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  2. Prince Harry 'very glad' to walk behind Diana's coffin 23 August 2017 From the section UK Image copyright PA Prince Harry has said he is "very glad" he joined the funeral cortege for his mother, Princess Diana. Harry had previously said walking behind her coffin aged 12 was something no child "should be asked to do". He has now told the BBC he doesn't "have an opinion whether that was right or wrong", but "looking back on it", he is glad to have been part of the day. Prince William, who was 15, recalled using his fringe as a "safety blanket" during the "very long, lonely walk". "I felt if I looked at the floor and my hair came down over my face, no-one could see me," he said. 'Do my bit' The pair have spoken in a series of interviews leading up to the 20th anniversary of their mother's death on 31 August. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPrince William speaks in an upcoming BBC documentary about the death of his motherThe Duke of Cambridge told Sunday's 90-minute documentary, Diana, 7 Days, walking behind her coffin was "one of the hardest things I've ever done". "It wasn't an easy decision and it was a sort of collective family decision to do that... there is that balance between duty and family and that's what we had to do." The balance, he added, was "between me being Prince William and having to do my bit, versus the private William who just wanted to go into a room and cry, who'd lost his mother". Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPrince Harry discusses the actions of photographers who were chasing his mother before her deathWilliam and Harry were joined by their father, the Prince of Wales, grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, and uncle, Earl Spencer, in the procession through London. In June, Prince Harry was quoted in US magazine Newsweek saying he did not think the same situation "would happen today", adding that no child should be expected to do the same "under any circumstances". But speaking to the BBC, Harry echoed his brother, describing the move as "a group decision", and one that, in hindsight, he was happy with. Earl Spencer, recently described the decision to include the young princes in the procession as "bizarre and cruel". State of shock Analysis by Sarah Campbell, BBC News royal correspondent: Image copyright PA It is hard to look at the pictures of 15-year-old William and 12-year-old Harry walking behind their mother's coffin and not wonder what was going through their young minds - and now we know. In this latest documentary marking Diana's death, the two princes describe being in a state of shock as people grabbed and wailed at them. Harry said he was glad he had never cried in public. William constantly referred to "duty" - that was why he had to walk behind the coffin when a part of him just wanted to go away and cry. There are revealing insights throughout - William describing his thankfulness that they stayed in Balmoral with the Queen ensuring they had "privacy to mourn". In all the coverage in the lead-up to the anniversary, very little has been said about Prince Charles. But Harry shed some light on his father's role, saying: "He was there for us… he tried to do his best". Prince Harry also paid tribute to his father for the way he took care of them after Diana's death in a car crash. "One of the hardest things for a parent to have to do is to tell your children that your other parent has died," he said. "How you deal with that I don't know but, you know, he was there for us." The princes also described seeing their mother deeply distressed in the years before he death after run-ins with photographers, who waited in "a pack" for her "every single time she went out". "And I mean a pack, like a pack of dogs, followed her, chased her, harassed her, called her names, spat at her, tried to get a reaction to get that photograph of her lashing out, get her upset," William said. 'Public opinion' The documentary also includes interviews with Diana's sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, and former Prime Minister Tony Blair. He recalled being woken on the day Diana died by a policeman at the foot of his bed, and described his "shock" at learning the "most famous person in the world" had died. Mr Blair said the Queen was "obviously very sad" when he first spoke to her, but that she also seemed to be aware, as he put it, "there was going to be a risk that the country's sense of loss turned to a sense of anger and grievance, and then turned against the monarchy". "She was concerned about the monarchy herself because the Queen has a very strong instinct about public opinion and how it plays," he said. Diana, 7 Days, will be broadcast on BBC One at 19:30 BST on Sunday, 27 August. View the full article
  3. European Court of Justice 'not necessary or appropriate' says UK 22 August 2017 From the section UK Politics Related Topics Brexit Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhy the fuss about the European Court of Justice?The UK is to tell the EU it is "neither necessary nor appropriate" for the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to police their relationship after Brexit. The government wants a "deep and special partnership" with the EU - while staying clear of the ECJ's jurisdiction, a policy paper will say. There are plenty of other ways of resolving disputes, ministers say. Theresa May has promised to take the UK out of the Luxembourg-based ECJ's jurisdiction after Brexit. But the question of how future agreements between the UK and the EU will be enforced is proving contentious. Reality Check: What is the European Court of Justice? UK seeks 'close co-operation' on legal disputes The European Court of Justice