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Queen, McGuinness to shake hands next week

Queen, McGuinness to shake hands next week

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, June 22 (UPI) -- Martin McGuinness, the Irish rebel turned Northern Ireland politician, said Friday he will meet and shake hands with Queen Elizabeth II next week.

British Defense Secretary Liam Fox quits

LONDON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- British Defense Secretary Liam Fox, mired in a scandal involving his ties to a close friend who has accompanied him on official trips abroad, resigned Friday.

MP: MI5 recruits had al-Qaida ties

LONDON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- A rush to recruit Islamic youths into the British intelligence services in 2005 resulted in a major security breach, a lawmaker says.

MP warns of harm to intelligence services

LONDON, April 13 (UPI) -- A senior member of Parliament says a probe of torture allegations could harm Britain's ability to gather intelligence on terrorist activities.

Survey: Half of British troops want out

LONDON, July 10 (UPI) -- Nearly half of all British military personnel feel overstressed by the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns and are ready to call it quits, a survey indicates.

Bin Laden son featured in terrorist video

LONDON, July 9 (UPI) -- A new film appearing on a terrorist Web site features the youngest son of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden calling for Britain and its allies to be wiped out.

U.S. OKs forced extraditions, lawyer says

LONDON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A U.S. lawyer told the London Court of Appeals the United States sanctions the kidnapping of foreign citizens suspected of violating its laws.

Prince Harry's Iraq service reconsidered

LONDON, April 26 (UPI) -- The planned deployment of Britain's Prince Harry to Iraq is under review by British military officers.

Terror threat in Britain described

LONDON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Intelligence documents say the threat posed by British al-Qaida agents plotting suicide attacks is greater than previously thought, it was reported Sunday. "The scale of al-Qaida's ambitions towards attacking the UK and the number of UK extremists prepare

2 men forced off plane by passengers

LUTON, England, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- British airline passengers behaved irrationally when they forced two men to leave a flight, fearing they might be terrorists, an official in London says.

Report: London bombers were on their own

LONDON, April 10 (UPI) -- A report on last year's London Transport attacks says the bombers planned the operation themselves with no direct help from al-Qaida, The Observer reports.

Army unit probes Northern Ireland deaths

LONDON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Some British soldiers who served in Northern Ireland could face criminal charges after a review of 2,000 "unresolved deaths," the Sunday Telegraph said. A new unit, the 6 Royal Military Police Historic Investigation Team, is involved in reviewing the deat

Britain lowers threat level

LONDON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Britain's Joint Intelligence Analysis Center has secretly lowered the threat level from critical to severe for the first time since the July 7 bombings.

Britain smashing terror plots: claim

LONDON, May 27 (UPI) -- The British people have been told they can cautiously celebrate the reduction of the terrorist threat against them this weekend.

UK terror threat level lowered

LONDON, May 26 (UPI) -- The British terrorism threat level has been lowered from "severe general" to "substantial" following the general election, government sources have said.
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Patrick John Mercer OBE (born 26 June 1956) is a Conservative politician in the United Kingdom, representing the constituency of Newark in Parliament. A former infantry officer in the British Army and journalist for the BBC, Mercer has recently published his first novel, To Do And Die, based on the real-life story of Anthony Morgan, who fought in the Crimean War.

Born in Stockport in Cheshire in 1956, Patrick Mercer is the son of Eric Arthur John Mercer, who became Bishop of Exeter. His mother was born in Lincolnshire and his father was trained for the priesthood at Kelham Theological College near Newark. Patrick was educated at The King's School, Chester and went on to read History at Exeter College, Oxford. He was later commissioned after service at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Patrick followed his father, who saw wartime service in the Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment), into the British Army, being commissioned into the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1975. During his time in the Army, Mercer completed nine tours in Northern Ireland and latterly commanded his battalion in Bosnia, Canada and Tidworth. Mercer served as an instructor at both the Staff College Camberley and at the Army’s University at Cranfield.

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