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Death of a writer The reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye has died, aged 91
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Election 2010 Follow the parties as their campaigns gather speed telegraph.co.uk/election
By Andrew Porter Political Editor THE Conservative lead over Labour has narrowed to just seven points after David Cameron’s new year offensive failed to catch fire, a Telegraph poll has shown.
The results, coming days after Britain emerged from recession, are a boost for Gordon Brown ahead of the general election. That election will take place on May 6, senior Labour sources have confirmed.
The YouGov poll puts the Conservatives on 38 per cent, down two points on last month. Labour is on 31, up one, and the Liberal Democrats on 19, up two.
At a general election it would mean the Conservatives would be the biggest party in the Commons but they would not secure an overall majority and there would be a hung parliament.
Last month, the Tory lead was 10 points. Since that poll, both main parties have stepped up their election campaigning. Mr Cameron has featured on 1,000 posters as part of a campaign targeted at marginal constituencies. The Tory leader has also released parts of his draft manifesto, but that led to controversy when he appeared to downgrade his commitment to a tax break for married couples.
He admitted he “messed up” and was forced to clarify his position that a Tory government would grant a tax break in its first term.
Mr Brown has also faced difficulties since the turn of the year. Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt, two former Cabinet ministers, sent a letter urging a secret ballot of Labour MPs to try to force out their leader. The Cabinet remained loyal.
It secured Mr Brown’s position ahead of the election and that has, his supporters say, undoubtedly given him a sense of clarity. He can now concentrate his fire on the Conservatives and seriously plan for the May election.
The Conservative position has also slipped. When people were asked if they would prefer a Tory government led by Mr Cameron or a Labour one by Mr Brown, 44 per cent said Conservative, down two
CLOSING THE GAP If you had to choose, which would you prefer, a Conservative government led by David Cameron, or a Labour Government led by Gordon Brown?
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points on last month, and 37 per cent said Labour, up two. In April last year, 54 per cent favoured a Tory government, compared with 32 per cent for Labour.
But other poll findings last week showed Labour is still very unpopular. Almost two thirds (64 per cent) are dissatisfied with Mr Brown’s performance as prime minister.
Mr Cameron is still rated as the man who would make the best prime minister with 33 per cent, compared with 23 per cent for Mr Brown. The Conservatives are also more trusted to run the economy.
The overall picture appears to show that while Labour is still disliked by many people, the Conservatives have yet to convince enough voters that they have the answers to the country’s problems.
The end of the recession, with growth of just 0.1 per cent, will be seized on by Mr Brown. The poll showed a jump in the number of voters who think the Government’s measures for tackling the recession have started to work – 22 per cent, compared with 15 per cent last month.
By Philip Johnston and Rosa Prince MORE than four out of five people believe that relatives should be allowed to help terminally ill loved ones take their own lives, a poll for The Telegraph has found.
The public’s support for a change in the law on assisted suicide and euthanasia was identified by the YouGov poll following a succession of highprofile court cases.
Last week, Mr Justice Bean criticised the Crown Prosecution Service for bringing a case against Kay Gilderdale, who was acquitted of the attempted murder of her daughter, Lynn, 31, who suffered from the neurological condition ME and had expressed a wish to die.
The DPP has issued interim guidance that included a
Three quarters of those polled said the law should be amended to allow assisted suicide, a crime now punishable by up to 14 years in jail.
> Do you believe the law on assisted suicide should...? (%)
Remain as it is
Even if the law were not changed, more than 80 per cent of the 2,053 people questioned said relatives of terminally ill people, who had made it clear they wanted to die, should not be prosecuted.
*5% replied ‘don’t know’
checklist of 13 mitigating factors to be taken into account when considering a prosecution of a relative for assisted suicide. Mr Starmer is expected to make these permanent next month. MPs have been reluctant to tinker with the laws in this area, which make little distinction between assisted suicide, euthanasia and murder, but there seems to be a public appetite for their clarification. An opinion poll by ComRes for a Panorama programme to accompany the lecture found similar levels of support for a change in the legislation.
