported missing from Swanage, Dorset, on 7 November. Her body was found on Saturday 18 November in a field near the town. A post-mortem examination conducted the next day did not identify any injuries to suggest the involvement of other people, Dorset Police said. On Monday, the force announced Paul Elsey, Ms Dinch, and Nathan Elsey were to face no action. It is treating the death as "unexplained" pending toxicology results. In a statement the force said: "We appreciate our enquiries would have caused these individuals stress and anxiety, however we have an obligation in any missing person investigation to explore every possible line of enquiry." Image copyright PA Image caption The family say they have not been allowed back in their homes since the arrests View the full article
  15. Brexit: Broad agreement to pay more as UK leaves, the BBC understands 20 November 2017 From the section UK Politics Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright EPA There is broad agreement among ministers that the government should increase its financial offer to the EU as the UK leaves, the BBC understands. But this is only in return for the EU moving on in December to talks about a future trade deal and an implementation phase after the UK's departure in 2019. And there was no substantial discussion of possible amounts that could be paid at a cabinet committee meeting. The meeting was held to try to make progress on stalled Brexit talks. The BBC understands there were tensions at the two-hour meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Theresa May, over the future role of the European Court of Justice. It is understood that ministers concluded there is the possibility that the talks with the EU will move on to the next phase in December but "we are not going to move on our own". View the full article
  16. Gaia Pope struggled with health before her death, father says 20 November 2017 From the section Dorset Related TopicsGaia Pope disappearance Image copyright PA Image caption Gaia Pope's body was found 11 days after she went missing Teenager Gaia Pope had "struggled" with health issues before her death, her father has said. Police are treating the 19-year-old's death as "unexplained" after her body was found in a field near Swanage on Saturday. Her father Richard Sutherland, said his daughter had had "a lot of issues" and "clearly just couldn't cope with that." Three people who were arrested on suspicion of her murder will face no further action, police said earlier. Paul Elsey, 49, his mother Rosemary Dinch, 71, and her 19-year-old grandson, Nathan Elsey, were all questioned about Ms Pope's disappearance. Image copyright PA Image caption Miss Pope's body was found close to where items of her clothing were discovered two days earlier Her body was found 11 days after she was reported missing in Swanage, on 7 November. A post-mortem examination did not identify any injuries to suggest the involvement of other people, Dorset Police said. The force is awaiting the results of toxicology tests. Paul's father, Greg Elsey, said Ms Pope was clearly "on the verge of a nervous breakdown" when she visited Mrs Dinch in an agitated state on the day she disappeared. He said her health problems included a previous breakdown as well as epilepsy. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGaia Pope's family give statementIn a statement, Ms Pope's mother Natasha described her daughter as "a light that will radiate for all eternity". "A wise, magnificent soul that burns far too bright for this world," she said. "Her spirit overflows with love and compassion for others. Gaia our free spirit, our wild pony." 'Very vulnerable' Mr Sutherland thanked the emergency services and members of the public who joined searches for his daughter. He said his daughter had "happy moments... right up into the end of her life", despite her health problems. Her cousin Marienna Pope-Weidemann said Ms Pope had been "very, very vulnerable, but such an inspiration". She said she was determined that "lessons will be learned" from Ms Pope's death. Visibly upset, she said: "It should not have taken 11 days to find her so close and we need to know why." Image copyright PA Image caption Gaia Pope's father Richard Sutherland thanked members of the public before a community search on Saturday Following her disappearance, searches by police, the coastguard and police helicopter - along with hundreds of volunteers - were carried out in the Swanage area. On Thursday, police discovered clothing belonging to Ms Pope on open land outside the town. Her body was found two days later in the same area. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Search and rescue teams scoured the open space above the cliffs near Swanage View the full article
