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The average age for allowing children to ‘play out’ alone is nearly 10.5 years - although parents with girls are more likely to let them play out alone at a slightly younger age than those with boys - a survey has revealed.

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This comes despite admissions from parents that the average age they played out alone as children was seven and a half years old and some were as young as five years old.

Stranger danger and abduction was cited as the biggest concern with almost 50 per cent saying it is their top fear, according to the poll from from www.familiesonline.co.uk.

This was closely followed by worries about child safety crossing roads, which concerned 41 per cent of parents. The fear of abduction and stranger danger was also greater in parents with girls, whereas parents with boys were more likely to worry about road safety.

Faye Mingo, marketing director at Families, said: “The question of when is too young to play out alone is a continued debate amongst parents today and for good reason. We all remember playing out alone from a much younger age as children ourselves and it seemed a completely ordinary thing to do, but years later, we find ourselves as parents in the connected world of 2017 and we are certainly much more aware of the risks on our doorstep.

“The question is, when do we let go? We want to instil independence and confidence in our children, but we want to keep them safe too.”

The findings also showed increased anxiety for parents in rural areas in comparison to more urban locations in relation to exposure to strangers, yet the study revealed parents who live in rural areas are more likely to allow their child to play outside alone from a younger age.

Marguerite Hunter Blair, chief executive of Play Scotland, pointed to a recent study that showed that high school children often have the road safety skills of five year olds in the 1970s.

She said: “However, we are being overprotective. The underlying problem is that parents are undermining the competence of their children, which means that they roam less far than they would have done in the past.”

Edinburgh Council last week launched a trial scheme to help parents close streets to traffic for their children to play outside over the summer months. Families can close a road for play up to five times between April and August, free of charge.

Ms Hunter Blair said that parents were turning to organised events and activities such as the Girl Guides, to provide “risky but supervised” experiences for their children that they otherwise may have had for themselves.

She said: “The Girl Guides have a huge waiting list as parents want children to enjoy outdoor “risky” experiences such as building a fire, but under supervision. You can understand where the fears come from, but how do we break it?”

Other concerns cited by parents about letting children out alone were fears about bullies, where their offspring were going to play, who they are with and whether what they are doing will get them into trouble.

The poll also found that traditional games such as tag and hopscotch were top of a list of activities enjoyed by modern youngsters when playing outside.

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A new report out today reveals significant gaps in NHS Scotland’s provision of care for patients with Down’s syndrome (Ds) – with poor communication, negative attitudes from health professionals and inconsistent levels of care, major concerns.

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Down’s Syndrome Scotland, which focuses solely on people with Ds and their families, received feedback from more than 400 mem­­bers on their experiences within NHS-funded health centres, GP practices and hospitals.

The findings of the research were discussed yesterday at a special event at the Scottish Parliament, attended by Maureen Watt, minister for mental health, as well as health professionals, MSPs, Down’s Syndrome Scotland representatives and families/carers.

Inconsistency in the level of care was highlighted as a key concern, with standards varying from one health institution to the next. The lack of provision of regular health checks for patients with Down’s syndrome was identified as a central issue. People living with Ds often have additional health needs, from heart problems and poor hearing to thyroid conditions and dementia. The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) recommends that people with Down’s syndrome require a minimum of one health check per year.

However, the research reveals that more than 25 per cent of children in Scotland with Down’s syndrome are not being seen every year and 50 per cent of parents/carers of an adult with Ds are not even aware of the requirement for annual health checks.

More than one in five parents/carers of an adult with Down’s syndrome also say checks such as tests for thyroid conditions or eye checks never take place, demonstrating a lack of consistency in the provision of health checks across different health boards. Respondents also point to the difficulty in securing appointments with specialists and long waiting times – one patient had to wait more than six months for dental surgery.

Poor communication and negative attitudes among some health professionals towards people with Down’s syndrome and their families were also revealed in the report, particularly towards expectant mothers and new parents. Comments describe poor attitudes from midwives, health visitors, nurses and consultants during ante and post-natal care. Some mothers felt they were bullied into having an amniocentesis test and there was a general lack of information and support at the point of diagnosis.

Sarah Van Putten, deputy chief executive, Down’s Syndrome Scotland said: “Our research has identified several factors which facilitate positive experiences for children and adults with Down’s syndrome and their families. Professionals who are caring, respectful with good communication skills and an understanding what it means to live with Ds, can make all the difference.”.

She added: “Over the past couple of years, the Scottish Government has worked towards improving the quality of life of people with Down’s syndrome, through the publications of important strategies. Nonetheless these will likely fail unless more consideration is given to the implementation of these policies through improved staff knowledge and practice.”

A lack of knowledge among health professionals on how to communicate with people with Down’s syndrome and the use of negative terminology and ‘labelling’ is a source of concern highlighted in the report. Parents/carers are hurt by the lack of first person language and the use of negative terms such as – “but he’s a Down’s baby/kid” or “they” when referring to their child.

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The wife of cyclist Sir Chris Hoy has told how the shock experience of giving birth to a premature baby has propelled her into a key charity role.

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Lady Sarra Hoy is becoming the official ambassador of Bliss Scotland, a charity for babies born premature or sick.

She believes the post will be a chance for her to “give something back” after coming through the “dark days” in neonatal intensive care with newborn son Callum.

Lady Hoy, a lawyer by profession and the wife of Olympic hero Sir Chris, became unwell at 27 weeks while pregnant with Callum, who had to be delivered 11 weeks early.

He weighed just 2lbs 2oz when he was born in October 2014 and spent 60 days in neonatal care.

Callum is now a thriving toddler aged almost two-and-a-half but Lady Hoy remembers the fears she had following his early arrival into the world.

“He looked like a frail little bird that had fallen from its nest,” she recalled.

“From nowhere, I was signed up and given lifelong membership to a club I never wanted to join, nor even imagined existed.

“I was utterly terrified by what I saw and was scared at what the future held for us 
all.”

She explained how missing out on the third trimester of her pregnancy launched her into an experience she was not ready for.

She said: “We hadn’t bought a thing, we hadn’t read anything, all these preparations were gone, and from that you’re suddenly spending every day travelling to hospital to watch a baby that you know is yours but you have to ask to touch him and hold him.

“It’s a very disjointed way of coming into parenthood. However it happens, I do think it’s a huge shock.”

Lady Hoy, 36, who lives in England but still maintains strong connections to her home city of Edinburgh, says she feels privileged to be a voice for the 5,800 babies born each year in Scotland who need lifesaving neonatal care.

The role will see her raising awareness of the support Bliss can offer as well as encouraging people to back the cause by volunteering and fundraising.

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Four people including a police officer were killed and 40 injured when a knife-wielding terrorist brought horror to the gates of Westminster.

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The attacker mowed victims down on Westminster Bridge before crashing his car into railings beneath Big Ben and rushing at police guarding parliament through an open gate. He stabbed and killed an officer, named as Keith Palmer, 48, inside New Palace Yard before being shot dead.

Prime Minister Theresa May was ushered away from parliament by her security detail after the attack.

Speaking outside 10 Downing Street after chairing a meeting of the government’s Cobra emergencies committee, Mrs May paid tribute to the “exceptional men and women” of the police force who responded to the attack.

She vowed that “the forces of evil” would never be allowed “to drive us apart”.

READ MORE: Prime Minister’s statement in full

Police said they were treating the incident, which began at about 2.40pm, as a terrorist attack.

