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I’m a Celebrity-bound former Scottish Labour Leader Dugdale may be suspended

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Labour MSPs will consider if Kezia Dugdale should be suspended for her decision to appear on the reality TV show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, the party’s new Scottish leader said.

Richard Leonard was elected to succeed Ms Dugdale as the new leader of the party north of the border.

But his victory was in part overshadowed by news that his predecessor is to head to Australia to take part in the TV programme, which begins on Sunday.

Ms Dugdale will join the likes of boxer Amir Khan, Boris Johnson’s dad Stanley and The Saturdays singer Vanessa White in the jungle for the ITV show.

Mr Leonard said he was a “bit disappointed” by her decision, and that Scottish Labour would consider if the former leader should be suspended as a result.

Speaking in Glasgow just after he was elected leader, Mr Leonard said suspension was not his initial reaction, but he added: “I think it’s something the group will have to consider.”

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Woman’s ashes to be exhumed after council accidentally sold the same grave plot twice 

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“Mrs Phillips refers in her witness statement to this having occurred on two occasions already, on one of which Mrs Ducker’s family held themselves back whilst the other family was at the grave,” he said. 

He added: “If I were to permit Mrs Cleaver’s cremated remains to remain and, in due course a memorial was erected, there would be a permanent reminder to Mrs Phillips every time she visited her parents’ grave that she would have been buried in plot A239 but for the Council’s mistake. 

“Moreover, she would go to her grave in the knowledge that her long expressed wish to be buried behind her parents’ grave had been frustrated.”

The judge said there were were “several errors surrounding the Council’s attempts to remedy the situation, which could, with more care, have been avoided. 

“For example, amongst others, the original letter to Mrs Ducker specified the wrong plot number and the alternative plot offered was not available.”

He added that the case has had “a deleterious effect on both Mrs Phillips and Mrs Ducker’s health and on the health of other members of their respective families.”

The council agreed to pay costs up to £1,500 for each family but both were forced to hire lawyers for the hearing, including a QC, and are thought to have incurred legal costs reaching into the tens of thousands of pounds. 

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Hero police officer saved ‘many lives’ by bear hugging suicide bomber  

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A ‘hero’ Afghan police officer saved “many lives” by putting a suicide bomber in a bear hug, authorities say.

Sayed Basam Pacha died when he confronted the man wearing an explosive vest in the Afghan capital of Kabul on 16 November.

His brave actions prevented the bomber from getting closer to a security checkpoint outside a hotel where a political meeting of supporters of an influential regional leader had just finished.

The bomber killed 14 people, including seven more police officers, and injured 18, when he detonated his device, however the death toll would have undoubtedly been higher without the officer’s decisive intervention.

“He’s a hero, he saved many lives,” Kabul police chief Basir Mujahid told the New York Times. “All seven of those policemen are heroes but especially him.

“Just think if that suicide attacker got past the gate, what would have happened – well you cannot even imagine.”

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Watch: NASA launches satellite to track Earth’s climate

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Early Victoria Cross given to museum by ‘once in a lifetime’ family donation

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Moore broke through the square, but his horse was killed under him leaving the lieutenant trapped with only a broken sword.

The Victoria Cross citation from the time explains: “Lt Moore speedily extricated himself and attempted with his broken sword to force his way through the press. But he would assuredly have lost his life had not the gallant young Lt Malcolmson, observing his peril, fought his way to his dismounted comrade through a crowd of enemies, to his rescue, and giving him his stirrup, safely carried him through everything out of the throng.

“The thoughtfulness for others, cool determination, devoted courage and ready activity shown in extreme danger by this young officer, Lt Malcolmson, appear to have been most admirable, and to be worthy of the highest honour.”

Both Moore and Malcolmson were awarded the Victoria Cross, which had only been inaugurated a year earlier.

Mr Cooper said: “Cavalry breaking a square like that didn’t happen very often and it’s an impressive feat of arms. The charge broke the square, the cavalry poured in and it ended the battle.”

The donation is all the more impressive because it contains dozens of items of Malcolmson’s personal kit and the ceremonial uniform he wore for the portrait by Louis William Desanges.

The donor, who has declined to be named, is a direct descendent and has been in charge of the family heirlooms for the past 30 years. The medals have been in a bank for safe-keeping while the other items have been kept in boxes.

She told the Telegraph: “It struck me that they are amazing items but they are stuck in a box or in a bank. No one was able to see them or take pride in them. It was an asset that wasn’t bringing in any money and I was having to pay insurance.

“I felt that all the items should stay together and I have thought about it for 30 years and I have finally got around to making a decision.”

Malcolmson, who was born in Inverness, later fought during the Indian Mutiny and eventually rose to the rank of captain. He died in 1902.

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Schoolboy organises charity tournament for Grenfell Tower victims

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A schoolboy has organised a charity football and netball tournament to raise funds for victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Fred Young, a Year 6 pupil at St Stephen’s CE Primary School in Hammersmith, is raising money for the British Red Cross’ London Fire Relief Fund.

The ten-year-old, the son of journalist Toby Young, was inspired after watching the Game 4 Grenfell, a star-studded football match which helped raise almost £30,000 for those affected.

“I am worried that with so many tragic events being reported in the news lately the residents of Grenfell Tower will be forgotten,” explains Fred.

“The residents lost everything in the fire and I think it is important that we continue to try and help them.”

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Inside Cox’s Bazar: Rohingya refugees flee persecution in Burma, in pictures

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More than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh to escape an offensive by Burma’s military that the United Nations has called ‘a textbook example of ethnic cleansing’.

The refugee population continues to swell further, with thousands more Rohingya Muslims making the perilous journey on foot toward the border, or paying smugglers to take them across by water in wooden boats. 

Hundreds have died trying to escape, and survivors arrive with horrifying accounts of villages burned, women raped, and scores killed in the ‘clearance operations’ by the Burmese army and Buddhist mobs that were sparked by militant attacks on security posts in Rakhine state on August 25, 2017.

Photographer Kevin Frayer is in Bangladesh to document the crisis. 

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Richard Leonard becomes fourth Scottish Labour leader in three years

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 Labour Jeremy Corbyn congratulated Mr Leonard on being elected, and Mr Sarwar on his energetic campaign.

He said: “After being written off time and again, the general election showed that our party is capturing the mood both in Scotland and across the rest of the UK.

“There is much to do to continue our party’s revival in Scotland and many who still need to be persuaded to put their trust in the Labour Party.

“But Richard’s campaign offered a challenge to the rigged system that has benefited a wealthy elite and showed how he will lead Scottish Labour to transform society.

“This can be a turning point in Scottish politics and our party will now come together, united to challenge Tory and SNP austerity that has held Scotland back.

“I am confident that under Richard’s leadership, Labour will once again be a real force for change in Scotland.

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