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David Miliband has said his re­la­tion­ship with brother Ed is “heal­ing” in the wake of their bit­ter bat­tle for the Labour lead­er­ship. The for­mer for­eign sec­re­tary ad­mit­ted he would “never erase” the mem­ory of his de­feat in 2010. But he said there was no point “look­ing in the rear view mir­ror”, and leav­ing Bri­tish pol­i­tics would end the “soap opera” – though he did not rule out a come­back. In a TV in­ter­view, the ex-mp said he was “ex­cited” to be mov­ing to New York to head up the In­ter­na­tional Res­cue Com­mit­tee char­ity.


Min­is­ters plan to change the al­co­hol li­cens­ing leg­is­la­tion fol­low­ing fears that crim­i­nals could be granted li­cences be­cause of a loop­hole in the law. How­ever, thou­sands of ap­pli­ca­tions for pubs and off-li­cences have al­ready gone through the po­lice vet­ting process which of­fi­cers say is flawed. The fear is that some li­cences may al­ready have been given to peo­ple deemed un­suit­able by the po­lice. Un­der the 2005 Li­cens­ing Act, chief con­sta­bles lost the right to ob­ject on the grounds that the ap­pli­cant was not a fit and proper per­son.


The Govern­ment is to ask the pri­vate sec­tor to take on the west coast main line’s ur­gently needed £500m in­fra­struc­ture over­haul, Trans­port Min­is­ter Roger Free­man an­nounced yesterday. He has ap­pointed Ham­bros Bank Ltd to ex­am­ine the pos­si­bil­ity of a for­mula which would al­low pri­vate con­sor­tia to un­der­take the work. It would be the first time pri­vate com­pa­nies had been in­vited to pay for in­fra­struc­ture work since na­tion­al­i­sa­tion in 1948. The line, which links Lon­don with Glas­gow, has been de­scribed by man­agers as on the verge of “cat­a­strophic fail­ure.”

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