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Smith Commission: Scottish welfare controls watered down at eleventh hour
Plans to give the Scottish Parliament greater control over welfare have been watered down at the last minute.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:18:18 +0000)

Police officer stabs dog to death during drugs raid in Lewisham, London
A police officer has stabbed a dog to death during a drugs raid in Lewisham, south east London.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:55:57 +0000)

University inquiry into Professor Stefan Grimm’s death
Imperial College London has launched an investigation into the treatment of one of its academics, who was found dead after telling colleagues that he felt under intense pressure from the university.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:55:46 +0000)

UK may ship all North Korean asylum-seekers to South Korea
North Koreans who risk their lives fleeing the country’s fiercely oppressive regime could be refused asylum in the UK after a court judgment backing the Home Secretary Theresa May.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:29:13 +0000)

John Allen trial: Care home abuser spent decades tainting the youth of his charges
When John Allen stepped away from running his hugely successful care home business in 1991, having spent 25 years building up a network of properties for vulnerable children in north Wales, it is fair to assume he was looking forward to a quiet and very comfortable retirement.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:41:01 +0000)

Emily Thornberry's van-driving brother hits back at claims she is a snob
Ben Thornberry, Islington MP Emily Thornberry’s van-driving, builder brother, has hit back at claims his sister is a snob, after she was forced to resign for tweeting a photo of a white van and England flags.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:31:59 +0000)

Surjit Singh Chhokar murder: Mechanic will face second trial over 1998 stabbing of Sikh
A car mechanic will face a second trial for killing a Sikh waiter in the street 16 years after he was acquitted of the murder.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:25:48 +0000)

Black Friday: Watch over 30 television sets disappear in under two minutes at Tesco store in Yorkshire
Footage has emerged that shows dozens of ‘Black Friday’ shoppers fighting over television sets in chaotic scenes captured at a Tesco supermarket in West Yorkshire.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:08:25 +0000)

Madeleine McCann investigation cost to reach £10m as British review continues
The cost of the continuing British police investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann could soon hit £10 million.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:58:38 +0000)

Immigration and welfare: Where do the Tories, Labour, Ukip and Lib Dems stand?
David Cameron seemingly used a speech on new benefits curbs for migrants to launch an attack on Ukip and "their snake-oil of simple solutions" when it came to immigration.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:48:31 +0000)

Far-right extremist British soldier jailed for two years for building nail bomb
A British soldier with far-right political sympathies has been jailed for two years for building a nail bomb.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:47:39 +0000)

Plebgate: The timeline of events that left Andrew Mitchell's career in tatters
19 September 2012Andrew Mitchell, Chief Whip at the time, cycles up to the gates of Downing Street, when he is told by police he must dismount before passing through the gates. A brief row follows, in which Mr Mitchell allegedly told the police: “Best you learn your fucking place” before calling them “fucking plebs”.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:42:25 +0000)

Sony Pictures still crippled by hack, Angelina Jolie and Cameron Diaz info might be at risk
Sony Pictures has still not revived its computer systems after a hack earlier this week, leaving its staff working on pen and paper and unsure why they’re going in to work.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:18:43 +0000)

Seven Somali men convicted of running Bristol child sex ring will serve combined sentence more than 40 years
Seven Somali men who were found guilty of child sex crimes in Bristol that involved the organised abuse, rape and forced prostitution of British teenage girls have been jailed for a total of 40 years and six months.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:39:39 +0000)

Russian warships tailed by Royal Navy as they move through the English Channel
A squadron of Russian warships has moved through the English Channel carrying out exercises while being monitored by the Royal Navy.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:38:32 +0000)

Black Friday UK: Panic on the aisles of Tesco
The usual decorum witnessed in Tesco stores across the UK was aggressively shoved aside and sent flying into a bargain bin on Black Friday as shoppers sought out the best deals in scenes of utter chaos.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:26:57 +0000)

Black Friday: Apple offers no UK discounts, gives cash to Aids research instead
Apple stores in the UK have opted not to take part in Black Friday, despite running promotions in the US — leaving resellers the only way that shoppers in Britain can get discounts on the company’s products.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:56:51 +0000)

