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Labour MP Tom Harris has quit the frontbench - saying he was unable to juggle the responsibility with his family life.

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Lydd Airport (also known as London Ashford Airport) had fewer than 500 passengers in 2011

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Zoo keeper, Sarah McClay, was killed by tiger after door was left ‘wide open’

Police investigate whether human error led to the death of the 24-year-old victim

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Mystery over keeper’s death in tiger cage

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48 rescued as tourist boat runs aground of Welsh coast

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South Lakes Wild Animal Park, in Dalton-in-Furness

Zookeeper Sarah McClay dies after being mauled by tiger at Cumbria animal park

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10% of British wildlife at risk of extinction as species show massive decline

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Mr Johnson was responding to the findings of an influential House of Commons committee that said the idea should be ditched

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TV naturalist Chris Packham says he leaves people baffled because they expect him to turn up to functions naked - after confusing him for a naturist.

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