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Labour proposes new tax on bookmakers

Labour says it would consider forcing bookmakers to pay a levy to help treat problem gamblers. Deputy leader Tom Watson will say the cash would be used for NHS treatment and to end the “destructive cycle of addiction”. Speaking at the party conference in Brighton, he will announce a review of the extent of the problem. Meanwhile, Labour will also call on the government to spend an extra £500m on a winter bailout fund for the NHS. The Association of British Bookmakers has said it would not oppose an “appropriate,…

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UK proposes exemptions to Data Protection Bill

Journalists, financial firms and anti-doping bodies could receive special exemptions from new laws to protect personal data, the government has said. These “safeguards” would protect the freedom of the press, help prevent fraud and “maintain the integrity of professional sports”. The proposals are part of a new Data Protection Bill, published on Thursday, which will overhaul UK data laws. It will impose much heavier fines on those who do not protect personal data. In most respects the bill, which will come into force next May, will transfer the European Union’s…

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South Korea proposes rare military talks with North Korea

South Korea has proposed holding military talks with the North, after weeks of heightened tension following Pyongyang’s long range missile test. If they were to go ahead, they would be the first high-level talks since 2015. A senior official said talks should aim to stop “all hostile activities that raise military tension” at the fortified border between the Koreas. South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has long signalled his intention to drive closer engagement with the North. In a recent speech in Berlin, he said dialogue with the North was more…

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Oliver Curtis proposes to wife Roxy Jacenko again after year in prison

Oliver Curtis and Roxy Jacenko are getting married … again. Curtis, 31, who was freed from Cooma Correctional Centre last month after a year behind bars on insider trading charges, surprised his wife of four years Jacenko, 37, with the proposal in a private suite at Sydney’s luxury Four Seasons Hotel on Friday night. Play VideoDon’t Play Up Next When Prince Harry met Harry Play VideoDon’t Play Video duration 01:52 More Entertainment News Videos Previous slideNext slide Oliver Curtis released from jail After a year behind bars, the husband of Roxy Jacenko and father of two…

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News: Arora Group proposes cut price Heathrow expansion

One of the largest landowners at Heathrow Airport has put forward rival proposals for a new terminal and runway at Britain’s busiest airport. The Arora Group argues its plans could save up to £6.7 billion when compared to the costs of Heathrow’ own plans. The private hotel and property company commissioned a review of HAL’s plans and believes there are cheaper and better solutions to expand Heathrow and address the need for more airport capacity in the South East. Further details on Arora’s proposals can be found at the following…

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General election 2017: Labour proposes junk food ad ban

Adverts for junk food and sweets would be banned from all TV shows broadcast before the 21:00 watershed under Labour plans to tackle childhood obesity. The party says the proposal forms part of a future child health bill that will be outlined in its election manifesto. Products high in fat, salt or sugar are currently banned from being advertised during children’s TV only. The Tories said they had the world’s “most ambitious” child obesity plan that would be put at risk by Labour. According to Labour, introducing a ban on…

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