Conservative Party conference on lockdown due to ‘potential security alert’

The Conservative Party conference was temporarily locked down because of a “potential security alert”, police have said. Delegates were not allowed to enter or leave the event, held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Birmingham, for more than an hour on Monday afternoon. The alert was reported shortly before the chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, was … Read more

Bus driver who swerved in front of ‘annoying’ cyclist appeals against being sacked

A bus driver enraged by a cyclist in the middle of the road was sacked after swerving in front of the bike, an employment tribunal heard. Samir William allegedly became incensed because he felt the male cyclist had delayed the bus’s journey by pedalling in front of it. To bypass the cyclist, Mr William swerved … Read more

Belfast’s Cathedral Buildings fire: Man (18) arrested following city centre blaze which forced businesses to close

An 18-year-old man has been charged with arson with intent to endanger life following a large fire in Belfast city centre on Monday morning. ore than 50 firefighters and eight fire appliances battled to tackle the blaze at the Cathedral Buildings on Donegal Street. The teen is also suspected of being behind the burglary of a … Read more

Ministers given £930m to spend on advertising space to tout policies | Conservatives

Ministers have budgeted more than £930m on buying advertising space in an effort to sell government policies in the lead-up to the next election, analysis has revealed. The amount is almost double the normal advertising budget for government over the previous four years, although a significant amount more was spent on Covid-related advertising, according to … Read more

South Wales police inspector accused of assaulting ‘vulnerable’ boy | Wales

A police inspector accused of assaulting a “vulnerable” boy who was filming outside a police station told colleagues he was tired of “internet freaks”, a court has heard. Insp Dean Gittoes, 49, of South Wales police, is accused of beating the 16-year-old outside Merthyr Tydfil police station. Gittoes denies using excessive force to arrest and … Read more

No 10 quashed ‘half-baked’ Rees-Mogg labour market reforms

Liz Truss, the UK prime minister, has quashed a series of “half-baked” ideas put forward by business secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg to radically reform Britain’s labour market. Rees-Mogg wanted to slash workplace rights, including introducing a form of no-fault dismissal for higher earners and repealing the 48-hour week, according to senior government insiders. The proposals made … Read more

DWP announces exact dates £324 cost of living payment will be paid into bank accounts

Millions of UK residents depending on benefits will be given their second £324 cost of living payment from November 8 – the Government confirmed today. The second payment comes as half of a £650 total sum paid to those in receipt of Universal Credit, Income Support, Child Tax Credit and certain other state benefits. The … Read more

Suella Braverman to consider giving anonymity to suspected criminals | Suella Braverman

The home secretary will examine the possibility of giving anonymity to suspected criminals after concern over the identification and treatment of high-profile people wrongly accused of sexual abuse. Suella Braverman made the pledge after criticising the “media circus” surrounding accusations against the singer Cliff Richard and the former MP Harvey Proctor, which both said had … Read more

MoD apologises over ‘unacceptable’ standard of army homes | Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence has been forced to apologise after army families were left enduring the “unacceptable” standards of housing contractors who were given management deals worth £650m six months ago. The contracts had been lauded by the defence minister Leo Docherty in April but a letter was sent to families last week admitting to … Read more