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Kerry Smith was right to resign, says Ukip deputy chair

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Ukip’s Kerry Smith, who resigned as a prospective parliamentary candidate after recordings of him making homophobic and racist remarks were leaked, may have been forced to quit despite the party initially standing by him, Ukip’s deputy chair has suggested.

Shinzo Abe secures fresh mandate in Japan election

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Shinzo Abe won his snap election on Sunday and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and coalition partner maintained a supermajority, according to media exit polls, giving the Japanese prime minister a fresh mandate for his struggling strategy to revive the economy.