is in charge of ensuring member states abide by EU law. Its rulings are binding on all member states, and it also settles disputes between countries and EU institutions. After the UK voted to leave the EU last year, Mrs May promised to make the UK a "fully independent, sovereign country". But pro-EU campaigners say the government made an "appalling error" by making leaving the ECJ a "red line" in Brexit negotiations, saying new courts will now be needed in all the areas it extends to, including trade, citizens' rights and security. European Court of Justice Decides whether the institutions of the EU are acting legally, and settles disputes between them Ensures that the member states of the EU are complying with their legal obligations as set out in the EU treaties; and allows member states to challenge EU legislation Interprets EU law at the request of national courts Brexit Secretary David Davis, who will resume negotiations with Brussels on 28 August, has spoken of the "arbitration arrangements" that will be needed in areas where the UK and the EU make new arrangements - but insists these will not involve the ECJ. "If Manchester United goes to play Real Madrid, they don't allow Real Madrid to nominate the referee," he said last month. Wednesday's publication - the latest in a series of papers setting out the UK government's stance on key issues - will say there are a "variety of precedents for resolving disputes that may arise between the UK and the EU" without the ECJ having direct jurisdiction. These will need to include the free trade deal the UK hopes to strike with the EU to replace its membership of the single market. On Monday, the president of the court of the European Free Trade Area (Efta) - which governs Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway's relationship with the single market - suggested his institution could be used. Image copyright PA Image caption Brexit negotiators David Davis and Michel Barnier do not agree on the role of the European Court of Justice after Brexit But this could anger some Eurosceptic Conservative MPs, because the Efta court, also based in Luxembourg, tends to follow closely the ECJ with its rulings. The ECJ has also emerged as the central stumbling block in reaching a deal on the rights of EU nationals after Brexit. The EU side believes the ECJ should have a role in enforcing these rights - a proposal rejected by the UK. The UK government said its paper on Wednesday would offer maximum certainty to businesses and individuals. It will also suggest that dispute resolution mechanisms could be tailored to the issue at stake in each agreement. "It is in the interests of both the UK and the EU, and of our citizens and businesses, that the rights and obligations agreed between us can be relied upon and enforced in appropriate ways," a spokeswoman said. "It is also in everyone's interest that, where disputes arise between the UK and the EU on the application or interpretation of these obligations, those disputes can be resolved efficiently and effectively." Red lines 'blurred' The pro-EU Open Britain campaign, which wants to remain part of the single market, claimed the government was paving the way for a "climbdown" by referring to ending the "direct" jurisdiction of the ECJ. Speaking on behalf of the group, Labour MP Chuka Umunna said: "Nothing the government says it wants to deliver from Brexit - be it on trade, citizens' rights, or judicial co-operation - can be achieved without a dispute resolution system involving some role for European judges." Sir Keir Starmer, Labour's shadow Brexit secretary, said: "The prime minister's ideological insistence that there can be no future role whatsoever for the ECJ or any similar court-like body risks preventing the deal Britain needs." Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said Mrs May's "red lines are becoming more blurred by the day", saying the ECJ had "served Britain's interests well" and should not be "trashed". The Institute of Directors called for "flexibility and pragmatism" when leaving the ECJ's jurisdiction. "The emphasis here should be on ending its direct effect, not trying to throw off the influence of the court altogether," it said. View the full article
  4. Schizophrenic 'Muslim killer' not guilty by reason of insanity 22 August 2017 From the section London Image copyright PA Image caption The attack happened on an Overground train near Forest Hill in December A man with schizophrenia who repeatedly stabbed a train passenger after yelling "I want to kill all the Muslims" has been found not guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity. Adrian Brown, 38, experienced a "severe psychotic episode" when he stabbed Muhammed Ali on a London Overground train on 12 December 2016. Judge Deborah Taylor QC ordered that Brown should be detained indefinitely. She added he would only be released on the order of a judge or the government. Brown, of Brockley Rise, south-east London, appeared via video link from Broadmoor Hospital during the hearing. A jury found Brown not guilty following a two-day trial at Southwark Crown Court. He was also found not guilty, by reason of insanity, of possession of an offensive weapon and of assault by beating of Mr Ali. Image copyright Ita O'Brien Image caption Brown pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted murder on the grounds of insanity The trial heard Brown had been delusional in his belief he would "save humanity" and exorcise a Muslim demon haunting him by stabbing his victim. The court was told he was heard by other passengers to say "Where are all the Muslims? I am going to kill all the Muslims", before holding a knife to the throat of another woman, who was unhurt. Brown accepted carrying out the attack but pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted murder on the grounds of insanity. Mr Ali had been travelling home with his wife when the assault took place between Honor Oak Park and Forest Hill, south London. He told court that the attack had left him too frightened to leave his house. Image copyright @SE23LDN Image caption Brown said he was being haunted by a 'Muslim demon' "I struggle to sleep at the time because every time I shut my eyes I have flashbacks to the whole thing", he said. "I can only assume it was me because my wife was wearing a headscarf." Detaining Brown indefinitely under section 37 of the Mental Health Act, Judge Taylor said: "You have a long history of psychotic illness and on that day you were suffering and you continue to suffer from paranoid schizophrenia. "There's no doubt that if it had not been for the prompt intervention of an off-duty police officer and two medical practitioners that he he may well have died such were the severity of his injuries and the loss of blood." View the full article
  5. Durham or Cleveland PC Recruitment

    Some info from another forum regarding Durham app sift. Results will be mid September. I was hoping the end of this month 🙈
  6. Dominic Chappell to be prosecuted over BHS collapse 22 August 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images The Pensions Regulator is to prosecute Dominic Chappell, the former boss of retail chain BHS. He is charged with failing to provide information and documents the regulator requested during its investigation into the sale of BHS. Chappell's Retail Acquisitions (RAL) bought BHS for just £1 in 2015 from billionaire retailer Sir Philip Green. The collapse of BHS led to the loss of 11,000 jobs and a pension deficit of £571m. RAL was put into liquidation earlier this year. Settlement Mr Chappell has been summonsed to appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court on 20 September to face three charges of neglecting or refusing to provide information and documents, without a reasonable excuse. Warning notices were sent out to Sir Philip and Mr Chappell in November last year, setting out the arguments and evidence as to why the regulator believed they should support the BHS pension schemes. In February, Sir Philip Green agreed in a settlement with the Pensions Regulator to hand over £363m in cash to the BHS pension scheme. The investigation into Dominic Chappell is continuing. 'Fair trial' Frank Field, Chair of the Parliamentary Work and Pensions Committee, said: "If The Pensions Regulator is frightened of landing the whale, I suppose going after the sprat is the next best thing. "Why was Sir Philip Green allowed to get away with an inadequate settlement, in which pensions have been cut, yet Dominic Chappell is going to be sued? "I'll be consulting the House of Commons' lawyers on when I can begin to unlock that puzzle, so that Mr Chappell has a fair trial." View the full article
  7. George Osborne urges 'HS3' rail for northern England 22 August 2017 From the section UK Politics Image copyright HS2 handout Image caption The next stage of high speed rail should be across the north of England, according to George Osborne Former Chancellor George Osborne has urged the government to build high-speed rail lines across the north of England, from Liverpool to Hull. Mr Osborne, who launched the "Northern Powerhouse" initiative when in government, called for the commitment in an article in the Financial Times. He admitted "it will not be cheap", but said it would "transform" the economy. The government said it was "investing billions of pounds" to "better connect communities" across the north. The Northern Powerhouse Partnership, which is chaired by former Tatton MP Mr Osborne, is launching a campaign for the new-high speed connection, starting with a line across the Pennines. Plans for "HS3" would follow on from the existing HS2 scheme - a planned line linking London and Birmingham that will split into two branches to Manchester and Leeds. The partnership wants the government to redesign the second phase of HS2 to "remodel" four junctions, which could then be used for further connections under their rail proposals. What is the Northern Powerhouse? What next for the Northern Powerhouse? May backs Osborne's Northern Powerhouse HS3 rail link needs 'kick-starting' Writing in the FT, Mr Osborne said the new railway would "bring seven million extra people - and three times the number of businesses - within a 90-minute journey time of one of the northern cities". He said the estimated cost of the Pennines line had been put as high as £7bn, but argued the investment could be spread over many years and the transport budget was built to take in such large projects. "There is no geographical reason why this cannot happen," wrote Mr Osborne. "The distance between Manchester and Leeds is shorter than the length of the Central line on the London Underground." 'Exists and breathes' He said there had been a "systematic attempt" to "eradicate all mention of the initiative" by some of Theresa May's advisers. But he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme the idea was still "thriving". "Now the idea is not just dependant on the political career of one chancellor or one prime minister, it exists and it breathes and it lives in the north of England." Andy Burnham, Labour's Mayor of Greater Manchester, tweeted a link to Mr Osborne's article, adding that the north of England "is getting organised". Skip Twitter post by @AndyBurnhamGM Report End of Twitter post by @AndyBurnhamGM Last year, the prime minister vowed to press ahead with the project. Writing in the Yorkshire Post, Mrs May promised to "help the great cities and towns of the North pool their strengths and take on the world". However, last month the government scrapped the planned electrification of railway lines in Wales, the Midlands and the north of England, prompting anger from local authorities and businesses. Days later, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling backed proposals for Crossrail 2 - a north-east to south-west railway in London. A spokesman for the Department for Transport said the government had already made a commitment to Northern Powerhouse Rail, giving £60m to Transport for the North to develop plans, adding: "[We] look forward to working with them once proposals are submitted later this year." "We are also investing billions of pounds across the north of England to better connect communities, build the Northern Powerhouse, and deliver improved journeys right across the region," the spokesman said. View the full article
