'Defund the BBC' campaigners raise £60,000 in donations in bid to challenge TV licence rules

Defund the BBC, a right-wing group founded by Brexiteers, began crowdfunding in June and aims to decriminalise non-payment of the TV licence fee and will use money to create 'campaign material'
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Staff at private hospital caught on CCTV kicking and slapping vulnerable patients
<p>Police informed as care watchdog identified repeated examples of physical and emotional abuse</p>
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‘The microphone is a microscope’: Woodward reveals his wife forced him to release Trump tapes
<p>‘Rage’ author Bob Woodward said CNN reporter Jamie Gangel helped convince him to release audio tapes of his interviews with Donald Trump</p>
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Kim Jong-un death fears: North Korean leader narrowly dodged assassination attempt
KIM JONG-UN narrowly missed an assassination attempt after a fishing boat was found carrying rebels who were trying to kill the North Korean leader, a former official has revealed.
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'Naked ballots' could invalidate thousands of votes in Pennsylvania, officials say
The decision – part of a series of rulings that extended vote-by-mail deadlines, allowed ballot drop boxes and removed Green Party candidates from the ticket – could force as many as 100,000 votes to be tossed out in a state that Donald Trump carried by just 44,000 more votes than his opponent Hillary Clinton. 
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As posturing US politicians meddle in Elgin Marbles - Americans urged to look at their own record
America's own track record on antiquities is not exemplary, from the invasion of Iraq to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, plenty of comparisons can be made to Elgin's acquisitions.
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Experts say sexual activity can improve chances of heart attack survival over following two decades
Having an active sex life in the months after a heart attack is linked with a 35 per cent lower risk of death over the next two decades, according to research by Tel Aviv University in Israel.
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Ed Sheeran's property portfolio 'is now worth £61m after he snapped up new homes during lockdown'
The 29-year-old musician, who is estimated to be worth north of £200million, has added boosted his portfolio by £4.5million after making the cash purchases, according to The Sun.
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Footie statistics and shop visits teach children how to add up
Modern parents now use football statistics, road signs and shopping trips to improve their children's maths skills, research has revealed. A study of 1,000 parents and 1,000 children, aged 6-14, found everyday experiences like counting money or certain coloured cars in traffic, as well as sport stats, were among the most popular ways to engage children with numbers.
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Elon Musk announces 'tabless' battery for Tesla's electric cars that is six times more powerful
Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the firm has designed a 'tabless' battery that is six times more powerful and will be made in-house at Telsa's factory in Fremont, California.
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Winnie the Pooh 50p coin launches today - could it be in your change?
Winnie the Pooh is the latest character from a children's book to appear on a 50p coin, complete with a jar of honey, although those hoping to find one in their change will be left feeling sour.
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Liverpool transfer round-up: Sarr agreement reached as Wijnaldum snubs new deal
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is reportedly keen on further bolstering his squad, despite having already made three signings so far this summer
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Amish brothers accused of sexually molesting 13-year-old relative spared jail
Brothers Aaron C.M. Schwartz, 22, and Petie C.M.Schwartz, 18, from Seymour in the US state of Missouri, would have been "eaten alive" by the prison system, a prosecutor says
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Sex after a heart attack can help improve your chances of survival
Previous evidence had raised fears that the excitement from having sex could trigger a repeat heart attack but new research claims it can boost survival chances
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North Carolina board agrees to more absentee ballot changes
North Carolina election officials have agreed that mail-in absentee ballots returned with deficient information this fall can be fixed without forcing the voter to fill out a new blank ballot
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Trump dishes FURY on China over coronavirus ‘plague’ as Xi Jingping calls for ‘one family'
DONALD TRUMP took China to task over its role in the coronavirus pandemic at the first ever virtual United Nations meeting.
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Elon Musk unveils battery with 500% more power that he claims will revolutionise Tesla
<p>‘This really is a massive breakthrough,’ Tesla CEO says</p>
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Donald Trump to announce his Supreme Court pick at 5 pm on Saturday
President Donald Trump said he will announce his nominee for the Supreme Court at 5 pm on Saturday. 'I'm getting very close to having a final decision made, very close,' Trump said.
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Digital minister Caroline Dinenage calls for tighter regulation on 'loot boxes'
Digital minister Caroline Dinenage issued an appeal for evidence amid claims the boxes may encourage or lead to problem gambling among children.
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Legal advisors say offences motivated by hatred of women should be punishable by seven years in jail
The Law Commission said misogyny should be punishable by up to seven years in jail. It also proposed the sentence for anyone convicted for hate crimes against transgender people.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer provides transfer update after Man Utd’s win against Luton
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Peter Andre gets Princess to turn off Instagram comments in bid to protect her
The doting dad has revealed he’s ''so happy'' Princess has ''stopped the trolls in their tracks'' by deciding to turn the comments off on her social media
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Drive-thrus can remain open past 10pm and restaurants will still deliver
Formal guidance issued by the Government as tough new restrictions are brought in provides some relief for fast-food fans - but heaps pressure on pubs and bars who could be fined if punters refuse to leave
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RFU seek government bailout amid fears fan-free future will lead to £138m losses
Bath 31-20 Gloucester: Brilliant come-from-behind win eases Bath pain over fan shut out
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Yew Trees hospital: Ten staff suspended at mental health unit
Inspectors say CCTV footage recorded at Yew Trees hospital in Kirby-le-Soken, Essex, shows
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Blind downhill mountain biker aims to turn professional
Xavier Hopkins, who only has 10% of his sight, turned his passion for mountain biking into a career.
