Oct 17 2012 By Cheryl Mullin
66 people ‘chase every retail job’
UP TO 66 unemployed people are chasing every retail job, with vacancies often closed to young candidates within hours of being advertised, according to new research.
A study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) also found that two thirds of those applying for jobs did not receive any responses.
A separate report by the TUC found that young black men have experienced the sharpest rise in unemployment since the coalition came to power, with more than one in four of all black 16 to 24-year-olds currently out of work.
Mitchell runs the commons gauntlet
ANDREW Mitchell faces a fresh ordeal at the hands of Labour and Tory backbenchers today as he struggles to cling on to his job.
The Chief Whip is set for intense barracking when he attends Prime Minister’s Questions for the first time since his notorious confrontation with police last month.
A few hours later the powerful Conservative 1922 Committee will consider Mr Mitchell’s prospects for survival, amid signs that support within the party is ebbing away.
Man in court on imprisonment charge
A MAN is to appear in court today charged with the kidnapping of a British photographer who was held hostage in Syria.
Shajul Islam, 26, is accused of keeping John Cantlie, who worked for various newspapers including the Sunday Times, and Dutch journalist Jeroen Oerlemans captive for around a week in the war torn state.
He was arrested last week after arriving at Heathrow airport on a flight from Egypt, and will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
Aide slams ‘manipulative’ Savile
JIMMY Savile’s former personal assistant has said the disgraced TV star “thought he was untouchable”.
Janet Cope spoke out as it was announced that former High Court judge Dame Janet Smith and ex-Sky News executive Nick Pollard are to lead the BBC’s independent reviews stemming from the sex abuse allegations surrounding the late DJ.
Dame Janet, who led the inquiry into mass killer Harold Shipman, will lead the examination of the “culture and practices of the BBC” during the years Savile worked there while Mr Pollard, a former head of Sky News, will look into whether there were any “failings” in the way a Newsnight report into claims against Savile was handled.
Public appeal over missing children
A HIGH Court judge has appealed for the public’s help in finding four children “abducted” by their mother following a care dispute.
Jessica, Tomas, Eva and David Palacin Jones, who are aged between 14 and eight, had been in the care of their Spanish father Tomas Palacin Cambra, 52, but have gone missing from their mother Jennifer Jones’ house in Wales.
Mr Palacin Cambra’s lawyers said they would be returning to the High Court today to see what further orders they could make.