{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"uk","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/parsons-green-terror-attack-ahmed-hassan-charged-with-attempted-murder-1-4567321","id":"1.4567321","articleHeadline": "Parsons Green terror attack: Ahmed Hassan charged with attempted murder","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1506085133000 ,"articleLead": "

An 18-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder and possessing explosives over the Parsons Green Tube terrorist attack.

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Ahmed Hassan, of Sunbury, in Surrey, is accused of attempting to murder people travelling on a District Line train in last Friday’s bombing, Scotland Yard said.

He also face a charge of using a chemical compound known as TATP to cause an explosion likely to endanger life.

He will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday afternoon.

Hassan’s court appearance came amid claims that the mother of a Syrian refugee who was held over the bombing but then released had suffered a heart attack after hearing of her son’s arrest.

Yahyah Farroukh, 21, who was was released without charge on Thursday, was seized by police last weekend outside Aladdins Fried Chicken, in Hounslow, west London, where he worked.

Today his boss at the takeaway, Suleman Sarwar, demanded an apology from the police and said his mother was in a critical condition in a hospital in Egypt after collapsing from shock.

Mr Sarwar said the takeaway had received “abuse, threats, anger, and hatred” after Mr Farroukh was labelled “a terrorist to the world”.

Speaking about the Parsons Green attack, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said on Friday that the partially-detonated bomb was “packed with shrapnel”.

Ms Dick added: “Thank goodness nobody was killed at Parsons Green. It must have been absolutely horrific for the people in the train.

“It could have been so much worse.”

Police continue to question three other people, including a 17-year-old boy, in connection with the rush-hour bombing, while a 48-year-old man arrested in Newport, south Wales, on Wednesday was released without charge.

The teenager was detained after officers raided what neighbours described as a “halfway house” in Thornton Heath, south London, at around 12.05am on Thursday.

The investigation into the attack, which injured 30 people, has also seen two men aged 25 and 30 detained in Newport.

Hassan, who lived in Sunbury with a couple who have fostered dozens of children over the years, was detained at the Port of Dover last weekend.

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Theresa May will today propose a transitional deal with the EU of up to two years and make an “open and generous” offer on the divorce bill, potentially worth €20 billion (£17.6bn) over the two years.

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Reports last night suggested she would use her make-or-break speech in Florence to unveil a Brexit plan that would make the payments conditional on some form of access to the single market and the customs union, which would allow the UK to strike its own trade deals during the transition period.

Her speech will also present an optimistic Brexit vision as she tries to move on from the Cabinet splits and challenges that have marked the Brexit process.

Mrs May will stress the importance of achieving a final Brexit deal that is in the interests of both sides.

“If we can do that, when this chapter of our European history is written, it will be remembered not for the differences we faced, but for the vision we showed – not for the challenges we endured but for the creativity we used to overcome them – not for a relationship that ended but a new partnership that began,” the Prime Minister will say.

Mrs May will insist that “Britain’s future is bright”, despite the challenges faced as a result of Brexit.

The speech comes at a particularly difficult time for Mrs May, who has had to deal with the manoeuvring of Boris Johnson as well as European opposition to her intention of moving the Brexit negotiations on to a new phase next month.

Mrs May will say: “While the UK’s departure from the EU is inevitably a difficult process, it is in all of our interests for our negotiations to succeed. So I believe we share a profound sense of responsibility to make this change work smoothly and sensibly, not just for people today but for the next generation who will inherit the world we leave them.

“The eyes of the world are on us but if we can be imaginative and creative about the way we establish this new relationship, I believe we can be ­optimistic about the future we can build for the United Kingdom and for the European Union.”

Since EU withdrawal was triggered, little progress has been made on the key issues, including the status of the Ireland-Northern Ireland border and the amount Britain must pay to settle its financial commitments to the bloc. 

EU officials say talks cannot move on until these issues been agreed.

Meanwhile, Mrs May’s Cabinet is split between those like Mr Johnson, who wants a sharp break with the EU, and those such as Chancellor Philip Hammond, who wants a long transition period.

The Prime Minister’s speech, which will build on the Brexit plans she set out in Lancaster House in January, will set out her vision for a “bold” economic and security partnership with a “time-limited” implementation period to avoid a cliff-edge change for businesses adjusting to the new arrangements. But she is thought to have rejected a Swiss-style “European Economic Area minus” deal, which could have involved ongoing payments to Brussels and potentially accepting the free movement of people.

Mr Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, whose intervention on Brexit last week led to speculation he might be about to resign, was opposed to any continued payments for single market access after the transitional period expires.

After a marathon two-and-half hour session of the Cabinet yesterday, Mr Johnson and Mr Hammond – who have been at loggerheads all summer over Brexit – left No 10 together in an apparent show of unity.

On the eve of Mrs May’s speech, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, issued a fresh warning that Britain must “settle the accounts” if it wants a free trade deal when it leaves the bloc. Mr Barnier said there was still “major uncertainty” over the UK’s approach on 
key issues and a “question of trust” about the financial settlement.

Speaking in the Italian parliament, Mr Barnier said he would be listening “attentively and constructively” to what she had to say.

Mrs May’s speech comes as a BMG Research poll for the Independent indicated a reverse in support for Brexit. In a mirror image of the June 2016 referendum result, 52 per cent supported remaining in the EU with 48 per cent in favour of leaving.

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A 21-year-old man with connections to Scotland, who was arrested in connection with the bomb attack on a tube train in London, has been released without charge.

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Yahyah Farroukh, was arrested in Hounslow, London, late on Saturday evening after the explosion on a tube train that took place early on Friday morning, injuring 30.

No-one was seriously hurt when the improvised explosive device contained in a supermarket bag detonated at the height of rush hour at Parsons Green, in South West London.

READ MORE: Farroukh has links to Edinburgh

Farroukh, who is from Syria, was pictured on a ferry in the aftermath of his arrested, which was later revealed to have been taken on the Rothesay-Wemyss Bay ferry on the Clyde.

He is believed to have been living with a couple who were honoured for their services to children, and was said to have visited relatives in Scotland.

They described the 21-year-old in local press reports as a ‘good guy’ who liked smoking, girls and nightclubs as they expressed shock at his arrest.

READ MORE: Police arrest two more suspects in Wales

A Metropolitan Police statement confirmed that Farroukh had been released with no further action.

Commander Dean Haydon, head of the Met Counter Terrorism Command, said: “This continues to be a fast-moving investigation. A significant amount of activity has taken place since the attack on Friday.

“We have five males in custody and searches are continuing at four addresses. Detectives are carrying out extensive inquiries to determine the full facts behind the attack.

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The Co-operative Group has revealed it no longer holds any stake in the troubled Co-op Bank after offloading its 1 per cent holding.

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The mutual had been left with just 1 per cent after a £700 million rescue and refinancing deal to get Co-op Bank back on track completed weeks ago, but confirmed it has now sold the last remaining stake for about £5 million in the last few days.

• READ MORE: Financial news

It leaves the pair with just a relationship agreement, which will also fall away over the next few years and end formally in 2020.

Details of the stake sale came as the Co-op Group posted a 48 per cent fall in underlying pre-tax profits to £14m for the six months to 1 July after shelling out £35m in member rewards and after losses at its insurance arm. On a bottom-line basis, profits rose 47 per cent to £25m.

• READ MORE: ‘Great outcome for customers’ as Co-op Bank secures £700m

The figures come weeks after Co-op Group emerged as the front-runner to buy convenience store operator Nisa, muscling out rival bidder Sainsbury’s. The mutual is thought to have tabled a £140m bid for Nisa, whose 1,300 shopkeeper members run 3,000 stores.

