Theresa May calls for greater workers' rights; Sesame Street introduces a puppet with autism; George Osbourne urged to "pick a job" (Photos: Getty Images, Rex) 


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Man arrested over murder of one-year-old

A man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a one-year-old boy and the attempted murder of his twin sister. The babies were found at a flat in Finsbury Park, London, with critical injuries on Saturday night after police were called to attend a domestic incident. The girl remains in a critical condition in hospital, but the boy died from his injuries over the weekend. Bidhya Sagar Das, 33, who is thought to be the children’s father was arrested at 7.15pm last night in Hackney, east London, and is currently held in police custody.

Pregnant women without legal status "too afraid to seek NHS care" 

Vulnerable pregnant migrant women are avoiding NHS antenatal care because they are afraid they’ll be reported to the Home Office or be unable to pay high medical bills, leading charities have said. Hundreds of pregnant women living in the UK without legal status are putting their health in danger out of fear, according to Doctors of the World, a charity which runs clinics for trafficked women, undocumented migrants and asylum seekers whose claims have been rejected. Letters demanding that prospective patients bring a credit or debit card with them to appointments mean many are avoiding treatment, yet the NHS says that care will not be withheld if women are unable to pay. 
The Guardian

Sesame Street's new addition has autism

The newest resident of Sesame Street will be the first Muppet to have autism. Julia, who was first introduced in 2015 for an online-only Digital Storybook called “Sesame Street and Autism: See the amazing in all children”, will arrive on the street in April. Her creators have been careful to illustrate the complex nature of the condition in order to help other children learn about autism. Her gender is significant, reports Vulture, because it’s thought that the disability is under diagnosed in girls. 

170,000 sign petition urging George Osborne to pick a job

George Osbourne has been urged by thousands to “pick a job” after it was announced last week that he would be the new editor of the Evening Standard – whilst also working a full-time job as an MP. More than 170,000 people have now signed a petition for the former Chancellor to either step down as the MP for Tatton, Cheshire, or as editor of the daily newspaper. Critics said that he would be unable to properly fulfil his responsibilities to tens of thousands of constituents, and that it is “inappropriate” for a member of parliament to be controlling large sections of the media. 
Press Gazette

Theresa May urges bosses to give workers more rights 

The government are set to crack down on companies using self-employed workers to avoid providing sick pay, pensions and maternity benefits. Stricter measures on businesses will be implemented after a review commissioned by Theresa May is thought to have found evidence of companies asking employees to register as sole traders as opposed to being on a payroll. The issue is a particular problem in the “gig economy” and technology private sectors. 
The Times


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Theresa May calls for greater workers' rights; Sesame Street introduces a puppet with autism; George Osbourne urged to "pick a job" (Photos: Getty Images, Rex) 
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