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Letter: Fair deal for nurses

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The Royal College of Nursing has warned that a crisis in the NHS is imminent as 50,000 skilled overseas-born (non-EU) nurses recruited at a cost of £180 million are set to be deported, because they earn less than £35,000 per year.

Letter: Position on ip&e

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Keith Barrow says nothing new in his piece about ip&e, but continues to miss the point that ip&e removes the council even further away from local communities.

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Confusion over metro question

London mayor Boris Johnson sports a cycle helmet as he travels on his bike

In other parts of the West Midlands they are agonising over what to call themselves. In this part of the world, they’re wondering whether to join the other lot.

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Greek PM in bailout appeal to MEPs

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras leaves after an emergency summit of eurozone heads of state or government in Brussels (AP)

The Greek prime minister is to make a direct appeal to the European Parliament amid growing pessimism over chances of a deal to prevent the country's financial meltdown.

FGW trains set for strike chaos

Mick Cash says the RMT has "made every effort to secure a series of very basic assurances over jobs, services and safety"

Train services on some of the country's busiest routes will be "significantly" hit from tonight because of a strike by rail workers.

Budget 'to secure Britain's future'

Chancellor George Osborne will set out his first Tory-only Budget

George Osborne is to sweeten the pill of dramatic welfare curbs with tax cuts as he promises reforms to "secure Britain's future" in his first Tory-only Budget.