In its half-year results, the Co-op Group said its insurance business swung to an underlying operating loss of £1m against profits of £11m a year earlier as it increased reinsurance through third parties. On a reported basis, it saw operating losses widen to £11m from £4m a year ago.

But the group hailed its 14th quarter in a row of rising sales at Co-op Food, with like-for-like growth of 3.5 per cent in its first half.

Convenience store like-for-like sales rose 4.5 per cent.

It said underlying operating profits from the food business jumped 3 per cent to £65m and 22 per cent higher on a reported basis.

• READ MORE: Co-op Group in swoop for convenience store chain Nisa

Steve Murrells, group chief executive of the Co-op, said it “continued to perform in the face of challenging markets”.

He added: “Across our business we are also maintaining our commitment of reinvesting for the future success of our Co-op.”

The group has signed up more than 1.1 million people as members since relaunching its reward scheme a year ago.

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" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Holly Williams"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4565956.1505983882!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4565956.1505983882!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Co-op Bank will formally end its relationship with the Co-op Group in 2020. Picture: Rui Vieira/PA Wire","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Co-op Bank will formally end its relationship with the Co-op Group in 2020. Picture: Rui Vieira/PA Wire","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4565956.1505983882!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/odd/alastair-campbell-recalls-plan-for-old-firm-peace-process-game-1-4565919","id":"1.4565919","articleHeadline": "Alastair Campbell recalls plan for Old Firm ‘peace process’ game","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1505982955000 ,"articleLead": "

Former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell has revealed that he once suggested Rangers and Celtic take part in a friendly wearing the other team’s shirts - in a bid to boost the Northern Ireland peace process.

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Campbell, who served as Tony Blair’s spokesman as well as Downing Street’s director of communications, was speaking on talkSPORT’s Hawksbee and Jacobs show when he made the somewhat stunning revelation, The Sun reports.

Campbell said: “During the peace process, I thought of the idea of arranging a friendly match between Rangers and Celtic, and having them wearing each others’ shirt.

“That idea lasted about five seconds.”

It is understood that Campbell was hopeful of targeting the large swathes of support for both Celtic and Rangers in Northern Ireland.

Last week former Labour prime minister Blair admitted he had been ‘obsessed’ with the creation of a British league, in a bid to keep the UK together following devolution.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "KEN MCNIVEN"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4565917.1505982737!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4565917.1505982737!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Kieran Tierney and James Tavernier battle for possession in an Old Firm match. Picture: John Devlin","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Kieran Tierney and James Tavernier battle for possession in an Old Firm match. Picture: John Devlin","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4565917.1505982737!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4565918.1505982964!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4565918.1505982964!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Peace hopes: Alastair Campbell. Picture: Robert Perry","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Peace hopes: Alastair Campbell. Picture: Robert Perry","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4565918.1505982964!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/business/companies/unions-seek-talks-with-mitie-over-plans-to-axe-480-jobs-1-4565134","id":"1.4565134","articleHeadline": "Unions seek talks with Mitie over plans to axe 480 jobs","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1505979199000 ,"articleLead": "

Union leaders are seeking an urgent meeting with management at Mitie after the outsourcing group announced around 480 jobs are being axed as part of its turnaround plan.

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The group, which has issued a series of recent profit warnings, said the jobs are set to go from its 53,000-strong workforce by the end of its financial year in March.

Unite national officer Rhys McCarthy said: “We hope that workers are not paying with their jobs because of poor decision-making by senior management and questions over financial auditing.”

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In a trading update yesterday, acting chief executive Peter Dickinson, who is taking on the role while boss Phil Bentley is on sick leave, said Mitie was making “steady progress” with its turnaround, but the firm also revealed it expects the costs involved in achieving its savings target of £40 million a year by 2020 to be around £24m in the current year – up from the £15m previous estimate.

It comes weeks after City watchdog the Financial Conduct Authority launched an investigation into Mitie relating to a 2016 profit warning and the way it presents financial information. The Financial Reporting Council has also launched an investigation into Deloitte’s auditing of Mitie’s books.

• READ MORE: Outsourcing group Mitie faces FCA probe into profit warning

Mitie laid bare the impact of accounting issues in its full-year results in June, when it swung to a £58.2m loss after being stung by £88.3m of one-off costs after a review of its books by KPMG showed practices that were “less conservative, albeit still justifiable, than others in the market”.

In its latest trading update, the group said revenues so far in its financial year are better than expected – at around £1.1 billion for the half-year, 4 per cent higher than a year earlier.

Its order book is 3 per cent higher than at the end of March, at £6.7bn, but it revealed a £6m hit from the recent unexpected loss of a top 20 contract, although it aims to recoup £2m in termination fees.

Dickinson said: “Overall we are making steady progress in the transformation of Mitie. Transforming a large, diverse business such as Mitie is neither linear nor without challenges, but the programme remains on track.”

• READ MORE: City warms to turnaround plans at outsourcer Mitie

Analysts at UBS said Mitie was continuing to make “good strategic progress” against its broader transformation programme although it added “turnarounds take time”.

Liberum noted that the company’s order book has increased and the pipeline is strong.

“Our view is that Phil Bentley will succeed with his transformation,” the broker said in a note.

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" ,"byline": {"email": "businessdesk@scotsman.com" ,"author": "PErry gourley"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4565133.1505979207!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4565133.1505979207!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Mitie said the jobs are set to go from its 53,000-strong workforce by the end of its financial year in March. Picture: Ed Robinson/OneRedEye/PA Wire","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Mitie said the jobs are set to go from its 53,000-strong workforce by the end of its financial year in March. Picture: Ed Robinson/OneRedEye/PA Wire","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4565133.1505979207!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/transport/ryanair-passengers-who-re-booked-flights-pay-again-for-extras-1-4564949","id":"1.4564949","articleHeadline": "Ryanair passengers who re-booked flights pay again for extras","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1505937549000 ,"articleLead": "

Some Ryanair passengers who re-booked flights after the airline announced mass cancellations have reported having to pay again if they had chosen to pick seats or take hold luggage.

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The travellers who were offered “free” replacement flights discovered they were not refunded for charges on extras paid on their original booking, leaving them having to pay twice.

The Dublin-based carrier - which is shelving up to 50 flights daily over the next six weeks - said it is aware of the issue and any customers who were double charged for seats or hold luggage will be refunded.

One passenger told the Daily Telegraph that the website would not let them book on a flight “unless I paid twice for the seats and bags”.

• READ MORE: Ryanair cancellations: These are your rights

Consumer rights group Which? said it was “outrageous” that people could be double charged and urged the airline to issue refunds swiftly.

Alex Neill, managing director of home products and services, said: “It’s outrageous that Ryanair passengers who have had already to endure huge inconvenience are essentially being double charged for booking seating and luggage.

“The airline must quickly ensure affected passengers are re-booked, fully refunded and automatically compensated without having to jump through hoops.”

Kenny Jacobs, the airline’s chief marketing officer, told the Telegraph: “We are aware of this issue and any customer who has been double charged for bags or allocated seating will be refunded.”

• READ MORE: In full: Scottish flights affected by Ryanair cancellations

Ryanair faces a compensation bill of up to 20 million euro (£17.7 million) over the cancellations brought about by the over-allocation of pilots’ holidays during a relatively busy period.

The airline said it was cancelling flights at airports where it ran the busiest schedules so it would be easier to place passengers on alternative flights.

Customers affected by cancellations which run until October 28 will be emailed offers of alternatives or full refunds and details of their compensation entitlement, the budget airline confirmed.

Michael O’Leary, the airline’s chief executive, told a press conference on Tuesday that it was clear the debacle had a “large reputational impact” and apologised.

A Ryanair Spokesman said: ““We have resolved this issue, which only affected a small number of customers, and anyone who has been charged twice will be refunded.”

