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Government pick for appointments watchdog questioned over past writings

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The government’s preferred candidate for the sensitive role of public appointments watchdog has told MPs he would not write “polemical” articles in the post as he was questioned over past writings which accused Labour...

Scottish watchdog looks into Russian donation to Prince Charles charity

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Scotland’s charity regulator has announced an investigation following claims that a six-figure sum from a wealthy Russian donor was accepted by Prince Charles’s charitable foundation before being rejected by its ethic...

UK watchdog calls for much tougher vetting of Covid PCR test firms

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The consumer watchdog has called for much tougher government vetting of private companies selling Covid-19 tests to travellers, following revelations about poor service from “rogue” operators that it said had resulted...

West to decide on Iran censure after damning UN nuclear watchdog report

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European powers and the US will decide on Friday whether to censure Iran in response to a damning report by the UN nuclear inspectorate the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) showing that the new hardline gover...

Lobbying watchdog warns Tory co-chair to separate roles more clearly

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The Conservative party co-chair, Ben Elliot, has been warned by an official watchdog that he should separate his public and business roles more clearly, following complaints that the high-end concierge company he runs...

UK watchdog approves £2.9bn Viagogo and StubHub merger

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The $4bn (£2.9bn) merger of controversial ticket resale websites Viagogo and StubHub can go ahead after the UK competition regulator approved a plan that will see StubHub’s international operations sold to a new entra...

UK government vaccines watchdog rules out Covid jabs for children

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The UK government’s vaccines watchdog has decided there is not enough evidence to recommend the rollout of Covid vaccines to all 12- to 15-year-olds, but has held open the possibility of ministers seeking other advice...

Ireland watchdog fines WhatsApp record sum for flouting EU privacy rules

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Ireland’s data privacy watchdog has slapped WhatsApp with a record €225m (£193m) fine for violating EU data protection rules. The Dublin-based Data Protection Commission (DPC) announced the decision on Thursday after ...

Runnymede Trust did not breach guidance over race report, watchdog finds

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A leading race equality thinktank did not breach charity guidance despite claims from Conservative MPs that it is pursuing a political agenda, a watchdog has found. The Charity Commission’s review of the Runnymede Tru...

Watchdog warns UK banks of Afghanistan financial crime risks

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The UK’s financial watchdog is warning banks to review their potential exposure to financial crime in Afghanistan amid fears of resurgent terrorist activity in the country following the withdrawal of foreign troops. H...

UK insurers unready for stricter rules on price hikes, watchdog says

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Insurers could face disciplinary action after the City watchdog said UK firms were not ready for stricter rules on price hikes on car and home insurance. The Financial Conduct Authority said too many firms were failin...

Black people more likely to be Tasered for longer, police watchdog finds

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Police have been criticised for their deployment of Taser, with an official report finding black people are more likely to face prolonged use and cases of the powerful electrical weapon being fired when it should not ...

Police failing to impose orders on men accused of abuse, watchdog finds

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Police are failing to impose restraining orders or bail conditions on men accused of rape, domestic abuse, harassment and stalking, a watchdog has found, placing women and girls at increased risk of harm. A police sup...

Chair of Whitehall sleaze watchdog laments lack of diversity on panel

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Ministers have been urged to publish the scores of candidates who applied for a top role on Whitehall’s anti-sleaze watchdog, after its chair lamented that the latest appointment – a University of Oxford friend of Bor...

UK security watchdog could demand access to intelligence on Afghan crisis

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Parliament’s security watchdog is expected to demand to see the secret intelligence analysis behind the west’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, sources have said, after ministers claimed they were caught unawares ...

Watchdog expresses ‘concerns’ over Nvidia’s takeover of UK chip designer Arm

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The UK competition watchdog has found the takeover of Cambridge-based chip designer Arm by US rival Nvidia raises serious competition concerns, and has launched an in-depth investigation into the $40bn (£29.5bn) deal....

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