Vera Baird: Former Solicitor General tells police to give up on tackling low-level drug use "to save time"

Police chief is ignoring drug use… because it takes up too much timeVera Baird will not target drug use as Northumbria's Police CommissionerCouncillors speak out against plan and insist drug trade must be stopped By Jack Doyle PUBLISHED: 12:28 GMT, 1 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:02 GMT, 2 April 2013 An elected police commissioner will not prioritise low-level drug users because it will take up too much of her officers’ time. Former Labour minister Vera Baird QC, who is in charge of the Northumbria police force, has ignored drug use in her new policing plan.

France"s richest man moves to Belgium and takes multi-billion pound fortune with him "to avoid new socialist super-tax"

France's richest man moves to Belgium and takes multi-billion pound fortune with him 'to avoid new socialist super-tax'Bernard Arnault, head of luxury goods group LVMH, insists that he moved the cash and assets for ‘family inheritance reasons’It is thought he wants to avoid a 75 per cent top rate on income being introduced by President Francois Hollande By Peter Allen PUBLISHED: 19:35 GMT, 24 January 2013 | UPDATED: 23:15 GMT, 24 January 2013 Bernard Arnault, the 63-year-old head of luxury goods group LVMH, insists that he moved the cash and assets for 'family inheritance reasons The richest man in France has officially transferred his multi-billion pounds fortune out of his Socialist-run homeland, it was confirmed today. Bernard Arnault, the 63-year-old head of luxury goods group LVMH, insists that he moved the cash and assets for ‘family inheritance reasons’

Bulgaria"s bizarre "advert" to tax exile Gerard Depardieu

We have cheap alcohol, concrete beach resorts and experienced prostitutes': Bulgaria’s bizarre ‘advert’ to tax exile Gerard Depardieu Letter sent to French stars from Bulgarian policy centreClaims payment of taxes is 'optional' and there is 'possibility to drain as much as you wish from the tax system'Depardieu and Bernard Arnault are the latest in a flood of super-rich French fleeing President Francois Hollande's socialist tax rises | UPDATED: 18:36 GMT, 27 December 2012 Bulgaria has invited French tax exiles Gerard Depardieu and Bernard Arnault to become Bulgarian citizens with the promise of 'cheap alcohol, concrete beach resorts and experienced prostitutes'. The cheeky letter from Bulgaria's Demographic Policy Centre was sent to the famous film star and France's richest man as a protest against the mass emigration from the cash-strapped eastern European state. Depardieu, 64, and Arnault, 63, both recently announced they were fleeing to Belgium to dodge France's new massive tax hike on the rich of 75 per cent on all earnings over one million euros

The truth about free-range turkeys will put you off your Christmas dinner

The truth about free-range turkeys will put you off your Christmas dinner Turkeys advertised as 'free range' may never even have been outdoorsMany are crammed into tiny spaces the size of a newspaperSome still have their beak 'trimmed' because of loopholes in law | UPDATED: 08:38 GMT, 14 December 2012 Now is the time of year when you want to do things properly. And — even if it does cost a few pounds more — many of us will want the best Christmas turkey we can afford. Despite the recession, hundreds of thousands of families will be tucking into a free-range turkey this Christmas

Black Dog : Danny"s dad is off message

Danny's dad is off message | UPDATED: 02:12 GMT, 9 December 2012 Ed Ball's spectacular failure to lay a glove on George Osborne during their Autumn Statement shoot-out was watched from the Commons public gallery by one Di Alexander – proud father of Liberal Democrat Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander. As the Shadow Chancellor floundered, Alexander Snr reached for his mobile phone and texted his ginger-haired son as follows: ‘God, the Opposition are weak. You should be getting a much harder ride.’ Not exactly a ringing endorsement of the Coalition’s financial management, was it Shadow chancellor Ed Balls was criticised by Di Alexander for his performance in the Commons All those intimate, cringe-making text messages between David Cameron and Rebekah Brooks have cost more than just extreme embarrassment for the Prime Minister.