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Nov 20, 2014

RT @Megan_Lucero: 44% don't plan to vote for the same party as they did in 2010 — our analysis of @YouGov #data + party breakdowns thetimes.co.uk/redbox/topic/t… #ddj

Nov 20, 2014

The extraordinary churn of votes in this Parliament - a new Redbox Times interactive worth looking at cma.thetimes.co.uk/redbox/topic/t…

Nov 20, 2014

This is great “@Pwebstertimes: charts showing where 2010 voters intend to go in 2015. Times data team exc thetimes.co.uk/redbox/topic/t…

Nov 20, 2014

Just look at these brilliant charts showing where 2010 voters intend to go in 2015. Times data team exc thetimes.co.uk/redbox/topic/t…

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Old-fashioned surveillance is key to beating jihadists

thetimes.co.uk — Detectives are relying on surveillance methods used against the IRA 20 years ago because electronic monitoring of jihadist suspects is becoming less reliable. Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, national head of counter-terrorism policing, said that a weakened intelligence picture had created greater dependence on "conventional surveillance" - thought to mean techniques such as close observation of suspects and bugging of cars and houses.
Nov 20, 2014

Anti-terror cops at full stretch as terrorists find internet 'blind spots' Yard chief tells @thetimes thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/cr…

Obesity costs Britain more than war, but cycle lanes are the answer

thetimes.co.uk — Obesity costs the economy almost £47 billion per year, more than war, armed violence and terrorism, according to a new report, which recommends investing in networks of safe cycle routes as part of the remedy. The government would eventually make back any money it invests in safe cycle routes through boosting health and reducing congestion, experts have said.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @kayaburgess: Obesity costs UK more than war, but safe cycle routes are part of the remedy, says report - thetim.es/1xWqt2H pic.twitter.com/dCBVBq8kyj

Nov 20, 2014

Obesity costs UK more than war, but safe cycle routes are part of the remedy, says report - thetim.es/1xWqt2H pic.twitter.com/dCBVBq8kyj

Obama defies Congress over fate of 5 million immigrants

thetimes.co.uk — President Obama went over the heads of his Republican opponents in Congress last night to tell the American people why he was going it alone to introduce the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation. The bold move, two weeks after he suffered a drubbing in the midterm elections, brought an immediate promise of retaliation from enraged Republican leaders.
Nov 20, 2014

Me for @TheTimes: I don't know *if* Cameron can quell the UKIP revolt. I certainly don't know *how* he can thetimes.co.uk/redbox/topic/t…

Nov 20, 2014

RT @montie: Me for @TimesRedBox: American and Canadian Conservatives don't think Cameron can solve his UKIP problem by next May thetimes.co.uk/redbox/topic/t…

Nov 20, 2014

Me for @TimesRedBox: American and Canadian Conservatives don't think Cameron can solve his UKIP problem by next May thetimes.co.uk/redbox/topic/t…

Nov 20, 2014

Tim Montgomerie in US, No cheer for PM from Republicans over Ukip.read here thetimes.co.uk/redbox/topic/t…

Spanish super-aristocrat the Duchess of Alba dies aged 88

thetimes.co.uk — The Duchess of Alba, the Spanish noble famed both for having more titles than any other aristocrat on earth and for marrying a man 25 years her junior, has died at the age of 88.
Nov 20, 2014

2/2 ... Josefa Fausta Rita Castor Dorotea Santa Esperanza Fitz-James Stuart, Silva, Falcó y Gurtubay dies, aged 88 thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world…

Dave Whelan makes ‘anti-Semitic’ remark as Wigan lose shirt sponsor

thetimes.co.uk — Wigan Athletic were embroiled in further controversy tonight after their owner, Dave Whelan, was accused of making an anti-Semitic remark in a newspaper interview and the club lost a sponsor over its controversial appointment of Malky Mackay as manager.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @thetimes: Dave Whelan in the line of fire for ‘antisemitism’ thetim.es/1ufSuwb (Photo: Bradley Ormesher) pic.twitter.com/2fAw7ffPTp

Bankers fail scientists’ honesty test

thetimes.co.uk — Rogue traders, the Libor scandal and astronomical bonuses for the chiefs of failing banks have all hinted that banking's moral compass had gone awry. Now scientists have confirmed what many suspected - the industry really is more dishonest than most.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @hannahdev: Hippocratic oath for bankers: let's introduce one to keep their inner Wolf of Wall Street in check, scientists say thetimes.co.uk/tto/science/ar…

Nov 20, 2014

Hippocratic oath for bankers: let's introduce one to keep their inner Wolf of Wall Street in check, scientists say thetimes.co.uk/tto/science/ar…

Warm weather causes Centrica to sweat on profits

thetimes.co.uk — The owner of British Gas has said the average homeowner's fuel bill will fall by £100 due to the unseasonably warm weather keeping heaters turned off. In a trading update this morning, Centrica issued a profit warning after it announced its full-year adjusted earnings per share in 2014 will fall to the range 19-20p, compared with an earlier range of 21-22p.

