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5 YEARS AGO
David Miliband has said his relationship with brother Ed is “healing” in the wake of their bitter battle for the Labour leadership. The former foreign secretary admitted he would “never erase” the memory of his defeat in 2010. But he said there was no point “looking in the rear view mirror”, and leaving British politics would end the “soap opera” – though he did not rule out a comeback. In a TV interview, the ex-mp said he was “excited” to be moving to New York to head up the International Rescue Committee charity.
10 YEARS AGO
Ministers plan to change the alcohol licensing legislation following fears that criminals could be granted licences because of a loophole in the law. However, thousands of applications for pubs and off-licences have already gone through the police vetting process which officers say is flawed. The fear is that some licences may already have been given to people deemed unsuitable by the police. Under the 2005 Licensing Act, chief constables lost the right to object on the grounds that the applicant was not a fit and proper person.
25 YEARS AGO
The Government is to ask the private sector to take on the west coast main line’s urgently needed £500m infrastructure overhaul, Transport Minister Roger Freeman announced yesterday. He has appointed Hambros Bank Ltd to examine the possibility of a formula which would allow private consortia to undertake the work. It would be the first time private companies had been invited to pay for infrastructure work since nationalisation in 1948. The line, which links London with Glasgow, has been described by managers as on the verge of “catastrophic failure.”