London Lite Thursday, 12 November 2009 Saved from Thames after a 50ft plunge Billblockrisksgayhatecrime Parents suffer double tragedy MICHAEL and Mei Puddifoot, whose daughter Karen, 27, drowned off the coast of Vietnam in September, have been dealt a devastating new blow after their only son Chris, 22, was killed in a car crash in Watford on Tuesday. Marmite range is spreading out MARMITE is launching an extra strong, extra matured version of the popular spread next year. Fans are being offered the chance to try it before anyone else by joining a secret society called The Marmarati and proving their affection for it. GAY people face the risk of greater attack if the House of Lords continues to block a Bill banning homophobic hatred, former minister Lord Smith has warned. Tory peers last night defeated the Government over the issue, insisting that it was important to protect free speech. Labour MPs vowed to overturn the defeat today when the amendment to criminalise criticism of sexual conduct and practice returns to the Commons. But with the Parliamentary session due to end tonight, some gay rights campaigners fear there will be a race against time to stop the Coroners and Justice Bill being lost. Ministers face deadlock with the Lords over the Bill, which aims to remove the defence inserted into a previous act by Tory peer Lord Waddington. The former home secretary told fellow peers they had to maintain consistency with laws against stirring up religious hatred. Lord Smith, who was the first MP to come out openly as gay, warned that a free speech clause could lead to more attacks on homosexuals. If the signal thats sent is that its all right to be intolerant ... then I fear we will end up seeing more violence, he said. Hauled in: the man was pulled from the river by an RNLI rescuer Fall: horrified onlookers saw the man drop from Westminster Bridge at 4pm yesterday A MAN plunged 50 feet into the Thames from Westminster Bridge yesterday, spark- ing a dramatic rescue. The 45-year-old fell into the river at about 4pm after a tense stand-off with emergency services and negotiators lasting several hours, during which he had threat- e ne d t o j u m p f rom a p a r ap e t . A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: We were called at 11.21am to reports of a man standing on Westminster Bridge. Local offic- ers were involved in liaison with the man. At approximately 4pm the man fell into the river. Horrified onlookers watched him fall near the Houses of Parliament. He was pulled from the water by an RNLI lifeboat team and was being treated for minor injuries at St Thomas Hospital. Four rowers were also rescued from the Thames last night after a boat was in collision with their skiff. The rowers were knocked out of their vessel shortly after 7pm at Point Pleasant, close to Wandsworth Pier. No one was injured and no arrests were made. by georgina littlejohn index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html56.html57.html58.html59.html