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UK fails to release ‘Butcher of Bahrain’ cable

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A British court has ruled against the release of a 1977 cable between the government and a ruthless British military officer in charge of police in Bahrain. Human rights activists have lost their battle at Britain’s Information Rights Tribunal to ...

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‘British navy to crack down on migrant traders’

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The UK navy is set to deploy 200 Royal Marines to the Mediterranean to help “smash” migrant traffickers, says report. The move, which would see the UK spearhead a multinational operation off the coast of North Africa, comes amid reports ...

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Scotland threatens London with 2nd independence vote

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Scotland has threatened London with a second referendum on independence if Edinburgh’s demands for more powers are ignored by the UK’s new Conservative administration. An unidentified source close to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the Sunday Herald that she raised ...

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1,000s of disabled people in UK sexually abused: Charity

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A UK charity has revealed that nearly 5,000 disabled British adults have been sexually abused across England in the past two years. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) said Monday that data collected from 106 ...

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UK cuts to make more brutal police tactics inevitable: Official

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More potential budget cuts by the new Tory government in the UK would force British police to adopt “paramilitary” enforcement tactics to maintain their ability to enforce law and order, the head of the police officers’ organization has warned. “You get a ...

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Trident seaman publishes “The Secret Nuclear Threat"

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A member of the  UK navy says the country’s Trident nuclear submarine program is a “disaster waiting to happen.” These comments came in an online posting attached to an image of Able Seaman William McNeilly’s Royal Navy ID card. The ...

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UK drones may combat Mediterranean migrant trade

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The British government is expected to provide drones and surveillance equipment to combat human trafficking in the Mediterranean, reports say. The British foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, and the defence secretary, Michael Fallon, are expected to tell their EU counterparts at ...

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UK legal migrants ‘too scared to seek medical help’

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A charity group says migrants who are in possession of proper documents are still afraid of arrest and thus avoid seeking vital medical care. Doctors of the World said the vast majority (83 percent) of the patients it spoke to ...

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‘Tories may cut 100,000 jobs over next 5 years’

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A union representing British civil servants is warning that the new Conservative government may slash up to 100,000 jobs over the next five years. The head of the “First Division Association”(FDA) union says more swinging cuts to public spending may ...

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PM Cameron reaffirms NHS funding – but can he be trusted?

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UK Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to honour his pledge of an extra £8 billion per year to the National Health Service (NHS) by 2020, whilst creating a “seven-day” health service. The British prime minister and former Labour leader ...

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Mind the gap: Britain’s richest are 105 times better off than the poorest

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The UK’S richest 20 percent have more than one hundred times the wealth of the poorest 20 percent, with the combined household wealth of £9.1 trillion remaining for the most part in the hands of the elite. New analysis from ...

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‘We Will Not Surrender Our Voices': British Teens Lead Thousands-Strong Protest Against Austerity

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‘We want an end to austerity. An end to the poor getting poorer and the rich getting richer.’ Sarah Lazare (Common Dreams) – A spirited protest against austerity reportedly led by teenagers swept Bristol, England on Wednesday, drawing thousands to ...

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EU referendum should take place ‘as soon as necessary’ – Bank of England chief

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The governor of the Bank of England has said a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union (EU) should take place “as soon as necessary.” Mark Carney said the prospect of a referendum was fuelling business uncertainty, which could ...

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New UK Law Could Criminalize ‘Politically Incorrect’ Opinions

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A chilling comment by British Prime Minister David Cameron suggests that even people who obey the law won’t be “left alone” by the state if they engage in anything the government deems to be “hate speech,” including “bigotry” and potentially ...

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Former Obama Campaign Manager Led Austerity-Loving Tories to Victory

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After bringing American-style negative campaigning to the UK, Jim Messina says he’s coming home to throw his weight behind Hillary Clinton After the surprise win of the United Kingdom’s Conservative Party in Thursday’s national election, the spotlight has now fallen ...

