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This is typical of greedy letting agents, how are these charges anything like the actual cost of the “services”?!!

Application and referencing fees:

£150.00 per tenant

£100.00 per guarantor

£250.00 company application

Tenancy agreement, inventory & registering of deposit:

£90.00 per tenant

£30.00 per guarantor

£60.00 pets clause

£36.00 special conditions addendum

Tenancy renewals: £60.00 per property

Checkout fee: £75.00 per property (charged when vacating)


….MPs Who Supported Him in Parliamentary Debate – his words will be read by Jeremy Corbyn in main chamber tomorrow.

For immediate release

In Moving Message from Guantánamo, Shaker Aamer, the Last British Resident in the Prison, Thanks MPs Who Supported Him in Parliamentary Debate, and Delegation Who Visited Washington to Call for His Release

In a recent letter to his lawyers, Shaker Aamer said: “I was reading the parliamentary debate on my case. I was shocked to see how much these MP’s really care, not only care but really engage and ask the smart questions. I love these good people, not only for asking to release me, but for their effort to close Guantánamo, and how much they are against it.”

Tomorrow (1st June), as part of the ‘Britain in the World’ debate in the House of Commons, Jeremy Corbyn MP, one of the four MPs who visited Washington D.C. two weeks ago to call for Shaker Aamer’s release from Guantánamo, will read out the full text of a letter in which Shaker thanks all the MPs who spoke up for him in the Parliamentary debate in March that led to a unanimous call for his release, and the delegates who visited Washington D.C.

In the letter, provided to We Stand With Shaker by Reprieve, Shaker also thanks his long-time supporters Dr. David Nicholl and Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters:

“I want to thank Dr David Nicholl from Birmingham, who is running a marathon for me – I hope you win your marathon, David, just as I hope I win mine [here in Guantánamo].”

“And my special thanks and gratitude goes to the legend Roger Waters. I saw you on RT speaking good about me and asking for my freedom, next to “Shaker the balloon” [the inflatable figure of Shaker that is at the heart of the We Stand With Shaker campaign]. Please, Roger, don’t ask for justice — demand it. Be sure, Roger, you and everyone else, that I am an innocent man and a good person who never participated in any animal harm let alone human being. We are in Gitmo as the back sheep of U.S. government.”  

The delegation to Washington D.C. consisted of the MPs David Davis, Andrew Mitchell, Andy Slaughter and Jeremy Corbyn. They were met warmly by Senators John McCain, Dianne Feinstein, Patrick Leahy, Dick Durbin and Joseph Manchin. They also met with Paul Lewis, the Special Envoy for Guantánamo Closure in the Pentagon, and Charles Trumbull, the Acting Special Envoy for Guantánamo Closure in the State Department. Following the visit, Andrew Mitchell said: “I am confident that we made some progress on our visit, but it is the most extraordinary injustice.”

– ENDS –

For further information, delegation photos and interviews, please contact Joanne MacInnes on: 07867 553580
or Andy Worthington at:

Here’s some of the companies etc that I boycott, I’m vegan and drug-free, but this list gives just an example of the many reasons I boycott them & always will…

Gillette: Owned by P&G whom I also boycott

Next: Olympic sponsor Nike:

Pizza Hut:

Reebok: Ribena:

UKIP: Racist/bigoted
Wimpy: US company – animals used/abused to be products

World Wildlife Fund (WWF):


A Message from Adrian Ling, MD of Plamil Foods Ltd.

We do not write to you very often but this is the last week you can express your view that you do not want to allow your vegan food to be contaminated.

The Government department DEFRA is currently considering changing the rules on labelling which could allow contamination of vegan foods that are currently labelled as ‘vegan’. This would be counter intuitive to vegans and allow for frequently high levels of contamination in vegan food.

Vegans should be treated like the rest of the population, expecting good manufacturing and supply practices with robust risk assessment to assess the labelling of their food.

There are a number of questions within the proposals. It is not clear how to submit your opinions if you do not want changes, but please send your views in the same manner to those with a vested interest in changing the rules and contaminating vegan food.

