Tag Archives: The Guardian

London high streets 'under threat from business rates hike'

Sadiq Khan calls for protection for firms facing rises of up to 45%, with many not eligible for discounts in chancellor’s budget <!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–><!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–> The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, at the Asian Business Awards in London on 17 March. Photograph: David Mirzoeff/PA Independent and family-run businesses could be forced off London’s high streets by the sharp ...

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George Osborne defends new job as Evening Standard editor

Under-fire former chancellor tells fellow MPs ‘parliament is enhanced when we have people from all walks of life’ <!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–><!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–> George Osborne has been heavily criticised for becoming editor of a London newspaper while remaining an MP. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images George Osborne has defended his new role as editor of the Evening Standard, telling the House of ...

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GCHQ appoints MI5's Jeremy Fleming as director

Fleming joins UK surveillance agency amid row with White House over claims it spied on Donald Trump <!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–><!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–> The GCHQ building in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Photograph: GCHQ/MoD/EPA MI5’s deputy director, Jeremy Fleming, has been named the new head of GCHQ as the UK surveillance agency finds itself embroiled in a very public row with the White House ...

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Theresa May: Trump was 'being a gentleman' when he held my hand

British PM uses interview with American Vogue to defend US president’s behaviour during their meeting in Washington <!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–><!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–> Theresa May was photographed by Annie Leibovitz for American Vogue. Photograph: Annie Leibovitz/Vogue/PA Theresa May has insisted that Donald Trump was simply “being a gentleman” when he grasped her hand during a visit to the United States, creating ...

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Three mobile customers experience fresh data breach

Customers logging into their accounts see other customers’ data usage and call history in ‘shocking breach of data privacy’ <!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–><!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–> Three UK said it was investigating what had happened. Photograph: PA The mobile phone company Three has experienced a fresh data breach after some customers logging into their accounts were presented with the names, addresses, phone ...

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Shaun Walmsley: police put up escaped killer's own money as reward

Liverpool detectives say public money should not be used as incentive – so they offer £20,000 seized from murderer <!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–><!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–> Shaun Walmsley was convicted for the May 2014 murder of Anthony Duffy. Photograph: Merseyside police/PA Detectives hunting for the escaped killer Shaun Walmsley have offered £20,000 of his own money as a reward for information leading ...

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NSA director says British intelligence was not asked to spy on Trump

Michael Rogers denies Sean Spicer’s claims Obama administration asked GCHQ to conduct surveillance on Trump, at hearing with House intelligence committee Live updates: Mike Rogers appears before the House intelligence panel <!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–><!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–> Michael Rogers testifies during a House hearing concerning Russian meddling in the 2016 US election on Monday in Washington DC. Photograph: Zach Gibson/Getty Images ...

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Four select committees launch joint inquiry into UK air pollution crisis

MPs say unprecedented investigation will study harm caused by toxic air and scrutinise government efforts to tackle it <!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–><!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–> The view from Greenwich in London as pollution hangs over the city. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA MPs from four influential committees are coming together to launch a joint inquiry into the scale and impact of the UK’s air ...

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Charges dropped against man accused of raping Hannah Stubbs

Student killed herself during police inquiry into claims against Elgan Varney, who says he should never have been charged <!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–><!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–> Hannah Stubbs, 22, killed herself six months after reporting the alleged attack. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian A man accused of raping the student Hannah Stubbs, who killed herself while police investigated the alleged crime, ...

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Supreme court to consider appeal to enforce smoking ban in UK jails

Prisoner Paul Black argues that rules on smoking in communal areas are not being upheld, exposing him to dangerous levels of secondhand smoke <!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–><!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–> Prisoners can smoke in their own cells, but smoking is currently being phased out in communal areas. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images The remaining rights of prisoners to smoke inside their cells are ...

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