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“Callous Carillion” sack staff by email over the weekend

Carillion have today been described as "callous" after they sent staff emails on Saturday simply telling them not to bother turning up for work on Monday. The official reciever this morning confirmed a further 452 posts had been made redundant. According to staff they were notified by email at the weekend which advised them not to turn up to work. Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary said: "Loyal Carillion staff are being treated with utter contempt by PWC. “The receiver told the...

Lauri Love wins appeal against extradition to US where he faced 99 years in jail for hacking charges

Alleged computer hacker Lauri Love has won an appeal against his extradition to the US where he faced 99 years in jail - which his father said was a "vindication". The 33-year-old was accused of stealing thousands of personal details of government employees from the US Federal Reserve, the US Army, the FBI and NASA in 2012 and 2013. The Aspergers sufferer and vicar's son faced 99 years in prison if found guilty in the US. A judge at Westminster...

Theresa May’s Customs Union U-turn “economically ludicrous and breach of the Good Friday Agreement”

Theresa May has put safeguarding her position from hardline Tory Brexiters above safeguarding a good outcome in Brexit negotiations by committing to taking Britain out of any prospect of a customs union with the EU - however impossible a position that may be. A Number 10 source insisted: “it is not our policy to be in the customs union. It is not our policy to be in a customs union.”  The statement was a bizarre U-turn after Theresa May pressed...

Super-buff personal trainer defies cystic fibrosis odds to transform into real-life Thor

A gym fanatic has hit back at his degenerative lung condition and defied doctors expectations by transforming himself into a real-life THOR. Personal trainer Ben Mudge, 27, was born with cystic fibrosis and was spurred into getting fit when his lung function plummeted as a teenager. Doctors told him he'd never fully recover - so he hit the weights to prove them wrong, honed a super-buff physique and improved his health dramatically. But the self-confessed superhero didn't stop there -...

There wasn’t a dry eye in the House of Commons as Labour MP gave this moving speech about her stillborn daughter

Labour MP Sharon Hodgson delivered this incredibly moving speech this week and fought back tears to describe what happened when her third child Lucy was born. The MP for Washington and Sunderland West described how if her stillborn daughter had been born alive “she would have had a birth certificate, she would have been celebrating her 20th birthday this year. “But sadly she was stillborn so there was no flashing blue lights, no incubator and no birthday parties ever and,...

Save the NHS! Tens of thousands of people attended emergency NHS march in London today

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of central London today to call on the government to invest more money in the NHS. NHS staff, union workers, activists, MPs, and celebrities took part in the march from Gower Street to Downing Street to call on Theresa May and Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt to take action on the current NHS crisis. Last November, NHS chief Simon Stevens asked the government for an extra £4 billion but...

Woman tells of her terror after losing arm in pitbull attack

A woman has warned against pit bulls after her “gentle” dog of nine years suddenly turned and launched a vicious attack which resulted in her losing an ARM. Traumatized Yasmin Adam, 45, was left lying in a pool of blood and fearing for her life after her beloved pup Sir Hinkles mauled her. The brutal assault took place after Yasmin attempted to break up a play fight between Sir Hinkles and her two other dogs. The previously good-natured pooch suddenly...

Theresa May vows to leave customs union whatever her Government’s own Brexit damage studies show that means for Britain’s economy

In an interview on her trip to China Theresa May told Sky political editor Faisal Islam that she will take Britain out of the Customs Union - even if that does make Britain poorer - as her own government’s leaked studies have shown. The Prime Minister was keen to stress the trade agreements she had secured on her visit for British businesses, but the Sky political presenter immediately pointed out that these were agreements that had been made with Britain...

Boots charge NHS £1,500 for single pots of moisturiser that sell for £2

Boots the chemist is charging the National Health Service obscene amounts of money for products that sell for a fraction of the price in-store. A Times investigation has revealed that the high street chain has charged the NHS as much as £1,500 for single pots of moisturiser that others have sold for less than £2. Boots sent a £1,579 bill to the health service for one 500ml tub of a specially made cream for patients with skin problems in 2016, the...

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