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Protesters in wheelchairs block MPs’ entrance to Parliament

Published time: 19 Jul, 2017 14:15 Protesters in wheelchairs blocked MPs’ entrance to the House of Commons on Wednesday, chanting “no justice, no peace” in a demonstration over benefits cuts. Police formed a cordon at the entrance to the Members’ Lobby as the demonstrators demanded to speak with MPs as ...

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Gay Muslim marriages ‘thriving’ in Britain, says drag queen

Same-sex Muslim marriages are “thriving” in the UK, according to the person billed as the country’s first Muslim drag queen. Asifa Lahore, 34, whose Pakistani family raised her in west London, contested the recent claim made by another gay Muslim that his was the first union between two Muslim people ...

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BBC presenters’ 6-figure salaries exposed, revealing massive gender pay gap

BBC presenters’ six-figure salaries have been published, exposing a stark gender pay gap, with the top-earning woman on £1.5 million less than the highest-paid man. Read more The top seven BBC earners were all white men. Chris Evans, former Top Gear presenter and Radio 2 host, topped the list, earning ...

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Pound plunges before inflation data release, sparking fresh ‘leak’ concerns

A sharp fall in sterling just before surprisingly weak June inflation data was released has reignited concern that confidential official information is being leaked to market traders. Read more The controversy comes just weeks after strict new rules on access to Office for National Statistics (ONS) data was unveiled on ...

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No single ethnic group must dominate in schools, says head teacher

Legislation to stop one race prevailing over another in British schools has become the “only answer” to stop pupils being segregated along ethnic lines, a Bradford ‘superhead’ has said. Sir Nick Weller, the executive principal at Dixons Academies, which runs a number of schools in the west Yorkshire city, warned ...

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‘Japanese-paid’ neoconservative think tank hypes Chinese threat to Britain

Published time: 19 Jul, 2017 10:16 A British neoconservative think tank, recently accused of being paid by the Japanese embassy to churn out propaganda against Beijing, has claimed in a new report that Chinese investment in the UK presents a serious risk to data security. The Henry Jackson Society, which ...

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Highly-paid BBC newsreaders could be forced off air to avoid conflict of interest

Published time: 18 Jul, 2017 15:38 The BBC may be forced to stand down top presenters on Wednesday to avoid them having to read out leading news bulletins about their own six-figure salaries. Read more The broadcaster is reportedly in last-minute talks about how to cover the story without breaching ...

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Tory austerity leaving police officers struggling to collect terrorist intelligence – ex-Met chief

Britain’s counterterrorist strategy may be at risk as the police force is stretched to near “breaking point,” leading officers struggling to collect intelligence on terrorism, the former head of the Metropolitan Police has said. Read more Paul Condon, who headed the Met between 1993 and 2000, is the latest senior ...

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MPs demand truth on hidden costs of £150bn F-35 warplane deal

Published time: 18 Jul, 2017 15:37 MPs from the Defence Select Committee have demanded full disclosure of the hidden costs associated with the UK’s controversial £150 billion F-35 warplane program. Committee chair Julian Lewis said he would be pushing for a special investigation into the acquisition only a day after ...

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Millions in taxpayer cash handed out ‘last minute’ to meet foreign aid targets

Published time: 18 Jul, 2017 12:49 The government is “struggling” to spend its allocated overseas aid budget and dispenses cash overseas in a last-minute frenzy to meet its targets, the spending watchdog has said. Read more A National Audit Office (NAO) report has raised concerns that money is being wasted ...

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