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‘Raw Video’ – Labour Party In Grand Central Hotel Gatecrashed

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They say Labour are dead in Scotland, how dead?

They say Labour are dead in Scotland, how dead?

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

Outside people demonstrated against the lavish food servings on offer to Labour MP’s at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow, inside a few people managed to get in close and personal to Labour members. This is Raw video for people who have not seen it. There is swearing and the guys who are protesting Labour for thier £150 per person meal as people in Glasgow are homeless, dependent on Foodbanks and worse. Here is the video

The protest aimed to highlight the plight of the most vulnerable in society and featured a food bank collection. There was a strong police presence outside the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow as Labour figures arrived for the dinner. A line of police faced protesters waving placards with messages such as “Labour the Judas party – enjoy your last supper”, “Taxi for Labour” and “Labour, your tea’s oot in May”. The demonstrators shouted slogans such as “Red Tories out”. Jim Murphy MP, one of three candidates for the Scottish Labour party leadership following the resignation of Johann Lamont, was one of the senior figures to use the hotel’s main entrance.

He deposited a bag of food at the food bank collection point. Mr Murphy will face MSPs Neil Findlay and Sarah Boyack in the leadership race. John Cooper, one of the protesters, said: “The reason we’re here tonight is because Scottish Labour are having their annual gala dinner in the hotel behind us and we’ve been told the figure for each person’s dinner is in the region of £100. “In Glasgow there are 34 food banks and there’s thousands of people starving in Glasgow and increasingly sanctions are being used by the Department for Work and Pensions to punish people in poverty.”

Will be interesting to find the REAL reasons for these 2 quiting

Will be interesting to find the REAL reasons for these 2 quiting

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Scotland: Photographs of Sellafield nuclear plant prompt fears over radioactive risk

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A pond containing spent nuclear fuel rods at Sellafield

A pond containing spent nuclear fuel rods at Sellafield. 

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

Sellafield nuclear plant is on the South West of Scotland. This is why Scotland wanted this out of our Country. This has the potential to kill millions. When will we learn?

Previously unseen pictures of two storage ponds containing hundreds of highly radioactive fuel rods at the Sellafield nuclear plant show cracked concrete, seagulls bathing in the water and weeds growing around derelict machinery. But a spokesman for owners Sellafield Ltd said the 60-year-old ponds will not be cleaned up for decades, despite concern that they are in a dangerous state and could cause a large release of radioactive material if they are allowed to deteriorate further.

“The concrete is in dreadful condition, degraded and fractured, and if the ponds drain, the Magnox fuel will ignite and that would lead to a massive release of radioactive material,” nuclear safety expert John Large told the Ecologist magazine. “I am very disturbed at the run-down condition of the structures and support services. In my opinion there is a significant risk that the system could fail.

The storage ponds at Sellafield, as shown in this photograph sent to The Ecologist, have been called 'disgracefully degraded' by the executive director of the Institute for Resource and Security Studies.

The storage ponds at Sellafield, as shown in this photograph sent to The Ecologist, have been called ‘disgracefully degraded’ by the executive director of the Institute for Resource and Security Studies.

“It’s like an concrete dock full of water. If you got a breach of the wall by accident or by terrorist attack, the Magnox fuel would burn. I would say there’s many hundreds of tonnes in there. It could give rise to a very big radioactive release. It’s not for me to make comparisons with Chernobyl or Fukushima, but it could certainly cause serious contamination over a wide area and for a very long time.”

Gordon Thompson, executive director of the Institute for Resource and Security Studies in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who is an expert at assessing radiological risk, said: “[Sellafield] contains large inventories of radioactive material that could be released to the environment in a variety of ways. The site’s overall radiological risk has never been properly assessed by the responsible authorities. [The] photos, showing disgracefully degraded open-air ponds at Sellafield, indicate that a thorough assessment of risk is overdue.”

The images, taken over a period seven years and leaked via a local nuclear watchdog group to the Ecologist, are said to show two ponds that were commissioned in 1952 and used until the mid-1970s as short-term storage for spent fuel until it could be reprocessed, producing plutonium for military use. One is open to the elements.

This photograph sent to The Ecologist shows a seagull bathing in the water of a storage pond used to hold radioactive material.

This photograph sent to The Ecologist shows a seagull bathing in the water of a storage pond used to hold radioactive material.

The government is paying private companies £1.7bn a year to decommission ageing buildings at Sellafield.

“It is urgent that we clean up these ponds [but] it will be decades before they are cleaned up. Before that, a lot of other work has to be done. We are aiming to get them to the point where they are in a condition where the waste can be taken out of them,” said a Sellafield spokesman.

In a statement, Sellafield Ltd said: “These dated pictures do not present an accurate reflection of work across the Sellafield site today, but they are an indication of the scale of the challenge inherited by the NDA, Sellafield Ltd and Nuclear Management Partners to clean up the UK’s nuclear legacy.”

According to Large, who gave evidence to the House of Commons environment committee investigation into nuclear safety in 1986, the ponds were abandoned after they were overwhelmed with spent fuel during the 1974 miners’ strike when Britain was put on a three-day working week by prime minister Edward Heath.

This photograph sent to The Ecologist shows weeds growing around derelict machinery within the Sellafield facility.

This photograph sent to The Ecologist shows weeds growing around derelict machinery within the Sellafield facility.

