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Chancellor talks up UK economy but warns work remains

BRITAIN’S ECONOMY is the fastest growing one in the developed world, according to chancellor George Osborne as he announced his budget at the House of Commons.

The Conservative MP revealed his fiscal plans today (Mar 19) and said the UK economy was recovering but added more work had to be done to fix problems and “the mess” left by the previous Labour government.

He claimed his party are “fixing the roof while the sun is shining” and spoke of measures to address Britain’s perceived weaknesses in manufacturing and exports.

George Osborne to announce budget for recovering UK

CHANCELLOR GEORGE Osborne will reveal his budget which aims to help economic security and aspiration as Britain slowly comes out of a downturn.

The Conservative politician is to announce his fiscal plans today (Mar 19) at 12.30pm.

It is his fifth budget as chancellor and comes at a time when the UK economy appears at its strongest since the coalition government came to power in May 2010.

It is expected that the amount of income people receive tax free will be increased to over £10,000.

Rival campaign set up to counter ‘I, Too, Am Oxford’

STUDENTS AT the world-renowned Oxford University are at loggerheads over the question of ethnic diversity at the institution following an online campaign copying black undergraduates at Harvard who posted images of themselves with quotes of discrimination they face.

The original “I, Too, Am Harvard” was cloned almost word for word by some of Oxford’s ethnic minority students who spawned “I, Too, Am Oxford”, which has now in turn prompted other students of the elite university to create “We Are All Oxford”.

‘Poor people written out of the script’, black MP claims

PEOPLE LIVING in London’s less affluent areas are being “written out of the script” because of a lack of access to cinemas, a black MP has claimed.

Labour politician David Lammy said research undertaken by him has found that 27 out of the 73 constituencies in London have no place to watch films.

Areas affected included Tottenham and Walthamstow, in north London; Ealing, in west London; Dagenham in the east; and Lewisham, Tooting and Mitcham in the south of the capital.

‘History waiting to happen’

LEADING FIGURES from the black community gathered last week to organise mass action, which could determine the outcome of next year’s general election.

The general election summit (March 5) followed recently published research which revealed that Black voters – those of African, Caribbean, Asian and Latino heritage as well as Muslims and the traveller community – can tilt scales in 168 marginal seats in the north and south of the country.

'I thought only people in Africa got HIV'

A MOTHER who contracted HIV after a holiday romance was branded "extremely naive" by TV host Philip Schofield after admitting she never believed she was at risk because "only African people could get it."

Rachel Dilley developed the condition after splitting from her partner of 20 years and subsequently dating and becoming sexually active with a man she met on holiday.

At 48, Dilley said the risks had never crossed her mind because she was too old to get pregnant and hadn't realised at the time that "white people had ever had it".

Ex-UKIP candidate reported over racist Doreen Lawrence email

A POLITICIAN has reported an allegedly racist email about Doreen Lawrence to police after receiving the message from a former UKIP candidate.

Sir Peter Luff, MP for Mid-Worcestershire, claims he found the email in his inbox and was sent from John White, who previously put himself up for selection to run for UKIP.

The MP said it was “the single most extraordinarily offensive email” he had ever received.

Sol Campbell’s racism claims pressure prime minister to act

EX-ENGLAND DEFENDER Sol Campbell’s racism claims about the Football Association could result in the government opening an investigation into the national game’s governing body as pressure to act mounts on prime minister David Cameron.

The 39-year-old retired footballer’s allegations created headlines and found their way into parliament after Labour MP Keith Vaz put forward a motion that his peers are “deeply worried” by racism claims levelled at the FA.

Top union leader Bob Crow dies

UNION BOSS Bob Crow has died at the age of 52 during the early hours of this morning (Mar 11).

The Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) general secretary died from a suspected heart attack, according to reports.

In a statement about its leader who was appointed the union’s chief in 2002, RMT said: “The union's offices will be closed for the rest of the day and the union will make further announcements in due course.”

Crow was in the news this week after arguing that MPs deserve a pay rise.

Yvette Cooper calls out David Cameron over stop and search

SHADOW HOME Secretary Yvette Cooper questioned whether the government is united in addressing the disproportionate number of minority people stopped and searched by police.

Raising the issue of the controversial police power yesterday (Mar 10) in the House of Commons to Home Secretary Theresa May, the Labour politician said the tactic needs to be more effectively used and pointed out that David Cameron, before being elected to Prime Minister, “wanted to free the police to do far more stopping and far more searching.”