Number of people hit by Labours proposed 50p rate.............................287,000.
Number of millionaires hit by proposed 50p rate..................................18.000.
Number of poor people hit by bedroom tax.........................................660,000.
Number of disabled people hit by bedroom tax...................................,440,000.
Amount the Govt says the 50p tax raises...........................................£1Billion.
Amount the Govt says the bedroom tax will raise................................£465 Million.
Edwina Curry , an ex tory minister under thatcher, says food banks are causing food shops to close and that the people using them don't need to because the benefit system is adequate.
Vince Cable admits George Osbourne's deficit reduction plan is a political and ideological commitment.
They just don't get it !!!!
Socialism or Barbarism
Austerity isn't enough, the poor must now starve or be imprisoned.
Three charged with stealing food from skip behind Iceland supermarket
Crown Prosecution Service claims there is 'significant public interest' in prosecuting men arrested for taking discarded food
The Guardian, Tuesday 28 January 2014 19.56 GMT
A man will stand trial next month after being caught taking some tomatoes, mushrooms and cheese from the dustbins behind a branch of Iceland.
It is expected Paul May, a freelance web designer, will argue that he was taking the food because he needed it to eat and does not consider he has done anything illegal or dishonest in removing food destined for landfill from a skip.
The case will require magistrates to scrutinise the phenomenon of "skipping" – taking discarded supermarket waste to cook and eat, and will highlight the issue of how much supermarket food is discarded, despite long campaigns to reduce the waste. It will also focus attention on a group of people taking radical steps to feed themselves as they struggle with the rising cost of living in London.
May, 35, along with Jason Chan and William James, all residents of a squat in north London, were arrested on 25 October, just before midnight, after a member of the public called the police to report three men climbing over a wall at the back of Iceland in Kentish Town .
Police arrested the men as they left the area with a holdall and trolley containing food. The total value of the items taken allegedly amounted to £33 and they were of low value, consisting of tomatoes, mushrooms, cheese and Mr Kipling cakes.
Initially arrested for burglary, the three men were charged under an obscure section of the 1824 Vagrancy Act, after being discovered in "an enclosed area, namely Iceland, for an unlawful purpose, namely stealing food".
Police returned the items to the Iceland store. The men were held in a police cell for 19 hours before being released, May said.
Lawyers for the three men have asked the Crown Prosecution Service to consider dropping the case, but the CPS responded this month that the case would go ahead, because "we feel there is significant public interest in prosecuting these three individuals".
Austerity to remain, but the poor CAN now take food from rubbish skips if they are hungry. (even under a Tory government).
Iceland 'Bin Food Theft' Charges Dropped
Squatters who allegedly took tomatoes, mushrooms, cheese and Mr Kipling cakes from rubbish bins will not be prosecuted.
6:04pm UK, Wednesday 29 January 2014
A Google street view image of the Iceland rear entrance in Kentish Town, with Kentish Town Police Station in the background (left)
The Iceland store in Kentish Town, with the police station on the left
Squatters accused of stealing waste food from bins outside an Iceland store have had charges against them dropped.
Paul May, Jason Chan and William James were facing prosecution under legislation dating back nearly 200 years, despite the frozen food retailer insisting it did not call police.
The three men were accused of stealing tomatoes, mushrooms, cheese and Mr Kipling cakes from bins behind a branch in Kentish Town, northwest London.
The items allegedly taken were worth £33, according to a report in The Guardian.
The store is next to a police station and Iceland said officers attended "on their own initiative".
After it was asked by the supermarket to explain why charges had been brought, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it had decided a prosecution was "not required in the public interest".
A spokesman for the CPS said: "While the decision to charge was taken by the Metropolitan Police, a subsequent review of the case by the CPS did not give due weight to the public interest factors tending against prosecution.
"In reconsidering this case, we have had particular regard to the seriousness of the alleged offence and the level of harm done. Both of these factors weigh against a prosecution.
"Additionally, further representations received today from Iceland have affected our assessment of the public interest in prosecuting."
The case highlights the practice of 'skipping', where people take goods such as food and clothes from bins in a bid to minimise the amount of waste taken to landfill.
The CPS said it was willing to review decisions such as the charges brought against Mr May, Mr Chan and Mr James, adding it would "take appropriate and swift action when necessary".
"We are committed to bringing the right charges to court when, and only when, it is proper to do so," the spokesman said.
Bindmans, the law firm which represented the three men, said that it was pleased that the case had been discontinued.
They said the men had taken the food to eat.
"They planned to plead not guilty, arguing that they were not acting dishonestly - a defence we felt confident the court would agree with at this time of austerity, food banks, food waste and profligacy by supermarkets," the statement said.