  17. 20 November 2017 From the section Dorset Related TopicsGaia Pope disappearance Image copyright PA Image caption Gaia Pope's body was found 11 days after she went missing Three people who were held over the death of teenager Gaia Pope will face no further action, police have said. Paul Elsey, 49, his mother Rosemary Dinch, 71, and her 19-year-old grandson, Nathan Elsey, were all arrested on suspicion of murder. They were questioned by detectives over the disappearance of 19-year-old Miss Pope, who went missing from Swanage, Dorset, on 7 November. Her body was found on Saturday in a field near the town. A post-mortem examination was conducted on Sunday but did not identify any injuries to suggest the involvement of other people, Dorset Police said. The force is treating the death as "unexplained" pending toxicology results. Image copyright PA Image caption A police cordon was set up in a field near Swanage after Miss Pope's clothing was found on Thursday Det Supt Paul Kessell, of Dorset Police said: "Following the results of the post-mortem examination and other ongoing investigative enquiries, we have concluded that no-one else was involved in Gaia's death. "As such we have today released from our investigation two men aged 19 and 49 and a 71-year-old woman, all from Swanage, who had been arrested and were assisting with our enquiries. "I appreciate our enquiries would have caused these individuals stress and anxiety, however we have an obligation in any missing person investigation to explore every possible line of enquiry. "The public would expect Dorset Police to fully investigate the sudden disappearance of a teenage girl. Our aim was not only to find Gaia but to find out what happened to her. "Gaia's family has been informed of this latest development and our thoughts remain with all her family and friends at this incredibly difficult time." Image caption People in the town came together at the church to say prayers and light candles on Sunday night Following her disappearance, searches by police, the coastguard and police helicopter - along with hundreds of volunteers - were carried out in the Swanage area. On Thursday, police discovered clothing belonging to Miss Pope on open land outside Swanage. Her elder sister, Clara Pope-Sutherland, said the 19-year-old was the "light of my life" and "intelligent, beautiful and emotionally wise". On Sunday evening a church service was held at St Mary's Church in Swanage with candles lit in memory of Miss Pope. The search for Gaia Pope Image copyright Gaia Pope 7 November: Miss Pope is driven by a family member from Langton Matravers to Swanage. At 14:55, she is seen on CCTV at St Michael's Garage buying ice cream. The last confirmed sighting is at 16:00 at an address in Manor Gardens on Morrison Road 8 November: Her family makes a plea through police for her to make contact. Dorset Police says it is "becoming increasingly concerned" 9 November: Searches by police, the coastguard and force helicopter are carried out in the Swanage area. Miss Pope's relatives release a statement saying they are "frantic with worry" 10 November: CCTV footage shows Miss Pope on Morrison Road, Manor Gardens, at 15:39 on 7 November 13 November: Rosemary Dinch and Nathan Elsey are arrested on suspicion of murder and released under investigation 14 November: Searches continue with the coastguard and volunteers from Dorset Search and Rescue and Wessex 4x4 15 November: CCTV images of Miss Pope at St Michael's Garage are released. Searches continue to concentrate inland 16 November: Paul Elsey is arrested on suspicion of murder. Miss Pope's clothing is discovered in a field near Swanage and a police cordon is set up 17 November: Mr Elsey is released under investigation 18 November: Police discover a body near the coast path and a field close to where her clothing was found 20 November: Police announce Paul Elsey, Ms Dinch, and Nathan Elsey are to face no action View the full article
  18. Brexit divorce bill: Theresa May to hold 'inner cabinet' talks 20 November 2017 From the section UK Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright EPA Theresa May is to hold an "inner cabinet" meeting in a bid to make progress on stalled EU negotiations. The agenda will include the issue of the Brexit divorce bill, which the EU says must be resolved before it will discuss a trade agreement with the UK. Downing Street has refuted claims that the UK plans to double its initial offer to the EU of £38bn. EU Council President Donald Tusk has given Mrs May a deadline of early December to increase the UK's offer. Mr Tusk said the issue of the Irish border also needed to be settled before negotiators could move onto the next phase of Brexit talks, covering the UK's future relations with the EU. View the full article
  19. Victims 'told not to report' Jehovah's Witness child abuse 20 November 2017 From the section England Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJehovah's Witnesses sexual abuse 'covered up'Children who were sexually abused by Jehovah's Witnesses were allegedly told by the church not to report the crimes. Victims from across the UK told the BBC they were routinely abused and that the religious organisation's own rules protected perpetrators. One child abuse lawyer believes there could be thousands of victims across the country who have not come forward because of the "two witness" rule. A spokesperson for the church said it did not "shield" abusers. 