Press Association 2014 LATEST

DJ Read 'so sorry' for Ukip Calypso

Campaign Series: Mike Read said he was sorry if his Ukip Calypso had caused offence

10:39am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read has apologised for "unintentionally causing offence" with his Ukip Calypso, sung with a mock Caribbean accent, adding that he has asked his record company to withdraw the song from sale.

Shows were extraordinary, says Bush

Campaign Series: Kate Bush has remained tight-lipped about plans for more concerts

10:34am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Kate Bush has described her comeback gigs as "one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life", but stayed tight-lipped about any possible plans for more concerts.

Record August for Eurotunnel

Campaign Series: Eurotunnel carried a record 375,000 vehicles on shuttle trains through the tunnel in August

10:32am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A record-breaking August for shuttle traffic helped Channel Tunnel company Eurotunnel to increased revenues over the summer.

Boy, 16, admits bike row murder

Campaign Series: Alim Uddin was stabbed to death in Brixton, south London

10:32am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A 16-year-old accused of stabbing another boy to death in a row over the sale of a £90 bicycle has pleaded guilty to murder on the second day of his Old Bailey trial.

Woman held in Syria terror raid

Campaign Series: Counter-terrorism officers took a young woman from Bedfordshire to a central London police station, Scotland Yard said

10:32am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A 25-year-old woman was arrested today on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts in connection with Syria.

DJ Read 'so sorry' for Ukip Calypso

Campaign Series: Former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read has apologised for his Ukip Calypso

10:32am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read today apologised for "unintentionally causing offence" with his Ukip Calypso, sung with a mock Caribbean accent, adding that he has asked his record company to withdraw the song from sale.

S Club 7 reunite for BBC appeal

Campaign Series: S Club 7 are to reunite for Children In Need

10:31am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

S Club 7 are to reunite in full for the first time in more than a decade to take part in this year's BBC Children In Need appeal.

Swift: I've faced death threats

Campaign Series: Taylor Swift needs her security team to make her feel safe

10:28am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Taylor Swift has opened up about the darker side of being a pop star.

Strictly's Craig: Anton could judge

Campaign Series: Craig Revel Horwood with his fellow Strictly Come Dancing judges

10:28am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Strictly Come Dancing star Craig Revel Horwood has suggested that Anton Du Beke could become one of the show's judges in the future.

Matthew McConaughey: Why I married

Campaign Series: Matthew McConaughey is married to Camila Alves

10:28am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Matthew McConaughey has revealed what made him finally walk down the aisle.

Garner hits out at Hollywood sexism

Campaign Series: Jennifer Garner says sexism is still alive and well in Hollywood

10:28am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Jennifer Garner has criticised ongoing sexism in Hollywood.

FA probe Jerome racism allegations

Campaign Series: The FA are investigating an allegation from Norwich's Cameron Jerome (second left) that he was racially abused by Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci (second from right)

10:07am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The Football Association has confirmed it is investigating allegations by Norwich striker Cameron Jerome that he was racially abused by Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci.

S Club 7 reunite for BBC appeal

Campaign Series: Teen band S Club 7 at the height of their fame

9:31am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Former chart-toppers S Club 7 are to reunite in full for the first time in more than a decade to take part in this year's BBC Children In Need appeal.

Shows were extraordinary, says Bush

Campaign Series: Tickets for the 22 shows sold out in minutes

9:31am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Kate Bush has described her comeback gigs as "one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life", but stayed tight-lipped about any possible plans for more concerts.

Banks warned over loan bundling

Campaign Series: HSBC breached undertakings made by the banking industry to boost competition for small and medium sized firms

9:31am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Two major banks have been criticised for telling small business customers they must open an account with them in order to obtain a business loan.

Boys tricked into sending photos

Campaign Series: Teenage boys have been encouraged to send inappropriate pictures on social media

9:31am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Teenagers are reportedly being tricked and blackmailed into sending inappropriate images through social media, police have said.

Woolf position 'beyond the pale'

Campaign Series: Fiona Woolf insists she did not have a "close association" with former cabinet minister Lord Brittan

9:31am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The head of the independent inquiry into historic child sex abuse is coming under growing pressure to stand down, as a lawyer representing victims said her social relationship with former home secretary Lord Brittan "puts her beyond the pale in terms of her credibility".

Homebase to shut quarter of stores

Campaign Series: Homebase is launching a three-year plan to "improve the productivity of its store estate"

9:31am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

DIY chain Homebase is to close a quarter of its stores and has ditched its boss after a review by parent company Home Retail Group found failings in its sales performance.

