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  4. Migration figures: Record numbers of EU nationals leaving UK 22 February 2018 Image copyright Getty Images The number of EU citizens leaving the UK is at its highest level for a decade, figures from the Office for National Statistics show. It estimates that 130,000 EU nationals emigrated in the year to September, the highest number since 2008. Meanwhile, 220,000 EU nationals came to live in the UK - 47,000 fewer than the previous year. Net EU migration - the difference between arrivals and departures - was 90,000, the lowest for five years. The figures also show that more British people are emigrating than are returning to live in the UK. Of those EU nationals arriving in the UK, fewer were coming for "work-related reasons", in particular to "look for work". Nicola White, head of international migration statistics at the ONS, said: "Brexit could well be a factor in people's decision to move to or from the UK, but people's decision to migrate is complicated and can be influenced by lots of different reasons." 'Immigration mess' By contrast, immigration from countries outside the European Union is going up which means the UK population is continuing to grow at a similar level to early 2014. Some 285,000 non-EU citizens arrived in the UK in the 12-month period to September, and 80,000 departed. This gives a net increase of 205,000, the highest for six years. Overall, net migration is estimated to have fallen by 29,000 to 244,000 in the same period. This includes 73,000 British people coming back to the UK and 125,000 Britons leaving. The overall net migration figure is still well short of the government's target to reduce net migration to below 100,000, a pledge made in the 2010, 2015 and 2017 Tory manifestos. Labour's shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said net migration was still double the government's target and accused the Home Office of turning away qualified doctors despite a recruitment shortage in the NHS. "This deficit hurts us all and highlights the immigration mess the government has created," she said. The ONS figures also show that in 2017, the UK granted asylum, alternative forms of protection or resettlement to almost 15,000 people, 40% of whom were under 18. View the full article
  5. A London police officer accused of taking a colleague's tin of biscuits has been cleared of gross misconduct. PC Thomas Hooper, based at the Kingston Operational Command Unit in south west London, was also alleged to have applied to cancel a Fixed Penalty notice against him. It was claimed he gave false accounts of both incidents. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/police-officer-cleared-of-gross-misconduct-over-biscuit-tin-theft-a3772641.html
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  7. Government 'has no plan' for Northern Ireland - Sinn Féin 21 February 2018 comments Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionUK PM 'is facilitating talks gridlock'The government "does not have a viable plan" to deal with the political stalemate in Northern Ireland, Sinn Féin's president has said. Mary Lou McDonald said she feared "entrenchment and drift" in efforts to restore the executive, which collapsed 13 months ago. PM Theresa May has held talks with Sinn Féin and the DUP at Westminster. It comes exactly a week after talks aimed at ending the deadlock at Stormont collapsed. What is direct rule? Stormont deadlock: Need-to-know guide Disputed Stormont 'deal' pages leaked In an interview with the BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg, Ms McDonald accused Mrs May of "facilitating the DUP blocking" the restoration of power-sharing. "I believe whether intentionally or not, Theresa May is actually facilitating the DUP blocking advancement and resolution on these core issues," she said. Mrs May has emphasised that her government remains committed to doing all it can to restore devolution. At a press conference outside Westminster earlier, the Sinn Féin president said: "We can only surmise from our meeting with the British prime minister that the government doesn't have a viable plan for carving a pathway for the restoration of the institutions. "We're disappointed that the government seems wedded to what they are calling 'a reflection period'," 'DUP crashed the bus' Ms McDonald added that her party called for the "reconvening of the inter-governmental conference as per the Good Friday Agreement" - the 1998 deal which brought an end to the Troubles in Northern Ireland. "We tried to impress upon the prime minister and secretary of state that standing still and doing nothing is simply not an option," she said. "Just because the DUP have crashed the bus, does not mean that everyone has to sit at home now and cross their fingers and hope against hope that things will improve and that these issues