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General Election campaigning postponed until further notice

THE PRIME Minister, along with Jeremy Corbyn, Nicola Sturgeon, Tim Farron, Paul Nuttall, Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley have announced the suspension of their campaigning activities until further notice.

Last night's Manchester terror attack, which killed 22 people, was the catalyst for the about-turn which has caused the party leaders to down tools and express their sympathy to those who have been affected.

May condemned last night as an “appalling terrorist attack”.

She added:

“All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected.”

Victoria evacuated after suicide bombings in Manchester

LAST NIGHT a man blew himself up at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Etihad Arena.

As chaos still ensues after the explosion, it has just emerged that London's Victoria coach station was evacuated earlier due to an unidentified package which was thought to be an explosive; however police have since revealed that the package was safe.

Before the package was cleared, commuters were told to stay away from Victoria as police closed several central London streets.

Air pollution 'could be to blame for poor sleep'

A RECENT study claims that high levels of air pollution could be to blame for a bad night's sleep.

Those living in major cities like London with high levels of nitrogen dioxide were found to be up to 60 per cent more likely to suffer from sleep deprivation than those living in areas with lower pollution.

The study, which involved 1,863 people, suggests the impact of air pollution on the respiratory and central nervous system ultimately has an effect on how well people sleep.

Akala to host University Black Studies event

BAFTA AND MOBO award winner Akala, will be discussing racism, politics and social conditioning at a Birmingham City University event this week.

The Legacies of the Haitian Revolution event at the University’s City Centre Campus on Saturday 27 May will see the performer, poet and historian delve into the topic of black political activism and why the legacy of the Haitian Revolution, often described as the most successful slave rebellion in history, is still of importance today.

Labour plans to scrap tuition fees as early as September

LABOUR HAS announced plans to scrap tuition fees for new university students as early as September if they win the election.

The party claims it will abolish fees through legislation from 2018 and write-off the first year of fees retrospectively for those planning to start university this autumn.

Students who are already halfway through their degree will pay no further fees for the remainder of the course.

Labour adds it would seek to provide free tuition for EU students and would seek reciprocal arrangements at EU universities as part of Brexit talks.

London sees record number of visits from tourists

LONDON LAST year welcomed a record number of overseas visits as people came to enjoy the city’s rich cultural experiences and hidden gems, proving the city is open and welcoming to visitors from all over the world.

According to new figures by the Office for National Statistics International Passenger Survey (IPS) overseas tourists made 19.1 million visits to the city in 2016, an increase of 2.6 per cent compared to 2015.

Visitors spent £11.9 billion on hotels, restaurants and attractions, which was a slight decrease of 0.4 per cent compared to 2015.

Charlene Taylor-Stone bags award for stopping racist comedy

CHARDINE TAYLOR-Stone, an LGBT+ rights activist from Walthamstow, has won a prestigious LGBT Award.

The campaigner fended off competition from rival contenders in the Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ Life category.

Taylor-Stone won the gong after her Stop Rainbow Racism campaign impressed the judging panel. The campaign aims to prevent racist performances happening in LGBTQ venues.

Jamaica keeps losing its best nurses to the UK

JAMAICA IS facing an acute shortage of nurses and health care professionals. If not addressed, a severe deterioration in the country’s ability to sustain some aspects of public health care is likely.

Recent documents produced by the Jamaican government indicate a chronic shortage of specialist nurses working in areas such as accident and emergency, paediatrics, and midwifery. As of January, this year, the country had only a little over half of the number of nurses it requires to provide for its basic needs in a range of specialisations in the country’s public hospitals.

Outbound travel from London costs up to 276% more

TRAVELLERS TAKING the same route on identical modes of transport would normally expect to pay the same price for one journey as they would for heading in the opposite direction. However, a new study into the cost of travelling along Britain’s most searched for routes reveals wildly diverse pricing.

The findings reveal some travellers could be paying up to 276% more to leave London compared to taking the opposite journey into the capital, highlighting the need to compare journey times and prices in advance of travel.

New e-cigarette rules come into effect tomorrow

HEALTH CAMPAIGNERS have praised new laws on e-cigarettes, claiming they could signal a significant breakthrough in helping people quit smoking, but share concerns over potentially unknown side effects.

The changes will come into effect in the United Kingdom tomorrow and limit the size and strength of e-cigarette tanks, as well as ban certain ingredients, including colourings and caffeine.