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post 05 February 2016
Read more on Simon Israel's blog Long delays faced by torture victims with asylum claims

"..the most serious failings concerned the way in which allegations of torture were managed." It's the most critical observation by the borders and immigration chief inspector. For David Bolt's repo

article 04 February 2016 UK, Jordan
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Billions pledged for Syrian refugees as peace talks collapse

A London conference aims to raise over 6 billion to help Syria's neighbours provide for thousands of refugees. But in Geneva separate peace talks hoping to end the Syrian conflict collapse.

post 25 January 2016
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Cecil Parkinson - once groomed as Thatcher's successor

Here's the piece of paper that tells you how high in Margaret Thatcher's estimation Cecil Parkinson had risen by 1983.

post 22 January 2016
Read more on Michael's blog Ramsgate 'sleazebuster' refers Tory 14,000 hotel bills to Kent police

A Ramsgate resident today wrote to Kent police about the Conservatives spending 14,000 at the Royal Harbour Hotel.

article 22 January 2016 Politics, Iraq
British troops in Iraq in 2003 (Reuters)
Cameron to clamp down on 'spurious' claims against UK forces

The Prime Minister says he wants to stamp out an "industry trying to profit" from baseless claims against serving military personnel and veterans.

post 20 January 2016
Read more on Michael's blog Will the Electoral Commission act over Tory Thanet expenses?

Did the Tories spent twice as much in defeating Nigel Farage in Thanet South last year as they were legally allowed under the rules?

post 19 January 2016
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog What difference did the polls make to the election?

Stewart Wood, senior adviser to Ed Miliband when he was Leader of the Labour Party, believes the polls must have been wrong for all the years of Ed Miliband's leadership

article 19 January 2016 UK
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Junior doctors' strike suspended

Next week's 48-hour strike by junior doctors in England is suspended as Acas talks continue between the British Medical Association and the government.

article 19 January 2016 UK, Syria
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'Educate Against Hate' website set up to fight extremism

A new website giving parents and teachers advice on protecting children from extremism is being launched by the government as it seeks to combat "the spell of twisted ideologies".