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Anna Soubry: More shopping means no more 'miserable' Sundays

Anna Soubry: More shopping means no more 'miserable' Sundays

07 Jul 2015 09:14

Shops in England and Wales may be allowed to stay open longer on Sunday, under new plans set to be unveiled in Wednesday's Budget.

Current laws allow shops under 280 square metres to stay open all day but restrict bigger shops to six hours on Sundays.

Under the new plans going out to consultation, mayors and local councils could be given the power to keep larger shops open longer if it were considered a potential

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Child abuse campaigning made me hit the bottle, says Simon Danczuk 

Child abuse campaigning made me hit the bottle, says Simon Danczuk 

06 Jul 2015 14:16

Simon Danczuk has told how he sought medical help because child abuse campaigning made him depressed and led to him drinking too much.

The Labour MP said it had affected his marriage to self-proclaimed “selfie queen” Karen Danczuk

Danczuk has been at the forefront of campaigning on child abuse allegations. He previously investigated allegations against former MP Cyril Smith, and has pressed the Home Office for action in relation to other historical abuse cases.

He

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What now for Athens? As Greek PM prepares for more talks, Berlin says no thanks

What now for Athens? As Greek PM prepares for more talks, Berlin says no thanks

06 Jul 2015 08:46

Now that the Greek people have voted comprehensively not to swallow their creditors’ medicine of continued austerity, everyone is asking what happens now.

European leaders had warned that a No vote would mean a Greek euro exit….

The Greek PM had been calling for a No. Alexis Tsipras said Greece would “go back to the negotiating table” in the wake of the result and said debt relief would be on the table.

But over in Berlin,

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Jeremy Corbyn set to come close second after Unite boost, says Labour insider

Jeremy Corbyn set to come close second after Unite boost, says Labour insider

06 Jul 2015 08:10

A respected Labour lobbyist and party insider has said that Jeremy Corbyn is on track to be only narrowly beaten to the Labour leadership.

Luke Akehurst predicted that Corbyn would “only lose on final transfers”.

On Twitter, he went on to suggest that Labour’s vote share would drop to 15 per cent if Corbyn did manage to win the contest.

Akehurst, who is backing Yvette Cooper, is a leading figure and campaign mastermind in the

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George Osborne lowers benefit cap further... so will Labour leader hopefuls now get off the fence?

George Osborne lowers benefit cap further... so will Labour leader hopefuls now get off the fence?

05 Jul 2015 19:04

The Chancellor is pressing ahead with his plan for a reduced benefit cap. But not quite as we knew it.

George Osborne has confirmed he will reduce the annual welfare cap from 26,000 to £23,000 when he delivers the Budget on Wednesday.

But has also revealed that this figure will only apply to people living in London. For those outside of the M25, it gets worse.

Osborne outlined his latest thinking on the Andrew Marr

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Win a pair of tickets to see 1984 in the West End!

Win a pair of tickets to see 1984 in the West End!

03 Jul 2015 15:45

April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching... 

The international five-star smash hit production of Orwell's dystopian masterpiece 1984 is now back in London and we’re offering Total Politics readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to see it.

The "definitive book of the 20th century" (The Guardian) is re-examined in this radical and much-lauded staging exploring surveillance,

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Camila Batmanghelidjh: I hope Downing Street is not briefing against me

Camila Batmanghelidjh: I hope Downing Street is not briefing against me

03 Jul 2015 09:08

High profile charity boss Camila Batmanghelidjh has suggested that aides of David Cameron could be trying to “discredit” her because she has challenged the government over failures in provision for vulnerable children.

The founder and chief executive of Kids Company hit the airwaves this morning, after reports that she is stepping down amid concerns in Whitehall about some aspects of the way the charity is managed. It has been reported by BBC Newsnight and Buzzfeed

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The complicated politics of Glastonbury and Kanye West

The complicated politics of Glastonbury and Kanye West

02 Jul 2015 17:25

The owner of an anti-Kanye West flag that caused controversy at Glastobury has spoken out about the political motivations for her actions.

The "Fuck off Kanye West" flag was confiscated and burned by Lily Allen, after the singer spotted it and took a dislike to the creation.

But flag owner Aoibheann has now hit back at Allen for stealing her stuff.

Speaking to the NME, the Glasonbury-goer also explained why she made the flag

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Lobbyists slam Cherie Blair’s 'not terribly skilful' lobbying

Lobbyists slam Cherie Blair’s 'not terribly skilful' lobbying

02 Jul 2015 16:17

Cherie Blair repeatedly pressured Hillary Clinton to meet a leading Qatari royal, according to newly-released emails.

Over a four-month period in 2009, the pair swapped 19 emails as Cherie urged the then US secretary of state to carve out a space in her diary to meet Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al-Missned.

Cherie began her email offensive in May 2009. Unfortunately her first missive was addressed to Hilary, rather than Hillary. It also referred to Sheika Mose

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Over half of ministers will have taken drugs, says Norman Lamb

Over half of ministers will have taken drugs, says Norman Lamb

02 Jul 2015 14:15

Liberal Democrat leadership contender Norman Lamb has attacked current UK drug laws as “pathetic” and called for a more liberal approach.

Speaking at an event organised by the IPPR thinktank, the former care minister said:

“We have the crazy situation that, almost certainly, more than half of this government – half of the government ministers in a Conservative government – will have taken drugs in their younger years.

“They put it down, in a

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