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Election shambles: Council recalls ballot papers after missing off UKIP candidate

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(RT) – Voting has continued as normal in Darlington after it was revealed the name of one candidate was missing from ballot papers. Some 89 voting slips were distributed to one polling station without the name of UKIP candidate David Hodgson. Darlington ...

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UK voting system ‘unfair’

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A London-based political commentator believes that the voting system in the UK is unfair as it fails to truly represent political parties in the parliament.  “The existing voting system produces some extraordinary unfair results. For example, the United Kingdom Independence ...

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Top cop Bettison ‘tried to concoct a story of drunken fans’ at Hillsborough

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Sadie Robinson (SW) – Memorial to those who died at Hillsborough (Picture: Edmund N Gall) A former chief inspector was part of an internal police group tasked with blaming football fans for the Hillsborough disaster, a court has heard. Some ...

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Hypocritical Tory MP Under Fire For Betraying Voters

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(RINF) – Another Tory MP is facing criticism for betraying voters in Stevenage, UK. As part of his election promise in 2010, conservative MP Stephen McPartland guaranteed voters that if elected, he would take the role seriously and be a ‘full time’ ...

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Former BBC presenter Rolf Harris facing more child sex abuse charges

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(RINF) – Former BBC presenter, member of the British establishment and convicted paedophile, Rolf Harris, is facing a slew of new charges following a ‘full file’ of fresh evidence had been presented to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). The new allegations are from ...

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The Cult of Cop Worship

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The tragic and yet unexplained death of Freddie Gray while in custody of the Baltimore Police has once again brought the issue of police violence and misconduct to the forefront of the news cycle. The Freddie Gray matter followed a ...

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British police spend £36 million per year on propaganda

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Police forces spend tens of millions on public relations each year, with the Met alone employing over 100 ‘communications’ staff and an operating budget of over £10 million, documents released under Freedom of Information (FoI) show. The investigation, carried out ...

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How the British Government are gagging critics

ADAM RAMSAY “Every election is a referendum. The winner is the person who sets the question”. This mantra, passed from campaign manager to campaign manager down the generations, is key to understanding how political communication works. You don’t win by ...

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Suspected Establishment Paedophile Lord Janner May Still Face Prosecution

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Lawyers representing a group of people who allege they were sexually abused by the former Labour MP Lord Janner say they are to seek a judicial review of the decision not to prosecute him. The Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison ...

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£30bn black hole in Tory spending plans, tax think tank reveals

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Chancellor George Osborne is facing a £30 billion black hole in his budgetary plans if he is to honor the Conservative Party’s general election pledges and still meet the party’s deficit-slashing targets by 2020, the Institute for Fiscal Studies warns. ...

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When is a democracy not a democracy? When it’s in Britain

SHAUN LAWSON Imagine a country where the views of well over half of the electorate are discounted and treated as an irrelevance. Imagine a government in which well over half of the MPs are locked into place for life, depending ...

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Corrupt Conservative Party Profiteering From Dodgy Tax Havens

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Conservative Party candidates are bankrolled by hedge fund donations siphoned to Westminster from lucrative tax havens including the Cayman Islands, new analysis suggests. Figures released on Thursday by the Electoral Commission detail donations received by Britain’s political parties since the ...

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Shocking Home Eviction By Corporate Police!

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A Shocking eviction by Corporate Police of a man from his home for the princely sum of £6,000 owed in business rates. After falling behind with his business rates to Manchester City Council, due to the illness of one of ...

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72% of Brits concerned about online privacy since Snowden leaks

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New research suggests nearly three quarters of British adults are worried about the distribution of their personal information online, with concerns including hackers and unauthorized access to data. The figures, compiled by pollster YouGov, found that 32 percent of respondents ...

