The North East MPs with the highest expenses claims have been revealed. Paul Williams, Labour MP for Stockton South, has claimed £44,938 so far this year. It makes him far and away the most expensive MP in the North East. He said his costs were higher than those of other MPs partly because he was elected for the first time in the 2017 general election, taking a Conservative-held seat. He said: “These are the costs of train travel to and from London, rent of a flat in London, setting up an office in my constituency and running that office. My costs for this period are higher than most other MPs because of the £6,000 start-up supplement and because of my family caring responsibilities.” Much of the money, £10,833 of the amount claimed, was for accommodation. Some £3,857 was for business rates and £528 was spent on renting a constituency office. Mr Williams spent £2,247 on new computer equipment, and £392 went on food and drink for staff. In … [Read more...] about Revealed: The North East MP who claimed the most expenses this year
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A woman used Facebook to find the serial killer who murdered her 25-year-old brother and his girlfriend 40 years ago. For the best part of four decades, a nagging sense of injustice gnawed away at Penny Farmer, now 57. She was just a teenager growing up in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, when her brother Christopher Farmer, who had just qualified as a doctor, set off on a round-the world trip with his sweetheart Peta Frampton, who had just qualified as a lawyer. They left Manchester in December 1977 and never came back, the Manchester Evening News reports . Their families were not to know that seven months into their adventure and some 5,000 miles away in central America, they would be murdered. The couple had written home regularly as they had travelled through Australia, the Pacific islands and then to the west coast of America before heading south through Mexico and on to Belize. They reported they had met a charming American called ‘Dwayne’, a man who had offered to … [Read more...] about ‘I found serial killer who murdered my brother and his girlfriend on Facebook’
For the best part of four decades, a nagging sense of injustice gnawed away at Penny Farmer - someone had brutally murdered her older brother and his girlfriend, and the killer had got away with it. Penny, now 57, was just a teenager growing up in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, south Manchester, when her brother Christopher Farmer, a Manchester Grammar School old boy who had just qualified as a doctor, set off on a round-the world trip with his sweetheart Peta Frampton, a former Whalley Range High School girl who had just qualified as a lawyer. They left Manchester in December, 1977. They never came back. Their families weren’t to know that, seven months into their adventure and some 5,000 miles away in central America, they would be murdered in grotesque circumstances. The couple had written home regularly as they had travelled through Australia, the Pacific islands and then to the west coast of America before heading south through Mexico and on to Belize. They reported they had met a … [Read more...] about ‘I used Facebook to find the serial killer who murdered my brother’
A MAN has been sentenced to 16 years in prison after being found guilty of kidnapping British model Chloe Ayling. The young mum-of-one claimed she was taken captive by the "Black Death" group in Italy in July 2017 before being freed. Who is Chloe Ayling? Chloe Ayling is a 20-year-old British glamour model and Instagram star. She was snatched by a sex trafficking gang and held captive for six days in a remote Italian farmhouse. Masked men snatched her after luring her to Milan with promises of a lucrative photoshoot which turned out to be fake. She told police she was then drugged and stuffed inside a bag before being auctioned on the dark web for £250,000. Describing her abduction she said: “A person with black gloves placed a hand over my mouth from behind while a second person wearing a balaclava gave me an injection in my right arm. “I believe I lost consciousness because when I woke up, I was wearing just my pink undershirt made of chenille, and the socks … [Read more...] about Who is Chloe Ayling, was the model kidnapped by the Black Death group and who is her kidnapper?
When John Lennon told the Evening Standard that The Beatles had become "more popular than Jesus" in 1966, there was remarkably little fuss; it wasn't until four months later, when the quotes were reprinted in the American magazine Datebook, that they sparked outrage. Records were burned, death threats were made, and the band quickly found themselves at the centre of a furious publicity storm. Lennon eventually apologised, but the backlash played a significant part in them deciding to stop touring and become a studio-only band. Lennon may have been one of the first musicians to cause an almighty media ruckus in an interview, but he's certainly not the only one - here are six other pop stars who sparked controversy by speaking, rather than singing, on the record. Morrissey and Der Spiegel In 2012, Morrissey received a public apology from NME, five years after he'd accused them of publishing an article which he said "deliberately twisted" his comments on immigration. Since … [Read more...] about 6 of the most controversial interviews with musicians