Metropolitan Police Acting Deputy Commissioner and Head of Counter Terrorism Mark Rowley said: “This was a day we’ve planned for but hoped would never happen. Sadly it is now a reality.”

At Holyrood, where MSPs were due to vote on a call for a second Scottish independence referendum, parliament was suspended following the attack. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said her thoughts were “with everyone caught up in the dreadful incident at Westminster”.

Police Scotland Chief Constable Phil Gormley said armed patrols had been increased around key sites north of the Border in the wake the attack.

The attacker left a trail of destruction for hundreds of metres from Westminster Bridge to parliament. Victims hit by the Hyundai 4x4 were described as having “catastrophic injuries” by staff at St Thomas’ Hospital across the Thames, who rushed to aid those hurt.

One woman hit by the attacker’s car was confirmed dead. Another woman who fell into the Thames was rescued and given urgent medical treatment on a pier.

A party of French schoolchildren were among those targeted by the car, with three injured. London Ambulance Service said paramedics treated at least ten patients on Westminster Bridge.

On the floor of the cobbled courtyard in front of Parliament, paramedics fought to save the life of the police officer and his attacker, with Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood among those who rushed to help.

READ MORE: Government minister gives CPR to injured officer

Kirsten Hurrell, who runs a newspaper kiosk in Parliament Square, told journalists that the vehicle was shot at before it careered into the fence outside parliament.

She said: “There were shots to stop the car, the car turned, went completely over the cycle lane and rammed nose first into the parliamentary fence. There was someone on the ground on the right of the car.”

Another eyewitness, Jayne Wilkinson said: “We were taking photos of Big Ben and we saw all the people running towards us, and then there was an Asian guy in about his 40s carrying a knife about seven or eight inches long.

“He was running through those gates, towards Parliament, and the police were chasing him.”

READ MORE: Video - aftermath of attack on Westminster Bridge

Frazer Clarke, 25, from Burton-on-Trent, one of a group of young boxers who saw the attack, said: “We heard a loud bang and screaming and then I noticed some smoke. I thought it was a car crash.

“I looked towards the front gate and people were running, a police officer and a fellow coming to the gate with two knives.

“He was stabbing the police officer with the knives.

“The police officer was stumbling and fell on the floor.

“Another police officer walked toward the guy with the knives and shot him twice.”

Edinburgh South Labour MP Ian Murray said he had been heading for a vote at the time of the incident. He added: “Anti-terror armed police were everywhere. Security and emergency services have been unbelievable.”

He said he had just been attending a meeting of an all-party parliamentary group.

“I went back up to them to let them know what was going on and make sure they didn’t leave the room we were in.

“Since, we have been moved to several places and locked down - currently in Westminster Abbey.”

READ MORE: Met Police statement in full

MPs spent hours in lockdown in the House of Commons chamber as police initially held thousands of people in place before evacuating them from the parliamentary estate.

From inside the chamber, SNP MP Ian Blackford told The Scotsman: “We at least have benches to sit on - but our thoughts are with those who give us security and who put themselves in harm’s way just by doing their jobs.”

Police Federation chairman Ken Marsh expressed “deepest sympathy” to the family of the officer who died following the events of Wednesdayyesterday afternoon.

He added: “This incident sadly shows the dangers our colleagues face on a daily basis. They show incredible bravery protecting the public.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said: “Today’s horrific attack in Westminster has shocked the whole country. All our thoughts are with the victims of this outrage, their loved ones, families and friends.

“This was not only an attack on innocent people.

“It was also an attack on our democracy. But I know that Londoners and people across the country will stand together in defence of our values and diversity.”

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: “When the attacks happened, many people, both police and civilians, ran towards the danger in order to help. Their bravery was awe-inspiring.

“Our response is to this must be more democracy, more openness, and more humanity. We will answer hatred with love.”

READ MORE: Inverness school pupils visiting parliament are safe and on flight home

The Scotsman’s office at Westminster overlooks New Palace Yard, where the incident unfolded.

Correspondent Paris Gourtsoyannis said: “There was a loud bang, like a car accident, from the direction of Whitehall and Westminster Bridge, to the east of parliament.

“Passers-by and police officers manning the gates were beginning to move towards the sound, when there were shouts, and what looked like someone rushing into New Palace Yard.

“There was a melee of police officers inside the gates, and then the sound of at least two gunshots.

“Two people were left lying on the pavement, which loops around to the underground parking lots.

“It wasn’t clear what the assailant was armed with. Officers immediately began giving medical attention to both of the injured, with paramedics giving CPR.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “There has been a serious incident near to Parliament Square this afternoon which is being treated as a terrorist attack until the police know otherwise.

“I have spoken to the Acting Commissioner. The Metropolitan Police Service is dealing with the incident and an urgent investigation is under way. My thoughts are with those affected and their families.

“I would like to express my thanks to the police and emergency services who work so hard to keep us safe and show tremendous bravery in exceptionally difficult circumstances.”

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A unarmed police officer who was among five people killed in a suspected terror attack in Westminster has been named as Pc Keith Palmer.

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The 48-year-old husband and father was stabbed by a man armed with two large knives inside the grounds of the Houses of Parliament.

Minutes earlier the attacker had mown down pedestrians with a car on Westminster Bridge, including schoolchildren.

Speaking outside Scotland Yard, acting deputy commissioner Mark Rowley, the Met’s top anti-terror officer, said about 40 people had been injured, several - including two police officers - seriously.

He declined to name the attacker, but said police believe he was “inspired by international terrorism”.

Mr Rowley said: “Today in Westminster we saw tragic events unfold and our thoughts are with those who lost loved ones, those who were injured and all those affected by this attack.

“One of those who died today was a police officer, Pc Keith Palmer, a member of our parliamentary and diplomatic protection command. Keith, aged 48, had 15 years’ service and was a husband and father.

“He was someone who left for work today expecting to return home at the end of his shift, and he had every right to expect that would happen.

“I can also now confirm that there are three members of the public who have lost their lives in the attack. Specially-trained family liaison officers have been deployed to support them.

“And, as I confirmed earlier, the suspected attacker was shot dead by an armed officer. Therefore, meaning that now in total we have five people who died today.”

Mr Rowley said three police officers were among those injured, two of whom were in a serious condition.

He refused to comment on the identity of the attacker, but said: “Our working assumption is that he was inspired by international terrorism.”

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Here is the full transcript of Prime Minister Theresa May’s statement following Wednesday’s terror attack in Westminster:

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“I have just chaired a meeting of the Government’s emergency committee, Cobra, following the sick and depraved terrorist attack on the streets of our capital this afternoon.

“The full details of exactly what happened are still emerging, but having been updated by police and security officials I can confirm that this appalling incident began when a single attacker drove his vehicle into pedestrians walking across Westminster Bridge, killing two people and injuring many more, including three police officers.

“This attacker, who was armed with a knife, then ran towards Parliament where he was confronted by the police officers who keep us and our democratic institutions safe.

“Tragically one officer was killed. The terrorist was also shot dead.

“The United Kingdom’s threat level has been set at severe for some time and this will not change. Acting deputy commissioner Rowley will give a further operational update later this evening.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been affected - to the victims themselves and their family and friends who waved their loved ones off but will not now be welcoming them home.

“For those of us who were in Parliament at the time of this attack these events provide a particular reminder of the exceptional bravery of our police and security services who risk their lives to keep us safe.

“Once again today these exceptional men and women ran towards the danger even as they encouraged others to move the other way.

