Boris Johnson ‘pranked in 18-minute phone call by Russian blagger’

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Man utterly demolished by Question Time audience for claiming gangs buy their knives from Waitrose

A man was demolished by fellow Question Time audience members last night for suggesting gangs buy their knives from Waitrose. The well-spoken, blue-blazer-wearing pundit was heckled from all sides as he put forward his unusual view on the BBC’s flagship panel show in west London. Guests had been discussing the…

Tory drugs minister BANS herself from making any decisions about drugs due to ‘ridiculous conflict of interests’

The UK’s drugs minister has banned herself from making ANY decisions about drugs thanks to a “ridiculous conflict of interests”. Tory Victoria Atkins has removed herself from all drugs policy because her husband’s firm runs a legal cannabis farm. Campaigners branded the situation “ridiculous”. They also accused Ms Atkins of…

Dame Tessa Jowell’s family tell movingly how she died in their arms saying Labour veteran will ‘live forever in their souls’

Dame Tessa Jowell, who has died of cancer aged 70, enjoyed a political career spanning almost 50 years that began soon before Labour entered its wilderness years. Born in London in 1947, she was brought up in Aberdeen, where her father worked at the medical school, before returning to the…

Tory welfare chief Esther McVey heckled in furious scenes after claiming rape clause ‘supports’ women

Tory welfare chief Esther McVey has been heckled in furious scenes after claiming the infamous ‘rape clause’ will “support” women. Today’s hearing before the Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee was halted twice due to interruptions from the public. The first came as Ms McVey argued Universal Credit is a “supportive…

MPs have launched a major new inquiry into ‘deeply troubling’ benefit sanctions

MPs have announced they will launch a major new inquiry into “deeply troubling” problems with the benefit sanctions system. The Commons Work and Pensions Committee will probe the system that has stopped people’s benefits more than 7million times since 2000. Sanctions can be imposed for breaching benefit conditions like attending…

Puma blasted for ‘glamourising’ council estate drug dealing to boost its image at exclusive party

Puma has been accused of “glamourising” council estate drug dealing to boost its image at an exclusive party. The sportswear giant hosted its House of Hustle event in London’s trendy Soho on April 5 – the same night five teenagers were stabbed in the capital in 90 minutes. Photos of…

Ealing Council makes history by banning protesters from gathering outside abortion clinic

A local town hall made history tonight by banning pro-life protesters from gathering outside an abortion clinic. Ealing Council’s cabinet voted unanimously for a ‘Public Spaces Protection Order’, creating a safe buffer zone outside a Marie Stopes centre. A row has raged in the west London borough over protesters who…

Sixty-three violent criminals in Category A prison ‘approved for direct release into the community last year’

Sixty three violent criminals were approved for release straight from top-security prisons into the community last year, it has been reported. The shocking figures emerged in the wake of the John Worboys fiasco, who was initially deemed fit for parole before his victims launched a successful legal challege. Justice Secretary…