Entries by Ned Simons from 12/2011

David Cameron: Jeremy Clarkson Was 'Silly' To Say Strikers Should Be Shot

Posted 12.01.2011 | UK Politics

David Cameron has said Jeremy Clarkson was "silly" to joke about shooting public sector workers who went on strike. But he fell short of condemning...

Labour MP Criticised For Accusing Britain's Ambassdor To Israel Of Having 'Divided Loyalties' For Being Jewish

Posted 12.01.2011 | UK Politics

A Labour MP has found himself in hot water after he suggested Britain's ambassador to Israel may have divided loyalties because he is Jewish. Newpo...

Tories Launching 'Biggest Attack On Women In A Generation' Ed Miliband Says

Posted 12.01.2011 | UK Politics

David Cameron and George Osborne have been accused of launching the "biggest attack on women in a generation" after research showed 73% of the money b...

Unison Threatens Legal Action Over Jeremy Clarkson's 'Outrageous' Comments

Posted 12.01.2011 | UK Politics

Public sector union Unison is considering taking legal action against Jeremy Clarkson after he said people who went out on strike "should be shot". ...

Why Ed Miliband's Favourite Biscuit Isn't A Biscuit

Posted 12.01.2011 | UK Politics

Ed Milband has displayed admirable loyalty by naming the humble Jaffa Cake as his favourite biscuit. The Labour leader was taking part in a Q&A ses...

John Bercow's Portrait 'Cost £7,000 More' Than First Acknowledged

Posted 12.01.2011 | UK Politics

A portrait of Commons Speaker John Bercow cost the taxpayer £7,000 more than previously announced, his office has said. The painting, complete ...

David Beckham, Russell Brand, the Queen and Helen Mirren: David Cameron's New Cabinet?

Posted 12.01.2011 | UK Politics

Bunch of waxworks? Or has David Cameron taken a leaf out of Gordon Brown's book and decided to appoint a "government of all the talents" from outsi...

Britain To 'Exceed' Target To Slash Carbon Emissions

Posted 12.01.2011 | UK

The UK is on track to exceed targets to slash emissions by a third by 2020 - and would have met the goal even without the recession, the Government ha...

Grant Shapps Talks Twitter, Today Programme Bust-Ups And Why The Government Are Doing More For Housing

Posted 12.01.2011 | UK Politics

"I am delighted to be the man from Dyno-Rod in this instance," grins Grant Shapps when mulling over the nickname reportedly given to him by David Came...

Journalists Could Face Prosecution For Reporting Parliament, Attorney General Says

Posted 12.01.2011 | UK Politics

The fact that information covered by a High Court injunction is disclosed by a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons does not mean that it can ...

Care Quality Commission 'Under-Performed', Report Finds

Posted 12.02.2011 | UK

The level of inspections of care homes in England fell "significantly" following the introduction of a new watchdog, which has so far failed to delive...

Deadline Approaches For Iranian Diplomats To Leave Britain

Posted 12.02.2011 | UK Politics

Diplomats based at the Iranian embassy in London are preparing to leave Britain. They were given a deadline of Friday afternoon by the UK Governmen...

Migrant Numbers 'Not Linked' To Immigration Attitudes

Posted 12.02.2011 | UK

There is no link between the number of immigrants in a British region and local attitudes towards immigration, according to new research. A surv...

Killers Of Ben And Catherine Mullany, Honeymoon Couple, To Be Sentenced

Posted 12.02.2011 | UK

The parents of a couple brutally murdered on their honeymoon are hoping their children's killers will finally be sentenced. Welsh newlyweds Ben ...

One In Four Households 'Living In Fuel Poverty'

Posted 12.02.2011 | UK

A quarter of households in England and Wales are now living in fuel poverty, as the government looks set to miss its target of eliminating the problem...

Clarkson Strike Comments: BBC Receives 21,000 Complaints

Posted 12.02.2011 | UK

More than 21,000 people complained to the BBC after Jeremy Clarkson joked public sector strikers should be "shot in front of their families". Foll...

Afghan Woman Jailed For 'Adultery' Freed But With Expectation That She Marries Her Attacker

Posted 12.02.2011 | UK

An Afghan woman who was imprisoned for "adultery" after being raped has been freed following an intervention from President Karzai. The 21-year-o...

Iraq Tourism: Hotel Chain Moves To Open Its Doors To Region (Pictures)

Posted 12.02.2011 | UK

Lots of sun, plenty of sand and filled with history - why not pick Iraq for your next summer holiday? Eight years on from the 2003 invasion by the ...

Boris Johnson: Jeremy Clarkson Is Helping Pay For The Public Sector

Posted 12.05.2011 | UK Politics

Jeremy Clarkson, the controversial Top Gear presenter, is single handidly propping up Britain's manufacturing industry, London Mayor Boris Johnson has...

David Cameron: I Would Bring Back Spooks For Christmas Day Special

Posted 12.05.2011 | UK Politics

David Cameron prefers Albert Square to Ambridge and has a lot of sympathy for Jim Hacker's battles with Sir Humphrey, he has revealed. The prime mi...

Scottish Voters Would Break-Up United Kingdom In Exchange For £500

Posted 12.05.2011 | UK Politics

Scots would vote for independence if they were sure to be just £500 better off a year, according to a survey. Just short of two-thirds of peopl...

Extradition: MPs To Demand 'Urgent' Reform Of Treaty With US

Posted 12.05.2011 | UK Politics

A cross-party group of MPs will demand the government amend the UK-US extradition treaty this evening, amid fears it is unfair on British citizens. ...

Feltham and Heston By-Election Voters Should 'Send Message' To Coalition On Economy, Miliband Says

Posted 12.05.2011 | UK Politics

Voters will have a first opportunity to pass their verdict on David Cameron and George Osborne's "catastrophic" handling of the economy in next week's...

Louise Mensch Gets Apology From Sunday Times Over 'See-Through Sex Sheath' Claim

Posted 12.05.2011 | UK Politics

The Sunday Times has apologised to Tory MP Louise Mensch after it published an article that wrongly claimed she wore a see-through dress and said drug...

Doha Virgin Megastore Put Hitler's Mein Kampf On 'Recommended Reading List'

Posted 12.05.2011 | UK

Virgin Megastores has been embroiled in a controversy after one of its shops in the Middle East put Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf on its recommended readi...