“On behalf of the whole country, I want to pay tribute to them - and to all our emergency services - for the work they have been doing to reassure the public and bring security back to the streets of our capital city.

“That they have lost one of their own in today’s attack only makes their calmness and professionalism under pressure all the more remarkable.

“The location of this attack was no accident. The terrorists chose to strike at the heart of our capital city, where people of all nationalities, religions and cultures come together to celebrate the values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech.

“These streets of Westminster, home to the world’s oldest Parliament, are ingrained with a spirit of freedom that echoes in some of the furthest corners of the globe. And the values our Parliament represents - democracy, freedom, human rights, the rule of law - command the admiration and respect of free people everywhere.

“That is why it is a target for those who reject those values.

“But let me make it clear today, as I have had cause to do before: any attempt to defeat those values through violence and terror is doomed to failure.

“Tomorrow morning, Parliament will meet as normal. We will come together as normal.

“And Londoners - and others from around the world who have come here to visit this great city - will get up and go about their day as normal.

“They will board their trains, they will leave their hotels, they will walk these streets, they will live their lives.

“And we will all move forward together, never giving in to terror and never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart.”

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Police Scotland has included a projected deficit of nearly £50 million in its budget for the coming financial year.

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A meeting of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) yesterday approved the draft £1.1 billion budget, including a gap in the revenue budget of £47m.

Deputy Chief Officer David Page told board members that work was under way to reduce the deficit, but said it was an “elephant we’re going to have to eat one bite at a time”.

According to a paper presented to the board, the deficit in the revenue budget had been around £60m before a “number of cost reductions and savings proposals” helped reduce it.

Mr Page said: “We’ve taken on quite a lot of stretch to get to the point where it’s only £47m.

“We’ve got targets internally across the organisation at the moment. We’re also rolling out a new way of operating budgets.

“There’s an elephant to eat here and we’re going to eat it one bite at a time.”

He added: “We’re going to focus very hard on making sure we have the financial discipline in place and achieve the targeted savings we have across the organisation to get to £47m. Our ambition, when we’re on target, is to stretch. At the moment, however, we need to walk before we can run. We’re not settling at £47m.”

Earlier this year, Police Scotland was called “an organisation in crisis” after Auditor General Caroline Gardner said the force faced a £200 million funding gap by 2020-21.

Ms Gardner cited “weak financial leadership” in both Police Scotland and the SPA.

Yesterday, Mr Page said previous failings would not be repeated, promising a “completely refreshed approach to financial control”.

Despite the financial challenges, Chief Constable Phil Gormley said his force was in a “much better place” than 12 months ago.

He said: “We’re in a completely different place from this time last year. The fact that we now have a budget that’s intelligible and that there’s a recognition of the size of the challenge and how we are going to tackle it, feels like a much better place.

“There’s a clear way through this. The fact we’re understanding that £47m is the operational deficit from the coming year, that’s a really important acknowledgement and reference point for me.”

Last month Police Scotland announced plans to reduce officers number by 400 by late 2020 as part of a ten-year strategy that will see more crime reported online and an increased reliance on technology.

The national force published a vision of what policing will look like in 2026, including a greater use of civilian specialists to tackle the growing threat of cyber crime.

Speaking at the time, Mr Gormley said his force was currently being “constrained” by budget challenges and had to “transform” to meet both those and the crime threats of the future.

Yesterday’s board meeting also approved the closure of Police Scotland’s control room and service centre in Aberdeen as part of a national strategy to reduce the overall number of call centres.

It also emerged that just one in ten police officers believe that Police Scotland has a “positive future.”

The statistic emerged as part of an internal staff survey discussed yesterday by the SPA board.

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Pupils at an Inverness school who had been on a visit to the Houses of Parliament were safely on a flight home this evening.

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The children from Kinmylies primary school in Inverness had been on a trip to London on the day of the terror attack.

The school tweeted “flight on time at present. We cannot reply to individual texts. Please keep an eye on Twitter for updates. Looking forward to getting home.”

Katrina @teenried replied “glad to hear that you are all okay!”

Another concerned well-wisher posted @KinmyliesPr - “I am very glad to hear you are all safe and well, stay safe and see you all soon.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "sross@scotsman.com" ,"author": "SHN ROSS"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4400978.1490210458!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4400978.1490210458!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Kinmylies Primary School in Inverness. Picture: Kinmylies PS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Kinmylies Primary School in Inverness. Picture: Kinmylies PS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4400978.1490210458!/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/markets-economy/shoppers-are-hit-in-the-pocket-as-sterling-slumps-1-4400072","id":"1.4400072","articleHeadline": "Shoppers are hit in the pocket as sterling slumps","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490171560000 ,"articleLead": "

As official figures reveal that inflation has leapt above the Bank of England’s target, Scott Reid takes a look at how much further it can rise and the economic impact.

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Yesterday’s news that consumer inflation had leapt to its highest level since September 2013 last month will have come as little surprise to the average shopper.

The slump in sterling has made itself felt through price hikes in everyday food items such as bread and vegetables, as well as non-essentials and “big-ticket” products including computer software, electrical goods and motor cars.

• READ MORE: Cost of living fears mount as inflation hits 2.3%

High Street price wars may have helped keep a lid on those increases, but food is now becoming more expensive as ­producers begin to pass down soaring import costs triggered by the pound’s weakness since June’s Brexit vote.

The latest official data revealed that overall food prices nudged up 0.8 per cent between January and February, in contrast to a smaller rise of 0.1 per cent a year earlier, after shock weather conditions in southern Europe ravaged crops and left supermarkets and restaurants grappling with a vegetable shortage.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the price of iceberg lettuce leapt 67.2 per cent between January and February after falling 0.8 per cent a year earlier.

A jump in transport costs also drove inflation higher, with motor fuels rising 1.2 per cent month-on-month in February. As a result, the price of petrol lifted by 1.6p per litre at the pumps to an average of 120.2p for February, while diesel increased by 1.3p to 123.2p over the period.

The net result is that the consumer price index (CPI) measure of inflation hit 2.3 per cent last month, higher than most economists had been expecting, and up from 1.8 per cent in January. As we close in on the end of March, there is every likelihood that figure will have headed further north by now.

Howard Archer, chief UK and European economist at forecasting consultancy IHS Global Insight, said the latest statistics make “uncomfortable news” for consumers, as well as the Bank of England, which has a long-term 2 per cent target on CPI.

He warned: “We expect consumer price inflation to trend markedly higher over the coming months as sterling weakness increasingly feeds through and overall higher oil and commodity prices impact.

“Additionally, several utility companies have announced electricity and/or gas price hikes in March/April. Specifically, inflation is seen rising to 3 per cent in late-2017 and peaking around 3.3 per cent early on in 2018.”

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If there is a silver lining, then Archer believes that retailers, manufacturers and service providers will find the upside to their pricing power limited, given that the previous protracted squeeze on households’ purchasing power has made ­consumers “very price conscious”.

Inflationary pressures will stoke fears that interest rates could be on the rise. Kristen Forbes, one of the nine rate-setters on the monetary policy committee, broke ranks to vote for a quarter-point hike to 0.5 per cent last week amid fears that inflation is “rising quickly and was likely to remain above target for at least three years”.

The central bank, which will continue to use CPI as its measure for setting interest rates, predicted inflation to lift to 2 per cent in February, peak at 2.8 per cent in the first half of next year, and fall back to 2.4 per cent in three years – what some would now argue look like pretty optimistic forecasts.

