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Government committee "concerned" by complaints about Foreign Office

A House of Commons Select Committee says more realism is needed by British families who have loved ones in trouble abroad about just what the Foreign Office can do to help them.

However, a report looking at the role of the FCO published today says the department does sometimes fall short in helping vulnerable people.

"Some people expect the FCO to act as lawyer, insurance company or banker when they run into trouble abroad.

'This is unrealistic and leads to unfair criticism of the unique emergency assistance that the FCO does provide.

"We consider that the FCO has substantially improved its consular service, and can be proud of its team, which provides help to thousands of Brits every year.

"We have nonetheless been concerned by complaints about failings to support vulnerable people in detention, or who have suffered a loss abroad. These cannot be dismissed and must be investigated by the FCO to ensure that problems do not recur."

– Sir Richard Ottaway, Chairman of the Committee

Kristian Nicholson from Hull, who was imprisoned in Iraq, claims his experience was "terrible". He said his family had little contact from the office when he was held in Erbil for almost nine months.

Scunthorpe's Quickenden causes a stir in the Jungle

Scunthorpe's Jake Quickenden caused a bit of a stink in the jungle - by accusing Playboy model Kendra of smelling like a "feral dog".

Scunthorpe's Jake Quickenden Credit: ITV

The former X Factor star has been a huge hit with his female fellow contestants on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here since he joined them with Edwina Currie.

And the sexual tension continued to simmer in the Australian jungle as the Scunthorpe-based heartthrob grabbed the girls' attention - by fair means or foul.

Sitting with Kendra, Jake told the US star that she stank, adding: "I can smell you over there."

Kendra admitted she smells and Quickenden said: "She smells like a feral dog."

To add insult to injury, former Hull City footballer Jimmy Bullard said: "I've not even known men to smell like that."

It came after Quickenden had tried his hand at flirting with Nadia Forde - with little initial success.

He told her "How do you look so fresh in the morning? You look better in the morning than at night", but got two fingers for a reply.

After the Irish model took off her top, revealing her bra, the 26-year-old former X Factor contestant said: "Oh gosh, you're not shy, are you?"

Later the pair sat together eating rice and beans, which Jake described as "technically our first dinner together".

He added "Is this a date? Are we on a date now? I would have bought you something better than rice and beans."

And he caused her to blush when he pointed out that the 25-year-old has "a couple of little freckles".

Asking Nadia if she had a specific type of man, she replied: "I want someone to enhance my life."

Show insiders have been quoted saying that they want to spice things up following the early departures of The Only Way Is Essex star Gemma Collins and actor Craig Charles.

Collins quit after three days in the jungle, while Charles left following the sudden death of his older brother Dean.


Hull man: I felt "abandoned" by Foreign Office

A man from Hull who was unable to leave Iraq for almost nine months has welcomed a report claiming the Foreign Office sometimes needs to do more to help British people who have got into trouble abroad.

A Government Select Committee has analysed substantial anecdotal evidence which indicates the FCO provides "inconsistent" support for bereaved families, and fails to provide enough help for Brits in prison abroad.

Kristian Nicholson says he felt Credit: ITV

Kristian Nicholson, a former RAF interpreter, was involved in a fatal car accident when he was working in Iraq. He says a man died because there was an obstruction in the road, and the accident could not have been avoided.

After he paid thousands of pounds to the man's family, he was told by a court in the besieged city of Erbil that he could leave. Afterwards, his passport was confiscated and the authorities wrangled over whether he could leave the country.

He returned home to his wife and children in September - but claims he has been mentally scarred by the events.

He said: "The corruption I encountered in the country is beyond belief.

"Luckily I had friends with high connections in the courts or who know what would have happened to me?

"I am now close to becoming homeless with three children. I did feel abandoned by the Foreign Office."

Evans slams Millers display

Rotherham Manager Steve Evans slammed his players after their 1-0 defeat to Birmingham in the Championship.

Rotherham Manager Steve Evans Credit: Press Association

Evans believed the performance was not good enough for the Championship and had no praise for any of his players.

"It looked like two poor teams out there," said Evans.

"I think it was the poorest performance from us that I can remember for a while. If that's our performance levels it's not going to be good enough for this league that's for sure.

"We look at ourselves and it was disjointed. The central defensive pairing have been a rock to what we have achieved in the last couple of years but today it looked today that neither of them had ever played football.

"We will go back on the training ground tomorrow and work hard and if people think we are going to give up what we fought for last year then there is no chance of this."

Evans said that some players would be "disgusted" with their showing.

He added: "We have got very honest staff and there are some individuals there who would be disgusted by their performance because they are normally very good for us.

"We will analyse some of it, train and get ready for next week. That's all we can do."


West Yorkshire factory to close with loss of 74 jobs

A bathroom manufacturer has announced plans to shut a factory in West Yorkshire with the lose of 74 jobs.

Ideal Standard says it is restructuring its production base and is now formally consulting with staff and unions at the Otley site to close within 12 months.

The company, which makes plastic mouldings for bathrooms in Otley, says "it is a necessary step to safeguard future competitiveness."

Former Hull man Miller signs for Wildcats

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have signed Australian halfback Jacob Miller on a one-year deal.

Done deal: Former Hull FC player Jacob Miller has joined Wakefield Credit: Press Association

22-year-old Miller was released by Hull FC earlier this monthand has now been snapped up by their Super League rivals for their 2015 campaign.

He made 20 appearances for the Black and Whites and is now hoping to prove himself with the Wildcats.

"Wakefield have given me a great opportunity to rediscover my best form and this is a challenge I'm eager to fulfil," said Miller, who moved to England following his release by Wests Tigers last year.

Head coach James Webster added: "Jacob's signing allows us to have greater depth and competition in the halves.

“He is similar to many players that have signed for Wakefield in that he is a young player with a point to prove and a burning desire to cement a spot in the team."

Sheffield United fans at first home game since Ched Evans controversy

Sheffield United fans have been at a home game for the first time since the Ched Evans controversy.

A number of supporters this afternoon called for the club to now move on.

Yesterday Friday November 21, 2014, Blades bosses reacted angrily after being forced into a u-turn following the public outcry.

Kate Hemingway reports.

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