will be resolved." Image caption Nigel Dodds and Arlene Foster said the DUP was not contemplating introducing an Irish language act in Northern Ireland Budget 'within weeks' Following the DUP's meeting, Arlene Foster said she was hopeful a new budget would be in place for Northern Ireland "within weeks". "The people of Northern Ireland deserve to have a budget in place as soon as possible," she said. Her party colleague, MP Nigel Dodds added that the party "want to see devolved government" reinstated. "In the absence of the devolution that we all want, we can't continue to have Northern Ireland left in limbo as it has been in the last 13 months," he said. "We simply want a commonsense interim position, whereby ministers are taking decisions, budgets are being set, whilst we continue to work through the issues." Skip Twitter post by @markdevenport Report End of Twitter post by @markdevenport In relation to the draft agreement which was leaked on Tuesday, Arlene Foster said it contained "only one of a number of documents that were circulated and put out and about". She added that her party was not contemplating introducing an Irish language act in Northern Ireland. On Tuesday, Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley declined to immediately re-impose direct rule from Westminster. Image copyright Dominic Lipinski Image caption Theresa May hosted separate talks with Sinn Féin and the DUP on Wednesday Sinn Féin and the DUP - Northern Ireland's two main parties - had been in negotiations to end a 13-month stalemate at Stormont. The devolved government collapsed in a row over a botched green energy scheme. Talks between the DUP and Sinn Féin collapsed last week, and the two sides blamed each other for an impasse over a proposed Irish language act. The parties still disagree on whether or not a draft agreement was on the table before the talks broke down. Image copyright Reuters Image caption There has been a 13-month political stalemate in Northern Ireland On Tuesday, parts of the draft agreement being worked on were leaked and published. These confirmed what had already been reported about a three-stranded approach to the language question - which would have resulted in an Irish language act, an Ulster Scots act, and a so-called respecting language and diversity act. But there was a degree of ambiguity as to whether this had been fully signed off by all the parties. Meanwhile, on Wednesday morning, MPs on the Northern Ireland Affairs committee took evidence on the issue of devolution. They heard from witnesses including SDLP leader Colum Eastwood and loyalist blogger Jamie Bryson. Mr Eastwood told the committee that the power-sharing institutions could be out of action for five years "if we keep doing what we're doing". View the full article
  8. A moped thief who almost killed his friend as he sped around London stealing mobile phones from pedestrians has been jailed for seven years. Harry Wright, 21, crashed head-on with a BMW as he drove a stolen Piaggio moped towards oncoming traffic on a one-way street, critically injuring his 18-year-old passenger. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/moped-robber-who-almost-killed-friend-in-crash-as-he-sped-round-london-jailed-a3772231.html
  9. Moped thugs armed with acid and swords bragged that swiping mobile phones from commuters in the capital is so easy it is "like stealing candy from a baby". In a shocking new BBC documentary, gang members from north London revealed snatching £700 iPhones from "stupid" people waiting at bus stops was "easy pickings". https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/revealed-londons-moped-gangs-tell-how-swiping-phones-from-stupid-people-with-acid-and-swords-is-like-a3772181.html
  10. John Worboys case: Met Police loses appeal against victims 21 February 2018 Image copyright Daily Mail / Solo Syndication The Met Police has lost an appeal at the Supreme Court against two victims of black cab rapist John Worboys who won compensation for its failings. The women were raped by Worboys in 2003 and 2007 and said their treatment by police, who failed to believe their reports, caused them mental harm. The Supreme Court unanimously dismissed the police's appeal. The women are also separately pursuing a judicial review of the Parole Board's decision to release Worboys. Worboys was able to continue to attack women until he was convicted in 2009, when he was jailed for life for 19 offences, including one rape and five sexual assaults. The Met believe he may have attacked more than 100 women. View the full article
  11. Explosions at Boston Marathon

    Many years on. I missed this. Response to an active threat since Columbine is to establish a team to engage a threat.
  12. MSC to PC - Day 1

    Not yet mate, how’s it going for you so far? I’m assuming you were on the training that started a few weeks ago?