Business leaders are concerned that inflation has become a key risk to UK growth prospects. The Centre for Economics and Business Research think-tank expects the inflationary squeeze on ­consumer spending power to lead to a slowdown in UK GDP growth from 1.8 per cent in 2016 to 1.6 per cent this year.

Suren Thiru, head of economics at the British Chambers of Commerce, believes that inflation will remain “persistently above” the Bank of England’s 2 per cent ­target over the near term, peaking at close to 3 per cent in the second half of 2018.

“The decline in the value of sterling, together with rising oil and other commodity prices, is likely to maintain the upward pressure on consumer prices in the coming months,” he noted.

“Rising inflation is a key risk to the UK’s growth prospects. Businesses continue to report that the rising cost of raw materials are squeezing margins, forcing many firms to raise their prices. Higher inflation is also likely to materially squeeze consumer spending in the coming months as price growth increasingly outpaces earnings growth.”

That spending power crunch is also highlighted by Calum Bennie, savings specialist at Scottish Friendly, who said: “If proof was needed that a squeeze is underway, this is it.

“With prices expected to rise further this year as a result of the fall in sterling, things will only get tougher for consumers whose wages are not rising sufficiently to keep pace. Shopping smarter or even cutting back spending are some of the ways we will cope while still trying to put money aside for the future.”

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A Government minister was among the first to rush to the aid of the police officer fatally injured in the attack.

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Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood rushed to the the officer after he was apparently stabbed just at the gates to the Palace of Westminster.

The former Army captain with the Royal Green Jackets helped paramedics deliver first aid to the officer.

He was seen covered in blood after he tried to help staunch the man’s wounds.

The BBC later reported that the officer had died as a result of his injuries,

A source close to Mr Ellwood told The Telegraph: “[He] tried to give mouth to mouth and stem blood flow from multiple stab wounds to the officer until the chopper and medics arrived”.

Mr Ellwood has been Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Foreign Office since July 2014, covering the Middle East and Africa brief. He has been an MP for Bournemouth East since 2005.

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Met Police commander BJ Harrington delivered the following statement following the incident at Westminster.

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“Since 14.40 this afternoon the Metropolitan Police Service has responded to an incident in the area of Parliament Square, and the Senior National Coordinator has declared this a terrorist incident.

“And although we remain open-minded to the motive a full counter terrorism investigation is already under way - led by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.

“At this stage I will confirm what we know has happened, but I will not speculate.

“We received a number of different reports - which included a person in the River Thames; a car in collision with pedestrians and a man armed with a knife.

“Officers were already at the location as part of our routine policing operation. Immediately, additional officers were sent to the scene and that included firearms officers.

“We are working closely with the London Ambulance Service and the London Fire Brigade.

“I’d like to repeat our request for the public to avoid the following areas: Parliament Square, Whitehall, Westminster Bridge, Lambeth Bridge, Victoria Street up to the junction with Broadway and the Victoria Embankment up to Embankment tube.

“This is to allow the emergency services to deal with the ongoing incident.

“There is an ongoing investigation being led by our Counter Terrorism Command and we would ask anyone who has images or film of the incident to pass these to police.

“We know that there are a number of casualties, including police officers, but at this stage we cannot confirm numbers or the nature of the injuries.

“Our response will be ongoing for some time as it is important that we gather all the possible evidence.

“Public safety is our top priority and we are reviewing our policing stance across London; throughout the course of this afternoon there will be additional police officers deployed across the Capital.

“I would like to ask the public to remain vigilant - and let us know if they see anything suspicious that causes them concern. Dial 999 immediately.

“The Acting Commissioner Craig Mackey is being treated as a significant witness as he was at the scene when the incident started. While he is not injured, it would be inappropriate for him to talk about the incident at this stage.

“His thoughts are with all those involved.

“Anyone with information about today’s incident is urged to call 0800 789321.”

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Everybody should have the chance at redemption, and the terrorist turned politician Martin McGuinness played a significant role in bringing peace to Nothern Ireland.

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As one of the main architects of the Good Friday Agreement it was his involvement, along with that of Gerry Adams, that gave the process legitimacy in the eyes of the Republican community, and without that it simply would not have happened.

And his political career was remarkable, building on that peace process – who can forget his unlikely cordiality with former enemy Ian Paisley, or his meeting with the Queen in 2012.

READ MORE: Nicola Sturgeon pays tribute to ‘brave work’ of Martin McGuinness

But equally who can forget the outrages perpetrated by the IRA, of which he was a commander. The terrorists murdered British soldiers on the streets of British cities using the bullet and the bomb. The bullet was almost always delivered from a distance from a place of concealment – rarely did IRA volunteers put themselves at risk or engage in open confrontation. Sometimes the bombs were delivered by civilians forced to drive the explosives to their target.

And it was not just soldiers or alleged traitors to their cause they killed. The ruthless and brutal IRA bombing campaign killed scores of innocent victims including children in cities both in Northern Ireland and on the UK mainland. Martin McGuinness was a key part of that deadly campaign.

So his life was perhaps proof that people can change; from armed struggle he embraced peace – the change was profound and genuine. But perhaps – and understandably – not all are able to find forgiveness for his part in many heartless crimes.

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Inspector Morse author Colin Dexter has died aged 86.

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A statement from his publisher, Macmillan, said: “With immense sadness, Macmillan announces the death of Colin Dexter, who died peacefully at home in Oxford this morning.”

He was best known for penning the crime novels, which spawned the long-running TV series Inspector Morse and spin-offs Endeavour and Lewis.

Dexter’s cerebral detective was first introduced in 1975 in his novel Last Bus To Woodstock and appeared in more than 10 other novels, as well as several short stories.

The author was known for making cameo appearances in the ITV drama series of Morse, which starred John Thaw in the title role across its 33-episode run between 1987 and 2000.

Dexter was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to literature in 2000.

At the time, he said he would have liked to think his fictional detective would have bought him a celebratory whisky if he had been alive.

He said: “I think Morse, if he had really existed and was still alive, would probably say to me ‘Well, you didn’t do me too bad a service in your writing’.

“He might say ‘I wish you’d made me a slightly less miserable blighter and slightly more generous, and you could have painted me in a little bit of a better light’.

“If he had bought me a drink, a large Glenfiddich or something, that would have been very nice, but knowing him I doubt he would have done - Lewis always bought all the drinks.”

As well as making appearances in Morse, Dexter would also regularly pop up in episodes of Endeavour, which stars Shaun Evans as a young Morse in the early days of his career as a detective constable in Oxford.

Earlier this year, it was announced that Dexter would not be making any further appearances in the current ITV drama series.

Endeavour’s creator and writer, Russell Lewis, said: “I think he’s allowed, after 30-odd years, to take tea in the pavilion.

“We haven’t got him in the flesh this year.”

Speaking to Radio Times, he added: “But there’s a big part of the fandom that likes to spot Colin - like spotting Hitchcock.

“He’ll be there in spirit, not in flesh. He’ll be that little bit harder to find than usual.”

Tributes have been paid by those who knew and worked with Dexter in recent years.

Maria Rejt, Dexter’s most recent editor at Macmillan, said: “Colin was an author who inspired all those who worked with him.

“His loyalty, modesty and self-deprecating humour gave joy to many. His was the sharpest mind and the biggest heart, and his wonderful novels and stories will remain a testament to both.”

Jeremy Trevathan, also from Macmillan, said: “With Colin’s death there has been a tectonic shift in the international crime writing scene.

“Colin represented the absolute epitome of British crime writing, and in the 1990s John Thaw’s Inspector Morse took over Wednesday night television.