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Internet companies are being given one month to show they are taking serious action to limit the availability of terrorist propaganda online.

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At a special meeting in New York on Wednesday, world leaders including Theresa May will challenge the companies to develop technological fixes to take down terrorist material within one to two hours.

Interior ministers from the G7 group of leading nations will meet in Rome on October 20 to decide whether enough progress has been made.

And governments are making clear they are ready to take legislative action which could include fines for internet giants which fail to act.

In her keynote speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Mrs May will say it is time to step up efforts to tackle extremists’ use of the internet and block access to ideologies which “preach hatred, sow division and undermine our common humanity”.

She will hail the shows of solidarity and resilience shown by communities in Manchester and London following terror attacks this year.

But she will say: “Defiance alone is not enough. As Prime Minister, I have visited too many hospitals and seen too many innocent people murdered in my country.

“When I think of the hundreds of thousands of victims of terrorism in countries across the world, I think of their friends, their families, their communities, devastated by this evil.

“And I say enough is enough.”

• READ MORE: Government pulls Google adverts over extremism funding hears

The Islamic State terror group has developed a more sophisticated use of social media than earlier militants like al Qaida, disseminating more than 27,000 items through outlets like Twitter in a five-month period between January and May this year.

Links to material ranging from bomb-making instructions to videos glamorising the group and calls to commit atrocities with cars and knives in Western cities are spread rapidly, with the majority of shares taking place in the first two hours.

Experts believe that by removing links more quickly, access to the material can be dramatically reduced, even if it takes longer to eradicate every trace of it from sites like YouTube.

Some of the world’s biggest tech companies, including Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter, will take part in the event hosted by Mrs May, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian PM Paolo Gentiloni, on the fringe of the General Assembly.

Also present will be major advertisers, who are starting to put pressure on the internet giants to stop ads being screened alongside unacceptable material.

Mrs May will hail progress made by tech companies since the establishment in June of an industry forum to counter terrorism.

But she will make urge them to go “further and faster” in developing artificial intelligence solutions to automatically reduce the period terror propaganda remains available and eventually prevent it appearing at all.

Britain, France and Italy will come together behind a target of one to two hours to take down terrorist content wherever it appears.

One Downing Street source said the companies “have been doing something, but just not enough”.

The source said: “These companies have some of the best brains in the world. They should really be focusing that on what matters, which is stopping the spread of terrorism and violence.

“We want them to break the echo chambers.”

In her address to the UN, Mrs May will say: “When terrorists struck London and Manchester this year, the world saw our cities come together in defiance.

“Our Parliament carries on. Ariana Grande came back to Manchester and sang again. London Bridge is bustling with people. Our communities came together at the mosque in north London. And Londoners got back on the Tube.

“The terrorists did not win, for we will never let anyone destroy our way of life.

“But defiance alone is not enough. In the last decade hundreds of thousands have been killed by terrorists across the world. This is a truly global tragedy that is increasingly touching the lives of us all.”

• READ MORE: Minister urges tech giants to do more to combat extremism online

Pledging to continue to “take the fight” to terrorists, Mrs May will add: “Ultimately it is not just the terrorists themselves who we need to defeat. It is the extremist ideologies that fuel them. It is the ideologies that preach hatred, sow division and undermine our common humanity.”

Google and YouTube have already announced they are increasing their use of technology to help automatically identify offending videos, while Facebook has said it is looking at automated identification of terrorist material.

Twitter suspended 299,649 accounts between January 1 and June 30 this year, 75% of which were blocked before their first tweet.

Facebook has said publicly that it is looking at developing artificial intelligence to automate the identification of terrorist material.

Speaking before the New York event, Mrs May called for “a fundamental shift in the scale and nature of our response both from industry and governments” and called on leaders from around the world to join Britain, France and Italy in demanding action.

Among tech executives expected to take part in the event are Google general counsel Kent Walker, Facebook’s head of global policy Monika Bickert, Microsoft vice-president David Heiner, and Twitter’s public policy manager Lauren Culbertson.

A spokesman for the Global Internet Forum to Combat Terrorism, which brings together tech companies, said: “Combating terrorism requires responses from government, civil society and the private sector, often working collaboratively.

“The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism was founded to help do just this and we’ve made strides in the past year through initiatives like the Shared Industry Hash Database.

“We’ll continue our efforts in the years to come, focusing on new technologies, in-depth research, and best practices.

“Together, we are committed to doing everything in our power to ensure that our platforms are not used to distribute terrorist content.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "RUSSELL JACKSON"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4565258.1505913597!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4565258.1505913597!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Internet companies are being given one month to show they are taking serious action to limit terrorist propaganda online. Picture: PA","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Internet companies are being given one month to show they are taking serious action to limit terrorist propaganda online. Picture: PA","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4565258.1505913597!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4565259.1505913604!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4565259.1505913604!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Theresa May joined world leaders in pushing internet companies to tackle online extremism. Picture: AP","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Theresa May joined world leaders in pushing internet companies to tackle online extremism. Picture: AP","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4565259.1505913604!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/business/markets-economy/shoppers-shrug-off-price-rises-to-drive-sales-higher-1-4565169","id":"1.4565169","articleHeadline": "Shoppers shrug off price rises to drive sales higher","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1505909797000 ,"articleLead": "

UK retail sales jumped in August as shoppers continued to spend despite strong price rises.

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Sales were up 2.4 per cent on this time last year, the 52nd consecutive month of year-on-year increases and exceeding the expected 1.1 per cent rise, as consumers ignored the pound’s post-referendum slump and inflation, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show.

• READ MORE: Retail news

Sales rose 1 per cent month-on-month, exceeding expectations for a much smaller increase of 0.2 per cent.

Royal Bank of Scotland chief economist Stephen Boyle said: “Despite the pressure on spending power with price inflation exceeding wage growth, Britons hit the shops with gusto in August.

“While rising employment means more people are earning and can spend, that can’t account for the growth in retail sales. Either we dipped into our savings or we borrowed more last month.”

Increased spending in non-food shops such as department stores and DIY outlets was behind the dramatic improvement.

Figures for the three months to August as a whole, which smooth out monthly volatility, show a 1.2 per cent rise in sales growth from the measurement of 0.7 per cent in July.

It came as prices increased across all store types, with non-food stores and non-store retailing recording their highest year-on-year price growth since March 1992, at 3.2 per cent and 3.3 per cent respectively.

Sterling jumped sharply on the news, gaining three-quarters of a cent against the dollar and half a cent against the euro.

Boyle added: “The retail sales index measure of inflation can be volatile but the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee will have noticed the rise from 2.7 per cent in July to 3.2 per cent last month. The news will strengthen the hand of those who last week said that the time for a rise in bank rate is coming closer.”

• READ MORE: Bank of England hints at rates rise in ‘coming months’

ONS senior statistician Kate Davies said: “Within this month’s retail sales we are seeing strong price increases across all store types compared with a year ago, reflecting wider inflationary pressures.

“However, we are still seeing underlying growth in sales volumes, and with strong growth in non-essential purchases as consumers continued to buy more from non-food stores.”

• READ MORE: Inflation jumps to 2.9% on rising clothing and fuel prices

Ben Brettell, senior economist at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “The UK consumer continues to show remarkable resilience, with retail sales in August blowing economists’ forecasts out of the water.

“Spending has defied expectations of a slowdown since the Brexit referendum, and currently seems to be holding up despite weak wage growth and above-target inflation.

“This could bode well for economic growth. The UK economy is heavily reliant on the consumer, and economists had expected falling real incomes to eventually translate into weak retail sales.

“If this fails to materialise the economy could see a stronger second half to the year – though there are also growing concerns over the level of household debt, which is fuelling continued consumption in the absence of rising real wages.”

