Joe Turnbull

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    British Arctic 30 activists granted bail in Russia‏

    Three of the so called Arctic 30 activists who were charged with hooliganism have today been freed on bail by a St Petersburg court. Anthony Perret, Kieron Bryan and Alexandra Harris were granted bail, with another three Britons still to appear before the court later this week. Many of the others involved...

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    Cameron concedes that coalition may be failing on aiding social mobility‏

    Eton and Oxford-educated prime minister David Cameron has admitted to reporters that there is “not as much social mobility as there needs to be” in Britain. Cameron made the remarks on a flight to India in response to Tory ex-prime minister John Major’s comments earlier this week, which described the prevalence of...

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    Energy secretary Ed Davey criticises high energy tariffs‏

    At today’s annual Energy UK conference, energy secretary Ed Davey used his speech to hit out at the “big six” energy suppliers, accusing them of treating consumers like “cash cows to be squeezed in the pursuit of a higher return for shareholders”. Davey said the industry was facing its “Fred the shred...

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    No more NHS walk-in centres should be closed, warns watchdog

    Monitor, the health service regulator, has raised concerns over the recent closures of NHS walk-in centres after research it carried out suggested this could severely increase the pressure on already struggling accident and emergency units. Under previous Labour governments nearly 240 such walk-in centres were introduced, many of which provide seven-day services...

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    UK spy chiefs face parliament over extent of intelligence gathering‏

    The heads of MI5, MI6 and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), appeared before a panel of MPs on the parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) on Thursday. Andrew Parker, the director general of MI5, Sir John Sawers, the chief of MI6, and Sir Iain Lobban, the director of GCHQ were questioned in front...

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    Germany calls in UK ambassador over intelligence-gathering concerns

    Simon McDonald, the British amba...

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    Four plead guilty in News of the World phone hacking allegations as Brooks and Coulson stand trial‏

    Three former news editors of the News of the World, along with private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, have plea...

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    Shamed Baby P council director agrees to six-figure payout

    Sharon Shoesmith, the director of Haringey council children’s services which were at the centre of the Baby P scandal, has agreed to an out-of-court settlement worth in excess of £100,000. The exact amount of the payout is unknown, due to a confidentiality clause being agreed between Shoesmith and her former employers, Haringey...

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    NSA monitored 35 world leaders’ phone calls

    A confidential memo leaked by Edward Snowden has revealed how the National Security Agency (NSA) snooped on as many 35 world leaders’ phone conversations as far back as 2006. The memo states that the NSA obtained the numbers from an unnamed official in another US state department, who apparently handed over 200...

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    Call for investigation into police ethics to address public trust issues

    A senior member of the Tory party, David Davis, has called for an investigation into police ethics in the wake of the “plebgate” affair. Davis is reportedly a close ally of Andrew Mitchell, who was at the centre of the controversy after he allegedly referred to police officers as “plebs”. Davis described...