There will be a clear choice at the next election, a change or more of the same.
Drop that Drip Double Dip Dave
I've heard that any vagrants caught illegally smoking dog-ends that they have found on the pavement will be fined for defrauding the treasury as they have not paid any tobacco tax.
Maybe it's just a rumour?
In reply to this post by confused of hornchurch
The only reason Iceland dropped the charges is that its not good publicity to take hungry people to court for steeling food that Iceland have skipped.
But Dave and the posh boys think its ok and are proud to take from those who have nothing, but demonize those who want the super rich to pay 5p more tax on earnings above 150k.
Drop that Drip Double Dip Dave
Mother's terror as she clings to bonnet of her stolen car for 100 yards before being flung off into a lamppost
The street where the incident took place. On the lower image, the lamppost which she hit as she fell from the car is marked in blue, the woman's home is marked in red
The thief struck as a the mother of one son set off on the school run in Basildon, Essex, yesterday afternoon - she suffered serious pelvis and arms injuries and is in Basildon hospital.
(but crime figures are on the decline)
Well yes it was probably a nasty fall that happened while she was checking her windscreen wipers and she forgot to apply the handbrake Sarge
Not a party activist but WAS a Labour supporter
Former headteacher at Nick Clegg's prep school jailed over historic sex abuse of boys
Jailed: Roland Wright, 83, who taught at Caldicott Boys' Prep School
Published: 06 February 2014
Updated: 16:13, 06 February 2014
An ex-headteacher at an boys prep school attended by Nick Clegg has been jailed for eight years for abusing pupils there.
Roland Wright, 83, assaulted five pupils aged between eight and 13 in an 11 year period from 1959 to 1970.
He had taught at Caldicott Boys' Preparatory School in Buckinghamshire, which counts the Deputy Prime Minister among its former pupils, and had been due to be sentenced alongside his former colleague Hugh Henry, 82, who died after being hit by a train on Tuesday.
Speaking at the sentencing at Amersham Crown Court - which went ahead despite Henry's death - Judge Johannah Cutts QC told Wright: "These offences were so serious that it is beyond question that only a custodial sentence can be justified.
"I have to sentence you for multiple offending against each of these victims.
"This was prolonged activity, the boys were groomed by a master at a school responsible for their care."
Mr Clegg, who was joint head boy at Caldicott in 1980, spoke of his horror after Wright's conviction at Amersham Crown Court in December for 10 counts of indecent assault on a male and two of indecency with a child.
He told The Times he was "shocked and appalled by the gross betrayal and violation of childhood innocence shown to have taken place".
He said: "These reports will disturb everyone, but most especially those, like myself, who were pupils at the school and were entirely unaware that such abuse was taking place.
"I can only imagine the devastating impact that such abuse must have had on the young boys who were affected. My heart goes out to them."
The body of Henry, 82, who also taught at the school, was found near Amersham Underground station. The judge heard it had been identified by police. She officially closed the file in Henry's case.
Henry, of Pomeroy Close, Amersham, pleaded guilty to 11 counts of indecency with or towards a child, and two counts of gross indecency with a child.
Another former teacher at the school, John Addrison, 54, from Slough in Berkshire, pleaded guilty to offences of indecent assault and indecency with a child and was sentenced to five years' imprisonment at Aylesbury Crown Court in November 2012.
David Geddes, 71, from Upper Wield, Hampshire, was acquitted by a jury at a re-trial in March last year, after being charged with four counts of indecent assault on a child under 16.
Tom Perry, 60, who was the first Caldicott complainant, in 2001, and a witness in Wright's trial, said afterwards: "I think it sends a very strong message to those people who are abusers of children, that you can get to the age of 83 and get eight years. I'm pleased with the sentence only for that reason."
Barclays Set To Unveil £2.5bn Bonus Bonanza
The bank is expected to say that it is paying out close to £2.5bn in bonuses for 2013 despite a £6bn share sale, Sky News learns.
2:28pm UK, Thursday 06 February 2014
By Mark Kleinman, City Editor
Barclays is to pay out close to £2.5bn in bonuses for last year despite having had to raise £6bn from investors to shore up its finances.
Sky News can reveal that the bank will next week say that it made in the region of £2.3bn to £2.4bn in incentive awards for 2013, a rise of about 10% on the previous 12 months.
The disclosure will stoke the continuing controversy about bankers' pay just days after Barclays' chief executive, Antony Jenkins, waived a £1.5m bonus in an attempt to defuse the row.
Barclays will confirm its bonus awards for 2013 alongside its annual results announcement next Tuesday.
