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  1. Fan complained about Hillsborough overcrowding 8 years before disaster

  2. After Brexit, poor pupils will be sent abroad to boost languages

  3. Mother whose skull is slowly crushing her spine needs life saving op

  4. The UK is "pretty close" to the worst drug shortage it's experienced

  5. Newspapers are mocking Beautiful Boy, but it is the first film which accurately reflects what I have been through with addiction

Theresa May leaves Downing Street (Photo: Hannah McKay/Reuters)

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Diane Abbott accuses Question Time of ‘whipping up hostile atmosphere’

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  • Jacob Rees-Mogg in the LBC studio in London, taken before the start his own weekly radio show in the run-up to Brexit (Photo: Matt Crossick/LBC/PA Wire)

    Jacob Rees-Mogg takes to the wireless as a LBC phone-in host

  • Theresa May leaves Downing Street (Photo: Hannah McKay/Reuters)

    Theresa May struggling to find a plan B may delay Brexit until July

  • Education Damian Hinds said he was unable to do a foreign exchange trip as a boy (Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters)

    After Brexit, poor pupils will be sent abroad to boost languages

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    Mother whose skull is slowly crushing her spine needs life saving op

  • Former Police Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield (left) and former Sheffield Wednesday club secretary Graham Mackrell arrive at Preston Crown Court. (Photos by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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  • Diane Abbott accused Question Time of whipping up a hostile atmosphere towards her. (Image: BBC)

    Diane Abbott accuses Question Time of 'whipping up hostile atmosphere'

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The future of political power is going to belong to whoever can empower the ‘little guy’

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    Theresa May struggling to find a plan B may delay Brexit until July

  • Education Damian Hinds said he was unable to do a foreign exchange trip as a boy (Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters)

    After Brexit, poor pupils will be sent abroad to boost languages

  • Diane Abbott accused Question Time of whipping up a hostile atmosphere towards her. (Image: BBC)

    Diane Abbott accuses Question Time of 'whipping up hostile atmosphere'

  • Who is next for Downing Street? (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

    The future of political power is going to belong to whoever can empower the ‘little guy’

  • OCESTER, STAFFORDSHIRE - JANUARY 18: Boris Johnson delivers a speech at JCB World Headquarters on January 18, 2019 in Rocester, Staffordshire. After defeating a vote of no confidence in her government, Theresa May has called on MPs to break the Brexit deadlock by conducting cross-party Brexit talks. The speech by the former Foreign Secretary is being widely acknowledged as a Tory leadership bid. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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  • Jacob Rees-Mogg pictured in the LBC studio, London, where he guest presented the mid-morning show. Tomorrow's guest presenter will be Chuka Umunna, on air from 10-1 o'clock. HANDOUT IMAGE, FREE TO USE, EDITORIAL USE ONLY. Picture credit: Matt Crossick/LBC

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Jacob Rees-Mogg in the LBC studio in London, taken before the start his own weekly radio show in the run-up to Brexit (Photo: Matt Crossick/LBC/PA Wire)

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Theresa May leaves Downing Street (Photo: Hannah McKay/Reuters)

Theresa May struggling to find a plan B may delay Brexit until July

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OCESTER, STAFFORDSHIRE - JANUARY 18: Boris Johnson delivers a speech at JCB World Headquarters on January 18, 2019 in Rocester, Staffordshire. After defeating a vote of no confidence in her government, Theresa May has called on MPs to break the Brexit deadlock by conducting cross-party Brexit talks. The speech by the former Foreign Secretary is being widely acknowledged as a Tory leadership bid. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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