Nigel Owens relishes playing non-straight man

thetimes.co.uk — Nigel Owens does jokes. He says he is bent off the field but not on it. He does banter. He also knows that "young people in sport are killing themselves because they can't deal with their sexuality". He knows this because he once tried it himself. Homosexuality is sport's last great taboo.
Nov 20, 2014

Interview with Nigel Owens on rugby, homophobia "getting worse" and the "undercurrent of nastiness" thetim.es/1F3mnGk By @ricktimes

JJB’s Ronnie found guilty of £1m fraud

thetimes.co.uk — The former chief executive of JJB Sports has been convicted of accepting more than £1 million in backhanders from suppliers. Christopher Ronnie, 52, showed no emotion in the dock as he was found guilty of fraud over three six-figure cash payments from companies doing business with the sportswear giant when he was in charge in 2007 and 2008.

BBC presenter Jeremy Vine stopped by police for speeding on bicycle

thetimes.co.uk — Police with radar guns stopped Jeremy Vine, the Radio 2 presenter, doing 16mph on his bike in Hyde Park. The broadcaster said he was embarrassed to be pulled over for doing three times the 5mph speed limit for bikes in London's royal parks - although he maintained that he hadn't seen any speed limit signs.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @TimesNewsdesk: BBC presenter Jeremy Vine stopped by police for speeding on bicycle thetim.es/1ueEfIe

Three men charged over Poppy Day plot

thetimes.co.uk — Three men are to face trial over an alleged Islamist plot for attacks on Remembrance Day ceremonies. Nadir Ali Sayed, 21, from Hounslow, Yousaf Shah Syed, 19, from High Wycombe, and Haseeb Hamayoon, 27, from Hayes, have been charged with preparing acts of terrorism, Scotland Yard said.

Mackay’s move proves that you can learn from your mistakes

thetimes.co.uk — By giving him a public platform and a chance to display his humility, the campaign against discrimination could be boosted, writes Alyson Rudd "In Wigan they either like you or dislike you. It's an old mining town and they are very shrewd,Wiganers."

Claims of Everton pressure on Ireland stars are nonsense, Roberto Martínez says

thetimes.co.uk — Roberto Martínez has dismissed Roy Keane's claims that Everton put pressure on their players not to play for Ireland as "complete nonsense." In a typically outspoken outburst, Ireland's assistant manager accused Martínez of not understanding the needs of international football because he has never played at that level, suggesting "maybe he doesn't appreciate how big it is for us and how big the games are for us".

Mike Nicols, director of The Graduate, dies aged 83

thetimes.co.uk — The German-American film director Mike Nicols has died of a heart attack aged 83, and will be mourned by many as the man who revealed Mrs Robinson peeling off her silk stockings before an astounded Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate in 1967. That Oscar-winning movie was Nicols' second, following Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Lewis Hamilton must ‘drive clean’, says Nico Rosberg

thetimes.co.uk — The mask slipped for just a second when the question was put as to whether what they are calling "the duel in the desert" would be a fair fight.
Nov 20, 2014

Even if justice prevails and Lewis Hamilton wins, the stupid double points thing makes me want to give up on #f1 thetimes.co.uk/tto/sport/form…

There’s only one answer to ‘deathstyle’ jihadists

thetimes.co.uk — They are not isolated or aggrieved, just attracted to a murderous 'cool'. So we must destroy their means of living it out It's 2014. And this week that part of the world that could bear to look at such a thing watched on video as 18 men were decapitated by 18 others, using only small knives.
Nov 20, 2014

A novel genre of interventionist nonsense: the bogus trend story ("lifestyle jihadis") as a hot new reason for war. thetim.es/1HmUQ6T

Nov 20, 2014

"All you need is wifi and a desire to impress" @DAaronovitch superb on why young men become jihadists & what to do thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/co…

Nov 20, 2014

Lifestyle jihadis make old theories and strategies redundant. My column in @thetimes today - thetim.es/1HmUQ6T (£)

Nov 19, 2014

The new phenomenon of the lifestyle jihadis, who think death is cool. My @thetimes column tomorrow - thetim.es/1HmUQ6T (£)

November Book Club: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

thetimes.co.uk — Welcome to The Times Book Club! Think of us as an online version of your local book group - discussing one book a month with fellow Times readers and our Books desk.