Defra has asked: Should foods carrying precautionary allergen statements be allowed to be presented as ‘vegetarian’ or ‘vegan’ where the allergen is not considered to be suitable for vegetarian or vegan diets?

– Say NO to any changes in possible contamination

– Say YES to keeping the current 2006 Guidance on contamination

Write to

The deadline for submissions is Friday 8 May 2015.

You can be assured Plamil Foods will always manufacture to the highest vegan standards.

Many thanks for your help.

Adrian Ling
Managing Director, Plamil Foods

At 4pm Today (Feb. 13), Music Legend Roger Waters (ex-Pink Floyd) and Saeed Siddique, Shaker Aamer’s Father-in-Law, Attend US Embassy with Giant Valentine’s Day Card for Shaker Aamer, the Last British Prisoner in Guantánamo, signed by 60 MPs and Celebrities 

Protest Called After US Ambassador Refuses to Accept Delivery of Valentine’s Day Card by MPs and Celebrities

Celebrity photos available

Actress Juliet Stevenson with a Valentine’s Day card for Shaker Aamer

At 4pm today (Friday February 13), Roger Waters (ex-Pink Floyd) and Saeed Siddique, the father-in-law of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantánamo, will join other celebrities and supporters of the We Stand With Shaker <>  campaign, who were planning to hand in a giant Valentine’s Day card for Mr. Aamer today, the day before the 13th anniversary of his arrival at Guantánamo. He has twice been approved for release by the US authorities – under President Bush in 2007 and under President Obama in 2009 – and yet, disgracefully, is still held.

The organisers had originally been told that they would be able to hand in the giant card – addressed to the US Ambassador, Matthew W. Barzun – to the Embassy, but permission was refused on Wednesday. MPs from the newly established Shaker Aamer Parliamentary Group, which has cross-party support and is led by John McDonnell MP, had been intending to hand in the card, along with celebrities involved in the We Stand With Shaker campaign.

The front of the card states, “There is no love in Guantánamo,” and the message inside reads: “We urge you to ask President Obama to secure the immediate release from Guantánamo of British resident Shaker Aamer. Please tell the president we want Shaker returned to his loved ones in London now.” The full list of signatories on the card is below.

At 4pm, Roger Waters, Saeed Siddique and other supporters of the campaign will join co-directors Joanne MacInnes and Andy Worthington with the giant Valentine’s Day card and the giant inflatable figure of Shaker Aamer that is at the heart of the campaign, and they will be available for a photo opportunity and for interviews.

Responding to the news, Andy Worthington said, “This is typical of the manner in which Shaker Aamer continues to be treated with disdain by the US authorities. The Ambassador is snubbing British MPs, and in the meantime we hear that, despite David Cameron discussing Shaker’s case with Barack Obama last month, defense secretary Chuck Hagel apparently knows nothing about it.”

He added: “The Ambassador should welcome a visit from the MPs, President Obama should take the necessary steps to secure Shaker’s release, and David Cameron must renew calls for his release and return to the UK with far more vigour than he has shown to date. It is intolerable that Shaker Aamer is about to begin his 14th year of imprisonment without charge or trial at Guantánamo, when he was first told he would be going home eight long years ago.”

Signatories to the Valentine’s Day card for Shaker Aamer:

John McDonnell MP (Labour, Hayes and Harlington)

David Davis MP (Conservative, Haltemprice and Howden)

Caroline Lucas MP (Green, Brighton Pavilion)

Mark Durkan MP (SDLP, Foyle)

Mike Weir MP (SNP, Angus)

Andrew Mitchell MP (Conservative, Sutton Coldfield).

