Halimat Shode

Halimat Shode

Born and raised in London, I am a final year student at Brunel University studying English with Creative Writing. Outside of studies, I like to volunteer for the vulnerable and less fortunate, whether this is through raising awareness, or spending a few hours volunteering in a charity shop.

I enjoy writing social commentary pieces on London events as well as events taking place all over the world. Follow my LinkedIn here.

  • <Current Affairs
    Conservative party gains new member after UKIP MEP defects

    Amjad Bashir, former member of the UKIP party, has left UKIP to become a Conservative party member. Bashir’s former party has claimed that he was suspended over financial and employment concerns. Mr Bashir stated that the allegations brought against him were “absurd and made-up”. He also stated that the reasons for his...

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    £2.9 billion in child support arrears could be unrecoverable, according to government reports

    According to the Department of Work and Pensions, £2.9 billion of a total £3.9 billion has been said to be “uncollectable”. This amount is owed to parents who have been left to raise their child alone. Despite ministers affirming that the debt would be forgotten, administrative and technical issues have led to...

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    Rise in prison drug seizures reported in England and Wales

    According to the ministry of justice, the rate of drug seizures in prison has increased a considerable amount. From 2010 to 2011, there were just under 4,000 substances abused as opposed to 2013 to 2014 where the number was an exact 4,500. A substance known as “Spice” has seen an increase in being...

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    2014 recorded warmest year of century

    The turn of the century has seen some of the world’s most extreme weather on record. 14 out of 15 of the warmest years on record have been from 2000 onwards. The director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Gavin Schmidt stated: “The long-term trends are attributable to drivers of climate...

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    NHS aims to diagnose extra 10% cancer cases early, to save more lives

    NHS England is planning to giv...

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    Allow retired the right to sell their pensions, says MP Steve

    Reforms are to be put in place to allow retired workers to sell their pensions, declared pensions minister Steve Webb. Under the proposed reforms, pensions, also known as annuities, could be sold to the highest bidder and turned into cash. These are seen as the most radical pensions reforms proposed in recent...

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    Men-only relationship classes tailored to help fathers cope with family breakdowns

    Men-only classes are being piloted to tackle the worsening single-parent family crisis emerging throughout the UK. The areas most affected by such family breakdowns include London, Cheshire and Eastern England. According to statistics, a million children are currently in single-parent homes. It has also been found that children are more likely to...

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    Loneliness raises A&E admissions during festive season, reveals NHS

    The NHS has warned that there will be a serious rise of cases in the A&E department from the elderly in the Christmas period. This is due to the majority of them being extremely lonely and not being able to call on friends or family for company to make them aware of...

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    E-book reading before bedtime affects sleep and health, warn doctors

    A new study led by American doctors has revealed that reading an e-book at night instead of a hardcover or paperback can lead to sleeping problems and other health issues. A team from Harvard Medical School conducted a comparison between the paperback and e-book reading and the length of time it took...