UK News

‘Gold-plated’ investor visa scheme ‘not suspended’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe European Commission says it is closely monitoring citizenship for sale programmes in the EU A "gold-plated" visa scheme allowing foreign investors a fast-track to settling in Britain remains open, the Home Office has clarified.Ministers had announced access to Tier 1 visas, which entice rich people from outside the EU to invest £2m or more in the UK, would be halted
UK News

Father Christmas given parking ticket at shopping centre

[ad_1] Image copyright Sam Wise Image caption Santa claimed it was a genuine mistake but the shopping centre said it was unfortunate Well-wishers have rallied around Santa after he was given a ticket for parking in the wrong space.Father Christmas said he was "stunned" to receive the notice for wrongly parking in a parent and child space at Thornaby's Pavillion Shopping Centre.He told BBC Tees: "Santa Claus gets a parking
Politics

Ian Paisley facing new questions over luxury Maldives holiday

[ad_1] Image copyright PAcemaker Image caption Mr Paisley was recently suspended from the House of Commons for 30 days for 'serious misconduct' Ian Paisley was given a complimentary holiday at a luxury Maldives resort months after advocating on behalf of its government, according to new evidence.BBC Spotlight will examine whether the MP should have declared the holiday in 2016. Mr Paisley said he paid for part of the holiday and
Politics

Dennis Skinner defends swearing at SNP’s Stewart McDonald

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Skinner has been an MP since 1970 Veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner has defended swearing at a member of the SNP in the Commons. Glasgow South MP Stewart McDonald tweeted that the firebrand backbencher had "become a thug" after the incident.He later escalated the matter by raising a point of order with Commons Speaker John Bercow.Mr Skinner, who has represented Bolsover for 48
Business

Pound sinks after no confidence report

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Sterling fell against the dollar to a new 20-month low on Tuesday.The decline followed a Sky News report colleagues of Theresa May believed they had sufficient numbers to trigger a no-confidence vote in her leadership.Sky's deputy political editor Beth Rigby tweeted that Conservative MPs were "pretty confident" they had the 48 letters needed.The pound fell to $1.2490, down more than half of one percent on
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William and Kate told of Spice devastation

[ad_1] Image copyright PA The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been moved by the devastation caused by the synthetic drug Spice during a visit to a homelessness charity he first visited with his late mother.The couple heard that increasing numbers of rough sleepers are becoming addicted to Spice, which can leave users in a "zombie-like" state. The duke and duchess were touring a London centre run by The Passage.Also
Business

Manchester clothing firm lodges trademark claim against Bentley Motors

[ad_1] Image copyright Stefano Guidi/Getty Image caption Bentley Motors says it has been selling clothing for more than 30 years without being confused for any other brand A business has launched a legal claim against Bentley Motors over the ownership of a clothing trademark.Brandlogic, owner of Manchester-based Bentley 1962 clothing, is seeking an injunction to stop the car firm using the name Bentley on UK clothing. It claimed in the
Business

France ‘Gilets Jaunes’: Spending cuts to fund Macron concessions

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Bruno Le Maire (R) insisted France aimed to meet its European Union budget commitments Measures to defuse France's yellow-vest protests will cost €10bn (£9bn; $11bn), says Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire.That money will be offset by cuts in other government spending, he says.Mr Le Maire, speaking a day after President Emmanuel Macron outlined the changes on TV, said planned reforms remained on course despite
Cricket

ICC World Cup trophy unveiled in Chennai by Hemang Badani

[ad_1] The Cricket World Cup trophy, which began its journey from the International Cricket Council (ICC) headquarters in Dubai on August 27, arrived in Chennai on Tuesday.Former India cricketer Hemang Badani, who unveiled the trophy, believes that India is a strong favourite to win the quadrennial mega-event.  "We do stand a very good chance with the side we've got at the moment. We've got a couple of lovely openers and
Technology

Amazon sackings ‘follow sales data leaks’

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Merchants bribed Amazon workers who looked at internal logs of what sold well, the WSJ reports Amazon has sacked workers it believes had been misusing internal data on high-selling products, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports.Amazon reportedly believed the staff, in India, China and the US, had abused their access to an internal database.And some USB ports on desktop computers had since been disabled