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Richard Barnes ditches Tories for Ukip: Mayor's former right-hand man defects — Former Deputy Mayor of London Richard Barnes told the Standard that the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems did not "speak the language of normal people". He argued Ukip was the only party with the right answers on leaving the EU, sorting out immigration and taking a strong position on HS2 and Heathrow expansion.
Sep 30, 2014

RT @ianbirrell: Latest Ukip recruit says migrants mustn't take advantage of NHS. Does he mean the 26% of doctors who are from abroad?…

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After 'Purr-gate,' David Cameron makes a new royal gaffe about the Queen's Van Dyck — It is claimed the Prime Minister was showing off art at Chequers when he amused guests by telling them how the monarch had to be corrected for mistakenly believing she had the original of a painting that was at the stately home.
Sep 30, 2014

Cameron breaches Royal protocol again to reveal Queen's embarrassment over copied van Dyck portrait. @JoeWatts_ scoop…

Sep 30, 2014

After 'Purr-gate,' Cameron makes a right Royal Van Dyke of himself…

Sep 30, 2014

RT @paulwaugh: Speaking of Boris's purring reference, Standard has new PM-Queen indiscretion.…

Sep 30, 2014

RT @paulwaugh: Speaking of Boris's purring reference, Standard has new PM-Queen indiscretion.…

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England and Leicester Tigers star Manu Tuilagi: I’ve told Stuart Lancaster... I’m a centre, not a winger — After all, the last time he played on the wing he told England head coach Stuart Lancaster he would be much happier sticking at centre. It was on the tour of New Zealand in the summer that Tuilagi suffered in the Second Test where he was shifted into the No14 jersey.

Boris Johnson: Sell homes to Londoners instead of oligarchs, Mayor tells Tory party conference — The Mayor told the Conservative party conference that London residents should get the chance to buy new houses and flats ahead of wealthy foreigners and oligarchs. He said: "I want [homes] marketed first and sold first to the people of this country, not to 'oligarchs from the Planet Zog.'" Latest official data shows the capital's property boom has created a huge tax windfall for Chancellor George Osborne.
Sep 30, 2014

“I want [homes] marketed first and sold first to the people of this country, not to oligarchs from the Planet Zog.”…

Chris Blackhurst: At last, a convincing crackdown on City bad boys — Someone has finally taken a stance of the sort that traders understand and fear against bad City behaviour. We've had dismissals before, but Lloyds' decision to sack eight people over the Libor rigging scandal and to claw back their bonuses is welcome.

Piers Morgan takes on new job at American MailOnline — The surprise announcement comes after his TV series Piers Morgan Live on CNN was axed from CNN in February this year because of poor ratings. MailOnline said Morgan will contribute stories several times a week and bring "his own experience and perspective to bear on the big US stories of the moment".

iTunes Festival: Ed Sheeran, Roundhouse - music review: 'Pop's biggest anti-hero is still making magic' — The hard-gigging singer who broke through with The A Team is now A-list and on the surface he hasn't changed - same scuffed look, still playing solo with nothing but loop pedals and towering self-confidence for company. Yet life is very different now that he's multi-platinum.
Sep 30, 2014

why yes I did go and see Ed Sheeran last night and write about it in the newspaper now you come to mention it…

Lucy Tobin: Oh, what a tangled web we’ve weaved — The perfect example of modesty is doing the rounds on Twitter via a picture of Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Interviewed for a YouTube video, the man who effectively gave us the internet is captioned simply "web developer". You'd have forgiven Berners-Lee for adding a "the" before those two words.

Theresa May Tory conference speech: Embrace British values and way of life, says Home Secretary — The Home Secretary used her speech to the Conservative conference to urge all communities to recognise both the "rights and responsibilities" of living in a tolerant society. New laws to ban extremist groups and curb the activities of "harmful" hate preachers will be brought in if the Conservatives win next May, she said.
Sep 30, 2014

RT @standardnews: Theresa May: Britain must not “sleepwalk” into becoming a sectarian society #CPC14

Cyclist struck by lorry in west London — They were alerted to the collision which took place at the junction of New Kings Road and Fulham Palace Road near Putney Bridge at 11.50am this morning. The Metropolitan Police, ambulance crews and firefighters are all at the scene. A spokeswoman for the London Ambulance Service said: "We were called at 11.48am.

On the money: Sleepwalking into a home loan rise shock — There's a potentially serious danger facing millions of mortgage borrowers, particularly those that have taken out a loan since interest rates hit rock bottom in 2008. Despite the near certainty that rates will start to climb next year, few are preparing for the increase in their monthly repayments.

Apple suffers blow as regulators demand information on tax — The European Commission said it believed Ireland's decisions on tax "in favour of the Apple group constitute state aid". The move explains the decision to conduct a full-blown European investigation that could demand Apple pay huge penalties if Brussels rules that this state aid should be repaid.

Sainsbury's poster telling staff to get customers to spend more goes on view for all to see — A customer spotted the 'motivational' sign encouraging staff to make customers spend 50p more at a branch of the supermarket in Romford Road, Stratford. The sign read: "Fifty pence challenge - Let's encourage every customer to spend an additional 50p during each shopping trip between now and the year-end."

Welcome to the perkplace: why you should move to an office with benefits — Briefly, during the heady, bright-eyed naivety of the back-to-school period, you reckoned you loved your career. R.I.P misguided fervour. It's almost October, which is essentially November, which is basically like January (December is a cheerful anomaly). Now morale has soured - and you're calculating whether you've put in the groundwork (three days of extravagant faux-sneezes) to pull a sickie.

Conservative Party Conference 2014 - live updates as Boris Johnson and Theresa May speak — Boris Johnson and Theresa May are today due to speak at the Conservative Party Conference after David Cameron toured the broadcast studios this morning.
Sep 30, 2014

RT @robindepeyer: Bit of an experiment: I'm live-blogging the best bits of the Tory conference here: via @standardnews

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