'Bring reproach on Jehovah' BBC Hereford and Worcester spoke to victims - men and women - from Birmingham, Cheltenham, Leicester, Worcestershire and Glasgow, one of whom waived her right to anonymity. Louise Palmer, who now lives in Evesham, Worcestershire, was born into the organisation along with her brother Richard Davenport, who started raping her when she was four. He is serving a 10-year prison sentence for the abuse. The 41-year-old, formerly of Halesowen, West Midlands, said when she told the church of the abuse she was told not to go to police. Image caption Former Jehovah's Witnesses have been speaking to the BBC about abuse "I asked [the organisation], 'what should I do? Do you report it to the police, [or] do I report it to the police'? "And their words were that they strongly advised me not to go to the police because it would bring reproach on Jehovah." Another woman, from Worcestershire, said she was sexually abused as a child by a friend of her brother. She said she told her parents and elders in the congregation what happened and they advised her not to report it. "It started off just being very cuddly and I was always a very tactile little girl, but it gradually got worse and worse. "It escalated until... he started raping me." Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jehovah's Witnesses are known for their door-to-door evangelical work Jehovah's Witnesses are members of a movement best known for their door-to-door evangelistic work. Child abuse lawyer Kathleen Hallisey said there were concerns that the organisation's procedures compromised child safety. "[For example] in order for [victims] to take allegations of sexual abuse further, they have to have two witnesses to the abuse," she said. The 'two witness' rule - Felicity Kvesic, BBC News I've spoken to multiple victims who have told me of the abuse they have suffered while in the Jehovah's Witnesses organisation. What most of them keep coming back to is something known as the "two witness rule". It is a procedure set by the main governing body of the religion and means for any sin committed, there must be two witnesses to it in order for the elders of the congregation to take any action. The problem with this is it can be rare to have witnesses in cases of abuse. The victims I've spoken to said the organisation self-polices and teaches members to avoid interaction with outside authorities or to take another member of the religion to court. To do so, they say, could lead to expulsion from the religion. In a statement the organisation said "any suggestion that Jehovah's Witnesses covered up child abuse was absolutely false". It said victims and their parents had "the absolute right to report the matter to the governmental authorities" and reporting so was "not contingent on the number of witnesses to the offence". It described child abuse as a "heinous crime and sin" and said the congregation did not "shield abusers from the authorities of the consequences of their actions". The statement added "loving and protective parents" were the "best deterrent to child abuse" and elders provided "abuse victims and their families with spiritual comfort from the Bible". In 2013 the Charity Commission started an inquiry into safeguarding issues in the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Britain - the UK's main Jehovah's Witnesses organisation which the commission regulates. Its inquiry continues. For information and support for anyone affected by sexual abuse, including sources of support for children, young people and concerned parents, visit listings on BBC Action Line. View the full article
  20. 19 November 2017 From the section England Police say no sign of "injuries to suggest any other person involved" in Dorset teen Gaia Pope's death This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. View the full article
  21. Budget 2017: Plans to build 300,000 homes a year 19 November 2017 From the section Business Related TopicsBudget 2017 Image copyright PA Philip Hammond says next week's Budget will set out how the government will build 300,000 new homes a year. But the chancellor said there was no "single magic bullet" to increase housing supply and the government would not simply "pour money in". Ministers want to speed up developments where planning permission has been granted and give more help to small building firms, he added. Labour says ministers "still have no plan to fix the housing crisis". The shortage of housing is expected to be one of the themes of Wednesday's Budget, with Mr Hammond under pressure to ease the difficulties faced by first-time buyers trying to get a deposit. Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, the chancellor said it was "not acceptable" that young people find it so hard to buy a home, and promised to set out how the government would keep its "pledge to the next generation". He did not commit to the £50bn reportedly being demanded by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid to finance a house-building drive, but committed to the target of 300,000 new homes. He insisted the government was delivering new homes at record levels, with 217,350 "additional dwellings" in England last year, but acknowledged more needed to be done. Javid: Borrow more to build houses Kuenssberg: The Tories' housing debates The Budget: What we know already Focusing on sites where planning permission has been granted, he said the government would use the "powers of state" to get "missing homes built". It also plans to pay to clean up polluted industrial sites for