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Kent hospital trust fined £733,000 over failures that led to baby’s death

Case of baby Harry Richford was first prosecution of its kind brought by NHS care regulator

A hospital trust has been fined £733,000 over serious failures that led to the death of a week-old baby, in a groundbreaking prosecution brought by the NHS care regulator.

East Kent hospitals university NHS foundation trust was handed the fine at Folkestone magistrates court on Friday over lapses in how its maternity staff treated Harry Richford and his mother, Sarah.

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Concern for students’ grades as Liverpool and Leicester universities respond to strikes

University of Liverpool proposes delaying final results, while some Leicester departments may use algorithms

A university could use algorithms to determine grades while another may delay results to sidestep a marking boycott by striking academics, causing students to worry about the value of their final degrees.

The University of Liverpool and University of Leicester have been hit by strikes by staff protesting against redundancies, with lecturers refusing to mark assessments, leading some departments at Leicester to consider using algorithms to fill gaps in marking. Liverpool has proposed delaying final results until the next academic year in October.

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Lib Dems can topple Tory ‘blue wall’ in south of England, says leader

After Sarah Green’s Chesham and Amersham victory, Ed Davey says Conservative MPs will be worried

The Liberal Democrats have said they can topple the Conservatives’ “blue wall” in the south of England after storming to victory in the Chesham and Amersham byelection, taking a seat that had been solidly Tory for almost 50 years.

In a result that exceeded even the expectations of party activists, the Lib Dems’ Sarah Green overturned a 16,000 Conservative majority to take the seat by just over 8,000 votes, a swing of 25%.

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Scotland’s Covid travel ban extended to Manchester and Salford

Nicola Sturgeon prohibits non-essential travel as Delta variant spreads through north of England

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Nicola Sturgeon has imposed a travel ban between Scotland and Manchester and Salford as a result of rising Covid cases.

The restrictions, which will come into force from Monday, add to travel limits put in place last month as the Delta variant spread rapidly through the north of England.

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