Steenkamp parents 'accept sentence'

Campaign Series: Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock after sentencing in Pretoria, South Africa (AP)

9:31am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The mother of the model shot dead by Oscar Pistorius has said she does "not feel that justice has been done" - but insisted she accepts the sentence imposed by the judge.

Improved Shenton ready to shine

Campaign Series: Michael Shenton is poised to earn his 10th cap with England on Saturday

9:29am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Michael Shenton will relaunch his international career as a "more rounded player" when England get the 2014 Four Nations Series under way this weekend.

WICB keen to repair damage

Campaign Series: The West Indies Cricket Board announced on Friday that its tour of India had been cancelled due to a pay dispute with the players

9:24am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The West Indies Cricket Board hopes to "repair the damage" caused by its calamitous aborted tour of India, having called on the BCCI to consider the "serious implications" of its own hard line stance.

Gerrard: I turned Real Madrid down

Campaign Series: Steven Gerrard was 'flattered' with Real Madrid links but never wanted to leave Liverpool

6:49am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits he may look back on not signing for Real Madrid when he had the chance as a mistake but insists he would have regretted leaving Anfield far more.

Watts charged with lewd conduct

Campaign Series: Daniele Watts appeared in Django Unchained and has been charged with lewd conduct alongside her boyfriend (Invision/AP)

6:48am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts, who suggested she was detained by police in the US because of racial profiling after she was found in a parked car with her boyfriend, has been charged with lewd conduct.

Wenger wants more from Gunners

Campaign Series: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, left, expects an improved display from his side in their Champions League tie away at Anderlecht

6:23am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Manager Arsene Wenger has challenged his Arsenal side to add the "fraction more" to their game and deliver a winning performance away to Anderlecht, where rookie goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez is set for a Champions League debut.

Rokoduguni set for England call

Campaign Series: Semesa Rokoduguni has made a huge impact this season

6:09am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

England are expected to include Bath wing Semesa Rokoduguni in their elite player squad for next month's autumn internationals.

Pellegrini: No excuses for draw

Campaign Series: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini claimed there were no excuses after his side drew 2-2 with CSKA Moscow

5:54am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insisted there were no excuses after his side surrendered a two-goal lead to draw at CSKA Moscow.

Mourinho calm over striker shortage

Campaign Series: Jose Mourinho is facing a minor injury crisis ahead of the Manchester United game

5:54am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Jose Mourinho insisted he is unfazed at taking Premier League leaders Chelsea to Manchester United on Sunday without injured pair Diego Costa and Loic Remy after the France striker suffered a groin problem in Tuesday night's Champions League thrashing of Maribor.

Sam Smith nominated for Mobo Awards

Campaign Series: Sam Smith has been nominated for four Mobo Awards

2:57am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Singing star Sam Smith is among the acts nominated for a clutch of gongs at tonight's Mobo Awards.

Kate Bush in line for Q awards

Campaign Series: Kate Bush is among the nominees

2:57am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Comeback queen Kate Bush is up for a pair of prizes at the annual Q Awards on the strength of her stage return after 35 years.

Tories forfeit 'Borodin donation'

Campaign Series: The Tories have forfeited a £28,000 donation made by a company reportedly linked to Russian banker Andrei Borodin

12:18am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The Conservative Party has forfeited a £28,000 donation made by a company reportedly linked to a Russian banker after the Electoral Commission found it was impermissible.

Singapore president to meet Cameron

Campaign Series: The Queen greets Dr Tan during a ceremonial welcome at Horse Guards Parade in London

12:18am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Singapore's president Tony Tan Keng Yam will meet David Cameron as his four-day trip to the UK continues.

Final Bellingham interview screened

Campaign Series: Lynda Bellingham's final TV interview is due to be screened

12:18am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The late Lynda Bellingham poignantly described the details of the Christmas she would never see during her final TV interview which will be screened today.

Watchdog to curb bogus charities

Campaign Series: David Cameron says the changes will help make sure that charity donations always go to genuinely good causes

12:18am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A charity watchdog is being promised tougher powers and an extra £8 million in an effort to put the squeeze on bogus good causes which divert cash to terrorism and other criminal activity.

Clegg to target teaching workload

Campaign Series: Nick Clegg says he wants to free up teachers to spend more time in the classroom

12:18am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Teachers are being forced to spend too much time on pointless box-ticking, form-filling and unnecessary work, Nick Clegg will warn today.

