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Andy Coulson tipped for top Tory comms role

I await with much interest for this afternoon’s announcement about Andy Coulson, former editor of the News of the World, being appointed the Director of Communications for the Conservative Party, whispers which were disclosed on Iain’s blog. If true, there will naturally be associations made between him and spin doctoring which the public – and hopefully...
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The missing – Shawn Hornbeck (found)

I stumbled across this tragic story and later discovered it had a happy ending. I hope it will help other families of missing children to maintain their faith during their ordeal. Shawn Hornbeck was riding his bike in October 2002 in Missouri when he vanished without trace. He was only 11. Vigils were held to mark his birthday and anniversary of his disappearance. His story...
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Who can argue against the Inuits on climate change?

How can anyone argue against the heartfelt case of Inuit leader Aqqaluk Lynge, pleading for an end to the expansion of Stansted Airport to help save villages and hunting grounds across the Arctic? A public inquiry was launched today to boost passenger numbers by another 10 million a year to 35 million. The plan had been rejected by the local authority on grounds of climate change,...
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Patricia Cornwell sues cyber bully

Best selling crime writer Patricia Cornwell is suing another author for libel claiming his internet smear campaign is destroying her reputation and has stifled her creative flow. Lots of bloggers may sail close to the wind, but are  hopefully aware of the laws regarding online defamation. However, it seems Leslie R Sachs has repeatedly overstepped the mark. The whole case is...
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The missing – Kevin Hicks

Kevin Hicks was 16 when he popped out to buy some eggs from the local  shops one bitterly cold evening. He never returned home. That was in March 1986 – 21 years ago. He is now aged 37; the age progression pic shows him at 33. It is the ordinariness of the situations leading up to many disappearances that I find so harrowing. Kevin had earlier enjoyed a Sunday lunch with his family...
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Can Post Offices be saved?

Can anything be done to save the future of thousands of post offices doomed to close? Charles Hendry, Shadow Minister responsible for Post Offices, makes a convincing case about how they can survive financially, with more support from government and business.  You can find out more from his frank interview on Tory Radio.
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The missing – Leo Balley

Leo Balley vanished while on a camping holiday with his father and friends  near the idyllic Lake Fourchu in the Taillefere Mountains in France nine years ago. The men were putting up the tent when the six-years-old disappeared. Amazingly, the colour of Leo’s eyes are not known. The lakes and forests were thoroughly searched for signs of Leo, who...
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Let’s help Rachel catch this cyberstalker

Could you guess that the woman in this pic is a deranged cyberstalker who has been posting hateful messages to Rachel from North London over the last year? She looks so friendly. She is Felicity Jane Lowde and has been convicted of harassing Rachel by repeatedly posting malicious comments on her blog and making other libelous statements. Rachel asked me if I had had problems with any...
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Have a nice, wet weekend

Although I dislike swearing, I do like the sentiment behind Hugh’s wacky cartoon  business card,  it’s what we should all aspire to in our own way. And it’s certainly one way of being memorable. What’s the most unusual business card you have ever had?  I collect so many cards on my networking rounds, most of them are pretty ordinary, my own included. Maybe...
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The missing – Leung Wan-wah

Despite the fact that my blog is banned in China, I would like to highlight the mysterious disappearance of a young Chinese girl, Leung Wan-wah. She vanished in August 1998 at the age of nine. A substantial reward of $100,000 was offered for information. Leung Wan-wah went to play at a friend’s house in Mongkok and she later left to visit another friend, but never...
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Conservatives plan to protect young foreign brides

My mother Loula (pic) was a wartime bride from Greece when she married my English father at 16, he was eight years older and stationed there as a soldier. She arrived in the UK alone  on a ship and couldn’t speak English following their very brief courtship and hastily arranged marriage. It had been love at first sight.  She was one of only a few that remained...
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Conservative women and pensions

I’m kicking myself that I shall be away next month when this important pension summit is held by the Conservative Women’s Organisation. It is such an important subject, one which fills me with dread if I think about it very long. In fact, I tend to shrug it off and leave to my husband to sort out because the fact is that I have very little pension to look forward to. I...
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The missing – Sarah Benford

Police have launched a murder hunt following the disappearance of Sarah Benford, even though her body has never been discovered. Her story was also re-enacted on Crimewatch. Sarah went missing from a children’s home in Northampton in April 2000, when she was 14 years old.  Her mother saw her in Kettering three days later but none of her family have seen or heard from her...
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Can journalists converse online too?

Continuous rail delays and a fire on the underground, followed by a snail’s pace taxi crawl in bumper to bumper rush hour traffic, meant that I arrived breathless and late and missed half the seminar on the politics of online journalism yesterday. The debate that I heard centered around whether quality mainstream journalists can write successfully online and...
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