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The Queen receives Sarah Clarke Black Rod history THE Queen has presented the first female Black Rod with her ceremonial staff, marking the historic appointment.

The monarch invested Sarah Clarke as Lady Usher of the Black Rod in the private audience room at Buckingham Palace, by presenting her with the thin, ebony Black Rod and chain of office.

Ms Clarke is the first woman to hold the post in the House of Lords in the 650-year history of the role. She has taken over from David Leakey.

Language barriers DUP leader Arlene Foster has rubbished speculation about the shape of Irish language laws that might come from powersharing talks at Stormont.

Mrs Foster said the rumours were "not grounded in reality".

The DUP leader said her party would not sign off on a standalone Irish Language Act - a key Sinn Fein demand throughout the 13-month impasse - and moved to temper expectations that a deal is likely this week.

Westminster scare POLICE investigating a suspicious letter delivered to an office in the Houses of Parliament found it contained white powder which was "non-harmful", the House of Commons said.

Counter-terror detectives from the Metropolitan Police were called in to look at the package and found it was not dangerous.

There were few signs of concern around the Palace of Westminster as reports emerged of a heavy police presence in the ministerial corridor.

Bennell convicted SERIAL paedophile Barry Bennell, 64, has been convicted of abusing more young footballers after grooming them with claims he could fulfil their football career ambitions.

He was found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court.

Lovers avoid prenup LOVERS have little interest in prenuptial agreements, according to research by lawyers.

A spokeswoman for London law firm Seddons, which commissioned a survey with the Marriage Foundation, said results showed a "staggeringly low level of interest" in "prenups".

"Just 2% of the married respondents had entered into a prenup before getting married, with the vast majority (95%) never even discussing a prenup as an option," she said.

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Publication:Manchester Evening News (Manchester, United Kingdom)
Date:Feb 14, 2018
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