British families "self-segregate" as whites abandon urban areas for countryside


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Rise of 'white flight': British families are 'self-segregating' as more Caucasians abandon urban areas for the countryside Trend has gone largely unnoticed because city centres appear diverseWell-off whites from diverse areas are moving to outer suburbs in drovesResearchers say better schools, fresher air and background may be factors By Emma Reynolds PUBLISHED: 12:55 GMT, 27 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:03 GMT, 27 January 2013 Britain is 'self-segregating' as white families flee urban areas for the countryside and outer suburbs. The trend is causing an 'ethnic cliff', in which the proportion of households from minority backgrounds is vastly different in areas just a few miles apart. Some outer London boroughs – including Enfield, Waltham Forest and Redbridge – have seen their white British population drop by as much as a quarter over the past decade

White House and Republicans strike an agreement on fiscal cliff – but will it come to a vote before midnight?

We have a deal! White House and Republicans strike an agreement on fiscal cliff – but will it come to a vote before midnight | UPDATED: 03:53 GMT, 1 January 2013 With just three hours to go before the start of 2013, the White House and congressional Republicans have struck a deal to avoid falling over the looming fiscal cliff. These officials said a New Year's Eve vote in the Senate to ratify the deal was possible later in the evening, barring opposition from majority Democrats. There was no immediate confirmation from aides to the top Republicans in Congress, Sen Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner.

We can"t win "pointless" vote to end hunting ban due to parliamentary opposition, say Tories


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We can't win 'pointless' vote to end hunting ban due to parliamentary opposition, say Tories Grant Shapps defended decision to delay vote on hunting banThe Tory Party chairman said vote on lifting ban on hunting with dogs 'pointless' due to strong parliamentary oppositionMr Shapps' comments came as hunting parties with hounds gathered for the annual Boxing Day event | UPDATED: 10:12 GMT, 27 December 2012 Pointless: Grant Shapps said holding a vote for lifting the ban with such strong opposition would be a waste of time The ban on hunting with dogs will not be overturned, Tory chairman Grant Shapps declared yesterday. Speaking on the day that a quarter of a million supporters turned out for Boxing Day hunts, he said there was no chance of getting the majority needed to scrap Labour's law. Earlier, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said he was not expecting a vote in 2013, because it was clear the Government would lose.

Pensioner accused of registering a mannequin as a candidate in a city council election is to face trial


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Pensioner accused of registering a mannequin as a candidate in a city council election is to face trial Renee Slater, 64, denies breach of the Representation of the People ActPensioner, of Aberdeen, is accused of submitting false details for the dummy called Helena Torry to a returning officer | UPDATED: 21:57 GMT, 8 December 2012 A pensioner accused of registering a mannequin as a candidate in a city council election is to face trial. Renee Slater is alleged to have put the dummy – named Helena Torry – forward to stand in Aberdeen City Council's local government elections on March 29. The 64-year-old denied the charge, made under the Representation of the People Act, when she appeared at the city's sheriff court on Friday.