The News Matrix: Monday 24 November 2014


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More funds needed to fight terror in UK

An increase in terror plots is putting pressure on police resources, the top British officer has warned. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Met Police commissioner, said “four or five” plots had been foiled this year and he expected the Government to boost funding.

May: We must get to truth of sex abuse

The allegations of child sex abuse at public institutions that have emerged so far are just the “tip of  the iceberg”, Theresa May has warned. The Home Secretary said  it was crucial for society to “get to the truth” of what happened in the 1970s and 1980s.

Max Mosley’s £1m offer to Labour

Max Mosley offered the Labour Party almost £1m to fund an “anti-Cameron” election campaign emphasising the PM’s links to his disgraced spin-doctor Andy Coulson. Mr Mosley made the offer a year ago through formal Labour donation channels.

Canal plan to take water down South

A solution to water shortages in southern England has been drawn up by engineers. The plan would see a network of canals built from the UK’s biggest man-made reservoir – Kielder Water in Northumberland – to carry water to the Midlands and South-east.

Gordon Brown set to quit Commons seat

Gordon Brown is expected to confirm that he will stand down as an MP at the end of this Parliament. The Sunday Mirror reported yesterday that the former prime minister would announce his decision within days.

Green Party ‘will displace Lib Dems’

The Green Party is poised to displace the Liberal Democrats as Labour’s principal challenger on the centre-left at next year’s general election, its only current MP, Caroline Lucas, has claimed. More than 500 Green candidates will stand at the polls in May and the leadership is targeting 12 key constituencies, Ms Lucas said in an interview with i.

Recovery of MH17 wreckage is over

An operation to clear the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine has been completed, the Dutch government said yesterday. The debris will be transported to the Netherlands and reconstructed as part of the investigation into the cause of the disaster on 17 July.

Private schools ‘now cater for oligarchs’

High fees are turning some leading independent schools into “finishing schools for oligarchs’ children”, a head has claimed. Andrew Halls, of King’s College School, Wimbledon, said that an “endless queue” of very rich families from outside Britain had helped to push up costs.

Some of our ancient rings aren’t missing

A set of 3,000-year-old gold rings stolen from a museum has been sent to a Swedish newspaper. The sender said the theft of the ancient Greek jewellery had not been noticed by staff at Gothenburg’s National Museums of World Culture.

Anti-gay activist weds male partner

The former leader of a pressure group that claimed it could “cure” gay people of attraction to the same sex has married his male partner. John Smid said he had completely changed his views after denying his own sexuality for years.

Briton becomes Scrabble champion

A British entrant won the World Scrabble Championship for the first time in 21 years. Craig Beevers, 33, took the £3,000 prize at London’s ExCel Centre.

Band Aid song tops UK singles charts

The Band Aid 30 song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, in aid of Ebola relief, topped the UK charts last night as it became the fastest-selling track of the year.