Councillor who described all Muslims as 'terrorists' and asked why people should be 'interested in black history' apologisesMarjorie Snowden made comments on equality and diversity courseOfficial complained about the offensive comments to a colleagueThe reply was 'well, that's Marjorie', before it was reportedCllr Snowdon is a former mayor of Sherborne in Dorset By Leon Watson PUBLISHED: 15:42 GMT, 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:01 GMT, 18 April 2013 A councillor has formally apologised for labelling 'all Muslims as terrorists' while on an equality and diversity course. Marjorie Snowden, a former mayor of Sherborne in Dorset, also asked why council members should be 'interested in black history' during the training. A horrified official complained about the offensive comments to a colleague but the reply was 'well, that's Marjorie', before it was reported.
War on speeding motorists: Drivers face more 20mph limits and extra camerasLower limits and more road humps are among guidance given to councils Calls for cameras to have wider role in 'calming traffic' as they slash fatalities the number had fallen by 75 per cent to 8,677. In the decade to 2011 alone 29 per cent of forecourts shut. This ‘increased minimum driving time required to reach the nearest forecourt’, the government report by Deloitte said
Britain leads the world in handing out disability cash: Nation spends twice as much as U.S. and six times as much as JapanDisability benefits cost British taxpayers more than 13 billion per yearBritain spends 2.4 per cent of GDP on disability benefits | UPDATED: 01:16 GMT, 27 December 2012 Disability spending: Britain spends more than any other country in the world on disability benefits Disability benefits are costing Britain more than almost any other western country
A 1m fiasco by Ed, and the joke's on us! | UPDATED: 01:08 GMT, 24 December 2012 The waiting game: Miliband's long-awaited policy review to draw up a new manifesto is a laughing stock at Westminster Red Ed Miliband’s long-awaited policy review to draw up a new manifesto is a laughing stock at Westminster. Two years on and Miliband, who announced he was starting the process with a blank sheet of paper, has still not put anything on the page. And his procrastination is being funded by all of us
Britain spending more on benefits than Scandinavians with 7 out of 10 children living in a home receiving handoutsAround 2.1 million children live in a home where no adult is workingLess-well off have become enslaved to state benefits, study says | UPDATED: 22:10 GMT, 21 December 2012 Britain pays out more on welfare than high spending social democratic nations in Scandinavia, according to a think-tank. Nearly seven out of ten children now live in a home that receives at least one cash handout other than child benefit, says the hard-hitting study by the Institute for Economic Affairs. And some 17 per cent of children – around 2.1 million – live in a home where no adult is working ‘easily the highest rate in Europe’.
Ditch free-for-all on extensions that will set neighbour against neighbour, say MPsThree-year relaxation of rules is designed to boost construction industryMPs called for Government to 'go back to the drawing board'Warned greater size of extensions will risk creating unsightly buildings | UPDATED: 01:46 GMT, 20 December 2012 David Cameron’s plans to allow large extensions in back gardens could set neighbour against neighbour and blight entire districts, MPs said last night. The controversial proposals, announced in September, would allow 26-foot extensions to be built without planning permission.
UK wasted millions of aid on building African roads that were never finished or doomed to fall into disrepairIn Mozambique, the EU set aside 60million to build a 60-mile stretch of road that was never finishedIn Uganda the EU has now built so many roads that the network is ‘well beyond the size and standard the country can afford to maintain’International Development officials set to investigate the allegations of corruption raised by new report | UPDATED: 00:07 GMT, 11 December 2012 Millions of pounds of British aid money has been spent on building roads in Africa that were never finished or which are doomed to fall into disrepair, a report warns today.
The wife who turned detective to expose her 400 million cheat of a husband 'living it large' whilst pleading povertyMichelle Young was left with nothing when she divorced millionaire property developer ScotShe has spend six years investigating the financial scheme which she accuses her ex-husband of using to hide his 400 million fortuneScot Young, 50, is allegedly broke yet regularly dines in top restaurants | UPDATED: 22:35 GMT, 8 December 2012 Michelle Young is sensing victory. Six years after she began what seemed like a hopeless High Court battle, she is close to unravelling a complex financial web that hides what remains of her husband’s 400 million fortune.
FA blows whistle on football trophies for children in bid to combat pushy parentsThe rule, which is already in force for under-7 and under-8s, will be introduced for the under 9 age group next week | UPDATED: 00:44 GMT, 8 December 2012 For years youngsters have joined football clubs in the hope of not only winning their local league – but also collecting an end of season trophy.
At last Britain halts 21million in aid to Rwanda amid fears it is bankrolling military help for violent rebels in Congo International Development Justine Greening announces she will not hand the money over next monthHer predecessor Andrew Mitchell reinstated aid in his last day in the job despite UN warningsOnly last month David Cameron defended giving aid to controversial Rwandan President Paul Kagame | UPDATED: 01:12 GMT, 1 December 2012 International Development Secretary Justine Greening halted more aid going to Rwanda Britain yesterday halted 21million in aid payments to Rwanda over human rights concerns. The surprise move comes only a few weeks after David Cameron called the African country a ‘continuing success story’. Announcing the policy U-turn, Justine Greening said there was ‘credible and compelling’ evidence that Rwanda was arming a violent revolt in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo.