The former owners of MG Rover last night accused the Department of Trade and Industry of "staggering incompetence" over the carmaker's final collapse. Phoenix Venture Holdings said the DTI torpedoed any hope of a deal with Shanghai Automotive by withdrawing an offer of a #120Emillion bridging loan in the Longbridge firm's dying days. PVH added that the company had received "precious little" support during its five years in charge, adding meetings with the DTI were a "waste of time".
A Solihull GP who surfed the internet for websites on "swinging" and "dogging" in between seeing patients at his Black Country practice has been suspended for six months. Dr Omboye Pax Harry used a nurse?s computer to look up hardcore pornography while telling staff he needed to use the machine to catch up on paperwork. His activities were only revealed in June 2004, when engineers were called to investigate a virus that had infected the computer system at Dovecote Surgery, on Hagley Road West, Warley, a General Medical Council Fitness to Practice panel heard.
A Birmingham Liberal Democrat party has been suspended for the second time in five months following claims that it has been infiltrated by militants. The Perry Barr and Ladywood Constituency was closed down by Lib Dem officials in London after membership rose from 100 to 500 in under a year. The crunch came when long-standing constituency chairman Jon Hunt, a Birmingham city councillor, failed in an attempt to be re-elected at the party's annual meeting.