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Hi ,

It's the iconic centre of British politics, where prime ministers take decisions which impact the history of the country.

Downing Street is an ever-present feature on our news screens, in recent years usually when someone is resigning.

So it will come as a shock to many to find out one of the apartments used by an ex-prime minister (one of those resignees) was apparently infested with fleas.

Former PM Liz Truss' new book reveals she "spent several weeks itching" when she moved into the flat at number 11 Downing Street in 2022.

When new chancellor Jeremy Hunt took over the flat from Truss, he changed the carpets to remove the unwanted fleas, which seemingly survived longer in Downing Street than Truss herself.

Luckily for you, The Ferret is here to stay. This is what we've been up to this week.
Yours,
Ali
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Story of the week
An in-depth look at a Ferret investigation
A Scottish investment giant upped its shares in a host of US fossil fuel firms last year, while also claiming millions of taxpayer money for a carbon offsetting scheme to plant trees in the Highlands.

Analysis by The Ferret found that Edinburgh firm, Abrdn, increased the amount of US shares it owned in 33 coal, oil and gas firms between the end of 2022 and the end of 2023.

The value of its US shares in these companies increased by nearly £234m last year.

Abrdn also became a new shareholder in three companies drilling for oil in Texas in 2023, purchasing over£44m of their shares.

What did we dig up this week?
A round up of our investigations in the last seven days
Fox hunts accused of using dogs to chase animals despite ban
Animal welfare campaigners claim new laws to prevent illegal fox hunting with packs of dogs are being flouted.
Scottish Government climate partner challenged over dirty investments
A partner in the Scottish Government’s climate plans could be stripped of its ethical company status for allegedly “misrepresenting” its investments in fossil fuels.
What happens now the ‘rent cap’ has ended?
Protections for tenants have changed in recent weeks, with many Scots reporting significant increases in their monthly rents after the end of the 'rent cap’.
Question of the Week
Is the Scottish Government doing enough to protect tenants?
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Best of the rest
Investigations we've enjoyed from around the world
Revealed: Tory MP allegedly demanded campaign cash to pay ‘bad people’
Mark Menzies, MP for Fylde, allegedly used thousands of pounds raised by donors for private expenses. (The Times)
Chinese Organized Crime’s Latest US Target: Gift Cards
Chinese crime rings already dominate the illegal marijuana trade, now a federal task force is investigating their role in a new form of gift card fraud. (ProPublica)
Labour in ‘cash for access’ scandal over meetings with £150,000 donor
Labour leader Keir Starmer and senior party figures met with Bloomberg group weeks after it donated £150,000 to the party. (OpenDemocracy)
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