The panels would include a legal expert in family matters and a doctor with experience of serious, long-term illness, who would determine whether sufferers were of sound mind.
Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, is drawing up guidelines on the circumstances in which cases would be brought against family members who helped a relative to die.
Dr Peter Saunders, of the Care Not Killing alliance, said: “To argue that if you are terminally ill you deserve less protection from the law than do the rest of us is highly discriminatory as well as dangerous.”
By Rosa Prince and Philip Johnston TWO thirds of Britons now claim to be middle class with almost no one admitting to being “posh”, a Telegraph poll has found.
With Labour and the Conservatives vying to portray themselves as the party of the aspirant middle classes, the findings of the YouGov opinion poll highlight how important middle-income voters will be to the outcome of the general election.
A record 66 per cent of voters now consider themselves middle class, while less than a third say that they are working class.
The survey also shows that seven out of 10 adults believe David Cameron is upper class, although most agree with the his view that background is no longer important.
Gordon Brown was said to be middle class by 54 per cent, the same figure as Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader.
Asked whether the Prime Minister’s jibe at Mr Cameron – in which he said that the Conservatives’ inheritance tax policy had been “dreamt up on the playing fields of Eton” – was fair, 44 per said that it was not, while 29 per cent felt it was justified.
In 1948, less than half of voters described themselves to pollsters as middle class, with almost as many saying that they were working class.
As recently as a decade ago, four out of 10 voters said that
> If you had to say which social class you belonged to, what would it be? (%)
All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2,053 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 26th - 28th January 2010. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).
they were working class, compared with 30 per cent now. In 1948, two per cent considered themselves to be upper class, while the latest poll puts that figure at statistically zero, with just two people out of a sample of more than 2,000 saying that they were posh.
The poll found that most people considered that those earning between £40,000 and £60,000 were middle class, with an annual salary of £20,000 or less deemed to be that of the working classes.
Janet Daley, page 20 telegraph.co.uk/expat
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By Mike Pflanz in Nairobi A BRITISH couple kidnapped by Somali pirates have issued a desperate plea for help, warning that they “have not much time left”.
Gunmen holding Paul and Rachel Chandler, from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, were said to be treating them badly and both appeared in poor health after more than three months in captivity.
They have been separated and were being kept in makeshift camps patrolled by men with assault rifles in rugged bushland away from Somalia’s pirate-controlled coastline. “I’m old, I’m 56 and my husband is 60 years old,” said Mrs Chandler, an economist, in a video released on Sunday. “We need to be together because we have not much time left.”
She appeared pale and gaunt during a visit by a Somali doctor who had negotiated for more than three weeks to examine the couple. “Please help us, these people are not treating us well,” she added.
The doctor, Mohamed Helmi Hangul, said that Mrs Chandler was in poor mental and physical health, and that her husband appeared to have a fever.
“She is sick, she is very anxious, she suffers from insomnia,” he said. “She’s very confused, she’s always asking about her husband, ‘Where’s my husband, where’s my husband?’ And she seems completely disorientated.”
Pirates seized the Chandlers on Oct 23 as they sailed from the Seychelles to Tanzania in their 38ft yacht, Lynn Rival.
The abduction, almost 1,000 nautical miles from the
Somali coast, was one of the farthest into the Indian Ocean carried out by pirates.
The couple were taken to Somalia and moved around regularly, living in vehicles, as their captors made ransom demands.
Initially, the gang holding them demanded more than £4million, a sum way beyond the means of the retired couple and their family.
It is unclear what ransom is now being demanded, or what stage negotiations have reached. There were reports that the gang would release the couple for a smaller ransom if other pirates captured by the German navy were freed in return. “We do not know what is happening right now, we have spoken to people and we are still waiting,” Mrs Chandler added.
Her husband, a retired quantity surveyor, appealed for the Government to intervene and to “get me and my wife out of here”.
