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Fiona Woolf quits as chair of abuse inquiry - 30 minutes after Home Office expressed 'full confidence' in her
Fiona Woolf this afternoon became the second head of the Government’s inquiry into historical child sex abuse to be forced to quit over links to key figures in the scandal – just half an hour after the Home Office said they had “full confidence” in her.
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:05:42 +0000)

Teenager, 18, stabbed to death in London Bridge
A teenager has been stabbed to death on a London street.
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:38:43 +0000)

Tony Blair warns Ed Miliband not 'to chase nasty Ukip policies' by curbing immigration
Tony Blair has warned against ending immigration, arguing that to do so supports damaging Ukip policies based a “nasty core of prejudice”.
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:34:48 +0000)

Drug baron John Clark jailed for 25 years
For a man who kept £77,000 in a couple of shoeboxes at home and owned a string of expensive properties across Europe, drug baron John Clark was only ever going to flee from justice in the heated driver’s seat of his luxury Bentley Continental.
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:21:32 +0000)

Ed Miliband: 'No photo opps' Labour leader takes biggest photo opp of the year thus far
After failing in his mission to ‘fit in’ with the working classes by eating a bacon sandwich normally, and receiving some criticism for his relentless selfie-snapping, Ed Miliband all but turned his back on every politician’s favourite publicity tool  ̶  the un-humble photo opportunity.
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:21:28 +0000)

Third Met Police officer to be charged over 'unlawful' arrest of student at 2010 protests
A third Metropolitan Police officer is to be charged with involvement in an alleged unlawful arrest of a student during the 2010 tuition fees protests.
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:18:55 +0000)

Britain’s cheapest house goes on sale for £1 but is bought for more than £19,000
A three bedroom house in Middlesbrough that went on the market for just £1 has been sold for nearly 20,000 times the original price.
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:08:40 +0000)

Abuse inquiry: Fiona Woolf 'unsuitable' as chair say victim groups
Victim groups have come to the “unanimous” decision that Fiona Woolf should be replaced as the head of an inquiry into historical child sex abuse.
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:35:02 +0000)

David Cameron hosted dinner with Claudia Schiffer at Chequers and served lunch to the Queen, official records show
Quite what they discussed over the dinner table remains unknown.
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:30:33 +0000)

Rolf Harris loses first appeal bid over conviction for indecent assaults
Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris has lost the first round of his appeal bid against his convictions for 12 cases of indecent assault.
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:30:06 +0000)

Miliband pledges London-style regulated bus service across England
A Labour government would give cities and regions greater powers to regulate bus services, Ed Miliband has announced.
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:56:16 +0000)

Cameron brings back motorcycle outriders after review of security
 
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:19:37 +0000)

'More children feeling suicidal then ever before,' ChildLine figures show
More children are considering suicide than ever before, according to ChildLine, who had more than 34,500 calls in a year from under-18s talking about killing themselves. 
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:54:24 +0000)

Man arrested in murder investigation after woman's skeleton found on Essex island
A man is being held by police over the discovery of a homeless woman's washed up skeleton on an Essex island after she disappeared last year.
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:45:35 +0000)

Britain less meritocratic than continental European countries, study finds
British society is less meritocratic than many of its European neighbours, according to a landmark study
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:08:42 +0000)

Avon and Somerset Police chief constable Nick Gargan to face internal charge of gross misconduct
The chief constable of Avon and Somerset Police is to face an internal charge of gross misconduct following allegations he leaked internal emails and made "inappropriate advances" to female colleagues.
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:46:56 +0000)

'Attention seeker' given Asbo banning him from falling over and faking injuries
A man has been banned from deliberately lying on the ground anywhere in England and Wales to stop his “attention seeking”.
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:26:23 +0000)

Second UK pilot arrested over alcohol concerns
A second pilot in three days has been arrested at a UK airport over concerns that he had drunk alcohol.
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:44:19 +0000)

British government praises Cuba for its work fighting Ebola
The British government has said it is "proud" to work alongside Cuba in the international fight against Ebola.
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:36:48 +0000)

Stafford fireworks explosion: Two people remain missing as man arrested
Two people are now believed to be missing after an explosion at a fireworks warehouse in Stafford.
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:35:34 +0000)

UK weather: 'Heatwave' Halloween giving way to nippy November
After the Halloween “heatwave” that could see temperatures hit a record-breaking 21C today, the winter chill is expected to set in next month.
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:33:13 +0000)

Heartbroken Chow Chow puppy owner blames animal's online fame for disappearance
A heartbroken dog owner has blamed his Chow Chow puppy’s disappearance on the animal’s online fame.
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:26:28 +0000)

