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Prisoners to be held in police cells as jails close to full, justice minister says – as it happened

Damian Hinds says acute increase in prison population means he has requested temporary use of up to 400 police cells. This live blog is closed

England’s poorest students will be more than £1,000 worse off this academic year than the last, according to a new analysis that warns of “significant hardship for many this winter”. My colleague Sally Weale has the story here.

Thérèse Coffey, the environment secretary, has said she expects the government’s delayed nature and pollution targets to be published before Christmas.

My main focus frankly in the next three months is getting the environmental targets out and the environmental improvement plan, as well as the preparation for the most important conference of the year which is actually the CBD [Convention on Biological Diversity] in Montreal next month.

I really hope so, that’s my intention. I’ll be very disappointed if they aren’t.

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