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  14. A transgender beautician who pushed an off-duty police officer onto a railway line has been spared a jail sentence by a judge who said she has “special vulnerabilities”. Paris Valeta Bregazzi, 30, had drunk four bottles of prosecco on a night out when she shoved Pc Sam Chegwin onto the tracks at Hanger Lane station in Ealing. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/transgender-beautician-who-pushed-police-officer-onto-tube-tracks-after-four-bottles-of-prosecco-is-a3771196.html
  15. 19 February 2018 Paedophile Matthew Falder has been sentenced to 32 years in jail after admitting 137 charges including rape and blackmail. Sentencing at Birmingham Crown Court, Judge Philip Parker QC said Falder's crimes began with voyeurism as a student, but escalated. He said the Cambridge graduate would spend a further six years on licence after his release from prison. Some of his victims, who were teenagers at the time, were visibly upset. Falder showed no emotion at all, he just stared straight ahead. View the full article
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  17. Oxfam Haiti scandal: Suspects 'physically threatened' witnesses 19 February 2018 Related Topics2010 Haiti earthquake Image copyright Reuters Oxfam has revealed that three men at the centre of sexual misconduct claims in Haiti physically threatened witnesses during a 2011 investigation. The charity has published its internal report on alleged abuse by some of its staff following public pressure. In the 2011 report, Oxfam said "more needed" to be done to prevent "problem staff" working for other charities. Despite the warning, several men linked to the alleged abuse subsequently took up roles at other charities. Oxfam has released a redacted version of the report, saying it wants to be "as transparent as possible" about the decisions it made. Oxfam UK boss: Attacks 'out of proportion' How much UK money goes to Oxfam? Read more about Haiti Parts of the 11-page document are blacked out to hide people's identities, including the names of the three men accused of intimidating witnesses. Oxfam will present the original, unedited report to the government in Haiti on Monday and apologize for "mistakes". Oxfam has faced increasing international pressure over its handling of an investigation into allegations aid workers in Haiti used prostitutes. 'Bullying and intimidation' Seven Oxfam employees left the organisation as a result of their behaviour in Haiti in 2011, the report shows. One employee was dismissed and three resigned for using prostitutes on Oxfam premises. The the use of underage prostitutes was not ruled out. Two more were dismissed for bullying and intimidation - one of whom also downloaded pornography - and another man was sacked for failing to protect staff. Image copyright VRT Image caption Mr Van Hauwermeiren worked in Chad from 2006-09 before going to Haiti in 2010 In the report, the charity said director of operations in Haiti, Roland Van Hauwermeiren, "admitted using prostitutes" at his Oxfam residence when questioned by the investigation team. Mr Van Hauwermeiren last week denied paying prostitutes for sex. He was granted a "phased and dignified exit" and was allowed to resign, the report added, on the provision that he fully co-operated with the rest of the investigation. Another section entitled "lessons learned" set out the need for tighter safeguarding across the industry to stop disgraced aid workers moving to new posts. It read: "Need better mechanisms for informing other regions/affiliates/agencies of behavioural issues with staff when they move and to avoid 'recycling' poor performers/problem staff." High-profile posts The report said "better mechanisms" were needed to stop disgraced workers being "recycled". Despite the warning, several of those implicated subsequently worked for other aid organisations, including at Oxfam. Mr Van Hauwermeiren ended up taking another high-profile position, as the head of mission for Action Against Hunger in Bangladesh. Action Against Hunger said it had carried out a series of checks on Mr Hauwermeiren but received no information from Oxfam of inappropriate or unethical behaviour. View the full article
  18. Tuition fees: Theresa May challenges university costs By Sean Coughlan BBC News education and family correspondent 18 February 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May's review will consider the cost of tuition fees and repaying student debt The prime minister is to call for better value for students in England who face "one of the most expensive systems of university tuition in the world". Theresa May will announce an independent review of fees and student finance on Monday. She will also argue for an end to "outdated attitudes" that favour university over technical education. Labour says it would abolish fees and bring back maintenance grants. A day of reckoning for tuition fees? 10 charts showing the effect of tuition fees Mrs May, announcing the year-long review of student finance and university funding, will warn that the current system has failed to deliver sufficient competition on price - with almost all courses being charged at the maximum £9,250 per year. For many students, the prime minister will say, "the level of fees charged do not relate to the cost or quality of the course." There are "serious concerns" about the cost of university, among parents and grandparents as well as students, Mrs May will say. 