Joan Ruddock MP (Labour, Lewisham Deptford)

Alistair Burt MP (Conservative, North East Bedfordshire)

Sadiq Khan MP (Labour, Tooting, and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice)

Dr. Julian Huppert MP (Liberal Democrat, Cambridge)

Gavin Shuker MP (Labour and Cooperative, Luton South)

Sir Bob Russell MP (Liberal Democrat, Colchester)

Andy Slaughter MP (Labour, Hammersmith)

Hywel Williams MP (Plaid Cymru, Arfon)

Stephen Timms MP (Labour, East Ham)

Yasmin Qureshi MP (Labour, East Bolton)

Jeremy Corbyn MP (Labour, Islington North)

John Leech MP (Liberal Democrat, Manchester Withington)

Diane Abbott MP (Labour, Hackney North and Stoke Newington)

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC (Labour, House of Lords)

Clive Stafford Smith, Director, Reprieve

Kate Allen, Director, Amnesty International UK

Shami Chakrabarti, Director, Liberty

Denis Halliday, former Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations

Roger Waters, musician (ex-Pink Floyd)

Cori Crider, lawyer, Reprieve

Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate

Sophie Ellis-Bextor, singer

Janet Ellis, actress/broadcaster

Juliet Stevenson, actress

Mark Rylance, actor

Frankie Boyle, comedian

Jeremy Hardy, comedian

Harriet Walter, actress

Bill Paterson, actor

Julie Hesmondhalgh, actress

Rhys Ifans, actor

Bill Nighy, actor

Sara Pascoe, comedian

Peter Oborne, journalist and author

Nick Davies, journalist and author

Jemima Khan, journalist

Bianca Jagger, President and Chief Executive, Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation

Anna Perera, author, Guantanamo Boy

Shaykh Suliman Ghani, TV presenter and teacher

Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner

Dr. David Nicholl, neurologist

Gillian Slovo, novelist and playwright

Lisa Appignanesi, writer

Dr. Saleyha Ahsan, doctor and journalist

Charlie Winston, musician

Ken Loach, film director

Mike Leigh, film director

David Lan, artistic director of Young Vic

Nicolas Kent, theatre director

Carol Anne Grayson, writer/researcher

David Knopfler, musician

Sarah Gillespie, musician

SE (His Excellency) Prince Stefano Massimo di Roccasecca dei Volsci

Susie Orbach, psychotherapist and writer

Lindsay German, Chair of Stop The War

John Rees, presenter of The Report, Islam Channel

Joanne MacInnes, We Stand With Shaker

Andy Worthington, We Stand With Shaker

Joy Hurcombe, Chair, Save Shaker Aamer Campaign


*Ingredients are approximate depending on your taste

Any Vegan cooking oil (I use coconut oil) approx 2 tablespoons
1 chopped onion
1 tin of kidney (or similar) or mixed beans
Half packet of soy mince
Carton of passata or chopped tomatoes
Half to 1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon garamasala (mixed Indian spices)
Half level teaspoon of chilli powder (don’t over do it!)
1 or 2 cloves garlic (crushed or finely chopped)
1 Vegan stock cube

You can add mushrooms or frozen vegetables [or both] instead of (or with) the beans


Put oil in a large pan over a moderate heat
When it’s hot, put in the chopped onion & stir, then replace lid for approx 5 mins.
Now add the crushed garlic and stir (it’s good to have some boiled water nearby
so if it gets dry add a little hot water). Now add the salt, garamasala (& other preferred spices) & chilli powder.
Stir & cover, then rinse & drain the kidney beans (or whatever beans your going to use).
Now add the kidney beans, stir & cover.

Crumble the vegetable stock cube into the pan immediately followed by some hot water, stir and
then cover for approx 5 mins, now add the soy mince stir then add enough boiled water to just
cover the mince (as it soaks it up!) stir again and simmer for around 5 mins.
Next add the passata or chopped tomotoes & stir in, cover and leave to simmer until ready
(checking & stirring every 10 minutes or so).

While the chilli is cooking it’s time to prepare the rice, jacket potatoes, salad or
whatever you choose to searve your chilli with…. Altogether I would say the chilli
will take approx 30 mins to fully cook, and don’t forget the more you cook this the more
you will adjust the ingredients to suit yourself. Whatever you do… ENJOY!!!

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Hole In One (Vegan sausages baked in a savoury batter).

