7 news stories you missed by being obsessed with #piggate

Runaway doctors, binning bread and the Met’s mistake – here’s what you didn’t read

Yesterday the UK was caught up with the shocking claims that while at university David Cameron took drugs and put “a private part” into a pig’s head during a dinner club initiation ritual.

While we were obsessed with that story, here are the other things we missed:

1. MPs are earning millions from other work

Many MPs, including serving ministers, are earning millions of pounds working outside their parliamentary roles.

Campaign group Transparency International found 73 MPs were paid £3.4million in the past year for “external advisory roles”.

MPs were allowed to hold these positions thanks to a “patchwork of lobbying regulation good practice across different parts of the UK”, the body said.

2. Zac Goldsmith warns of Corbyn threat

Conservative mayoral hopeful Zac Goldsmith said Jeremy Corbyn could pose a threat to the Tories, despite being written off as “unelectable” by many in the party.

In an interview with LondonLovesBusiness, Goldsmith said: “Well, he’s created a movement out of nothing, he came from miles behind, no one anticipated this would happen, and it did happen.

“It didn’t just trickle over the edge, he was elected with a great big, monster mandate, and I think for anyone to dismiss him now as someone who could never win an election is mad.”

3. One in five households throw away bread without opening it

Campaigners have discovered 18% of people admit to throwing away bread without ever opening it.

A study by Love Food Hate Waste also found 49% of people eat bread every day.

4. New doctors are ditching the NHS to work abroad

A record number of new doctors are planning to leave the UK and work abroad after the government revealed plans to change junior doctors’ contracts.

The General Medical Council said instead of the usual 20 to 25 applications to work abroad per day, it received 1,644 over the last three days.

5. Met admits it made mistakes during the Westminster paedophile enquiry

The Metropolitan Police said it was wrong to call witness allegations “credible and true” before the investigation had finished.

The Met said a senior officer should not have pre-empted the outcome of the investigation and aimed to “retain an open mind as we have demonstrated by conducting a thorough investigation”.

6. Government’s tax laws are making inequality worse

Cutting tax credits for the poor and reducing income tax for the rich are making inequality worse, according to a leading think tank.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies said the long-term impact of cutting in-work benefits meant people would be poorer later in life. The rise in the minimum wage was not significant enough to address this, the organisation said.

7. Tesco might drop out of the £700m sale of Dunnhumby

Supermarket giant Tesco had planned to sell Dunnhumby, it data arm, for a rumoured £700m.

However, the retailer might decide not to proceed after concerns about financing saw all but one bidder drop out of the sale.

Dunnhumby, which handles Clubcard data, is in a five-year contract with Tesco which accounts for more than half the company’s revenue – meaning a new owner would need to ensure it could secure a deal in the future.


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