U-turn over NHS database opt-out: Victory for privacy campaign as hunt backs down


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U-turn over NHS database opt-out: Victory for privacy campaign as hunt backs down By James Chapman PUBLISHED: 00:29 GMT, 26 April 2013 | UPDATED: 00:29 GMT, 26 April 2013 Patients are to be given the right to opt out of an NHS database logging details of drinking habits, waist sizes and family medical histories.

It"s not like the old days, millions moan with a lack of manners topping list of complaints


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It's not like the old days, millions moan with a lack of manners topping list of complaints 1,000 people polled in survey by search website Ask Jeeves Second on list is weather followed by pubs and television programmes By Tara Brady PUBLISHED: 14:37 GMT, 6 March 2013 | UPDATED: 18:07 GMT, 6 March 2013 From TV programmes to pubs to the weather, things really aren't as good as they used to be, according to the British public. New research published today found that that the majority of Britons really do think modern life is rubbish.

Mick Philpott and Mairead Philpott: Wife and mistress "took it in turns" to sleep with father accused of starting fire that killed six…


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Wife and mistress 'took it in turns' to sleep with father accused of starting fire that killed six children… and his lover was a bridesmaid at defendants' wedding Mairead Philpott and Lisa Willis slept with Mick Philpott on alternate nights Court heard of arrangement during the married couple's manslaughter trialWillis, 29, told the court: 'We never had all three of us together'Former mistress said she was a bridesmaid when the Philpotts got marriedPhilpotts accused of starting fire at semi-detached Derby home The married couple and a third defendant deny six separate counts of manslaughter /11/06/article-2228528-13BC2AD2000005DC-638_196x326.jpg” width=”196″ height=”326″ alt=”Jade Philpott, 10″ class=”blkBorder” /> Jade Philpott, 10 Jayden Philpott, 5 John Philpott, 9 Jack Philpott, 8 Jesse Philpott, 6 Duwayne Philpott, 13 She said that when the children approached him for help with homework or to read to them, he would tell them to speak to the two women because he was ‘trying to watch telly’. Miss Willis later agreed with a suggestion from Anthony Orchard QC, defending Philpott, that ‘personal hygiene was not a high priority’ for the father

More than eight million families admit spiraling personal debts are "a burden" with average UK household now 3,200 in the red


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More than eight million families admit spiraling personal debts are 'a burden' with average UK household now 3,200 in the redPressure of debt has got worse since the 2008 recession, ONS survey findsSouth-East has the highest levels, Wales the lowestBritish debt mountain now approaching 100bn, based on unpaid credit cards, loans and overdrafts By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 16:17 GMT, 28 January 2013 | UPDATED: 16:51 GMT, 28 January 2013 More than eight million families admit their personal debts are ‘a burden’ as the country’s total debt mountain balloons to nearly 100billion, official figures revealed yesterday. The report, from the Office for National Statistics, highlights how debt problems have jumped sharply since the recession struck in 2008. To make matters worse, it ignores people’s mortgages, and looks only at other types of debt such as an unpaid credit card bill, an overdraft and a personal loan

Middle class tax crackdown as prosecutors vow to take FIVE times more evaders to court


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Middle class tax crackdown as prosecutors vow to take FIVE times more evaders to court Chief prosecutor Keir Starmer is aiming for a fivefold increase in tax evasion cases that go to court He will warn tax evasion is not a 'victimless crime' and costs every family 769-a-yearHM Revenue and Customs steps up investigations into global firmsLabour warns against taking eye of global firms costing Treasury billions By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 12:25 GMT, 21 January 2013 | UPDATED: 01:42 GMT, 22 January 2013 Middle earners who dodge tax will be targeted in a major crackdown by the Crown Prosecution Service. In a hard-hitting speech tonight, the Director of Public Prosecutions will condemn those who fail to pay their dues – from lawyers to plumbers.

