Felicity A Morse

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Gay Marriage: Children With Same-Sex Parents 'Happier And Healthier' Study Says

(668) Comments | Posted 5 June 2013 | (10:37)

Children brought up by gay couples are healthier and get along better with their families, according to the initial findings from the world's largest study on the children of same-sex parents.

The research, which studied the wellbeing of 500 children in Australia, found that the self-esteem...

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EDL March With Muslims In Ipswich In Memory Of Lee Rigby (PICTURES)

(587) Comments | Posted 4 June 2013 | (14:27)

It might seem a provocative pairing, but when the English Defence League marched with Islamic charity Jimas to pay tribute to Lee Rigby, the protest was peaceful.

Since the Woolwich attack, the far-right group has clashed with anti-fascist organisations in marches organised in response...

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Benefits Reform Statistics Used By Grant Shapps Were Inaccurate, Says Official Watchdog

(128) Comments | Posted 30 May 2013 | (10:02)

Conservative party chairman Grant Shapps has been caught using false statistics to back up the government's welfare reforms, pointing to the wrong set of numbers to imply there were nearly a million benefit cheats.

In a Sunday Telegraph article from March, Shapps is quoted saying: "nearly 900,000 people...

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Bedroom Tax: Leeds Council To Reclassify Rooms To Help Tenants

(463) Comments | Posted 29 May 2013 | (14:45)

Leeds council has confirmed it will reclassify hundreds of rooms in council houses in a bid to help residents avoid the so-called "bedroom tax."

Across the city 837 houses will have their bedrooms reclassified as non-specific 'rooms', the council said. This will allow residents to avoid their benefits...

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Ukip Councillor Alan Jesson Accused Of Racist And Homophobic Rants On Facebook

(434) Comments | Posted 21 May 2013 | (14:17)

A second Ukip councillor from Lincolnshire council appears to have made racist and homophobic remarks on Facebook, suggesting he is about to take the law into his own hands "to rid the country of foreigners."

A Facebook account appearing to belong to Ukip's Alan Jesson, who was voted...

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Ukip Councillor Chris Pain Involved In Second Facebook Race Row

(223) Comments | Posted 19 May 2013 | (18:17)

UPDATE: Ukip are investigating Chris Pain and say he could be ejected from party

Ukip's leading councillor for Lincoln, Chris Pain, has been embroiled in a second scandal over his Facebook page, with another posting that appears to show him suggesting that asylum seekers are benefit-scrounging terrorists.


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Nigel Farage's Visit To Scotland And Ukip's 'Pish' Mocked In Steve Byrne's 'Lament' Ballad

(147) Comments | Posted 19 May 2013 | (15:55)

One of the musicians who runs a singing club in Canons' Gait, the pub in which Nigel Farage was locked after being mobbed by angry protesters in Edinburgh, has penned a ballad about the furore.

The lyrics, written by Steve Byrne, relate the news report in...

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Ukip Councillors In Lincoln Refuse To Sign 'Multicultural' Anti-Racism Pledge

(1431) Comments | Posted 18 May 2013 | (13:16)

UPDATE: Ukip are investigating Chris Pain and say he could be ejected from party for alleged comments he made

All 16 Ukip members of Lincoln council have refused to sign an anti-racism pledge set up to ensure all county residents are treated equally and have the...

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Dan Brown's New Book Inferno Released: So Can You Tell Richard Dawkins From Dan Brown?

(26) Comments | Posted 13 May 2013 | (15:04)

Da Vinci code author Dan Brown is set to release his latest blockbuster in the next 24 hours, with eager readers already salivating at the chance to quench their thirst for code-cracking visions of hell in the new book 'Inferno.'

The book will take readers on "a journey deep into...

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CIPD Report Shows Dozens Applying For Low Skilled Jobs As Boris Accuses Brits Of Sloth

(178) Comments | Posted 13 May 2013 | (12:20)

Dozens of people are chasing low skilled jobs and the government's benefit reforms could make the labour market even more crowded, according to a report published on the same day Boris Johnson attacked British workers for their 'sloth'.