“He was one of those television characters who the nation took to their hearts. This is a very sad day for us all.”

Kevin Lygo, director of television at ITV, said: “We’re very sad to hear this news and our deepest sympathies go to Colin Dexter’s family.

“When Colin’s celebrated novels were adapted for television they went on to become one of the nation’s best-loved shows. John Thaw’s pitch-perfect portrayal of the irascible detective with a love for crosswords, real ale and classical music was undoubtedly one of the best-loved characters of all time.

“Through 33 feature-length stories, the casebook of Morse and Lewis changed the landscape of detective drama.”

Lygo praised Dexter for his hands-on approach to both Morse and Endeavour, as well as Lewis, the spin-off based on the story of Inspector Morse’s sergeant in the original series.

He said: “Colin was closely involved in the production of Inspector Morse, advising on scripts and making keenly anticipated cameo appearances in many of the films.

“Colin also worked closely with ITV as a consultant on Lewis, the highly successful sequel to Inspector Morse which starred Kevin Whately and ran for nine years.

“He was also one of the key creative forces behind Endeavour, the acclaimed prequel series starring Shaun Evans as the young Morse. The most recent Endeavour series, shown this January, marked the 25th anniversary of Inspector Morse’s television debut.”

He concluded: “ITV is very grateful to Colin for bringing so much joy to the audience over the years and the world of Inspector E Morse will live forever.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Lucy Mapstone"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4398972.1490125473!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4398972.1490125473!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Colin Dexter, author of the Inspector Morse series, died at his home in Oxford. Picture: PA","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Colin Dexter, author of the Inspector Morse series, died at his home in Oxford. Picture: PA","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4398972.1490125473!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ {"video": {"brightcoveId":"1490125248951"} } ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/business/markets-economy/cost-of-living-fears-mount-as-inflation-hits-2-3-1-4398566","id":"1.4398566","articleHeadline": "Cost of living fears mount as inflation hits 2.3%","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490095040000 ,"articleLead": "

Rising fuel and food prices have pushed inflation beyond the Bank of England’s 2 per cent target to hit its highest level since September 2013.

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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the consumer prices index (CPI) measure of inflation reached 2.3 per cent last month, up from 1.8 per cent in January.

The move is the first above-target rise since November 2013 and will put pressure on the Bank’s monetary policy committee (MPC) to hike interest rates beyond 0.25 per cent this year.

• READ MORE: Inflation stalks the nation, but how high can it go?

Calum Bennie, savings specialist at Scottish Friendly, said: “If proof was needed that a squeeze is underway, this is it.

“And with prices expected to rise further this year as a result of the fall in sterling, things will only get tougher for consumers whose wages are not rising sufficiently to keep pace. Shopping smarter or even cutting back spending are some of the ways we will cope while still trying to put money aside for the future.”

Kate Smith, head of pensions at Edinburgh-based Aegon, said today’s data would “set alarm bells ringing” among consumers, who have seen their buying power eroded as incomes fail to keep pace with rising costs.

“This can be particularly hard for those on fixed incomes, including many pensioners,” she added.

“Increasingly people are living 20 or more years in retirement and even low-level inflation can erode the value of retirement income over time. In under 20 years the value of £100 has more than halved, which could severely restrict pensioners’ spending power and quality of life.”

In response, HM Treasury said: “The government appreciates that families are concerned about the cost of living, and that is why we are cutting tax for millions of working people, increasing the national living wage to £7.50 per hour from next month, and freezing fuel duty for the seventh year in a row.”

Today’s figures came as the ONS switched to its preferred measure of inflation from CPI to CPIH, which includes costs associated with living in, maintaining and owning a house. The CPIH measure also reached 2.3 per cent, up from 1.9 per cent in January.

ONS deputy national statistician Jonathan Athow said: “Inflation has risen to its highest rate for almost three-and-a-half years with price increases seen across a range of items but with food and fuel having the largest impact.”

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The price of food rose by 0.3 per cent between last month and February 2016, after falling on the year for 31 consecutive months.

The supermarket price war had kept a lid on price rises, but food is now becoming more expensive as producers begin to pass down soaring import costs triggered by the pound’s slump since the EU referendum result.

Overall food prices lifted 0.8 per cent between January and February, in contrast to a smaller rise of 0.1 per cent a year earlier, after shock weather conditions in southern Europe ravaged crops and left supermarkets and restaurants grappling with a vegetable shortage.

The ONS said the price of iceberg lettuce jumped 67.2 per cent between January and February after falling 0.8 per cent a year earlier.

A jump in transport costs was also driving inflation higher, with motor fuels rising 1.2 per cent month-on-month in February.

The price of petrol lifted by 1.6p per litre at the pumps to 120.2p for February, while diesel increased by 1.3p to 123.2p.

• READ MORE: Central banks go separate ways on interest rates

Kristin Forbes, one of the nine rate-setters on the MPC, broke rank to vote for an interest rate hike to 0.5 per cent last week amid fears that inflation is “rising quickly and was likely to remain above target for at least three years”.

Forbes, who is set to finish her three-year term on the MPC at the end of June, has “consistently been at the hawkish end of the MPC” according to Howard Archer, chief UK and European economist at IHS Global Insight, who believes she may have wanted to “get her viewpoint strongly across” before she leaves the Bank to return to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.

The Bank of England, which will continue to use CPI as its measure for setting interest rates, predicted inflation to lift to 2 per cent in February, peaking at 2.8 per cent in the first half of next year, before falling back to 2.4 per cent in three years’ time.

The retail prices index, a separate measure of inflation, rose to 3.2 per cent in February, up from 2.6 per cent in January.

Maike Currie, investment director for personal investing at Fidelity International, said: “With February’s inflation rate at 2.3 per cent and pay growth coming in at 1.7 per cent, real wage growth has turned negative.

“If inflation continues to tick up and wage growth remains lacklustre, we will all be getting progressively poorer as each month rolls round. This squeeze on the UK consumer is bad news because consumer spending is the backbone of the UK economy.”

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" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "BEN WOODS AND GARETH MACKIE"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4398565.1490090431!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4398565.1490090431!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Motor fuel costs rose 1.2% last month, pushing inflation above the BoE's 2% target. Picture: Rui Vieira/PA","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Motor fuel costs rose 1.2% last month, pushing inflation above the BoE's 2% target. Picture: Rui Vieira/PA","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4398565.1490090431!/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/george-galloway-to-stand-as-independent-mp-1-4398625","id":"1.4398625","articleHeadline": "George Galloway to stand as independent MP","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490092801000 ,"articleLead": "

Former Labour and Respect MP George Galloway has thrown his hat into the ring to succeed Sir Gerald Kaufman as MP for Manchester Gorton.

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The Scottish politician - who was expelled from Labour in 2003 - will stand as an Independent candidate in the upcoming by-election triggered by the long-serving MP’s death in February.

Announcing his candidacy on the Westmonster website, Mr Galloway said that ousting Labour from a stronghold which it has held since 1935 and won by a margin of 24,000 votes in 2015 would be “the mother of all by-election victories”.

He denounced Labour’s shortlist of five ethnic minority contenders to be its candidate as an “insult” to the local community, claiming it had been engineered by National Executive Committee member Keith Vaz, who sits on the selection panel for the constituency.

“The ‘All-Asian short-list’ hand-picked by Keith Vaz is just not good enough for the people of Gorton, one of the most deprived constituencies in Britain,” said Mr Galloway.

