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Seven people have been arrested as part of an investigation into child sexual exploitation.

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Chancellor George Osborne is set to enshrine in law the coalition's plans to eliminate Britain's underlying budget deficit by 2017/18.

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Boris Johnson is set to meet world leaders on a business tour of the Far East months before he bids to make a return to national politics in the Commons.

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Star comment: Let’s also remember the elderly

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During the centenary of the Great War, the nation has shown its respects to the brave men and women who paid the ultimate price to safeguard our freedom. We have proudly remembered those who laid down their lives so that we can live in a free democracy.

Letter: Funding our future

Bank of England rate-setters will take the latest data into account

I read J Clift’s letter, he says politicians use shortage of money as an excuse for not fully funding services like health, education and transport. This statement is not true.

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Letter: Funding our future

Bank of England rate-setters will take the latest data into account

I read J Clift’s letter, he says politicians use shortage of money as an excuse for not fully funding services like health, education and transport. This statement is not true.

Letter: Arrest warrant bid in House a low blow

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The parliamentary debacle where the Chief Whip, the Home Secretary and the Justice Minister attempted to sneak the European Arrest Warrant through Parliament without a vote, while at the same time trying to pretend that a vote on it would take place, shows just how low the Coalition has sunk and the depths of their contempt for the electorate.

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Star comment: Let’s also remember the elderly

Elderly

During the centenary of the Great War, the nation has shown its respects to the brave men and women who paid the ultimate price to safeguard our freedom. We have proudly remembered those who laid down their lives so that we can live in a free democracy.

Star comment: Celebrate the best of Shropshire business

Proto Labs, on Telford’s Halesfield Industrial Estate, scooped both the Business of the Year and the Manufacturing Champion categories at the inaugural awards ceremony.

Portents of doom swirl around the global economy. Day by day we hear stories about the flatlining of the Eurozone’s economy, the problems afflicting Japan and the stagnation of powerhouse economies like those in Germany and France.

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Consumer spending props up growth

Consumer spending grew at its strongest pace since the second quarter of 2010

UK growth in the third quarter was propped up by the strongest increase in consumer spending for four years as business investment and the trade position worsened, official figures showed today.

Universal service 'uneconomic'

The Royal Mail's universal service is under threat because of "cherry-picking" by rivals, it is claimed

The head of the Royal Mail has issued a stark warning that "cherry picking" from competitors threatens the future of the universal service, under which letters are posted anywhere in the country for the same price.

Thomas Cook slides after CEO exit

The FTSE 100 Index was 24.1 points higher at 6755.7.

Thomas Cook shares have slumped after chief executive Harriet Green's shock resignation was accompanied by a warning over slower growth.