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LibDem leader wants MPs to work through holidays

May 29, 2009

www.libdems.org.uk LibDem leader Nick Clegg is calling on MPs to forego their summer holidays in order to deal with the constitutional crisis that has been sparked by scandal over expenses. He said that “every nook and cranny” of the British political system has got to be reformed in a 100-day action plan. Key ...

Obama nominates Judge Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court

May 28, 2009

www.supremecourtus.gov She said that at an early age she wanted to be like Nancy Drew, the detective featured in the popular children’s mystery books. At age eight, however, Judge Sonia Sotomayor was diagnosed as having diabetes, meaning that she would never be able to be a police officer. US President Barack Obama’s ...

Footies jailed in Greece describe deplorable conditions

May 27, 2009

www.visitgreece.gr Members of an amateur football team from the UK were jailed at a Greek resort after dressing up like “sexy” nuns, and were forced to endure "horrendous" conditions for two days while incarcerated, according to the club’s chairman. Mick Underhill, the 59-year-old chairman of the Bristol-based team, said that the team ...

Palace concerned about chauffeur security breach

May 26, 2009

www.royal.gov.uk A royal chauffeur at Buckingham Palace, Brian Sirjusingh, has been suspended after allegedly allowing undercover reporters onto Palace grounds. The reporters were posing as businessmen from the Middle East. The Queen is said to be seriously concerned about the alleged security breach caused when the part-time chauffeur reportedly escorted the two ...

Minority parties favoured by 27 percent in EU elections

May 25, 2009

www.guardian.co.uk A Guardian ICM survey has found that 27 per cent of Britons plan to support a minority party candidate in the 4 June EU elections. The results show that significant numbers intend to vote against the Westminster establishment in the upcoming European elections, according to the poll that was conducted in ...

ASDA chief executive critical of product premiumisation

May 22, 2009

www.asda.co.uk The ASDA supermarket chain chief executive, Andy Bond, has been openly critical of the product “premiumisation” practiced by some retailers, which he believes isn’t fooling the prudent UK grocery shopper. Bond asserted that one of the important business lessons of the last decade is that you cannot charge what you think ...

Scotland retail prices in record decline

May 21, 2009

www.statistics.gov.uk Inflation in Scotland has dropped to a record low, on lower food costs and household utility bills, according to the latest government figures. The Retail Prices Index, which incorporates house prices and mortgage interest costs, dropped to a minus 1.2 per cent in April, which is the lowest rate since the ...

Thomas Cook warns about a tougher 2010

May 20, 2009

www.thomascook.com Due to the weakened pound and rising unemployment, 2010 could be a more difficult year for the UK travel industry than this year, according to Manny Fontenla-Novoa, the chief executive of Thomas Cook. The company reported a 20 per cent increase in pre-tax losses, of £280 million, for the six-month period ...

BAA to appeal forced airport sell off

May 19, 2009

www.baa.com UK airports operator BAA is saying that it intends to appeal the Competition Commission’s requirement that it sell off three of its airports. In March, the monopoly watchdog told BAA that it would have to sell Gatwick and Stansted airports in London, and either Edinburgh or Glasgow airport in Scotland, after ...

UK supermarkets undercutting low cost rivals

May 18, 2009

www.asda.co.uk The UK’s big four supermarkets are featuring prices on many shopping basics that are lower than those offered by their no-frills rivals. ASDA, Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Tesco have all launched budget “own brand” ranges that undercut Aldi and Lidl on a number of staple items. In a comparison made of a shopping ...

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