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Labour’s ‘National Care Service for all over-65s’ vow

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PERSONAL care will be free to all over-65s under Labour plans for a National Care Service.

The pledge to fund free personal care — which would cost an estimated £6billion a year in 2020/21 — would more than double the number of people receiving state-funded support, Labour said.

The party claimed it would also reduce the number of people facing ‘catastrophic costs’ for social care. It also pledged to end zero-hour contracts, ensuring carers are paid a real living wage, including for travel time, and end 15-minute visits.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell is set to tell the conference today the plans will be funded ‘not through the Conservatives’ gimmicky insurance schemes but, like the NHS and our other essentials, through general taxation’.

Lawyer: Eating meat could become illegal

A CAMPAIGNING barrister has claimed eating meat could one day become illegal as a way of combating climate change. Michael Mansfield QC made the prediction as he called on Labour to introduce legislation to ‘criminalise the wilful destruction of nature’. He said: ‘It is time for a new law on ecocide to go alongside genocide.’

Ancestors of BoJo and Jez were neighbours

BORIS Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn’s ancestors were once next-door neighbours in 1850s Yorkshire, a historian discovered. Mr Corbyn’s great-great grandfather Thomas Stott lived on Market Place in Masham — next to Mary Raper, whose sister-in-law married Thomas John Johnson, Mr Johnson’s great-great-great grandfather.