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EU human rights laws ‘disastrous’ for UK armed forces – ex-defense chiefs

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Seven former chiefs of defense staff have called for the British armed forces to be exempt from the European Convention on Human Rights, saying their inclusion in the legal framework is putting their effectiveness at risk. In a joint letter ...

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Police to increase use of wearable recording devices

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Avon and Somerset constabulary revealed it would be rolling out and trialling the chest-mounted cameras in response to a Freedom of Information request. Avon and Somerset constabulary were contacted but could not yet confirm when the cameras would be introduced ...

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Tories Plan To Destory Human Rights Laws

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Soldiers will be safe from the “persistent human rights claims” that have dogged the British military for years because the Conservatives will “rip up” human rights legislation if they win the general election, two top Tories have pledged. Defence Secretary ...

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Behind The Media Spin Tories and Labour Both Beg The Rich For Support

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by Sadie Robinson The general election campaign is officially underway—and many people are bored of it already. The lack of choice on offer was laid bare in a non-debate between Tory prime minister David Cameron and Labour Party leader Ed ...

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42 South Yokshire police officers named in child sexual exploitation investigation

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Sadie Robinson The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating over 100 allegations against 42 named South Yorkshire police officers. The complaints relate to how police handled child sexual exploitation (CSE). The officers include both serving and retired cops. The ...

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Police Watchdog to probe claims paedophile sergeant ordered junior officer to keep quiet after catching MP with two boys at sex party

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The police watchdog is to examine claims that a paedophile sergeant ordered a junior officer not to tell anyone after catching Cyril Smith at a sex party with two boys. The account of the officer, then a young beat bobby ...

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Met Police To Be Investigated For Covering Up Establishment Child Abuse

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A British watchdog is expanding its investigation into allegations that senior Metropolitan Police figures ordered officers to drop inquiries into child sex abuse claims involving politicians, judges and celebrities. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is already handling 14 referrals ...

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How Does The British Government Fail Victims Of Modern Slavery?

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The government claims its Modern Slavery Bill, that passed into law today, is proof that it cares about victims. So why are anti-trafficking processes letting victims down? JENNY MCCALL One day last September a 16 year old girl arrived at ...

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Cameron says he’ll step down after second term – go now, and take your rich mates with you

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Sadie Robinson For David Cameron, being prime minister for a third term “might just be too many”. For many ordinary people, having him as prime minister for one term is more than enough. The arrogant millionaire made his comments while ...

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Former Met Police Officer: Pedophile ring leads to British Monarchy

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A member of the British royal family was part of a pedophile ring under investigation by police until the case was suddenly dropped, an ex-police officer has claimed. The former Metropolitan Police officer said the investigation, which took place in ...

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Political influence for sale: The sordid world of illegal donations

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Prime Minister David Cameron, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, and Labour chief Ed Miliband are beset by ‘cash-for-access’ allegations, after it emerged all three men met an undercover business tycoon posing as a possible donor. RT understands Cameron was secretly ...

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VIP paedophile files: The sick web of high-powered and well-connected child abusers

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Since Labour MP Tom Watson stood up in the Commons in October 2012 to ask Prime Minister David Cameron to probe a high-powered ­paedophile ring with links to Number 10, the Sunday People has led the way. We have produced ...

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Corrupt British Government in Bed with Sinister Energy Companies

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The Conservative party is failing to stand up to energy companies because its election campaign is reliant on donations from the industry, the shadow Cabinet Office minister Jonathan Ashworth has said. The Tories have taken donations worth more than £2.5m ...

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British police ‘lose track’ of almost 400 pedophiles

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Hundreds of registered sex offenders are missing in the UK, according to new figures. Some have been at large for over a decade. A Freedom of Information request by the Press Association has revealed that the whereabouts of 396 convicted ...

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Cold-blooded Hillsborough police plotted to blame fans for 96 deaths

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Sadie Robinson Senior police officers met two days after the Hillsborough disaster and drew up a plan to blame Liverpool fans for the crush, an inquest has heard. Some 96 Liverpool football fans died as a result of the disaster ...

