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John Curtice: Pollster who predicted shock 2017 election result given knighthood

The pollster who predicted the shock general election result has been awarded a knighthood within the New 12 months Honours. Sir John Curtice was regarded by some as a winner of election night time when he shocked the nation by foreseeing that Theresa May would lose her Commons majority – regardless of the Tories wielding a major lead over Labour within the polls firstly of the marketing ...

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New Year Honours list: Heroes of Grenfell Tower, Manchester Arena and London Bridge not included

Heroes of the Grenfell Tower fireplace and Manchester and London terror attacks haven’t been included within the New Year Honours record, whereas politicians and celebrities do make the lower. The organisers of the honours record mentioned extra time was wanted to collect and decide nominations of individuals praised for his or her responses to this yr’s greatest tragedies. However the delay ...

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Government moves to reverse controversial ‘staircase tax’

The Authorities has revealed draft laws to reverse the so-called ‘staircase tax’ which charged 1000’s of companies occupying a couple of adjoining ground in a constructing as in the event that they have been working as separate corporations. A Supreme Court ruling earlier this yr meant that a whole lot of companies working in adjoining models or rooms, which can be ...

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Facebook and Twitter must be punished if they obstruct Parliament’s Russia fake news probe, says senior MP

Facebook and Twitter have to be punished in the event that they proceed to refuse to co-operate with a Parliamentary inquiry into Russian interference within the Brexit vote, a senior MP has mentioned. Damian Collins hit out as anger grows over the social media giants stonewalling the “fake news” probe by the digital, tradition, media and sport choose committee which ...

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British government’s shambolic response to Chernobyl disaster detailed in newly released documents

Radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl catastrophe began arriving within the UK throughout a financial institution vacation weekend, plunging Whitehall into chaos, newly launched official information present. The catastrophic explosion on the Soviet nuclear reactor on 26 April 1986, the world’s worst nuclear accident, launched radioactive plumes excessive into the ambiance. It was one other week earlier than the primary indicators ...

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Margaret Thatcher thought pandas did not make ‘happy omens’ for politicians, documents reveal

Margaret Thatcher thought pandas didn’t make “comfortable omens” for travelling politicians, newly-released authorities recordsdata reveal. Whereas “panda diplomacy” might have been a favorite ploy of Chinese language leaders, the previous Prime Minister was not a fan of such diplomatic items.  Her shocking aversion to the almost universally liked creatures emerged in January 1981, when the Smithsonian Establishment in Washington requested London ...

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European officials drew up plan to wipe off Soviet Union debt in return for nuclear disarmament, records reveal

A European plan to write down off billions of of Soviet debt in return for nuclear disarmament has been revealed by authorities information. Paperwork exchanged weeks earlier than the dissolution of the Communist bloc in December 1991 present detailed plans for a “debt-nuclear swap” to cease the arsenal falling into the flawed fingers upon its collapse. The information, launched for ...

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John Major rushed out Queen’s income tax news to deflect media criticism, National Archive files suggest

John Major rushed out the information the Queen had agreed to pay earnings tax in an try and deflect rising media criticism throughout her “annus horribilis,” newly launched official recordsdata reveal. The 12 months 1992 noticed the very public breakdowns of the wedding of Charles and Diana and the Duke and Duchess of York, in addition to the divorce of ...

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Margaret Thatcher was furious at John Major’s decision to scrap the poll tax, official documents reveal

Margaret Thatcher was incensed by John Main’s resolution to drop the ballot tax, and instructed him so in an explosive personal assembly within the Home of Commons in January 1991, based on paperwork newly launched within the Nationwide Archives at Kew. Woman Thatcher was additionally cruel in her appraisal of Mr Main’s dealing with of the economic system within the personal ...

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