Jessica Elgot
Jessica Elgot is a News Reporter for The Huffington Post UK. She was
previously a reporter at the Jewish Chronicle and the Independent.

Entries by Jessica Elgot

British Support for Gay Marriage Has Quadrupled In Four Decades (GRAPH)

(7) Comments | Posted 23 April 2014 | (11:56)

Britain is now a far more open and tolerant country towards homosexuality than it once was, with the proportion of Brits supporting equal marriage quadrupling in four decades.

And the the number of Britons who think homosexual couples should be able to live together openly has more than doubled since...

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Nigerian Asylum Seeker Afusat Saliu Says Deportation Will Put Daughters' At Risk Of FGM

(4) Comments | Posted 23 April 2014 | (10:18)

A Nigerian asylum seeker is pleading with the government to let her stay in Britain, claiming her abusive husband will taking their two little daughters to have their genitals mutilated if she is sent back to Lagos.

More than 86,000 people have backed a petition on to...

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Vice Reporter Simon Ostrovsky 'Kidnapped' In Ukraine

(1) Comments | Posted 22 April 2014 | (18:30)

A Vice filmmaker has been taken captive in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, according to city's self-declared "People's Mayor", the day US vice president Joe Biden visited the country's capital.

Simon Ostrovsky, who has previously reported for BBC Newsnight and Al Jazeera English, is being held hostage in the...

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St George's Day: 10 Reasons We Don't Feel Patriotic

(0) Comments | Posted 22 April 2014 | (16:12)

Bring out the bunting. There's lots to celebrate on St George's Day, we have the world's most expensive capital city, air we can barely breathe, soaring child poverty and a massive drink and drug problem.

If you can bear it, here's 10 reasons not to be patriotic.

If you...

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UK Weather: Paris' Le Smog Comes To London Via Southern Winds

(0) Comments | Posted 22 April 2014 | (15:13)

Londoners could soon be breathing 'Le Smog', the dirty Paris air that the French government has gone to extreme measures to try to disperse.

Emissions from the French capital could be blown over by strong south-southeasterly winds predicted by the Met Office until Friday.

The Environmental Research Group...

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St George's Day: 10 Reasons To Feel Patriotic About Being English

(6) Comments | Posted 22 April 2014 | (14:47)

The Queen, fish and chips, cups of tea and Stephen Fry. Great reasons to be proud of being British. But is that really all we've got.

Actually, there's a lot better reasons to be proud of being British. We're one of the most tolerant, most compassionate and progressive places on...

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Immigrant Romanian And Bulgarian Crime 'Falling Not Rising', New Police Figures Suggest

(73) Comments | Posted 9 April 2014 | (12:15)

Despite doomsday predictions of a crime wave following the arrival of Bulgarian and Romanian immigrants in January 2014, the number of arrests has barely fluctuated and charges have gone down since the beginning of the year, police figures show.

In the first three months of 2014 the number of Romanians...

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EU Failing To Tackle Anti-Roma Violence, Intimidation And Segregation, Says Amnesty

(19) Comments | Posted 7 April 2014 | (17:52)

The economic crisis in Europe is fuelling violent "pogroms" against Roma people across the continent, with some politicians encouraging intimidation, violence and discrimination of travellers, Amnesty International has warned.

Europe is failing to protect the Roman minority from racist violence, and officials and citizens alike harrass and discriminated against them,...

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Oscar Pistorius: 9 Things We've Learnt From The Paralympian's Testimony

(0) Comments | Posted 7 April 2014 | (14:48)

The picture painted by the defence on the morning Oscar Pistorius first took the stand was of a brave and religious athlete, who had overcome many obstacles in his life and who deeply loved the woman he would kill.

The paralympian opened with a declaration of sorrow and regret,

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Italian Far-Right Lega Nord Activists Almost Drown Attempting Stunt To Prove How 'Easy' Illegal Immigration Is

(61) Comments | Posted 7 April 2014 | (12:53)

UPDATE: Doubts have now been cast about the veracity of the story, with the secretary of the Modena Lega Nord saying he had not heard of the men involved. The Malta Independent and the Italian news sites have now taken down their versions of the story.

