Theatre bosses branded 'scrooges' after banning children under the age of three from Christmas pantomime for being 'too noisy'The Hawthorne Theatre has banned under threes from its pantomineBosses at the Welwyn Garden City venue say the ban is 'house policy' Mother-of-five Mel Hackworth told she can sit in the foyer with her son | UPDATED: 20:33 GMT, 19 December 2012 Excluded: Under-threes have been banned from Jack and the Beanstalk at The Hawthorn Theatre, Hertfordshire 'Scrooge'-like theatre bosses have banned toddlers from attending a pantomine – because they are too noisy. Parents slammed killjoys at The Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, after it banned children under the age of three from its Jack and the Beanstalk show
Osborne's plan to freeze welfare payments in crisis after rumours of Lib Dem veto | UPDATED: 04:29 GMT, 2 December 2012 George Osborne was fighting a rearguard action last night to force through a freeze in welfare payments amid reports that the move has been vetoed by Liberal Democrat Cabinet colleagues Nick Clegg and Vince Cable. Government sources say the Chancellor could announce that the dole and other state handouts may go up by more than one per cent – close to the rise in earnings – after the Lib Dems claimed a freeze would be ‘cruel’ to the poor. It would mean he would save only half the 4 billion he had hoped to get over the next two years to help dig the UK out of the red.