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43,000 people given the wrong Covid test results

At least 43,000 people may have been wrongly given a negative Covid-19 test result, the UK Health Security Agency has said.

Cops’ horrific sexism meant victimisation for speaking out

A woman firearms officer was victimised by Police Scotland colleagues in a “horrific” workplace culture condemned as an “absolute boys’ club”, an employment tribunal found last week.

Big bonuses for bosses in Fraser’s family household

 Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group, which owns Sports Direct, rammed a £100 ­million bonus scheme through its annual general meeting, despite even ­shareholders revolting.

We end up paying the bills for energy market chaos

When an energy firm goes under, every other household in Britain is left paying the cost for a new firm to take on its customers.

Britain’s biggest tobacco companies bribed Mugabe

A BBC Panorama investigation has found evidence that suggests one of Britain’s biggest companies paid a bribe to the former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe.

US still lying about Afghan air strike that killed ten

The US military lied about the ­murderous drone strike that killed ten people in the last days of its retreat from Afghanistan.

Rich get the government to do what it is paid for

Two Tory rogues from the past are embroiled in a row over political influence over contracts.

The Troublemaker —300,000 homes could be built on London golf courses 

London’s golf courses make up an area larger than the borough of Brent and there is enough space on publicly owned courses to house 300,000 people, according to new research.

Will we discover who the Tories put in ‘VIP lane’?

The government has been forced to say it will publish all the names of companies that received PPE contracts after being referred into a fast-track “VIP lane” by ministers.

Diplomat reveals Kuwait flight cover-up 30 years on

A former British diplomat has said he is “convinced” there was “military intelligence exploitation” of a British Airways flight that landed in Kuwait during the Iraqi army’s 1990 invasion, which led to the capture and mistreatment of nearly everyone on board,

New secret club of millionaire Conservative donors revealed

A secret club for major Tory donors has been holding regular meetings and calls with prime minister Boris Johnson and the chancellor Rishi Sunak.

Greensill scandal report does its job and says little

A report into the disgraced ­financier Lex Greensill’s relations with the government has only mildly criticised former Tory prime minister David Cameron—and handily blamed someone who is dead.

Big pharma caught over charging and missing tax

Top drug companies have been found guilty of increasing the price of a life-saving steroid treatment by more than 10,000 per cent and ­paying rivals to stay out of the market.

Criminal dumping of raw sewage in sea for profit

Southern Water was fined a record £90 million last week for deliberately dumping billions of litres of raw sewage into protected seas over several years for its own financial gain.

You don’t have to sleep with a Tory to get a job

At least 16 individuals with close ties to the Tories, including donors, peers and former MPs, have been given lucrative oversight jobs in key Whitehall departments.

US paramilitary training for Khashoggi assassins

Four Saudis who participated in the 2018 killing of columnist Jamal Khashoggi received paramilitary ­training in the United States the ­previous year under a contract approved by the US State Department.

Ikea furniture giant fined for spying on 400 of its workers

Did it happen in Britain? A French court has ordered Ikea to pay a fine of £860,000 after the furniture chain was found guilty of spying on staff.

The Troublemaker—‘Unlawful’ to hand contract to firm run by Tories’ friends

Tory cabinet minister Michael Gove broke the law when the government handed a £560,000 Covid-19 contract to a business he had “personal connections” with.

The Troublemaker—Care home raised fees to line rich bosses’ pockets

Britain’s biggest care home ­operator raised fees for residents in the pandemic while funnelling cash to its super-rich owners.

Priti Patel was lobbying over dodgy PPE deals

Home secretary Priti Patel faces fresh questions over lobbying to help her former adviser land multimillion pound PPE deals.

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