Britain to repay £2bn First World War debt
The UK is taking steps to repay the £2bn debt it originally borrowed to finance the First World War.
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:24:59 +0000)

Gay Ukip MEP: Same-sex marriage backers are 'equality Nazis' supporting 'false bollocks' so 'queens can dance up the aisle to Village People'
Same-sex marriage is “false bollocks” that is “rubbing people’s noses in the dirt,” with no one but “equality Nazis” for supporters, a Ukip MEP has said.
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:48:06 +0000)

David Cameron says it would be 'lovely' if interest rates could remain at current low level
David Cameron has said he wants interest rates to remain at a historic low, because it would make life easier for homeowners.
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:22:08 +0000)

Record number of prison deaths ‘due to cuts and overcrowding’
The number of people dying in prison has risen to its highest level since records began more than 30 years ago, figures released by the Ministry of Justice show.
(Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000)

Senior Church of England cleric resigns over abuse case
A senior Church of England cleric has resigned after a report criticised him for the handling of cases involving a paedophile priest.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:58:53 +0000)

'Reform Britain's drug laws now', MPs tell David Cameron
David Cameron is under fire from a coalition of politicians and drugs charities over his refusal to contemplate a fresh look at Britain’s 40-year-old drugs laws.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:06:06 +0000)

One missing and five injured in a fireworks factory blaze in Stafford
One person is missing and five have been injured in a large blaze at a fireworks factory in Stafford, according to police.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:07:10 +0000)

Head of child abuse inquiry Fiona Woolf under fresh pressure to resign
The head of the Government’s child abuse inquiry was under new pressure to quit tonight, after being accused of playing down her links with Lord Brittan in a letter disclosing their contacts – which was re-drafted seven times with the help of the Home Office.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:57:19 +0000)

The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'
Senior tabloid editors are shown naked, embarrassed and scuttling for cover in a new documentary, targeting them with the kind of treatment usually dished out by their own newspapers.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:32:38 +0000)

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: An easy ride in Runcorn - just what David Cameron needed
Normally when the Prime Minister descends on a workplace, production grinds to a halt. O2, whose huge call centre outside Runcorn was the venue for today’s “Cameron Direct”, is made of sterner stuff.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:31:48 +0000)

Nick Clegg: We should to go to war on drugs, not on addicts
Britain has fought the “war on drugs” for the best part of 50 years. But with 2,000 people dying each year and the Mr Bigs of the drug world getting richer, it is clear we are not winning. Instead of looking at evidence-based solutions successive government’s have ratcheted up the rhetoric – talking tough but failing to tackle the problem.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:30:05 +0000)

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change
It was a remarkable show of unity. In the first major Commons debate on drug laws for a generation, MPs buried their political differences to back a fresh look at Britain’s 43-year-old legislation.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:28:11 +0000)

Sun journalist ‘paid £750 for budget details’
A government press officer leaked budget secrets to a Sun reporter in exchange for £750, a court has heard.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:50:21 +0000)

Libyan dissident Abdul Hakim Belhaj can sue over claims of MI6 torture and abduction
A Libyan dissident has won the right to sue the British Government and intelligence agencies in the English courts over claims he was unlawfully abducted and tortured with the involvement of MI6.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:31:44 +0000)

Mirror Group faces further investigation into phone-hacking
Lawyers acting for victims of phone hacking carried out or ordered by journalists at Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) want deeper trawls of the company’s databases after emails were discovered which they argue provide further evidence that voicemail interception was used routinely in the group’s newsrooms.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:30:11 +0000)

Labour calls for inquiry into Tory tax plans
Labour has called for an investigation by the statistics watchdog into claims by David Cameron that proposed Tory tax changes will save the average worker £3,800 by 2020.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:28:20 +0000)

Green Party considering legal action against BBC after being left out of election debates
The Green Party is threatening legal action after the BBC rejected its bid to join a televised leaders’ debate during next year’s general election campaign.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:58:37 +0000)

Councils to appoint 'best practice' social workers to oversee care
Every council in England will have to appoint an experienced frontline social worker to lead on best practice, education minister Nicky Morgan announced today.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:51:27 +0000)

Mother cleared of poisoning teenager daughter with hormones supplied by Belgian doctor says case should be landmark for parents' rights
A mother cleared of poisoning her daughter after taking desperate measures to treat a chronic condition has said that the case should be used as a landmark for other parents finding care for their children outside the NHS.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:37:11 +0000)

