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Diabetes UK: sufferers surge to 2.8 million

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The number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK has increased by more than 150,000 to 2.8 million in the past year, warns Diabetes UK today.

The data, collected from GP practices, also show the nationwide figure of people registered as obese to have risen to over five and half million, an increase of more than 265,000. This now means one in 20 of the population is being treated for diabetes and one in ten for obesity.

State terrorism? Obama must act

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For most Americans to undermine the US armed forces particularly those on the front line is about as unpatriotic as you can get. That is triply so if you’re the President, even worse when you’re facing mid-term election and your popularity ratings are falling fast.

OBV pays tribute to Reggae legend Gregory Isaacs

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Already well known in Kingston Jaimaca during the late sixties, Isaacs became an international star when he signed for Richard Branson's Virgin Records in 1978.

During his heyday there were few stars that were bigger than Greggory Issacs. He moved again to Island records in a bid to further explore his creativity where he made his now famous 'Night Nurse' album. Released in 1982 and recorded at Bob Marley's Tuff Gong studio, the record reached number 32 in the UK

MP calls for stop & search debate

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Chuka Umunna MP has called for an urgent debate in Parliament on stop and search after it emerged that black people are 26 times more likely than white people to be stopped and searched by police.

Is the Commonwealth still relevant

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The Commonwealth Games ended recently. This probably means that the Commonwealth will not be mentioned in the media for another 4 years. But surely there should be more to the vestiges of the British empire than mere staging of the Commonwealth Games? What does the Commonwealth actually do in this day and age and is it still relevant?

Cartoon Corner: why send them home?

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Cartoonist Tim takes a look at the recent stories of deportee abuse.

Prominent peer claims expenses race bias

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A prominent peer voiced concerns that inconsistent investigation procedures were due to race bias after three peers were suspended from the House of Lords over their expenses claims.

Crossbencher Lord Bhatia, and Labour members Baroness Uddin and Lord Paul were accused in Privilege and Conduct Select Committee reports of designating their main home as properties in which they didn’t live, thereby enabling them to claim overnight expenses.

Mayoral win: Rahman trounces Labour

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In what can only be described as an extraordinary election result, the hounded and ousted former Labour Mayoral candidate Lutfur Rahman swept to victory as the new mayor for Tower Hamlets.

With barely a few weeks to campaign as an independent candidate Rahman and his many supporters took on Labour and won by a huge margin winning 51.76% of the vote.

Questions will now be asked by the Labour hierarchy, how did they get themselves in such a mess? How did they find themselves yet again paying scant regard to their largely Bengali constituency?

José Gutiérrez: new deportee mistreatment case

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A second investigation was launched this month into allegations of the mistreatment of a Columbian asylum seeker by G4S security guards.

The investigation follows the death of 46-year-old, Angolan refugee Jimmy Mubenga, just weeks ago.   Mr Mubenga collapsed and died during a deportation at Heathrow airport, handled by G4S security guards.

Poorest hit by welfare cuts

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The announced spending cuts were today described as the deepest since the second World War and analysts say families will be the hardest hit.

Britain’s leading independent economic analysts the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) declared ‘families with children as the "biggest losers" .

The independent think tank said that ‘the less well off would be proportionately the hardest hit’, and that the £7bn of benefit cuts would reinforce the "regressive" nature of the government's plans to tackle the deficit.

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