BBC News Online: Jeremy Corbyn’s early years as reported in Islington



Jeremy Corbyn, the new leader of the opposition, has been Islington North MP for 32 years.

A look through the early press archives shows that his most predictable trait as MP of the north London constituency was to do the unpredictable.

Opinions on his style of dress have never been far away, either.

The first half of his tenure tells of a man sympathetic to controversial causes; of rebellion; and even of the gift of an organic marrow.

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Jeremy Vine Show, BBC Radio 2: Dog-eating


Around 10,000 dogs are thought to have been slaughtered at an annual dog meat festival which has been taking place in China.

The Yulin festival has caused uproar amongst animal rights activists. An online campaign to ban the event has received more than four million signatures and support from the comedian Ricky Gervais.

Broadcast 23/06/15

BBC World: ‘Tampon tax’ around the world

This week, as unofficial international women taboos correspondent, I tackled the tax paid on sanitary products around the world, featuring fabulous Slovakian Diana Fabianova, director of The Moon Inside You:

Tampons and sanitary towels

Half the world’s population needs to use them for a week each month every month for about 30 years.

So why are sanitary products – used to absorb menstrual blood and therefore many would argue essential – taxed?

A campaign launched in a number of countries has had success in Australia where treasurer Joe Hockey has said he will ask state and territory governments to remove the tax on tampons and sanitary towels.


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BBC World: Why does Indonesia demand that female military recruits are virgins?

Indonesian female soldiers

Human rights activists want Indonesia to stop so-called virginity tests being used in the recruitment of female military recruits.

“Bonkers”, “primitive” and “unscientific” are words used to describe it by one of the Human Rights Watch (HRW) researchers who interviewed women who had been subjected to the test.

The World Health Organization has said: “There is no place for virginity testing; it has no scientific validity.”

HRW says the tests are also discriminatory and have no bearing on a woman’s ability to perform her job.

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