3:27 pm, Thu 02 May 2013
MP sorry after hitting cyclist with car door
Senior Labour MP Margaret Hodge has apologised after hitting a cyclist with her car door.
Hodge, chairwoman of the high profile Public Accounts Committee, apologised to the cyclist after the incident at around 6pm last night.
Margaret Hodge hit the cyclist after parking her car.
The cyclist was said to be uninjured and neither ambulance nor police units were called to the scene, which was in her constituency in Barking, East London.
A spokeswoman for Mrs Hodge said the car was parked and the engine was not running when the clash occurred.
She has admitted holding a mobile phone in her hand when the incident occurred but said she was not making a call at the time.
The statement said: "As she was getting out of the car, she struck a cyclist with the car door.
"She apologised profusely to the cyclist, he accepted the apology.
"My understanding is the only damage was to a light on the bike and the cyclist was unharmed."
9:40 am, Thu 11 Apr 2013 Meridian
Whistlestop tour in Kent for Labour Leader
Bringing home the bacon - Ed Miliband chats to staff at ASDA in Greenhithe
Credit: Malcolm Shaw
The Labour Leader Ed Miliband has begun his tour of Kent. He's arrived at ASDA in Greenhithe where he's been chatting with staff and customers.
Most customers seemed happy to see the Labour Leader, but some were a little shy.
Credit: Malcolm Shaw
Mr Miliband will be moving on to Gravesend later this morning and Maidstone this afternoon.
9:20 am, Thu 14 Mar 2013 Labour peer suspended
Labour peer suspended after alleged anti-Jewish claims
Lord Ahmed was jailed for sending texts shortly before his car was involved in a fatal crash.
Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
Labour peer Lord Ahmed has been suspended by the party amid an investigation into claims that he blamed his jailing for dangerous driving on a Jewish conspiracy.
According to The Times, Lord Ahmed blamed his 12-week prison sentence on pressure placed on the courts by Jews "who own newspapers and TV channels".
The Muslim peer allegedly told an Urdu-language broadcast in Pakistan that the judge who jailed him was appointed to the High Court after helping a "Jewish colleague" of Tony Blair during an important case.
A Labour spokesman said: "The Labour Party deplores and does not tolerate any sort of anti-Semitism. Following reports in The Times today we are suspending Lord Ahmed pending an investigation."
8:10 pm, Sat 17 Nov 2012
Poll: 66% of voters back cut in UK funds to EU
Two thirds of voters have backed a cut in British contributions to the EU, according to a poll conducted for the Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror.
In the poll, 66% said UK payments "should be cut rather than frozen" with 12% against and 22% undecided.
A majority (58%) thought Britain should withdraw from the EU altogether "if some EU powers cannot be restored to the UK", including a 53% majority of Labour voters.
Liberal Democrat voters backed that stance by a margin of 39% to 32%.
Asked if the UK should "leave the EU regardless", 43% agreed - with more Tory and Labour supporters backing the policy than not.
Nearly a quarter (23%) of Lib Dem voters agreed, a clear 57% were opposed.
ComRes interviewed 2,024 British adults online between November 14-16.