Man in serious condition in hospital after stabbing near Battersea Power Station
Stabbing: the man was attacked near Battersea Power Station (Picture: Getty)
Evening Standard Reporter
Published: 07 February 2014
Updated: 17:30, 07 February 2014
A man in his 30s was airlifted to hospital after a stabbing in a street near Battersea Power Station this afternoon.
The victim was attacked in Kirtling Street at about 2.30pm, Scotland Yard said.
He was taken to a south London hospital by air ambulance where he is in a serious but stable condition.
Officers from Lambeth Police are trying to trace one suspect.
No arrests have been made.
A spokeswoman for the London Ambulance service said they were called to reports of a stabbing at 2.30pm and took one man to hospital "as a priority".
Man in critical condition after being found in a car in Stockwell with stab wounds after fight on London bus
Critical: A man was found with stab wounds in the car. Picture: @nicole__hogan
Robin de Peyer
Published: 07 February 2014
Updated: 19:56, 07 February 2014
A man is in a critical condition after having been found with stab wounds in a car in Stockwell, police said.
Scotland Yard said officers were called to reports of a fight between a group of males on a bus outside Stockwell Underground station at around 5.28pm.
"A short time later police were called to the same location to reports of a car in a collision with a bus," a spokesman said.
"A man aged around 30 was found inside the car suffering stab wounds."
The man has been taken to hospital with critical injuries, police said.
Crash: Police were called twice to the scene in Stockwell
There were no other injuries reported from the fight on the bus, and police said no arrests have yet been made.
Clapham Road is closed in both directions as a result of the incident, Transport for London said.
A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: "We were called at 5.38pm to reports of a road traffic accident involving a bus and a car in Clapham Road. We sent a number of ambulance crews, a car and a duty manager.
"Crews treated a man who was in cardiac arrest, and he was taken to hospital as a priority."
Scene: Police, ambulances and firefighters at the scene in Stockwell
Reports on Twitter described the scene as "madness."
One user wrote: "Bus gets to Stockwell. I see an umbrella hit someone. I see 2 boys run off. I look away. I look back. I see the longest knife..."
Another posted: "Does anyone know what's happened in #Stockwell tonight? Three fire engines, 30+ police officers, two ambulances and blood everywhere..."
Violent mugging in Collier Row after suspect befriended victim on walk home from pub
Bacon Link remains closed.
Sam Blewett, ReporterFriday, February 7, 2014 (Romford Recorder)
A violent mugging took place last night leaving the 24-year-old victim with wounds to his face.
As the victim was walking home from a local pub he was befriended by the suspect but, when they crossed Bacon Link, Collier Row, the assailant demanded cash and became violent.
Police were called to the scene at 11.30pm.
The victim had his wallet and mobile phone taken in the robbery and the London Ambulance Service took him to an east London hospital where he was treated.
His wounds were deemed not to be life threatening.
No arrests have been made and Havering Police are investigating.
The road remains cordoned off by police, a resident says.
Police would like to hear from any witnesses who have not yet come forward.
Anyone with information should contact Det Con Gooderson of Havering CID by dialling 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
7 February 2014 Last updated at 14:39
Tommy Walsh's daughter's nightclub attacker jailedLeanne Bloomfield Leanne Bloomfield sobbed during the sentencing hearing
A mother of two who used a glass shard to slash the daughter of Ground Force star Tommy Walsh in a nightclub attack has been jailed for five years.
Leanne Bloomfield, 29, from Colchester, slashed 22-year-old Natalie Walsh across her neck at Cafe De Paris in London's West End last February.
She was convicted during a trial at Southwark Crown Court last month.
Judge Peter Susman QC said: "Quite why your attack on her was so violent remains unclear to me."
Scar on Natalie Walsh's neck Natalie Walsh has a scar on her neck
The court heard the attack on 3 February last year left Ms Walsh with a cut to her neck and a severed tendon in her thumb.
She required stitches and later underwent cosmetic surgery on her injuries.
The court was told Bloomfield had texted a friend after the attack to say she had had a "massive punch-up with some girl".
The text added: "Me and my sister did a number on her, she was in a heap. They didn't catch me, ha ha."
Judge Susman said he had taken into account the health of the defendant, who suffers with heart murmurs and is diagnosed with depression.
He said the sentence had been reduced from six to five years to take into account the defendant's children - a five-year-old daughter and two-year-old son - who "are the ones who are going to suffer".
Tommy Walsh with wife Marie Tommy Walsh and his wife Marie were at court last month when Leanne Bloomfield was found guilty
Mr Walsh, the celebrity builder who found fame in the BBC gardening show, told reporters last month his daughter had deferred her final medical exams after the attack, but had gone on to achieve a first-class degree.
"It was really tough but we are a really close-knit family," he said.
