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Voice of the Mirror: It is indefensible to have peers claiming so much money when real grafters earn less

Written by : Voice Of The Mirror The rising cost of the House of Lords is a scandal, particularly when that part of Parliament is a stranger to democracy. It is indefensible to have so many peers claiming so much money when real grafters earn less while putting in a decent …

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British forces no longer fit for purpose, former UK service chiefs warn

Written by : Ewen MacAskill Former UK service chiefs have launched a devastating critique of the state of British forces, saying they were no longer fit for purpose and that the army was 20 years out of date. Gen Sir Richard Barrons, who retired last year as commander of joint forces …

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House Democrats start impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump

Written by : Alexandra Wilts Six Democrats in the House of Representatives have introduced articles of impeachment targeting President Donald Trump. The legislators singled out five of Mr Trump’s actions they say merit impeachment, including his decision to fire FBI director James Comey in May. They assert that Mr Trump obstructed …

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Lettings agency issues every tenant with eviction notice blaming Universal Credit

Written by : Richard Vaughan A lettings agency in Grimsby has taken the “extraordinary” step of issuing hundreds of tenants with a preemptive eviction notice ahead of the roll out of Universal Credit. In a menacing letter, Gap Property, has written to its tenants warning them that if they are in …

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Austerity linked to 120,000 needless deaths as policy is branded ‘economic murder’

Written by : Andrew Gregory Tory NHS and social care cuts are “economic murder” and could cause 100 unnecessary deaths a day without emergency funds, warns a report today. Already 120,000 Brits have died needlessly since 2010, claim researchers at three top universities. The joint study, by Oxford, Cambridge and University …

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Prince Philip ‘cheated on Queen with famous women’ new book claims just days before their 70th wedding anniversary

Written by : Chris Kitching Persistent rumours that Prince Philip has had a series of affairs during his marriage to the Queen have resurfaced in a new book just days before the royal couple’s 70th anniversary. The book claims the Duke of Edinburgh has been romantically linked to a string of …

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe latest: Britain ‘prepared to pay £450 million Iran debt to help free jailed mother’

Written by : MARTIN COULTER Britain is preparing to pay a decades old £450 million debt to Iran in a diplomatic effort at improving Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s chances of release, it has been reported. The 39-year-old mother-of-one was imprisoned by the Iranian government while on a family holiday in April 2016 for …

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Homeless people could be fined £1,000 for putting up a TENT under new plans which anger charity bosses

Written by : Jack Furness & Dave Burke A council has come under fire after unveiling plans to fine homeless people up to £1,000 if they put up a tent. Hanging around in public toilets could also earn rough sleepers a heavy fine under proposals being weighed up by Stoke-on-Trent City …

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Benefits Sanctions Cost More Than They Save, National Audit Office Report Finds

Written by : Martha Gill Benefits sanctions cost more to administer than they save, a damning report of the Government’s welfare crackdown has found. The National Audit Office (NAO), the independent watchdog of state spending, said that fining claimants for failing to meet certain conditions caused them greater hardship, and cost …

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Mistakes in benefits claims could cost up to £500m

Written by : Michael Buchanan Mistakes in paying out benefits claims could cost up to £500m to put right, the BBC has learned. The errors identified by the Department for Work and Pensions affect the main sickness benefit, the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). The BBC understands that assessors wrongly calculated …