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Ukip’s candidate denies he wants to deport migrants

Rochester: Ukip candidate Mark Reckless has denied suggesting that migrants who have settled in Britain should be repatriated — insisting the Tories are the ones guilty of “BNP-lite” campaigning.

The Tory defector, expected to reclaim his Rochester and Strood seat in a by-election today, was asked in an ITV hustings what he thought should happen to a Polish plumber who lived in the area and whose children went to school there.

He responded that such individuals could be given work permits for a “fixed period”.

“I think in the near term we’d have to have a transitional period, we should probably allow people who are currently here to have a work permit at least for a fixed period,” he said.

“People who have been here a long time and integrated in that way, I think we’d want to look sympathetically at.”

After Mr Reckless was cut short by jeering, Labour candidate Naushabah Khan said: “Where would you stop, Mark? My family are migrants, are we going to say they need to go back as well?”

Conservative MP Damian Green said Mr Reckless had come “dangerously close” to advocating a repatriation policy, while shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said he had “let the mask slip”.

But Mr Reckless told BBC Kent his words had been “twisted”.

“What will happen is that anyone who is lawfully in this country if they are from the EU under EU rules they will be able to stay with a work permit,” he said. “We don’t want any mass movements of people...

“I’m absolutely astonished that the Tories are twisting this in the way that they are.”

He added: “What we would do is provide work permits to the people who are here.

“People who are integrated... we would expect those people to be able to stay.”

Mr Reckless, who said anyone who had been in the UK for 10 years should be eligible for citizenship, condemned “disgraceful” Conservative by-election literature that apparently blamed “uncontrolled immigration” for people not feeling safe walking down the street.

“I call on the Conservatives to disassociate themselves from this BNP-lite campaign,” he said.

Home of Palestinian killer is razed by Israeli forces

Jerusalem: Israeli forces have demolished the home of a Palestinian who carried out a deadly attack, just hours after prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised strict measures to deal with increased violence in the area.

The demolition in the Silwan area targeted the property of Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi, who killed two people last month when he drove his car into a crowd standing on a light rail platform in Jerusalem. He was then shot dead by police.

In recent weeks, a total of 11 people have died at the hands of Palestinian attackers.

Murder probe as Miss Honduras found buried with her sister

Honduras: The bodies of Miss Honduras and her sister have been found buried near the spa where they disappeared six days ago.

Beauty queen Maria Jose Alvarado (19) and her sister Sofia (23) vanished in Santa Barbara after attending a party. They had been shot and their bodies buried in a field near a river.

Sofia’s boyfriend Plutarco Ruiz and an accomplice, Aris Maldonado, have been arrested. One of them has reportedly confessed to killing and burying them.

Ms Alvarado, who was crowned Miss Honduras in April, had been due to compete in the Miss World contest in London. The organisers of the contest joined in paying tribute to the dead women.

Sturgeon takes the reins as Scottish First Minister

Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon has been voted in as the first female First Minister of Scotland.

The 44-year-old replaces Alex Salmond, who resigned from the role with a final statement to the Scottish Parliament.

Ms Sturgeon took the helm as leader of the SNP at the party’s conference in Perth at the weekend, with her selection as the head of Government completed after MSPs voted yesterday.

Ms Sturgeon said: “Those who we represent expect us to give our best and we must ensure we do not disappoint.”

Hotel refunds couple over bad review

Blackpool: A couple “fined” by a hotel after they wrote a damning review about it are to be given a refund, a council has said.

Tony and Jan Jenkinson said they were charged an extra £100 after describing the Broadway Hotel in Blackpool as a “filthy, stinking hovel” on TripAdvisor.

When they queried the charge, they were said to have been told it was incurred under a “no bad review policy” included in the terms and conditions.

Blackpool Council said yesterday that it understood that the hotel will reimburse them, as well as scrapping the policy. Gillian Campbell, cabinet member responsible for public protection at the local authority, said: “Our trading standards team became aware of this issue last week.

“As a result, we have spoken to the hotel owner and asked for the policy to be removed, which has now happened.”

The couple said they encountered a string of problems, prompting Mr Jenkinson to post the review on August 30 in which he branded the hotel a “filthy, dirty, rotten, stinking hovel”. The Jenkinsons said they discovered the £100 charge on their credit card statement a few days later.

Cosby show scrapped after sex claim

United States: NBC has scrapped plans for a new Bill Cosby comedy after yet another sexual assault allegation against the comic emerged.

NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks said the project was “no longer under development”, and would make no further comment.

The broadcaster was the latest outlet to put off or abandon a Cosby project.

Netflix said on Tuesday it was postponing the November 27 premiere of a new Cosby stand-up comedy special.

Actress Janice Dickinson became the third woman in recent weeks to allege that she was attacked by Cosby.

TV host Dickinson (59) said she was assaulted by Cosby in Lake Tahoe, California, in 1982.

She said that after dinner, she and Cosby were in her hotel room and he gave her some red wine and a pill she had asked for after suffering stomach pains.

“The next morning I woke up and I remembered before I passed out I had been sexually assaulted by this man,” she said.

Cosby’s lawyer said Dickinson’s charges were “false and outlandish”.

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