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Police investigating the Parsons Green terrorist attack have arrested two more men.

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The men, aged 48 and 30, were arrested at 5:10am on Wednesday in Newport, Wales, by anti-terror police.

It follows the arrest of a 25-year-old man at a separate address in the city on Tuesday evening, and police are searching both address.

• READ MORE: Parsons Green: Terror suspect ‘has links to Edinburgh’

Two other men who were arrested on Saturday remain in police custody, bringing the total number of men arrested to five.

The 18-year-old arrested in Dover on Saturday remains in police custody, and a warrant has been granted to detain him until September 23.

A 21-year-old man from Hounslow was also arrested on Saturday, and will be detained until Thursday.

Commander Dean Haydon, head of the Met Counter Terrorism Command, said: “This continues to be a fast-moving investigation.

“A significant amount of activity has taken place since the attack on Friday.

• READ MORE: Parsons Green: Two bomb suspects ‘fostered by same couple’

“We now have five men in custody and searches are continuing at four addresses.

“Detectives are carrying out extensive inquiries to determine the full facts behind the attack.

“We anticipate that the searches will take some days to complete and may cause further disruption.

“However, it is important that we continue with these searches and I’d like to thank all those affected for their support, patience and cooperation.”

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The Liberal Democrats will not be a single-issue anti-Brexit party, Sir Vince Cable has said in a conference speech promising to tackle inequality with bold new policies including property taxes on second homes and foreign buyers.

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In a bid to cement his party’s support among the young Remain voters of Generation Rent, Mr Cable promised to crack down on “oligarchs and speculators in our housing market” and explore replacing tuition fees with a graduate tax. In his first conference address, the new Lib Dem leader sought to reclaim his party’s legacy in power, highlighting his experience in cabinet and claiming he would be a “credible prime minister”.

With his party yet to recover from an electoral drubbing afterthe coalition with the Conservatives, he set a target of matching the 23 per cent vote share they won in 2010.

He praised his predecessor Tim Farron for giving the Lib Dems “a clear identity as the only real, undiluted pro-European party,” but told party activists they had to confront crises in housing, the environment and economic inequality to have a hope of power.

He said Lib Dems would seek to “unite a very divided country” after campaigning for a “vote on the facts” of the UK’s Brexit settlement that will offer the chance of staying in the EU on existing terms.

“I want our party to lead the fight against Brexit,” he said, “but we should not be consumed by Brexit. We are not a single-issue party. We’re not Ukip in reverse.”

After just two months as leader and ten weeks after regaining his seat in parliament, the speech was light on policy detail, but Mr Cable said the Lib Dems would “once again become a workshop for new ideas”.

He promised “fierce tax penalties” on overseas investors blamed for snapping up new housing developments and driving up property prices in London and across the UK. “We must end the stranglehold of oligarchs and speculators in our housing market,” Mr Cable said.

“I want to see fierce tax penalties on the acquisition of property for investment purposes, by overseas residents.

“And I want to see rural communities protected from the blight of absentee second home ownership, which devastates local economies and pushes young people away from the places where they grew up. Homes are to live in; they’re not pieces on a Monopoly board.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4564664.1505885839!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4564664.1505885839!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Liberal Democrats leader Sir Vince Cable is congratulated by Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie after making his keynote speech at his party's annual conference at the Bournemouth International Centre. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 19, 2017. See PA story POLITICS LibDems. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Liberal Democrats leader Sir Vince Cable is congratulated by Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie after making his keynote speech at his party's annual conference at the Bournemouth International Centre. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 19, 2017. See PA story POLITICS LibDems. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4564664.1505885839!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/uk/david-coulthard-ad-banned-for-encouraging-dangerous-driving-1-4564676","id":"1.4564676","articleHeadline": "David Coulthard ad banned for encouraging dangerous driving","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1505883600000 ,"articleLead": "

A TV advert for a safer driving app featuring former Formula One ace David Coulthard has been banned for encouraging dangerous driving.

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More than 50 people contacted watchdogs about the adverts for Aviva insurance which saw Scot Coulthard disguised as a taxi driver, with passengers in the back seats, driving at “excessive speeds” whilst performing various stunts on public roads.

Watchdogs ruled that the manner in which the car was driven was “extremely reckless” and that the adverts should not be shown again.

The adverts, screened in January this year, featured an on-screen warning not to attempt to recreate the scenes in the so-called Aviva Extreme Driving Experiment.

But 58 people complained to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), believing that the adverts “encouraged dangerous and irresponsible driving”.

Aviva said that the full version of the advert was no longer being broadcast, but an edited version would be shown until next month.

The firm stated that they had edited a “significant proportion” of the “extreme driving elements” from the advert to ensure balance and clarity around the message about the “Drive App” that was being promoted, which offered safer drivers a potential discount on their car insurance.

Aviva stated that the adverts were part of a broader campaign driven out of a “social purpose” to help make Britain’s roads safer. The firm said the stunts performed by Coulthard were “not intended to encourage or condone” dangerous and irresponsible driving, but to denounce and discourage it. Aviva believed the adverts “encouraged and promoted” safer driving.

But an ASA spokesman said: “We considered that the ad primarily focused on the high speed and stunts performed by the car, which consequently overshadowed the ‘warning’ and ‘experiment’ on-screen texts that appeared at the start of the ad.”

A spokeswoman for Aviva said: “It’s always our intention to comply with advertising guidelines so we’re disappointed by the ASA’s ruling, but we will, of course, abide by the ASA’s decision.

“We wanted to produce an advert which presented this idea in a completely different way, but still stayed true to the principles of safer driving by encouraging people to use our app which monitors their driving skills and rewards safer motorists.

“However, we appreciate that some viewers felt the advert may have sent out the wrong message.”

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The number of young teenagers who play outside has dropped dramatically according to a new survey which suggests the youngsters of today are far more sedentary than their parents were at the same age.

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The Barnardo’s study found that less than half (48 per cent) of 13 to 15 year-olds play outside, a significant decline on previous generations. Some 77 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds said they played outdoors at the same age, with the figure rising to 87 per cent among 45 to 54 year-olds.

The research is part of a wider study by the charity into the “challenges and opportunities” faced by children in a world of rapidly evolving technology. It pointed out the growth of the digital world was having a profound impact on the behaviour and habits of today’s children and said more needed to be done to equip them with the “skills and knowledge” to thrive.

Marguerite Hunter Blair, chief executive of Play Scotland, the national play organisation which promotes children’s right to play, said the findings of the survey mirrored other research.

However, she cautioned against blaming the increased availability of electronic devices for the downturn in the number of children playing outdoors.

She said: “We know children are more sedentary and less active due to being indoors, but it is not as simple as a digital issue. Parents are more fearful nowadays and their children are less likely to get the freedom they enjoyed.

“We also have considerably more traffic and in the hierarchy of public space, it is the car which still comes first. We have play areas on some streets, but they are not always enforced.”

She added: “Research suggests that more active parents have more active children and I think we need to realise how important it is to set an example for children.”

The survey for Barnardo’s, conducted by YouGov, also found that barely half of young teenagers read books, in contrast with the 79 per cent of adults aged over 18 who said they did when they were younger.

Only half of 13 to 15 year-olds said they get enough sleep compared with the 66 per cent of adults who said they did when they were young teens.

Barnardo’s Scotland director, Martin Crewe, said: “Whilst it’s fantastic that new technologies are broadening horizons and providing new opportunities, it’s vital we stay ahead of the digital curve to anticipate the problems it poses to future generations.”

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A teenage boy has appeared in court accused of slashing a pupil at a West Lothian secondary school.

