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Labour support in Scotland half that of SNP – poll

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Survation poll finds 29% of Labour supporters say Jim Murphy’s election as leader makes it more likely they will vote for partyThe new leader of Scottish Labour, Jim Murphy, faces a daunting challenge to lift his party’s fortunes before next May’s general election as a poll shows support for Labour in Scotland is now half that for the SNP.A Survation poll for Monday’s Daily Record, the first to be released since Murphy’s election on 13 December, found that 48% of ... more

Tesco and PwC face fresh inquiry over £263m overstatement of profits

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Accountancy watchdog to examine role of PwC and the work of individuals at auditor and Tesco in preparing accounts from 2012Tesco’s financial team and its auditor, PwC, face a formal investigation by the accountancy watchdog over the supermarket’s £263m overstatement of profits.In the latest blow to the ailing retail group, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) said it would examine the role of PwC as well as the behaviour of individuals at the auditor and at Tesco in relation to the ... more

Police chief Nick Gargan’s hearing for gross misconduct to be held in private

published about 5 hours ago
IPCC rules private hearing would ensure ‘best evidence’ is heard over claims against Avon and Somerset chief constableA police chief’s gross misconduct hearing over claims he made inappropriate advances to female colleagues and leaked internal emails will not be held in public, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has said.Following a consultation, the IPCC said the hearing for the chief constable of Avon and Somerset police, Nick Gargan, will be held in private in order to ensure the “best evidence” ... more

Sainsbury’s and Waitrose cancel deliveries after website glitches

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Some customers offered redelivery dates after Christmas while others told they can collect their orders from a local branchSainsbury’s and Waitrose have become the latest stores to suffer website meltdowns, resulting in the cancellation of Christmas deliveries for customers.On Sunday night Sainsbury’s accidentally cancelled hundreds of online orders after a computer failure. Some customers were offered redelivery dates after Christmas. Continue reading...

2014: when songwriters burned the chorus and built the bridge

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Pop’s rules are being rewritten by producers such as Avicii and Zedd, who are downplaying the once sacrosanct chorus – and Katy Perry even dared to do without one at allFor decades in the church of pop, the chorus has been the altarpiece, the focus for all those who worship there. It’s where songwriters install their most beautiful, affecting work, and the contrast between it and the relative plainness of the surrounding verses only enhances its dazzle. “Don’t bore us, ... more