'Value for money' The review will consider ways of reducing costs such as cutting interest rates on loans - currently at 6.1% - and reintroducing maintenance grants for disadvantaged students, as well as examining the level of fees. Mrs May will say the review needs to make sure poorer students can have an "equal chance". At present, she says the funding system "leaves students from the lowest-income households bearing the highest levels of debt, with many graduates left questioning the return they get for their investment". The government will promise that the independent review will consider "the whole system of student funding", looking at whether there is "value for money" for students and taxpayers and how fees and repayments cover the cost of courses. The review will look more broadly than university fees and will consider support for vocational training and apprenticeships in "post-18 education". Mrs May will say there should be an end to "false boundaries" and perceptions of different status between vocational and academic study. There should be better careers advice to help young people make better-informed choices about a wider range of jobs and qualifications, she will say. 'Scrapping fees' "For those young people who do not go on to academic study, the routes into further technical and vocational training today are hard to navigate," the prime minister will warn. "The standards across the sector are too varied and the funding available to support them is patchy." Labour's shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, has called for education services, in further and higher education, to be free at the point of delivery. "It's time the Tories just accepted their tuition fee system is unsustainable, scrapped fees entirely and brought back maintenance grants and the Education Maintenance Allowance, as Labour has promised to do," said Ms Rayner. Image copyright PA Image caption With higher fees and interest rates, students will graduate with an average debt of £50,000 Ahead of Mrs May's speech, the Treasury select committee, chaired by former education secretary Nicky Morgan, raised concerns about the high level of interest rates. The Institute for Fiscal Studies says students in England face more than £5,000 in interest charges before they have even left university - contributing to average graduate debts of over £50,000. Former Conservative and Labour education ministers Ms Greening, Lord Willetts, Lord Adonis and Charles Clarke have all raised concerns about the level of interest charges. 'Variety' of fee levels Education Secretary Damian Hinds, speaking on the Andrew Marr Show, suggested there should be a greater "variety" in levels of fees. But there have been warnings against different levels of fees for sciences or humanities and arts, or for different types of university. Lord Willetts said higher fees for courses with the highest graduate earnings would become a "reverse pupil premium", giving even more money to the most advantaged courses and institutions. Sir Anthony Seldon, vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham, backed calls for more flexible approaches - such as two-year degree courses - but warned that setting different fee levels would be a "bad idea". Dame Janet Beer, president of Universities UK, said the current system needed to be "better understood and feel fairer to students". The priorities should be support for disadvantaged students and reversing the collapse in numbers of part-time and mature students, said the university group leader. View the full article
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  20. Female stars call for end to sexual harassment at work 18 February 2018 Related TopicsGolden Globes 2018 Image copyright PA/Getty Image caption Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley and Emma Watson signed the letter to show "solidarity and unity". Nearly 200 female British stars from film, TV and stage have signed an open letter calling for an end to sexual harassment across all industries. Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley and Emma Watson are among the women to sign the letter, published in the Observer. Emma Watson has given £1m to a new campaign backed by the women - aimed at helping those affected by harassment. Women attending the Bafta Awards in London on Sunday night say they will wear black on the red carpet. The move is a show of solidarity with the Hollywood-based movement Time's Up, launched in the wake of sexual abuse allegations by high-profile actresses against film producer Harvey Weinstein. You might also like: Center Parcs pulls Daily Mail ads Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux split The playboy who got away with $242m Watson is one of the first donors to the UK Justice and Equality Fund, which has launched a crowdfunding campaign to pay for a new advice network. The fund has been set up by the 190 women who have signed the letter, along with a group of 160 people - including academics, activists and charity workers - to help victims "access support and justice". Keira Knightley and Tom Hiddleston have each given £10,000. 