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The youth, aged 13, appeared on petition at Livingston Sheriff Court yesterday.

He faces five charges in connection with an incident at the school on Friday.

He made no plea and was freed on bail after spending the weekend in custody at St Mary’s Kenmure secure unit, at Bishopbriggs, near Glasgow.

The accused, who lives in West Lothian, was charged with assault to injury and assault to severe injury and permanent disfigurement.

He was also accused of threatening or abusive behaviour, having an article with a blade or point in a public place and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

He is expected to make a second court appearance to be committed for trial next week.

Police said on Friday that they had detained a youth after a boy suffered a serious facial injury and was treated in hospital.

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Frustrated travellers played football, frisbee and touch rugby on the M1 after police closed the motorway for more than six hours because of what appeared to be a black bin liner.

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Thousands sat in gridlock since at least 8am, when Thames Valley Police closed the three-lane motorway between junctions 14 and 15 because of a “suspicious object”.

Footage broadcast by the BBC showed a bomb disposal robot dragging a black rubbish bag off the hard shoulder, which appeared to have contained a liquid and yellow substance.

READ MORE: McDonald’s evacuated after suspicious package found

Tim Mayer, a Conservative councillor from Coventry who has been caught up in the delays, said communication from police has been “appalling” but people have been trying to make the most of the free time.

“There’s a five-a-side football competition, a bit of rugby, a guy cycling up and down in the wrong direction,” he said.

But emergency services have not given any updates, said Mr Mayer, leaving thousands of people stuck on the side of the road since breakfast.

“There are a few people with coffee in the car who have shared it around and others with some boiled sweets who have been generous,” Mr Mayer said. “But the communication [from police] has been appalling.”

Thames Valley Police previously urged the public to avoid the M1 after a “suspicious object” was found under a bridge “at around 7.30” on Friday, according to a statement, with police and fire services attending the scene.

READ MORE: Man jailed over threat to Muslims

Mr Mayer said he has been stuck in traffic since 8am, without any direction from the emergency services.

“There’s been absolutely no communication bar what you can pick up from the local press and Twitter,” he said.

Liz Searle, chief executive at the Keech Hospice in Luton, said she had been impressed by the good humour of everyone trapped on the side of the road.

“Everybody was being so helpful and chatty and high-spirited,” she said, “which is lovely to see despite the circumstances.”

Mrs Searle escaped the gridlock when police began to turn traffic around.

A spokesman for Highways England said the amount of traffic trapped was “down to about three or four kilometres” from a previous high of six kilometres, but could not comment on the details of the “suspicious object”.

Police told the Press Association they are still attempting to establish what the object is.

“We are still on scene on the M1,” the force said in a tweet. “Closures are still in place. We are still working with partners to re-direct motorists.”

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Mountain rescue volunteers have urged climbers to take Mount Snowdon seriously after a man was treated for hypothermia while climbing the peak for charity in just a pair of pants.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4564318.1505828820!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "More and more people are not dressing appropriately for the climb. Picture: Nathan French"} ,"articleBody": "

Teenager Nathan French, of Merseyside, raised over £1000 for a dementia charity during his climb, but had to be treated for hypothermia by paramedics after only wearing a pair of Superman briefs.

The 1,085m Mount Snowdon peak is the highest in England and Wales, and Mr French told his local BBC affiliate that he was shaking uncontrollably due to the cold.

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He said: “I was taken by surprise by how cold I got ... on the train down I started to feel really sick and I started going deaf and my eyesight started going funny.

“I started getting really emotional so my dad, who was with me, decided to call an ambulance.

“The paramedic who met me checked me over and said I was showing early signs of hypothermia.”

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Phil Benbow, of North Wales Mountain Rescue Association, told the BBC that while undertaking climbs for charity was ‘laudable’, people should ensure that they are appropriately dressed.

Mr Benbow said: “People make an assumption that because there’s a cafe at the top and a train, that it’s a walk in the park. It’s not - it is the highest mountain in England and Wales and people need to respect that.

“Our team has been called to 173 rescues so far this year and that will be over 200 by the end of the year - the third year in a row we will have topped 200.

“That’s way too many for our volunteers who have to give up time with their family or at work. People just need to think ahead.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Angus Howarth"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4564318.1505828820!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4564318.1505828820!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "More and more people are not dressing appropriately for the climb. Picture: Nathan French","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "More and more people are not dressing appropriately for the climb. Picture: Nathan French","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4564318.1505828820!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/business/companies/retail/lidl-retains-crown-as-fastest-growing-supermarket-chain-1-4564107","id":"1.4564107","articleHeadline": "Lidl retains crown as fastest-growing supermarket chain","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1505819208000 ,"articleLead": "

German discounter Lidl is once again the UK’s fastest-growing supermarket with a record market share of 5.3 per cent, latest industry figures show.

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Almost two-thirds of shoppers visited a Lidl or its rival Aldi in the past three months, with the two retailers now accounting for almost £1 in every £8 spent in Britain’s supermarkets, up from £1 in £25 a decade ago, Kantar Worldpanel said.

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Supermarket sales overall were up 3.6 per cent over the 12 weeks to 10 September on the same time last year, marking the sixth consecutive month of growth of more than 3 per cent, largely driven by grocery inflation.

However, poor weather in August hit sales of traditional summer items, with prepared salads seeing a 6 per cent dip and sun care down 16 per cent.

In contrast, consumers spent almost £4 million on cold treatments in August, an increase of almost £2m on the same month last year.

• READ MORE: Lidl overtakes Waitrose as seventh-biggest supermarket

Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, said: “We haven’t seen sustained market growth of this kind since May 2013.

“A 1.5 per cent increase in the volume of goods going through the tills has contributed to this growth while the remainder of the overall sales increase is down to higher prices.

“Like-for-like grocery inflation now stands at 3.2 per cent, slightly ahead of the headline CPI rate and down 0.1 percentage points on last month.

“The average British household spends almost £4,200 in the grocers each year so a fall in inflation, which we expect to see as we approach the end of the year, will be a welcome relief.”

• READ MORE: Inflation jumps to 2.9% on rising clothing and fuel prices

Lidl was the fastest-growing supermarket with a sales increase of 19.2 per cent, while Aldi’s growth of 15.6 per cent took its market share to 6.9 per cent.

Tesco’s recovery continued with sales up 2.7 per cent, although its market share was squeezed by 0.3 percentage points to 27.8 per cent, while Sainsbury’s market share fell 0.2 percentage points to 15.7 per cent.

Asda attracted an extra 482,000 shoppers compared with a year ago, the fastest rate by the retailer in more than three years.

Despite announcing a fall in profits last week, Waitrose’s sales increased by 2.4 per cent and it held on to a 5.3 per cent share of the market, currently level with Lidl.

• READ MORE: Discount grocers’ sales rocket amid rising inflation

Figures from Nielsen suggest that the rising cost of household groceries means shoppers are increasingly turning to supermarket own-label products.

Spending on own-label items is up 5.5 per cent year-on-year, nearly five times the growth seen on branded products.

Mike Watkins, Nielsen’s UK head of retailer and business insight, said: “The return of inflation means shoppers are increasingly turning to supermarkets’ own-label products to help manage their weekly grocery spend.

“Own-brand sales are growing across all major food retailers but fastest at the discounters – Aldi and Lidl – and at the Co-operative, Iceland, M&S and Tesco.”

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" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Josie Clarke"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4564106.1505819217!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4564106.1505819217!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Lidl racked up a 19.2% jump in sales. Picture: Jane Barlow","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Lidl racked up a 19.2% jump in sales. Picture: Jane Barlow","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4564106.1505819217!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/manchester-united-fans-urged-to-stop-racist-romelu-lukaku-chant-1-4564095","id":"1.4564095","articleHeadline": "Manchester United fans urged to stop ‘racist’ Romelu Lukaku chant","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1505818545000 ,"articleLead": "

Kick It Out has called for Manchester United fans to stop a ‘racist’ chant about striker Romelu Lukaku.

