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Stephen Delahunty


Location icon United Kingdom

Freelancer at London Evening Standard and Mirror Online. Also work for Haymarket Media.

Regular news and features in Byline Times.

Other bylines in Dazed, Left Foot Forward, Private Eye, Big Issue North, and Morning Star.

Previously at Maidenhead Advertiser, Slough Express, and Windsor Express.

Committee member and researcher at the Labour Campaign for Human Rights (LCHR).

Byline Times
Government Silent On Involving Credit Firm in COVID-19 Testing - Byline Times

The Department of Health and Social Care is remaining tight-lipped about its decision to award a contract to the UK subsidiary of a multi-billion dollar US credit reporting agency that checks patient data when attempting to book a Coronavirus home test online. Tens of thousands of people have already visited the Government website to book their test.

Mirror Online
Coronavirus fears leave Queen facing longest absence during 68-year reign

The Queen is set to withdraw from public duties for months in the longest enforced absence ever during her reign. The British Monarch will remain at Windsor Castle with the Duke of Edinburgh for an indefinite period, with palace officials confirming her safety will not be risked during the crisis.

Mirror Online
Asda staff accuse carers of 'spreading disease' after they shopped in uniform

Supermarket giant Asda has apologised after staff at one of its stores left two carers feeling 'ashamed' for shopping in their uniforms. Fears of catching Covid-19 at the shop in Stoke-on-Trent prompted staff to accuse colleagues Mary Gibson and Lisa Willott of 'spreading disease'.

Mirror Online
'Angel for the voiceless' dog shelter founder loses eight-day battle with cancer

The founder of a dog rescue shelter who saved thousands of sick and abandoned dogs has died suddenly after losing a short battle with cancer. Lisa Ann Knight, from Albury, dedicated most of her life to caring for neglected dogs, many of them from Romania, at the rescue shelter she founded, Snoopy Rescue UK.

Mirror Online
Single mum insists £38k credit card bill for 'mummy makeover' is 'worth it'

A mum-of-two has splashed out more than £38k in her quest for the perfect 'mum-bod'. Single mother Tracy Kiss, from Aylesbury, has gone under the knife 10 times in 15 years. Some of the procedures include three boob jobs, a designer vagina, a Brazillian butt lift with implants, a nose job, and laser eye surgery.

Byline Times
Apple is Aiding China's Repression - Byline Times

In 2018, Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a speech in which he railed against the "data industrial complex" and chastised companies such as Google and Facebook for weaponising user data. "This is surveillance," he said. "This should make us very uncomfortable. It should unsettle us".

Evening Standard
£500,000 raid on Premier League star's London mansion

Detectives are investigating a £500,000 raid on the London mansion of a Premier League star, the Evening Standard can reveal. Crystal Palace centre back Mamadou Sakho, 29, his wife Majda and their three children were away when intruders struck at the gated property in Wimbledon.

Byline Times
'Bloody Cheek': A Tory Government's Response to Calls for Oil Sanctions on Nigeria after it...

In 1995, Nigeria's military regime executed nine environmental activists who had led a non-violent protest against pollution by Anglo-Dutch company Shell and other energy firms in the oil-rich Niger Delta. The so-called 'Ogoni 9' were executed on 10 November 1995, following a military tribunal that was internationally condemned - particularly by South Africa's President Nelson Mandela.

Byline Times
GENERAL ELECTION 2019: Multiple Reports of Voter ID Suppression - Byline Times

As Britain goes to the polls, unverified reports have begun to emerge of alleged voter suppression as many voters seem confused about whether they need ID to vote in the General Election. Reports of misleading advice from councils and polling booths has spread in many constituencies across the country.

Private Eye
Hawking Points

Minutes of a meeting between government ministers and arms firm BAE Systems, released after an FOI request, cast an interesting light on the murky world of lobbying.

Evening Standard
Four injured as Piccadilly Theatre ceiling collapses during show

At least four theatregoers have been injured after a ceiling collapsed at the Piccadilly Theatre in London's West End. Around 1,100 people were evacuated from the building during a performance of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman on Wednesday evening. Witnesses described hearing screams from audience members as more and more of the ceiling fell down in shocking scenes.

Evening Standard
Student film-makers handcuffed by armed police while making movie

Four student film-makers were pinned to the ground and handcuffed by armed police as they made a "gangster" movie on the streets of London. Elite officers carrying Heckler & Koch semi-automatic rifles descended on the scene amid reports that youths had been seen with a weapon in a residential street off Highbury Fields.