Nigel Farage challenges 'liberally biased' comedians to 'call him a narcissist', then asks 'Am I a modern Hitler or a modern Churchill?'
Nigel Farage has launched a scathing attack on the “liberally biased” BBC and its comedy panel shows following his clash with Frankie Boyle on Twitter earlier this week.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:26:24 +0000)

UK government criticised over 'barbaric' plans to stop rescuing drowning African migrants
An MP has defended the Home Office's plans to stop saving refugees and migrants from drowning while they cross the treacherous Mediterranean Sea to Europe, insisting the "emergency measures should be stopped at the earliest opportunity".
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:59:33 +0000)

UK weather: Halloween set to be warmest on record, although temperatures may soon drop
This Halloween could be the warmest on record with temperatures rising to 21C, forecasters have predicted.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:34:50 +0000)

University rugby team takes District Line Tube train out of action with 'alcohol-fuelled strip game'
The drunken antics of a London university rugby team forced a District Line Tube train to come to a halt and be taken out of service on Wednesday afternoon, leaving commuters reeling and the team suspended.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:20:19 +0000)

Labour facing complete political annihilation in Scotland as poll reveals party could win as few as four seats
Ed Miliband’s hopes of become Britain’s next Prime Minister suffered a serious setback today as a new poll suggested Labour is facing political annihilation at the hands of the SNP in its Scottish heartlands.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:53:53 +0000)

Conservative MP Guy Opperman mistakes black activist watching House of Commons Drugs Policy debate for footballer Mario Balotelli
Quite why Mario Balotelli could possibly have fancied a trip to Westminster to "pop" in on the Drugs Policy debate at the House of Commons today remains unclear.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:14:12 +0000)

Flybe pilot arrested moments before take-off over fears he was drunk
A Flybe pilot was arrested moments before he was due to fly on suspicion of drink-driving.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:54:28 +0000)

Facebook reinstates image of breastfeeding mum after photograph goes viral
Facebook has reinstated an image of a mother breastfeeding her premature baby after the photograph went viral when the mother complained it had been deleted.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:45:40 +0000)

Pensioner, 73, arrested by police investigating 1972 murder of Jean McConville
Police investigating the 1972 kidnap and murder of Jean McConville have arrested a pensioner in greater Belfast.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:58:43 +0000)

Halloween 2014: From the Screaming Man of Pluckley to the 'White Lady' of the Tower of London - Britain's 20 most haunted places
As the nights draw in, the clocks go back and a chill returns to the air, it's time once again to turn our thoughts to all things spooky, spectral, mysterious and monstrous.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:00:00 +0000)

Poppy Appeal 2014: Figures show donations to the Royal British Legion have fallen since 2011
Donations to the Poppy Appeal fell by £3.3m between 2011 and 2012, after more than half a decade of annual growth.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:48:40 +0000)

Topshop at centre of row over body image as 'shocking' skinny mannequin photo goes viral
Topshop is at the centre of a row over body image after a photograph which compared the "shocking" skinniness of a mannequin to a "normal girl" in one of their stores went viral.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:33:13 +0000)

Michael Payne death: Father of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne found dead at his home
The father of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne has been found dead at his home in Kent.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:25:00 +0000)

Britain's schools lack capacity to deal with 'influx' of migrant children says Ofsted chief inspector of schools
Schools in the UK need more help from the Government to cope with the “influx” of children from other countries, Ofsted’s chief schools inspector has said.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:24:03 +0000)

The British are born to be miserable, new research finds
“The British do not expect happiness,” claimed English writer Quentin Crisp – and it appears he may have been right.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:20:18 +0000)

Addicted to ignorance on drug abuse
Few areas of public policy are as badly served by our political classes as that governing drug use. There is very little incentive for any politician even to suggest a rational approach to the problem. If the press doesn’t finish off your career, then your political opponents, usually hypocritically, will use the supposedly maverick suggestion as a golden opportunity to smear and discredit you. If you happen to be a progressive sort, you will be dubbed “high on tax and soft on drugs” or the like, quite often by people who are even on the left themselves – people who should know better and who, in reality, but very privately, most likely share the same outlook.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:41:10 +0000)

Drug abuse: But is Britain ready to grow up?
A punitive approach to drug abuse including locking up addicts fails to curb levels of addiction, a Home Office study warns today, as MPs stage the first Commons debate on drugs legislation in a generation.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:03:04 +0000)

‘Urgent action’ needed to halt alcohol abuse in armed forces
Dangerous levels of alcohol consumption are “the norm” in the armed forces and the link between drinking and higher rates of violence among veterans must be investigated, MPs have warned.
(Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000)

