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Lib Dems call for Dawn Primarolo to be sacked over tax credit row
Tax credit overpayments reach £1.8bn

The Liberal Democrats have called for the minister in charge of tax credits to resign after the government admitted £1.8 billion was overpaid in the system last year. The figures for 2004-05 show an improvement on the previous year’s total of £2.2 billion, but do little to dispute the conclusion of a committee of MPs… Read more »

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Answer NRW’s call for evidence on wild bird licensing says BASC
Improvements to livestock worrying legislation welcome news for gamekeepers, says BASC

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has welcomed the announcement that enclosed gamebirds are to be included within enhanced livestock worrying legislation in England and Wales. Listing enclosed gamebirds and increasing police powers for dealing with incidents of livestock worrying are just two parts of a wider Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill introduced… Read more »

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Martin McGuinness rejects claims he is a British spy
McGuinness dismisses spy claims as rubbish

Sinn Fein chief negotiator Martin McGuinness has dismissed allegations that he is a British spy as a “load of rubbish”. The Mid-Ulster MP was speaking for the first time since former British army intelligence officer Martin Ingram made the allegations in a Sunday newspaper. They come just months after former Sinn Fein official Denis Donaldson… Read more »