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It has been an extraordinary 24 hours. Nobody could quite believe that exit poll when it emerged, not least Paddy Ashdown, who promised to eat his hat if the poll was right. Against all expectations the Conservatives were thought to be the largest party yet shy of a majority. Would they renew their vows with the Liberal Democrats to get over that magic mark of 226? Or would Tory backbenchers prefer to partner with the DUP and UKIP? Over the course of the night one big name after another dropped like crestfallen flies. Simon Hughes. Jim Murphy. Vince Cable. Ed…

Hywel Williams, pictured at Bangor train station above, is a member of parliament for the Welsh national party Plaid Cymru and represents the Arfon constituency, which includes Bangor and the surrounding area. At two minutes to nine, on a surprisingly dry morning, I entered Plaid’s office on Bangor High Street. The office (obviously adapted old housing) seemed small. I was instructed to wait for Hywel on a row of chairs, which gave a sense not unlike being in a GPs consultancy ward. My thoughts of this comparison, however, were cut off as Hywel came in through the front door and…

The Pontio Arts and Innovations Centre building project recently took another hit when S4C’s Y Byd ar Bedwar’s  revealed  Bangor University executive director of Development, Sheila O’Neal’s, spending spree, which was involved with the project. Between October 2013 and December 2014, O’Neal spent: £1,320 on taxis £14,677 on hotels £19,077 on flights £5,428 on food and drink A university spokesperson stated: “Expenses connected to this job are higher than other roles within the university however; this is because it is pursuing an ambitious fundraising programme.” The spokesperson also pointed out the £2.2m in funding that has been raised since O’Neal…

By Emma Åsberg On Thursday October 31, students in UK universities waited in vain for their lecturers, as they protested against low pay offers in the largest strike for years. University staff were offered a pay increase of just 1% which means that the real-time cuts have been 13% since 2008, what Will Hutton of The Guardian calls “one of the largest sustained wage cuts any profession has seen since the Second World War”. Geoff Edkins, regional organiser for Unison said over 200 people employed by Bangor University are earning below living wage, struggling with raised gas,…

Bletchley: Home of the Code Breakers. Britain: Home of the Moral Code Breakers? Why I believe it’s right to celebrate Alan Turing’s Achievements on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth. Last month, I stumbled upon a disused Daily Mail on a train to Euston, and what I found inside should be entitled ‘The Daily Hate Mail’. It was a cruel article entitled ‘Why I believe it’s wrong to pardon Bletchley Park code breaker Alan Turing for breaking the anti-gay laws of his time’ (sic!). Was this journalist even aware that without the efforts of timid, homosexual mathematician Alan Turing at Bletchley Park,…

Further snowfalls up to three inches are expected  across the UK on Sunday and Monday. According to the Met Office the snow and icy temperatures will continue to affect the UK, with a band of more snow spreading north across parts of south-east and east England and the Midlands. A yellow warning has now been issued, urging drivers to be extra cautious. The snow is expected to be worst in the West Midlands and the east. Wales has been heavily affected by the snow, with many roads and hundreds of schools closed down. The Met Office recommended that people only…

With the closure of the UK’s largest care provider for the elderly last year, proposals have been proposed for greater oversight of the providers’ finances. With the collapse of Southern Cross Healthcare 750 care homes were also closed, leaving tens of thousands of elderly without a care home. The new proposals have been suggested in order to prevent such incidents occurring again. The proposals have been are being seen as a step in the right direction as Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, described the proposals as being long overdue, a view…

A student convicted of hacking the computer system of his high school has received a 12-month community order. Southampton University student Matthew Higgins, 20, formerly a pupil at the school Eirias High in Colwyn Bay, was charged with gaining unauthorized access to the school’s system in March 2011, and attempting to do so again two months later. Higgins has also been sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid work. Higgins gained access by posing as the parent of a female pupil, requesting the password for the parental portal from the teacher in charge of the computer system. After he was provided…

Starbucks has been in talks with HM Revenue and Customs this week regarding the amount of tax it has paid over the last fifteen years. Having recorded sales of £398 million in 2011, it paid no corporation tax, saying it didn’t make a profit, and hasn’t done for fourteen of the fifteen years it has operated in the UK. The company move 4.7% of sales to a sister company in the Netherlands and buys its coffee beans from Switzerland, both of which operate a different taxation system, taking considerably less tax from the company. However, Starbucks isn’t the only company…

Police in Birmingham have unveiled and ceased plans to commit acts of terrorism which were believed to be of a greater scale than that of the 7/7 bombings. Three men of the Birmingham area, Irfan Khalid, and Ashik Ali, both aged 27,  and Ifan Naseer, 31, are currently facing trial under the belief that they conspired to commit the string of suicide bombings across the UK. Believed to have targeted eight individual places, the trio’s plan would have caused more damage than that of 7/7, and stuck a more profound chord with the populace of Britain. Police believe Ifan Naseer…

The Olympic Torch entered the streets of Bangor at 17:39 yesterday, to legions of cheers from students, and locals, who lined the footpaths. It’s arrival was part of a five day tour of Wales, which included travelling through major areas such as Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Bangor, and Anglesey, before being carried up Snowdon, and progressing into England today. It was carried into the city by sixty one year old Malcolm Jones from Tremadog, a keen mountain runner who has completed all 37 Snowdon Mountain International Races since they began in 1975. Many Bangor University staff and students also became torch bearers…

It has recently been announced that unemployment in the UK has fallen by 35,000 bringing the latest tally to 2.65 million people who remain unemployed in Britain. The Office of National Statistics (ONS) said that the decrease occurred between December 2011 and February 2012, and that the rate of unemployment is somewhat promising. Trade Union Officials have however expressed their concern with the latest announcement  and TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said:  “While any rise in the number of jobs is welcome, the fact is that full-time employment is still falling and a record 1.4 million are now stuck in…

• UCAS posts 8.7% drop in university applications • Fees being increased to £9000 to blame? Figures recently released by UCAS have shown an 8.7% drop in university applications under the new £9000 fee regime being brought into place in 2012. In England, the figure was nearly 10%, with only a 1.5% drop in Scotland, where students do not pay fees. There are other important variances in the figures – applications have dropped faster amongst men, mature students and for certain courses. For example, a man in Wales is only half as likely to have applied as a woman from…

Following the recent credit crunch the idea of the “bonus” has been at the forefront of the public discussion.  On the 30th January it was announced that Stephen Hester – chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland had rejected his £963,000 shares-only payment. Ed Milliband said the choice was “sensible and welcomed” a sentiment that will most likely be echoed by the tax payer; considering they own around 80% of RBS.  The general public will no doubt be hoping more of the RBS staff will follow Hester’s example and reject their bonuses.  It’s marked a year that has so…

Queen Elizabeth II has celebrated her 60th anniversary as British monarchy this week and breaking tradition, she spent the anniversary of her ascension day making public appearances in Norfolk, as opposed to spending it privately. The queen visited Kings Lynn Town Hall and Dersingham Infant and Nursery School, where she met budding infant well-wishers who later gave a musical performance to mark the occasion, in which the queen was guest of honour. More public celebrations will commence later on in the year and the official jubilee bank holiday weekend will take place 2nd to 5th of June. …

Many London businesses and government departments have this month trialled a scheme to promote home working in order to try and reduce congestion come the months of the Olympic games. As well as the home working initiative, some workers, notably government department workers have been asked to cycle or walk to work as another way of trying to ease congestion during the games. The Government is encouraging the scheme after an already over capacitated public transport system will be put to the test during the summer months as city workers and Olympic tourists from around the world will…