'Uncomfortable joke' The letter said the Bafta awards ceremony was a time to "celebrate this tremendous moment of solidarity and unity across borders by coming together and making this movement international". It states: "This movement is bigger than just a change in our industry alone. "This movement is intersectional, with conversations across race, class, community, ability and work environment, to talk about the imbalance of power." Other signatories include: Gemma Arterton Carey Mulligan Sophie Okonedo Florence Pugh Gugu Mbatha Raw Saoirse Ronan Andrea Riseborough Gemma Chan Noma Dumezweni Naomie Harris Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Penelope Cruz, Mariah Carey and Clare Foy were among celebrities who wore black at the Golden Globes The letter reads: "In the very near past, we lived in a world where sexual harassment was an uncomfortable joke; an unavoidable awkward part of being a girl or a woman. "It was certainly not to be discussed, let alone addressed. In 2018, we seem to have woken up in a world ripe for change. "If we truly embrace this moment, a line in the sand will turn to stone." The decision to wear black at the Baftas follows a similar demonstration of support at Hollywood's Golden Globe Awards earlier this year. Some of Britain's biggest stars will be joined on the red carpet ahead of the Baftas by activists, including Laura Bates who founded the award-winning Everyday Sexism project. View the full article
  21. Murdered MP's widower Brendan Cox quits charities 17 February 2018 The husband of murdered MP Jo Cox, Brendan Cox, has quit two charities he set up in her memory after allegations of sexual assault were made public. Mr Cox denied assaulting a woman in her 30s at Harvard University in 2015 - but admitted to "inappropriate" behaviour while working for Save the Children. He has left posts at More in Common and the Jo Cox Foundation a week after the Mail on Sunday published the claims. Mr Cox apologised for the "hurt and offence" caused by his past behaviour. In a statement issued on Saturday, he said: "While I do not accept the allegations contained in the 2015 complaint to the police in Cambridge, Massachusetts, I do acknowledge and understand that during my time at Save the Children I made mistakes." Mr Cox, who married Jo Cox in 2009, was reported to police in Massachusetts in the US in 2015 for "inappropriate touching" while on a trip to Harvard - a claim which he denies. The father-of-two said some of the allegations against him were a "massive exaggeration", but conceded that he had at times "overstepped the line". 'Dedication' to charity Labour MP Mrs Cox was fatally shot and stabbed outside her constituency office by a far-right extremist during the EU Referendum campaign in 2016. Mr Cox said it had become "much more difficult" to focus on the two charities he set up after his wife's death, the community group More in Common and the Jo Cox Foundation. "For that reason, while away over half term, I decided to step down from my current public roles for the time being," he said. He added: "In the past I have focused on disputing what I felt was untrue in the allegations, but I realise now that it's more important to take full responsibility for what I have done." A spokesperson for the Jo Cox Foundation said the charity "admired" Mr Cox's contribution as a trustee. "The trustees and staff have admired the integrity, commitment and dedication that Brendan has shown in our work to create a positive legacy for Jo," they said. View the full article
  22. UKIP members voted to sack embattled leader Bolton 17 February 2018 UKIP members have voted to sack leader Henry Bolton after controversy over racist messages sent by his partner. The former army officer's fate was decided after 63% voted to back a no confidence motion at an extraordinary general meeting in Birmingham. He had faced calls to quit after it emerged his partner Jo Marney sent racist messages about Meghan Markle. The party will announce an interim leader later and an leadership election will take place within 90 days. View the full article
  23. 17 February 2018 A minor earthquake with 4.4 magnitude has affected parts of Wales and England. Shaking has been reported across south Wales, the south west of England and the Midlands. The British Geological Survey said the epicentre was approximately 20km north-north-east of Swansea and at a depth of 7.4km. Events of this magnitude only happen in the UK every 2-3 years, it added. Skip Twitter post by @swpcardiff Report End of Twitter post by @swpcardiff Dyfed Powys Police force said it had received "an extremely high volume" of calls relating to tremors. Meanwhile, South Wales Police urged the public to avoid calling the emergency services unless it was to report damage or injuries. 'The walls cracked' Vera Sanderberg, from Croyde in north Devon, said she felt her 10 bedroom house shake. "The neighbour's horses bolted," she said. "It was just a split second. We can't see anything damaged." In Cheltenham, Paul Samway said it felt like "a washing machine breaking down". "We heard the walls crack and there was a bit if juddering," he added. "We thought nothing of it until we saw reports from other people on social media." View the full article