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  9. Ford announces £2,000 scrappage scheme for pre-2010 cars 22 August 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Ford is the latest car company to launch an incentive for UK consumers to trade-in cars over seven years old, by offering £2,000 off a new model. Unlike schemes by BMW and Mercedes, which are only for diesels, Ford will also accept petrol cars. All of the part-exchanged vehicles will be scrapped, Ford said, which would have an "immediate positive effect on air quality". Old cars, from any manufacturer, can be exchanged until the end of December. "Ford shares society's concerns over air quality," said Andy Barratt, chairman and managing director of Ford of Britain. "Removing generations of the most polluting vehicles will have the most immediate positive effect on air quality, and this Ford scrappage scheme aims to do just that." Waking up Consumers will be given £2,000 off new Ford models ranging in price from around £12,000 to more than £20,000. Ford said by combining the scrappage incentive with other standard offers, customers could receive up to £4,000 off a car or £7,000 off the cost of a van. New diesel and petrol vehicles to be banned from 2040 Q&A: How will the petrol and diesel car ban work? Mayor of London launches £42m fund to retire 'dirty' cabs The cars that can be traded in include any built to emissions standards that applied before 2010. Vauxhall ran a similar scrappage scheme earlier this year, as well as in 2015 and 2016. Image copyright Getty Images Analysis By Richard Westcott, BBC transport correspondent Despite growing public concern about the air pollution caused by vehicles, car makers have dragged their heels even as governments across Europe tighten emissions laws. Although only Volkswagen was found to have cheated air pollution tests, other car makers produced vehicles that could pass lab tests but be far more polluting when driven in the real world. They stuck to the rules - but their cars were still dirtier than most of us realised. Is the tide now turning? Volvo says all its new cars will be hybrid or electric within two years. Others, such as Vauxhall and now Ford, are offering scrappage schemes to get older diesels off the roads. VW is likely to be the next car maker to follow suit. However, these schemes will also boost new car sales, which have been slipping in the UK for the past four months. Environmental lawyers' campaign group ClientEarth welcomed Ford's announcement. "It seems the motor industry is finally waking up to the damage dirty diesels are doing to our lungs as well as their own reputation," said ClientEarth lawyer Anna Heslop. "What we need is a thought-through, coherent strategy from government to help people to move to cleaner and more sustainable technology. "At the moment, there are pockets of small, short-term actions here and there, but nothing like the joined-up thinking we need to solve this problem." The UK government has come under pressure to announce a vehicle scrappage scheme for diesel cars, after it was found that air quality thresholds in cities were repeatedly being breached. However the government's clean air strategy announced in July did not include a scrappage scheme, calling previous ones "poor value" for money. Instead it said new diesel and petrol cars would be banned from 2040. View the full article
  10. Durham or Cleveland PC Recruitment

    Thanks Chalky1989 some good advice there, I'll take on board 👍🏼
  11. Durham or Cleveland PC Recruitment

    For reference for you guys, I'm quite certain when I passed paper sift last year it was a letter initially, and I had the letter by the end of August, having submitted my application on 8th August. There's tips for the assessment centre all over the site, it can be tough, but the key thing is to stay calm, keep a clear thought process, and don't overstress yourself. I made a point on both my AC and final interview of not doing any prep on the day of either (both mine were in the afternoon). I did it all the previous days, then kept a clear mind and relaxed throughout the morning and de-stressed (I went to the gym both times, which is my happy place!). I honestly didn't find either of them hard to do, I didn't come away from them with my head all over the place, and I was able to be clear with any answers I was giving because I wasn't rushing or stumbling over my words or writing a load of rubbish down in the written assessments. Best thing you can do in terms of prep is focus on the roleplays and competencies. Maths and English, if you don't have the ability there's very little you can do to train it and they're only a small portion of the marks. Get used to someone being a bit agressive and moody and wanting you to fix all their problems. Which you can't actually do, but you have to deal with them in the right way. The Roleplays are key.