Maureen Lipman says 'she can't vote Labour while Ed Miliband is leader'
Actor Maureen Lipman, who has supported Labour for about 50 years, has said she will no longer vote for the party while it is led by Ed Miliband.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:48:34 +0000)

Jim Murphy to stand for leadership of the Scottish Labour party
Jim Murphy, the shadow International Development Secretary, is to stand to become leader of the Scottish Labour Party.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:02:29 +0000)

2015 General Election: Green party will not appear in TV debate alongside Ukip – says BBC
The BBC had said it will not include the Green party in next year’s proposed 2015 General Election TV leader debates, rejecting demands that the party should receive the same coverage as Ukip.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:19:51 +0000)

The South Yorkshire PPC election is a tale of two candidates – and a scandal that divides the voters
Two high streets, six-and-a-half miles between them – but two very different answers to the same question.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:13:09 +0000)

MPs urged to prepare for shift among voters towards renting
Politicians have been urged to take the concerns of tenants more seriously after research indicated that more than 100 MPs – including some in safe Tory seats – will represent renter-dominated constituencies in coming years.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:46:18 +0000)

Two million children are referred to social services
Soaring numbers of children are being referred to social services because of abuse and neglect, with two million brought to the attention of councils in the last year.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:32:01 +0000)

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: No Douglas Carswell – but Ukip’s presence in the Commons is still felt
Expected, as Ukip’s first ever elected MP, to inject an electric new current of excitement through the Commons, Douglas Carswell has been a crashing disappointment. Today, for PMQs, he didn’t even show up.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:12:00 +0000)

Report: Child sexual exploitation now a 'social norm' in parts of Greater Manchester
Sexual exploitation of children has become “normal” in parts of Greater Manchester, according to a report described as “alarming” by Home Secretary Theresa May.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:06:27 +0000)

The chance to reform the UK's backwards drugs policy is finally here – and we cannot waste it
The long-delayed report released by the Home Office highlights how its own approach to drugs is not based on evidence.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:03:01 +0000)

Scottish referendum: David Cameron rejects calls for UK-wide EU vote
David Cameron has rejected the possibility of a Scottish veto in a UK-wide referendum on European Union membership.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:59:28 +0000)

RAF jets escort Latvian cargo plane causing loud blast in Kent area
Two RAF jets intercepted a Latvian cargo plane over Kent and accompanied it to Stansted Airport today – causing a loud blast across a 50-mile radius which frightened local residents.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:54:21 +0000)

Criminal phone-hacking charges against up to nine Mirror Group journalists 'imminent'
Up to nine former Mirror Group journalists and executives could face “imminent” criminal charges over phone hacking, according to a lawyer representing the Metropolitan Police.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:47:56 +0000)

David Cameron risks backbench rebellion by granting vote on European Arrest Warrant
David Cameron is to risk a damaging Euro-rebellion from scores of Tory MPs just days before the Rochester and Strood by-election, in which the Conservatives are struggling to avert defeat by Ukip.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:31:16 +0000)

Armed police raid 'immersive' Halloween experience after bystander mistakes acting for real kidnappings
Armed police raided a group of people wearing balaclavas and believed to be wielding guns after a passer-by saw them bundling people into the back of a van in West Sussex.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:15:53 +0000)

Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything
British people think that there are twice as many immigrants in the country than is really the case – and four times as many Muslims, according to a new survey by Ipsos Mori.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:03:21 +0000)

CCTV captures man putting on gloves and bandana before a failed gunpoint robbery
Two men have been caught on camera covering their faces minutes before a botched robbery in a Westminster car park on Sunday.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:49:04 +0000)

Investigation into death of man who jumped into Plymouth harbour during police chase
A watchdog is investigating the death of a man who jumped into a Plymouth harbour while being chased by police.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:46:59 +0000)

How dirty is the Tube? Video shows just how disgusting the London Underground is (and the Piccadilly line is the worst)
You may decide to stand up next time you use the Tube, if this video showing how dirty the seats on the Underground is anything to go by.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:19:17 +0000)

Sir Nicholas Winton honoured: Extraordinary story of the 'British Schindler' who rescued 669 children from Nazis in occupied Czechoslovakia
Sir Nicholas Winton was just 29 when he saved 669 children, most of them Jews, from the Nazis in occupied Czechoslovakia, in an extraordinary act of kindness and bravery that saw him nicknamed 'The British Schindler'.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:17:31 +0000)

Samaritans to monitor tweets to warn you if your friends could be suicidal
Suicide prevention charity Samaritans has launched a service to help people spot whether their friends could be at risk of taking their own lives.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:05:15 +0000)