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Perishers - 23rd September 2020
Perishers originally ran from 1959 to 2006. The strip is still so popular today that we decided to reprint the best of the strips by Maurice Dodd and Dennis Collins
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The Gag Vault - 23rd September 2020
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Andy Capp - 23rd September 2020
Andy Capp has been a favourite part of the Daily Mirror since 1957. Enjoy the adventures of Andy Capp and wife Flo every day
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Why children ARE more protected from severe COVID-19 than adults
Researchers at Yale University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine found that adults who catch coronavirus are nine-times more likely to die of the infection compared to children.
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When will the new Winnie the Pooh 50p be released and how can you get one?
Calling all Pooh heads!
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Staff at Essex mental health hospital caught abusing patient, say inspectors
CCTV shows staff at Cygnet Yew Trees private hospital slapping and kicking womanStaff at a private mental health hospital were caught on camera dragging, slapping and kicking a patient, inspectors have said.The Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and social care services in England, carried out an unannounced inspection of Cygnet Yew Trees in Kirby-le-Soken in Essex after its provider, Cygnet Health Care, reported allegations of patient abuse. Continue reading...
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Misogyny 'should become a hate crime in England and Wales'
Law Commission, which recommends legal changes, calls for sex or gender to be protected traitMisogyny should be made a hate crime in England and Wales, according to the independent body that recommends legal changes, as part of an overhaul of legislation.The Law Commission is proposing sex or gender should be made a protected characteristic in hate crime laws, primarily to protect women, in a consultation launched on Wednesday. Continue reading...
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'They won't buy tickets to see women': 50 years on from a tennis rebellion
On 23 September 1970 nine women decided they had seen enough misogyny in tennis and broke away to play their own tournament, sowing the seeds for today’s WTAIf Kristy Pigeon’s father had had his way, she certainly would not have been a tennis player. She would have spent her youth as a cheerleader with ample angora sweatshirts and then in college her priority would have been the pursuit of her future husband, of her future breadwinner.“That’s just another indication of how men viewed women back 50 years ago,” Pigeon says in a phone interview. “I was teased when I would jog and be training for tennis. In high school ... people thought it was not very attractive for women to want to pursue a sport.” Continue reading...
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Talking Horses: Cheltenham counts cost of winter behind closed doors
The racecourse is expected to lose at least £15m in revenue with spectators unlikely to be admitted on 13 of its 16 racedaysCheltenham racecourse, the home of National Hunt racing, is expected to face a loss of at least £15m in ticket revenue alone following Tuesday’s announcement that paying spectators are almost certain to be absent from British racecourses for the next six months.The period to the end of March 2021 includes all but three of Cheltenham’s 16 annual race days, and all of the major fixtures during the winter campaign including the three-day BetVictor Gold Cup in November, the International meeting the following month and the National Hunt Festival in mid-March. Continue reading...
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How the fallout from the Alexei Navalny poisoning has the Kremlin lost for words
<p>Moscow’s change of tack appears to be a reflection of the delicate international situation it now finds itself in, writes Oliver Carroll</p>
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The winners and losers of the virtual party conferences
<p>While some political leaders will be breathing a sigh of relief, others will be far more unhappy that all this year’s party get-togethers are being hosted by Zoom, writes Sean O’Grady</p>
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Disney fans go into meltdown as new Winnie-the-Pooh 50p coin launches in the UK
The commemorative fifty-pence-piece features the original illustrations by E.H. Shepard and marks the first time the cuddly bear has been featured on an official UK coin
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Frank Field calls for radical shake up of health and welfare funding
The former Labour welfare reform minister says National Insurance should be mutualised and owned by contributors
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Vaping in pregnancy 'increases risk of having a child with behavioural issues'
Exposure to flavoured e-cig chemicals in the womb leads to hyperactive offspring, while those with nicotine cause even more dramatic changes to a growing foetus' grey matter, warn scientists
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What you need to do NOW to avoid unexpected phone bills and other issues on EU holidays
New rules will come into force from January 1 2021 on data roaming and EU travel
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Will we still be working from home three years from now?
<p>What will really determine the new-age office environment will be what is most efficient, writes Hamish McRae </p>
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Keir Starmer broke decisively with Jeremy Corbyn’s legacy – by not mentioning him
<p>The Labour leader has moved on from his predecessor with surprising stealth and speed, writes John Rentoul</p>
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Insurers are sneaky – the FCA must keep a close eye on how they react to price hike bans
<p>New proposals by the financial watchdog mean customers could save a combined £3.7bn over 10 years. Firms will be looking for ways to claw this money back, says James Moore</p>
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New York’s Governor Cuomo came up with one of the weirdest social distancing rules yet
<p>Cuomo’s popularity at the peak of the pandemic was sky-high but now, with this weird rule, he may well have thrown it all away, writes Holly Baxter</p>
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What could negative interest rates mean for your finances?
<p>From savings to mortgages, pensions to insurance, the latest rumblings from the Bank of England could change the way you manage your money</p>
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Paul McCartney to share never-heard Beatles song for John Lennon’s 80th birthday
Sir Paul will play a segment of an unheard Beatles track called Just Fun on what would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday
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ADVERTORIAL: Act now to avoid unexpected phone bills and other issues when on holiday in EU
New rules will come into force from January 1 2021 on data roaming and EU travel
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