  12. Durham or Cleveland PC Recruitment

    Ah ok, Is it normally a month you wait ? How far did you get ? AC Hard ?
  13. Durham or Cleveland PC Recruitment

    I have passed twice for a sift with Durham and everytime I have heard it's been by post but they may change proceedings.
  14. Durham or Cleveland PC Recruitment

    I'm hoping this week we might hear something 🤞🏼 do they inform you by email pass or fail the sift ?
  15. Visit from Maggie, 11, whose father was killed on duty prompts announcement. Maggie Henry was made chief constable for a day A force has promised that anyone assaulted on duty will receive contact from a chief officer to check on their welfare. Bedfordshire Police has changed the policy and dubbed it ‘Maggie’s Law’ after the daughter of PC John Henry, killed on duty in Luton in 2007, spent at day at its headquarters. According to a statement from the force, 11-year-old Maggie Henry wants to help the force “look after our police officers, so that they can look after everyone else”. The chief officer team will now take the lead on checking that personnel who have been attacked get the support they need. Bedfordshire Police had already adopted the seven point plan on police assaults, first developed in Hampshire, which commits to treating assaulted officers as victims of crime. Chief Constable Jon Boutcher said: “Without question, an assault of any kind should never be considered ‘part of the job’. “Our workforce walks into danger when others walk away and sadly verbal and physical assaults are becoming commonplace – but that doesn’t mean it is acceptable. “Our officers should be afforded the support they need and deserve. This means they are treated the same way as any other victim of crime, they feel valued and that those who attack police officers are not dealt with lightly.” Bedfordshire Police Federation Chairman, Jim Mallen added: “Looking after officers and staff members who have been assaulted while doing their duty should be a primary consideration for police leaders. “The Police Federation brought into Bedfordshire the seven point plan and Maggie's law seems a natural extension to highlight to those assaulted that we care about them and will do our utmost to support them.” PCC Kathryn Holloway said she has raised the issue of short sentences for people who attack officers with the government. “I never want another family in this county to experience what Maggie Henry and her family have had to go through,” she added. “In my view, an attack on a police officer is not the same as an assault on any other member of the public, since police are standing on the front-line between those who keep the law and those who want to undermine it. “An attack on a single officer is an assault on society itself and should be met with the toughest penalty possible.” View on Police Oracle
  16. Durham or Cleveland PC Recruitment

    I'm hoping this week we might hear something 🤞🏼 do they inform you by email pass or fail the sift ?
  17. September 2017 intake

    Hey Matthew! I was over a fettes for my application process!
  18. Thank you for the replies. Regarding her being prosecuted, she is aware it is a risk she would have faced, however the "injuries" she sustained were not invisible, the force of the retaliation was quite bad from the other parties. The reason why she went back to the police is because one of the parties involved had a verbally aggressive encounter with verbal threats towards her 15 year old son. He took 3 women to stand between the 54ish old man and the 15 year old and to get him away from him, unharmed. Unfortunately the police was unable to record the event because it had only happened one time. By going back to the police, she was simply trying to protect her son. Thank you for taking the time to read and reply.