“The short-listing, which excluded many better candidates, is the latest in a long line of insults delivered by mainstream parties to local communities.”

On Labour’s shortlist for the by-election, whose date is yet to be fixed, are North West MEP Afzal Khan and city councillors Yasmine Dar, Amina Lone, Luthfur Rahman and Nasrin Ali.

The Greens, who took second place in Gorton at the last general election, have selected entrepreneur Jess Mayo as their candidate.

The Liberal Democrats, who slumped to fifth place in 2015, will be represented by former Gorton councillor Jackie Pearcey.

Sir Gerald Kaufman held Gorton in 2015 with 67% of the vote, ahead of the Greens (9.8%), Conservatives (9.7%) and Ukip (8.2%).

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Andrew Woodcock"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4398624.1490092863!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4398624.1490092863!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "George Galloway plans to stand for election as MP for Manchester Gorton, Picture: Ian Rutherford","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "George Galloway plans to stand for election as MP for Manchester Gorton, Picture: Ian Rutherford","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4398624.1490092863!/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/philip-hammond-does-not-recognise-eu-s-50bn-brexit-bill-1-4398587","id":"1.4398587","articleHeadline": "Philip Hammond ‘does not recognise’ EU’s £50bn ‘Brexit bill’","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490091393000 ,"articleLead": "

Philip Hammond “does not recognise” European Union demands for Britain to pay a Brexit “divorce bill” of up to £50 billion after Article 50 is triggered next week, a source close to the Chancellor has said.

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It comes after the Times reported that Brexit-backing Cabinet ministers want Mr Hammond to cap any exit settlement at a maximum of £3 billion.

At the weekend the Chancellor accused Brussels over “overstating” its position ahead of the negotiations, which will begin after Theresa May invokes Article 50 on March 29.

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A source close to Mr Hammond drew attention to those comments, adding: “We don’t recognise the 60 billion.”

The issue of an exit bill will be one the early priorities in negotiations as some EU figures, including European Commission chief negotiator Michel Barnier, have suggested the UK must settle its outstanding liabilities before talks on a new relationship can begin.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has already publicly urged Mrs May to resist a large payment, while International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has dismissed the idea as “absurd”.

READ MORE: Brexit: Prime Minister will trigger Article 50 on 29 March

Discussion of the divorce bill is likely to dominate the coming weeks after Mrs May confirmed her intention to initiate Britain’s exit next week and then “negotiate hard” for a good deal.

The Prime Minister’s letter officially notifying the European Council of the UK’s intention to quit under Article 50 of the EU treaties will set in train a two-year negotiation process expected to lead to Britain leaving the EU on March 29 2019.

Brexit Secretary David Davis said the move would initiate “the most important negotiation for this country for a generation”, with the Government aiming to secure “a new, positive partnership between the UK and our friends and allies in the European Union”.

But on Monday, sterling dipped on the news, giving up gains and slumping against the dollar to 1.23. The pound also dived against the euro, trading 0.1% down at 1.15.

European Council president Donald Tusk confirmed that he will present draft Brexit guidelines to the remaining 27 member states within 48 hours of notification.

The EU27 are then expected to stage an extraordinary summit within four to six weeks to agree a mandate for Mr Barnier, with talks probably beginning in earnest in May or June.

Mrs May is due to visit all four nations of the UK before triggering Article 50. She will address MPs in a statement to the House of Commons following her regular weekly session of Prime Minister’s Questions on March 29.

She was cleared to take the step when the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act gained royal assent last week, after a Supreme Court ruling forced her to seek the approval of both Houses of Parliament.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "ARJ SINGH and ANDREW WOODCOCK"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4398585.1490091390!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4398585.1490091390!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Philip Hammond does not recognise European Union demands for Britain to pay a Brexit divorce bill. Picture PA Wire","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Philip Hammond does not recognise European Union demands for Britain to pay a Brexit divorce bill. Picture PA Wire","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4398585.1490091390!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ {"video": {"brightcoveId":"1489166029106"} } ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/uk/martin-mcguinness-ex-northern-ireland-deputy-fm-dies-at-66-1-4398415","id":"1.4398415","articleHeadline": "Martin McGuinness, ex-Northern Ireland deputy FM, dies at 66","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490088030000 ,"articleLead": "

Northern Ireland’s former deputy first minister and ex-IRA commander Martin McGuinness has died aged 66.

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It is understood he had been suffering from a rare heart condition.

His party, Sinn Fein said in a statement: “It is with deep regret and sadness that we have learnt of the death of our friend and comrade Martin McGuinness who passed away in Derry during the night.

“He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.”

Mr McGuinness stood down in January in protest at the DUP’s handling of the ‘cash for ash’ energy scandal, triggering a snap election.

His retirement came amid health concerns, but he, his family and colleagues did not specify the nature of his illness.

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams paid tribute to his lifelong friend, saying: “Throughout his life Martin showed great determination, dignity and humility and it was no different during his short illness.

“He was a passionate republican who worked tirelessly for peace and reconciliation and for the reunification of his country.

“But above all he loved his family and the people of Derry and he was immensely proud of both.

“On behalf of republicans everywhere we extend our condolences to Bernie, Fiachra, Emmet, Fionnuala and Grainne, grandchildren and the extended McGuinness family.

During his time in office Mr McGuinness forged an unlikely friendship with then Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Ian Paisley and the two earned the nickname the Chuckle Brothers.

A Twitter account in the name of Mr Paisley’s son Kyle said: “Very sorry to hear about the passing of Martin McGuinness. Look back with pleasure on the remarkable year he and my father spent in office together and the great good they did together.

“Will never forget his ongoing care for my father in his ill health.”

Mr McGuinness was described as a “great guy” by former Labour communications chief Alastair Campbell.

He tweeted: “So sad Martin McGuinness has died. Some will never forgive his past but without him there would be no peace. The man I knew was a great guy.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "ANGUS HOWARTH"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4398413.1490080050!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4398413.1490080050!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Martin McGuinness has died aged 86. Picture: AP Photo/Alastair Grant","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Martin McGuinness has died aged 86. Picture: AP Photo/Alastair Grant","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4398413.1490080050!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4398414.1490080053!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4398414.1490080053!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "(From the left) Nicola Sturgeon with Martin McGuinness during the British-Irish Council Summit meeting in June 2016. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "(From the left) Nicola Sturgeon with Martin McGuinness during the British-Irish Council Summit meeting in June 2016. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4398414.1490080053!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ {"video": {"brightcoveId":"1490087201666"} } ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/business/markets-economy/martin-flanagan-roll-up-roll-up-uk-plc-for-sale-1-4398412","id":"1.4398412","articleHeadline": "Martin Flanagan: Roll up, roll up – UK plc for sale","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490079811000 ,"articleLead": "

Former Treasury minister Lord Myners is articulating an open secret that UK companies for a long time have been far more vulnerable to foreign takeovers than their overseas counterparts.

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This was partly due to the UK privatisation phenomenon of the 1980s and early 1990s, when unshackled former state entities like water, electricity, rail and airports were left to fend for themselves amid ­market forces. Nuclear followed.

• READ MORE: UK businesses remain takeover targets

Contributing to this, both literally and in terms of zeitgeist, was the Big Bang in 1986, when the rules of ownership of UK brokers and investment banks were relaxed.

When UK bankers could see their very own firms being snapped up by new ­owners from abroad, why would they not spearhead foreign takeovers in other UK industries in return for fat fees?

