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All they want to do is cradle their newborn baby in their arms.
But Bedlington parents Carly Walker and Ryan Murphy have been forced to watch from the sidelines as their daughter fights for her life.
Little Ayda Faith Murphy was born prematurely on March 31, weighing just 4lbs, at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.
Rushed for her first operation straight after birth and another at just four days old, she's battling terrifying odds after being diagnosed with a series of incredibly rare birth defects.
An almost unique variant of gastroschisis, a defect of the abdominal wall, has left her intestines pushing up into her chest - a condition doctors estimate is suffered by no more than 10 babies worldwide.
Meanwhile, her heart appears to have flipped over and lies on the wrong side of her chest, while she's receiving oxygen from a machine due to her underdeveloped lungs.
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Labour was shaken by Ukip at the General Election. You don't have to look hard to find senior Labour figures that will candidly admit this. But things have got a lot worse for Labour since - they get worse every week, and every time Corbyn and his communist cohorts open their mouths. This week's Little Red Book incident could have been scripted by the spin doctors at Tory Central Office; it certainly had the Parliamentary Labour Party wanting to crawl under their seats!
Senior Labour figures are coming back from Oldham and reporting that huge numbers of their supporters are telling them that they are switching to Ukip because they won't vote for a Corbyn-led party. Ukip came very close to kicking out Labour in nearby solidly Labour Heywood, but things have now got to the stage that the previously unthinkable is indeed possible: loss of perhaps Labour's safest seat in the country! Certainly the Bookies think so and have now dramatically shortened their odds.
But, whilst a Ukip win would be welcome to many, it's not all that appealing to senior planners at Ukip, who are playing to the long-term. Their focus is on the referendum - a referendum which any thinking person must admit was dragged out of Cameron in a moment of panic after seeing huge numbers of working-class Tory supporters defect. Corbyn is one of Ukip's best assets, and Labour would come to it's senses a lot earlier if the Parliamentary Labour Party had the ammunition to oust him. A Ukip win would put the nuclear option into their hands. So, Ukip is hoping for an illustration of the very possible, but not a show of the very probable, or the disaster scenario of an outright win! If you relish paradoxes this has to be one of the very best.
Maybe I should have titled this post "Whatever happened to The Big Society?"
http://www.conservat...ciety_plan.aspx Goodness, it was all there a few days ago!
Full story at Computer Weekly: http://www.computerw...internet-h.html
Cam is the man who wants us to believe that this time around he will keep his promise for a referendum on the EU in 2015, and that we can trust him to renegotiate our membership. Promise, what promise? Referendum, what referendum? Don't remember that; do you Nick?
Pity they didn't ask about Balls. Quite how the architect of the current economic disaster is being offered up as our next chancellor never ceases to amaze me. It's like proposing Harold Shipman for treasurer of an old peoples trust. At least Gordo did the decent thing and crawled off into well-deserved obscurity. Either Labour think their voters have extremely short memories or they have a very very low opinion of their intelligence.
...and Cameron is by far the most popular leader - god help us! Maybe we need a US-type presidential system where the leader of the opposition can become PM? What do you think?
By Malcolm Robinson
I think given what's been said about the EU on other threads, this site could well be monitored by these new EU trolls.
Reading down to the last bit maybe we should start a new EU political party, seems there is going to be plenty of our tax monies given to any that do.