NEW LABOUR has been caught out in its defence of the US toxic ships on their way to Hartlepool.
The government's Environment Agency on three occasions in October told the US marine administration not to send the ships, it emerged last week.
Now three of the ships are in Hartlepool, with a fourth off the coast.
The agency also told the US government that 'it considered the four shipments could no longer take place legally'. Blair's buddies in the US administration ignored this advice.
More nurses quitting NHS
RECORD NUMBERS of nurses are quitting the NHS.
Some 30,000 left the nursing register last year-almost double the number who left in 2001. This is the highest number leaving nursing since the 1980s when the Tories were in government.
Farmers are raking it in
FARMERS' INCOMES will rise by 34 percent this year, according to government figures.
Farm incomes across Britain will total £3.23 billion this year.
The farming industry wants to grab even more profit. And customers will pay as the cost of a loaf shoots up.
One of Britain's largest millers, ADM Milling, announced last week a rise of up to 20 percent from 5 January.
Gag attempt on charity
THE US arm of the Save the Children charity ordered its British wing to stop criticising US policies in Iraq.
Save the Children UK accused US and British forces of breaching the Geneva Convention by blocking humanitarian aid.
Save the Children US demanded that the UK arm withdraw the statement.
Protest at Egypt trial
THE EGYPTIAN state has brought forward the court cases against five anti-war activists to this Saturday, 6 December.
The defendants are Ashraf Ibrahim, Mostafa El Bassiouny, Yehia Fikry, Rimon Edward and Nasser El Beheiry.
Egyptian activists believe the case was brought forward to separate it from the second Cairo Conference Against US Aggresion on 13 and 14 December.
Hundreds of Arab and international anti-war activists will be in Egypt for that conference.
Rush letters of protest to Mr Mohamed Hosni Mubarak, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abdeen Palace, Cairo, Egypt. Fax 0020 202 390 1998 or e-mail [email protected]