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Edwin Poots defends attempt to dilute Northern Ireland protocol bill

Former DUP leader said it was ‘entirely responsible’ to support farmers who could lose out under post-Brexit subsidy rules

The former leader of the Democratic Unionist party (DUP) has defended an attempt to water down the Northern Ireland protocol bill to make it more beneficial for farmers.

Edwin Poots, who led the party for a month in 2021, wrote to the UK government in July last year saying the proposed bill would mean farmers in Northern Ireland would be subject to the same subsidy rules as the rest of the UK.

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More than 1,000 rail cleaning staff to strike over pay

RMT boss, Mick Lynch, hailed ‘historic result’ after cleaner members of the union vote in favour of action

Cleaners will become the latest set of rail staff to strike over pay, after more than 1,000 who are members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) voted in support of taking industrial action.

The RMT is asking for pay to rise to £15 an hour with improved pensions, company sick pay and holiday entitlement from private contractors including Churchill, Atalian Servest and Mitie.

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Wales fan, 62, dies while following team at World Cup in Qatar

Kevin Davies was on holiday in Doha with his son and friends and reportedly died of natural causes

A Wales football fan has died while following his country at the World Cup in Qatar.

Kevin Davies, who is believed to have been in the country with his son and friends, died on Friday – the same day that Wales lost to Iran in a group stage game at the Ahmad bin Ali stadium in Al Rayyan.

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