house building, get town hall bosses to allocate small pockets of land to small developers and guarantee loans by banks to small house builders, he said in an interview with the Sunday Times. The chancellor's Budget speech is also expected to include: £75m for artificial intelligence £400m for electric car charge points £100m to boost clean car purchases £160m for next-generation 5G mobile networks across the UK £100m for an additional 8,000 fully-qualified computer science teachers supported by a new National Centre for Computing A retraining partnership between the TUC (Trade Union Congress), CBI (Confederation of British Industry) and the government £76m to boost digital and construction skills Image caption The government wants to improve access to finance for businesses to build electric car charge points The chancellor is also expected to announce regulation changes to allow developers to apply to test driverless vehicles. Writing in the Sun on Sunday, he said investment would "prepare the ground" for the cars to be on roads by 2021. Green light for driverless car testing Tories, Labour and the big Budget battle lines Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell said the Budget needed to show a "genuine, decisive change of course" and not "empty promises". Writing in the Sunday Mirror, he said the chancellor had an opportunity to address the consequences of his austerity programme. View the full article
  22. Gaia Pope: Sister says teenager was 'light of my life' 19 November 2017 From the section Dorset Related TopicsGaia Pope disappearance Image copyright PA Image caption Gaia Pope was last seen in Swanage on 7 November The sister of Gaia Pope has described the teenager as the "absolute light of my life", after police found a body on Saturday. Clara Pope-Sutherland said her sister was "intelligent, beautiful and emotionally wise", in a tribute to the 19-year-old from Dorset. The body was found at about 15:00 (GMT) near Swanage, close to where items of her clothing were found on Thursday. Dorset Police said it was "confident" it was the missing woman. Miss Pope had not been seen for 11 days before the discovery of the body near the coast path. Det Supt Paul Kessell, of Dorset Police's major crime investigation team, said a post-mortem examination would take place and forensic examinations would continue. "This will guide the investigation in respect of the circumstances of the death, which at this time remains unexplained," he said. Det Supt Kessell said all the clothing had been found and the public was no longer needed to help with the searches. He said Miss Pope's family was being supported by specially-trained officers. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGaia Pope's cousin and sister spoke after the body was foundMiss Pope's cousin, Marienna Pope-Weidemann, said: "We are absolutely devastated and unable to put those feelings of loss into words. "Our little bird has flown, but she will always be with us." 'Community spirit' The teenager's body was discovered by police on Saturday afternoon as local people took part in three mass searches of land around Swanage. Addressing those volunteers who searched, her sister said everyone's hard work had been "absolutely worth it". It had been a "ray of light" in the nightmare, said Miss Pope-Weidemann. During the search for Miss Pope three people were arrested on suspicion of murder and released under investigation. They were 71-year-old Rosemary Dinch; her 49-year-old son Paul Elsey; and her 19-year-old grandson Nathan Elsey - all of whom were known to Miss Pope. Image copyright Matt Cardy/Getty Images Image caption Land close to where the items of clothing were found was searched The search for Gaia Pope Image copyright Gaia Pope 7 November: Miss Pope is driven by a family member from Langton Matravers to Swanage. At 14:55, she is caught on CCTV at St Michael's Garage buying ice cream. The last confirmed sighting is at 16:00 at an address in Manor Gardens on Morrison Road 8 November: Her family makes a plea through police for her to make contact. Dorset Police says it is "becoming increasingly concerned" 9 November: Searches by police, the coastguard and force helicopter are carried out in the Swanage area. Miss Pope's relatives release a statement saying they are "frantic with worry" 10 November: CCTV footage shows Miss Pope on Morrison Road, Manor Gardens, at 15:39 on 7 November 13 November: Rosemary Dinch and Nathan Elsey are arrested on suspicion of murder and released under investigation 14 November: Searches continue with the coastguard and volunteers from Dorset Search and Rescue and Wessex 4x4 15 November: CCTV images of Miss Pope at St Michael's Garage are released. Searches continue to concentrate inland 16 November: Paul Elsey is arrested on suspicion of murder. Miss Pope's clothing is discovered in a field near Swanage and a police cordon is set up 17 November: Mr Elsey is released under investigation 18 November: Police discover a body near the coast path and a field close to where items of her clothing were found on Thursday View the full article
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    Just adding my two cents here. Purchased a LED Lenser after my police issued flashlight died on me.
