• Conservatives renew immigration pledge ahead of election - May

    Reuters - Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Britain's governing Conservatives plan to renew a failed pledge to reduce net migration below 100,000 a year if they are re-elected in May, a senior minister said, despite current levels running at around triple that. Immigration is one of voters' top concerns ahead of what is expected to be a close-fought election and the Conservatives are under pressure from the rise in popularity of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), who want strong curbs to immigration. The Conservatives, neck-and-neck with the opposition Labour party in many polls, have been embarrassed by a failure to meet Prime Minister David Cameron's 2010 pledge to reduce the net number of people coming to Britain "to the tens of thousands". Official data last week showed a net 298,000 people moved to Britain in the year to September 2014, a 40 percent rise from the previous 12 months and more than when the Conservative-led coalition government took power in 2010. More »Conservatives renew immigration pledge ahead of election - May

  • Jail Threat For Child Abuse Case Neglect

    Sky News - Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Sexual abuse of children will be reclassified as a "national threat", with jail sentences for public sector workers who fail to protect youngsters, under Government plans. The crime of "wilful neglect" would be extended to cover children's social care and education, with unlimited fines for individuals and organisations shown to have failed in their duties. At a Downing Street summit later David Cameron will say: "Children were ignored, sometimes even blamed, and issues were swept under the carpet - often because of a warped and misguided sense of political correctness. Education Secretary Nicky Morgan told Sky News the prison sentence threat would affect teachers and social workers. More »Jail Threat For Child Abuse Case Neglect

  • British spies 'threatened Emwazi'

    Press Association - Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    A recording believed to be of the extremist known as "Jihadi John" has emerged in which he talks of being threatened by British security services. More »British spies 'threatened Emwazi'

  • NHS 'Turf War' Led To Baby And Mum Deaths

    Sky News - Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    A report into the deaths of as many as 30 mothers and babies from lack of care at a Morecambe Bay trust hospital is expected to be highly critical of NHS managers and health watchdogs. The investigation, ordered by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, has looked into the circumstances surrounding the deaths at Furness General Hospital between 2004 and 2013. Carl Hendrickson, whose wife Nittaya and son Chester both died, claims health records showing her heart rate during the birth have gone missing. The investigation has heard how midwives failed to alert doctors about patient complications in time because of a 'turf war' between the two professions. More »NHS 'Turf War' Led To Baby And Mum Deaths

  • Barclays profits soar 12% to £5.5bn

    Press Association - Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Barclays took an additional £750 million hit to cover alleged involvement in the foreign exchange rate-rigging scandal as it announced a rise in annual profits today. More »Barclays profits soar 12% to £5.5bn

  • Mexican president in UK state visit

    Press Association - Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    The President of Mexico is to begin his state visit to the UK as the Queen prepares to greet him with a ceremonial welcome and stage a banquet in his honour. More »Mexican president in UK state visit

  • William watches football workshop

    Press Association - Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    The Duke of Cambridge has watched Chinese children taking part in a football masterclass staged by British coaches. More »William watches football workshop

  • Yarl's Wood Guard Suspended After Secret Film

    Sky News - Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    A member of staff at Yarl's Wood immigration removal centre has been suspended after an undercover TV investigation filmed guards calling inmates "animals" and "bitches". In response, Serco, which operates the centre in Befordshire, has ordered an independent review headed by Kate Lampard, who led the major inquiry into abuse by Jimmy Savile at NHS hospitals across the country. The TV investigation revealed disturbing staff attitudes towards the inmates. A Serco spokesman said: "We recognise that the public needs to be confident that Yarl's Wood is undertaking its difficult role with professionalism, care and humanity. More »Yarl's Wood Guard Suspended After Secret Film

  • National anthem row adds to Eoin Morgan's woes

    AFP - Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    As if England captain Eoin Morgan did not have enough to worry about leading his stumbling side at the World Cup, he has become caught up in a row over his failure to sing the national anthem. More »National anthem row adds to Eoin Morgan's woes

  • Russian tycoon clashes with Britain over North Sea deal

    Reuters - Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    FRANKFURT/DUESSELDORF (Reuters) - Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman said on Monday he would buy a number of gas licenses in the North Sea despite British opposition, threatening legal action if London should force him to sell them on to a third party. German utility RWE on Monday finalised the sale of its oil and gas production unit DEA [RWEDE.UL] to Fridman's investment vehicle LetterOne, ending months of uncertainty over whether the 5.1 billion euro (3.7 billion pounds) deal would go ahead. Britain on Saturday said the deal's structure did not alleviate concerns that possible future sanctions against LetterOne's owners Fridman and his partner German Khan could negatively impact production. "We are deeply disappointed and concerned by your letter, given the extensive efforts the parties have made to address your professed concerns," Jonathan Muir, chief executive officer of LetterOne Holdings S.A., said in a letter addressed to British Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey. More »Russian tycoon clashes with Britain over North Sea deal