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Terror 101: Scottish primary school kids given terrorism homework

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A Scottish school has come under fire for issuing primary school kids homework featuring questions about global terrorist organizations. Children were asked to describe the various tactics of Al-Qaeda, the IRA and Hamas. Children, some as young as seven at ...

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War on drugs ‘abject failure,’ say Richard Branson & Nick Clegg

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Businessman Sir Richard Branson and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg have branded the UK’s ‘war on drugs’ a “colossal con” and laid out their case for decriminalizing the use and possession of almost all drugs. The Virgin tycoon and Liberal ...

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Cameron says child sex abuse to be classified ‘national threat’

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British Prime Minister David Cameron said tackling child sexual abuse was a national priority on a par with organised crime on Tuesday, announcing measures to prevent systematic abuse. Britain has been rocked by a series of child sex abuse revelations, ...

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Homelessness rises 55% under ‘disgraceful’ Tory govt

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This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Devastating figures released by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) reveal a significant 55 percent rise in homelessness since David Cameron became prime minister in 2010. ...

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Cameron tries to woo women voters in ‘patronizing’ interview

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In an attempt to win over female voters to the Conservative brand, Prime Minister David Cameron issued an interview with a women’s magazine, sharing his family life and love of cooking. Critics have called his comments “patronizing.” Women are statistically ...

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Anonymous Vows to Assault Homes of Pedophiles to Avenge Child Abuse Victims

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A global group of demonstrators is protesting against an establishment cover-up of child abuse by marching outside the homes of rich and famous people and politicians, to press their point. Police in London have made arrests. According to hacktivist group Anonymous, ...

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Number of police ‘grounded’ pending criminal investigation rises 48% to 141

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New figures show that 141 constables, sergeants and inspectors are currently on “restricted duties”, two out of five of them because they are suspected of data protection offences. This is up 48 per cent from 97 a year ago as ...

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British society favours the rich – the tax avoidance scandal makes this clear

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Life is cheaper for the rich. That holds for many reasons – not being saddled with personal debt, for example – but being able to use devious means to avoid paying tax is one privilege of the rich. Lord Fink tried ...

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Secret Tory dinner donors gain from Osborne’s tax cuts

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A dozen Tory donors are up to £15 million better off thanks to George Osborne’s tax cuts for the wealthy. The fat cat party funders all benefited from the top rate tax slash of 5 percent. Senior Tories prepared to ...

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Tory bankers – hypocrites and thieves

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How does privileged prime minister David Cameron have the nerve to tell company directors that “put simply—it’s time Britain had a pay rise”? This is the man who has pushed austerity and caused the longest fall in living standards since ...

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Galloway: BBC set me up with anti-semite question

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GEORGE Galloway has hit out at the BBC following his appearance on Question Time, saying he was set up and that David Dimbleby privately apologised to him afterwards. The controversy centred around a question that one audience member asked about ...

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Nigel Farage blocked by protesters in Rotherham

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George Arthur A lively protest confronted Ukip leader Nigel Farage when he came to Rotherham today, Friday. Farage had planned to cut the ribbon to open Ukip campaign headquarters in the town. But instead of his usual victory march in front ...

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Rolf Harris questioned in connection with claims of sexual offences – reports

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Rolf Harris has been interviewed under caution in connection with the police inquiry set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, according to reports. Scotland Yard said on Thursday that an 84-year-old was questioned on Tuesday and Wednesday ...

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‘Slave labor’: Prisoners to manufacture British Army gear

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The British government is to introduce new plans forcing prisoners to manufacture equipment for the Army in order to teach inmates “the value of hard work” and save the government money “during times of austerity.” The plan, unveiled on Sunday, ...

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Winston Churchill:the Imperial Monster

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This week Britain is commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill. Millions of people worldwide watched his state funeral on television in 1965, and thousands of people lined the streets of London to pay their last respects ...