  24. XXIII Olympic Winter Games Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Full coverage times Great Britain's Lizzy Yarnold defended her Winter Olympic title with a gold medal in the women's skeleton as team-mate Laura Deas claimed bronze. It took Britain's medal count on Saturday to three, after Izzy Atkin claimed a ski slopestyle bronze. Yarnold, having won gold at Sochi 2014, headed into the final run 0.02 seconds behind Austrian leader Janine Flock. But the 29-year-old clocked 51.46 seconds to go first, and a poor run from Flock saw Deas jump into bronze. It was a track record for Yarnold, whose total time of three minutes 27.28 seconds saw her finish 0.45 seconds ahead of German silver medalist Jacqueline Loelling. She becomes the first British athlete to retain a Winter Olympic title and, alongside bronzes for Deas and Atkins, it is the first time Britain have won three individuals medals on one day at Winter Games - eclipsing the two won in 1924. More to follow. View the full article
  25. Atkin finished 6.6 points off the gold medal position XXIII Olympic Winter Games Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Full coverage times Izzy Atkin won bronze in the women's ski slopestyle to claim Great Britain's second medal of the Winter Olympics. The 19-year-old, born in the United States, scored 84.60 on a strong final run to claim a first British Winter Olympic medal on skis. Switzerland's Sarah Hoefflin won gold with a score of 91.20 while her compatriot Mathilde Gremaud took silver. Fellow Briton Katie Summerhayes finished seventh in the final. The medal means Great Britain have now won medals on snow at consecutive Winter Games, following Jenny Jones' bronze in Sochi in 2014. It comes a day after Dom Parsons won bronze in the men's skeleton for GB's first medal of the 2018 Games. Atkin was in bronze medal position going into the third and final run but she was pushed down into fourth by American Maggie Voisin. The Briton responded shortly after with her cleanest run of the competition to regain third place and none of the final three skiers could better her effort. "A fantastic performance from Izzy Atkin," BBC Sport snowboard commentator Ed Leigh said. "So, so composed. "The 19-year-old took the day well within her stride. She's come on to the biggest stage of the world and claimed a bronze medal." Analysis - 'GB will go from strength to strength' Jenny Jones, 2014 GB Olympic bronze medallist snowboarder It's the first ever Olympic medal for the freestyle skiers and everyone in the team was watching with nerves. That will give so much confidence to James Woods ahead of his event tomorrow. We have both a ski and a snowboard medal now and we're just going from strength to strength in freestyle. This is Izzy's first Olympics, she's got at least one or two, maybe three, more Olympics in her. Saturday's gold medal winners so far Winter Olympics 2018: Snowboard specialist Ester Ledecka shocks rivals to win super G goldBritain women beat Denmark for third curling win Team GB's women's curlers beat Denmark 7-6 to enhance their prospects of a place in the semi-finals. Eve Muirhead's rink controlled the second half of the match and could have won more emphatically. "I think as a team we still have a lot left in the tank," Muirhead told BBC Sport. "That's a positive thing to take forward. "As a team we need to figure out how to step up a little bit, but the second half of that game was superb." Highlights: GB's women beats Denmark in curlingView the full article
  26. Center Parcs pulls Daily Mail ads over Tom Daley article 16 February 2018 Image copyright Tom Daley Image caption Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black have been married for nine months Center Parcs has announced it has stopped advertising in the Daily Mail. It took the decision after its advert appeared in an online article by columnist Richard Littlejohn that criticised diver Tom Daley and his husband David Lance Black, who are expecting a child. Littlejohn claimed children "benefit most from being raised by a man and a woman". Center Parcs said the placement of the advert was "completely unacceptable". It was responding to a complaint from a person who tweeted: "My son so wants me to book at your parks, but how can I do that if you support homophobia?" The holiday resort firm responded to the tweet: "We take where we advertise very seriously and have a number of steps to prevent our advertising from appearing alongside inappropriate content. "We felt this placement was completely unacceptable and therefore ceased advertising with the Daily Mail with immediate effect. "We apologise for any offence this may have caused." Skip Twitter post by @CenterParcsUK Report End of Twitter post by @CenterParcsUK In his article, Littlejohn said he supported civil partnerships, and would prefer a child to be fostered by "loving gay couples" rather than be "condemned to rot" in state-run institutions. He added: "That said, and despite the fact that countless single parents do a fantastic job, I still cling to the belief that children benefit most from being brought up by a man and a woman." London's Southbank Centre earlier announced it would no longer be advertising in the newspaper because of Littlejohn's article. Skip Twitter post by @southbankcentre Report End of Twitter post by @southbankcentre The move comes after the pressure group Stop Funding Hate posted a tweet naming the brands who advertised in the paper. A campaign by the same group in November 2017 led stationery chain Paperchase to stop running promotions in the Daily Mail, as did Lego in 2016. Virgin Trains also announced it would stop selling the Daily Mail on its West Coast services. However, it reversed the decision days later. Virgin Group boss Sir Richard Branson said he instructed the firm to restock the paper while a review takes place. In response, the Daily Mail said it welcomed the "support for freedom of speech". View the full article
