Morning Headlines Wednesday 6 November

Sunrise in central London
Sunrise in central London

'Happy, sweet girl' killed by dog

A four-year-old mauled to death by a pet dog has been described by neighbours as a happy, sweet little girl.

The dog, believed to be a French bull mastiff, was the family's pet and had been brought from a rescue home, according to neighbours.

The girl, named locally as Lexi, lived with her mother Jodi Hudson who, according to reports, stabbed the dog as she tried in vain to save her daughter.

Million Mask March hits London

MP denies 'foreign deals' claims

A Tory MP has referred himself to the parliamentary standards watchdog after it was reported that he was exploiting foreign contacts to set up business deals.

Mark Pritchard denied the "hurtful and malicious" claims and said he had asked the Parliamentary Commission for Standards to investigate the matter.

The Daily Telegraph reported that he claimed he could use his "network" to set up meetings with politicians in countries where he had parliamentary connections.

Unions to hold BAE shipyards talks

Unions are to meet defence giant BAE Systems to discuss the future of the firm's three shipyards amid a review of its business.

The firm refused to comment on speculation that hundreds of jobs could be axed at Govan and Scotstoun in Scotland and Portsmouth.

Scotland's Finance Secretary John Swinney said: "We have been in dialogue for some time with BAE Systems on the issues surrounding the future of the Clyde shipyards.

Court move over Heathrow detention

A Brazilian man held at Heathrow Airport under anti-terror laws today launches a High Court challenge over the legality of his detention.

David Miranda is the 28-year-old partner of a Guardian journalist who exposed secret information on US surveillance leaked by whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Mr Miranda was held for nine hours and questioned under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 on Sunday August 18.

Royal couple begin tour of India

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrive in India today for a nine-day tour to renew and strengthen ties between the UK and the Commonwealth nation.

Charles and Camilla will travel the length and breadth of the Asian country to experience its diverse people and cultures, celebrate the achievements of leading individuals and highlight the work of some of the heir to the throne's own organisations.

Camilla will be carrying out a number of solo engagements focusing on her interests of literacy, osteoporosis and equestrianism.

Tycoons to get bespoke visa service

Top business executives from around the world will benefit from a new VIP visa service designed to make the process of coming to the UK easier.

The invitation-only Great club will benefit around 100 tycoons with strong links to Britain, providing them "bespoke" support from UK Visas and Immigration.

Home Secretary Theresa May promised to "continue to listen and respond to the needs of high-value and high-priority businesses".

Verdict due over Living Fund appeal

Five disabled people today learn the outcome of their Court of Appeal bid to overturn the Government's decision to abolish the Independent Living Fund (ILF).

Their appeal is against a High Court ruling by Mr Justice Blake in April upholding the Government's decision.

The judge said the decision was not legally flawed, and the Government had not failed in its public sector equality duties.

Child killer DJ to be sentenced

A DJ who murdered his girlfriend's "bright and chatty" three-year-old daughter when he was supposed to be looking after her will be sentenced today.

Delroy Catwell was alone with Lylah Aaron at their home in Sheffield when he subjected her to what police called a "forceful and sustained attack".

Catwell, 31, denied murdering Lylah but was found guilty by a jury at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday.

Blunders 'may have killed my son'

The mother of a four-year-old boy who died at a hospital accused of falsifying cancer care data believes her son might be still alive had it not been for mistakes in his diagnosis and treatment.

Mackenzie Cackett died of a brain tumour in May last year after a series of lengthy delays and blunders in his treatment at Colchester General Hospital.

The hospital's trust has been reported to police after staff complained of a cover-up in which they said they were "pressured or bullied" into falsifying data relating to cancer patients.

New warning over Universal Credit

Too little has been done to prepare claimants for a new benefit system, Citizens Advice warned after a survey found almost half felt unready to claim online and 22% did not have the right banking facilities.

The Government's troubled Universal Credit - which brings together six out-of-work benefits into one - is due to be piloted in several more areas of England and Wales by the spring.

But the charity said conversations with more than 1,000 clients in affected parts of the country exposed a dramatic lack of help for people struggling to cope with the shake-up.

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