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VIDEO: Angry protesters in Peckham call Iain Duncan Smith a ‘murderer’

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Iain Duncan Smith was yesterday (11th Jan) accused of being a "murderer" outside of a South East London Job Centre. Protestors had gathered outside the building in Peckham as the Minister arrived. The angry crowd screamed "murderer" at him. The attack came on the back of the news that one in ten "fit for work" assessments for disability and sickness benefits had been carried out inadequately. Later Smith used a copy of the Daily Mail...

Tories voted against rule ensuring landlords make properties fit for human habitation

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Conservative MPs have voted against a proposed rule that would have ensured landlords made their properties fit to live in. Labour MP Teresa Pearce had asked for new amendments to the Housing Bill which would ensure properties were safe and kept at a decent standard. Teresa Pearce called for the new rules to be added to the housing bill forcing private sector landlords to make their properties safe.  The Housing Bill is being pushed through...

Sir Philip Dilley boss of Environment Agency resigns

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor The boss of the Environment Agency Sir Philip Dilley, has resigned. He faced a great deal of criticism during the flood crisis, which wasn't helped by the fact he was holidaying in Barbados as people in the UK lost everything as the water levels rose. Dilley claimed he had found the media scrutiny "unacceptable". He will leave his £100,000-a-year, three-day-a-week at the end of the month. There have been claims that the Environment Agency misled...

US Powerball Jackpot Set to Hit $1.4 Billion

The US powerball jackpot has reached a record high of $1.4 billion after 18 rollovers dating back to early November. Two winners shared a record £66 million National Lottery jackpot on Saturday in the UK after 14 consecutive rollovers found no winner. Despite the prize being shared, if each ticket is held by an individual they would still be the (joint) biggest National Lottery winners in history with a whopping £33 million in prize money. In the US, a similar run of rollovers...

NHS pays out £92MILLION to make staff redundant – and then rehires them

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor A total of 2,641 NHS staff were made redundant and then rehired by the NHS in the three years since April 2012. In total the NHS forked out £92million in redundancy pay to staff who were back working for the NHS not long afterwards, creating a revolving door policy and costing taxpayers' millions of pounds. Cameron’s health reforms appear to have contributed to this shocking statistic, it has been claimed by a senior opposition MP....

Catherine McKinnell Shadow Attorney General Resigns From Labour’s Frontbench

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor More unsettling times for the Labour Party, as Catherine McKinnell the Shadow Attorney General has resigned from the frontbench citing concerns about the direction and internal conflict within the party. She has only been in the post since September 2015 and has not had enough time to settle into the role. The MP for Newcastle North, who has three young children, sent a letter to Corbyn explaining she was having problems balancing her personal commitments, but...

Tinder and Grindr Crimes Increase Seven Fold in Two Years

The number of crimes linked to dating apps Tinder and Grindr has increased seven fold in two years, according to new statistics. Police in England and Wales received more than 400 reports of crimes where Grindr and Tinder was mentioned in the year up to October 2015. That compares to 204 in 2014 and 55 in 2013. Crimes relating to the apps include rape, child sex grooming and attempted murder. Police say users are vulnerable to “sextortion” and urged better awareness on...

9,000 new homes fast tracked for flood zones

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Thousands of new homes in the ‘fast track’ UK Government’s housing development zones are in flood zones. This means that these homes could be become uninsurable and in the event of flooding, uninhabitable. These building schemes could become even more unsafe as Government funding for flood controls are uncertain. According to the National Audit Office funding for the Environment Agency fell 10% in real terms during the last government. A Greenpeace investigation used a Freedom...

Best Cities for a Pay Rise in 2016

Yorkshire powerhouse Leeds has been revealed as the best city for a payrise in 2016 according to new data. CV-Library stats show salaries grew by 4.7 per cent in Leeds last year, with its county neighbour Sheffield close by with growth of 4.2 per cent. London saw a 2.5 per cent growth in advertised salaries in 2015 compared with 2014, coming in fourth on the list of top ten salary growers. Proving to be among the best off in the...

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