  27. Theresa May warns EU not to block post-Brexit security deal 16 February 2018 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May will warn EU leaders that public safety will suffer if they allow "political doctrine and ideology" to hamper post-Brexit security arrangements. The prime minister will say she wants a new partnership of unprecedented "depth and breadth" when the UK leaves the EU. In a speech to the Munich Security Conference she will urge countries to show "real political will". New security arrangements have yet to be negotiated for after Brexit. During talks with Angela Merkel on Friday, Mrs May said both sides need to be "bold and ambitious" in framing their future relations. The German chancellor said that while the UK could not replicate its existing membership outside the EU, she wanted relations to be "as close as possible". EU member states currently work closely in the fight against organised crime and terrorism. Merkel 'curious' about UK's Brexit aims UK reveals proposed EU security deal European spy chiefs in Brexit joint plea Key initiatives include the European Arrest Warrant - under which suspects can be speedily extradited between member states - Europol, the EU intelligence agency, and the Schengen Information System of real-time alerts about suspects. 'Ideology' The UK says that while the legal framework for its membership of these arrangements will end when it leaves the EU in March 2019, it wants to draw up new working arrangements - which ministers have described as being "as close to the status quo as possible". Image copyright AFP Image caption Mrs Merkel said she was "curious not frustrated" about the UK's approach In her speech on Saturday, Mrs May will point to the arrest of suspected terrorists and operations against people traffickers as examples of the benefits of cooperation across borders. And she will warn other EU countries not to let "ideology" get in the way of a deal. "This cannot be a time when any of us allow competition between partners, rigid institutional restrictions or deep-seated ideology to inhibit our co-operation and jeopardise the security of our citizens," she will say. "We must do whatever is most practical and pragmatic in ensuring our collective security." 'Real world consequences' There is no current example of the sort of security agreement the UK is seeking with the EU, Mrs May will say. But she will say the sort of arrangements reached with other countries in areas like trade could be replicated. Secure exit? How will Brexit affect UK security? Europol head fears loss of UK influence "However, if the priority in the negotiations becomes avoiding any kind of new co-operation with a country outside the EU, then this political doctrine and ideology will have damaging real world consequences for the security of all our people, in the UK and the EU," she will say. "As leaders, we cannot let that happen." Analysis: Vicki Young, chief political correspondent Theresa May has spent months calling for a deep and special economic partnership with the EU after Brexit and now her focus turns to security. Again she's asking for a unique arrangement. Britain will be outside the EU, a "third" country, and it would be unprecedented for the current close cooperation to continue. But the thrust of the British government's argument is that we should be a special case. The UK is offering its substantial resources (the second largest defence budget in NATO) and expertise in counter terrorism. The prime minister wants a treaty to enshrine what Downing Street describes as the real, tangible benefits of cooperation, and failure to sign up will play into the hands of our enemies who'd like nothing more than to see Europe divided. Her warning to EU leaders is blunt. Don't let your deep seated ideology put Europe's citizens in danger. Mrs May has consistently said that she won't use security as a bargaining chip, that her offer is "unconditional" but that's no guarantee that the EU would simply accept a request from the UK to continue to be a part of Europol or the European Arrest Warrant. Her hope is that the EU takes a practical, pragmatic approach because they accept that continuing to work together is mutually beneficial. Earlier this year the outgoing head of Europol, Rob Wainwright, told the BBC Brexit would mean the UK losing influence on cross-border policing and security work. "We will find other ways of influencing, more informal ways, but they will be less direct, less pronounced and probably less successful than they are now," he said. Mrs May's speech is one of a series dubbed "the road to Brexit" with her government under pressure to set out in detail what it wants life outside the EU to look like. View the full article