Puppy farm shootings: John Lowe murdered my family, but police 'put the gun in his hands', says relative
The daughter of a woman shot dead by a puppy farmer has accused police of "putting the gun in the hands" of a murderer.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:02:41 +0000)

Nicky Morgan claims she would vote for gay marriage if given a second chance
Nicky Morgan has changed her mind on gay marriage.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:44:24 +0000)

CCTV images released after man left with broken jaw in vicious assault by attacker on mobility scooter
Shocking CCTV stills have been released after a man was pushed to the ground by an attacker on a mobility scooter.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:50:40 +0000)

London is the world’s most expensive city for new-builds
The most expensive cities to buy high-end new-builds have been revealed, and London is top of the list.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:53:12 +0000)

Single mother-of-five made homeless by benefits cap turns to Supreme Court over Westminster Council's attempts at 'social cleansing'
A single mother-of-five who was made homeless after resisting Westminster Council’s attempt to move the family 50 miles from the capital is applying to the Supreme Court to review her case.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:50:00 +0000)

Man found impaled on railings by church in Kensington
A 38-year-old man has been found impaled on railings near a church in Kensington, west London.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:34:13 +0000)

Firefighters called to blaze at Olympic Stadium in London
Firefighters were called to tackle a blaze inside the Olympic Stadium in London this morning.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:06:22 +0000)

More than 10,000 asylum-seekers 'left in limbo'
More than 10,000 asylum-seekers who have lived in Britain for more than seven years are still waiting for an initial Home Office decision on whether they can stay, a damming report reveals today.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:17:39 +0000)

NAO attacks Government's over-optimistic HS2 benefit analysis
The economic benefits from multi-billion pound investment in high-speed rail have been “unrealistic” and the lessons of over-optimistic Government forecasts need to be incorporated into analysis of big-ticket rail projects, according to a new report from a Whitehall watchdog.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:17:32 +0000)

Hornchurch's 1970s Rom skatepark given Grade II listed status
A skatepark dating back to the sport’s 1970s peak has become a protected heritage site.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:17:26 +0000)

Millions of unseen 'orphan' artworks to be put on show
Millions of culturally valuable artistic works and historically important documents, such as wartime diaries, letters, photographs and films, are in the public domain for the first time today after a new copyright relaxation announced by ministers.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000)

NHS hospitals 'sending patients home too early and missing cancer diagnoses'
Patients are being sent home from hospital too early - often before it is safe for them to leave - the parliamentary and health service ombudsman has said.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000)

Ministers aim to boost the nation’s happiness with new wellbeing centre
Increasing national well-being is to be put at the heart of Government policy-making, ministers will announce today, with the establishment of a new centre to measure the impact of policies on people’s happiness.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000)

Plan for EU referendum Bill collapses amid bitter Coalition row
Conservative plans to enshrine an EU referendum in law have collapsed amid a bitter Coalition row.
(Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:58:17 +0000)

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Two nations divided by some uncommon language
As ententes go this was not madly cordiale. True, the Home Affairs committee chairman, Keith Vaz, did his best to make the Mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart, feel at home by thanking her in excruciatingly accented French for coming along to “discuter ce sujet tres important”. In the event, Ms Bouchart must have wondered whether it wasn’t bad enough to have an asylum seeker crisis in your town without crossing the Channel to be told by a bunch of British MPs it was all your fault.
(Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:47:01 +0000)

What's the Whig idea? Meet the man trying to revive a centuries-old political party
A new Facebook group with a growing following appears to have an exceptionally long history.
(Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:47:00 +0000)

Ebola outbreak: 'Sixty days to save West Africa'
West Africa is 60 days away from a “humanitarian catastrophe”, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has warned, launching an unprecedented appeal to secure millions of pounds to fund the fight against Ebola.
(Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:21:52 +0000)

Brokers ‘swapped Kim Jong Il pictures’ during Asian client call, court hears
A British Asian City worker suing one of the UK’s biggest brokers for alleged racial discrimination and harassment helped create an atmosphere where racially offensive jokes went unpunished, a court heard today.
(Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:58:17 +0000)

Tower of London poppies: WW1 centenary installation almost complete ahead of Remembrance Day
The blanket of ceramic poppies planted outside the Tower of London to commemorate the centenary of the First World War is now a fortnight from completion.
(Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:44:53 +0000)

#ChocCoinGate: The sadness of Cadbury discontinuing chocolate coins before Christmas
Cadbury yesterday announced that they have discontinued milk chocolate coins and unhappy fans even set up a petition calling for a U-turn.
(Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:29:02 +0000)