Louise Ridley
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Louise is an assistant news editor at HuffPost UK, running feature series and covering current affairs specialising in media, social affairs, gender and HuffPost's What's Working section. She was named as one of The Drum's 50 Under 30 women in digital 2015 and was shortlisted for Outstanding Digital Talent of the Year 2014 at the PPA Digital Awards.

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Fracking Application In North Yorkshire Approved As Protesters Shout 'Shame On You'

(0) Comments | Posted 23 May 2016 | (20:18)

Councillors in North Yorkshire have given the green light to the first fracking operation in the UK for five years, despite huge local opposition.

The county council...

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David Cameron's Car Dealer Thought It Was A Joke When PM Came To Buy Used Nissan Micra

(0) Comments | Posted 23 May 2016 | (18:08)

A used car dealer who now counts David Cameron as a customer thought he was being set up for a prank when he was told the Prime Minister intended to visit.

Iain Harris, 44, who runs Witney Used Car Centre in Oxfordshire, received a call on Friday from...

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Pet Dog Kills 45-Year-Old Man In Cumbria In Bloody Attack

(0) Comments | Posted 23 May 2016 | (17:10)

A man has been killed by his pet dog in Cumbria, in a savage attack in front of his teenage daughters.

The 45-year-old was mauled to death by the pet at home, as his daughters tried to "drag the dog off their father," according to the...

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Nuisance Phone Calls Make Up Nearly Half Of All Calls, Which? And Truecall Research Shows

(0) Comments | Posted 22 May 2016 | (16:11)

Nuisance calls make up 40% of phone calls, a new report has found.

One in 10 people that were part of research by consumer affairs organisation Which? and call-blocking firm TrueCall received more than 60 nuisance calls a month over a three-year period, The Press Association reported.

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David Cameron 'Happy' To Meet Donald Trump But Again Slams His 'Dangerous' Approach To Muslims

(0) Comments | Posted 22 May 2016 | (15:48)

The Prime Minister has said he would be "very happy" to meet the controversial US presidential hopeful Donald Trump. 

David Cameron insisted he was right to slap down Mr Trump's "very dangerous" comments about Muslims, but said he would meet with any presidential nominee if they were to visit...

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Unmarried Woman Jakki Smith Begins Legal Fight After Being Denied Bereavement Damages

(0) Comments | Posted 22 May 2016 | (15:15)

A woman is taking the Government to court for breaching her human rights after being denied bereavement damages when her partner died - because they were not married.

NHS worker Jakki Smith, 58, only discovered she was not entitled to the statutory award after the death of John...

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David Cameron And Harriet Harman Unite In Asda For Brexit Weekly Shop Warning

(0) Comments | Posted 22 May 2016 | (12:25)


David Cameron and Harriet Harman made an early morning trip to a supermarket, as the Prime Minister warned the cost of the weekly shop will rise by almost 3% if Britain left the EU. 


The Conservative leader and Labour MP met staff at a...

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Midwife Slams Royal College Of Midwives Support For Dropping Legal Time Limit For Abortions

(0) Comments | Posted 22 May 2016 | (11:44)

A midwife who was at the centre of a high-profile court case has called on colleagues to "forcefully refuse" to back the "horror" position adopted by their professional body to scrap the time limit for abortions.

Mary Doogan, from Glasgow, took a case to the UK's highest court over whether...

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Austria Concert Gunman Kills Two And Turns Gun On Himself After 'Loud Argument '

(0) Comments | Posted 22 May 2016 | (10:31)

A gunman has killed two and wounded 11 at a concert in western Austria, then killed himself, police say.

The gunman opened fire at an open-air concert at a motorcycle club near the town of Nenzing at about 1am UK time on Sunday. 

He then killed himself after the...

