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  • Nick Clegg's 'Ed Balls' tweet: Work of a hacker or wry sense of humour?

    January 8, 2014 7:58 PM 29

    The mystifying post follows recent media rumours that the Liberal Democrat leader might be willing to work with Labour’s Ed Balls in UK government coalition. “Ed Balls,” was the tweet that remains posted on the British politician’s Twitter feed at the time of writing. Followers of the official account have gone into overdrive trying to figure out if the tweet

  • Will Miliband's new approach to weekly clash last the course?

    January 8, 2014 7:55 PM 31

    The first Prime Minister's Questions of the year was a rather muted affair. Tributes were paid to the Labour MP Paul Goggins who had died early on Wednesday following a stroke. Condolences were paid to the families of those killed in Tuesday's helicopter crash, and that of the captain serving in Afghanistan who lost his life. But it was muted for another

  • Scottish independence: Davidson on Cameron 'Tory toff'

    January 8, 2014 3:43 PM 35

    8 January 2014 Last updated at 15:10 GMT MPs laughed as Ian Davidson said he wanted to "agree" with the prime minister against SNP calls for the PM to debate with Alex Salmond, and that a debate should be between the leaders of the yes and no campaigns. The Labour MP said the "last person" that pro-union Scots would to represent them would be a "Tory

  • Campaigner damaged Queen portrait to 'highlight injustice'

    January 8, 2014 2:45 PM 35

    A Fathers4Justice campaigner who defaced a portrait of the Queen has said he did so to highlight the "social justice issue of our time". Tim Haries, 42, of Bellis Avenue, Doncaster, is on trial at Southwark Crown Court for causing criminal to the painting at Westminster Abbey. Mr Haries said he was protesting about the "social catastrophe" of fathers

  • Some truth to claims over crime figures, says Met

    January 8, 2014 1:57 PM 38

    There is a "truth" to allegations by a police whistleblower that crime statistics were massaged, the UK's most senior commanding officer has said. Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said an investigation into the claims would report within six months. He was facing questions from MPs on the Public Administration Select Committee. Metropolitan Police

  • VisitScotland launches campaign for Homecoming Scotland 2014

    January 8, 2014 1:06 PM 40

    A new marketing campaign has been launched to encourage "local" interest in Homecoming Scotland 2014 events. It will be aimed at people in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north of England. VisitScotland is backing a £500,000 campaign, which includes TV advertising, press, radio, digital and promotional activity. At its launch, VisitScotland chairman

  • Five taken to hospital after serious crash in Tyrone

    January 8, 2014 12:21 PM 30

    Five people have been taken to hospital following a serious two vehicle crash near Strabane, County Tyrone. Two people have serious injuries, according to the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service. The collision happened outside Strabane on the main road from Sion Mills to Victoria Bridge. Police said the collision was reported to them before 11:00 GMT on Wednesday

  • Leon Briggs custody death cause 'not determined'

    January 8, 2014 11:29 AM 24

    The cause of the death of a Luton man who died after being taken into police custody has not yet been determined, a coroner has said. An inquest into the death of Leon Briggs, 39, who died in hospital last November after being held over concerns about his behaviour, has been opened and adjourned. Hertfordshire coroner Edward Thomas said he was awaiting

  • Scottish independence: Yes campaign 'more active' on Twitter

    January 8, 2014 11:19 AM 28

    The pro-independence campaign has a "more active and spontaneous" network of tweeters than their "No" opponents, according to new research. Researchers at the University of Glasgow mapped use of the hashtag #indyref to see how social media was utilised by each side of the debate. Yes Scotland said social media played a pivotal role in disseminating its "positive"

  • Labour to force vote on curbing bookies' fixed-odds machines

    January 8, 2014 11:00 AM 34

    Labour will force a vote in Parliament later on its plans to give councils the power to ban high-stakes roulette machines from bookmakers' shops. Leader Ed Miliband has said so-called fixed-odds betting terminals - where punters can bet up to £300 a minute - are "spreading like an epidemic". He has vowed to amend planning laws in England, Scotland and Wales