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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

“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!!

We’ve seen/heard (and still do) in all Western mainstream media (inc the bbc) that “Crimea was annexed by Russia”, the US and UK governments have been pushing this since Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to join Russia! The following blog comment did not only sum up the facts on Crimea, it’s also from a lawyer who has given permission for it to be spread, so I thank them 🙂


“I have one thing to add the argument that has been thrown around that Russia “annexed” Crimea. This argument has been used by German news which slowly sunk in with the German main audience. It is now accepted by them that Russia “annexed” Crimea.

This legal assumption is debatable or even incorrect.

Under international law you have different titles to acquire land. One is annexation. The other one is that another subject of international law joins in. The latter one is still (even after WW2) a recognized way to acquire land. So what happen in Crimea:

The people of Crimea held a referendum under the supervision of the Russian army (otherwise they wouldn’t be able to hold one) to create a new state.

Were they allowed to do so? Yes, they were. The right to self- determination of a people is on bed rock principle, another one is territorial integrity. Both principles contradict each other. Interestingly, none is superior to the other one. They are equal. So Crimea had the right to secede from Ukraine under international law to become a new state.

How is statehood acquired? A state contains three basic requirements: A people, a territory and a (loose) power that holds it together. If these are met, a new state is born. More interestingly is that this process does not require other states to recognize the new state. This recognition is de facto. The de jure requirement is only the will of the people to become independent.

What happens, if another state in the person of Russia is supervising this process? Will this make the whole process of undergoing the right to self-determination illegal? This is were the debate kicks in. I don’t think so and a German law professor from Hamburg Uni as well ( ). Then Crimea as a new legal entity could ask Russia to join the federation. This is perfectly in line with international law (if you follow my line of argument).

As a laywer you are used to news papers throwing it all together and mixing legal things up. But in this case, it is breath taking, since “annexation” is the forcible acquisition of a state’s territory by another state. The definition does not apply to the case at hand for one reason: Russia did not force Crimea to ask for its application to join the federation.

If you want, you can use this in debates with the uneducated masses throwing in legal terms they have no clue about.”


I would also like to add that when the US and UK govts & msm etc say that “Crimea was annexed by Russia” it’s yet another way to get the public onside with them so they also hate Russia – and of course East Ukraine too! *sigh* 😦

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.

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Well come over to my work,
I'll have them cook you something that you'll really love,
Cause I like you,
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