UK weather: An Arctic freeze? Snowstorms? The worst winter in years? Probably not, says Met Office after cold weather warnings
It has been billed by some as potentially one of the worst winters we have seen in years, with record low temperatures and widespread snow throughout December.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:38:20 +0000)

Nigel Farage condemns former Ukip deputy Monckton's comments that gay men have '20,000 sexual partners' in their 'miserable lives'
Nigel Farage has come to the aid of Ukip’s ever-dwindling reputation for tolerance by condemning homophobic comments made by the party’s former deputy leader this week.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:05:42 +0000)

Teenager arrested over two rape allegations at Jeremy Clarkson’s old private school
A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of committing two rapes at an exclusive private school in Derbyshire.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:03:47 +0000)

David Cameron sets out immigration reforms: We should distrust Ukip and their 'snake-oil of simple solutions'
David Cameron today launched a fight-back against Ukip as he accused Nigel Farage’s party of attempting to "foment division" and of pandering to prejudice over immigration.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:55:18 +0000)

Westminster sex abuse scandal: Ex-Cabinet minister 'was photographed in the sauna with a naked boy at Elm Guest House'
A former cabinet minster was photographed with a naked boy in the sauna of notorious guest house at the centre of the historic Westminster child abuse allegations, it has been claimed.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:15:36 +0000)

Black Friday live: Watch the money pile up in real-time with this graph of minute-by-minute spending
A new online tool is helping to measure the scale with which Black Friday has gripped Britain this year.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:10:40 +0000)

'People are nervous of Andrew Mitchell,' says MP Michael Fabricant after plebgate libel loss
Tory MP Michael Fabricant claimed yesterday that "a lot of people are quite nervous of Andrew Mitchell" after the ex-Conservative Chief whip lost a High Court libel case.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:50:33 +0000)

David Cameron's immigration speech sets alarm bells ringing. Literally.
David Cameron always knew his speech detailing new immigration plans was going to cause a stir; his Tory recipe to combat Ukip's rise and settle the party ship before next May's election.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:45:11 +0000)

Black Friday: best UK tech deals on iPads, Macs, PS4 and more
Black Friday has arrived — bringing with it deals on TVs, games consoles, laptops and tablets. Lots of the big tech companies are offering deals, and here’s the best so far, which will be updated through the day.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:36:04 +0000)

Black Friday UK: Best Vines from the mayhem as shoppers fight for discounts
Black Friday is causing mayhem across the UK as shoppers fight over the best bargains.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:19:18 +0000)

Two children being tested for Ebola in Newcastle after arriving in UK from Africa
Two children are being tested for Ebola in Newcastle after arriving in the UK from Africa.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 07:39:34 +0000)

Magna Carta: Contemporary account of the signing of historic document discovered
An account of how the signing of the Magna Carta went down with ordinary people at the time has been discovered by staff at the British Library.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:01:35 +0000)

Jeremy Paxman urged to run for London mayor
Jeremy Paxman has been asked to stand as the Conservative candidate for London mayor by a senior figure in the party, according to a report.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:45:09 +0000)

More than half of children born in the year 2000 have faced poverty
More than half the children born at the turn of the millennium had experienced poverty by the time they reached the age of 11, says a new report out today.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000)

Women's charities call for buffer zones around abortion clinics
“Buffer zones” should be set up around abortion clinics to prevent women being “intimidated and distressed” by anti-abortion activists, leading medical and rights groups have said.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000)

Social networks must simplify terms, say MPs
Millions of Britons are using social networks without realising what they are sacrificing in privacy because companies such as Facebook use excessively complicated terms and conditions, MPs warn today.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000)

