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Priti Patel was a true asset to the Cabinet and she remains so to the Tories — but she had to go

Priti sad end WE like Priti Patel. But she had to go. There’s no harm in fierce ambition. But her unauthorised meetings in Israel betrayed her over-confidence and no little naivety. It was the last…

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WE like Priti Patel. But she had to go.

 Priti Patel is a loss to the CabinetAFP Priti Patel is a loss to the Cabinet

There’s no harm in fierce ambition. But her unauthorised meetings in Israel betrayed her over-confidence and no little naivety.

It was the last thing a Government already in disarray needed.

Priti is a loss to the Cabinet. She is a big Tory asset, a working-class Thatcherite in touch with ethnic minority voters.

And she is not short of courage, putting her lifelong belief in an independent Britain ahead of her loyalty to David Cameron last year and campaigning for Leave.

 She remains a Tory assetEPA She remains a Tory asset Priti Patel resigns from position of International Development Secretary following undisclosed meetings

Later, promoted to run the foreign aid department she once wanted scrapped, she commendably focused on eliminating waste — a near-impossible task given the vast scale of the donations she was bound by law to make each year.

We hope Priti learns from her mistakes as she returns to the backbenches.

And that she isn’t languishing there long.

Leave it out

 

NHS chief Simon Stevens has no business sniping about Brexit, or the Government, like the Left-wing politician he once was.

Civil servants shouldn’t take sides. But there he was, demanding yet another £4billion a year to save the health service — and trying in the process to discredit the Leavers he opposed last year.

 NHS chief Simon Stevens shouldn't take sidesPA:Press Association NHS chief Simon Stevens shouldn’t take sides

Put aside that the NHS is always cash-strapped and that no amount of new funding is ever enough. Where might the Chancellor find this £4billion?

Easy, says Mr Stevens — from the contributions we won’t be paying Brussels.

Indeed he insists the Government has short-changed the NHS and MUST ­fulfil the Leave campaign’s pledge.

But this is just a tired Remainer game.

They know full well this money cannot be freed up until we finally leave, which now looks like 2021 at the earliest. Their real aim is to show Brexiters are already failing to live up to their promises.

It’s a politically motivated argument, unworthy of a normally sensible NHS chief.

Health service boss demands extra Brexit cash for the NHS

Rail wreckers

 

IT is high time strikes were outlawed on essential services like the rail network.

The unions which walked out yet again yesterday have only two motivations. To extract big pay rises. And to help oust an elected Tory Government and install their useful idiot Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street.

 Rail unions just want to help oust the Tory Government so they can install useful idiot Corbyn as PMReuters Rail unions just want to help oust the Tory Government so they can install useful idiot Corbyn as PM

Their professed fears for public safety are a laughable smokescreen.

Indeed the Southern Rail “safety” ­dispute was finally resolved yesterday by a jaw-dropping 28.5 per cent five-year pay rise.

And this is Britain’s future if Corbyn’s mob ever take power alongside their union paymasters: the Marxist wreckers of private industry and jobs will control the world’s fifth largest economy.

It chills the blood.

Southern Rail union RTM have ended their dispute over driver operated trains

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Who was Rebecca Dykes and when was the diplomat murdered in Beirut?

A BRITISH diplomat working in Beirut was found murdered on the side of a motorway. Here’s what we know so far about Rebecca Dykes and the circumstances surrounding her death. Who was Rebecca …

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A BRITISH diplomat working in Beirut was found murdered on the side of a motorway.

Here’s what we know so far about Rebecca Dykes and the circumstances surrounding her death.

 Ms Dykes had reportedly been working in the Lebanese capital since JanuaryFamily Handout Ms Dykes had reportedly been working in the Lebanese capital since January

Who was Rebecca Dykes?

Rebecca Dykes was a British diplomat who worked at the UK embassy in Beirut.

She was believed to be 30 years old at the time of her death.

Ms Dykes had worked as the programme and policy manager for The Department of International Development in the Lebanese capital since January.

She was a graduate of the University of Manchester, and also had a masters in International Security and Global Governance.

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Pakistan attack video shows dramatic moment cloaked ISIS gunman opens fire with a Kalashnikov in deadly suicide bombing on Catholic church

THIS is the moment a terrorist yanks up his cloak and reveals his Kalashnikov before unleashing a deadly gun and suicide massacre at a Catholic church in Pakistan.    At least nine people are dead …

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THIS is the moment a terrorist yanks up his cloak and reveals his Kalashnikov before unleashing a deadly gun and suicide massacre at a Catholic church in Pakistan.   

At least nine people are dead and 56 wounded in the horrific attack claimed by ISIS on a Sunday service in Quetta city less than a week before Christmas.

 The terrorist can be seen approaching wearing a cloakReuters The terrorist can be seen approaching wearing a cloak

CCTV footage released by the police showed the attackers, both carrying guns, approaching the church gates.

