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Majority of Scots police officers want access to a handgun

Almost two-thirds of Scotland’s police officers want to have access to a handgun, according to new research. A survey by the Scottish Police Federation (SPF) found that 64% of officers support such a move. The finding came as around an eighth of the workforce said they believe their existing personal …

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DONALD TRUMP PLANS TOTAL REPEAL OF NET NEUTRALITY LAW THAT KEEPS THE INTERNET FREE

Written by : ANDREW GRIFFIN The US government is going to end net neutrality, a fundamental principle of how the internet works. Net neutrality is the idea that all internet traffic is treated the same. But the new ruling will allow internet service providers to block or slow access to specific …

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These are the MPs who voted down legislation on animals feeling pain and emotion as part of Brexit bill

Written by : Joe Vesey-Byrne During debate on the EU withdrawal bill parliament rejected an amendment that would have inserted the legal status of animal sentience. The vote, largely on party lines, saw 313 MPs vote against including the legal recognition for animals’ sentience in the EU withdrawal bill. ‘Sentience’ recognises …

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Rich ‘exploit housing fund’ meant to help first-time buyers enter the market

Written by : Patrick Lion The rich are using a housing fund aimed at helping struggling first home buyers enter the market , it was claimed last night. More than 5,000 people on six-figure incomes have reportedly used the government’s Help to Buy scheme. Four in ten recipients of the taxpayer …

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“The worst thing is the constant cold”: Seriously ill woman with no power or heating lives by candlelight after benefits axed

Written by : JACOB FUREDI A desperately ill woman is living alone by candlelight without power or heating after her benefits were axed. Donna Cross has lived in a crumbling room without electricity or gas for a year with only a stained sofa and duvet to keep her warm. The 56-year-old …

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‘I can’t even charge my wheelchair’: the impact of universal credit delays

Written by : Guardian readers and Matthew Holmes ‘I’m receiving less now than what I was receiving in hardship, which is total madness’ – Mhari, 37, Ayrshire I waited seven weeks for my first payment, in which time I had to use a food bank to eat. No money was backdated and I …

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Pensioner blasts Theresa May after her partner finally won his disability benefits – two days after he died

Written by : Dan Bloom A pensioner has blasted Theresa May after her partner finally won his disability benefits back – two days after he died. Carol Acton, 68, was left “angry and lost for words” after receiving the shock letter while she grieved for her love of 12 years Geoffrey …

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Hard Brexit would ‘cost £400 billion, wipe 18% off GDP and cause a recession’

Written by : Jimmy Nsubuga for Metro.co.uk A ‘no deal’ hard Brexit would plunge the country into an immediate recession, according to a new report. The potential Tory plan would cost the British economy £400 billion and wipe 18% off GDP growth by 2030, investment firm Rabobank warned. The study added …

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Epileptic people’s lives at risk after almost half have disability benefits axed

Written by : Dan Bloom Epileptic people’s lives are being put at risk after thousands were rejected for disability benefits, a charity has warned. Shocking figures show almost half the 15,000 epileptic people who received the old-style disability benefit have had their support axed altogether under the new-style Personal Independence Payment …

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A new Greenpeace document exposes the government’s toxic relationship with oil and gas corporations

Written by : SAM WOOLFE A new Greenpeace report has exposed the toxic relationship that Theresa May’s Conservative government has with oil and gas corporations. Unearthed, Greenpeace’s investigative unit, has obtained a document showing that Trade Minister Greg Hands visited Brazil to talk about extracting fossil fuels in the country. He was reportedly …