Pro-hunt lobbyists. The Scottish Countryside Alliance claims that the people who would be made redundant if a bill banning fox hunting in Scotland becomes law, will be able to claim potential earnings for the rest of their working lives. The organisation says that according to the European Convention on Human Rights, job losses can no longer be covered by a one-off redundancy payment and, if the bill is passed, tax payers would be left with a bill of up to £127m.
Harold Williams, who has finally been given the chance to prove his innocence. Williams, who was found guilty of murdering his ex-lover, chose to remain in prison rather than go free without clearing his name. Twenty-three years later the criminal cases review commission has announced that the case is being referred to the Court of Appeal. Williams and Margaret Davies, who had been lovers for one year, split up in January 1977. Soon afterwards, Davies was found bound, gagged, and strangled at her home in Tupsley, Hereford. Williams was one of three suspects and was charged six months later.
Leslie North, who has been awarded more than £100,000 in an out of court settlement. The former bank worker, who has been diagnosed as suffering from post-traumatic stress, claimed that his condition was a result of intolerable stress at work and pressure from his bosses at Lloyds Bank. Tony Hall, head of clinical negligence at Birmingham-based law firm Anthony Collins, said the case should act as a warning to banks to improve their management and training structures.
ShopSmart. The leading UK online shopping price comparison service is understood to be signing a deal with internet service provider America Online and US retail giant Wal-Mart. The deal will allow ShopSmart to rapidly expand in the UK and Germany. Analysts believe the online firm would be worth up to £300m.