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  • Essex County Council waives £1m of Colchester bus lane fines

    January 9, 2014 7:37 PM 33

    About 30,000 drivers penalised for using bus lanes will be repaid or have their fines cancelled after a council agreed its signs were unclear. Restrictions were re-introduced by Essex County Council in Colchester's North Hill and High Street in October. Councillor Rodney Bass said the council would refund those who had paid and waive the fines of those

  • Kate Middleton Turns 32—See Her Best Looks From the Last Year!

    January 9, 2014 5:06 PM 31

    Always elegant, Kate Middleton never ceases to amaze us with her polished style and pleasant demeanor while in the spotlight. And given that today is her 32nd birthday, we couldn't help but take a moment to reflect on her greatest looks of the last year and applaud her impeccable taste. The brunette beauty always dresses to impress, and the last year was certainly

  • Lobbying Bill: Ministers offer concessions after criticism from charities

    January 9, 2014 5:03 PM 44

    Ministers have made fresh concessions to opponents of legislation regulating campaign spending ahead of elections. Charities had warned that the government's Lobbying Bill could have "disastrous unintended consequences" by hindering their campaign work. The government now plans to amend the bill to exempt smaller charities and raise the amount campaigners

  • Questions over accuracy of government's flood defence spending

    January 9, 2014 4:45 PM 39

    Friends of the Earth has compared statements from environment secretary Owen Paterson with those of his department and ministerial colleagues, and of prime minister David Cameron, and has questioned whether Paterson is giving parliament the full picture. On Sunday, Cameron said that his government was spending £2.3 billion on flood defences over four years

  • Welsh flood review details revealed by minister Alun Davies

    January 9, 2014 4:37 PM 27

    A review ordered following the recent storms will look at the impact of flooding and the state of Wales' coastal defences. Natural Resources Minister Alun Davies said it would look at December and January's flooding incidents and cover all coastal authorities in Wales. The second part will look at what lessons can be learnt and the flood risk management

  • Glasgow Kelvin College closed amid burst water main flood

    January 9, 2014 4:17 PM 26

    Glasgow Kelvin College has been evacuated and will be closed for two days after a burst water main caused flooding to surrounding streets. The college, on Shamrock Street, in the north of the city centre, is one of several premises affected by the burst main on New City Road. Scottish Water engineers were called in after the burst main was reported at about

  • Alex MacLeod sentenced for election expenses fraud

    January 9, 2014 3:00 PM 31

    A former councillor has been served with a community payback order after admitting to fraud charges. Alex MacLeod was Highland Council's youngest member when he was elected in May 2012 at the age of 19. In December, he pleaded guilty at Inverness Sheriff Court to charges relating to his election expenses. The 21-year-old former SNP Caithness Landward

  • George Osborne cautious on 'self-defeating' minimum wage rises

    January 9, 2014 2:00 PM 26

    Chancellor George Osborne has warned that "self-defeating" increases to the minimum wage could "cost jobs". Cabinet ministers including Business Secretary Vince Cable and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith are reportedly pressing for an above-inflation rise of 50p or more. But he said it should be left to the Low Pay Commission to set the appropriate

  • Steven Gerrard CCTV: PC in court over Formby footage

    January 9, 2014 12:27 PM 24

    A police officer has appeared in court accused of misconduct over footage of an alleged incident involving England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard. PC Helen Jones, 33, of Chatham, Kent, was arrested following the alleged confrontation between the player and a man at a shop on Merseyside in August. She faces a misconduct in a public office charge

  • Scottish independence: Ex-civil servant Jim Gallagher joins Better Together

    January 9, 2014 12:07 PM 31

    A former civil servant is to help the pro-Union Better Together campaign to "unpick and explain" the powers of the current devolved settlement. Prof Jim Gallagher is now working for the organisation ahead of September's independence referendum. Earlier this week, Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon urged the Unionist parties to outline their