  24. 18 November 2017 From the section UK A body has been found on land near Swanage in the hunt for missing teenager Gaia Pope. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. View the full article
  25. Survivors and families of the victims killed in the King’s Cross fire said their memories remain “fresh” as they attended a memorial service to mark 30 years since the tragedy. Emergency services personnel who responded to the blaze on November 18 1987 joined the memorial service at the north London Tube station on Saturday. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/kings-cross-fire-memorial-survivors-and-victims-families-say-memories-still-fresh-as-they-pay-a3694911.html This was a very sad day for all the Emergency services .
  26. Kezia Dugdale faces Labour suspension over I'm A Celebrity 18 November 2017 From the section Scotland Image copyright PA Scottish Labour's new leader Richard Leonard has said the party's MSPs will consider suspension for his predecessor Kezia Dugdale. Ms Dugdale, still an MSP, has been revealed as a surprise contestant in ITV's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! programme. Mr Leonard said he was a "bit disappointed" by her participation. Ms Dugdale is understood to be donating her parliamentary salary to charity while she is on the show. Mr Leonard said of a possible suspension for the former leader: "I think it's something the (parliamentary) group will have to consider." "I awoke as many other people did this morning to the news that Kezia is going into that programme," he said, "and I think that is something the group is going to have to consider over the next few days and I think we will consider." He added: "I was a bit disappointed but I think it is a decision the group is going to have to consider." Ms Dugdale's decision to take part in the show has already been criticised by Scottish Labour MSP Jenny Marra, who tweeted: "Election to parliament is a privilege to serve and represent people. It's not a shortcut to celebrity." Ms Marra, the MSP for North-East Scotland, also questioned whether the announcement was an "April Fool in November". The ITV show launches this weekend, with other contestants including Boris Johnson's father Stanley and former footballer Dennis Wise. All the other celebrities heading for the jungle were announced on Tuesday. Skip Twitter post by @JennyMarra Report End of Twitter post by @JennyMarra Boxer Amir Khan, Coronation Street's Jennie McAlpine footballer Jamie Vardy's wife Rebekah, The Saturdays singer Vanessa White and Hollyoaks actor Jamie Lomas will also be taking part. The personalities will try to last three weeks with each other, and the local wildlife, in the camp. Boris Johnson's dad in I'm A Celebrity Dugdale quits as Scottish Labour leader Scottish Labour to announce new leader Earlier, Scottish Labour said it was not officially commenting on Ms Dugdale's last minute inclusion in the line-up, but a party source said it would be a "fantastic opportunity" for the MSP to talk about policies and Labour values on a widely watched show. "She puts other politicians to shame with her work ethic and I'm sure there will be huge support for her from Scottish viewers while she's in the jungle. "She'll be back in time for the budget and will get straight down to work once again for the people of the Lothians," the source added. Image copyright Joel Anderson/ITV Image caption The rest of the contestants were announced earlier in the week About 10 million people tune in to the show every night. Ms Dugdale stood down as Scottish Labour leader in August. Richard Leonard was appointed as her successor on Saturday. View the full article
