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Revealed: Brexit insider claims Vote Leave team may have breached spending limits

Whistleblower alleges that electoral spending rules could have been manipulated over controversial donation and that Vote Leave ‘tried to delete key evidence<p>• Brexit whistleblower Shahmir Sanni: ‘Did Vote Leave use me? Was I naive?’<p>• The ties that bind Canadian data firm AIQ to Leave campaign and …

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'Breaking point': The Lib Dems are falling apart as Cable fails to capitalise on Brexit

LONDON & BRUSSELS — It was all smiles as Sir Vince Cable and his team made their way out of the Palais D'Egmont in Brussels on Thursday afternoon.<p>The Liberal Democrat leader had just enjoyed lunch with a handful of European leaders, who according to his press office, had all signed a declaration of …

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Crisis-hit Police Scotland spent £400k on consultants for scrapped transport merger despite service cuts

The force has spent an astonishing £6.6million on outside consultants since July 2014, the Sunday Mail can reveal.<p>Cash-strapped Police Scotland spent …

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Row erupts after councillor accused of making offensive comment about disability

A row has erupted after a Sunderland opposition councillor alleged a member of the cabinet mocked his disability.<p>The exchange took place between …

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Nelson's Column: how we can get off Donald Trump's information superspyway

Spies and terrorists used to schlep around graveyards looking for the tombstones of dead babies whose identities they could steal.<p>They’d then harvest …

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Hester takes home almost £5m after record profit year for RSA

Insurance giant RSA has handed its boss Stephen Hester a £5m pay package after he received a long-term shares bonus worth more than double his salary.<p>Mr Hester, whose pay came under intense scrutiny from investors and MPs during the five years he ran the Royal Bank of Scotland, took home £4.9m last …


Alliance leader Naomi Long party conference address [Full Text]

Alliance party leader Naomi Long said the UK Government needed to inject momentum into restoring Northern Ireland power-sharing and drop its careful …

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The proudly Jewish woman elected to lead Young Labour

In yet another painfully tough week for relations between Labour and the Jewish community and between moderates and the hard left, the election of …


Conservatives Win Tied Council By-Election By Drawing Lots

A council by-election tied between Conservative and Labour was decided in favour of the Tory candidate by the drawing of lots, under a traditional …

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The EU could save Britain from big tech – so let’s not force-quit

Brexit is about to leave consumers with little control over their data, and the government helpless against tax avoidance<p>Amid the uproar provoked by the alleged misdeeds of Cambridge Analytica, one could be forgiven for missing another important tech-related story this week. On Wednesday, the …

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Lib Dem gains Aylesbury Vale seat for Conservatives

Eight Thursday council by-elections this week. Plus a ninth slipped in earlier in the week:Last night's council by-election:Bishopsgate (City of …

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This Week... Diet Tips, Prince Charles And Dj Tattoos

"I learned the way a monkey learns - by watching its parents." - Prince Charles

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At last, good news on Brexit: Britain is heading for Norway

Theresa May’s transition deal hints at the best option: remaining in the single market – plus the customs union<p>Norway here we come. This is the good news on the Brexit front. It will take two years. The voyage will be stormy and the destination messy. But plus-or-minus Norway offers the only …

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Eight EU leaders call on UK to hold another Brexit referendum

European Union leaders from eight countries have called on the UK to have another Brexit referendum.<p>Prime Ministers from Netherlands, Belgium, …


Owen Smith calls for referendum on final Brexit deal

Former Labour leadership contender reopens split in party ranks with Guardian article<p>Owen Smith has broken ranks with Jeremy Corbyn to reopen the question of whether Brexit is “the right choice for the country”, and urge Labour to offer the public a referendum on the final deal.<p>The shadow Northern …

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Lib Dems harvested data from MySpace

THE Liberal Democrats harvested data from millions of MySpace accounts, it has emerged.

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Frontmen for shell companies could face jail in UK property crackdown

Two years in jail or unlimited fine could await those who break laws on ownership transparency<p>Frontmen of foreign shell companies that are used to hide the true ownership of some of London’s most expensive properties could face up to two years in jail and unlimited fines under new government …

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Lib Dems deselect councillor, he defects, plans to run as independent

A Liberal Democrat councillor has immediately defected from the party after it became clear he would not be selected to run for the party ahead of …

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Lib Dems’ Alex Cole-Hamilton admits to cannabis use at university

An MSP has admitted to using cannabis in his university days as he backed a campaign to offer the drug medically to a young boy with …


What to look out for in May's local elections

<b>Voters will head to the polls on 3 May for the first England-wide test of electoral opinion since last year's dramatic general election.</b><p>Although there are no polls in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, there is plenty of action in England - with seats on about 150 councils up for grabs.<p>These are …

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Thursday briefing: Mark Zuckerberg's data mea culpa

Facebook boss admits ‘mistakes’ in letting apps trawl profiles … cornered Austin bomber blows himself up … and how novichok killed one of its creators<p>Top story: Facebook CEO apologises over Cambridge Analytica<p>Good morning – it’s Warren Murray with some early news offerings.<p>Mark Zuckerberg has faced …


PM’S Deal With DUP Harming UK National Interest In Brexit Talks – Sir Nick Clegg

Theresa May’s “marriage of convenience” with the Democratic Unionists is preventing her taking courageous decisions on the long-term future of the UK …

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Don’t let the Brexiters turn Ireland into a new Cyprus

I know a thing or two about divided islands. It would be criminal to throw away the Good Friday agreement on a whim<p>Nobody knows the tragedy of a small island divided against itself better than a Cypriot. My father came to Britain in search of a better life. My aunts, uncles and cousins fled here in …

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Irish Border Question Cannot Be Ducked Any Longer – Clegg, Heseltine And Adonis

A cross party trio of high-profile Remainers have accused the UK Government of ducking the Irish border question after holding talks in Dublin on the …

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The Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Isn’t a Hero. He’s Just Another Tech Bro.

On Friday, when the co-founder of Cambridge Analytica revealed that his company had gained unauthorized access to millions of Facebook users’ data, …

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Calls grow to make Cardiff a plastic-free city

Cardiff’s parks, community and leisure centres, and libraries should be made plastic-free zones to reduce waste polluting the environment and …


MSPs pass Scottish alternative Brexit legislation

<b>The Scottish government's alternative to the EU Withdrawal Bill has been passed by MSPs.</b><p>Ministers put forward their "continuity bill" as part of an ongoing row over UK frameworks of post-Brexit powers.<p>It has undergone more than 20 hours of debate and scrutiny across three weeks, and the finalised …

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Theresa May Calls For Tougher Powers Amid Cambridge Analytica Raid Warrant Delay

'This farcical display has highlighted the need for major reform.'<p>PA Wire/PA Images<p>Theresa May has called on MPs to support tougher powers for …

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Privatise Birmingham's failing bin service say Lib Dems

Birmingham’s Liberal Democrats are calling for the city’s under fire bins service to be privatised claiming the in-house service has failed too often.<p>…

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Leeds City Council elections: Will Leeds voters show some independent spirit this May 3?

IN just six weeks’ time, Leeds voters will be asked to go the polls to elect a new city council.

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