4 Vegan Sausages
3-4 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
7 Heaped Tablespoons Plain White Flour
¾ Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Tablespoon Sage & Onion Mix (I don’t like the term ‘stuffing’)
4 Large Pinches Black Pepper
½ Teaspoon Salt
500mls/ ½ Litre Soya Milk
½ Teaspoon Mustard Powder (if liked)

Place the oil and vegan sausages in a non-stick baking dish (ensuring the sausages are well coated with the oil)
Bake in a very hot oven until the sausages are nearly cooked
In the meantime, place all of the dry ingredients in to a large mixing bowl and stir until well combined
When the vegan sausages are nearly cooked, add the soya milk to the mixing bowl and whisk vigorously until well combined (work quickly)
Remove the sausage dish from the oven (the oil should be sizzling) and pour the batter mixture in (it should be a fairly runny mixture)
Return to the top of the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes (or until mixture is risen & crispy) – turn the dish around after about 10 minutes into the cooking time

Makes roughly 2 portions.

Scrambled ‘Egg’ on Toast

10 oz (285g) plain tofu
2 tbsp vegan oil
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp herbs (chives or parsley)
salt and pepper to season
wholemeal toast spread with margarine

1. Mash the tofu evenly and fry it in the oil (I use coconut oil) until evenly cooked.
2. Add the turmeric, herbs and season to taste. Cook a further few minutes.
Serve on crispy wholemeal toast spread with vegan spread (Vitalite, Pure, etc)
You can also add fried mushrooms, peppers, onions, garlic… anything you like to vary the recipe.

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Panda’s Vegan aubergine curry

1 large tblsp of coconut oil (you can use any oil, I prefer this)
1 large or 2 smaller aubergines
Mushrooms (I used around a dozen button mushrooms)
2 leeks
I large onion
A couple of large cloves of garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp jeera (cumin)
1 tsp coriander powder (or use fresh)
Half tsp chilli powder
2 tsp madras curry powder
1 tsp turmeric

Make sure you keep a boiled kettle nearby (add to stop curry from becoming too dry)
Cook on a fairly low heat, burnt curry isn’t nice & ALWAYS replace the lid!

Put the coconut oil in the pan, while it’s melting chop the onion/s.
Place the onion in the hot oil (you should hear spitting), give it a stir & put on the lid.
Chop the garlic & add to the onion (you may need some boiling water now), put on the lid.
Wash and chop the leeks, add & stir, add the salt, garam masala, jeera & coriander stir.
Now add the curry powder & turmeric, you will need to add some boiling water to stop it sticking.
Replace the lid, wash & slice the aubergine/s & mushrooms, then add & stir.

You’ll now need to keep an eye on the curry, when the aubergines break up into a kind of ‘mush’
it will be ready. There should not be much (if any) gravy/sauce, but it should not be sticking.

Serve with boiled rice or pittas/chapatis…and salad, yum!

The more you cook this, the more you get used to the balance of spices that you like & the easier it’ll become.
I’ve been cooking this since I was a child, it’s authentic Pakistani/Indian curry 🙂


225g (8oz) Vegan digestives, gingernuts or similar (or a mix)
85g (3oz) Vegan margarine
50g (2oz) golden syrup
50g (2oz) sultanas
25g (1oz) cherries, chopped
25g (1oz) nuts (no skin), chopped
25g (1oz) Vegan chocolate chips
225g (8oz) Vegan cooking chocolate (I don’t necessarily use cooking chocolate, it all works just as well)

You can have extra cherries and/or nuts for decorating each piece if you wish

Before you start roughly crush your biscuits
Melt the margarine and syrup together in a small saucepan.
In a large bowl mix together the biscuits, sultanas, cherries, chocolate chips and nuts.
Pour the margarine and syrup mixture into the biscuit mixture and combine thoroughly.
Pour the mixture in to a small, greased baking tray and press down evenly in to the corners (I use 2 very small flan tins). Place in the fridge to harden.

Meanwhile bring a small pan of water to the boil and then turn the heat to the minimum setting.
Place a bowl on top of the pan. Break the chocolate in to the bowl and stir it until melted.
Take the baking tray out of the fridge and spread the melted chocolate evenly over the top of it.
Decorate with a few nuts or cherries if you want and put back in the fridge…. just before it’s solid, cut to the size you want with a sharp knife. Now replace and leave until the chocolate has re-hardened.
Remove from the fridge and enjoy!


