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Our chief correspondent roams across the news agenda bringing both light and shade to his topical reports.

May 10, 2016 1 Comment

‘We in the police got it wrong’: PCC Alan Billings on Hillsborough

Alan Billings is angry. He is frustrated. But he is patient.  Newly re-elected (with a vast majority share of the vote) as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Britain’s most beleaguered police force – South Yorkshire –  he knows he has one hell of a task to hand:


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March 14, 2016 2 Comments

Saving terrified migrants’ lives at sea

Now at night, in hopelessly overloaded craft, they are pointed at destiny or death in the pitch-black moonless nights and heavy cloud of this week.

January 15, 2016 4 Comments

The Anglican Church’s issues with sexuality

Canterbury thinks it may, hopes it may, have seen off a schism. The Africans are sending rather different signals.

January 5, 2016 4 Comments

To many, Obama is ‘assaulting the values of the Founding Fathers’

Obama, to European eyes, is merely tinkering with the small print, the very edges of ingrained national violence which produces stats a minor civil war would be familiar with.

December 22, 2015 2 Comments

Memories of Sangin as British forces return to help fight Taliban

Just over a year after British combat forces left Afghanistan, they are back, as the Taliban threaten to take the strategic town of Sangin.

December 10, 2015 1 Comment

Two floods in five days in Lake District village of Glenridding

Despite facing new torrents of flood water through their main street last night, residents of Glenridding say everyone is helping each other and others are worse off than them.

December 6, 2015 2 Comments

Cumbria floods: the home invasions

A woman from Appleby-in-Westmorland is enjoying a night out in a local hotel in circumstances she would never have wanted: her home is flooded.

December 3, 2015 13 Comments

Tommy Robinson is back – but what’s changed?

EDL founder Tommy Robinson says he’s launching a new anti-radical Islamic movement in the UK. But policies? Ideas? Not much in evidence at all.

November 26, 2015 6 Comments

Tear gas, squalor and scabies – another day of misery in the Jungle

An outbreak of scabies sweeping the Calais camp known as the Jungle is fuelling the determination of migrants to escape the squalor for a new life in Britain, by any means possible.

November 22, 2015 3 Comments

Security clampdown in Brussels extended

The country where many of the Paris attack suspects came from faces real disruption for days and months to come.

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