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Day: November 8, 2019

Do or dry: PM gives up alcohol until Brexit is sorted
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Do or dry: PM gives up alcohol until Brexit is sorted

    Boris Johnson has said he has given up drinking alcohol until Brexit is delivered. The Prime Minister's do or dry pledge follows his failure to keep his "do or die" promise of taking Britain out of the EU by October 31. Mr Johnson was pictured just yesterday sipping whisky during a distillery visit in Scotland, casting doubt on this commitment to a drinking ban. Mr Johnson asked them to tell him more about Ashfield, noting: "Someone said there's a lot of first-time mums who are smoking or something like that. Is that right?" Mr Johnson was told a lot of people smoke in Ashfield before he switched his attention to vaping, saying: "I'm not certain about it. "It might just encourage them to get into nicotine." He then asked "what about alcohol?" before adding: "I'v...
PM wants fast track NHS visa for overseas doctors and nurses
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PM wants fast track NHS visa for overseas doctors and nurses

    Boris Johnson has unveiled plans for a fast track "NHS visa" to make it easier for overseas doctors and nurses to work. Ministers said the scheme would enable the health service to continue to attract the finest medical staff after Britain has left the EU. Labour accused the Tories of "tying themselves in knots" with the promise, which comes ahead of the general election on December 12. The opposition said the Conservatives are using "dog whistle anti-immigrant rhetoric" while trying to bring in migrant workers to keep public services working. Labour was focusing its campaign effort on measures to support women in the workplace, including raising statutory maternity pay and better entitlement to flexible working. The Conservatives' new NHS visa will ultimately fo...
All 39 Essex lorry victims named by police
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All 39 Essex lorry victims named by police

    Ten teenagers were among the 39 people found dead in a refrigerated trailer in Essex last month, police have confirmed. Essex Police on Friday released the names of the 31 men and eight women whose bodies were found in an industrial park in Grays on 23 October, after confirming on Thursday they were all Vietnamese nationals. The youngest two were just 15-years-old and the oldest was 44-years-old. DNA from families who believed their relatives were victims was used to identify many of them. Assistant Chief Constable Tim Smith said: "This was an incredibly important process and our team has been working hard to bring answers to worried families who fear their loved one may be among those whose tragic journey ended on our shores. "Our priority has been to identify t...