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'I pawned my nan's jewellery for a dating scammer'

'I pawned my nan's jewellery for a dating scammer'

Dating apps should do more to verify users to help prevent romance fraud, the Victims' Commissioner has said. The BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme spoke to victims of a man who was jailed for conning 19 women out of £24,000. "He started to say...

BBC, 8 November 2019
 
General Election 2019: Labour promises year of maternity pay

General Election 2019: Labour promises year of maternity pay

Labour is promising to increase the length of statutory maternity pay from nine to 12 months, if it wins power. The party also wants large firms to have menopause workplace policies, in what it calls a "step-change" in working rights for...

BBC, 8 November 2019
 
General election 2019: Tory plan to attract more NHS staff from abroad

General election 2019: Tory plan to attract more NHS staff from abroad

The Conservatives say they will make it easier for doctors and nurses from around the world to work in the UK after Brexit, if they win the election. The party would introduce an "NHS visa" as part of a promised "points-based...

BBC, 8 November 2019
 
UK flooding: Dozens spend night in Sheffield shopping centre

UK flooding: Dozens spend night in Sheffield shopping centre

Dozens of people have spent the night in a shopping centre in Sheffield after torrential downpours flooded the city's streets. People bedded down on benches and chairs in the Meadowhall centre, while others tried throughout the night to get home in...

BBC, 8 November 2019
 
Grace Millane trial: Suspect 'cleaned up blood' in apartment

Grace Millane trial: Suspect 'cleaned up blood' in apartment

The suspect in the death of British backpacker Grace Millane attempted to clean up blood on the floor of the room where she died, a court in New Zealand heard on Friday. Tests also revealed the blood was "500,000 million times more likely"...

BBC, 8 November 2019
 
General Election 2019: What are the challenges for the UK's economy?

General Election 2019: What are the challenges for the UK's economy?

Brexit continues to dominate the headlines - but the UK economy faces many other important challenges. Inequality in the housing market, poverty among working people and reducing greenhouse gas emissions are among them. For any party hoping to win...

BBC, 8 November 2019
 
General election 2019: The election losers who come back for more

General election 2019: The election losers who come back for more

While many people will groan at the prospect of another general election, there are others for whom the poll affords another fleeting moment in the spotlight. So who are the people who stand as candidates again and again, but never get elected? Berni...

BBC, 8 November 2019
 
General election 2019: Who have parties been targeting on social media?

General election 2019: Who have parties been targeting on social media?

Posting on social media is a great way for a party to get its message to supporters. But how do you reach a new audience beyond those friends and followers? That's where paid-for advertising comes in. By paying for an advert the parties can put their...

BBC, 8 November 2019
 
Asylum seekers: Home Office taking 'substantially longer' on claims

Asylum seekers: Home Office taking 'substantially longer' on claims

Decisions on asylum applications are taking "substantially" longer than they were five years ago, data suggests. In 2014, 80% of applicants received an initial decision within six months, compared with around 25% now, according to the...

BBC, 8 November 2019
 
Teen in Dudley school drag act ban puts on own talent show

Teen in Dudley school drag act ban puts on own talent show

A 15-year-old boy who was banned from performing his drag act at a school event has put on his own talent show. Last year, Castle High School and Visual Arts College in Dudley told Lewis Bailey his act was not permitted, saying it celebrated diversity...

BBC, 8 November 2019
 
Jim Clark Rally returns five years after fatal crash

Jim Clark Rally returns five years after fatal crash

The Jim Clark Rally is returning to action on the roads of the Borders five years after a fatal crash. Spectators Iain Provan, 64, Elizabeth Allan, 63, and Len Stern, 71, were killed at the event in May 2014. In its findings in 2017, a fatal accident...

BBC, 8 November 2019
 
Scottish sport 'lacks diverse role models at the top'

Scottish sport 'lacks diverse role models at the top'

People from ethnic minorities are under-represented in sport governance in Scotland, the BBC has learned. Research found that out of 459 people on the boards of 50 sport governing bodies who received public money from Sport Scotland, just six were...

BBC, 8 November 2019
 
Edinburgh's little stone buildings hiding water secrets

Edinburgh's little stone buildings hiding water secrets

Dotted around a suburb of Edinburgh are stone buildings akin to miniature electricity substations - but they don't house a network of wires. They are in fact home to what used to be a key water source for the capital. These strange-looking stone...

BBC, 8 November 2019
 
Ladybower Reservoir plug hole climber defends actions

Ladybower Reservoir plug hole climber defends actions

A man has defended climbing into a reservoir's "plug hole" after photos of him in the large opening emerged. Pictures of Andy Tingle visiting Ladybower Reservoir in Derbyshire during the summer emerged on a Facebook page, prompting...

BBC, 8 November 2019
 
Welsh Conservatives 'deeply sorry' for rape victim's distress

Welsh Conservatives 'deeply sorry' for rape victim's distress

The Welsh Tories have said they are "deeply sorry" for the circumstances around a collapsed rape trial involving a former aide to Alun Cairns. Ross England caused the case's collapse when he gave evidence a judge had ruled inadmissible....

BBC, 8 November 2019
 


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