Do regional dialects have any place in the modern world?
One afternoon this summer, my geologist dad and I were biking around the ruins of 18th- and 19th-century mines in west Cornwall. It is not such an unusual activity in my family, my father having spent his life working in mining, but what was unusual were the names of the places we were criss-crossing. The likes of: Wheal Jane, Wheal Rose, and my favourite, Wheal Busy. They sounded like a gaggle of elderly aunts, and I asked my dad ( who had a Cumbrian father and Cornish mother) what the words meant. "Wheal," he remembered, meant "place of work" in Cornish dialect and was routinely used in tin mine names.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000)

David Cameron: We will bar EU nationals from benefits 'for four years'
David Cameron will announce plans today to ban European Union nationals from claiming in-work benefits in Britain for four years as the Prime Minister attempts to regain the political initiative on immigration.
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000)

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Doubles all round, the MPs drunk on devolution cried
It was all in the final flourish of Alistair Carmichael’s statement. We could, he said, achieve “home rule all round”. The phrase is venerable, coined by 19th-century Liberals and nationalists who wanted federal Britain to make Irish and Scottish home rule acceptable to the rest of the United Kingdom.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:59:34 +0000)

Plebgate politician Andrew Mitchell – privileged upbringing and temper tantrums were his undoing
Rugby, Cambridge, Lazard, Parliament: Andrew Mitchell’s life until the evening of 19 September 2012 was one of rarefied privilege even by the standards of Conservative MPs.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:41:07 +0000)

Fetcham murders: Lithuanian builder Viktoras Bruzas arrested on suspicion of murdering couple in their home
A Lithuanian builder wanted on suspicion of stabbing to death a couple in their home in a rural village has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:27:46 +0000)

Smith Commission: Labour anger grows at Miliband's U-turn on ceding powers to Holyrood
Scottish MPs would be banned from voting on tax changes for the rest of the UK under sweeping plans to be outlined by David Cameron.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:37:24 +0000)

Smith Commission: New powers on taxation mean 'home rule for Scotland within the UK'
The “promise” made by David Cameron when Scotland was poised to exit the United Kingdom in September’s independence referendum was honoured in Edinburgh yesterday when the Holyrood parliament was handed a raft of new powers.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:19:12 +0000)

Profile: Lord Smith of Kelvin
“Tonight we stand together, tonight we are filled with pride, tonight we are a Commonwealth,” an emotional Lord Smith of Kelvin said as he addressed the closing ceremony of Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:34:13 +0000)

Smith Commission explainer: Will this work – and who’ll end up paying when it goes wrong?
Why is this happening now?
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:32:28 +0000)

Andy McSmith's Diary: After 80 years adrift, a memorial finally lands for doomed airship
HM Airship R101, the technological wonder of its day, set off from Cardington in Bedfordshire, on 4 October 1930, bound for Karachi on its first international flight, with Lord Thomson, Ramsay MacDonald’s Secretary of State for Air and other eminent passengers on board. Crowds watched it sail gracefully over London, but over northern France, it went into a fatal nose dive. Of the 54 passengers and crew, 46 were killed outright, and two died from their injuries.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:31:32 +0000)

Foxtons property tycoon sues garage after £1m vintage Lamborghini bursts into flames – with his son inside
The billionaire founder of Foxtons estate agents is suing a garage which serviced his £1m Lamborghini – after the car blew up while his son was at the wheel.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:27:21 +0000)

The 'crass insensitivity' of Tower’s luxury dinner for arms dealers, days after poppy display
The Tower of London has been accused of “crass insensitivity” by hosting a £240-a-head networking dinner for arms manufacturers days after its hugely popular sea of poppies made it the focus of the First World War commemorations.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:25:16 +0000)

PM’s office ignored official advice to stop funding failing Big Society charity
David Cameron’s office ignored official advice and ordered a government department to carry on funding a failing and debt-ridden charity closely linked to his flagship Big Society project.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:10:22 +0000)

Bristol sex gang: The horrifying ordeals of the brave 13-year-old who came forward
One of the Somali gang’s victims was 13 when she was raped four times by three men in one evening – first at a flat in Barton Hill before being driven to a city centre Premier Inn where she was raped three more times. By this stage in December 2012 she had become “used” to being abused, the court heard.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:18:33 +0000)

