Tiverton Tory candidate, Helen Hurford, says constituents feel sorry for Neil Parish
The Conservative candidate in the Wakefield by-election has said people should still vote for the scandal-hit Tories because “we still trust GPs” after Harold Shipman killed 250 people. Nadeem Ahmed is running to replace Imran Ahmad Khan, the former Conservative MP who resigned and triggered a by-election last month after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy. Mr Khan was the first Tory MP to be elected for Wakefield since 1931, amid a wave of Conservative victories in “Red Wall” constituencies in Labour heartlands at the last general election. His prospective replacement, Mr Ahmed is a former teacher and councillor and has attempted to distance himself from Mr Khan - claiming he was “one bad apple”. Tory strategists now expect the seat to return to the Labour party in Thursday’s by-election vote, amid fears about the rising cost of living and anger over partygate and Mr Khan’s conviction for a sexual offence.
Dispatch: How Ukraine's warmer weather could now give Russia an advantage
An entire village of people were held hostage by Russian forces in a school basement in Yahidne, Ukraine, and told that they were to be “sent to Siberia to gut fish”, The Telegraph's Danielle Sheridan reports
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