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Monday, 26 August 2013 00:00

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Comic Christie bags £10k award
Saturday, 24 August 2013 00:00

A slap on the wrist for rogue bosses

by Paddy McGuffin The Con-Dems admitted today that hundreds of rogue bosses are failing to pay the minimum wage - but refused to impose tougher punishments on crooked employers.
Saturday, 24 August 2013 00:00

Watchdog probes big retailers' 'discounts'

by Paddy McGuffin The trading watchdog launched an investigation today into six carpet and furniture retailers for inflating their prices to exaggerate sales and reductions.
Saturday, 24 August 2013 00:00

Disgraced O'Brien blocked child abuse probe

by Rory MacKinnon Scotland's Catholic church abandoned its investigation into child sex abuse on the sole objection of disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien (below), officials said today.
by Will Stone Health campaigners poured scorn today on plans for cash-strapped NHS trusts to do business in India to boost their income.
Saturday, 24 August 2013 00:00

Cost of policing Balcombe hits £2.3m

The cost of policing anti-fracking protests in the West Sussex village of Balcombe has soared to £2.3 million, officers revealed today.
Saturday, 24 August 2013 00:00

One in five forced to work all-nighters

A YouGov survey threw a spotlight today on the number of adults forced to work gruelling hours despite health dangers.
Police dropped inquiries today into alleged offences committed against the health campaigner who highlighted failings at scandal-plagued Stafford hospital.
Saturday, 24 August 2013 00:00

Water firm fined for sewage leak

Southern Water has been fined £200,000 for venting raw sewage into the sea, the Environment Agency said today.
Saturday, 24 August 2013 00:00

Britain sleeps out against bedroom tax

Rough sleeping is set to double across Britain tonight as demonstrators bed down to protest against the "bedroom tax" that is driving thousands from their homes.
by Paddy McGuffin Charities warned today that they too could be silenced by the government's sinister clampdown on "lobbying."
by Luke James More than 100 London train guards facing the sack will strike this weekend in a bid to halt a jobs cull which the RMT rail union have warned could have "lethal consequences."
by Will Stone Campaigners vowed to keep up the fight to save Earls Court from demolition today after Communities Secretary Eric Pickles approved yuppie redevelopment plans.
Saturday, 24 August 2013 00:00

Tories leap on minute economic growth

Desperate Tory leaders today celebrated new figures which showed that Britain's stalling recovery was a fraction better than thought between April and June.
Saturday, 24 August 2013 00:00

Council staff set for strike on pay cuts

Stirling's council workers will spend Monday's bank holiday on the picket lines to protest against "savage" cuts to real pay and conditions.
by Paddy McGuffin A penal reform charity threatened the government with legal action today for failing to protect vulnerable children in privately run detention centres.
Friday, 23 August 2013 00:00

Labour MP slams postal sell-off scam

by Paddy McGuffin A Labour MP has launched a new campaign against the Con-Dem plan to privatise Royal Mail.
by Will Stone Save Lewisham hospital campaigners remained confident today that Court of Appeal judges will uphold a decision to protect the Trust's A&E after the governement announced it will challenge the ruling.
Friday, 23 August 2013 00:00

MSPs tell wife-beater Walker to quit now

by Rory MacKinnon "Vile" MSP Bill Walker faced calls to quit today over decades of domestic abuse while former SNP colleagues stood accused of a cover-up.
Friday, 23 August 2013 00:00

NHS says 'sorry' to jailed care patient

by Will Stone An NHS trust finally apologised to a campaigning mother today years after her mentally ill son was thrown into prison following his desperate attempt to escape a hospital ward.
by Luke James Campaigners vowed today to challenge the use of "extreme" pressure-point tactics to break the anti-fracking blockade in Balcombe.
by Paddy McGuffin Unions condemned the government today after new figures showed more than a million young people are not in work, education or training.
Friday, 23 August 2013 00:00

Teachers demand end to useless GCSE exams

by Luke James As hundreds of thousands of 16-year-olds in England and Wales opened their GCSE results envelopes today teachers called for the exams to be scrapped.
by Luke James The Labour Party's Christian campaign group was slammed as misguided Blairites by would-be MP Cat Smith today after axing "socialism" from its name.
Data seized from the partner of a Guardian journalist under anti-terror laws has sparked a police investigation, the High Court was told today.
Violinist Nigel Kennedy's comments in support of Palestinian rights will be censored from a BBC Four programme tonight.
Friday, 23 August 2013 00:00

RAF appoints first female vice-marshal

The Royal Air Force has appointed its first ever female two-star officer, the Ministry of Defence said today.
Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

Welfare attack to cost £1.4bn extra

by Luke James Con-Dem ministers have botched their own attacks on Britain's welfare state so badly it will cost Britain a staggering £1.4 billion by 2015, Labour said today.
Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

Average worker 'faces £1,500 pension cut'

The government's switch to a single-tier pension will cost workers earning an average wage over £1,500 a year, the TUC said today.
by Will Stone NHS England unions branded figures suggesting a 5,000 overall fall in nurses in the past three years a "gross underestimation" today.
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