A Tory MP has been forced to issue a grovelling apology and to make a ‘substantial’ donation to charity after making false claims about Jeremy Corbyn’s links with communist spies.
Ben Bradley said his comments were ‘wholly untrue and false’ and agreed to pay out an undisclosed sum to a homeless charity and a food bank in his Mansfield constituency.
Lawyers acting for the Labour leader contacted Mr Bradley this week over a potentially libellous tweet – in which he made unsubstantiated allegations about Mr Corbyn’s interactions with a Czech agent who was posing as a diplomat.
This year’s report from Transparency International puts the US on a par with Austria – which is ridiculous.
All kinds of people from politicians to businessmen would go to jail in Austria today if they engaged in practices that are quite common in the US.
While it is true that you don’t typically have to bribe your postman to deliver the mail in the US – in many key ways America’s political and financial practices make it in absolute terms far more corrupt than the usual global South suspects.
After all the US economy is worth over $18 trillion a year – so in our corruption a lot more money changes hands.
The scale of food safety and hygiene problems in meat plants around much of the UK is revealed by new analysis showing more than half of all audited plants have had at least one ‘major’ breach in the last three years.
Inspection figures from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) reveal there were on average 16 major plant safety infractions every week between 2014-2017 – according to a data analysis conducted this week by the Guardian and Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
Almost two thirds of audited meat cutting factories (540 out of 890) in England Wales and Northern Ireland had at least one instance of major non-compliance with hygiene or food safety regulations.
Several plants had multiple failures with 25 breaches occurring at plants belonging to Russell Hume – the meat supplier at the centre of recent concerns about UK food hygiene.
A figure close to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to turn state’s witness in a case investigating alleged corrupt dealings between the government and telecom group Bezeq – the latest blow to a leader engulfed by several scandals.
Communications Ministry head Shlomo Filber – identified by Israeli media as a ‘confidant’ of the Prime Minister was arrested on Monday along with several executives at Bezeq – the country’s biggest telecoms group.
It is alleged Walla – a news website owned by the company – gave Mr Netanyahu’s government favourable coverage in exchange for regulatory benefits.
Activists are demanding the National Rifle Association (NRA) reveal if it received donations from Russia, after it was reported the FBI is investigating whether a Kremlin-linked Moscow businessman channelled money to the group’s campaign to help Donald Trump win the election.
With the influence of the NRA under mounting scrutiny following a school shooting in Florida and the campaign led by students to change the country’s gun laws – campaigners say it is vital that investigators uncover if the powerful lobbying group group used any Russian money to help elect Republican members of Congress and Mr Trump during the 2016 race.
It is against the law to use foreign money in federal election campaigns.