Myners says correctly that many ­takeovers are spurred by the drive for gold from our finance industry, and that sometimes it resembles a slightly seedy “garage sale”. Myners wants a tightening up of City takeover rules to help protect UK ­companies; Unilever, which has just ­fended off Kraft Heinz of the US, wants “national champions” protected.

At the very least, some sort of public interest clause in major UK takeovers might be appropriate.

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A new report from the CBI employers’ body calls for a UK government commitment to spend 3 per cent of GDP on R&D by 2025. R&D spend currently stands at 1.7 per cent of GDP, well adrift of many ­international rivals.

However, although the new target is a joint one to be shouldered by both the ­private sector and the government, it looks ambitious against the backdrop of the public deficit, when there is not even a ­pretence any more that it will be paid off by 2020 given post-Brexit uncertainty.

Still, if a worthy target is not set, ­nothing will be achieved anyway.

So let’s hope Chancellor Philip ­Hammond pays it some mind in his autumn Budget this year (that’s if he ­survives any summer ­reshuffle by ­Theresa May after the fiasco over the National Insurance contribution rises for the self-employed in the recent Budget).

Powered-up innovation is a long-term lifeblood for employment and general prosperity throughout the UK – we should not set our sights low.

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" ,"byline": {"email": "martin.flanagan@scotsman.com" ,"author": "MARTIN FLANAGAN"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4398411.1490079969!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4398411.1490079969!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Lord Myners has said that takeover rules should be made tougher to prevent Britain's biggest companies from falling into foreign hands. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Lord Myners has said that takeover rules should be made tougher to prevent Britain's biggest companies from falling into foreign hands. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4398411.1490079969!/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/opinion/leader-comment-we-are-all-being-failed-by-labour-s-in-fighting-1-4398173","id":"1.4398173","articleHeadline": "Leader comment: We are all being failed by Labour’s in-fighting","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490076000000 ,"articleLead": "

It is hard not to hear Tom Watson’s cries of a secret plan to seize control of the Labour party, and not have the feeling that history is repeating itself, with the party once again spiralling into factionalism.

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Back in the 1980s, one of the biggest political issues – and the source of much disunity for the Labour party – was the emergence of Militant, which critics called a party within the party, which sought to put its members in influential positions within Labour to better further their far-left cause.

It ended in acrimony and expulsions from the party. The party survived, but its energies were focussed on itself and not on creating policies that would solve the many social problems in the UK and see it elected.

This time round there are some differences, Momentum is an external organisation set up by members of the party who support Jeremy Corbyn and who think that the party members should have a greater say in the direction of the party and curb the say that its elected representatives have, But on its web site there are prominent encouragements to join both it and the Labour Party.

But if it is seeking to woo away the Unite union’s cash then there is indeed a serious battle in the offing. The union is the greatest funder of the Labour party, and an election is under way for general secretary, widely seen as a proxy contest for control of the Labour party.

Momentum’s Jon Lansman was reportedly taped saying that if Len McCluskey was re-elected as Unite general secretary, the union would affiliate to his group rather than just to Labour. Mr Watson claimed the Labour leadership, ie his boss Jeremy Corbyn, was tacitly appro ving the organising of a faction within the party by the party’s biggest funder. It shows just how badly split the party is, and there is little sign of sense being seen and compromises being made.

So at a time of the greatest political upheaval the UK has seen for decades, the only party capable of being an effective opposition to the Tories at Westminster is once again so involved in in-fighting it cannot spare the energy to make itself effective. This complete lack of political ability has made the Tories realise they have the stage to themselves and can just about do as they please. So the UK is being let down and the Tories are set to stay in power for a considerable period, not through their abilities and policies but because Labour will not unite and fight.

And the Labour party’s complete collapse in Scotland, through terminal complacency and navel-gazing, has left the SNP in Scotland in a similar position to the Tories in England, albeit relying on the support of the Greens in parliament. And of course a bold Tory government in London simply plays in to the hands of the SNP in Scotland in highlighting division, so the SNP ends up getting a double bonus out of Labour’s self-inflicted troubles.

The Labour party has to realise that it is letting the country down if it allows itself to concentrate on internecine warfare instead of putting aside differences and providing the real political focus that is desperately needed.

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Caring for a new baby costs more than £9,500 in first year of parenthood – a third of the average annual salary – research has revealed.
A report has found that new parents will spend £184 a week on necessities such as food, clothing, nappies and childcare for their baby, equating to £9,568 in the first year of parenthood. The figure is a third of the UK average salary of £28,000.

Meanwhile, the government’s statutory maternity pay of £139.58 leaves parents with a weekly shortfall of £44.42 – or more than £2,300 a year – even without accounting for other costs such as housing costs or food for adults.

Ahead of their baby’s arrival, living in a suitable home and having adequate savings in the bank to cover expenses ranked as the most important factor for 80 per cent and 59 per cent respectively of the respondents to the survey by Comparethemarket.

Jody Coughlan, head of life insurance atcomparethe­market.com, said: “The cost of living is increasing for many, but new parents are at the sharp end of this. When a baby arrives, parents have to buy items they have never budgeted for before, such as nappies, baby clothes and childcare – a challenge when parents will already be living off a reduced income.”

He added: “However, parents shouldn’t panic; there are many ways of keeping costs down. For example, switching to a cheaper supermarket while on maternity leave and using fewer branded items, or simply cutting down on the amount of petrol used, taking your new baby out for some long walks in the fresh air instead. All of these things can save vital pounds.”

Although 72 per cent of people expecting a baby planned to take their full maternity or paternity leave, nearly two-thirds of parents and parents to be questioned said they are concerned that their maternity or paternity pay is not enough to cover the additional expense of having a baby.

The survey also found that the cost of having a baby is also preventing parents from planning for their children’s future. More than two-thirds of parents worry about how they can save for costs which may incur as their offspring gets older, and one in ten do not think they will be able to put aside any money at all towards their child’s future.

Food for the baby was ranked as the most expensive outlay at £62, followed by the cost of childcare at £46 a week for a baby aged 12 months or under.

Clothing and nappies cost £28 and £20 respectively, parents said.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Jane Bradley"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4398348.1490049472!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4398348.1490049472!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "More than two-thirds of parents worry about how they can save for costs which might occur. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "More than two-thirds of parents worry about how they can save for costs which might occur. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4398348.1490049472!/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/richard-hammond-fine-after-grand-tour-motorbike-crash-1-4397499","id":"1.4397499","articleHeadline": "Richard Hammond ‘fine’ after Grand Tour motorbike crash","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1490002417000 ,"articleLead": "

Richard Hammond has assured fans he is “fine” after falling off a motorbike “many times” while filming for The Grand Tour.

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The TV presenter was in a remote part of Mozambique in east Africa shooting the Amazon Prime programme when the accident occurred, according to The Sun.

In a post, entitled ‘Yes, I fell off but yes, I’m fine. Sorry’, shared on motoring social media platform DriveTribe, Hammond confirmed the reports.

He wrote: “Thanks for enquiries re my slight shunt whilst filming for GT.

“I can confirm that yes, I fell off a. bike, many times, in fact and yes, I banged my head and everything else. But life goes on (sic).”

Hammond’s co-star Jeremy Clarkson had told the newspaper: “He really did hurt himself quite badly.”

But asked if fellow host Hammond went to hospital, Clarkson joked: “We don’t do hospitals.”

It comes 11 years after Hammond suffered life-threatening head injuries following a high-speed crash as he filmed for BBC’s Top Gear in 2006.

