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Clegg in Peril | The Times

thetimes.co.uk — The most important constituency to be contested in May's general election will be the seat of Sheffield Hallam, held by Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister. In the normal course of events Mr Clegg's lead should be unassailable. In 2010 he finished 30 points ahead of his nearest rival.
Dec 22, 2014

I think this is the first @TheTimes endorsement of the 2015 campaign: Vote for Nick Clegg in Sheffield Hallam thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/le…

May’s mean-spirited plan will damage Britain

thetimes.co.uk — The home secretary's proposal to restrict the numbers of overseas students would be a mistake Exports come in many shapes and sizes. It can be Jaguars rolling off the production line in Birmingham. Equally it can be a graduate returning to India or China having spent more than £10,000 on fees and at least as much again on living costs.
Dec 22, 2014

That pro-biz David Willetts now languishes, angry and lost, on the Tory margins is a damning indictment of his party: thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/co…

Dec 22, 2014

David Willetts in Tuesday's @TheTimes: Theresa May's mean-spirited students plan would damage Britain thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/co…

Steinmetz fails to secure corruption claim data

thetimes.co.uk — The Israeli diamond tycoon embroiled in an African corruption investigation has failed in an attempt to force a campaign group to hand over confidential data. Beny Steinmetz, reportedly Israel's richest man, had taken legal action against Global Witness, the anti-corruption group that has been examining his company's dealings in Guinea.

Don’t vote for David Cameron at the next election

thetimes.co.uk — Don't vote for David Cameron next May. At least not unless you're one of his Witney constituents. You might think you're voting for a Cameron government but the Tories may change leader within days of the election and almost certainly within two years.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @ianbirrell: .@montie is right that modernising Tory MPs miss optimistic Cameron - but not sure they'll back Boris as he indicates thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/th…

Dec 22, 2014

.@montie is right that modernising Tory MPs miss optimistic Cameron - but not sure they'll back Boris as he indicates thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/th…

Dec 22, 2014

RT @montie: Me for @TheTimes: Don't vote for Cameron next May. Don't vote for any of the party leaders thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/th… pic.twitter.com/veFur3sNYj

Dec 22, 2014

Me for @TheTimes: Don't vote for Cameron next May. Don't vote for any of the party leaders thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/th… pic.twitter.com/veFur3sNYj

Dec 22, 2014

Don’t vote for David Cameron at the next election - vote for the party, writes @montie in @thetimes thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/th…

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Strauss has harsh words for ECB over Cook sacking

thetimes.co.uk — Andrew Strauss has accused the ECB of being "hugely disrespectful" to Alastair Cook in the manner of his sacking as the England one-day captain, and claimed that the image of the governing body has "taken a battering every bit as significant as the reputation of some of its players" over the past year.
Dec 22, 2014

Strauss has some harsh words for ECB via @thetimes Fair point, but does he know what "humdrum" means? thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/sha…

Joe Cocker at the Apollo, W6

thetimes.co.uk — Joe Cocker enjoys a faintly hallowed status. Like a listed building he has become one of those pop stars of special architectural or historical interest.

No monkeying around when a life’s at stake

thetimes.co.uk — The law of the jungle was thrown aside when a monkey spent more than 20 minutes trying to revive another monkey that had been electrocuted after swinging too close to high-voltage overhead cables at an Indian railway station. Passengers waiting at Kanpur Central Station, northern India, looked on astounded as the monkey cajoled its lifeless pal back into consciousness.

Flood warnings as rain sweeps in for Christmas

thetimes.co.uk — Flood warnings are in place for the north and west of the country as rain begins to sweep its way across Britain for Christmas. The Met Office has released dozens of alerts for England and Scotland - predominantly affecting the north-east and north-west.

Supermarket web failures threaten to spoil Christmas lunch

thetimes.co.uk — Sainsbury's and Waitrose have jeopardised Christmas lunch for thousands of people after website meltdowns late on Sunday night infuriated shoppers and left them fearing that the turkey may not arrive in time. The run up to Christmas has been peppered with technical glitches that have threatened to undermine the convenience factor of shopping online.
Dec 22, 2014

Christmas is cancelled for @sainsburys and @asda shoppers after website crashes hit home deliveries thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/i…

Forex scandal lendersdined Bank watchdog

thetimes.co.uk — The former senior Bank of England official criticised for failing to raise suspicions about traders attempting to rig the $5 trillion-a-day foreign exchange market accepted hospitality from the banks at the heart of the scandal.

