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UK farmers face disaster as ‘perfect storm’ strikes – The Guardian

British agriculture is facing a wider crisis than the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak of 2001, with around 90% of farmers affected, according to the Prince’s Countryside Fund. The charity, established by the Prince of Wales in 2010, is co-ordinating welfare efforts for families in dire need. “This crisis is unique because it’s so broad,” said Tor […]

Budget 2013: If there’s one thing George Osborne should do … – The Guardian

Budget 2013: If there’s one thing George Osborne should do … – The Guardian

‘Help squeezed families; boost childcare support’ Vidhya Alakeson, deputy chief executive, Resolution Foundation Vidhya Alakeson. In his 2013 state of the union address, President Obama declared the middle class to be the “true engine of American economic growth”. His comments signalled a break with the economic thinking that has long dominated America – which justified […]

Escaped prisoner John Anslow extradited to UK – The Guardian

A murder suspect who escaped from a prison van more than a year ago was flown back to the UK on Saturday after being arrested in northern Cyprus. John Anslow, 32, was being transported to Stafford crown court when he escaped from the van near HMP Hewell Grange, in Tardebigge near Bromsgrove, on 23 January […]

Scottish Lib Dem conference: Party members critical of own UK ministers – BBC News

Scottish Lib Dem conference: Party members critical of own UK ministers – BBC News

16 March 2013 Last updated at 14:38 ET The new spare rooms benefit rule has been dubbed the “bedroom tax” Scottish Liberal Democrats have criticised their own government ministers for failing to stop new benefit rules on spare rooms. Party members, gathered […]

Cyprus: panic as savings levy is imposed – The Guardian

Cypriots reacted with shock that turned to panic on Saturday after a 10% one-off levy on savings was forced on them as part of an extraordinary 10bn euro (£8.7bn) bailout agreed in Brussels. People rushed to banks and queued at cash machines that refused to release cash as resentment quickly set in. The savers, half […]

Cameron warns Tory activists: fight Labour, not me – The Guardian

David Cameron urged Tory activists on Saturday to stop atttacking his government and shift their attention to the Labour party who presented a real fight in the run up to the next election. Speaking at the Conservative’s spring conference in London, the prime minister sought to defuse fears expressed at a conference meeting that the […]

Tim McGraw playing first ever UK concert – BBC News

Tim McGraw has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. Married to Faith Hill the country star has seen huge success in both Nashville and Hollywood. This weekend he will play his first ever concert in the UK. The multi-award winning singer is headlining a country music festival in London, giving […]

‘Extraordinary courage’ of soldier killed in Afghanistan earns Victoria Cross – The Guardian

A British soldier who died as he protected the lives of his comrades in Afghanistan is to be awarded the Victoria Cross. The medal recognises Lance Corporal James Ashworth’s “extraordinary courage” while serving with the 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards in Helmand province last year. The Victoria Cross, the country’s highest award for gallantry, has […]

Tax loophole for UK businesses set to close – BBC News

Tax loophole for UK businesses set to close – BBC News

16 March 2013 Last updated at 06:49 ET Around 100,000 employees could be ineligible for statutory sick pay – and not be aware of it A tax loophole that allows firms to dodge £100m a year in National Insurance will be closed under […]

Phone hacking: Rupert Murdoch hit by 600 fresh claims – The Guardian

Detectives are examining an estimated 600 fresh allegations of phone-hacking incidents at Rupert Murdoch’s now closed News of the World on the back of fresh evidence obtained by the Metropolitan police from a suspect turned supergrass. Further details are expected to emerge on Monday morning at the high court during a hearing relating to the […]