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Phone Hacking: JK Rowling Tells UK Government Victims ‘Have Been Hung Out … – Huffington Post

LONDON — Celebrities like J.K. Rowling and Hugh Grant accused the British government on Sunday of letting down the victims of media intrusion and urged tough new measures to rein in Britain’s unruly press. Lawmakers are to vote Monday on rival plans for tougher controls in the wake of the country’s phone-hacking scandal. The Conservative-led […]

Vicky Pryce transferred to open prison in Kent – The Guardian

Vicky Pryce, the disgraced economist and wife of the former energy minister Chris Huhne, has been transferred to an open prison in a grade II listed building just four nights after being sentenced to an eight-month jail term. After being found guilty of helping her former husband to avoid a driving ban by taking his […]

UK government says it will compensate British troops in Cyprus hit by bailout levy – Fox News

LONDON –  Britain’s Treasury chief says the government will compensate U.K. troops who lose money to Cyprus’s bailout tax. About 3,500 British military personnel are based in Cyprus, which has announced a levy of 6.75 to 9.9 percent on all bank balances as part of a deal with creditors for €10 billion ($13 billion) in […]

NAB UK Restructuring on Track, Business Profitable – CEO – Fox Business

National Australia Bank Ltd.’s (NAB.AU) restructuring of its U.K. operations is on track and the unit is now profitable, however it continues to face challenges in a difficult U.K. market, its chief executive said. Consumer and business confidence in Australia also remains “fragile,” and both companies and individuals here will likely remain reluctant to commit […]

Bedroom tax protests across the UK – The Guardian

Thousands of protesters have called on the government to axe a new “bedroom tax” that will cut benefits for people with a spare room. Organisers said some 12,000 to 13,000 activists turned out despite the cold weather in 52 cities across the country. Under the government’s welfare reforms, those deemed to have one spare bedroom […]

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 […]