Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain's Labour Party, is among those campaigning for pardons for women who were jailed while fighting for the right to vote.

The BBC also says that Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has joined with the Fawcett Society campaign group and relatives of the suffragettes in calling for convictions to be overturned.

It comes on the 100th anniversary of some women getting the vote in the UK.


According to The Guardian, experts have warned that the construction of a tunnel past Stonehenge could spell the loss of a unique site that can trace the presence of people back to the last Ice Age.

David Jacques, an archaeologist at the University of Buckingham, said that perfectly preserved hoofprints of wild cattle known as aurochs, dating back 6,000 years, have recently been found at excavations a mile and a half from the Wiltshire stone circle,

The tunnel, and a flyover close to the Blick Mead excavations which could also form part of the roadworks to improve the A303, could irrevocably damage the site, he said.

The government has backed plans to build a tunnel to house the A303 as it passes Stonehenge as part of measures to ease congestion and improve the setting of the neolithic site.


Partially-sighted Mohammed Patel, from Northallerton in North Yorkshire, is to be given Britain's first ever 'guide horse' because of his phobia of dogs.

The Daily Mirror says that Mohamed has been introduced to Digby – a two foot high American Miniature horse - who will now be trained to help him get around.

Mr Patel said: “I have a condition where I lost my vision and I have come across lots of people who have guide dogs.

“But I have a big phobia of dogs that I was not able to work out; it was good when I heard about horses being trained.”


The Daily Express reports that a historic boat which helped save the lives of 600 British soldiers during the Dunkirk evacuation has itself been rescued from being chopped up for firewood.

The Vanguard was one of three vessels which made the journey from Burnham-on-Crouch in Essex to France in 1940.

After playing its role in the rescue, the boat fell into disrepair and ended up in an open access boatyard in Canvey Island where it is was being plundered for firewood.

Recently residents of Burnham launched a campaign to bring the Vanguard back to the town where she was designed, built and launched in 1937.

Nick Skeens said: “We went down to see her and she was in one hell of a state and she's been getting worse

“Thankfully the owner very kindly donated her to us. He said 'if you can, take her and save her, because I can't stop people damaging her.”


 When armed police rushed to a farm near Peterhead, Aberdeenshire after reports that a tiger was on the loose, they found a cuddly toy instead!

The Independent said the farmer thought there was a real tiger in his cowshed and a police spokesperson later commented: “It was a false call made with genuine good intent”.


An article in The Guardian informs us that a missing painting of a princess which attained an almost mythical status after not having been seen for decades has been discovered in a north London flat.

The paper says that Ben Enwonwu’s 1974 painting of the princess Adetutu Ademiluyi, known as Tutu, is a national icon in Nigeria, with poster reproductions hanging on walls in homes all over the country.

Enwonwu, regarded as the founding father of Nigerian modernism, painted three versions of Tutu and the image became a symbol of national reconciliation, but all three paintings were lost and became the subject of much speculation.

The painting will be sold at Bonhams auction house in London on February 28 and is expected to fetch between £200,000 and £300,000.


What a shame! The BBC reports that the annual knob-throwing festival has been cancelled for this year.

The competition to hurl the traditional local Dorset biscuits (called knobs) the furthest distance has been running since 2008.  However although knobmaker Moores Biscuits told organisers the event had “run its course” they have since changed their mind and it now appears that the festival could be held every two years.

More than 4,000 people attended in 2017 when it was held at Kingston Maurward House near Dorchester.

Festival chairman Ian Gregory said the cancellation was caused by several factors including the retirement of long-serving committee members and Moores Biscuits' stance, but they are now considering holding it every two years “to give it more oomph”.


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