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UK Government Announces Plan to Remotely Control Vehicles

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The UK government today announced a plan to remotely control vehicles on roads using wi-fi technology in order to reduce traffic and offset global warming, the latest manifestation of the ‘Internet of Things’ that will stir up concern amongst privacy ...

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UK bids £5.9 million to help run Saudi prisons – despite human rights violations

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The British Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has submitted a bid for a £5.9 million ($9 million) contract to help run prisons in Saudi Arabia, despite human rights concerns. The contract is “to conduct a training needs analysis across all the ...

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British taxpayers pay £250,000 to extradite Shrien Dewani

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British taxpayers paid around £250,000 to extradite cleared murder suspect Shrien Dewani to face trial in South Africa, according to reports. Mr Dewani’s trial began in October, but collapsed before his defence even began, after the judge deemed the prosecution’s evidence ...

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London police spend millions snooping on journalists

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London Metropolitan Police (MPS) have spent more than £33.5 million snooping on journalists, a Freedom of Information (FoI) request has shown. The FoI request, from the Press Gazette, showed that the number of investigations into the activities of journalists in ...

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Council forced to rein in surveillance of residents

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While the Ham&High was snooping through council documents this week, a batch of figures popped out showing its use of controversial surveillance laws on residents had dropped rather dramatically in recent years. Since the arrival of the Regulation of Investigatory ...

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Man banned from the UK for almost a decade finally discovers why

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Victoria Parsons A complex case in the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) raises concerns about a key new counter terrorism tool that the government is trying to get through parliament. The counter-terrorism bill includes proposals to bring in temporary exclusion orders ...

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Too busy: War criminal Blair tries to dodge IRA inquiry

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Former Prime Minister Tony Blair claims his commitments as Middle East Envoy make an appearance at the inquiry into controversial Irish Republican Army (IRA) ‘comfort letters’, “challenging.” The letters were distributed under his premiership. The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee has ...

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War Criminal Tony Blair Refuses To Retire

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Tony Blair has called for MPs to be paid more. He says he has amassed a £10 million fortune since leaving Number 10. Others have estimated he is worth £100 million. In an interview with Vanity Fair the former prime ...

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‘More could have lived’ at Hillsborough

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Ambulance staff said lives could have been saved if they had done things differently during the Hillsborough football disaster. Some 96 Liverpool football fans died as a result of a crush in 1989. Former South Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service (SYMAS) ...

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See no evil, hear no evil? UK building firm linked to Qatari human rights violations

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One of Britain’s largest construction firms has been linked to severely sub-standard working conditions for migrants in Qatar. Over 1,000 foreign workers perished in the Gulf state between 2012 and 2013, a government report shows. The petro-rich Gulf state is ...

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Why the Guardian axed Nafeez Ahmed’s blog

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Jonathan Cook Nafeez Ahmed’s account of the sudden termination of his short-lived contract to write an environment blog for the Guardian is depressingly instructive – and accords with my own experiences as a journalist at the paper. Ahmed is that ...

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George ‘Slasher’ Osborne – wanted for austerity heist

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Politicians have their eyes on the general election. The leaked proposals from George Osborne’s last pre-election Autumn Statement were all about spinning the line that the Tories rescued Britain from economic crisis. Osborne declared he could announce big spending packages ...

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Police appear to have declared war on journalists

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The police appear to have declared war on journalists. If this sounds more than a little far-fetched, consider the evidence. Case one: in September, it emerged the Metropolitan police had used the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) in order ...

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​Cameron mocks Tony Blair’s Save the Children Award, charity scrutinized

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Only a day after an online petition calling for Tony Blair’s Save the Children Global Legacy Award to be revoked gained over 100,000 signatures, Prime Minister David Cameron has called Blair’s choice for the accolade “remarkable.” Cameron was questioned about ...