Bin lorry crashes into Christmas shoppers

thetimes.co.uk — As many as six people are feared dead after a bin lorry crashed into a group of pedestrians in the centre of Glasgow this afternoon. Police Scotland spokesman confirmed there is an "ongoing serious incident" in the city's George Square, close to Queen Street Station.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @thetimes: Up to six people feared dead after bin lorry crashed into pedestrians in Glasgow thetim.es/1x3cTcQ (PA) pic.twitter.com/V1VXCiUqHr

Book of the week: Jeremy Thorpe by Michael Bloch

thetimes.co.uk — Andrew Newton had a plan for doing away with Norman Scott. He was going to meet him at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington and kill him with a chisel hidden in a bunch of flowers before escaping. This was an obviously ridiculous plan. How could he possibly have thought it would work?

Yazidid girls dragged by their hair into sexual slavery and sold for $25

thetimes.co.uk — Some of the young women walked quietly to their enslavement, some had to be dragged from the building by their hair. In this way Islamic State divided its spoils of war and committed hundreds, perhaps thousands of Yazidi women to captivity, rape and violence in possibly the largest act of enslavement this century.
Dec 22, 2014

"The women were torn from their families... and sold or given to fighters as a reward" - Isis' treatment of Yazidis thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world…

Dec 22, 2014

RT @thetimes: Islamic State has forced possibly thousands of young girls into sexual slavery thetim.es/1zU8uuZ (Pic: Getty) pic.twitter.com/wcs8SOxHAS

Dec 22, 2014

RT @thetimes: Islamic State has forced possibly thousands of young girls into sexual slavery thetim.es/1zU8uuZ (Pic: Getty) pic.twitter.com/wcs8SOxHAS

Let the believers hold midnight Mass in peace

thetimes.co.uk — Christmas is still a Christian festival at heart. The drunken disruption of church services is a national disgrace Christmas: season of goodwill. Just to make goodwill more of a sporting challenge, up come the pressure points.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @DJack_Journo: Drunken disruption of Christmas services is a disgrace. Were it against synagogues or mosques there would be arrests thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/co…

Dec 22, 2014

Drunken disruption of Christmas services is a disgrace. Were it against synagogues or mosques there would be arrests thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/co…

Dec 21, 2014

Drunken disruption of Christmas services is a disgrace. Were it against synagogues or mosques there would be arrests thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/co…

Exam board criticised after A-level regrade adds 21 marks

thetimes.co.uk — An A-level student has raised concerns about marking after one of his exam papers was re-graded from a D to an A when he challenged it. Jack Lane was aghast when he was told he had been awarded an additional 21 marks after a second examiner checked his script.

Beware vile phone scammers who con the elderly

thetimes.co.uk — There are some things that need to be repeated again and again. Warning people about the vile scam known as vishing is one of them. Because unless we keep talking about this fraud, targeted mainly at the elderly, the battle against it will be lost.
Dec 22, 2014

Spending Christmas w elderly friends+family? Do ur bit to protect them against vile phone scammers by @DavidBudworth1 thetim.es/1wBDEGC

Cameron to be granted a White House sleepover

thetimes.co.uk — David Cameron is to spend a night at the White House next month as President Obama hosts a visit that the prime minister hopes will burnish his credentials as a figure on the world stage in the run-up to the election.

Ukip expels councillor over ‘jaw-dropping’ comments

thetimes.co.uk — A Ukip councillor has been expelled from the party after making "jaw-dropping" comments in a TV interview. Rozanne Duncan, a councillor in Thanet, Kent, is said to have made the comments in a programme that has not yet been broadcast.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @hugorifkind: Whatever it was, I'm sure it was completely unrepresentative of a party full of people who keep doing the same thing. thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/polit…

Dec 22, 2014

RT @hugorifkind: Whatever it was, I'm sure it was completely unrepresentative of a party full of people who keep doing the same thing. thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/polit…

Dec 22, 2014

Whatever it was, I'm sure it was completely unrepresentative of a party full of people who keep doing the same thing. thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/polit…