Léon-Robert de L’Astran, an 18th-century shipowner, was praised for his noble refusal to participate in the slave trade. Sadly, however, it seems that he existed only as an internet hoax — duping Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, for three years, along with Ségolène Royal and others.
Conservative backbenchers like to cite Switzerland as an example of how it’s possible to trade in Europe while remaining out of the European Union. But within Switzerland itself, this benefit is not quite so apparent. As the noose tightens on the world’s most famous tax evasion mecca, it finds itself increasingly friendless.
Co-operative Bank has stopped offering new business loans amid concerns over its capital position and talks with UK regulators.
The former chancellor’s comments highlight the fierce debate in Scotland fuelled by the release of rival reports by the UK and Scottish governments
Michael Adebowale, 22, (pictured) was friends with his co-suspect Michael Adebolajo, 28, at Greenwich University, it emerged today.