Natalie Crookham

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Journalism and Publishing Kingston University graduate

Poll shows 72% of readers believe Tories turned UK into laughing stock |

Earlier this week, Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle described the last year in Westminster as the "strangest of years" while reflecting on the political turmoil which saw three Prime Ministers in a matter of months. Sir Hoyle agreed the UK became an international "laughing stock", a judgement shared by 72 percent of readers, a new poll has found. Sir Lindsay told BBC Radio 4’s PM programme the collapse of two governments in quick succession made him feel like his role was the onl

Royal Family praised by readers for keeping ‘dignified’ silence |

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle released their Netflix docuseries earlier this month, making a series of revelations about their life in the Firm and how they were treated. The Royal Family has not issued a statement or publicly spoken about the claims raised by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in their six-part series. The Firm’s response has been praised by readers, with over three-quarters supporting their silence, a new poll has found.

EXCLUSIVE: Staff choose redundancy as new owners take over New Malden Post Office | Kingston Courier

All members of staff at New Malden Crown Post Office took redundancy when it was franchised to ZCO on April 22 2020, according to the Communications Workers Union (CWU) A CWU spokesman told the Kingston Courier that eight members of staff opted for unemployment over continuing to work with ZCO, a Lancashire based company which runs several post office franchises across the UK. National executive for the CWU Moray Meade said: “When New Malden closed, there was collectively 205 years worth of ex

Hospital bag checklist: What to pack for the birth | Baby Magazine

As the big day nears, we reveal our top tips for what to pack in your hospital bag… What may seem to be a rather therapeutic task can soon become quite the opposite. Packing your hospital bag can be a tricky task because you don’t want to pack things you won’t use and end up with a bag that’s too heavy to carry, but at the same time you want to have the peace of mind that anything you might need will be easy to get hold of. Just remember – if all goes well, you won’t be in hospital for very lon
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