Get a new Brexit plan fast – EXPRESS COMMENT

The Brexit delay has only put wind in the sails of those who want to see her gone by the end of June; a government re-shuffle has been abandoned and moves by rank and file Tories are afoot to force through a vote of confidence in the Prime Minister.

Mrs May battles on and we admire her tenacity.

There's still a chance that she could force her deal through parliament in time to avoid fighting the European elections and it's not impossible that ongoing talks with Jeremy Corbyn could end positively.

But the PM increasingly cuts a lonely figure, abandoned by members of her own party and openly mocked by the opposition.

Brexit is not dead but Mrs May needs to come up with a new plan – and fast – if the wishes of the majority of the British people are to be honoured.

Thank goodness we are now talking about cancer

THE bad old days when we avoided talking about cancer and just hoped it would go away are over. Thank goodness. Latest figures show that no fewer than 2.2 million people were checked for cancer by the NHS last year, an increase on the nearly 2 million in 2017. That resulted in more people than ever – some 300,000 – actually being treated for cancer.

Even so, NHS England reports that almost a quarter of cancer patients still do not start their treatment in time, meaning that vital weeks are being wasted, putting patients' lives at risk.

Hospitals are meant to start cancer treatment within 62 days of an urgent GP referral, with the target stating that 85 per cent of patients should begin treatment within this time frame.

But figures for January showed the worst performance on record, with 76.2 percent of cancer patients treated within the target.

So although we have come a long way there is still much work to be done.

Well-known personalities such as Stephen Fry, Bill Turnbull and, recently, the BBC's veteran foreign correspondent Jeremy Bowen have all spoken publicly about their cancers.

It is sometimes said that talk is cheap but when it comes to cancer talk is essential.

Happy birthday to Louis

Prince Louis celebrates his first birthday today.

He won't know much about it but judging from the photos taken and released by his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, he seems to be in good spirits and enjoying as normal an upbringing as is possible.

The young prince is a sunny lad who, like many other toddlers, has been enjoying the unseasonably mild weather and looks all set for, hopefully, a glorious summer.

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