One of them is wearing a brown cape from which he produces the automatic rifle as he nears the gate.

His accomplice can then be seen following behind and he appears to trip up before getting back on his feet.

Meanwhile, the first gunman appears to be struggling to open the gate.

But with help from the other terrorist, he manages to scramble over into the church’s compound.

The second militant is then let in.

Worshippers sitting at tables outside the church are then running from the scene after spotting the killers.

 He then whips out his weapon as he approaches the gateReuters He then whips out his weapon as he approaches the gate  A second gunman wearing a suicide vest then follows behindReuters A second gunman wearing a suicide vest then follows behind  Christians sitting on chairs flee in terror as the gunmen storm the church compoundReuters Christians sitting on chairs flee in terror as the gunmen storm the church compound

Police guards stationed at the church entrance and on its roof killed one of the bombers.

But the second attacker detonated his explosives-filled vest outside the prayer hall just after Sunday services began, said Sarfraz Bugti, the provincial home minister.

ISIS has claimed the attack, the group’s Amaq news agency said in an online statement, without providing any evidence for its claim.

Officials have yet to confirm who is responsible.

 The bloody entrance to the Bethel Memorial Methodist ChurchAP The bloody entrance to the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church  Dozens were injured in the suicide bomb and gun attackEPA Dozens were injured in the suicide bomb and gun attack  Locals react after the attack at the church in Quetta, PakistanEPA Locals react after the attack at the church in Quetta, Pakistan Interior of Christian church where suicide bomber killed seven in Quetta, Pakistan

Police guards at the church exchanged fire with the attackers before they could enter the main sanctuary, said local police chief Moazzam Jah.

He said the attackers clashed with security forces, with one assailant killed at the entrance while the other made it inside.

“There were nearly 400 people inside the church,” Jah said. “We killed one of them, and the other one exploded himself after police wounded him.”

Jah said the venue – Bethel Memorial Methodist Church – was on high alert as Christian places of worship were often targeted by Islamist extremists over Christmas.

 Armed police opened fire on the attackersAFP Armed police opened fire on the attackers  Pakistani security personnel were quickly on the sceneAFP Pakistani security personnel were quickly on the scene  The church was on high alert before today's atrocityAFP The church was on high alert before today’s atrocity

Baluchistan has long been the scene of an insurgency by separatists fighting against the state to demand more of a share of the gas- and mineral-rich region’s resources.

They also accuse the central government of discrimination.

The Taliban, Sunni Islamist militants and sectarian groups linked to al Qaeda and the ISIS group also operate in the strategically important region, which borders Iran as well as Afghanistan.

 No one has claimed responsibility for today's horror attackAFP No one has claimed responsibility for today’s horror attack  Pakistan's president and other senior officials condemned the attackAFP Pakistan’s president and other senior officials condemned the attack EPA

Hospital officials said two women were among the dead while another five women and two children were among the wounded.

A young girl in a white dress sobbed as she recounted the attack to Geo television, saying many people around her were wounded.

Aqil Anjum, who was shot in his right arm, told The Associated Press he heard a blast in the middle of the service, followed by heavy gunfire.

“It was chaos. Bullets were hitting people inside the closed hall,” he said.

Scene after two suicide attackers open fire inside a church in Pakistan killing at least five and wounding multiple people  Dozens of Christians gathered outside a nearby hospital to protest the lack of securityEPA Dozens of Christians gathered outside a nearby hospital to protest the lack of security  A body is carried away from the murdeorus attackAP A body is carried away from the murdeorus attack

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Married maths teacher, 32, accused of having sex with 14-year-old boy at school

A MARRIED maths teacher has been accused of having oral and full sex with her 14-year-old male student inside the school. Jessica Langford, 32, denies three counts of sexual battery and three count…

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A MARRIED maths teacher has been accused of having oral and full sex with her 14-year-old male student inside the school.

Jessica Langford, 32, denies three counts of sexual battery and three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor at the Ohio middle school.

 Jessica Langford is the latest female teacher in the US to be accused of sex with a teenage studentMontgomery County Jail Jessica Langford is the latest female teacher in the US to be accused of sex with a teenage student

The teacher and mum-of-one, who had taught at Miamisburg Middle School for nine years, allegedly performed oral sex on as well as receiving it.

Fox News reports she also had sex with the teen twice during May 23 at the school, Cleveland.com reported.

The student allegedly told another teacher about the sexual encounters with Langford and it was reported.

Miamisburg Superintendent Dr David Vail: “We did our own little, quick investigation at that point.

“Because of that fact, we were mandated to report it to the Ohio Department of Education.”

Langford resigned her position in late May after allegations of sexual misconduct had come to light.

She was the second teacher to be busted for alleged sex with a student in the Miami Valley area during a two-week span in November.

 Miamisburg Middle School where the teacher is alleged to have had sex with the teenagerGoogle Miamisburg Middle School where the teacher is alleged to have had sex with the teenager

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