Tower of London poppies: Courier throws ceramic poppy parcel 25 feet over fence
CCTV footage from a member of the public allegedly shows a courier delivering a parcel with a ceramic poppy from the Tower of London by throwing it 25 feet over a fence to land by the front door.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:15:41 +0000)

School says it 'got it wrong' over worksheet about the Bible and homosexuality
A school in Belfast has issued an apology after parents complained about a worksheet focusing on what the Bible says about homosexuality.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:56:36 +0000)

John Allen trial: Children's homes boss found guilty on seven more counts of sexual abuse
A former children’s homes boss could die in prison after he has been found guilty of a further seven charges of sexually abusing youngsters in north Wales over a period of four decades. John Allen, 73, had denied 40 counts of sex abuse against 19 boys and one girl from 1968 to 1991 but was found guilty of seven offences on Thursday in addition to the 26 he was convicted for on the previous day.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:31:12 +0000)

Campylobacter: Seven things you need to know about supermarket chicken bug
More than 70 percent of fresh chicken sold in British supermarkets is contaminated with the campylobacter bug, with Asda reporting the highest incidence rate.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:23:51 +0000)

East Coast franchise: Reading between the lines on privatisation
The Department for Transport has awarded the East Coast franchise to Inter City Railways, a consortium of Stagecoach and Virgin. But what is being said - and what do people really mean?
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:12:43 +0000)

Tiny Welsh town of 5,000 is Britain’s drink drive capital – while East London has least amount of convictions
A small town in mid-Wales has been found to be the UK’s drink and drug driving capital, according to research.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:47:52 +0000)

Plebgate: Andrew Mitchell’s reputation in tatters as judge rules he used the word ‘pleb’
Andrew Mitchell was left with his reputation in tatters and facing a legal bill of more than £1m after the comprehensive failure of his two-year campaign to prove he was the victim of an orchestrated police conspiracy to bring him down over the “Plebgate” saga.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:30:45 +0000)

Break Google into bits, says EU
The European Parliament today voted to ask Google to break itself up to bring an end to a long-running dispute about whether its huge market share is a problem.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:23:37 +0000)

Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte detained in Mexico two weeks after investigation into sale of the club was launched
Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte has been detained in Mexico.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:19:11 +0000)

Chicken bug: 70 per cent of British supermarket chickens test positive for Campylobacter bacteria
The bacteria campylobacter contaminated 70 per cent of fresh shop-bought chickens stocked by major retailers.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:36:05 +0000)

Ukip mocked after mistaking Westminster Cathedral – for a mosque
Ukip’s list of blunders is now a little longer, after a party activist complained that a BBC survey about Nigel Farage had taken place outside a mosque – which in fact was Westminster Cathedral.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:24:14 +0000)

Syrian Electronic Army hack hits sites using Gigya, but all data safe
Sites using the popular Gigya comment platform were attacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) today, as hackers used the system that handles domain names to send them SEA messages and re-direct them to different websites.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:18:35 +0000)

Tory MP Karl McCartney favourites NSFW bondage image of naked woman, denies all knowledge
Someone cruising Lincoln MP Karl McCartney's Twitter favourites (as you do) this morning, discovered among tweets about positive goings-on in his constituency, an image of a woman tied to a bed wearing crotchless underwear.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:05:06 +0000)

Tesco takes on battle of supermarkets being fought in champagne aisle and slashes quality fizz to £8
First Aldi, then Asda, now Tesco: the battle of the supermarkets has now reached the champagne aisle.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:48:29 +0000)

Linda Henry, who plays Shirley Carter in Eastenders, facing trial accused of hurling racial abuse outside Jamie Oliver's restaurant
The actress who plays Shirley Carter, Phil Mitchell’s former partner, on the most ethnically diverse soap on television, is facing trial charged with racially aggravated harassment.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:49:07 +0000)

Immigration figures: PM's pledge 'in ruins' as net annual migration soars to more than quarter of million
David Cameron’s pledge to cut immigration is in ruins after net annual migration soared to more than a quarter of a million.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:11:35 +0000)

