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Interim South Yorkshire police chief would welcome 'independent assessment' of Orgreave

The Interim Chief Constable for South Yorkshire Police, Dave Jones, says he would welcome an 'an appropriate independent assessment' of Orgreave, in light of the Hillsborough Inquests.

“The Hillsborough Inquests have brought into sharp focus the need to understand and confront the past and give people the opportunity to explore the circumstances of such significant events.

“I would therefore welcome an appropriate independent assessment of Orgreave accepting that the way in which this is delivered is a matter for the Home Secretary.”

– Chief Constable Dave Jones, Interim Chief Constable for South Yorkshire Police



Former Rotherham MP faces prison over expenses

The former Labour MP was told by the judge, Mr Justice Sweeney "all sentencing options remain open" Credit: PA

A former Labour MP for Rotherham is due to be sentenced later today after he admitted to fraudulently claiming expenses he did not need.

Denis MacShane, admitted filing 19 fraudulent invoices between January 2005 to January 2008 back in November.

Appearing at the Old Bailey, the former minister for Europe received over £100,000 in allowances on top of his salary of £67,000 a year.

Among them, he submitted fake receipts for £12,900 of "research and translation" services.

Four MPs and two peers have been sent to prison as a result of the expenses revelations from 2009. The maximum sentence for false accounting is seven years.

Their sentences ranged from nine to 18 months.

Committee chair says why HS2 must go ahead

It is "essential for the UK" for the HS2 high-speed rail project, which would run between London and Birmingham and the North to go ahead, a report by MPs said.

The risks of not going ahead with the project "significantly outweigh the risks of doing so," say the House of Commons Transport Committee.

The committee, chaired by Louise Ellman, Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside, also said serious thought should be given to building the second-phase northern section of the line at the same time as the first phase London-to-Birmingham stretch.

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HS2 report a 'cheerleading whitewash', say campaginers

The report into the viability of HS2 is a "cheerleading whitewash" and only heard from "people who support" the London to Birmingham rail link, according to activists.

Campaign manager for the Stop HS2 group Joe Rukin said:

Unlike the public accounts committee and treasury committee hearings on HS2, it was clear that this inquiry was going to be a cheerleading whitewash when the transport committee only called people who support HS2 to give evidence.

Despite the official cost of HS2 standing at £50 billion, the committee want to pretend it is £28 billion, even though they said it would be £34 billion in 2011.

In saying this and telling the DfT they should abandon their standard assessments to improve the case for HS2, they are effectively ordering the Government to 'spin harder' on HS2.

– Stop HS2 campaign manager Joe Rukin
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