  • John Oliver, the British comedian spurring America to action

    AFP - Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    John Oliver may have been ruled out of the running to replace Jon Stewart but the British comedian's role in helping sway the debate over "net neutrality" has cemented his status as The Daily Show host's spiritual heir. More »John Oliver, the British comedian spurring America to action

  • Soccer great Mackay dies aged 80

    Press Association - Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Tributes have been paid to former Tottenham and Scotland midfielder Dave Mackay following his death at the age of 80. More »Soccer great Mackay dies aged 80

  • Internet 'at a control crossroads'

    Press Association - Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    The internet is at a crossroads between greater government control and broad and open growth, one of the industry's key players warned. More »Internet 'at a control crossroads'

  • Becky Watts: Two Held On Suspicion Of Murder

    Sky News - Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murdering missing 16-year-old Becky Watts. Avon and Somerset Police said the pair have now both been further arrested on suspicion of the more serious charge. Detectives said they have been carrying out a detailed search of the area around Becky's home in the St George area of the city. Forensic teams are searching three houses - in the Southmead and Barton Hill areas and the family home in St George - as well as locations within a 1.3-mile radius of her home. More »Becky Watts: Two Held On Suspicion Of Murder

  • Coffee 'prevents clogged arteries'

    Press Association - Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    People who drink three to five coffees a day are less likely to develop clogged arteries that could lead to heart attacks, a study has shown. More »Coffee 'prevents clogged arteries'

  • 'Careful' use of paracetamol urged

    Press Association - Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Long-term use of paracetamol has been linked to an increased risk of gastrointestinal problems, high blood pressure and stroke, researchers have found. More »'Careful' use of paracetamol urged

  • UK-China partnerships announced

    Press Association - Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Partnerships between the UK and China expected to be worth £150 million over the next five years have been announced at a creativity festival launched in Shanghai by the Duke of Cambridge. More »UK-China partnerships announced

  • O'Leary in dance marathon training

    Press Association - Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    X Factor host Dermot O'Leary has admitted that "reality has set in" over his 24-hour dance marathon. More »O'Leary in dance marathon training

  • Immigration centre probe ordered

    Press Association - Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Service company Serco has suspended one member of staff and been asked to carry out an immediate investigation after a TV programme went undercover at the Yarl's Wood immigration removal centre. More »Immigration centre probe ordered

  • Jail threat for abuse case neglect

    Press Association - Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Senior public officials and councillors who fail to protect children from sexual exploitation will face up to five years in jail under a new criminal offence being considered by the Government. More »Jail threat for abuse case neglect

  • Call for immigration detention cap

    Press Association - Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Immigration detention should be capped at 28 days, a cross-party group of MPs and peers has recommended. More »Call for immigration detention cap

  • Security strategy 'needs experts'

    Press Association - Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    New strategies for dealing with the threats Britain faces will be damaged by the coalition's failure to carry out the necessary groundwork for the plans, MPs and peers have warned. More »Security strategy 'needs experts'

  • UK cost body backs Gilead's pricey combination hepatitis pill

    Reuters - Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Gilead Sciences' expensive two-in-one hepatitis C pill Harvoni has been endorsed for use on the state health service in Britain, where it costs significantly less than in the United States. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said on Tuesday it had issued draft guidance recommending the medicine as a treatment option for some adults with certain strains of chronic hepatitis C, known as genotype 1 or 4. Gilead's new hepatitis drugs are revolutionising the treatment of the liver-destroying disease by offering an effective cure, but their high price has sparked controversy on both sides of the Atlantic. In Britain, where NICE's control over which drugs are used on the National Health Service exerts downward pressure on prices, Harvoni is priced at 38,979.99 pounds ($58,400) for a 12-week treatment course - a third less than in the United States. More »UK cost body backs Gilead's pricey combination hepatitis pill

  • Private life of Hoff crab revealed

    Press Association - Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Males of a species of crab nicknamed after David Hasselhoff because of their hairy chests spend largely separate lives from the females, according to new research. More »Private life of Hoff crab revealed

  • Concerns over GCSE science plans

    Press Association - Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has raised fresh concerns about plans by the exams regulator to scrap direct assessment of practical work from GCSE science. More »Concerns over GCSE science plans

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