The gurning exhibitionist: Fergie makes her presence known at Margaret Thatcher's funeral Her friends say the former royal simply has an 'expressive' faceShe was also forced to deny texting at the end of the service By Rebecca English PUBLISHED: 23:11 GMT, 17 April 2013 | UPDATED: 03:47 GMT, 18 April 2013 She was a surprise addition to the guest list.
100,000-plus pay-offs for 135 council officials: MP blasts 'eye-watering' golden handshakesCouncils have spent between 100,000 and 420,000 to 135 staff Many have started other lucrative public sector jobs since leavingMinister says pay-offs show 'a lack of respect' to taxpayers By John Stevens PUBLISHED: 02:08 GMT, 2 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:48 GMT, 2 January 2013 Councils have given six-figure ‘golden goodbyes’ to more than 100 officials in the past year. Despite town halls complaining about funding cuts, they gave compensation packages of between 100,000 and 420,000 to some 135 members of staff for leaving their jobs. Many of the workers have since taken up high-paid jobs elsewhere in the public sector, including positions in Whitehall.
Respect MP attacks new rule on veils saying the restriction discriminates against Muslim women George Galloway said restrictions could discriminateHe said they were 'heavy handed'Everyone who works at the Palace of Westminster are 'required to remove any covering obscuring the face' | UPDATED: 01:34 GMT, 9 December 2012 New curbs on Muslim veils in the Commons were criticised by Respect MP George Galloway last night, writes Simon Walters. Mr Galloway, whose Bradford West constituency has a large ethnic population, said the restrictions could discriminate against Muslim women