Jessica Mckay

Freelance journalist

Location icon United Kingdom

Freelance journalist with experience as a news reporter for the Daily Mail in Scotland.

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Scottish Daily Mail

The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times
Clubbers feel 'the Whip' as dance craze hits UK | The Sunday Times

Twerking is so, like, yesterday; now it's all about cracking 'the Whip' (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters) NEVER mind twerking and grinding; the question now for club-goers is: "Can you crack 'the Whip'?" The dance has gone viral on the internet, with three videos demonstrating the technique watched a total of 20m times, and American footballers and basketball players have incorporated it into their celebrations.

The Times

The Times
Bridge is becoming popular with young people | The Times

To many of their generation, clubs are places for twerking and drinking Jägerbombs, but to a fast-growing group of young bridge players they are the lowest-ranked suit in the auction. In the past three years the English Bridge Union (EBU) has enjoyed a tripling of its young members from 106 to 344 and it estimates that tens of thousands more are playing in schools.

The Times
Perry's art house is a homage to Essex girls | The Times

In the rolling hills of rural north Essex, a technicolour tavern pulled straight from the pages of an Andersen fairy tale emerges from the gloom. It is Grayson Perry's latest creation. Dubbed "the gingerbread house" by art critics, A House for Essex is a colourful cabin inspired by the fictional tale of Julie Cope, a mythical Essex woman.

The Times
Thousands of mentally ill patients walk out of care after budget cuts | The Times

Thousands of seriously mentally ill patients are absconding from care as underfunded trusts struggle to cope. More than 15,300 mentally ill patients have walked out of hospitals in the past four years, figures released under Freedom of Information laws show. The true figure is likely to be far higher, as only 26 out of 58 trusts agreed to provide information.

The Times
05/09/2015
So that's where Ed's stone went | The Times

No politicians or parties were spared social media mockery on election night. One image showed Ed Miliband's face photoshopped on to the body of Edvard Munch's painting The Scream. In another his "EdStone" - the 8ft sculpture inscribed with Labour's election promises - was installed as a new work surface in one of his two kitchens.

The Times
Woman crushed as new billboard collapses on her | The Times

A woman suffered leg and hip injuries when she was crushed by a newly installed billboard that fell 20ft on to her as she walked to work. Residents said the electronic sign had been fitted above a shop in Tooting, south London, only days before it collapsed on to the woman, who is believed to be in her thirties.

The Times
Rockers shown in the way they were | The Times

Some of the world's most famous rock stars feature in an exhibition of photographs by Chalkie Davies that opens in Cardiff today. The former NME photographer put the portraits in a vault when he left Britain for the US in the mid-80s, wondering whether they would have any cultural relevance when he returned.

The Times
Miliband's men: the trade unions backing Labour | The Times

Unite Who they represent The largest trade union represents 1.4 million members in engineering, manufacturing, transport and other industries Who is in charge Len McCluskey, a Liverpool docks worker who became a full-time trade unionist in 1990 Donations to Labour (since May 2010) £16.3 million Their priorities Raising minimum wage; public sector pay rises; scrapping "bedroom tax"; outlawing zero-hour contracts and unpaid internships; curbing payday loans firms Unison Who they represent The...

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Thousands waiting an hour in ambulance for A&E slot | The Times

More than 300,000 patients waited at least half an hour to be transferred from an ambulance to a hospital last year - with one patient delayed by seven hours. Figures from nine of the ten ambulance service trusts in the UK show that 270,353 patients waited more than 30 minutes to be transferred from an ambulance to a hospital in 20145, and a further 41,208 waited more than an hour.

The Times
ITN plans to make dramas out of news | The Times

ITN, the broadcaster, that makes news bulletins for ITV and Channel 4, plans to turn stories "ripped from the headlines" into docudramas, and to expand its sports programming. The docudrama genre has grown increasingly popular in recent years.

The Times
05/01/2015
Firefighters in race against flames to save art and antique treasures | The Times

Carefully poised on a ladder, the firefighter was initially reluctant to touch the grand portrait of the Earl of Onslow, but the order was clear. Then, as smoke filled the room and the terrible sounds of the approaching flames grew louder, he used a Stanley knife to cut around the canvas, valued at £2.4 million.

The Times
Leaders faced 'an audience of Gillian Duffys' | The Times

The televised clash between party leaders was the moment that politicians met "160 Gillian Duffys" in an otherwise sterile campaign, audience members have said. David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg were all made to squirm by studio guests in the special edition of BBC Question Time on Thursday night, watched by 4.3 million people.

The Times
Police using tasers on sheep and foxes | The Times

More than 100 animals have been tasered by police in the past three years, including dogs, foxes and a sheep. Figures released to The Times under freedom of information laws show that 101 out-of-control animals have been shot with stun guns in Britain since 2012.

