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Rishi Sunak now almost as unpopular as Conservative Party
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Rishi Sunak now almost as unpopular as Conservative Party

Rishi Sunak is now almost as unpopular as his party after a year of deteriorating polling numbers. Having entered Downing Street considerably more popular than the wider Conservative Party, 52% of voters now say they have an unfavourable view of the Prime Minister, according to a poll published by Ipsos UK on Thursday. At the start of the year, 39% of voters told Ipsos they had an unfavourable view of Mr Sunak, compared to 51% saying the same about the Conservative Party. The figure for the wider party has barely changed, rising slightly to 54% in November, while Mr Sunak’s favourability rating has collapsed. Keiran Pedley, director of politics at Ipsos, said: In January, Rishi Sunak held a net favourability rating of minus 9 whilst the Conservative Party stood at minus 26. Today Mr S...
British Bangladeshi Samata Ullah’s parole application rejected
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British Bangladeshi Samata Ullah’s parole application rejected

Bangladeshi-born British terrorist Samata Ullah, who wanted to store military information on James Bond-style USB cufflinks and help ISIS, has been denied parole. Samata Ullah, 34, created a ‘one-stop shop’ for terrorists from his bedroom in Cardiff. He used to give various directions on how to evade the prying eyes of the police and security forces. Jihadi Samata is a British citizen of Bangladeshi origin. The former insurance executive wanted to help IS fighters around the world. Police in Britain described his conviction in 2017 as the biggest terrorist plot they had ever seen. The trial at London’s Old Bailey was told that Samata Ullah was found in his bedroom following the arrest of an accused mastermind of an anthrax attack in Kenya. British counter-terrorism police tracked him ...
Why the pound is in freefall
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Why the pound is in freefall

The pound has tumbled to a six-month low against the US dollar as traders predict the end of interest rate rises from the Bank of England and as America’s economy proves remarkably resilient. Sterling has dropped to $1.215, a level not seen since March and a sharp drop from its peak above $1.31 in July. The currency has fallen more than 3pc against the dollar so far this month and is now on track for its worst month since the aftermath of the mini-Budget last year. However, it remains well above the extraordinary depths of $1.068 plumbed a year ago in the wake of Liz Truss’s fiscal statement. Then, a bond market crunch took hold and shook confidence in Britain. This time around, it is not so serious. However, the weaker currency threatens to add to inflationary pressures and could mak...
After violently raping the victim, the rapist doctor threatened to release the video
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After violently raping the victim, the rapist doctor threatened to release the video

A doctor who violently raped a woman and then threatened to release a video of the attack said he was not interested in the outcome of a medical tribunal and wants to quit the UK due to stressful personal events. Vibhor Garg, who was branded selfish as he was jailed for 11 years, has been immediately banned from working in medicine by a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service panel, which said his behaviour undermined patients’ and the public’s trust in the profession. But the 37-year-old, who qualified from the University of Baroda in India, said in a letter to the panel: “I am not interested in (the) outcome of the case as I will be deported out (of) the country at the end of my sentence. I no longer wish to stay and practice medicine in the UK, even if given the opportunity, due to ...
PM set to make major net zero announcement
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PM set to make major net zero announcement

Rishi Sunak has signalled key net zero policies could be watered down, including delaying the ban on petrol cars. Rishi Sunak will deliver a speech in Downing Street at 4.30pm amid speculation he will water down net zero commitments. The PM has provoked a green backlash and anger among some of his own MPs amid reports he plans to water down key net zero policies. An announcement could mean a proposed ban on buying new petrol cars and oil boilers to help the UK meet its net zero commitments could be delayed. The PM has said he doesn't want to bankrupt the UK - but critics have also branded it a political move designed to curry favour with the public to boost the Tories, who are flagging in the polls. The announcement has sparked condemnation from campaigners, opposition MPs and MPs in ...
Two illegal Bangladeshi workers arrested in UK
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Two illegal Bangladeshi workers arrested in UK

Two men have been arrested at an Indian restaurant in Beccles during an immigration raid. Indiagate Tandoori Restaurant was raided by Home Office immigration officials after they received a tip-off. Two Bangladeshi males were arrested and the Home Office says they will be dealt with in accordance with immigration rules. Following the raid the employer of the two men was served with a Civil Penalty Referral Notice, making them liable for a fine of up to £20,000 per illegal worker. The raid happened on August 10 and has also led to East Suffolk Council reviewing the licence of the premises. East Suffolk Council said that the grounds for the licence review are the "prevention of crime and disorder" and that "illegal working has been identified at this premises". A Home Office spokespers...
Gran wins National Lottery’s Set £10,000 every month for the next 30 years
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Gran wins National Lottery’s Set £10,000 every month for the next 30 years

Some creepy-crawlies inspired a grandmother to enter the National Lottery and scoop a massive win which will see her bank £10,000 every month for the next 30 years. Thanks to her big win, Doris will receive £10,000 in her bank every month for the next 30 years, with the 70-year-old joking that "it gives me a reason to be around until I am 100". Doris Stanbridge scooped the top prize on Thursday, August 3, a week after her 70th birthday after she was prompted to take a chance of the Lucky Dip Set For Life ticket after encountering two money spiders. Due to her incredible win, Doris, from Dorking, Surrey, is now able to retire alongside her 66 year old husband Keith. She said: I wasn’t planning on retiring for a few more years but I am going to stop working in the next few months. Keith...
Rishi Sunak at the Akshardham Temple in Delhi with wife
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Rishi Sunak at the Akshardham Temple in Delhi with wife

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty on Sunday morning offered prayers at the Akshardham Temple in Delhi with their team. They spent around 40 minutes at the temple premises. Sunak visited every statue personally and did an aarti too, according to Akshardham Temple official Jyotindra Dave. Dave added that Sunak spoke to the saints at the temple and that they were happy with their visit. Jyotindra Dave, an official of the Akshardham temple said, "Britain PM Rishi Sunak came with his wife Akshata and the entire team. He had a great experience and spend more than 40 minutes. He visited every statue personally, and did an aarti too. They spoke to us too and were very happy with the visit" . During his visit, Sunak was given an overview of the Swaminarayan Akshardham te...
UK Government quietly concedes Brexit will drive up inflation
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UK Government quietly concedes Brexit will drive up inflation

The UK Government has quietly admitted that post-Brexit checks at the UK’s borders will increase inflation – despite Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s headline pledge to drive it down. The admission came at the very end of a 1500-word press release put out by the Tory government on Tuesday, which confirmed that the post-Brexit border checks on food products coming from the EU would be delayed for a fifth time. The first stage of the UK’s new border model, originally set for October, is now delayed to January 2024, with physical checks and other requirements coming in throughout the next year. In January, when inflation was at 10.1%, Sunak pledged to halve the rate by the end of 2023. In July, the UK’s consumer prices index (CPI) was at 6.8%, the Office for National Statistics reported. De...
House prices FALL to 6.7 times average earnings but higher mortgage rates
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House prices FALL to 6.7 times average earnings but higher mortgage rates

House prices have become less expensive relative to average earnings, new data has revealed. The cost of a typical home is now 6.7 times average earnings, according to major lender, Halifax, down from a peak of 7.3x last summer. Downward pressure on property prices following last summer's peak, combined with strong wage growth, has seen the UK's house price to income ratio fall back over the past 12 months'. At its peak in June last year, the cost of a typical home was £293,586, while the average annual earnings of a full-time worker was £40,196. A year later, the average house price had fallen by 2.5 per cent to £286,276 while wages have risen by 7 per cent to an average of £43,090 per year. But house prices remain more expensive than they were in early 2020, relative t...