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The 24-year-old arrived from Everton in the summer in a deal that could reach £90 million and has quickly become a popular figure among supporters, netting seven goals in as many games.

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Lukaku already has a chant in his honour but the song, to the tune of Stone Roses’ Made of Stone, references the size of his penis, using a stereotype about black men that has led Kick It Out to call for action.

A spokesperson from the anti-discrimination body said: “Kick It Out is aware of footage of alleged racist chanting by supporters of Manchester United that emerged on Wednesday evening.

“The lyrics used in the chant are offensive and discriminatory. Racist stereotypes are never acceptable in football or wider society, irrespective of any intention to show support for a player.

“We have contacted Manchester United regarding the issue and will be working closely with them and The FA to ensure that it is addressed swiftly.

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“If we receive any reports relating to the discriminatory chant, those will be passed on to the governing body and the perpetrators can expect to face punishment.”

It is understood Kick It Out have yet to formally contact United about the matter, with the only contact a brief exchange between the body and the club’s Equality and Inclusion Officer.

A United spokesman said: “We are seeking advice from the relevant bodies. Manchester United has a zero tolerance towards all forms of discrimination”

United are seeking advice to determine whether the Lukaku chant is categorised as racism by the letter of the law.

Scott Patterson, a season ticket holder who runs the The Republik of Mancunia blog, called the chant ‘drivel that belongs in the 1980s’.

“Here we have a hugely talented striker, currently the top scorer in the league, yet he’s reduced to us celebrating the supposed size of his d***,” he posted.

“It’s a cheap and insulting stereotype that has no place in this day and age.”

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" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "SIMON PEACH"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4564092.1505818551!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4564092.1505818551!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring Manchester United's third g oal against former club Everton. Picture: Getty Images","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring Manchester United's third g oal against former club Everton. Picture: Getty Images","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4564092.1505818551!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4564093.1505818555!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4564093.1505818555!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "United fans have been urged to stop singing the 'racist' chant about the Belgian striker. Picture: AFP/Getty Images","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "United fans have been urged to stop singing the 'racist' chant about the Belgian striker. Picture: AFP/Getty Images","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4564093.1505818555!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/business/companies/financial/kpmg-cleared-of-wrongdoing-after-probe-into-hbos-audit-1-4564074","id":"1.4564074","articleHeadline": "KPMG cleared of wrongdoing after probe into HBOS audit","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1505817792000 ,"articleLead": "

KPMG has been cleared by the accounting watchdog over its auditing of HBOS in the run-up to the lender’s near collapse in the 2008 financial crisis.

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The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) said it had closed the investigation into KPMG’s handling of HBOS’s accounts, concluding that the accounting giant’s work did not fall short of standards. It added it does not believe there are grounds for further action.

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The FRC said: “There is not a realistic prospect that a tribunal would make an adverse finding against KPMG in respect of the matters within the scope of the investigation.

“The firm’s work did not fall significantly short of the standards reasonably to be expected of the audit, the test that a tribunal would apply.”

The decision will come as a relief to KPMG, which has also been drawn into a mounting scandal in South Africa over its work with the politically connected Gupta family.

HBOS was taken over by Lloyds TSB in a rescue deal in the autumn of 2008 after expanding too quickly with risky lending, weak funding and management failures. Lloyds then had to be bailed out with £20.5 billion of taxpayer cash.

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HBOS, formed from the merger of Halifax and Bank of Scotland in 2001, had said in 2008 that it would be able to fund itself and did not expect market conditions to worsen, according to the FRC.

KPMG “considered and accepted this conclusion” and HBOS published its accounts in February 2008 on that basis, the watchdog said.

The FRC added: “The evidence of market conditions at that time did not show this decision of HBOS or the auditor’s assessment of it to be unreasonable at the time.

“The extreme funding conditions which arose in October 2008 were not anticipated.”

The FRC said it conducted a “thorough” investigation, which saw it liaise with other regulators and gather expert advice from independent and experienced lawyers and audit professionals.

KPMG said: “We are pleased that the FRC has reached this conclusion after a thorough investigation.

“We have always maintained that our audit was robust and undertaken in accordance with the regulations and practice of the time.”

It added industry-wide efforts have been made to improve auditing of banks.

KPMG said: “The collapse of HBOS and other examples of corporate failure and fraud in the last decade have highlighted a gap between what society expects of an audit and what an audit has been designed to do.

“Since 2008, whilst we recognise that there is more to be done, we have worked hard to contribute positively to this debate and have explored ways to close the expectation gap.”

• READ MORE: Ex-HBOS chief fined record £500k by City watchdog

A damning review of the HBOS saga by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority, which was published in November 2015, put the blame firmly on the bank’s executives. It said they were “ultimately responsible” for the demise of HBOS.

Only one former HBOS executive, Peter Cummings, has so far been punished. He was fined £500,000 and banned for life from the industry.

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" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Holly Williams"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4564073.1505817802!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4564073.1505817802!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "HBOS, owner of Bank of Scotland and Halifax, was taken over by Lloyds in 2008. Picture: Julie Howden","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "HBOS, owner of Bank of Scotland and Halifax, was taken over by Lloyds in 2008. Picture: Julie Howden","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4564073.1505817802!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/business/companies/media-leisure/john-mclellan-appetite-remains-for-print-based-news-1-4563841","id":"1.4563841","articleHeadline": "John McLellan: Appetite remains for print-based news","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1505803295000 ,"articleLead": "

When the Oldham Evening Chronicle collapsed two weeks ago, I wrote here it was hard to believe a town of 230,000 people could not sustain a strong weekly publication. It seems I was not alone.

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Last week Newsquest, the UK subsidiary of American news giant Gannet and publishers of Glasgow’s Herald and the Dunfermline Free Press amongst many others, announced immediate plans to launch a new weekly, the Oldham Times.

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But no sooner had the plan been unveiled when the Oldham-based local radio station, Revolution 96.2, announced it was in “advanced talks” with administrators KPMG to buy the Chronicle.

Newsquest, headed by Henry Faure-Walker who cut his newspaper teeth in Edinburgh as assistant to Johnston Press chief executive Tim Bowdler and then as general manager of The Scotsman Publications, has advantages of scale, as his firm publishes the Bolton News and Blackburn Telegraph.

The new weekly is out this Thursday, produced by four newly-recruited journalists and edited by Bolton News chief Ian Savage, compared to the 49 people laid off when the Chronicle folded. With a tenth of the staff costs, a fifth of the distribution and production costs and no pension liability, the business model could not be more different from that of the collapsed outfit.

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It’s unlikely the radio station would want to saddle itself with the cost of continuing daily publication, and even in such a short space of time, the Chronicle’s 6,000 or so readers will have broken the daily habit. A weekly would make more sense and if Revolution goes ahead with the acquisition of the brand, Oldham could witness a short circulation battle.

Even with such a big population, the loss of the classified platforms and competition for remaining advertising from social media means two competing paid-for titles would not be sustainable for long. Having stolen a march, Newsquest is in the driving seat, even if its rival has the advantage of free radio marketing.

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Trinity Mirror could have made a similar move from its Manchester base but is focussed on its takeover bid for the Daily Express and Richard Desmond’s other publishing interests, revealed shortly after the Chronicle announcement. A new national group of three dailies in different parts of the political, geographic and demographic market in the Daily Record, Daily Mirror and Daily Express, is workable, but a Sunday stable of the Mail, Mirror, People, Star and Express would surely result in amalgamations.