Gary Lineker deletes his Twitter account because of "personal reasons"


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Gary Lineker quits Twitter 'because it was wasting too much time' By Hanna Flint PUBLISHED: 18:33 GMT, 19 January 2013 | UPDATED: 07:46 GMT, 20 January 2013 Full time: Gary Lineker deleted his Twitter account for 'personal reasons' Gary Lineker has mysteriously quit Twitter, claiming he is closing his account ‘for personal reasons’. The Match of the Day host, who joined the social networking site last year, quickly became one of Britain’s most popular users with 1.3million followers. However, he signed off at 7.20pm on Friday with the cryptic message: ‘I’m leaving Twitter for personal reasons.

Manageress sues Holland and Barrett for stopping her sick pay while she was recovering from learning her husband was gay


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Manageress sues Holland and Barrett for stopping her sick pay while she was recovering from learning her husband was gayMother-of-two had her sick pay reclaimed after she was signed off work with depressionOlga Gofmane and her children were left with 1.50 for a month after health firm reclaimed the payShe became unwell after the break down of her 12-year marriage By Anna Edwards PUBLISHED: 17:09 GMT, 4 January 2013 | UPDATED: 19:36 GMT, 4 January 2013 Olga Gofmane sued health food firm for reclaiming her sick pay A mother-of two who became depressed when her husband told her he was gay has successfully sued her employers Holland and Barrett for slashing her sick pay. Olga Gofmane, a manager of one of the company's branches, moved out of the family home after her former husband brought his boyfriend to the house. When Holland and Barrett reclaimed her sick pay after she had been signed off work by a doctor, Mrs Gofmane was left with just 1.50 a month

BBC "must release emails that helped stars avoid tax": MPs put pressure on corporation


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BBC 'must release emails that helped stars avoid tax': MPs put pressure on corporation Corporation refuses request from MPs to see correspondence between BBC tax advisers and staffDecision not to publish is further damaging trust in BBC, politicians sayEmails are linked to stars paid via service companies, a set-up that could allow them to avoid tax and national insurance BBC Trust says auditors have looked at emails and found nothing suspicious By Paul Revoir PUBLISHED: 11:20 GMT, 2 January 2013 | UPDATED: 00:58 GMT, 3 January 2013 Under fire: BBC Trust finance chief Anthony Fry has rejected a request to hand the emails to MPs and has not read them himself The BBC is facing pressure from MPs to publish emails that could show the broadcaster gave the opportunity to two of its performers to avoid tax.

Revealed: North Korean leader Kim Jong-il "died in fit of rage after being told a major dam had sprung a leak"


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Revealed: North Korean leader Kim Jong-il 'died in fit of rage after being told a major dam had sprung a leak'Tyrant ordered 'severe punishments' for those responsible before he diedThe secretive country had announced the leader died from a heart attackThe leaking hydro-electric power plant was a flagship construction project | UPDATED: 22:59 GMT, 30 December 2012 North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il died after flying into a fit of rage when he was told that a major dam project had sprung a leak, it emerged today. The tyrant collapsed during a briefing about a flagship hydro-electric power plant but managed to order 'severe punishments' for those responsible before he died

Cold-call champion is victorious again: Ambulance-chasing lawyers pay up for wasting his time


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Cold-call champion is victorious again: Ambulance-chasing lawyers pay up for wasting his time Richard Herman has won a payout after being targeted by no-win, no-fee personal injury lawyersPreviously awarded 195 plus costs from a firm promising compensation for mis-sold PPI | UPDATED: 00:11 GMT, 22 December 2012 Invoice: Richard Herman is celebrating another victory over cold-callers A businessman who successfully sued cold- callers for wasting his time on the phone has scored another victory. Richard Herman, who won 195 plus court costs from a firm that promised compensation for mis-sold payment protection insurance, has received a payout after being targeted by no-win, no-fee personal injury lawyers. After his first win in October, Mr Herman, 53, was bombarded by phone calls from ambulance chasers promising him compensation for a road accident