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Sky News Political Correspondent. South Londoner, cat lover.

'Coasting' Schools Given 3 Years To Shape Up — Hundreds of schools will be turned into academies unless they meet tough new targets, the Education Secretary has announced. They will be defined as "coasting" if fewer than 60% of pupils gain five good GCSEs, and will be given three years to improve before facing intervention.

Women's World Cup 2015: Meet the Government's biggest football nut (and she ain't faking it) — Policy makers are also taking it seriously. This matters because there is still a big gender gap when it comes to sport: 40 per cent of men play at least once a week, compared to just 30 per cent of women. The biggest sign politicians are (finally) waking up to the importance of women's sport?

Tory Government's £12bn Welfare Cuts Agreed — Welfare cuts worth £12bn a year will be announced in next month's Budget, after the Government agreed "significant" spending reductions in the last few days. On a weekend during which tens of thousands of protesters marched against austerity, Chancellor George Osborne and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith signalled they would press ahead with "significant" cuts.

How Michelle Obama inspired the class of 2009 — When Mrs Obama was introduced, they greeted her with the sort of welcome young teenaged girls usually reserve for the likes of One Direction. Visibly moved, the First Lady appeared to be fighting back tears during her speech. "I want you to know that we have very much in common," she told her audience.

Burnham: 'I'm My Own Man With My Own Views' — As the nominations for the next Labour Party leader open, Sky News spent the day with Andy Burnham at Prospects College of Advanced Technology in Basildon, Essex. Here's what he told us about immigration, the economy and his latest idea to give apprentices the same access to loans as university students: Why are you in Basildon?

Angela Merkel Germany's Chancellor is finally having a feminist moment — "A feminist, no. Perhaps an interesting case of a woman in power, but no feminist. Real feminists would be offended if I described myself as one." There's even been a question mark over whether Merkel believes women have anything left to fight for.

Queen's Speech: Tax Break For Low Wage Earners — People working 30 hours a week on minimum wage will no longer have to pay income tax under the first Conservative programme for government since 1992. The Queen's Speech today will set out the Tory administration's legislative plans for the next five years.

May Accused Of Trying To Turn Ofcom Into Censor — A Cabinet row has broken out over whether programmes should be vetted for extremist material before broadcast. Sajid Javid - Culture Secretary at the time - attacked Theresa May's plans to beef up the role of regulator Ofcom in a private letter leaked to The Guardian.

Labour leadership: Liz Kendall's misogynistic trolling might save her — Just hours after she launched her campaign website - - a spoof account appeared, confusingly named First, it linked to the campaign site for her leadership rival, Burnham. Then it linked to an article about dating a horse. Apparently "to this day it was the best sex I ever had."

Strike Threat As PM Outlines 'Seven-Day' NHS

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Jul 04, 2015

RT @owenjbennett: Loving the lionesses! That's what it means to wear the shirt! Great result, great World Cup. #ENGvGER

Jul 04, 2015

So, so happy that #ENG beat #GER - what a brilliant World Cup from the #Lionesses

Jul 03, 2015

Being a politician's wife is a nightmare job. Here's why I feel sorry for Selfie Queen Karen Danczuk...

Jul 02, 2015

. @Ed_Miliband on his feet in the House of Commons again, talking about a colliery closing in his constituency

Jul 02, 2015

RT @KatyScholesSKY: The bad-ass women of Sky News contingent are deep in debate about whether or not it's OK to cry after scoring an own goal. 'Yes' is winning.

Jul 01, 2015

@wyattd the reason given in the report is that it's only by increasing capacity that they can get rid of night flights

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