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  • Redgrave fire: Police probe derelict house 'arson'

    January 16, 2014 3:40 PM 44

    A fire at a derelict house in Suffolk could have been started by arsonists, police have said. Thirty three firefighters tackled the blaze in Fen Road, Redgrave, on the border between Suffolk and Norfolk, after it began in the early hours. Crews managed to extinguish the fire by 11:00 GMT. Road closures have since been lifted. Investigators remain on scene

  • Government defeated over charity spending limits

    January 16, 2014 1:10 PM 34

    Peers have voted to exempt charities' staffing costs from limits placed on their spending by the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill. The government has introduced changes to the bill, meaning that third-party campaigners in England can spend up to £20,000 in the run-up to an election without registering

  • Michael Fallon Appointed Minister For Portsmouth

    January 16, 2014 12:47 PM 50

    The newly-created role is designed to help the city in the aftermath of the loss of hundreds of jobs in the shipbuilding industry. Michael Fallon, who is currently both a minister for business and energy, is to be appointed Minister for Portsmouth to help promote growth and jobs. It follows the decision made in November last year to move Navy shipbuilding

  • Flybe maintain IoM patient transfer service to Liverpool

    January 16, 2014 11:42 AM 40

    Flybe will operate three daily services between the Isle of Man and Liverpool this summer, it has confirmed. The announcement means Manx patients will be able to continue to use the lifeline service when requiring treatment in the UK. The Exeter-based airline currently operates the patient transfer service to Liverpool, carrying about 13,000 people a year. In total

  • Greater Manchester Police chief charged over shooting

    January 16, 2014 11:27 AM 42

    The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is to be prosecuted for safety breaches after an unarmed man was shot dead in Cheshire. Anthony Grainger, 36, was shot in the chest after the car he was in was stopped in Culcheth on 3 March 2012. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said there was "sufficient evidence to prove that GMP breached the Health

  • Somerset County Council proposes flood fund boost

    January 16, 2014 11:07 AM 40

    A total of £1m has been proposed by the council for flood prevention schemes in Somerset. The county council has also issued a "rallying call" to the government and Environment Agency to "dig deep" into their own pockets for a further £3m. The council has already offered £300,000 for dredging and £200,000 for local flood prevention schemes

  • Liam Fox: Vote Tory to avoid 'tragedy' of no EU referendum

    January 16, 2014 8:33 AM 50

    Voting Conservative is the only way to avoid the "tragedy" of not having an in/out EU referendum, former Defence Secretary Liam Fox has said. On BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Fox did not dismiss speculation that UKIP could win the most seats in the European parliament elections in May. But he warned: "A vote for anyone [other than the Conservatives]

  • British anti-EU party ahead of Conservatives in Europe vote - poll

    January 16, 2014 8:21 AM 44

    LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives are set to finish behind the anti-EU UK Independence Party in an election to the European Parliament, putting them on course to finish third in a nationwide poll for the first time, a poll showed. The YouGov survey for the Sun newspaper found 26 percent of respondents would vote for the UK Independence

  • Warning merging Welsh councils could cut 15,000 jobs

    January 16, 2014 7:28 AM 45

    15 January 2014 Last updated at 14:19 GMT Reorganising councils in Wales could cut 15,000 jobs, the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) has said. Research by the accountants Deloitte, commissioned by the WLGA, indicates the cost of the changes is likely to be more than £200m. Next Monday, the Williams Commission on public services is likely to recommend

  • Military cuts mean 'no US partnership', Robert Gates warns

    January 16, 2014 6:30 AM 41

    Cuts to the UK's armed forces will limit the country's ability to be a major player on the world stage, a former US defence secretary has warned. Robert Gates said the spending squeeze would mean the UK could no longer be a full military partner of the US. By 2020, the government plans to reduce the number of Army, RAF and Royal Navy personnel by thousands