"There are no winners in this.
"She [Bloomfield] has two children. You should think about your behaviour before you go and behave drunkenly or laddishly
Fury as Tory party donors are handed NHS contracts worth £1.5BILLION under health reforms
Feb 07, 2014 00:00
By James Lyons
Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham uncovered the links between private health firms and prominent Conservative supporters
£692,592 donor: Paul Ruddock's firm has profited from NHS contracts
Private health care firms with Tory links have been awarded NHS contracts worth nearly £1.5billion.
Circle Health landed £1.36billion worth of health service work after several of its investors gifted about £1.5million to the Conservatives.
And Care UK has contracts worth another £102.6million. Its chairman John Nash was made a peer after boosting Tory coffers by £247,250.
Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham, who uncovered the figures, fumed: “Nobody gave David Cameron permission to sell the NHS to his friends.
“It’s shocking the same Tory donors who bankrolled the development of their NHS reorganisation policy are now profiting from the sell-off of NHS services.”
Labour’s research shows Circle Health’s parent company, Circle Holdings PLC, is owned by a series of hedge funds.
Lansdowne Partners, with a 29.2% stake, was founded by Sir Paul Ruddock, who donated £692,592 to the Tories.
David Craigen, who gave the party £59,000, is also involved in Lansdowne.
Invesco Perpetual owns 28.7% of Circle Holdings. It was set up by Sir Martyn Arbib, who donated £466,330.
Martyn Arbib £466,330 donor: Martyn Arbib
Robin Crispin Odey is founder of Odey Asset Management, which owns 14.8%. Mr Odey donated £220,000.
And Michael Platt, founder of BlueCrest Capital, with its 5% stake in Circle Holdings, has gifted the party £125,000.
Among Circle’s contracts is a £1billion deal to run Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Cambs.
Since the Tories’ hated health reforms became law, its profits have gone up from £64.6million in 2010-11 to £170.4million in 2011-12.
But a spokesman said: “Circle has never made any donations to a political party. The vast majority of Circle’s NHS contracts actually started under the last Labour government.”
JohnNash.tiff £247,250 donor: John Nash
And a Tory spokesman added: “The decision to contract out Hinchingbrooke was taken by Andy Burnham.”
Care UK has been handed a string of NHS deals including prison health care contracts worth £62million.
Its healthcare revenue soared by 63.2% from £189.7million a year in 2012 to £309.5million in 2013.
Chairman Lord Nash and his wife gave £247,250 to the Tories, including £21,000 to former Shadow Health Secretary Andrew Lansley as he drew up the Tory health reforms.
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Teen stabbed at Rollerbowl bowling alley, Collier Row
Sam GelderMonday, February 10, 2014 (Romford Recorder)
A teenager was stabbed in a bowling alley on Friday night.
Police were called by the London Ambulance Service (LAS) to Rollerbowl at the City Pavilion, Collier Row Road, Collier Row just after 10.30pm.
The victim, aged 18, suffered a stab wound to his back and was taken to an east London hospital “as a priority”.
The injury is described by police as “not life-threatening or life-changing.”
Police arrested a 39-year-old man from Ilford, who has been bailed until March 13 pending further enquiries.
Police are investigating the incident.
Anyone who witnessed of has information concerning this incident should contact Det Con Maria Hartshorn of the CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
So avoid the Rollerbowl and take the family for a nice meal in Nando's Hornchurch. Don't worry, your fear of crime is much worse than the statistics.
Stabbing in Hornchurch Nando’s (OOPS)
Sam Gelder Tuesday, February 11, 2014 (Romford Recorder)
A man was stabbed after a fight broke out in the middle of a restaurant last night.
Police were called at 9.20pm to Nando’s in High Street, Hornchurch.
Two people were injured during the fight. One man believed to be in his 20s was taken to hospital suffering from a stab wound and has now been discharged.
The other person was suffering from head injuries and treated at the scene.
No arrests were made and the restaurant remained closed for the rest of the night while officers investigated.
This is the second stabbing in the space of five days in the borough, after an 18-year-old was stabbed at Rollerbowl bowling alley in the City Pavilion, Collier Row Road, Collier Row on Friday night.
Clink the link on the right for more on that story.
Crime figures continue to fall in Havering?????
I thought I read that there was a stabbing incident in collier row Bacon link, bridge that links Carter Drive and Turpin Avenue ? I either read it on here or street life
Not a party activist but WAS a Labour supporter
In reply to this post by confused of hornchurch
Yes it was on here by confused 07 feb 8 25
Not a party activist but WAS a Labour supporter
That was just a violent mugging rather than a stabbing, although I doubt that was of much comfort to the victim.
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