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Day: September 13, 2016

British citizen may need permits to live in Europe
ENGLISH, Europe

British citizen may need permits to live in Europe

    British expats could be forced to apply for long term residency visas if they want to live in Europe post Brexit, Home Office sources have said. The changes, which will form part of the Brexit negotiations, would mean British pensioners who want to retire to Spain or Italy would have to apply for a residency permit and could be forced to prove their income in order to settle. People who already live abroad are unlikely to be affected by the changes under reciprocal agreements expected to be signed when the UK leaves the union. But Home Office sources have confirmed they expect the new system for people seeking to move abroad permanently would be similar to the one currently operating for non-EU nationals. Expats could be forced to demonstrate their income and savings in or...
Londoners would benefit new hopper ticket for London bus travel from today
ENGLISH, London

Londoners would benefit new hopper ticket for London bus travel from today

    Londoners have welcomed the new Hopper fare, introduced today, which allows passengers to take a second bus or tram journey within an hour of their first one free of charge. The fare was introduced by London Mayor Sadiq Khan as one of his manifesto pledges, with the aim of making travel easier and more affordable for many Londoners. At Victoria station this afternoon, reaction to the new fare was unanimously positive, with most Londoners saying the scheme would save them money. Cairo Kioko, who is in his 40s and lives in Willesden, said he was delighted by the new fare, which he thinks will save him about £11 per week. Mr Kioko, who works in Victoria Coach Station, told the Standard: "I didn't know about it, I've taken the bus twice to get here, from Willesden to Cricklewo...
High profile MPs stand to lose seats
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

High profile MPs stand to lose seats

  Jeremy Corbyn, George Osborne and Boris Johnson are among high-profile politicians who will see their seats redrawn in a dramatic shakeup of the country’s electoral map that will alter the constituencies of more than 500 MPs. Overall, Labour is worst hit by the shifting boundaries, which are part of an effort to cut the number of politicians in parliament from 650 to 600, with significant changes for MPs including Yvette Cooper, Tristram Hunt and Owen Smith. Many opposition politicians will fear that local members will take the opportunity of a shakeup to try to deselect them if Corbyn retains the leadership later this month. Some of the party’s MPs described the plans – which analysts said could result in the opposition losing 23 sitting MPs – as a “barefaced gerrymander” and a “...
Plastic five pound notes worth £2B
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Plastic five pound notes worth £2B

    Plastic five pound notes that can survive a soaking in liquid and will last longer than paper fivers are available in cash machines from today - but shoppers have been warned they may stick together. The historic move marks the gradual death of paper notes as the Bank of England phases in polymer cash. Modern £5 notes featuring wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill will be available at hole-in-the-wall machines in major cities and over the counter at many banks from 9am today. Armoured vehicles have delivered about £2billion worth of plastic £5 notes from the central bank’s cash centres in Debden, Essex, and Leeds to more than 30 top secret, high-security vaults across the country. The first batch of 440 million new fivers – which are 15% smaller than the existing o...
David Cameron quits parliament
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

David Cameron quits parliament

    Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron is to stand down as a Conservative MP, two months after resigning in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the European Union. Cameron, who came to power in 2010, said he had told Prime Minister Theresa May of his decision to stop representing his constituency in Oxfordshire to make way for someone who could concentrate on the area in central England. "I've thought about this long and hard over the summer and I've decided the right thing to do is to stand down as the member of parliament for Witney," he told BBC TV. "In my view with modern politics, with the circumstances of my resignation, it isn't really possible to be a proper back bench MP (lawmaker) as a former prime minister. I think everything you do will become a big distraction...