  19. Recruitment and Skin Conditions

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  20. Unpaid Dart Charge fines: Nick Freeman says UK is 'soft' on foreign drivers 21 August 2017 From the section Kent Image copyright Simon Leatherdale / Geograph Image caption The charge at the Dartford Crossing is payable between 06:00 and 22:00 daily The UK is being "soft and stupid" over the unpaid fines of more than a million foreign drivers who have used the Dartford Crossing, according to celebrity motoring lawyer Nick Freeman. Figures show about 1,160,000 fines - worth about £81m - have been passed to a European debt recovery agency since the Dart Charge began in 2014. Mr Freeman - known as "Mr Loophole" - said it sent out a bad message. Highways England said non-payment was being followed up in the UK and abroad. Figures for how many fines went on to be paid by foreign drivers have not been released by Highways England, which said this could prejudice the effective operation of Dart Charge. Mr Freeman said: "That means it's complete nonsense and they've recovered nothing." Charges and fines at the Dartford Crossing Live: More on this story and other news across Kent Image copyright PA Image caption Nick Freeman is calling for an app to be developed The figures showed there had been more than 120 million chargeable crossings since Dart Charge began. Of the five million of those by foreign vehicles, more than a million drivers did not pay. Mr Freeman, who has defended Sir Alex Ferguson, Jeremy Clarkson and David Beckham among a string of high-profile clients, is calling for an app to be developed to notify foreign non-payers about unpaid fines at UK borders. He claimed it could be sorted without too much difficulty. "The government need to grasp this because the amount of money is exorbitant and it's totally unfair," he added. "The point is there are millions and millions of foreign drivers who come over to this country and they pay nothing to use our roads. We go abroad, we have to pay." Image caption Highways England said most drivers paid the charge correctly A Highways England spokesman said: "The vast majority of drivers are paying their Dart Charge correctly, and the number of foreign drivers not paying on time makes up less than 1% of total crossings. "Non-payment is being followed up fairly and appropriately, using all legal means, both in the UK and abroad." View the full article
  21. Too late as above. And Ms Anonymous was lucky she wasn't prosecuted at the time. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. Ministers 'must act on faulty white goods fire risk' 21 August 2017 From the section UK Image copyright PA Image caption The Grenfell Tower fire started in a faulty fridge-freezer More people will die from fires started by faulty white goods if ministers do not act to implement safety guidelines, the London Fire Brigade, the city's mayor, and safety groups have warned. In a letter to Theresa May, they say some fridges and freezers are being sold with a flammable plastic backing. And the letter says people continue to use white goods that are subject to product recalls to fix lethal faults. The Grenfell Tower fire, which killed 80 people, started in a fridge-freezer. The letter refers to a fire in August 2016 in Shepherds Court, a tower block in west London, which began in a faulty tumble dryer. That blaze prompted a whole series of safety recommendations but a year on, the letter points out, no substantial changes have yet been made. It says: "A year on people across the UK are still using white goods that pose a serious fire risk and are subject to recall or corrective action. "Worse still, some fridges and freezers are still being produced with a flammable plastic backing, which offers very little protection against the insulation foam inside catching alight if a fire starts. "We are deeply concerned that, a year after Shepherds Court, decisive action is still needed to improve product recalls and manufacturing standards for white goods in the UK." Are our home appliances safe? The fire brigade wants the government to put a single register of product recalls, including all international recalls, on the website, which carries other key public information. The LFB also wants risk assessments to be published when a fault is identified and for the "sleeping risk" to be included in these assessments. The letter was signed by the London Fire Brigade (LFB) Commissioner Dany Cotton, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the Fire Brigades Union, National Fire Chiefs Council and charity Electrical Safety First. It points out that it is not only the guidelines made last year that have to be implemented. In 2014, a coroner suggested a series of safety recommendations to improve product recalls, following the inquest into the death of Santosh Benjamin-Muthiah, a father who died saving his wife and children from a fire caused by a fridge freezer. The fire service said it was "extremely concerned" that "no substantial changes" have been made in the product recall system since then. View the full article
  23. September 2017 intake

    Hey ljohn, I'm also on the Sept 25th intake at Tulliallan. Where were you going through the application process at? I was at Nelson Street in Aberdeen.
  24. Hi, Name is Steven - please lift restrictions.
  25. Recruitment and Skin Conditions

    Hi, Has anyone been turned away due to Contact Dermatitis in police Scotland? Bit of background - I have Contact Dermatitis on my hands, however it only flares up now and again (once a year) Does this exclude you from joining? Thanks for any help.
  26. Durham or Cleveland PC Recruitment

    Has anyone heard anything? Been a few weeks.
