HMRC rejects tax avoidance criticism

HMRC has rejected criticism by Andrew Tyrie, chairman of the Treasury select committee, over its response to the exploitation of tax breaks for the film industry. The MP has written to Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, to express a “number of concerns”. The tax office has cracked down on a number of schemes that created artificial losses for investors. Those losses ...

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David Miliband 'deeply concerned' for Labour's future

David Miliband says he believes the Labour Party is at its weakest point in half a century. The ex-foreign secretary spoke after a Conservatives’ win in the Copeland by-election – the first such gain by a sitting government in 35 years. Jeremy Corbyn has said he will stay on as Labour leader, after his party won a separate by-election in ...

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Stephen Lawrence suspect Neil Acourt jailed over £4m drug plot

A man who was previously a suspect in the Stephen Lawrence murder case has been jailed for more than six years over a £4m drugs plot. Neil Acourt, of Eltham, south-east London, was described as the “man at the top” of a scheme moving huge amounts of cannabis to the North East. The 41-year-old, also known as Neil Stuart, was ...

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Rory McIlroy: Golf with Trump was 'not endorsement'

Rory McIlroy has said a round of golf he played with Donald Trump was not an endorsement of the US president. Mr Trump invited the County Down golfer to play at his Trump International Golf Club on Sunday. After 18 holes on the Florida course, McIlroy said of his playing partner: “He probably shot around 80. He’s a decent player ...

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Scottish Labour's Dugdale pledges to work 'tirelessly' for union

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale will pledge to work tirelessly in support of the union if there were to be a second independence referendum. She will make the promise during a speech later to her party conference. Ms Dugdale is expected to say that the country still bears the scars of the September 2014 vote which resulted in a “no” ...

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MP tackles football's breastfeeding taboo

SNP MP Alison Thewliss wants all football clubs in Scotland to declare their stadiums breastfeeding-friendly. The Motherwell-supporting MP has written to all 42 league clubs, encouraging them to follow the example of Ayr United. Breastfeeding in public places has been a legally protected right in Scotland since 2005. But Ms Thewliss said a declaration by the clubs would break the ...

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Maps reveal schizophrenia 'hotspots' in England

Maps have revealed “hotspots” of schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses in England, based on the amount of medication prescribed by GPs. The analysis by the University of East London showed North Kesteven, in Lincolnshire, had the highest rates. The lowest rate of schizophrenia prescriptions was in East Dorset. However, explaining the pattern across England is complicated and the research team ...

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Police investigating murder of two teenagers release video clip from victim's phone

Police investigating the murder of two girls in Indiana have released a video clip from one of the victim’s phones.  In the audio from the recording, the words, “down the hill”, can be heard in a deep voice. Investigators said they hoped releasing the footage would result in someone recognising the person’s voice, who is believed to be the main suspect.  Liberty ...

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'Give me your tired, your poor': The story of the woman who wrote the world's most famous poem about refugees

The widely adopted anecdote about the most famous poem of the moment, that it was written by a woman who didn’t want to write it, is not quite accurate. Emma Lazarus’s The New Colossus and its immortal lines – “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore” – ...

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US Religious leaders create underground network to hide undocumented immigrants

Religious leaders in the US are forming an underground network of “safe homes” in an effort to provide shelter for families at risk of deportation under the Trump administration, according to reports. The “Rapid Response Team”, a recently-formed network based in Los Angeles, is seeking to offer refuge to people who may be sought by US Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), by ...

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