Whoever ends up publishing what, locally or nationally there is still an appetite for, and potential in, print–based news publishing.

• John McLellan is director of the Scottish Newspaper Society and a City of Edinburgh Conservative councillor

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" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "JOHN MCLELLAN"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4563840.1505803304!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4563840.1505803304!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "'There is still an appetite for, and potential in, print-based news publishing,' writes John McLellan. Picture: Greg Macvean","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "'There is still an appetite for, and potential in, print-based news publishing,' writes John McLellan. Picture: Greg Macvean","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4563840.1505803304!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/business/companies/financial/overwhelming-support-for-auto-enrolment-pension-schemes-1-4563838","id":"1.4563838","articleHeadline": "‘Overwhelming support’ for auto-enrolment pension schemes","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1505802096000 ,"articleLead": "

The return of “paternalistic employers” has been hailed in a new report ahead of the fifth anniversary next month of pensions auto-enrolment.

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A study from stockbroker Hargreaves Lansdown, covering more than 400 employers, shows “overwhelming support” to expand auto-enrolment to get more people saving more and for more purposes.

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Auto-enrolment began in October 2012, and the report says four out of five employers said they think minimum contributions under the process should rise. The majority also said they were happy to help shoulder the increased cost of retirement saving.

A total of 6 per cent believe they should cover all the cost of a contribution increase, whilst 31 per cent think they should bear a greater share of the cost increase.

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A total of 60 per cent said they backed using automatic enrolment through the workplace to nudge employees towards building an emergency cash fund and so improve financial resilience.

And more than half (53 per cent) think all earnings should count for a pension contribution, whereas currently there is no obligation to pay a contribution on the first £5,876 of pay “which penalises lower earners”.

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It comes as the government is currently reviewing where they go next with auto-enrolment, with a response expected by the end of 2017.

Nathan Long, senior pensions analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, commented: “Auto-enrolment was met originally with groans from employers who perceived further disruption to their staff and an increase to their staffing costs.

“Only five years on and employers are now calling for auto-enrolment to go further.”

Scottish job candidates are the most likely in the UK to haggle with potential employers over their salary, writes Perry Gourley.

A survey by jobs board CV-Library found that 84 per cent of job seekers in Scotland said pay was a key area that they negotiate on. The figure was as high as 93 per cent for workers in Aberdeen.

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Lee Biggins, managing director of CV-Library, said: “The shift in power within the job market means that many candidates know their worth and will only move for a job that meets all of their criteria. Salary continues to be the main driver for job hunters, with many refusing to move jobs unless they’re receiving a significant pay increase.”

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" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "martin flanagan"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4563837.1505805754!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4563837.1505805754!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Next month marks the fifth anniversary of the auto-enrolment pensions launch. Picture: John Devlin","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Next month marks the fifth anniversary of the auto-enrolment pensions launch. Picture: John Devlin","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4563837.1505805754!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/lib-dems-seek-snp-support-for-second-eu-referendum-on-facts-1-4563472","id":"1.4563472","articleHeadline": "Lib Dems seek SNP support for second EU referendum ‘on facts’","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1505801401000 ,"articleLead": "

The Liberal Democrats have called on the SNP to join their campaign for a referendum on the UK’s Brexit deal, the party’s Scottish leader has said.

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Addressing his party’s conference in Bournemouth, Willie Rennie revealed he would open talks with the Scottish Government this week to argue that voters should be given a chance to “exit from Brexit”.

The Scottish Lib Dem leader will write to Nicola Sturgeon asking for a meeting, claiming “the door is open” to a joint effort between their two parties on Brexit.

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Sir Vince Cable will close the conference today with a call for “sensible grown-ups” in other parties to help bring about a soft Brexit and keep the UK in the single market and customs union. And he will insist the proposal for a new EU vote is “not a call for a re-run” but a “first referendum on the facts”.

In a BBC interview at the weekend, the Scottish Government’s Brexit minister Michael Russell suggested the SNP was open to the idea of a referendum on the terms of the UK’s Brexit deal.

“I don’t rule that out by any manner of means but I think we need to sit down and talk about it,” Mr Russell said. The Scottish Government is set to hold separate talks this week with Conservatives in a bid to reach a single position on amendments to Brexit legislation at Westminster.

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In his speech in Bournemouth, Mr Rennie said the Lib Dems were taking a “unique stand” on Brexit to combat an “age of isolation and divisiveness”.

He said: “This is an exciting time to have the opportunity to lead on liberal values. And I can announce today that we will open talks with the Scottish Government this week to ask them to back our campaign to give the people across the UK the chance of an exit from Brexit.”

However, despite holding out an olive branch on Brexit, Mr Rennie spent much of his speech lambasting the SNP over their record in power.

Echoing complaints that the Repeal Bill was a Westminster “power grab” that would “wreck devolution”, the Scottish Lib Dem leader accused the SNP of stripping powers from local government and centralising them at Holyrood.

An SNP spokeswoman said: “Willie Rennie’s calls for a second EU vote would be more credible if he had not backed the Tories in imposing Brexit on Scotland by trying to deny the country a choice on its future.”

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Theresa May and Boris Johnson are set for a showdown in New York in the next 24 hours following the Foreign Secretary’s challenge to her authority over the government’s approach to Brexit.

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The pair will thrash out their differences on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly amid claims Mr Johnson was undermining the Prime Minister by acting like a “backseat driver”.

Speaking to journalists en route to Canada, where she held talks with Justin Trudeau before continuing on to New York today, the Prime Minister tried to reassert her authority, saying: “This government is driven from the front and we’re all going to the same destination.”

Mrs May rejected the Foreign Secretary’s call for the UK not to make any ongoing payments for access to the European single market. “Decisions about what to do with those sums will be taken at the time” she said, adding: “What we are clear about is year on year we will not be sending huge sums of money into the European Union.”

READ MORE: Boris Johnson rebuked over Brexit comments

She confirmed that Downing Street had not given permission for the 4,000-word article to be published. Asked what she felt about the perceived disloyalty of one of her senior ministers, the Prime Minister said simply: “Boris is Boris.”

Mr Johnson drew criticism for using a 4,000-word essay in the Daily Telegraph to revive the widely-discredited claim that quitting the European Union would allow the UK to spend £350 million a week on additional NHS funding.

He also warned against paying for access to European markets after Brexit and said continued membership of the single market and customs union would make a “complete mockery” of the referendum result.

Critics rounded on him for the timing of his intervention in the wake of the Parsons Green bombing in London.

Closing his party’s conference in Bournemouth today, Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable will accuse Mrs May of being too weak to sack Mr Johnson, claiming the government has “degenerated into a full-scale school riot with the head teacher hiding, barricaded in her office”.

The Lib Dem chief whip Alistair Carmichael claimed Mr Johnson was “angling to be sacked”.

Mr Johnson received backing from Brexit supporters in the Conservative Party, but was cut adrift by a number of senior cabinet ministers, including Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who mocked Mr Johnson for providing “entertainment” in government.

Speaking at the UN yesterday, Mr Johnson attempted to play down the row, insisting: “There is only one driver in this car and it is Theresa.”

But he doubled down on his own Brexit vision, warning that there could be no extended transition period after the UK leaves the EU.

He repeated his belief that the UK should not make “extortionate” payments to the EU once it has withdrawn.

READ MORE: PM urged to confront Foreign Secretary

Mr Johnson sidestepped questions over whether he would resign if he did not get his way, telling the BBC: “You are barking slightly up the wrong tree here.”

The head of Britain’s statistics watchdog was urged to resign by a Conservative MP after accusing the Foreign Secretary of “misusing” official figures.

Nadine Dorries claimed Sir David Norgrove was “playing politics” by publicly criticising the Foreign Secretary for using the £350m figure.