“In order the ‘keep the lights on’, the UK’s fleet of nuclear power stations were run at full tilt, producing high volumes of spent fuel that the Sellafield reprocessing facilities were unable to keep up with. During the three-day week they powered up the Magnox reactors to maximum, and so much fuel was coming into Sellafield that it overwhelmed the line, and stayed in the pool too long,” Large told the Ecologist.

“The magnesium fuel rod coverings corroded due to the acidity in the ponds, and began to degrade and expose the nuclear fuel itself to the water, so they just lost control of the reprocessing line at a time when the ponds were crammed with intensely radioactive nuclear fuel,” he said

The Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR), the statutory nuclear safety regulator, said: “The legacy ponds at Sellafield are old and as a result, do not meet the high engineering standards that would be required for modern nuclear facilities. These legacy ponds bring significant challenges, but we must focus our attention on improving the current situation. This does not mean that operations and activities on those facilities are unsafe.”

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Whitehall child sex inquiry: the 114 files ‘lost’

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By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

The paedophile scandal engulfing Westminster deepened after the Home Office confessed to losing or destroying 114 “potentially relevant” files. The lost files are part of an investigation into the handling of a dossier about child abuse allegations presented to Leon Brittan, the former home secretary.

Geoffrey Dickens with a booklet written by health visitors on how to spot the signs of child abuse

The dossier, compiled by Geoffrey Dickens, the late Conservative MP, is said to implicate political figures at the heart of national life. A review by the Home Office last year into its handling of the dossier found that information it had received between 1979 and 1999 had been passed to the appropriate authorities. But Mark Sedwill, permanent secretary to the Home Office, has now admitted for the first time that his department had destroyed, lost or simply “not found” 114 “potentially relevant files” He also said four new possible leads about child abuse have now been passed on to Scotland Yard. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Any relevant material that is submitted to us will be dealt with as appropriate.” A senior Tory MP and former children’s minister last night accused the Home Office of a cover-up. Now Theresa May, the Home Secretary, is under pressure to “get involved” in establishing what happened to the missing records. She will face demands in the House of Commons tomorrow to explain how her department came to lose the documents. In recent days fresh questions have emerged about whether enough was done to investigate the allegations.

Mark Sedwill, the permanent secretary at the Home Office

Mr Sedwill wrote to David Cameron yesterday to say a new investigation would examine whether the conclusions of last year’s review “remain sound”. But in a separate letter to Keith Vaz, the home affairs select committee chairman, he outlined new details about the 2013 review, in which he made the admission about the 114 files. In his letter Mr Sedwill told Mr Vaz that Mr Dickens had submitted allegations of sexual offences over a number of years to several Home Secretaries, including Lord Brittan, rather than just one single dossier. He said the review had analysed a central database containing 746,000 files from the period 1979 to 1999 and had identified 527 potentially relevant files, from which nine items of information about alleged child abuse were reported to police. But Mr Sedwill said the same analysis of the central database “identified 114 potentially relevant files had been presumed destroyed, missing or not found”. The admission immediately raised further questions as to whether there was an attempt inside Whitehall to cover up the allegations raised by Mr Dickens when he submitted his dossier to Lord Brittan.

Keith Vaz has deep concerns about the loss of the 114 files

Mr Vaz welcomed the decision to set up a new review of the Government’s handling of the cases but expressed deep concerns about the loss of so many files. “We obviously now realise that the first review was not fit for purpose,” Mr Vaz told The Sunday Telegraph. “But what concerns me is the line in the letter that talks about 114 files going missing, This is very disturbing. People will be extremely concerned. It is a huge amount of files about a very sensitive issue. “We really need to know who authorised it. How do we know such a precise figure? Somebody must have known that these 114 files existed and they must presumably know the date that they went missing or were destroyed. “We know the Home Office loses passports and a couple of files here or there but 114 is quite a lot of files to lose. I think we do need answers to this. “I hope Mrs May will have the answers because I am a little concerned at the absence of the Home Secretary from most of these deliberations over the last few days. This is the Home Office and she is the Home Secretary and it should be her setting up these reviews.”

Mr Vaz, a former minister under Tony Blair, added: “This is a lot of material that has gone down the tubes. We need to know how this happened.” Tim Loughton, the Conservative MP and former children’s minister, said: “To lose one file is unfortunate but to lose 114 smacks of complete incompetence or, I fear, some degree of cover-up. “This just raises so many more questions which really must now be answered as a matter of urgency.”

The Home Office said the original review was satisfied it had passed to the appropriate authorities information about child abuse which was “credible” and “had realistic potential for further investigation”. But it admitted that for the conclusions to “remain valid” a new examination of its work by a senior independent legal figure was now required. Mr Dickens, who died in 1995, told his family that details in his dossier would “blow the lid off” the lives of powerful and famous child abusers, his son said. Barry Dickens said his father would have been “hugely angered” that the allegations had not been properly investigated.

Lord Brittan has confirmed he received a “substantial bundle of papers” from Mr Dickens when he was Home Secretary in 1983 and said he had passed them to his officials for investigation. Mrs May said on Friday she would “examine the case” for a public inquiry into historical child abuse in public life, for which 139 MPs have now called.

The lost files are part of an investigation into the handling of a dossier about child abuse allegations presented to Leon Brittan, the former home secretary

The lost files are part of an investigation into the handling of a dossier about child abuse allegations presented to Leon Brittan, the former home secretary

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http://www.theweek.co.uk/uk-news/59305/home-office-loses-114-whitehall-child-sex-files

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-28203914

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