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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 …

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Theresa May will be getting a special delivery just in time for budget day. And she ain’t going to like it [VIDEO]

Written by : STEVE TOPPLE Theresa May will be getting a rather special delivery on Tuesday 21 November. But it’s not one she’s going to like, as it will highlight the growing chaos she and her government are presiding over. A bold statement Anti-austerity campaign organisation the People’s Assembly will be …

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George Monbiot takes down the myth that the Conservatives are patriotic. It’s a must watch. [VIDEO]

Written by : SAM WOOLFE Media outlet Double Down News put out a video of Guardian columnist George Monbiot summarising his take on the current government. Monbiot tackles the myth that the Conservatives are patriotic, having the British people’s interests at heart. And his analysis is pretty scathing. Continue reading on the canary

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How to respond to Tory voters when they say they’re ‘saving us from ourselves’ [OPINION]

Written by : ED SYKES If you know any Tory voters, bad luck. You’re probably tired of trying to draw blood from a stone, and sick of them saying they were voting for ‘stability and security’ back in June; mainly because that’s precisely what most people have not got from the Tories in recent …

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‘Embarrassed’ Tory MPs abandon the government during a debate on Universal Credit [IMAGES]

Written by : JAMES WRIGHT ‘Embarrassed’ Conservative MPs appear to have abandoned the government during a debate on Universal Credit. “Clearly nobody can justify Universal Credit” On 16 November, as The Skwawkbox reported, Shadow Secretary for International Trade Barry Gardiner noticed something strange about the Conservative benches: Continue reading on the canary

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Be a shame if we mentioned what the Tory MP defending austerity billed the taxpayer for [VIDEO]

Written by : JAMES WRIGHT On BBC Question Time on 16 November, Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi was defending [47.00] his government’s austerity programme. But many viewers were quick to point out that the MP for Stratford-on-Avon himself has been quite liberal with taxpayer money. Horse riding stables In fact, multi-millionaire Zahawi claimed expenses for the electricity used to run the horse-riding …

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The Conservative-DUP alliance has managed to scrap a crucial EU law, putting untold numbers of animals at risk

Written by : SAM WOOLFE After a debate in parliament, MPs decided that ‘animal sentience’ will not be included in the EU Withdrawal Bill. Every single Conservative and DUP MP present voted to reject inclusion of the term, which recognises that animals are capable of feeling pain and emotion. All MPs from the Labour, Green and …