  27. 18 November 2017 From the section Scotland politics Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Leonard's election was announced in Glasgow Scottish Labour has announced Richard Leonard as its new party leader after a bitter battle to succeed Kezia Dugdale, who resigned from the role in August. Party members had to choose between centrist Anas Sarwar and his left-wing rival Richard Leonard. The contest has been marred by personal attacks, accusations of plots and claims of underhand voting tactics. The party's interim leader, Alex Rowley, was suspended earlier this week over allegations about his conduct. Image copyright PA Image caption Anas Sarwar congratulated his rival after the announcement In a vote which saw a 62.3% turnout, Mr Leonard won a 56.7% share, with Mr Sarwar on 43.3%. Voters had to be either full members of the party, signed up as a registered supporter or a supporter of an attached trade union - which led to controversy as both candidates raced to register as many supporters as possible. Who is the new leader? Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Leonard was the odds-on favourite to become the next leader after winning the support of trade unions, including Unite Bookmakers made Richard Leonard as the clear favourite to become the party's next leader after he secured the support of all the major trade unions, including Unite - which has run a concerted campaign to encourage as many of its members as possible to back him. The Central Scotland MSP is widely respected within the Labour movement, but had a relatively-low public profile before being persuaded to stand for the leadership. He has argued that people are "hungry for change", but believes that can only be delivered through "socialism and democracy" rather than "nationalism or patriotism." And he has firmly ruled out any prospect of a future coalition with the SNP, saying "there will be no ground ceded to nationalism at the expense of progressive socialism under my leadership". The former GMB union official was born and raised in England, and had a private education - which some critics have claimed could prove problematic for him. What sparked the leadership contest? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kezia Dugdale had opposed Jeremy Corbyn's re-election as Labour leader Ms Dugdale became the third Scottish Labour leader to quit since the independence referendum in September 2014 when she resigned suddenly on 29 August - almost exactly two years after succeeding Jim Murphy in the role. At the time, Ms Dugdale said she wanted to "pass on the baton" to someone else, and denied suggestions that she had been forced out by supporters of Mr Corbyn, who she had openly criticised in the past. But she later said it would be right to assume that "a lot of internal problems" were the reason she did not tell her deputy, Mr Rowley, that she was quitting until just a few minutes beforehand. What challenges does the winner face? Image copyright Scottish Labour Image caption Mr Rowley has been suspended by the party while an investigation is carried out into the allegations against him The final week of the leadership contest was overshadowed by Mr Rowley stepping down from his interim and deputy leader roles after the Scottish Sun published allegations that he had sent abusive text messages to a former partner. Mr Rowley denies the claims, but has been suspended by the party while an investigation is carried out. He had been absent from the Scottish Parliament for the previous two weeks, with party bosses citing a chest infection as the reason. There have been claims that the party knew of the allegations against Mr Rowley for several weeks, but only suspended him once they appeared in the media. War of words The leadership contest itself suggests that Scottish Labour - which is now the third largest party at Holyrood behind the SNP and Conservatives - remains deeply divided. A public war of words erupted between the rival camps in September after Mr Rowley was secretly recorded discussing the leadership election with a party member while queuing for a fringe event. The row unfolded as Mr Corbyn was telling the UK party's conference that Labour was "on the way back in Scotland" thanks to its "unifying socialist message". Meanwhile, supporters of both candidates have raised concerns over the sign-up process for those eligible to vote, with accusations of unfair tactics on both sides. Whoever ultimately wins the contest looks to have a tough task on their hands to unite the rival factions and make the party a credible challenger to the SNP in time for the next Scottish Parliament election in 2021. Even surviving in the job that long would be something of an achievement, given that the winner will become the party's fourth leader in little over three years. View the full article
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