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<b>News of the day in so many words... Thurs July 2:</b> Frank Field defies “nasty” new law; flu could claim 6,000 and more

Published on July 2nd 2009.


Birkenhead MP Frank Field has vowed to go to jail, rather than comply with a "nasty" new law requiring every detail of his “second job” to be revealed.
The Parliamentary Standards Bill has been introduced in the wake of the expenses scandal and requires every MP to reveal exactly how much they earn from private-sector work – as well as the hours they spend doing it.
Mr Field, who is a paid director of Liverpool-based Medicash, said he was happy to reveal his earnings, but not the hours which were “impossible to calculate”.

The swine flu pandemic could take up to 6,000 lives in Liverpool. A report to go before council leaders on Friday has placed the city under “silver command” – its second highest level of alert – with undertakers and mortuary staff being briefed on how to deal with a “worse-case scenario”.

Workers at Jaguar Land Rover have been asked to have their wages delayed as the car maker faces cash flow problems. Employees have been asked to be paid at the end of the month rather than the 15th– “realigning” its pay structure . Those who accept will receive a £200 one-off payment.

A fan has lovingly restored the grave of the “fifth Beatle” after years of neglect. Colin Unwin paid a stonemason to repair and upright Stuart Sutcliffe’s headstone and has tidied the area. Sutcliffe, who was the original bassist of the Beatles for 18 months, died in 1962 from a brain haemorrhage.

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