Council tax rates in England have risen by more than half in real terms over the past 20 years, a new study has said. Research by the TaxPayers' Alliance found the levy had increased by 57% during that time period. The group said the number of councils increasing the tax had risen from 124 in 2013-14 to 331 in 2017-18. Only six out of 354 local authorities cut council tax in 2017-18, while 17 froze it, the study said.
Jeremy CORBYN has distanced himself from the so-called “special relationship”, saying America is not Britain’s most important relationship with another country. The Labour leader said the UK had to maintain many important relationships around the world, as he hit out at “endless offensive remarks” by US President Donald Trump about women, minorities and different faiths. His comments came as shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry called Mr Trump “a danger” and “a racist”.
London mayor Sadiq Khan has taken a swipe at the US president after protesters who support Donald Trump interrupting a speech he was giving and had to be removed. Mr Khan's address to a Fabian Society conference in central London had to be suspended for several minutes as a handful of demonstrators from the White Pendragons group called for the mayor to be arrested as they made statements in support of Mr Trump and Brexit.
Asked by Env Ctte chair Neil Parish if he ever woke up worried about the issue of food security, Michael Gove said: "It's a constant worry in the Gove household waking up in the morning and wondering if we have got enough food." Parish replied: "I don't think it probably is."
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".