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Celebrity Injunctions Show 'Moral Abuse' Of Courts As They Are 'Almost Entirely Taken Out By Unfaithful Men' Say Lawyers

(0) Comments | Posted 22 May 2016 | (08:14)

The “vast majority” of people granted injunctions preventing media from revealing details of their private life are men, lawyers who deal with the issue have claimed, as one said they could count the number of women who have taken out gagging orders “on my fingers”.

Injunctions are in the...

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Migrant Smuggling Suspect Rekawt Kayani Accused Of Organising 'Runs' To Bring Hundreds Into UK

(0) Comments | Posted 20 May 2016 | (21:46)

An Iraqi man suspected of heading a criminal network that allegedly smuggled hundreds of migrants into the UK has been arrested in Derby.

Rekawt Kayani, 34, was apprehended on a European Arrest Warrant at his home in the Normanton area of the city on Wednesday morning.

The National Crime Agency...

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Britain Ranks Third For Welcoming Refugees, Showing Government 'Out Of Step With Reality' Says Amnesty

(0) Comments | Posted 18 May 2016 | (20:49)

More than three quarters of Brits would accept refugees into their neighbourhood or home, research suggests, yet the UK has taken a tiny handful of people compared to other wealthy countries like Canada.

The UK came third after China and Germany in Amnesty International's ranking of how accepting...

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Sainsbury's Is Giving People Fridges With Cameras Inside To Help Curb Food Waste

(0) Comments | Posted 18 May 2016 | (18:22)

Sainsbury's is giving families fridges with tiny cameras inside, to let them see what food they've got at home when they are out shopping.

The supermarket is giving...

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BBC Recipes Cut Is Just The Beginning Of Online Closures Including Newsbeat, Travel And Magazine

(0) Comments | Posted 17 May 2016 | (11:29)

The BBC has confirmed a swathe of closures to its online offering, in an attempt to be more "distinctive" and save £15 million in budget.

After a public outcry over plans to cut food recipes from the broadcasters's website, the BBC Online Creative Review reveals that the axe will...

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BBC Recipes Petition To 'Save' Cooking Pages Tops 120,000 Signatures

(0) Comments | Posted 17 May 2016 | (10:36)

A campaign calling for the BBC not to close the recipe pages of its website has been backed by more than 120,000 people and is still growing.

The...

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Leicester City Victory Parade Sees Hundreds Cheer The Foxes On Their Open-Topped Bus

(0) Comments | Posted 16 May 2016 | (18:00)

Leicester City fans have got into the party spirit and cheered on their team on the city's streets in a triumphant victory parade on Monday.

The team became

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Etsy Boss Says Its Female Sellers Smash Cliches To 'Define Success On Their Own Terms'

(0) Comments | Posted 16 May 2016 | (17:14)

In partnership with Claremont’s Purpose In Practice series, Better Business talks to leaders from brands including Lego, Etsy and The New York Times to find out what they really stand for - and champion those that are driven by doing good.

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Ocado Teams Up With 'Pay As You Feel' Cafes To Give Food Destined For The Bin To Charity

(0) Comments | Posted 16 May 2016 | (13:48)

Ocado is teaming up with a network of cafes to send surplus food that would have gone to waste straight to charity.

The online supermarket has partnered with 'Pay As You Feel' cafes around the UK and will give them orders that are cancelled by Ocado customers after...

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Lego Boss Explains It Wants To Make A 'Positive Impact' But Mustn't Be Too 'Self-Absorbed'

(0) Comments | Posted 16 May 2016 | (11:11)

In partnership with Claremont’s Purpose In Practice series, Better Business talks to leaders from brands including Lego, Etsy and The New York Times to find out what they really stand for - and champion those that are driven by doing good.

...
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Jimmy Jedson Charged With Murdering Nurse Patrick Clarke In Mental Health Hospital

(0) Comments | Posted 15 May 2016 | (21:22)

A 40-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a nurse who was stabbed to death in a mental health hospital.

Jimmy Jedson, of Brighton Road, South Croydon, is accused of attacking Patrick Clarke at Southleigh Community Hospital on Thursday, The Press Association reported.

He will...

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