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PM says Brexit plan to ‘strengthen Union’ ahead of Sturgeon meeting

PM says Brexit plan to ‘strengthen Union’ ahead of Sturgeon meeting

Image caption Theresa May has said now is not the time for another referendum on Scottish independence Theresa May will meet Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland later for the first time since the SNP announced their proposals for a second independence referendum. At the beginning of a week that will see Article 50 triggered on Wednesday, […]

BT fined record £42m for late installations

BT fined record £42m for late installations

Image copyright BT BT has been hit with a record fine from telecoms regulator Ofcom and has set aside £300m to repay providers for delays in installing high-speed lines. Ofcom has issued the firm with a £42m fine, which it said was the largest it has ever handed down. It found BT’s Openreach division had […]

PM says Brexit plan to ‘strengthen Union’ ahead of Sturgeon meeting

PM says Brexit plan to ‘strengthen Union’ ahead of Sturgeon meeting

Image caption Theresa May has said now is not the time for another referendum on Scottish independence Theresa May will meet Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland later for the first time since the SNP announced their proposals for a second independence referendum. At the beginning of a week that will see Article 50 triggered on Wednesday, […]

NHS bosses ‘spent half of extra Autumn Statement cash on outside services’

NHS bosses ‘spent half of extra Autumn Statement cash on outside services’

Image copyright PA About half of a £2bn cash boost from the 2014 Autumn Statement for frontline health services in England was spent outside the NHS, research has found. The Health Foundation analysis for the Financial Times showed £901m was spent on buying services from private and non-NHS providers in 2015/16. It said £800m was […]

‘No progress’ during talks, Adams says

‘No progress’ during talks, Adams says

Image copyright Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye Image caption Sinn Féin said the talks have run their course Sinn Féin has said the current phase of Northern Ireland inter-party discussions at Stormont Castle has run its course. The party said it will not nominate its Stormont leader Michelle O’Neill as deputy first minister on Monday. […]

Childhood obesity: Cut unhealthy food multi-buy offers – MPs

Childhood obesity: Cut unhealthy food multi-buy offers – MPs

Image copyright RapidEye The government must do more to reduce the number of cut-price and multi-buy offers on unhealthy food to help curb childhood obesity, a group of MPs say. The report, by the Health Select Committee, also calls for rules on junk food advertisements to be made tougher. It argues the government’s official obesity […]

London attack: Man, 30, arrested in Birmingham

London attack: Man, 30, arrested in Birmingham

Image copyright PA Image caption A group of women, some with their daughters, link hands on Westminster bridge as a way of paying tribute to the victims A man has been arrested in Birmingham by police investigating the Westminster attack, in which five people were killed, including the attacker. The Met Police said the 30-year-old […]

WhatsApp must not be ‘place for terrorists to hide’

Media captionAmber Rudd: “Intelligence services need to be able to get into encrypted services like WhatsApp” There must be “no place for terrorists to hide” and intelligence services must have access to encrypted messaging services, the home secretary has said. Khalid Masood killed four people in Westminster this week. It is understood his phone had […]

Bradley Lowery: Terminally ill Sunderland fan appears as England mascot

Bradley Lowery: Terminally ill Sunderland fan appears as England mascot

Bradley Lowery walked out alongside his favourite Sunderland player Jermain Defoe Terminally ill five-year-old Bradley Lowery led out the England team at Wembley for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania. The young Sunderland fan was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2013, and developed a new tumour in February. Although Joe Hart was captain, he swapped places […]

Gas leak fears raised a day before Wirral blast

Media captionDrone footage shows the blast destruction People living close to the site of a major explosion on Merseyside reported smelling gas at least 24 hours beforehand, it has emerged. Reports of leaks were probed before the suspected gas blast in Wirral on Saturday, the National Grid confirmed. Two people were seriously hurt and 31 […]