Families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster have finally received justice after fresh inquests ruled they were unlawfully killed. The longest inquests in English legal history blamed police for the supporters’ deaths and absolved fans of any wrongdoing on 15 April 1989.
Families of the 96 fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster have declared justice has been done after an inquests jury found they were unlawfully killed. Lawyers acting on their behalf said the conclusions had “completely vindicated” their 27-year battle for the truth.
JUBILANT families who lost loved ones at Hillsborough sang You’ll Never Walk Alone after a jury decided the 96 victims were unlawfully killed. Relatives who had fought for justice for 27 years hugged and sobbed with relief after the two-year inquest cleared Liverpool fans of any blame.
There are Islamic State Brussels-style terror cells operating in England, America’s intelligence chief has warned. James Clapper said there was a “fundamental conflict” between national security and freedom of movement across the European Union. The director of National Intelligence said that so-called Islamic State had taken advantage of the refugee crisis in Europe and there was evidence of plotting.
Open borders across Europe have allowed Isil to plant sleeper cells across the continent and in the UK, poised to launch Paris or Brussels-style massacres, America’s intelligence chief has warned. James Clapper, the US Director of National Intelligence, warned the free movement of citizens around the EU was “in conflict” with the need to protect security.
Plans for new elected mayors announced in the Budget by the government should be abandoned, Conservatives have said. Local councillors and some MPs say mayors for three rural parts of England will add an expensive and unwanted extra tier of government. Councils could reject the idea and opt out of new authorities in Lincolnshire, the west of England and East Anglia, North Somerset MP Liam Fox said.
The government has been defeated again in the House of Lords over calls to take in child refugees from Europe. A new amendment to the Immigration Bill from Labour’s Lord Dubs was backed by 279 votes to 172. It would force ministers to arrange the relocation of children who have made it to Europe into the UK, with the total number to be decided by the government.
Pressure is mounting on David Cameron to U-turn and save refugee children stranded in Europe after he was dealt a heavy blow in Parliament. Peers defeated the government for a second time after Theresa May refused their bid to bring 3,000 lone youngsters to Britain. MPs shouted “shame!” on Monday as the House of Commons rejected the plea by Labour’s Lord Dubs, 83, who fled the Nazis to England on the Kindertransport.
Air pollution in the UK is a “public health emergency”, according to a cross-party committee of MPs, who say the government needs to do much more including introducing a scrappage scheme for old, dirty diesel vehicles. The government’s own data shows air pollution causes 40,000-50,000 early deaths a year and ministers were forced to produce a new action plan after losing a supreme court case in 2015.
EU funding fines
Britain has paid back £2.70 in fines for every £100 it received from the European Union in funding for farming and rural development, according to a report by MPs. Over the last decade, at least £650m worth of penalties have been incurred from the European Commission because Government departments wrongly spent EU funding, the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said.
Whitehall departments have been criticised for paying fines of hundreds of millions of pounds to the European Commission because they are not spending EU funds properly.
MPs said penalties of at least £650m had been paid in the past decade and departments had shown a “distinct lack of urgency” in tackling the problem. Departments had caused extra complexity in the EU funding process, they added.
According to the sole government commissioned assessment of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the proposed agreement will have “few or no benefits to the UK”. The TTIP agreement currently under negotiation between the U.S. and the European Union (EU) is regularly cited as one of the future benefits of Britain voting to remain in the politico-trading bloc, promising billions of dollars worth of trade opportunities.
Immigration from within the European Union may be as much as a quarter of a million higher than official estimates because of undercounting, a report claims today. Net migration from the 28 EU member states may have been undercounted by at least 50,000 a year over the past five years, which would increase the overall annual net figure to almost 375,000.
Labour risks losing “a swathe” of voters to UKIP by campaigning to remain in the EU, one of its MPs has warned. Frank Field said Labour’s traditional voters had seen their wages, housing and services hit by “open-door” immigration from Eastern Europe. He claimed 40% of them wanted to quit the EU – but their views were not being properly represented by the party.
David Cameron’s inner circle are using WhatsApp to secretly plot the Prime Minister’s pro-EU campaign, it has been claimed. His aides and ministers are said to be sharing information on the messaging app ahead of June’s historic in/out referendum. Unlike emails sent on Downing Street computers, WhatsApp messages, which are encrypted, cannot be released under Freedom of Information laws.
David Cameron’s inner circle are sending group texts using the WhatsApp service to keep details of how they are running the EU Remain campaign secret for all time. Ministers and the PM’s most senior aides are keeping discussions of their campaign plans off official Downing Street emails. Instead the top team guiding the Remain campaign are using the encrypted instant messaging service to message each other while avoiding embarrassing leaks.
The statistics watchdog has vowed to resist any political pressure over the release of migration statistics in the run-up to June’s EU referendum. Details of the number of EU migrants paying tax and claiming benefits in the UK will be published next month. Sir Andrew Dilnot, the chair of the UK Statistics Authority, told MPs that any interference in the process from any source would be “just inappropriate”.
The UK’s top statistician has admitted that “we don’t know exactly” how many European Union citizens are living in the country. National Statistician John Pullinger has promised “extra real information” on EU immigration in May, as the issue shapes up to be a major battleground in the run-up to the referendum in June.