Furious customers last night savaged Barclays for axeing cash withdrawals at post offices. Around 15million transactions were carried out last year – 41,000 a day – yet the bank is to end the vital service from January. This will leave its customers with longer journeys to access their savings at fast-disappearing cash machines and high street branches. The Mail has been campaigning to protect local post offices and maintain access to cash for the vulnerable or isolated. High streets lost 3,300 bank branches, around a third of the network, between January 2015 and August 2019 [File photo] The Mail has been inundated with letters and emails from customers threatening to desert Barclays. And an online petition calling for the decision to be reversed has already attracted 4,000 signatures. MPs told Barclays boss Jes Staley to perform a ‘rapid U-turn’ yesterday. Anger at the move has been amplified by the bank’s programme of closures. MPs told … [Read more...] about Think again, Barclays! Savers made 15 MILLION cash withdrawals from the Post Office in one year – so why IS the bank banning them from January?
A Barclays executive who battered his wife to death with a crowbar then shed crocodile tears as he claimed to have found her body was today jailed for life. Bespectacled computer expert David Pomphret, 51, hit 49-year-old Anne Marie more than 30 times with the weapon at the stables where they kept horses near their home in Cheshire on November 2 last year. Pomphret protested his innocence and held his head in his hands in fake horror during his first police interview inside an ambulance. But he was 'undone' after a speck of blood on his socks showed he was at the scene. Pomphret dialled 999 saying he had found his wife of 22 years lying in a pool of blood, 'very dead'. He added: 'There is brain and blood everywhere, and it looks like she has had her head beaten in.' He denied planning the murder then tried to cover his tracks, telling the jury: 'One of Marie's favourite TV programmes was CSI and one of the things they always said is you can't get rid of blood.' Judge David … [Read more...] about Barclays executive, 51, who battered his wife to death with a crowbar then shed crocodile tears as he claimed to have found her body is jailed for life
A UK-wide campaign is being launched to persuade one of the country’s biggest high street banks to stop investing billions of pounds in the fossil fuel industry. Activists from the Labour-supporting Momentum group will team up with the environmental group People and Planet to stage more than 40 “creative direct actions” at Barclays branches in town and cities across the UK later this month. The campaign has been inspired by the school climate strikes, in which 1.4 million young people took to the streets last weekend to voice their fears about the escalating ecological crisis. The “UK Uncut-style” protests aim to put pressure on Barclays, which organisers say is one of the leading European backers of fossil fuel projects, financing 15 fossil fuel companies with more than $30bn (£22.6bn) from 2012-17, including corporations pushing ahead the plans to develop the fracking industry in the UK. John Taylor, a member of Momentum’s national … [Read more...] about UK environmentalists target Barclays in fossil fuels campaign
If Stephen Barclay didn’t exist, would anyone notice his absence? He is Westminster’s very own invisible man. Someone so forgettable that not even his own reflection recognises him. A man who slips in and out of rooms without leaving a trace. No one can even be quite sure if he has human form or if he is just some shape-shifting ectoplasm. Everything about him has been designed with forgettability in mind. His voice is liquid valium. Calming to the point of comatose, each word more meaningless than the one before. By the end of a sentence you are far worse informed than if he had said nothing. His ideal job would be a doctor specialising in telling patients that their cancer was now terminal. Because everyone would have either nodded off or died before they had managed to absorb the news. All of which has made him a more than satisfactory Brexit secretary. The man for no seasons, who has understood his role is entirely ceremonial and whose functions merely extend to opening … [Read more...] about Stephen Barclay, a pointless secretary for a pointless Brexit
HENRY DEEDS For Stephen Barclay, it was a treble espresso morning Wednesday. Barely hours after returning from Luxembourg, the Brexit Secretary was required to get his breeches over to Westminster in order to undergo Parliamentary scrutiny. He spent the previous evening hammering it out with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier. The poor fellow's weary bones can hardly have touched his mattress before he was reaching for the snooze button ahead of an appearance in front of the Brexit select committee. Our venue was a drab room in Portcullis House. The most depressing part of Barclay's life, apart from having to laugh at European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker's jokes, is that he must feel he now lives in soulless spaces such as this. Travelling sales types will know the sort. Energy-zapping fluorescent lights, hideous wood panelling. Drab, drab, drab. The committee's chairman is Hilary Benn (Lab, Leeds Central), one of Brussels' useful idiots, who recently passed a law to … [Read more...] about HENRY DEEDES on a minister’s grilling: A full night’s sleep? Not for ‘Mr Brexit’ as Stephen Barclay’s weary bones aren’t allowed to rest just yet