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National Grid to lose Great Britain electricity role to independent operator

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The government plans to strip National Grid of its role keeping Great Britain’s lights on as part of a proposed “revolution’” in the electricity network driven by smart digital technologies. The FTSE 100 company has p...

Can the UK’s independent shops bounce back?

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When Primark opened its biggest ever store in Birmingham two years ago, more than 300 people queued to check out the Disney-themed cafe, beauty salons and fashion bargains. The launch seemed to mark a resurgence of th...

A crucial independent inquiry into Covid is already under way

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We welcome the fact that Justin Welby has added his name to the long list of individuals and organisations calling for an official inquiry into the handling of the Covid pandemic (Report, 21 April). Recognising that t...

UK Covid live: Boris Johnson announces independent statutory inquiry into handling of coronavirus crisis

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PM says inquiry to begin in spring 2022 and will have power to compel evidence, and will take testimony from people in public under oath

MLS to hold independent inquiry of Whitecaps after Guardian investigation

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Major League Soccer said Friday it will hire independent counsel to oversee an investigation into the Vancouver Whitecaps’ handling of misconduct allegations against former women’s coach Hubert Busby Jr, currently coa...

Christian Porter allegations: independent inquiry no threat to rule of law, legal experts say

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Legal and business experts have said there is no “rule of law” issue with the attorney general, Christian Porter, facing an independent inquiry into an allegation of sexual assault, allegedly committed in 1988. Porte...

Downing Street rewrote ‘independent’ report on race, experts claim

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Officials at Downing Street have been accused of rewriting much of its controversial report into racial and ethnic disparities, despite appointing an independent commission to conduct an honest investigation into ineq...

10 of the best independent record shops in London

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The past 14 months have been brutal for all retailers, but independent record shops have had it tougher than most. Not only were shops closed for much of the past year but, since reopening, the lack of tourists and of...

Black barrister to lead independent police oversight board

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Police chiefs hoping to pull themselves out of a race crisis have appointed a new tsar who has previously said black people fear calling on officers for help. Barrister Abimbola Johnson will chair a new independent sc...

Facebook users to get ‘independent’ appeal hearings against posts

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Facebook users can now appeal to the company’s quasi-independent Oversight Board to get bad posts removed, the body has announced, in a large expansion of its role just three months after it issued its first findings....

Best-paid gig in town rains down £12m a head – but are the non-exes still independent?

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Some 166 millionaires were created in the City on Wednesday. Well, strictly speaking, the fortunes of the investment professionals at the private equity firm Bridgepoint were not “created” in a single stroke. Rather, ...

An independent Scotland could turn to Denmark for inspiration

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What kind of country should Scotland be and how can it prosper? Surprisingly, given the swell of Scottish opinion in favour of independence, these questions aren’t much discussed. A swirling mist obscures the road bey...

Head of Independent Sage to launch international climate change group

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Several of the world’s leading scientists plan to launch an independent expert group this week to advise, warn and criticise global policymakers about the climate and nature crises. The new body has been inspired by I...

12 of the UK’s best independent bookshops, chosen by readers

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Scarthin Books in Cromford, Derbyshire, is a tall, thin bookcase of a building. Its many rooms, stacked one on top of the other, have new books, old books and every sort of reading matter in its nooks and higgledy-pig...

An independent inquiry would give Christian Porter the opportunity to clear his name

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New South Wales police have decided to close their investigation into the rape allegation against the attorney general, Christian Porter, an allegation which he has emphatically denied. It is now vital the prime minis...

Call for Covid inquiry panel to be fully independent

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A cross-party group of MPs including a former Tory health minister today call on Boris Johnson to ensure that the chair and panel of the public inquiry into Covid-19 is not “hand-picked” by the government, in order to...

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