Italian right-wing...

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Ukrainian Soldier Killed In Clash With Russian Troops

(11) Comments | Posted 7 April 2014 | (09:56)

A Russian marine has apprently shot dead a Ukrainian officer, in what Ukrainian authorities insinuated was one of a number of ploys to cause disorder so Russia could further invade the eastern part of the nation.

Ukraine's defence ministry announced the death on Sunday evening, and said it had occurred...

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DCMS Twitter Account Hacked With Taunting Messages To Maria Miller Over Expenses Scandal

(116) Comments | Posted 5 April 2014 | (20:19)

Humiliating messages taunting Maria Miller for her rogue expense claims were posted on her Department's official Twitter account, saying the Conservative minister "robs the poor to help the risk".

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport appeared to gain back control of the account within minutes of the three tweets...

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We Should Annexe Scotland, Russian Ambassadors Say In Leaked Tape

(115) Comments | Posted 5 April 2014 | (16:04)

Two Russian ambassadors have apparently been secretly taped boasting about annexing Scotland, Catalonia and Venice, in a leaked recording laden with expletives.

In the unverified recording, Ambassadors are heard laughing heartily and joking about how other countries with independence movements, including the UK, Italy, the US and Spain,...

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Rwanda's 'Children Of The Genocide' Reveal That Life Can Go On In Beautiful Smiling Portraits

(1) Comments | Posted 4 April 2014 | (12:26)

The polaroid of the smiling boy standing with his puffed chest straining his pink and red striped t-shirt is difficult for Cyprien to look at.

"When we’re children, we are like angels. We think that everything is perfect and we’re oblivious to all the bad things happen around us,"...

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AP Journalists Anja Niedringhaus And Kathy Gannon Shot By Police Officer In Afghanistan

(55) Comments | Posted 4 April 2014 | (11:08)

Two Associated Press journalists have been shot by a police commander in Afghanistan, leaving one dead and the other seriously injured.

German photographer Anja Niedringhaus was killed and her colleague Canadian reporter Kathy Gannon was shot in the hand and chest, as the gunman yelled "Allahu Akbar" and opened fire...

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Revenge Porn On The Rise In Britain, Campaigners Warn

(42) Comments | Posted 4 April 2014 | (09:46)

Revenge porn is becoming an epidemic amongst young people, with charities reporting that they are seeing a sharp rise in complaints, according to the BBC.

The National Stalking Helpline, Women's Aid and the UK Safer Internet Centre told BBC's Newsbeat that more terrified victims are getting in touch...

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Missing Flight MH370 Black Box 'May Never Be Found' As Underwater Search Begins

(73) Comments | Posted 4 April 2014 | (07:38)

Malaysia's opposition leader has accused the Malaysian government of deliberately concealing information about the missing MH370 flight, saying the country had a sophisticated radar system that should have been able to track the plane.

Anwar Ibrahim, who has been subject to political persecution and found guilty of "sodomy' by Malaysia's...

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Chill Out About Ukraine And Crimea And Do Some Yoga, Russian Minister Sergei Ryabkov Advises US

(22) Comments | Posted 3 April 2014 | (13:19)

A Russian minister has said the US needs to just chill out over his country's annexation of Crimea, suggesting everyone should just do a bit of yoga to help calm the storm of international indignation.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Interfax that the fury of the international...

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Muslim Brotherhood Probe In London Proves Cameron Is 'Bowing To Foreign Pressure' Group Says

(11) Comments | Posted 3 April 2014 | (10:14)

The Muslim Brotherhood has come out swinging against an investigation into their activities in the UK, engaging a top QC and warning Britain has bowed to "pressure from a foreign government".

Liberal Democrat peer Lord Macdonald QC, the former director of public prosecutions, has been engaged by the party to...

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Cyclists Build 'Wall Of Death' In London As Message To Local Politicians

(15) Comments | Posted 3 April 2014 | (08:49)

'A wall of death' to remember cyclists killed on London's streets was unveiled by campaigners on Wednesday, as they called for politicians to prioritise road safety in the May elections.

Stop Killing Cyclists, a campaign group for safer cycling in the capital, said only three boroughs had implemented segregated cycle...

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