Michael Buerk wishes he killed Jimmy Savile when he had the chance - by pushing him overboard a cruise ship
Michael Buerk, the former BBC News reader and current Crusoe-esque I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here contestant, made a startling confession to his campmates on Wednesday.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:49:42 +0000)

Fetcham murders: Police issue 'urgent' appeal for 38-year-old Viktoras Bruzas in connection with double stabbing
A manhunt is underway across two counties after a couple were found stabbed to death in a small Surrey town.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:43:23 +0000)

Is it spring already? Frogspawn seen in Cornwall four months early
Frogspawn has been found in Cornwall four months before it is supposed to appear, according to a report.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 01:19:52 +0000)

NHS could triple number of weight-loss surgeries to reduce number of obese Britons
The NHS should triple the number of weight-loss surgeries it carries out every year to help tackle the “immense problem” of obesity and reduce the £10bn cost of caring for patients with diabetes, the health watchdog has said.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000)

Single parents 'singled out by harsh benefits sanctions'
Single parents are wrongly being threatened with having their benefits cut under the Government’s tough new sanctions regime, according to a report published today.
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000)

Smith Commission to recommend Scotland 'gets control of income tax', say sources
Scotland should be given control over income tax rates and bands, a commission on devolution is expected to say in a report published on Thursday.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:40:39 +0000)

Glasgow School of Art: Student’s degree project 'caused blaze' that destroyed Rennie Mackintosh building
For any art student, preparing for the degree show is a defining moment that could make the difference between lasting fame and a slow slide into obscurity.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:01:51 +0000)

Green Party wants corporate tax to fund universities
Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party, has set out proposals to pay for higher education with enforced taxation on multinational companies.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:57:11 +0000)

Is criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?
I doubt whether they talk much about the King of the Visigoths in Labour Party circles. Or anywhere else, for that matter. Yet it was that long-forgotten ruler of 7th-century Spain who in AD681 proclaimed his "Ervigian Code". Among other laws, that raft of measures enshrined state anti-Semitism. It would set the tone for the exclusion or persecution of Jews in Europe for centuries to come.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:20:00 +0000)

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: This blessed plot, this realm, this White Van Man...
There was Mondeo Man and Worcester Woman. But now the battle for White Van Man has been truly joined. This was Stratford-upon-Avon Tory Nadhim Zahawi’s big moment and he seized it joyfully.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:16:57 +0000)

Theresa May 'buried' bad news immigration report, watchdog warns
Theresa May has buried bad news about Britain’s asylum system by delaying and manipulating the publication of independent inspection reports, the head of the Government’s immigration watchdog has warned MPs.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:53:36 +0000)

Counter-terrorism awareness drive denounced as cynical political PR
It is the largest campaign ever mounted to alert the public to the risk of terrorism, involving 6,000 police officers in all parts of Britain.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:46:04 +0000)

Miliband ally Lord Wood leads condemnation of Daily Express over its definition of 'hidden' migrants
One of Ed Miliband’s closest allies led condemnation of the Daily Express last night after it described people with foreign-born parents as “hidden” migrants.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:44:30 +0000)

White heroin deaths: British tourists found dead in Amsterdam after 'snorting powerful drug spiked with painkillers'
Two British tourists in their twenties have died in the Netherlands after they snorted what is believed to have been white heroin.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:26:58 +0000)

Tony Blair: Labour must not try and 'out-Ukip' Nigel Farage
Leaving the European Union would be viewed as an "extraordinary act of self-destruction", Tony Blair has said, as he urged Labour not to attempt to "out-Ukip" Nigel Farage's party.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:23:10 +0000)

Andy McSmith's Diary: Hairless David Cameron’s hoary tribute to hirsute colleagues
Is there something wrong with David Cameron’s face that makes him unable to grow a moustache? It is a question that sprouts on the lips of journalists each November, because this is the month when men make themselves look hideous in a good cause: raising awareness of testicular cancer.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:22:15 +0000)

