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Disability protesters occupy commons lobby, BBC told to stop filming

From The Guardian: Dozens of people protesting against disability benefit cuts have occupied the central lobby in parliament, chanting “Cameron killer” and “no more deaths from benefit cuts”. Black Rod, the official with responsibility for the parliamentary estates and security, … Continue reading

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Sports Direct boss refuses to attend select committee over working conditions

From BBC News: Sports Direct’s Mike Ashley has branded MPs “a joke” and confirmed he will not give evidence in Parliament about how his workers are treated. Mr Ashley responded after being summoned to appear in Parliament and warned he … Continue reading

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Jeremy Hunt agrees to ACAS talks with junior doctors

From The Guardian: The government will agree to talks with Acas in an attempt to avoid strike action by thousands of junior doctors, Jeremy Hunt has said. In a letter to the chairman of the British Medical Association (BMA), the … Continue reading

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Government proposes cut to state funding of opposition parties

From The Independent: The Government has moved to make sharp cuts to state funding to Britain’s opposition parties. So-called “short money”, an annual payment that has been paid to opposition parties since the 1970s, will be cut by 19 per … Continue reading

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Child health services in Wiltshire privatised in Virgin Care deal

From Salisbury Journal: Community child health services will be fully privatised in Wiltshire in April — in a deal worth almost £13million. Until now, most of the services, which include health visiting, children’s community nursing, and speech and language therapy, … Continue reading

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Shops in Crickhowell take finances offshore to protest tax avoidance

From The Independent: When independent traders in a small Welsh town discovered the loopholes used by multinational giants to avoid paying UK tax, they didn’t just get mad. Now local businesses in Crickhowell are turning the tables on the likes … Continue reading

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Housing Associations back Right to Buy deal

From 24Dash: It has been revealed that 86% of NHF members voted in support of the deal, representing 93% of the sector’s total rented homes. In an email sent to housing associations and seen by 24housing editorial team, David Orr … Continue reading

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Iain Duncan Smith to station job advisors at food banks:

From Huffington Post: The Government wants to station job centre advisors at food banks to help get hard-pressed families work in a significant extension of the role of charities. Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, told MPs that … Continue reading

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Snowden: GCHQ can hack smart phones to listen in on surroundings

From BBC News: Smartphone users can do “very little” to stop security services getting “total control” over their devices, US whistleblower Edward Snowden has said. The former intelligence contractor told the BBC’s Panorama that UK intelligence agency GCHQ had the … Continue reading

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Rival London mayoral candidates address Heathrow runway protest:

From BBC News: Rival mayoral candidates have united to condemn plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport. They addressed a protest in Parliament Square, central London, attended by more than 1,000 people. Conservative contender for City Hall, Zac Goldsmith, … Continue reading

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