Tag Archives: UK

UK attorney general plans crackdown on ‘trial by social media’

The UK’s Attorney General is pondering whether to tighten up contempt of court laws and target Facebook and Twitter users who comment about live criminal trials. In a call for evidence made this morning, Jeremy Wright, QC, MP, asked for examples of court cases “in which social media has had an impact” to be forwarded to the Attorney… Read More »

UK police charge man under terror laws over Buckingham Palace incident

British police said on Thursday they had charged a 26-year-old man under terrorism laws after an incident outside Buckingham Palace that left three police officers injured last week. The Metropolitan police charged Mohiussunnath Choudhury under the Terrorism Act of 2006 for preparing to commit an act or acts of terrorism after he was held near the queen’s official residence in… Read More »

Half of UK girls are bullied on social media, says survey

Almost half of all girls in the UK have experienced some form of harassment or abuse on social media, according to a survey of more than 1,000 young people. The poll also showed that 40% of boys have received harassment online. The survey, conducted by Opinium for the children’s charity Plan International UK, involved 1,002 young people aged between 11 and… Read More »

Facebook Launches Online Civil Courage Initiative in the UK

Facebook is launching a UK programme to train and fund local organizations to combat extremist material online, as Internet companies attempt to clamp down on hate speech and violent content on their services. Facebook, which outlined new efforts to remove extremist and terrorism content from its social media platform last week, will launch the Online Civil Courage Initiative… Read More »

UK manufacturing soars thanks to weak pound and global recovery

Britain’s manufacturers are enjoying the strongest demand for their products in almost 30 years as a recovering global economy and a weaker pound boost order books. The monthly snapshot from the CBI found that export and total order books were both at their highest for decades – providing some hope that a stronger manufacturing sector would cushion the… Read More »

UK industrial output weaker than expected

The UK’s industrial output rose by much less than expected in April, according to official data. Output rose by just 0.2% in the month, much lower than the 0.8% increase forecast by economists. Manufacturing output – a key component of overall industrial output – grew by 0.2%, which was also much weaker than expected. Separate figures from the… Read More »

UK consumer stumbles in May as surveys show spending squeezed

British shoppers kept a tighter grip on their credit cards last month as they felt growing pressure from rising inflation, new figures showed just two days before they vote on whether to keep Prime Minister Theresa May in power. With record numbers of people in work and public borrowing more manageable, the economy has played a smaller role… Read More »

UK elections aside, hedge funds bet pound to fall anew on Brexit

Whatever the outcome of Britain’s election on Thursday, some hedge funds are still betting sterling will fall anew — anticipating Britain’s exit from the European Union will lead to an economic slowdown whichever way the vote goes. The pound has fallen 2.5 percent in trade-weighted terms in less than four weeks as opinion polls showed the opposition Labour… Read More »

UK must speak up to preserve global markets role after Brexit

Britain must show its support for markets with measures such as keeping taxes low if it wants to remain a top global financial centre after Brexit, Intercontinental Exchange Chairman and Chief Executive Jeff Sprecher said on Tuesday. He said he did not expect exchanges to be at the top of the UK government’s priority list in Brexit negotiations,… Read More »

UK achieves solar power record as temperatures soar

A record amount of solar power was generated on Friday as Britain basked in sunshine and temperatures of up to 28C, the National Grid has said. It said 8.7 gigawatts (GW) had been generated at lunchtime, representing 24.3% of total generation across the UK. The level tops the previous record of 8.48GW set on 10 May. Duncan Burt,… Read More »