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Northern Ireland bakers guilty of discrimination over gay marriage cake

A Northern Ireland bakery has been found guilty in a landmark ruling of discrimination for refusing to bake a cake with a pro-gay marriage theme. Ashers Baking Company received worldwide support from evangelical and born-again Christians over its refusal to make the cake for a local gay rights activist in the region. What is Belfast’s […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in England,News | Read More »

Shakespeare: writer claims discovery of only portrait made during his lifetime

Historian Mark Griffiths says picture of unknown man on title page of botanical work is playwright, as editor hails ‘literary discovery of the century’ A small monochrome engraving of a handsome laurel-wreathed man on the title page of a 16th century book on plants is the only demonstrably authentic portrait of William Shakespeare made in […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in England,News | Read More »

Racist and anti-immigration views held by children revealed in schools study

A survey of 6,000 schoolchildren has found widespread misconceptions about the number of immigrants and non-white people living in England, as well as negative attitudes towards Muslims and those born overseas. The study, believed to be the largest of its kind to be carried out in the UK, found that 60% of the children questioned […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in England,News | Read More »

Capital and LBC owner Global Radio advised stations to drop HSBC story

UK’s largest commercial radio group cited ‘editorial reasons’ for pausing coverage of how bank’s Swiss banking arm helped wealthy customers dodge taxes HSBC files: A video explainer of how secret Swiss account data detailing misconduct came to light The UK’s largest commercial radio group, Global Radio, advised its stations, which include Classic FM, Capital and […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in England,News | Read More »

Trident whistleblower William McNeilly hands himself in

A Royal Navy submariner who criticised Trident nuclear submarine safety procedures has handed himself in to police on his return to the UK. William McNeilly, 25, went on the run after alleging the Trident missile programme, based on the Clyde, was a “disaster waiting to happen”. Able Seaman Mr McNeilly, from Belfast, has written a […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in England,News | Read More »

UK inflation rate turns negative

The main measure of UK inflation turned negative in April for the first time on record, with the rate falling to -0.1%. It is the first time Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation has turned negative since 1960, based on comparable historic estimates, the Office for National Statistics said. The biggest contribution to the fall came […]

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Prince Charles meets Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams

Prince Charles has met Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at the start of his four-day visit to Ireland. Mr Adams was among a number of politicians to greet the prince at a reception at National University of Ireland Galway. It was the first meeting in the Republic of Ireland between Sinn Féin’s leadership and a […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in England,News | Read More »

UKIP MEP O’Flynn quits role after Farage attack

A UKIP MEP who launched a personal attack on Nigel Farage in the aftermath of the election has stood down from his frontbench role in the party. Patrick O’Flynn has stepped down as economics spokesman and apologised to Mr Farage for calling him “snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive”. The comments triggered a bout of bitter infighting […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in England,News | Read More »

Hatton Garden raid: Seven men arrested

Detectives hunting the gang behind the Hatton Garden safety deposit raid have arrested seven suspects. The contents of 56 safe deposit boxes were taken during the raid in London’s jewellery district over Easter weekend. Twelve addresses in the London and Kent area were raided by about 200 police officers on Tuesday morning. Seven men were […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in England,News | Read More »

Leeds women warned Beeston rapist ‘could strike again’

The detective hunting a violent rapist who left a woman for dead fears the suspect could strike again. An 18-year-old was dragged from a bus stop in Leeds and bludgeoned with a stone before being sexually assaulted. It has now emerged three other women were stalked by the suspect prior to the attack on Beeston […]

April 15th, 2015 | Posted in England,News | Read More »