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Majority support raising tax to support struggling NHS

The NHS dominated headlines this week after the Red Cross declared it a “humanitarian crisis” but latest research from YouGov suggests the public are willing to pay a little extra to support the struggling health service.

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‘Town could die’ says quitting councillor

‘Town could die’ says quitting councillor

A Biggleswade town councillor has resigned in disgust at what he sees as a lack of support from Central Bedfordshire.

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Today is your last chance to defend your right to know

Today is your last chance to defend your right to know

Today is your last chance to stand up and defend a free British press - and your right to know.

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Proposed tax hike, spending and savings for Central Beds

Central Beds Council has today outlined its spending and saving plans for 2017/18 and also its forthcoming proposed council tax hike.

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Paint thinner chemical found in Lidl gravy by Food Standards Agency

Paint thinner chemical found in Lidl gravy by Food Standards Agency

Unsafe levels of a paint thinner chemical have been found in gravy granules sold at Lidl, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed.

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MP trousered into leather Brexit squabble

MP Alistair Burt has been caught up in a political row about Brexit, text messages and leather trousers.

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Children now drink a bath full of sugary drinks every year

Children now drink a bath full of sugary drinks every year

Children as young as 11 drink the equivalent of almost a bath full of sugary drinks every year, Cancer Research UK has warned.

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This week in 1974 - Birmingham pub bombings and Last Tango in Paris banned

This week in 1974 - Birmingham pub bombings and Last Tango in Paris banned

This week, 42 years ago, the Birmingham Pub Bombings took place. On November 21, 1974, bombs were planted in two Birmingham pubs – the Mulberry Bush and the Tavern in the Town. The explosions killed 21 people and injured 182 others.

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DRIVE FOR JUSTICE CAMPAIGN: Max sentence for death by dangerous driving may be increased to 20 years

DRIVE FOR JUSTICE CAMPAIGN: Max sentence for death by dangerous driving may be increased to 20 years

Speculation is rife that the Government’s long awaited review of dangerous driving offences and penalties may consider the possibility of increasing the maximum sentence for death by dangerous driving from 14 years to 20 years.

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Post-truth crowned Word of the Year 2016

Post-truth crowned Word of the Year 2016

The Oxford Dictionary has announced that the word “post-truth” is Word of the Year 2016.

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An armchair guide to the US election

An armchair guide to the US election

The name-calling, bluster and lack of clear policy pronouncements in one of the most divisive US presidential elections ever is at an end.

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Man developed hepatitis after energy drink overdose

Man developed hepatitis after energy drink ‘overdose’

Downing too many energy drinks can cause hepatitis, doctors have warned.

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Richard Howitt MEP on his last day in The European Parliament

Standing ovation from European Parliament on his final day for long serving East of England MEP Richard Howitt

The East of England’s Euro MP Richard Howitt received a standing ovation from all sides of the European Parliament chamber on his last day in the European Parliament, where he has served for 22 years.

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Action group forms as 90 homes approved for Potton

Central Bedfordshire Council has approved a housing application for 90 houses on the outskirts of Potton.

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Bedfordshire MEP quits for new role

Long-serving Beds Euro MP Richard Howitt has announced he is leaving the European Parliament later this year, to become head of a leading global organisation dedicated to linking companies with society, the environment and the wider economy.

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Children and alcohol, what's your view?

Do you think it’s okay to allow children to drink some alcohol at home?

A study has found that half of parents with children under the age of 14 allow them to drink alcohol at home.

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Zombie knife sellers face jail as crackdown begins

Sellers of zombie knives will face jail from this week as a ban on the “horrific” weapons comes into force.

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Theresa May and the other prime ministers who were never elected

Opposition parties have called for a snap general election after Theresa May has been named Britain’s next Prime Minister without a democratic vote from the public.

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Beds Euro MP condemns terrorist attack in France

A message of sympathy to French nationals living locally and a warning to the whole community against any attempt to scapegoat different sections of the community, has been issued by the Bedfordshire Euro MP in the wake of yesterday’s terrorist attack in France.

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Death threats against Labour challenger Eagle mean Luton venue is moved

A Luton event involving Labour leadership challenger Angela Eagle has been moved to a new venue after the hotel where it was due to be held received threats, the MP’s office has said.

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