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A swipe at security

A Whitehall mole reliably informs the Diary that Home Office minister Hazel Blears is employing a tough “don&#39t do as I do, do as I say” policy over extra security measures at Government building Portcullis House.

On realising she had forgotten her swipe card to get back into the building, the minister responsible for the crackdown on terrorism tried to cajole a young researcher into letting her through the doors.

The researcher refused to let the woman pass and demanded to know who she was. Blears demanded to be let in ranting along “Do you know who I am” lines. The Diary feels relieved to know that the minister in charge of the UK police force is practising what she preaches.


Out of context

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Park Row Corporate & Private Clients launches

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A consumer&#39s view

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Govt faces revolt over collapsed companies

The Government is facing a backbench rebellion over the Pensions Bill from a large number of MPs supporting an early day motion calling for compensation for pensioners who have seen their funds disappear after the collapse of their employers. Cardiff MP Kevin Brennan has tabled the EDM, challenging the Government to compensate thousands of pensioners […]


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