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Londoners continue to join ISIS

International, Politics, Terror
Further evidence emerges that Londoners continue to join ISIS.   Cubeyda Hassan Jama today appeared at Westminster Magistrates court after being arrested in Romania on Friday, accused of trying to join ISIS. Jama, a Finnish national and Middlesex University computing student (19), was arrested after he took a flight from London to Bucharest, before being deported back to London. The 19 year old, originally of Somali descent, spoke only to confirm his name and address. His lawyer, Amirtha Kylahsum indicated her client would plead not guilty to charges of intending to commit acts of terrorism, contrary to the Terrorism Act 2006. He will be remanded in custody until a preliminary hearing at the Old Bailey on February 19. ‘ISIS Beatles’ This comes just days after th
Cameron looks for EU-UK deal backing

Cameron looks for EU-UK deal backing

News, Politics
Cameron’s EU package of reforms to keep Britain in the EU had its first test in the House of Commons today. During Prime Minister Question Time in Parliament, the debate revolved around the EU-UK deal with Cameron defending his plan aimed at keeping Britain in the EU. The PM said: “My plan is to bring welfare, immigration, and bail out powers back to the UK. This will make us stronger and better.” The European Union has recently denied Cameron a full four-year ban on EU migrants’ right to claim benefits. Britain will be only allowed to offer the chance to gradually increase them over the four-year period. Cameron stood by his draft EU deal and tried to persuade MPs to back his proposal which will lead to an IN/OUT referendum that could be held on June 23rd  2016. The PM fa
Adele distances herself from Trump campaign

Adele distances herself from Trump campaign

Culture, DontUse, Music, Politics
Multi-award-winning musician Adele has released a statement distancing herself from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s political campaign. The statement comes after her hit song ‘Rolling In The Deep’ was played at several of his campaign rallies. “Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning,” the artist’s spokesperson told the Independent. The American politician is reportedly a fan of the 27-year-old singer and has watched her perform live at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Adele is also believed to have released a statement in 2011, declaring herself a “labour girl”, thereby putting to rest any speculations about her political affiliations. It is not the first time an artist has requested the US Presidential front
Housing Bill said to increase number of homeless in London

Housing Bill said to increase number of homeless in London

News, Politics
Londoners face the risk of losing their homes if the new Housing and Planning Bill is passed, the Lambeth Housing Activists warned hundreds of protestors on Saturday. The march against the new bill and the damage it may bring upon Londoners, began in the borough of Lambeth and ended outside 10 Downing Street on Saturday 30 January. Through the new Housing bill recently discussed in the Parliament, the government aims to increase home owners by privatising the sector. Leaders of the Green Party and Revolutionary Communists were present at the rally organised by the Lambeth Housing Activists, as well as some Labour and LibDem members. Crowd gathering at Imperial War Museum for march against dreadful #HousingBill This pretty much sums it up... pic.twitter.com/ehy1CPbbsv — Helen

On the campaign trail with Sadiq Khan – London Mayoral elections 2016

Harrow, Politics, Student
Labour are fighting to win back City Hall in May's Mayoral elections. Westminster World took to the streets of Harrow, to see their candidate in action. It's about 10 O'Clock  when the Labour activists are finally assembled for a day's doorstepping. Outside the entrance to Harrow-on-the-Hill station, activists young and old carry large leaflets, with Labour party stickers on their lapels. Across the country, people very similar to them are carrying out a co-ordinated campaign to spread Labour's message. This specific doorstepping campaign in Harrow is particularly important though. In amongst them is an MP who hopes to become Mayor of one of the most-populated cities in Europe. Fog begins to descend on the high street, as Sadiq Khan starts to address his activists. Dressed in a lo

Broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan dies at age of 77

DontUse, Media, Politics
Veteran TV and radio broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan has died today at the age of 77. His family revealed he had been suffering from a short illness. In a statement, Sir Terry's family said he had "died today after a short but brave battle with cancer". His career spanned seven decades, from the mid 1950s until November last year, when he stepped down from presenting the programme "Weekend Wogan", due to health problems. Sir Terry had also been forced to cancel plans to present last year's Children in Need telethon, with presenter Dermot O'Leary placed in his stead. During the 1980s and 1990s, Sir Terry presented his own chat show, "Wogan", and one of his most notable interviews during the programme's airing was in an edition, aired in January 1990, with then-Prime Minister Mar...

Eritrean Church under threat from bulldozers in the Calais ‘Jungle’

Experience, Politics, Video
As the Syrian refugee crisis escalates the plight of Eritreans fleeing persecution goes unnoticed. But Eritreans account for the largest group of those seeking asylum in the UK. I joined a group of young London volunteers with the International Centre for Eritrean Refugees and Asylum Seekers (ICERAS) and the Comboni Missionary Sisters who have been offering support to refugees since 2012. The situation in Calais is part of a wider refugee crisis across Europe with huge numbers stranded in the Mediterranean and never reach their final destination. The international concerns over human rights breaches in Eritrea, include the forced conscription of children and elderly people into military service and the rape of female conscripts.     As refugees come and go, th

Cameron: EU benefit plan “not good enough”

DontUse, News, Politics
David Cameron says a proposal to apply an “emergency break” on in-work benefits for EU migrants is “not good enough” . The plan was proposed by European Union Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker during talks with the Mr Cameron in Brussels. The plan would allow all European Union members to stop paying in-work benefits to EU migrants for four years if they can prove that their welfare systems are under strain. Mr Cameron said there was no deal but progress had been made. The PM said: “We’ve still got a long way to go but, one instance of progress is that, for a long time, I have been saying we’ve got to have a system where you don’t get benefits out of the system until you pay into our system. “People said that was impossible. There needs to be more work but we are mak

Jeremy Hunt provokes backlash over manslaughter trial tweet

DontUse, News, Politics
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been ordered to remove a two-week old tweet relating to a manslaughter trial by a high-profile judge, who deemed it "highly inappropriate". The tweet in question was related to the trial of an NHS trust and an anaesthetist, following the death of schoolteacher Frances Cappuccini, during a postnatal operation in October 2012. Although the original tweet has since disappeared, it is alleged Mr Hunt tweeted that "lessons must be learned" from the incident. Having been posted on the second day of an ongoing trial, Mr Hunt's tweet had the potential to prejudice the jury in the case, according to Mr Justice Coulson, and as a result, could classify as contempt of court. In court cases such as this, the jury are strictly forbidden from reading media
Court of Appeal rules: Government’s bedroom tax “discriminatory”

Court of Appeal rules: Government’s bedroom tax “discriminatory”

DontUse, News, Politics
A victim of domestic violence and the grandparents of a severely disabled teenager have won a Court of Appeal challenge over the lawfulness of the spare room subsidy. The court heard that one plaintiff (only identified as ‘A’) was a victim of serious domestic violence.  As a result of this, she had turned her spare room into a panic room. The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) had ruled that 'A' was to lose £11.65 a week from her benefits. Her lawyers successfully argued she would have to leave facilities designed for her safety and wellbeing. The second set of plaintiffs, Mr. and Mrs. Rutherford, give 24-hour care to their severely disabled grandson. They argued that they needed a spare room for overnight care and storing specialist equipment. The court found the policy