  27. 'Hard' Brexit offers '£135bn annual boost' to economy 20 August 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Removing all trade tariffs and barriers would help generate an annual £135bn uplift to the UK economy, according to a group of pro-Brexit economists. A "hard" Brexit is "economically much superior to soft" argues Prof Patrick Minford, lead author of a report from Economists for Free Trade. He says eliminating tariffs, either within free trade deals or unilaterally, would deliver huge gains. Campaigners against a hard Brexit said the plan amounts to "economic suicide". What is the customs union? The UK is part of the EU customs union, and so imposes tariffs - taxes on imports - on some goods coming into the country. Countries in the customs union don't impose tariffs on each other's goods, and every country inside the union levies the same tariffs on imports from abroad. So, for example, a 10% tariff is imposed on some cars imported from outside the customs union, while 7.5% is imposed on roasted coffee. Other goods have no tariffs. The UK has said it is leaving the EU's customs union because as a member it is unable to strike trade deals with other countries. A quick guide to the Brexit negotiations Farmers back temporary customs union Prof Minford's full report, From Project Fear to Project Prosperity, is due to be published in the autumn. He argues that the UK could unilaterally - before a reciprocal deal is in place - eliminate trade barriers for both the EU and the rest of the world and reap trade gains worth £80bn a year. The report foresees a further £40bn a year boost from deregulating the economy, as well as other benefits resulting from Brexit-related policies. Mr Minford - a professor at Cardiff University - says that when it comes to trade the "ideal solution" would still be free trade deals with major economic blocks including the EU. But the threat that the UK could abolish all trade barriers unilaterally would act as "the club in the closet". The EU would then be under pressure to offer Britain a free trade deal, otherwise its producers would be competing in a UK market "flooded with less expensive goods from elsewhere", his introduction says. He argues UK businesses and consumers would benefit from lower priced imported goods and the effects of increased competition, which would force firms to raise their productivity. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBrexit: What's the difference between a hard or soft Brexit?However, Open Britain, a campaign group arguing for the UK to remain within the single market and the customs union, said the proposed strategy would be damaging to the UK economy. "Unilaterally scrapping our tariffs without achieving similar reductions in the tariff rates of other countries would see Britain swamped with imports, leaving our manufacturers and farmers unable to compete," said Labour MP Alison McGovern, a supporter of the cross-party group Open Britain, which is campaigning against a hard Brexit. "The levels of bankruptcy and unemployment, especially in industry and agriculture, would sky-rocket. "This is a project of economic suicide, not prosperity. No responsible government would touch this report with a barge pole as a source of ideas for our future trade policy." Economists for Free Trade is a group of 16 economists, including former government advisers and academics. The group plans to release further chapters of the report in the run up to its full publication. Andrew Walker, Economics Correspondent, BBC World Service It is a counterintuitive idea, but actually the economics textbooks do provide some support for the idea of unilateral trade liberalisation. This analysis suggests that removing trade barriers produces benefits for consumers and businesses buying components or raw materials that exceed the losses suffered in industries that face stiffer competition. The downside is that it may take time, perhaps years, for the workers who lose their jobs to find new ones. Professor Minford has expressed the view that the British economy is flexible enough to cope. There is also the question of how the new jobs would compare with the old ones. The mainstream view among economists is that while countries overall may gain from trade liberalisation, there are usually some specific groups that lose. Prof Minford also directs criticism at Chancellor Philip Hammond's current approach to Brexit, which he says amounts to "throwing away our hard-won freedom from EU rules". The chancellor is viewed as favouring a softer approach to Brexit, but recently co-authored an article in the Telegraph in which he proposed that the UK would leave both the single market and the customs union in March 2019, but that there would be a "time-limited" transition period to help businesses adjust. Image copyright PA Image caption Prof Patrick Minford says dropping all tariffs after Brexit will boost the UK economy by billions A government spokesman said the UK would maintain a "deep and special" relationship with the bloc after departing the EU. "The economy has grown continuously for four years and there are more people in work than ever before. "As we leave the European Union, we will build on this success by maintaining a deep and special partnership with the EU while embracing the wider world as an independent, open, trading nation.'" During the referendum campaign last year Prof Minford stoked controversy by suggesting that the effect of leaving the EU would be to "eliminate manufacturing, leaving mainly industries such as design, marketing and hi-tech". However in a recent article in the Financial Times he suggested manufacturing would become more profitable post-Brexit. View the full article
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