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Five A-c GCSE Grades – Then The Chicken Factory

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They expect all young people to aspire to be kings and queens of ‘the heap’, to sit on its peak and look down on those who failed – those 74% of white British young men on free school meals who ...

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New UK study finds 300,000 more people living in poverty

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Dennis Moore A report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), based on research carried out by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, found that 300,000 more people are living in poverty in the UK than previously calculated. The report, “Measuring poverty ...

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UK to stop its citizens seeing extremist material online

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David Meyer The U.K.’s big internet service providers, including BT, Talk Talk, Virgin Media and Sky, have agreed to filter out terrorist and extremist material at the government’s behest, in order to stop people seeing things that may make them ...

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UK to seize ‘foreign fighters’ passports

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British Prime Minister David Cameron has outlined plans to seize passports from British nationals linked to armed groups and stop them returning from fighting overseas. Cameron has also proposed landing bans on airlines that fail to comply with London’s no-fly ...

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Scotland Yard searching Bodleian Library for Dickens Dossier on alleged child sex abuse

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Scotland Yard is carrying out a search of the Barbara Castle archives at the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library to try and locate a copy of the ‘Dickens Dossier’, the missing file containing allegations of organised child abuse by politicians ...

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Police covered up their link to blacklisting of trade unionists

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Simon Basketter A newly revealed document exposes that the police covered up its link to blacklisting of trade unionists. In 2008 a detective chief inspector in the National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit (Netcu) briefed members of the Consulting Association, the firm ...

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CCTV footage ‘disappeared’ after the Hillsborough football disaster

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Sadie Robinson CCTV footage from the Hillsborough disaster disappeared from the stadium, a jury has heard. Some 96 Liverpool football fans died as a result of the disaster in 1989. Roger James Holdsworth gave evidence to fresh inquests into their ...

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NHS England: Where’s the money going?

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NHS England won’t publish data on where it spends its money, including to private companies. What happened to the promised transparency? TAMASIN CAVE The new NHS is big on transparency.  Tim Kelsey, the senior official overseeing care.data and all things ...

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Cop caught on camera slapping a man who wouldn’t let him search his car

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A New York State police officer has been suspended after a video was posted online capturing him allegedly slapping a young man he had pulled over. The driver did not want to have his car searched by the officer who had spotted a rifle on ...

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UK condemned over arms sales to repressive states

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Former Tory defence secretary Sir John Stanley says government quietly relaxed controls on arms licences to ‘countries of concern’ Mark Townsend and Daniel Boffey The government has been accused of dishonesty over arms sales as new figures reveal that the ...

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Ferguson Ordered to Stop Enforcing Policy that Prevents Protesters from Standing Still

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ST. LOUIS – On Wednesday, the City of Ferguson was ordered to stop enforcing a policy that was used to prevent protesters from standing still on public sidewalks. The injunction is similar to one entered early last month, which affected ...

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Secrets, lies and the bomb

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Today’s debate in Parliament is a rare chance to put Britain’s hidden world of nuclear weapons under scrutiny, says JEREMY CORBYN Today for three hours there will be a debate in Parliament’s Westminster Hall on the US-UK Mutual Defence Agreement ...

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Police ‘sanitised’ Hillsborough disaster evidence, says former detective inspector

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A detective inspector on duty during the Hillsborough football disaster has agreed that South Yorkshire Police solicitors directed police to “sanitise” evidence. John James Charles was giving evidence on Monday of this week into fresh inquests into deaths resulting from ...

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UK government considered recruiting psychopaths to keep order after nuke attack

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Britain’s National Archives released a draft plan from the early 1980s in which the UK government considered recruiting mentally ill psychopaths to help maintain order in the country in the wake of a devastating nuclear attack. According to the Independent, ...

