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Issue No. 2406

CBI cashes in on public money

Half a million pounds of public cash has been funnelled to the bosses’ CBI lobby group in three years.

The figure came to light after the CBI blundered into the Scottish independence referendum debate last month. The row revealed the fact that many public bodies in Scotland were fee-paying members of the CBI.

Cop suspended over Rigg death

A Metropolitan police officer involved in the death of Sean Rigg has been suspended. 

PC Andrew Birks asked to resign to avoid investigation over the death of Sean, who died in police custody in south London in 2008. Sean’s family are now calling  for the suspension of all cops involved in his death.

Beds cuts mean more sectioned

A fifth of doctors say cuts and bed shortages affect their decisions about whether to section a mental health patient.

A new Royal College of Psychiatrists report showed that they believed sectioning might be the only way to get patients a hospital bed.

Iraq war letters won’t come out

The Chilcot inquiry will not publish the letters between Tony Blair and George Bush that preceded the Iraq war. 

A deal with the Cabinet Office agreed to only publish the letters in part.

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Tue 3 Jun 2014, 17:56 BST
Issue No. 2406
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