The presenter was in a coma for two weeks following the 288mph accident, but made a full recovery.

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Professor Stephen Hawking has said he is planning to travel into space on Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.

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The physicist and cosmologist, 75, said he had not expected to have the opportunity to experience space but that the Virgin boss had offered him a seat.

Discussing the meaning of happiness on Good Morning Britain, he said: “My three children have brought me great joy.

“And I can tell you what will make me happy, to travel in space.

“I thought no one would take me but Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic, and I said yes immediately.”

Professor Hawking also shared his views on US President Donald Trump and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during the interview.

The scientist - who previously referred to Mr Trump as a “demagogue” - said he still admires America but fears that he “may not be welcome” there any more.

“The reaction to the election of Donald Trump may have been overdone, but it represents a definite swing to a right-wing, more authoritarian approach,” he said.

“Everyday life in the United States continues much the same.

“I have many friends and colleagues there, and it is still a place I like and admire in many ways.

“I would like to visit again and to talk to other scientists but I fear that I may not be welcome.”

Professor Hawking said of Mr Corbyn: “I don’t believe there will be much chance of Labour winning an election under him.

“He doesn’t come across as a strong leader, and he allowed the media to portray him as a left-wing extremist, which he’s not. It’s no good having the right principles if you never get in power.”

But he added: “I will continue to vote Labour, it’s the party that matters.”

Host Piers Morgan also quizzed Professor Hawking about Brexit.

The scientist, who was opposed to leaving the EU, said if the referendum decision must be implemented “it shouldn’t be a hard Brexit as the right wing of the Conservative Party want”.

“That would leave us isolated and inward-looking,” he said. “Instead, we should retain as many links as possible with Europe and the rest of the world, particularly China.”

Professor Hawking also warned that leaving Europe “threatens Britain’s status as a world leader in science and innovation”.

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Human versions of a cancer-immune “supermouse” are spearheading a multi-million-pound research project aimed at finding a cure for one of the deadliest forms of the disease.

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Scientists are to search for special individuals whose innate immune systems provide a powerful defence against cancer.

Their cancer resistance mirrors that of a mutant lab mouse that astonished researchers with its ability to shrug off aggressive cancers.

The bold plan is to use white blood cells from these people – who make up a small fraction of the population – to develop a potential cure for pancreatic cancer in the next four years.

The disease has one of the highest fatality rates of any cancer, with only 3.3 per cent of patients surviving five years after diagnosis.

With adequate funding the team hopes to launch a first clinical trial as early as next year.

Alex Blyth, chief executive of LIfT BioSciences, the British biotech company pioneering the treatment in partnership with King’s College London, said: “This could be game-changing. It’s a cell therapy, essentially taking cells from people who have a high-­functioning innate immune system and transferring them to people with a lower level of cancer-killing activity.

“On average, cancer patients have much lower activity in their granulocytes, a family of white blood cells that has consistently been overlooked. It wasn’t even recognised that they killed cancer cells until recently.”

Mr Blyth – whose mother died from pancreatic cancer in 2014 – added: “Currently 97 per cent of patients with pancreatic cancer today will be dead in five years, and that hasn’t really changed in 40 years. It’s a tragedy. That’s why we’ve made it our number one priority.”

Early research indicates that the same approach could work for other solid cancers, such as those affecting the prostate, breast and bladder.

The project developed from the discovery in 1999 of a mutant mouse with an almost miraculous ability to ward off aggressive cancers.

Scientists at Wake Forest University in the US found that the “supermouse” passed on its cancer-beating powers to 40 per cent of its offspring. When white blood cells from these mice were injected to normal mice, they too became cancer-resistant.

It was a surprise because the cells formed part of the innate, not adaptive, immune system. They were “granulocytes” – cleaners that mop up invaders by engulfing them. It was discovered that a fraction of the human population also have anti-cancer immune cells.

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A specialist police team set up to investigate crimes against MPs has begun inquiries into more than 50 complaints since the murder of Jo Cox.

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Cases of hate-filled messages, harassment and criminal damage were reported to the Metropolitan Police’s Parliamentary Liaison and Investigation Team between last August until early February this year.

The squad received 33 reports of malicious communications – which can include Twitter trolling – 13 reports of theft, three reports of harassment and four allegations of criminal damage. The figures, obtained under Freedom of Information laws, comes amid mounting concern that MPs are facing unprecedented levels of abuse online.

Late last year, it emerged that nearly £640,000 was spent on bolstering security for MPs after the murder of Ms Cox, who was shot and stabbed by neo-Nazi Thomas Mair on 16 June, just days before the European Union referendum.

Labour MP Rachael Maskell received threats from people with far-right views and had a picture of a body with a severed head mailed to her after Ms Cox’s murder.

Ms Maskell said: “It is the vile views of individuals who at one point indicated that I should be next to be murdered. It was highly unpleasant but you find your mechanisms of dealing with these things.

“I think I was in such shock over what happened to Jo Cox – her family were very much in the forefront of my mind – that seemed to overwhelm everything. ”

Ms Maskell, who was first elected to Parliament in 2015, said she had no idea being an MP would open her up to such “detestable” abuse.

She fears the level of vitriol aimed particularly at female MPs could put other women off standing for Parliament.

She said: “We already know that fewer women than men are in Parliament, fewer women put themselves forward to be in Parliament … And this is another layer, another factor..”

Tom Brake, the Liberal Democrat chief whip, said that while armed police patrol the corridors of Westminster, MPs have become targets on sites like Twitter. He said: “I received a message from someone telling me, ‘You should think very carefully about how you vote for the future of your family’, which I referred to the police.”

But he said: “I don’t see any desire on the part of members to lock themselves away and sit behind bullet proof glass to conduct their surgeries.”

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A handwritten poem by Siegfried Sassoon is to go on display for the first time as part of a major exhibition on anti-war protest, the Imperial War Museums (IWM) said.

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The manuscript of one of Sassoon’s most famous war poems, The General, will be feature at IWM London as part of the People Power: Fighting For Peace exhibition.

More than 300 exhibits from paintings to posters, banners and music stretching from the First World War to the present day will explore stories of anti-war protest and the creative expression used to campaign against conflict, the IWM said.

The General was written in April 1917 from Sassoon’s hospital bed in London, where he was recovering from a shoulder wound he received while leading a bombing assault.

The manuscript in the exhibition is a later handwritten version dated 7 February 1919, and is angrier than the one published in his second 
poetry collection, Counter-Attack, in 1918.

In this version of the poem, which contrasts the soldiers and the incompetent military leaders who sent them to their deaths, he changes the last line from “did for them” to “murdered them”.

Sassoon enlisted at the start of the war but became increasingly opposed to the conflict because of his experiences of trench warfare and the death of his brother at Gallipoli and a close friend in March 1916.

Serving on the Western Front, he was known by his men as Mad Jack for his reckless bravery and was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry after bringing back wounded and dying comrades during a raid on enemy trenches in 1916. After convalescing from his wound in 1917, he refused to return to duty. He wrote to his commanding officer, enclosing a statement claiming “the war is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it”, which was 
later read out in Parliament.

But rather than court martial a national hero, the authorities sent Sassoon to Craiglockhart Hospital in Edinburgh to be treated for shell-shock. He later returned to the front.

His poetry and post-war autobiographical novels have been important in influencing perceptions of the war.

Anthony Richards, head of documents and sound at IWM, said: “His experiences of the harsh conditions on the Western Front had an 
enormous effect on his 
attitude to the war.”

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