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Brewers, pub landlords and drinkers across Staffordshire are celebrating a concession made by the chancellor.

George Osborne has ended the automatic rule meaning the tax paid on beer goes up every year.


The organiser of the March on Stoke has said the event showed “the strength of feeling” about plans for a £40million civic centre move.

More than 1,000 protesters in white elephant masks joined the walk as it headed for the site of the proposed new home for the council in Hanley.


EXCLUSIVE: Workers at Stoke-on-Trent City Council say they are so scared of being caught taking part in March on Stoke they plan to wear masks.

Many say they fear “severe repercussions” if they are identified during the protest.


A hard-hitting report into patient care at Stafford Hospital brands the scandal as “a damning indictment of NHS attitudes, practices and organisations”.

Robert Francis QC, who compiled the report, has made almost 300 recommendations, which he said today were designed to make sure patient interests were top priority.

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