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Day: December 21, 2019

Homeless shelter warns of sharp rise in demand
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Homeless shelter warns of sharp rise in demand

    A London night shelter has this year hosted its oldest rough sleeper in 20 years and a woman who was eight-and-a-half months pregnant as it warned demand for its service is on the rise. Glass Door Homeless Charity runs a network of 34 shelters across west London, including seven that were added in 2019 to keep up with the high numbers of people who registered with them in 2018. Just days before Christmas and seven weeks into its winter season, the charity had 441 guests access their service and 901 people had requested to join the waiting list. Chief Operating Officer Lucy Abraham told the Standard that charity has seen an increasing number of people with mental health issues and disabilities access their service, as well four pregnant women so far this year. Refe...
Tory was wrong to grab protester
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Tory was wrong to grab protester

    A former Tory MP who grabbed a female climate change protester around the neck has been found to have breached the ministerial code five months after Boris Johnson dropped an investigation. Mark Field was able to quietly leave the Commons at the general election after the incoming prime minister decided a full probe into his behaviour was no longer needed. Just weeks later, a Cabinet Office inquiry under the code has concluded his manhandling of the Greenpeace activist flouted the high standards of behaviour expected of ministers. Mr Field was caught on camera holding Janet Barker around the throat after she joined a protest that disrupted a black-tie dinner in the City of London. But Alun Cairns who was forced to quit as Welsh secretary as the campaign started, a...
PM & EU on Brexit collision course
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PM & EU on Brexit collision course

    Boris Johnson appeared to set himself on a collision course with the European Union in trade talks after ruling out adhering to Brussels rules after Brexit. A huge majority of 124 votes for the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill at its second reading in the Commons on Friday means the UK is on its way to finalising its divorce from Brussels by the January 31 deadline. But opposing views on both sides of the Channel mean that the Prime Minister is set for a combative 11-months of trade talks when UK and EU teams sit down to negotiate from February. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar warned that Mr Johnson looked to be embarked on a harder Brexit than we anticipated and said he feared the UK wanted to “undercut” Europe on food, health and product safety after it exits. C...