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RISHI Sunak is being urged to push for the release of a British blogger held for five years in India after highlighti­ng historical human rights abuses and atrocities against Sikhs.

Jagtar Singh Johal was arrested over an alleged murder conspiracy in 2017 while in Punjab for his wedding – and could face a death penalty.

The family of the 35-year-old, of Dumbarton, claim he was tortured and made to sign a confession.

Scotland’s First Minister Humza Yousaf has written to the PM calling for a “direct approach” to the Indian government.


FORGET James Bond’s licence to kill – all you need for a job at MI5 is a couple of GCSES and a travel pass.

Bosses at the security service are recruiting handlers to look after agents.

And the basic requiremen­ts for the high-pressure espionage role are passes in English and maths – plus a good knowledge of public transport, as you’ll be meeting agents on services like buses.

Pay is £51,000 a year with an extra £3,000 added for working unsociable hours while meeting spies.

A job advert for the London-based MI5 agent handler roles reveals: “A high level of fitness isn’t necessary but you will need to be mobile as you’ll spend a lot of time meeting agents outside of the office, both on foot and public transport.

“You’ll also have a minimum of two GCSES in maths and English language.

“As an agent handler, you’ll be trained to recruit and oversee relationsh­ips with members of the public who provide MI5 with informatio­n on potential threats.

“You’ll work closely with these agents, building trust to gather intelligen­ce that keeps the country safe.”

Spy chiefs say there is a lot of administra­tion involved but successful candidates will get to “nurture productive working relationsh­ips” with spies.

Applicants should also be self-starters who are neither shaken nor stirred at the idea of working independen­tly or making “informed decisions”.

And they should have good people skills – think less James Bond, more Miss Moneypenny.

The recruitmen­t ad states: “Our Agent Handlers take time to understand and respond to different agents’ unique situations, and are able to interact with a diverse range of people. They need a high level of empathy, curiosity and an open demeanour to ensure people feel comfortabl­e confiding in them.”

The agency adds: “MI5 safeguards the UK against a range of threats, such as terrorism and state threats like espionage and sabotage. “We investigat­e individual­s and organisati­ons who pose a threat to the UK by obtaining, collating, analysing and assessing secret intelligen­ce relating to these threats.”

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