Tag Archives: The Guardian

Bookmakers weigh up judicial review against FOBT curbs

Ladbrokes Bookmakers weigh up judicial review against FOBT curbs Major firms dismayed at suggestion of cutting top bet to £2 before end of official consultation •A silent addiction but at worst it takes lives The maximum stake for fixed-odds betting terminals may be cut from £100 to £2. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters The government could face a high court showdown with ...

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Henry Bolton: I won't quit as Ukip leader – and may get back with Marney

UK Independence party (Ukip) Henry Bolton: I won’t quit as Ukip leader – and may get back with Marney Bolton insists he will stay to ‘drain the swamp’ within party despite mass resignations Play Video 1:38 ‘I’m staying on,’ insists Ukip leader Henry Bolton despite mass resignations – video Henry Bolton has refused to quit as Ukip leader and signalled ...

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Cyber-attack on UK a matter of 'when, not if', says security chief

Cyberwar Cyber-attack on UK a matter of ‘when, not if’, says security chief Exclusive: Ciaran Martin says Britain fortunate so far to avoid major, crippling attack Ciaran Martin, the head of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, said a cyber-attack could cause devastating disruption to critical infrastructure. Photograph: Ulrich Baumgarten/U. Baumgarten via Getty Images The head of the UK’s National ...

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Labour seeks action on 'misleading' A&E data

Hospitals Labour seeks action on ‘misleading’ A&E data Jeremy Hunt urged to investigate methods which have improved waiting time statistics NHS England may now be forced to recalculate A&E figures. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA Labour are urging Jeremy Hunt to order an inquiry into how hospitals have published data about their A&E waiting times that the statistics regulator fears may be ...

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Call for abolition of tolls on Severn bridges to create 'western powerhouse'

Wales ‘Western powerhouse’ could rival London and north, say backers Free Severn crossings create ‘once in lifetime’ chance to link cities such as Cardiff and Bristol Tolls on the Second Severn Crossing and Severn Bridge are to be abolished. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images The abolition of the tolls on the Severn bridges creates a “once in a lifetime” chance to ...

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Only three out of 160 social housing towers reclad after Grenfell fire

Social housing Only three out of 160 social housing towers reclad after Grenfell fire Pace of response condemned as dispute escalates over who pays for cost of making blocks safe Since the Grenfell Tower fire, 312 council and private highrises in England have been found to have similar combustible cladding. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA Only three of the 160 social housing ...

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Online child sex abuse referred to Met increased by 700% since 2014

UK child abuse inquiry Online child sex abuse referred to Met increased by 700% since 2014 Inquiry into child sex abuse heard that Scotland Yard was alerted to potential paedophiles operating online on 647 occasions in first nine months of 2017 Sexual offending online can involve forcing a child to take part in or witness sexual activity, grooming them for ...

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UK Jewish group calls Amnesty 'disgraceful' over cancelled debate

Amnesty International UK Jewish group calls Amnesty ‘disgraceful’ over cancelled debate The Jewish Leadership Council organised a panel on the UN, Israel and human rights, which was to be hosted by the charity Amnesty International’s UK headquarters in London. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo A UK Jewish organisation has said Amnesty International UK’s cancellation of a debate about the UN and ...

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Business leaders push for new campaign to reverse Brexit

Brexit Business leaders push for new campaign to reverse Brexit Senior figures in CBI urge lobby group to toughen its message amid concerns over exports Carolyn Fairbairn, the CBI’s director general. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Business leaders are privately pushing for a new campaign to reverse Brexit as concerns mount about the viability of government plans to prevent a collapse in ...

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Nearly one-third of alcohol sold in England drunk by 4% of population

Alcohol Nearly one-third of alcohol sold in England drunk by 4% of population Figure from Public Health England emerged during parliamentary debate on minimum unit price on alcohol Public Health England said about 2m people are drinking just over 30% of the alcohol sold in England. Photograph: AFP/Getty Just 4% of the population consume almost a third of all the ...

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