Cost of foreign criminals revealed

Campaign Series: One in six - or 760 out of 4,200 - foreign national offenders living in the community have absconded, a report says

12:18am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Up to £1 billion of public money was spent last year on thousands of foreign criminals in the UK as hundreds living in the community - including dangerous offenders - went missing.

Father of IS hostage dies

Campaign Series: Family handout photo dated 2013 of Paul Cantlie, the father of Islamic State hostage John Cantlie, who has died.

12:18am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The father of an Islamic State hostage has died, days after making an emotional plea for his son to be released, his family said.

Group slams dementia bonus for GPs

Campaign Series: GPs are reportedly to be paid a £55 bonus to diagnose dementia under an NHS England initiative.

12:18am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The Patients Association has condemned plans to pay GPs a £55 bonus to diagnose dementia as "a step too far".

Concerns raised over use of drones

Campaign Series: Drones are being increasingly used

12:18am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Drones use in British skies will expand rapidly over the next 20 years, posing a serious security risk and significant privacy concerns, intelligence experts have warned.

Shoppers 'buying little and often'

Campaign Series: Food shoppers are buying little and often, according to Waitrose

12:05am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Britons are grocery shopping at least twice as often as they were five years ago, according to a report by Waitrose.

'No benefits' from free nursery

Campaign Series: Tony Blair's Labour administration began offering free part-time pre-school education in England in 1998

12:05am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The policy of providing free nursery places for three-year-olds has delivered no long-term educational benefits and helped only a small number of women into work, according to two studies.

Drivers 'pay £42bn a year in tax'

Campaign Series: Campaign group FairFuel UK is calling for a 3p-a-litre cut in fuel duty

12:05am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Motorists are being "fleeced" by government taxation, with drivers paying £42 billion a year to the Treasury, a campaign group has said.

Energy complaints 'could be higher'

Campaign Series: Unresolved complaints about energy suppliers could be five times higher than official figures suggest says Labour

12:05am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Unresolved complaints about energy suppliers could be five times higher than official figures suggest - leaving up to half a million households and small businesses a year missing out on compensation or facing long delays, Labour said.

Rising cost of motor insurance

Campaign Series: Quotes for annual car insurance generally have increased sharply by 4.2% to reach £891 on average, according to figures

12:05am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Motorists are seeing the cost of taking out car insurance increase for the first time in more than two years as efforts to clamp down on fraudulent claims have not delivered the savings that insurers had anticipated, according to a report.

Concerns over loan shark customers

Campaign Series: A report says someone who is turned away by a payday lender is twice as likely to go a loan shark as they are to seek help from a credit union

12:05am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

One in three people whose payday loan application has been rejected since the sector was forced to adopt stricter lending rules has considered using an illegal loan shark instead, research suggests.

Full nest 'costs parents £1,200'

Campaign Series: Parents with a "full nest" of adult children report that their household spending is around £460 per month, according to the Centre for the Modern Family

12:05am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Parents with adult children still living at home are spending £1,200 a year more to keep their household running typically than those whose offspring have flown the nest, a report suggests.

Ant and Dec ready for jungle antics

Campaign Series: Ant and Dec present I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! on ITV

12:04am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Declan Donnelly has mistaken the Australian outback for the Land of Oz, donning ruby red slippers for a sneak preview of the latest series of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!

Big screen deal for Blyton books

Campaign Series: Sam Mendes' production company is taking Enid Blyton's creations to the big screen

12:02am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Enid Blyton's Magic Faraway Tree books are being brought to the big screen by Sam Mendes' production company.

Final Bellingham interview screened

Campaign Series: Lynda Bellingham gave a last interview to her Loose Women colleagues

12:02am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The late Lynda Bellingham poignantly described the details of the Christmas she would never see during her final TV interview.

Chelsea thrash Maribor

Campaign Series: Didier Drogba scores Chelsea's second from the spot

9:46pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Didier Drogba scored his first Chelsea goal since his decisive strike in the 2012 Champions League final as the Premier League leaders thrashed Maribor 6-0 at Stamford Bridge to strengthen their position at the top of Group G.

Kate steps out in style for awards

Campaign Series: The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 Awards Ceremony at the Natural History Museum

9:09pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Royal fans were treated to the glamorous side of the Duchess of Cambridge when she stepped out in a stunning outfit that showed off her figure.

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