British drivers spend up to three days a year stuck in gridlock as the UK ranks 5th in Europe for time wasted in traffic

British drivers spend up to three days a year stuck in gridlock as the UK ranks 5th in Europe for time wasted in trafficFindings are revealed today by leading in-car data company INRIXIt found worst hit by jams in the UK are drivers in Greater LondonThe capital is followed by Greater Manchester and Merseyside .' INRIX chief executive Bryan Mistele said: 'There has always been strong correlation between the state of the economy and the level of traffic congestion on our roads. 'It tells us if people are employed and driving to work, going out to eat or doing some shopping, as well as whether or not businesses are shipping products.' He added: 'Considering unemployment hit record highs in 2012 and European household wealth dropped 13.6 per cent it's hardly surprising that traffic levels have dropped significantly.' The report notes: 'The UK capital, London, has moved up the European traffic congestion ranks to become the third most congested city in Europe in 2012.' The report says: 'Drivers in London spent a full three days of 2012 sitting in traffic, that's over a day more than the UK's second most congested city Manchester, where drivers spent 45 hours in congestion.

BBC forced to apologise to One Direction prize winners after "failed promise" to meet band turned into "disappointment of a…


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BBC forced to apologise to One Direction prize winners after 'failed promise' to meet band turned into 'disappointment of a lifetime' Hannah Hastings and Louisa Marsden won a BBC radio competition Then spent 350 to travel to Belfast to meet One DirectionOn arrival were told there was a mistake and they wouldn't meet them The girls then found that their seats were a 'long way from the front PUBLISHED: 11:43 GMT, 21 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:26 GMT, 21 March 2013 Two fans of One Direction experienced the 'disappointment of a lifetime' when they won a Radio 1 competition to meet the band but were told at the last minute that they wouldn't. The BBC was forced to apologise after friends Hannah Hastings, 20, and Louisa Marsden, 21, claim they were left disappointed by Radio 1.

Pat Finucane report: David Cameron apologises for MI5"s role in murder of Ulster lawyer

PM apologises for MI5's role in murder of Ulster lawyer but wife slams report into police collusion in his murder 38-year-old was shot dead in front of his wife and children at home in 1989Report by Sir Desmond de Silva QC published today reveals the killing might not have happened without the involvement of security agenciesWidow Geraldine has repeatedly called for a full public inquiryDavid Cameron admitted there was collusion between police and loyalists responsible for the killing but only ordered a review of the case | UPDATED: 10:57 GMT, 13 December 2012 The report into the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane was publsihed today. The 38-year-old was shot at his north Belfast home by loyalist paramilitaries the Ulster Defence Association in 1989 David Cameron said the Government was ‘deeply sorry’ yesterday after a report into the murder of solicitor Pat Finucane found the security services colluded with the loyalist terrorists who killed him. A review of the case by Sir Desmond de Silva, QC, found the father-of-three would probably not have been executed by the Ulster Defence Association without the encouragement of British agents.

Lowering our flag is a shameful surrender to Ulsters gangsters


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Lowering our flag is a shameful surrender to Ulster’s gangstersUnder the 'Good Friday' agreement, flying the Union Flag is illegal in Northern Ireland on 348 days of the year | UPDATED: 02:14 GMT, 9 December 2012 In a large part of this country, it is against the law to fly the Union Flag from government buildings for 348 days of the year. This has been so since the year 2000.

Former IRA terrorist Martin McGuinness greets Hillary Clinton as she arrives in Ulster


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Embrace of a killer: Former IRA terrorist Martin McGuinness greets Hillary Clinton as she arrives in Ulster while loyalists riot in Belfast over restrictions on Union flag Two explosive devices, a car bomb and a letter bomb, foundDissident republicans thought to have been attempting bomb attack in DerryU.S.