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Londoners least likely to switch energy providers at cost of £238 per year
Findings from the National Switching Grid suggest Londoners are the least likely group in the UK to switch between energy providers, despite standing to make the biggest savings. Londoners switch providers 54% less often than the national average.
The average amount a Londoner could save each year if they switch between energy providers is £238.
Those in the North East shop around for better energy deals and switch the most often, doing so almost 40 per cent more frequently than the national average. By doing so, households in the North East save an average of £188 each year.
James Padmore, Head of Energy, comparethemarket.com, said “The poor ‘switching performance’ of London compared to the rest of England could be partly explained by the high number of renters as opposed to homeowners in the capital.
People renting may overlook that they’re also entitled to change energy providers and often assume that they would be prevented from doing so by their landlord. This can end up costing them hundreds or thousands of pounds over the course of their rental agreements.”
Norman Baker, crime prevention minister, quits
Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker has resigned from the Home Office as crime prevention minister. He told the Independent newspaper that Home Secretary Theresa May saw the Lib Dems as a cuckoo in the nest and likened working in the Home Office to “walking through mud.”
May and Baker have clashed over drugs policy, with the Lib Dems recently calling for extensive changes to the UK's approach following a Home Office report which found our tough drug laws to be ineffective. Baker accused the Conservatives of blocking the changes. The MP for Lewes was appointed last year and described by party leader Nick Clegg at the time as a "brilliant minister".
Diana Johnson, Labour’s shadow home office minister, said Theresa May was “losing control of her department.”
Police request public information following Deptford attempted murder
Police in Greenwich have issued this picture of a man they urgently need to speak with in connection with an attempted murder in Deptford. Obitana Onyia is 19-years-old and described as black, 6ft tall, with a tattoo of a cross on his right arm. The attack happened on 2nd November in Creek Road.
A man in his thirties suffered stab wounds and remains in a critical but stable condition.
Police have advised members of the public not to approach Onyia. Please call Greenwich Police or Crimestoppers if you have any information.
Head of GCHQ: tech companies “in denial” about terrorism
The new head of the GCHQ has said US tech companies are in denial about how their systems are being used for terrorism. Writing in the Financial Times, Robert Hannigan says extremist groups in Syria and Iraq had "embraced the web”, writing "However much they may dislike it, [US technology companies] have become the command and control networks of choice for terrorists and criminals, who find their services as transformational as the rest of us.”
Hanningan said UK security agencies need more cooperation from US tech companies in a bid to combat terror, saying “privacy has never been an absolute right.”
Man injured in homophobic Halloween attack
A man suffered horrifying injuries after a homophobic attack on Halloween by "two men dressed as fairies". Robbie Kingsford, from Leatherhead, was one of two men attacked close to Surbiton High Street in Kingston during the early hours of Saturday morning.
Both men were described by police as white, in their late 20s and both wearing pink tutus. Police were called to Brighton Street at about 1.20AM after reports of a group of men fighting.
Anyone with information is asked to call Kingston Police on 0208 721 5858 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Shift work can prematurely age brain, scientists warn
A scientific study in the journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine suggests working shifts for a decade aged the brain by more than six years.
Though there was some recovery once the shift work stopped, it took five years for a persons “brain age” to recover to normal.
The findings are thought to be useful in dementia studies as they illustrate the detrimental affect a lack of sleep has on the brain.
The study was carried out by the University of Swansea an the University of Toulouse on three thousand people. Dr Philip Tucker, part of the research team, described the findings as “a substantial decline in brain function.”
Shift working is linked to an increased risk of heart attacks, obesity, strokes and breast cancer.
Women half as likely to earn £50k
Women are half as likely as men to earn £50,000 per year, according to new figures released by the Trades Union Congress. The figures show one in fifteen female full-time workers earn over £50,000, compared to one in seven men.
The TUC figures suggest the gender pay gap may be getting worse. Men working full time earn an average wage of almost £33,000 per year, while full-time female workers earn nearer £28,000 per year.
Ministers say: stop mowing your lawns
In good news for lazy gardeners everywhere, government ministers are urging gardeners to stop mowing their lawns in a bid to save the bee population. Elizabeth Truss, the environment secretary, is expected to say that wild gardens can provide more homes and food for the insect. It's thought the bee population in Britain has halved in the last 25 years.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Elvis is in the building (soon!)
If you're a fan of Elvis, prepare to be all shook up as the biggest ever exhibition of Elvis artefacts will shortly be arriving in London. Over 300 artefacts from Graceland, including a pink cadillac, jumpsuits and instruments will be arriving at the O2 arena in Greenwich on the 12th December. Tickets go on sale this Friday.
Unheard Freddie Mercury vocals on new Queen single
A new Queen song is being released which features unheard vocals performed by the late singer Freddie Mercury.
It's the first single featuring his vocals to be released since he died more than twenty years ago.
All proceeds of the song, called "Let Me in Your Heart Again”, will go to an HIV and AIDS charity.