Chickpea & tomato loaf recipe

(It’s easy peasy, inexpensive to make & yummy too)

400g can chickpeas, drained
300g plain white flour, plus extra to knead the dough
7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
Handful of chopped rosemary (or any other herbs you like)
Pinch of salt
Zest and juice of ½ a lemon, or 1 tablespoon bottled lemon juice
1 large tomato, deseeded and chopped into small chunks

Drain the chickpeas, thoroughly rinse and put into a large mixing bowl. Mash with a potato masher to loosen the skins and pick these off as the chickpeas separate (not an essential step but definitely worth it for the end result!)

Add the flour, yeast, herbs and finely grated lemon zest, if available, to the chickpeas and stir together with a wooden or silicone spoon. Then stir in the chopped tomato.

Put the lemon juice into a measuring cup and add lukewarm water to make up to 160ml of liquid. Make a well in the middle of the chickpea and flour mixture and pour in half the liquid, mixing together. Gradually add as much of the remaining liquid as you need until a soft, sticky dough is formed which is firm enough to shape.

Lightly flour your work surface, then tip the dough out and knead and stretch it for 10 minutes. Pummel the dough, pound it, mush your knuckles into it – it’s like a stress ball but much more satisfying!

Pop the dough back into the mixing bowl, cover with a tea towel or cling film and leave it to rise for 2 hours. This sounds like a long time but the end result is a gorgeous light loaf with a proper crust around it.

Knock back the risen dough, shape into a rugby ball shape and pop it into a lightly greased 1lb loaf tin (approximately 17 x 7 x 6cm), then cover and leave to prove for half an hour.

A little before the end of the proving time, put on the oven to 220°C/gas mark 7 to preheat.

Put the tin into the preheated oven and cook for 30 minutes until the bread is risen and golden. Remove the loaf from the tin and allow to cool on a wire rack.

While the chilli is cooking it’s time to prepare the rice, jacket potatoes, salad or
whatever you choose to searve your chilli with…. Altogether I would say the chilli
will take approx 30 mins to fully cook, and don’t forget the more you cook this the more
you will adjust the ingredients to suit yourself. Whatever you do… ENJOY!!!

Baked Falafel

1 15-19 oz can chickpeas, drained
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat oven to 350° F
Drizzle olive oil evenly in shallow baking dish
While oven is preheating, mash chickpeas with mortar and pestle or in food processor. Add onions and garlic and blend
Add remaining ingredients to make a thick paste-like consistency
Shape into ping-pong size balls and place in preheated baking dish. Bake for 15-20 minutes, turning halfway through cooking

“Will the Prime Minister use the Newport NATO summit to galvanise the new-found unity of NATO states to act strongly against the belligerence of Putin?”

Are you for real? On what do you base your assumption or are you just following other warmongers like the US? Is Russia invading other countries killing tons of citizens with drones etc, have they got their own Guantanamo Bay or do they spy on their own citizens like the NSA & GCHQ?? OF COURSE NOT!! NATO needs to be disbanded now & Trident must be scrapped, but of course you want to blame Russia for everything to get the heat off you and the rest of you out of touch politicians, while you help push through MORE surveillance and cuts!!

Why no mention of the brutal killing of loads of East Ukrainian civilians by the Ukraine government junta?! They’ve admitted they want to stop Ukrainians speaking Russian, there already were most East Ukraine families of Russian and Ukraine mix, but they’re now being wiped out by this junta government. Yet you’re after Putin??

You’ll never come close to being as genuine as Sergei Lavrov, but you could learn a lot from him, but you’ll ignore this most probably and continue with your unfounded lies and propaganda about Russia and Putin, even though they’ve done nothing wrong, especially as compared to the US & UK! I’m ashamed to be British!!

Non-violent Pro-life Drug-free Abolitionist Vegan, who cares about the Earth & ALL who live here. All drugs should be legalised & be viewed for what they are... drugs, including alcohol, tobacco & pharmaceuticals. I'm also Atheist & will never accept organised religion.

"But if you dig on Vegan food,
Well come over to my work,
I'll have them cook you something that you'll really love,
Cause I like you,
Yeah, I like you,
And I'm feeling so Bohemian like you"

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