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Mark Duggan officer is accused of ‘misconduct’

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Annette Mackin A police officer from the anti-gang Operation Trident, who was involved in the events leading to Mark Duggan’s shooting, is being investigated for alleged misconduct. The officer, only known as ZZ46, is the first from Trident’s Operation Dibri, ...

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London protest over deaths in police custody

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Some 300 people attended the annual United Families and Friends’ march and vigil in London last Saturday. The procession from Trafalgar Square to Downing Street included families and supporters of those who have died at the hands of the state. ...

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Deep Undercover: Police Officer in UK Fathered a Child with an Activist as Part of an Investigation

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What are the limits — if any — to undercover policing? At what point is a moral, ethical, or legal threshold crossed when an undercover operative insinuates himself into a targeted group or the lives of its members? Last Friday ...

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Child abuse inquiry: Why can’t we find somebody fit to investigate the Establishment?

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This investigation into child abuse has already been a marvellous success, before they’ve even agreed who’s going to conduct the thing. Because Fiona Woolf, the woman appointed to investigate the conduct of Establishment figures independently, including Leon Brittan, turns out ...

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‘More transparency needed to combat online propaganda’ – Big Brother Watch

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Confidential discussions have been taking place between UK government officials in Downing Street and representatives of some of the major internet search providers about online extremism and propaganda. VoR’s Tim Ecott spoke to human rights group Big Brother Watch’s Research Director Dan ...

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Met conducted 38 press leak investigations in five years – RIPA used in ‘vast majority’, says source

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The Metropolitan Police investigated 38 press leaks over a five-year period – and according to one well-placed source the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act would have been used to seize phone records in the “vast majority” of cases. Met commissioner ...

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MI5 spied on prominent academics ‘for decades’, secret docs show

The headquarters of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) at Vauxhall Cross on the River Thames in central London (Reuters)

British intelligence services, including MI5, secretly spied on a number of prominent academics with socialist leanings “for decades,” including Oxbridge dons Christopher Hill and Eric Hobsbawm, secret files disclosed on Friday show. The historians were among a number academics at ...

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UK police Taser use on rise against mentally ill, minorities

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Home Secretary Theresa May has ordered an inquiry into police use of Taser stun guns, after it emerged the weapons were increasingly and disproportionately used against black Londoners and the mentally ill. On Thursday, May said she wanted to see ...

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BBC apologises for presenter’s criticism of rape victim

Michael Buerk made the comments about the victim of Ched Evans [GETTY/PA]

n a trailer for Radio 4 discussion show Moral Maze, the journalist said that neither Evans nor the woman he attacked had emerged from the incident “with any credit” because she was so drunk that “she could barely stand”. He ...

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Legal challenge launched over abuse inquiry chair

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A victim of historical child sexual abuse has launched a legal challenge to the choice of Fiona Woolf as the chair of the inquiry investigating the issue. A judicial review application, seen by the BBC, claims she is not impartial, ...

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UK must “do more” to distance itself from US drone programme, says ex-GCHQ chief’s report

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A report from a commission chaired by the former Director of GCHQ has called on the British Government to implement “safeguards” to ensure that UK drone personnel “remain compliant with international law.” Citing the “sinister cultural and political salience” of ...

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Water Shutoffs Robbing Detroit Residents of ‘Dignified’ Life: UN Investigators

Detroit residents have organized direct actions, mass marches, and creative emergency responses to confront the water shut-off crisis. (Photo: Detroit Water Brigade)

Following two-day inquiry, UN experts release strongly worded warning condemning city’s human rights violations Sarah Lazare Detroit’s “unprecedented” shutoff of water utilities to city homes condemns residents to “lives without dignity,” violates human rights on a large scale, and disproportionately ...

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Cops write off child abuse victims

The authorities write off working class children as not being credible (Pic: Metropolitan Police)

We are often told that Asian men get away with abusing children because police fear being called racist if they arrest them. But the head of Greater Manchester Police, Sir Peter Fahy, revealed the real reason for police inaction last ...

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