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Parole Board to push for diversity in 2019

Parole Board to push for diversity in 2019

Featured, Investigations, Society, Specials
The new chairwoman of the Parole Board has stated it is a “significant concern” that none of its 240 members are black. Will Aslan, of the Parole Board, exclusively told the Voice of London: “We will be working with the Ministry of Justice to ensure we attract candidates from a range of backgrounds, as a step towards a Parole Board membership that better reflects the community it serves.“ The board which decides when prisoners can leave prison has an “unconscious bias” in its recruitment process, according to its chair.   Caroline Corby has said that the John Worboys case had caused a “loss of confidence” amongst board members after Nick Hardwick, the previous chairman was forced to quit when the High Court overturned the board’s decision to free the serial sex offender. La
How’s the centenary Remembrance Day being marked this year?

How’s the centenary Remembrance Day being marked this year?

News
Remembrance Day 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. To celebrate the centenary Remembrance Day, events will be held across London, but the major one will be the 2018 Cenotaph Service and Parade on November 11. Royal families, political leaders, representatives of the Armed Forces, and local civic leaders will pay their respect and honour soldiers and citizens who sacrificed themselves in protecting this country’s freedom. Royal British Legion will arrive at the Cenotaph on Whitehall at 11 am, and a two minutes silence will be observed. Remembrance Day is a Memorial Day to honour the military soldiers who have died in the line of duty. The memorial was first held only in Commonwealth of Nations member states, but many countries outside of the Commonwealth have
Michelle Obama on Trump: “I’d never forgive him”

Michelle Obama on Trump: “I’d never forgive him”

Specials, UK, World
Expected to be released on November 13th, Michelle Obama’s memoir Becoming details her experience throughout Donald Trump’s constant advertisement of his birther conspiracy theory. The Washington Post published a snippet of the memoir: “The whole [birther] thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed. But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks,” she writes. “What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington? What if that person went looking for our girls? Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this I’d never forgive him.” https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/232572505238433794 The former Fi
British high streets see worst shop closures in last five years

British high streets see worst shop closures in last five years

Investigations, Specials
Research compiled by the Local Data Company for PwC shows that there has been the largest half-year net decline in high street stores in five years. Due to the rate of shop closures out pacing shop openings, a net of 1,123 stores have disappeared nationwide. Greater London is the worst hit of all regions with its high streets losing a total of 268 stores. The businesses affected the most were those with online competitors. Pubs and the restaurant sector were particularly affected too, which is due to a shift in preference for eating-in and drinking at home according to the PwC research team. Lisa Hooker, consumer markets leader at PwC, said: “Our latest research highlights the challenges facing the retail and leisure sectors on Britain’s high streets. The continu
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