Burglars admit savage attack on lecturer Paul Kohler at his home
Four Polish men have admitted burgling the home of a university lecturer who was left savagely beaten and left with “life-changing injuries” after opening the door to the balaclava-clad gang.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:20:51 +0000)

Legal aid cuts means free housing advice slashed despite rise in reposessions
Legal help for thousands of families facing eviction from their home is being slashed by the Government despite soaring numbers of repossessions, an investigation for The Independent has found.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:14:56 +0000)

'Britain's FBI' probes corrupt use of UK shell companies in £13bn laundering scam
The National Crime Agency – dubbed Britain’s version of the FBI – has begun an inquiry into the UK end of a $20bn (£13bn) money-laundering scam revealed by The Independent involving some 19 British shell companies.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:11:22 +0000)

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign
The leaders of Britain’s three main political parties have united behind The Independent’s Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal, stating that coming to the aid of struggling servicemen and women is in the interests of the whole country.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:00:20 +0000)

Syria crisis: Britain's response to humanitarian disaster 'woefully inadequate', says coalition of leading charities in open letter to David Cameron
Britain’s response to the Syria refugee crisis has been “woefully inadequate”, according to a coalition of aid groups and charities who are urging the UK to resettle 10,000 refugees.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:56:58 +0000)

Charities' open letter to David Cameron: We applaud British aid to Syria, but aid is not enough
Dear Prime Minister,
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:53:46 +0000)

British brothers jailed for training at terrorist camp in Syria
Two jihadist brothers have become the first Britons to be jailed for going to Syria to attend a terrorist training camp.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:52:44 +0000)

Busy Nottingham food bank to close in protest at harsh council cuts
A busy food bank is shutting down in protest against the local council allegedly using its existence as a reason to deny hardship funds to local people who cannot afford to pay for basics.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:50:24 +0000)

George Osborne plots deficit trap for Labour ahead of Autumn Statement
George Osborne will attempt to isolate Labour and force the party to say when it would clear the budget deficit when he makes his annual autumn statement next week.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:20:57 +0000)

Rise in homophobic attacks in London, Greater Manchester, South Wales and Northern Ireland, say police
Police forces across the UK have reported a rise in the number of homophobic crimes this year – with the biggest increases in London, Greater Manchester, South Wales, and Northern Ireland.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:06:37 +0000)

Nicola Sturgeon announces radical land reform plans for Scotland
The laws governing Scotland’s land must undergo “radical” reform so that both urban areas and the countryside are treated as assets which benefit “the many, not the few”, Nicola Sturgeon has said.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:37:00 +0000)

EU wants Google ‘right to be forgotten’ deletions to apply everywhere
EU regulators want the controversial 'right to be forgotten' ruling, which allows people to have pages about themselves scrubbed from the search engine, to be applied across the internet, including on the .com domain.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:56:56 +0000)

Dr Lam Hoe Yeoh: Voyeur doctor jailed for eight years after using network of hidden cameras to film patients, colleagues and friends on the toilet
A network of hidden cameras a world-renowned doctor used to spy on patients, friends and colleagues has been revealed after he was jailed for eight years.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:44:06 +0000)

Autumn Statement: What is it and why does it happen?
George Osborne is scheduled to outline the government's financial plans to Parliament in the Autumn Statement next week on 3 December.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:14:27 +0000)

Couple arrested at Heathrow Airport over Syria terror offences
A couple have been arrested at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of terror offences related to Syria.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:31:29 +0000)

Watch a grey seal give birth on Lincolnshire beach
After stories of seals inflicting brutal injuries to porpoises and having sex with penguins and eating them afterwards, it's reassuring to see video of a seal doing something natural such as giving birth.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:26:10 +0000)

Advertising watchdog takes on YouTube vloggers over paid-for videos
Video bloggers are on the rise. And the British advertising watchdog might just have seriously upset them.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:56:38 +0000)

Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
Nigel Farage’s Ukip has called for the children of immigrants to themselves be classed as migrants – despite the fact that the party leader’s own two children would be included in that number.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:45:18 +0000)