Evening Standard
Justice for father stabbed to death at gym as killer jailed for life

The family of a new father stabbed to death at a kick-boxing gym said today that justice had been served as his killer was jailed for life. Charles Riddington, 37, and three other men "ambushed" George Barker, 24, at the Double K gym in Bexley on November 14, 2016 - less than a week after the birth of his first child, a baby girl.

Byline Times
Pro-Trump Entities Weaponising Twitter to Promote a Hard Brexit, New Analysis Shows - Byline Times

Tens of thousands of Twitter bots and/or trolls are pushing the Prime Minister's 'no deal' Brexit message on the social media platform, according to an analysis of his followers. From Russian interference to the unlawfulness of the leave campaigns, research suggests that there could be multiple actors interested in seeing the UK crash out of the EU without a deal.

Evening Standard
Moment man in boxer shorts dashes outside to tackle hooded car thieves

This is the moment a man in his boxer shorts took on two hooded thieves who broke into his family home to snatch a set of keys before speeding away in his car. CCTV footage appears to show two suspects forcing open the front door, then emerging four minutes later and unlocking the £20,000 VW Golf GT parked on the driveway.

Morning Star
Fire extinguisher money was spent on Grenfell remembrance lights

THE government spent the cost of one fire extinguisher per flat on Grenfell remembrance lights, the Star can reveal. On the two-year anniversary of the tragedy in June this year, 10 Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament "turned green" in an attempt to show solidarity with the 72 people who lost their lives in the tower block fire.

I went to see Margaret Thatcher's ghost be summoned to solve Brexit

It promised to be a treat for fans of exploitative cults, hard-right politicians, and pseudoscience. A crude looking flyer punctuated by Union Jacks, a mysterious gathering offered to reveal what the deceased former prime minister Margaret Thatcher thinks about Brexit, and where her spirit is now.

Campaign consultancy's propaganda network "did not break Facebook's rules"

Research by the Guardian alleges that dozens of Facebook campaigns were overseen by staff of the business founded by Sir Lynton Crosby on topics including Brexit and Saudi Arabia. Staff worked on online disinformation campaigns that selectively promoted their clients' viewpoints on anonymous Facebook pages, and would use personal email accounts to avoid their work being traced back to CTF or its clients.

Court of Appeal rules London council must stop publishing fortnightly newsletter

The council ignored government advice to stop publishing Hackney Today ( pictured), an eight-year-old publication that has delivered more than 100,000 copies to every home and business in the east London borough. In 2011, the Government brought in a code of recommended practice that advised councils should publish newsletters or newspapers no more than four times a year.

Big Issue North
Councils forced to sell public spaces

The local government funding crisis has become so dire that northern councils have sold off over £750million worth of public spaces since 2014/15. Nearly 5,000 assets have been lost - including libraries, community centres and housing in an attempt to save money and fund reforms to their services.

Big Tobacco confirm 'earned social media' tactics as ad authorities investigate

PRWeek has been made aware of several communications firms that help plan and organise influencer events and activities for tobacco giants and vaping firms. The Advertising Standards Authority's probe into the use of influencers includes seven posts on social media, including some by singer Lily Allen and House of Holland, and could have wider ramifications for social media platforms to "get their house in order", an ASA spokesperson confirmed.

Big Issue North
Changing the tech industry's gender imbalance

In the UK females currently make up just 17 per cent of the tech workforce. By 2040 it is estimated that only 1 per cent of the tech sector will be female. In Liverpool, two female-led companies are leading the push to change the industry's gender imbalance.

Maidenhead Advertiser
Opinion: There's always money for bombs

The second most bizarre video I have watched of late was that of the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, strolling around his empty palace like Kevin McCloud in a special despotic edition of Grand Designs, just hours after the UK dropped a couple of bombs on his country.

Maidenhead Advertiser
Opinion: We can't reach first rung of the ladder

A peculiar thing happened to me last week. I had an honest conversation with a politician about housing that didn't involve parroting the word 'affordable' in a manner completely devoid of any context. A Wokingham Borough councillor admitted that 'affordable housing' wa...

Maidenhead Advertiser
Opinion: In defence of 'useless' millennials

This week ITV's flagship breakfast news programme Good Morning Britain tweeted: "Are millennials (those aged in the 18-35 range) useless?" As a disclaimer, I have to admit as a topic for debate it probably appeases their TV audience while driving thousands of engagements o...

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