The Times
Laptop thefts are growing in the garden | The Times

Thefts of laptops and mobiles from gardens and sheds are on the rise as more people browse Facebook and watch Netflix outdoors. While it used to be just pot plants and garden ornaments stolen from outside homes, police forces are increasingly receiving reports of electronic goods disappearing as tech-obsessed Britons enjoy their normally indoor pursuits outside.

The Times
Frantic hunt for Britons still missing | The Times

Dozens of Britons remained unaccounted for in Nepal last night as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said that it was investigating reports that a non-resident UK national was among the dead. While a trickle of Britons stranded in Nepal have managed to get in touch with family members, there are still dozens listed as missing on people-finder websites.

The Times
Failed social media costs taxpayer £1m | The Times

More than £1 million of taxpayers' money has been spent on failed social media campaigns by government departments in the past three years, including £20,000 on a Facebook promotion that only attracted 2,000 "likes". Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show that 11 ministerial departments spent a total of £1,172,496 to promote policies and campaigns between 2012 and 2015.

The Times
Hamilton pulls away from the pack in race for sporting riches | The Times

Lewis Hamilton has extended his lead at the top of the list of Britain's best-paid sports stars after earning £20 million since his victory in the Formula One world championship last year. The motor racing ace, 30, has accumulated a fortune of £88 million, according to the Sunday Times Sport Rich List, published tomorrow.

The Times
Fear of the Scots looms in English marginal seats | The Times

Ukip supporters are successfully being lured back to the Conservatives in key marginal seats by campaigning on fears of an alliance between Nicola Sturgeon and Ed Miliband, Labour strategists have conceded. The Tories are increasingly successful in their attempts to channel anger felt by their existing voters and Ukip defectors into a dislike of the SNP.

The Times
Officers used warrant cards for free perks | The Times

Metropolitan police officers have been disciplined after misusing their warrant cards while off-duty to gain entry to clubs or travel on trains without paying. Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show 58 accusations of misuse in the past two years.

The Times
Website for craftsmen soars in value to $4bn | The Times

The traditional medium for buying and selling arts and crafts is a rickety wooden trestle table at a market fair. An online craft bazaar has revolutionised the trade in handmade items, allowing thousands of British artisans to market their wares to a global audience. Now investors are crafting a profit of their own.

The Times
Hot new sellers: razors and fake tan | The Times

Put away that single malt: now is the time for sherry, not whisky. So said the nation's shoppers as hours of glorious sunshine and the hottest weather of the year so far changed British tastes. Analysis of high street retailers over the past week has revealed how sales of everyday household goods including food and drink act as a barometer of the British weather.

The Times
Student, 21, died in agony after taking banned diet pills | The Times

A 21-year-old student "burned up from the inside" and died after taking diet pills bought online. Eloise Parry, from Shrewsbury in Shropshire, took the highly toxic substance dinitrophenol (DNP) to lose weight. She began feeling unwell at lunchtime on April 12 after taking eight tablets at once - six more than a potentially lethal dose.

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Lib Dem battle bus leaves Clegg stranded | The Times

The Lib Dems's campaign literally ground to a halt yesterday when the party's bus broke down for the second time in two days. Nick Clegg was on board the "battle bus" when it broke down in Crouch End, north London, less than 24 hours after another malfunction on Tuesday evening in Brixton, south London.

The Times
Right-to-buy plan 'fails to stack up' | The Times

The Conservatives faced a barrage of criticism over their plan to extend the right-to-buy scheme yesterday as it emerged that councils raised no more than £100 million by selling off vacant homes last year. Property analysts and council leaders said that the figures did not stack up, and that the plan would intensify the housing shortage and end in a net loss of social housing.

The Times
Labour manifesto leaves voters clueless on cuts, experts claim | The Times

Labour's attempt to repair its economic credibility was dealt a blow after manifesto promises to cut the deficit were challenged by a leading independent think-tank. Experts from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) claimed that the party offered little clarity on its deficit reduction plan and voters were left clueless as to whether the party would make any cuts at all.

Daily Mirror

mirror
04/10/2015
Loads of people think their kids look like Boris Johnson

For reasons unknown to man, lots of parents on Instagram believe their child resembles London Mayor Boris Johnson - and have been hashtagging #borisjohnson left right and centre. When we think about it, there are actually a fair few similarities between BoJo and your average toddler.

mirror
04/10/2015
There's going to be a Hunger Games theme park

The odds are definitely in Hunger Games fans' favour, because the blockbuster hit is going to be turned into a THEME PARK. Film producer Lionsgate has teamed up with Dubai Parks and Resorts to bring the franchise to life - opening a theme park in Dubai in October 2006.

mirror
04/09/2015
People are taking out their hatred for David Cameron on his wax figure

He's been quizzed by Jeremy Paxman, and was put through his paces in the Leaders Debate. Now, David Cameron is under attack from tourists. Thousands flock to Madame Tussauds in London every day to see the wax figurines - and a few cheeky snappers have taken the opportunity to give Dave's statue a piece of their mind.

