Magazine article The Spectator

Portrait of the Week

Magazine article The Spectator

Portrait of the Week

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Home Six men from the West Midlands - Omar Khan, Jewel Uddin, Mohammed Hasseen, Mohammed Saud, Zohaib Ahmed and Anzal Hussain - were jailed for 18 or 19 years on terrorism charges after planning to bomb an English Defence League rally in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, last year. After a fire caused minor damage at the Darul Uloom Islamic boarding school in Chislehurst, Kent, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, said: 'We should not allow the murder of Lee Rigby to come between Londoners.' Police clashed with protesters against the G8 summit who had taken possession of a house in Soho. A temporary custody centre for those arrested during the summit was built at Omagh, Co.

Tyrone. The Public Record Office admitted that records of the first census in Northern Ireland, in 1926, had been lost.

Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, made another attempt to reform GCSEs from autumn 2015.

The Conservative MP Tim Yeo excused himself from his duties as chairman of the Commons energy and climate change committee while a report by the Sunday Times was investigated. Secret filming seemed to show Mr Yeo saying that he had told a businessman what to say when appearing before the committee. Sir Henry Cecil, the racehorse trainer, died, aged 70.

Iain Banks, the novelist, died, aged 59. The Duke of Edinburgh underwent exploratory abdominal surgery and spent his 92nd birthday in hospital. Production of Harris tweed doubled between 2009 and 2012.

According to the National Farmers' Union, the wheat harvest was expected to be 30 per cent smaller than last year.

Unemployment fell by an unexpected 5,000 in the three months to April.

The Treasury considered selling a 10 per cent slice of Lloyds Banking Group before the end of the year. Ofgem, the energy regulator, said it would 'break the stranglehold of the big six energy suppliers'.

Network Rail was told by the rail regulator to find savings of £2 billion over the next five years and to improve punctuality. David Cameron, the Prime Minister, visited a new deep-water container port and distribution centre called London Gateway, near Thurrock, Essex. Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, gave permission for a £1.5 billion development at Silvertown Quays in east London. …

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