  28. I'm coming back!

    Good luck, hope your re-introduction to the force goes well.
  29. Merkel 'curious not frustrated' after Theresa May meeting 16 February 2018 comments Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright Reuters Angela Merkel has said she is "not frustrated" by the Brexit process but is "curious" to know more about the UK's aims after meeting Theresa May. The German chancellor said she hoped to establish "common ground" on trade issues in the coming months and wanted a "close partnership" of equals. Mrs May said she wanted a "bold and ambitious" trade partnership as well as a new security arrangement. But amid calls for more detail from the UK, she said it was a "two-way street". Friday's meeting between the two leaders at Berlin's Chancellery comes ahead of a speech on Saturday in which Mrs May will set out the "security partnership" she envisages with European partners at the annual Munich Security Conference. Johnson: Let's unite around Brexit vision Juncker angry at 'superstate' claims British ministers are making a series of speeches mapping out the "road to Brexit" to counter criticism that there is a lack of both vision and detail as to what relationship the UK wants once it leaves in March 2019. Asked whether she was frustrated by a lack of detail from the UK, Mrs Merkel said: "I'm not frustrated at all. I'm just curious how Britain envisages this future partnership and obviously we also have our own vested interests as regards, for example, economic commitments." She added: "We would like to preserve this close partnership and maybe both sides, in a way, are in a process of learning and trying to find out where we find common ground." "Sometimes we don't know how our opposite numbers see things. It is a process of learning," she said. Rights offer Mrs May's trip to Berlin comes as the UK and the EU attempt to agree details of the temporary "transition" period that will come immediately after Brexit day and is intended to smooth the path to the permanent post-Brexit relationship between the UK and the EU. Speaking after the last round of talks, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said "substantial" disagreements remained and he had "some problems understanding the UK's position". On Wednesday, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attempted to appeal to Remain supporters, urging people to unite behind his vision of a "liberal Brexit". The devolution of powers, workers' rights and trade are also expected to be covered by other ministers. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEx-GCHQ boss: UK defence will decline if there is no Brexit plan in placeThe British government, meanwhile, has offered to extend guarantees on EU citizens' rights after Brexit to the 20,000 Norwegian, Icelandic and Liechtensteinian nationals living in the UK. Citizens from the three countries - all members of the European Economic Area - living in the UK for the past five years will be able to apply for settled status on the same basis as nationals from the other 27 EU member states. This would grant them permanent residency and largely the same access as now to healthcare, pensions and other benefits. The UK hopes the offer will be reciprocated and will give similar assurances to the 15,000 British expats in Norway, the 800 in Iceland and 60 in Liechtenstein. On the first day of the Munich security event, the heads of the three largest European intelligence agencies have made an unprecedented joint appearance to emphasise the necessity of international co-operation. After holding talks, the head of Britain's MI6, Alex Younger, and his German and French counterparts issued a statement committing themselves to cross-border information sharing after Brexit to tackle international terrorism, illegal migration, nuclear proliferation and cyber attacks. "Modern threats require a modern response. Any failure to do so would lead to even greater risk," they said. Their move comes amid warnings from the former head of GCHQ that the UK could suffer if it does not take part in the wider European defence plan post-Brexit. Robert Hannigan told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that bilateral and multilateral collaboration was vital, questioning whether it was possible for a "medium-sized country to compete in the modern market and export outside the EU" without sharing research and development costs. View the full article
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