mirror
04/09/2015
10 companies that are probably regretting their name choice

When you're starting a business, the name you choose is very important. These unlucky companies might want to go back to the drawing board. "No, we don't know where Nige is, leave us alone!" This lighting company is not to be confused with the rowdy right-wing English Defence League.

mirror
04/09/2015
These people are really really angry about Ukip's leaflets

With the general election campaign hotting up, Ukip are on a mission to promote their party. Nigel Farage's followers have been stuffing leaflets through the doors of unsuspecting homeowners across the UK. A lot of people on Instagram are very unhappy about the purple-and-yellow ambush. How did they react?

mirror
04/07/2015
What do Jeremy Clarkson, Joey Essex and the Dalai Lama have in common?

Politicians are a weird bunch, but the people they follow on Twitter are even weirder. We've rounded up a list of all the funny and famous faces the four big leaders deem worthy of following. Dave follows the least people of all four leaders. The 384 "lucky" ones include: - Martin Luther King quotes.

The Independent

Independent
01/16/2015
There's a restaurant where you can pay for your meal in poker chips

All-In Kitchen will open its doors to poker-lovers from 19 to 21 January at Jones & Sons restaurant in Haggerston to celebrate the start of the UK and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT). Ordinarily, an All-In Kitchen meal would cost over £50 per head, but ''Pay-By-Poker'' diners will play three hands of poker to win chips to pay for their meals.

Independent
01/14/2015
'Non-Muslims don't visit Birmingham' and other city myths debunked

Emerson was subsequently mocked relentlessly on Twitter, where users started the hashtag #foxnewsfacts and shared equally absurd, made-up facts about the Midlands city. In light of his gaffe, we've debunked common myths about other large cities across the globe. MYTH: You're never more than six feet from a rat in London.

Independent
01/13/2015
These are the greatest food challenges in the UK

The 'Monster Mega Breakfast', served up at Corner Café in Portishead, near Bristol, consists of two three-egg omelettes, six eggs, six rashers of bacon and six sausages.

Daily Express

Express
01/08/2015
Fancy a novel way to shift the pounds? Try these top workouts to get fit in 2015

January is the time of year when we often fork out for expensive gym memberships that we'll probably never use. But to avoid slipping into this trap personal trainer Matt Roberts, whose past clients include Naomi Campbell and David Cameron, says trying something new and varying your workout is the best way to achieve your fitness goals.

Express
12/17/2014
'I'm back at full speed after stroke': James Cho's traumatic experience

On a sunny day, James Cho loves nothing better than jumping on his beloved Kawasaki ZZR 600 motorbike and whizzing down the country lanes to Brighton. Looking at this compact and athletic 65-year-old, it is hard to believe that only four years ago James suffered four debilitating strokes that left him unable to speak or move.

Hackney Gazette

Hackney Post
03/05/2015
Here are the Hackney restaurants with worst food hygiene

Hackney is known for its diverse culture and cuisine, but a shocking secret about the borough's cafés and restaurants lies behind that pleasant façade. The Hackney Post can reveal that a whopping 20 Hackney restaurants have been awarded a "zero" for food hygiene by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) - meaning their standards are in urgent need of improvement.

Hackneygazette
Hackney schools blow over £6m on supply teachers in just one year

Hackney schools and nurseries have spent more than £6 million on supply staff in just one school year, new figures show. A Freedom of Information request to Hackney Learning Trust has revealed that £6,613,965 was spent on supply teachers from September 2013 to July 2014.

Hackney Post

Hackney Post
03/10/2015
Heartless council shunts homeless families from Hackney

Hundreds of homeless people have been dumped across London and beyond as Hackney Council struggles to cope with rising numbers. Individuals have been sent as far away as Cornwall, Devon, Southampton, Manchester, Hull and Ireland over the past three years. The borough moved 302 families away from their homes last year to "temporary accommodation" that is often anything but.

Hackney Post
03/18/2015
Hackney outlets nominated for BBC food awards - Hackney Post

Three Hackney food outlets have been nominated in BBC Radio 4's Food and Farming awards. E5 Bakehouse, What the Dickens and Square Root London have all been nominated for one of the prestigious prizes. Square Root London, based on on Amhurst Road, is the first soft-drinks outlet in the ...

Hackney Post
03/14/2015
Housing company makes support workers homeless - Hackney Post

A protest was held in Westminster today after Hackney housing company Family Mosaic made three live-in support workers jobless and homeless. The staff, who helped tenants with learning difficulties and other disabilities, were told they would be made redundant and lose their homes, which came ...

Hackney Post
03/26/2015
Benefits cut leaves Hackney disabled woman in financial strife

A severely disabled woman has had her benefits cut by Hackney council which she claims has left her feeling suicidal. The council told Jo Paton, 73, she would have to pay from her own carer which has left her in a difficult situation.

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