The UK Statistics Authority chairman published a letter saying he was “surprised and disappointed”.

She tweeted: “David Norgrove, resign. You are not fit to be head of UK statistics when you deliberately play politics to deceive and distort basic facts.”

Following Sir David’s initial letter, Mr Johnson accused the statistics 
chief of a “complete misrepresentation” of his views and called on him to withdraw the criticism.

“He claimed the statistics boss had privately conceded he was “more concerned by the headline” and the coverage of the controversial article and “accepted that I was not responsible for those”.

A Downing Street spokeswoman claimed Mr Johnson had “clarified” his views. Mr Johnson’s one-time ally Michael Gove offered his backing.

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In Scotland, in 2017, where you live shouldn’t determine your chances of suffering a serious cardiac event. But a recent Scottish Government report has shown that people who live in our most deprived communities face a double danger when it comes to cardiac arrest. They have a significantly higher risk of having one, and a considerably lower risk of surviving it.

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There’s a lot of confusion around cardiac arrest. Most people don’t fully understand what it means, or know the difference between a cardiac arrest and a heart attack. The two terms are often used interchangeably, as if they’re the same thing. Yet knowing the difference, and what to do, could save someone’s life.

A heart attack happens when one of the coronary arteries supplying blood to the heart becomes blocked. The heart is still sending blood around the body, and the person ­usually remains conscious and is breathing. If the person is left untreated, a heart attack can lead to a cardiac arrest.

Every month, around 2,100 Scots go to hospital with a heart attack, and today, thanks largely to research funded by the British Heart Foundation over the last 50 years, more than 70 per cent of them will survive.

A cardiac arrest is caused by an ­electrical problem in the heart, which stops it from pumping blood around the body and to the brain. Someone who is having a cardiac arrest will suddenly lose consciousness and will stop breathing or breathe abnormally. Unless immediately treated by CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation, where chest compressions are used to pump blood around the body), they will die within minutes.

There are more than 3,000 cardiac arrests outside of hospital in Scotland every year, but only around one in 20 of those affected will survive. ­Hundreds of people die every month from a cardiac arrest, and for those living in deprived areas, these shocking statistics are even worse.

If you live in one of Scotland’s most deprived communities, you’re twice as likely to have a cardiac arrest ­outside of hospital. But it’s less likely that anyone will attempt to save your life, as people in more affluent areas are more likely to receive CPR.

In the most deprived areas, people are 43 per cent less likely to survive to leave hospital compared to people in the least deprived areas.

You’re also more likely to be younger when your cardiac arrest occurs, as the average age of people in these deprived areas is a depressing seven years lower than in the least deprived.

There are many complex reasons for these disparities between deprived and more affluent ­areas.

People may be more likely to have poorer health when their cardiac arrest occurs. It may also be affected by lifestyle factors such as smoking. It’s clear that more analysis is needed so that we can begin to find ways of improving cardiac arrest survival rates and overcoming the barriers to performing CPR.

There have been positive developments. BHF Scotland is working in partnership with other organisations including the Scottish Ambulance Service and the Scottish Fire and ­Rescue Service as part of Save a Life for Scotland, an initiative which brings together the expertise of ­different organisations and ­charities to help equip more people in ­Scotland with CPR skills.

The target is to reach 500,000 more people by 2020, which is ambitious but should be achievable and would save around 1,000 additional lives.

There’s more in the paper ‘Initial results of the Scottish out-of-hospital cardiac arrest data linkage project, published by The Scottish Government in August.

At BHF Scotland, we’re helping to achieve this by spreading the word about CPR as widely as possible, especially to young people, who’ll be our next generation of lifesavers. We’ve provided free CPR kits to hundreds of secondary schools and community groups, and we’re working in partnership with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to provide these essential resources in 356 fire stations across the country to give as many people as possible the tools to learn CPR.

We all have a part to play in tackling Scotland’s poor cardiac arrest survival rate. You do too. If you ­suspect someone is having a heart attack or a cardiac arrest, call 999 straight away.

Then would you know how to ­perform CPR to save a life? Most ­out-of-hospital cardiac arrests ­happen in the home, so it could be the life of someone you love. You can find out more and watch our CPR videos at bhf.org.uk/cpr or visit savealife.scot to find out where to learn CPR where you are.

Whatever you do, don’t do ­nothing.

James Cant is director of BHF Scotland.

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Lung cancer is the most common cancer in Scotland. It is also a disease with a particularly poor prognosis, with fewer than 10 per cent of patients in Scotland surviving longer than five years from diagnosis.

While there are anti-cancer treatment options, such as radiotherapy, chemotherapy or surgery, these are not appropriate for everyone due to other serious illnesses, frailty or the extent of the cancer. The agreed plan for these patients is Best Supportive Care (BSC), a palliative care approach where the priority is maintaining the best possible quality of life in the face of advancing illness.

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This approach has allowed many patients to receive high quality care from GPs and other professionals, but this was not the case for everyone. Patients and those close to them reported feeling uncertain about what to expect as the disease advanced and about how to access support. The opportunity for planning ahead (known as anticipatory care planning) could be missed.

In Fife, we identified an opportunity to help people more by providing earlier and more consistent palliative care for this frail patient group.

A pilot project was developed by the Specialist Palliative Care team in NHS Fife, in partnership with the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership and Macmillan Cancer Support. Funded through the Transforming Care After Treatment (TCAT) ­programme, this innovative project defined for the first time what BSC should mean in practice for people with incurable lung cancer.

All patients with advanced lung cancer in Fife are now identified at the earliest possible stage and referred to the Specialist Palliative Care Service for comprehensive assessment and personalised care planning. Assessments are ­carried out promptly at home, in an ­outpatient clinic or within ­hospital, depending on patient need and ­preference. They start with the opportunity for patients, families and carers to discuss the diagnosis and what it means for them, both now and in the future.

Physical symptoms as well as ­emotional, spiritual and practical needs are assessed. Realistic plans are made to address anything of ­concern, from symptoms such as pain and weight loss to finances and how they and their family are managing at home. Often this requires the support of wider professionals such as occupational therapists. Conversations are started about patients’ ­preferences for care as they become less well and are communicated promptly with wider healthcare teams. Hospital clinic appointments are rarely needed. Follow-up is based wherever the patients are, most ­commonly in their own homes.

This proactive approach has ensured that all patients in Fife with lung cancer receive timely palliative care. There is ­evidence that people supported by this new model spend less time in hospital and are more likely to receive their end-of-life care in their own home or a hospice.

The service has been positively received by patients, families and ­carers, who have said that they feel well informed, actively involved in their care planning, and able to maintain independence by knowing where to access support when needed. It has also improved collaborative working between different health and social care teams in Fife.

The project exemplifies the principles of the Chief Medical Officer’s 2014-15 report, Realistic Medicine, which sets out a vision for care that is consistent, high quality and ­person-centred, whilst also efficient.

It is aligned with the Scottish ­Government’s Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care, which commits to improving identification of, and care co-ordination for, people with supportive and palliative care needs. The benefits of palliative care for people with advanced illnesses and those close to them are well recognised. However, ensuring access for all who need it remains a challenge and requires a whole system approach.

Whilst this project was specific to lung ­cancer, the applicability to other patient groups is clear. Further ­Macmillan funding is ­enabling us to adapt the new model of BSC for three other patient groups in Fife. In addition, we plan to work with other regions to share what we have learned, with a view to improving palliative care for patients with a range of advanced cancer and non-cancer diagnoses.

Dr Jo Bowden, consultant in Palliative Medicine, NHS Fife, will discuss the recent evaluation of the Fife model of Proactive Best Supportive Care at the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care annual conference tomorrow.

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