“We are innocent, we have done no wrong. We have no money and can’t pay a ransom,” he said in the video, recorded during the doctor’s visit last week.
“We just need the Government to help, anyone who can help get us out of here. Day after day, and this is 98 days of solitary confinement, no exercise.
I don’t know what to do. Will somebody please help?”
The Foreign Office has stated that the Government does not pay ransoms. But it did say on Sunday that officials were actively involved in trying to free the couple.
“We are monitoring the situation very closely and doing everything we can to help secure a release. We remain in regular contact with the family and are providing support,” a spokesman said.
Declining health: Paul and
Rachel Chandler are examined by a Somali doctor who persuaded pirates to allow him to visit them. The couple, who have been held hostage since October, appeared a shadow of their former selves (below)
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The High Court judge said that Terry’s motivation in trying to prevent publication was not “personal distress” but the impact of adverse publicity on his earning power.
Lawyers and MPs had been increasingly concerned about the ability of wealthy litigants to “hide behind a cloak of anonymity”, as one judge said earlier last week.
Terry is lauded for his leadership on the football pitch, but his well-publicised womanising, drinking and gambling have made him a controversial choice as England captain.
Until now, Terry’s colourful private life has been largely ignored by a succession of club and international managers, but that could be about to change.
The news that he had an affair with the former girlfriend of Bridge, a player seen as a near automatic choice for England’s World Cup squad, is a huge problem for Fabio Capello, the England manager.
Bridge, who was once one of Terry’s best friends, is said to be “in bits” about the affair with Miss Perroncel, a French-born lingerie model who is the mother of Bridge’s son Jaydon, three, and Capello can ill afford disharmony in the dressing room when England travel to South Africa in the summer.
Capello, a strict disciplinarian, can hardly claim he wasn’t warned when he chose Terry as his captain.
Terry, 29, has been dogged by tabloid reports of affairs for years, and was reported to have cheated on Toni Poole, his girlfriend and later wife, with at least eight women before they married in 2007.
He said before the
Broken hearts: Terry with his wife Toni (left) and with his England team-mate Wayne Bridge (right)
wedding: “I’ve misbehaved and slept with girls behind her back and that’s not right. She knows about it all now and we’re moving on. I’m not going to cheat on her ever again.”
Terry married Miss Poole at Blenheim Palace in a £1million ceremony that was largely funded by a deal with OK! magazine. Bridge and Miss Perroncel were among the guests. During the time Bridge played for Chelsea, he and Terry were neighbours in
Oxshott, Surrey. It is alleged that Terry began an affair with Miss Perroncel, 33, after Bridge signed for Manchester City in January last year. Miss Perroncel, who refused to move to Manchester, was said to have ended their relationship, saying at the time that no one else was involved.
In 2004, Terry and Bridge, with a third player, were reported to have gambled £40,000 a week between them on horse and dog racing.
In December, Terry received the backing of the Football Association after he was exposed facilitating tours of Chelsea’s training ground on behalf of a known ticket tout. Last year his father, Ted Terry, was filmed allegedly selling cocaine to an undercover reporter, months after his mother, Sue, had been cautioned for shoplifting.
East London-born Terry, who has three-year-old twins, Georgie John and
TOMMY HINDLEY; GETTY
Summer Rose, with Miss Poole, holds the title of “Dad of the Year”, after winning a public poll run by Daddies Sauce. When he won the award last June he said: “My family mean the world to me.”
He allegedly paid for Miss Perroncel to have a termination at a private clinic last autumn, after she separated from Bridge. She and Terry began an affair in September, it was claimed, and would meet at her house in Oxshott. Mrs Terry, 28, was described as “inconsolable” after the news broke. She is believed to have fled to Dubai with the children.
Lord Lester QC, one of the country’s leading media lawyers, said: “This judgment is very, very important – it is a landmark decision. It sets a precedent which should prevent unnecessary restraint on cases which are in the public interest.”