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NUMBER OF MUSLIM CHILDREN IN ENGLAND AND WALES DOUBLES IN A DECADE

Mail Online, 12/02/2015, Lucy Crossley

An analysis of 2011 Census data carried out by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) suggests the Muslim population increased by more than a million in the ten years from 2001, rising 75 per cent from 1.5 million to 2.7 million. The research shows that one in 12 school-age children is now Muslim, and a third of all Muslims are aged 15 and under, with half under the age of 25. The British Muslims in Numbers report, led by Dr Sundas Ali of the University of Oxford, was undertaken by the MCB to provide detailed statistics on Muslims in the UK, and the issues affecting them, such as education, employment and health. Dr Ali said: 'The research centres on 94 per cent of the population - that's the largest sample size you can get,' she said. It was much needed because there is so much interest in the Muslim community but we didn't have a set of statistics. We had data from the Office of National Statistics, but no one had analysed it before. This report covers Muslim life across a number of areas - education, the labour market, deprivation, health.'

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Number of Muslim children in England and Wales DOUBLES in 10 years
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LIB DEMS WOULD WIN ONE MP IF GENERAL ELECTION WERE TOMORROW

The Times, 13/02/2015, p.9, Sam Coates

The Liberal Democrats would get only one seat if the general election were held tomorrow, according to an analysis by the British Election Study. Jon Mellon, the Oxford academic behind the research, said that they used a different methodology from conventional polls, and the data was not a forecast but reflected the latest data. A 20,000-sample poll suggested that the Conservatives would get 296 seats, Labour would get 282, the SNP would get 47 and Ukip 3. The Liberal Democrats, meanwhile, would drop from 56 to one.

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ED MILIBAND THE UNDERDOG MAY BE POISED TO BITE BACK

The Telegraph online 12/02/2015, Mary Riddell

Labour leader Ed Miliband may benefit from being seen as an honest broker or the least bad choice compared to other party leaders. Article highlights a British Election Survey of more than 20,000 voters conducted by Professor Geoff Evans of the University of Oxford which found that found that even among Labour voters, Mr Miliband is considered a ‘turn off’ and could ‘damage the prospects of his party’.

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TV: SKY NEWS, SKY NEWS

12/02/2015, 19:07
Professor Judith Freeman from Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation is interviewed about the difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion following the HSBC row.