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'Big six' energy firms rate poorly in Which? customer survey

The UK's six largest energy companies are among the worst offendors for poor customer service, according to an annual survey by consumer group Which?

All of the big six - British Gas, EDF Energy, E.On, npower, ScottishPower and SSE - languished in the bottom fifth of the ranking of the nation's biggest brands.

npower came bottom of the table with a customer score of just 57 percent, replacing last year's lowest scoring company Ryanair.

Second from the bottom is Scottish Power, with a customer rating of 58%, down from joint 62nd in last year's rankings.

Police investigate death threat aimed at George Galloway

A police investigation has been launched after a death threat aimed at controversial MP George Galloway was sent to the Houses of Parliament.

Officers from the Palace of Westminster contacted the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command following the receipt of the letter yesterday.

According to a source, the letter included a threat that the Respect Party MP would "die from a deadly virus".

Scotland Yard tonight said the letter intended for a member of the House of Commons and was being treated as "malicious communications".


Scotland receives £1,300 more per head than UK average

The Barnett Formula is a mechanism used by the Treasury to adjust the amounts of public spending allocated to areas of the UK.

Scotland receives £1,300 more per head in public spending than the UK average. Credit: ITV News
Northern Ireland receives £2,000 more per head than the average. Credit: ITV News
The northeast of England has £631. Credit: ITV News
While the northwest of England receives £464. Credit: ITV News


Latest Scotland poll shows slim support for the Union

A third poll has this evening shown support for Scotland remaining in the UK at 52%.

The poll showed Scottish support for independence at 48%, excluding undecided voters, a Survation poll for the Scottish Daily Mail.

The poll showed 8% of voters remained undecided with just one day to go before Scots decide whether to declare independence from the United Kingdom.

Military chief 'may recommend' sending troops to Iraq

One of the most senior US military officials has said he may yet advise President Obama to send ground troops into Iraq to combat Islamic State militants.

General Martin Dempsey said that if there were "threats to the United States" he would make a recommendation that "may include the use of US military ground forces".

ITV News Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports:

More passion injected into closing stages of debate

The three main Westminster party leaders today delivered what they hoped would be a knockout blow to give Scotland more powers if it stays in the Union .

Although the Yes campaign called their final message - dubbed The Vow - an "insult to voters", it has injected yet more passion into the closing stages of the Scottish debate.

ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby reports:

Nasa to focus on sending humans to Mars

Nasa is to focus on sending humans to Mars after announcing that contracts for transporting Americans to the International Space Station have been awarded to Boeing and SpaceX.

Nasa is to focus on sending humans to Mars. Credit: NASA

In a statement Nasa Administrator Charles Bolden said: "Turning over low-Earth orbit transportation to private industry also will allow Nasa to focus on an even more ambitious mission – sending humans to Mars."

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