The research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel...

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Michael Gove's History Research Based On Premier Inn Polls And Regurgitated Press Surveys

(264) Comments | Posted 13 May 2013 | (09:20)

Michael Gove has come under fire after basing claims that children had “disturbing historical ignorance” on a handful of PR surveys, including polls by Premier Inn and the Sea Cadets.

A Freedom of Information Request has revealed that despite professing his allegiance to "evidence based policies" his assertions for a...

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Queen's Speech On Immigration: Recycled Rhetoric And Migrant Myths

(48) Comments | Posted 8 May 2013 | (11:33)

Measures to control immigration and "ensure this country attracts people who contribute and deter those who don't" have been laid out in the Queen's Speech, with migrants' rights to healthcare and social housing curbed in the Immigration Bill.

Hailed by David Cameron as proposals...

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Cornwall Councillor Colin Brewer Who Said 'Disabled Children Should Be Put Down' Wins Seat

(197) Comments | Posted 3 May 2013 | (14:48)

A Cornish councillor who said "disabled children cost the council too much money and should be put down" has been re-elected in his division of Wadebridge East.

Independent councillor Colin Brewer made the comments to Theresa Court, who works for Disability Cornwall, while she was...

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Rape And Anonymity: Should Those Accused Of Sexual Offences Be Allowed To Remain Anonymous?

(334) Comments | Posted 2 May 2013 | (14:06)

Protecting the identity of people accused of rape would be damaging and harmful both for victims and for society, campaigners have argued after it was revealed that three out of four people would be in favour of defendants remaining anonymous until they were convicted.

Under current legislation, people who...

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DWP Accused Of Giving 'Fake And Patronising' Psychometric Tests To Jobseekers

(391) Comments | Posted 30 April 2013 | (13:02)

A psychometric test given to jobseekers in parts of England, seemingly to help them find their "signature strengths", has been labelled "patronising" after it transpired it gives the same results no matter what answers are given.

The test, devised by a government unit, is comprised of 48 statements, which applicants...

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Nigel Farage Says Smoking Ban 'Silly And Illiberal'

(313) Comments | Posted 30 April 2013 | (08:15)

Nigel Farage has insisted he would scrap the smoking ban and has pointed to Germany for support, claiming the country had realised how "silly and illiberal" the ban was.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, the Ukip leader, who smokes himself, claimed the German solution of separating...

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Ukip's 'NRA-Esque' Gun Control Comments Described As 'Inaccurate Upsetting Drivel'

(1002) Comments | Posted 29 April 2013 | (11:56)

An email from the office of Ukip leader Nigel Farage linking increased gun ownership to a decrease in firearms-related crime has been slammed by MPs and campaigners as "inaccurate, unsubstantiated and upsetting drivel."

The text of the email, which was posted by Conservative MEP Sajjad Karim on Facebook...

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David McIntyre, Ex-Soldier, Says He Will Kill Himself If Extradited To The US

(538) Comments | Posted 26 April 2013 | (12:55)

A former soldier facing extradition to the United States over fraud charges says he is waiting for a call from the Home Office that will give him only "14 days left on this earth."

David McIntyre, from Tameside, suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and says if...

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Food Bank Trussell Trust Sees Demand Go Up Five-Fold Since Coalition Came To Power

(591) Comments | Posted 23 April 2013 | (13:36)

The number of people using food banks has increased five-fold since the coalition came to power, and nearly tripled over the last year, with almost 350,000 people receiving emergency parcels from the Trussell Trust, the largest food bank provider in the UK.

According to figures from the charity, 30%...

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Professional Rugby Training: How Hard Could It Be?

(0) Comments | Posted 17 April 2013 | (05:19)

When the British Lions fitness coach called The Huffington Post to see if we'd like one of our reporters to train with the players we knew exactly who we'd send down. Here's Felicity Morse's account of a day working out with some of the toughest competitors in the world.


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