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‘Anxious’ May ‘begged for help’ from Juncker

23 Oct

The comments reportedly made by EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker were published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung after last Monday’s dinner between the two. Mr Juncker had assessed Mrs May as being “anxious, despondent and disheartened” during the private meeting. Nick Timothy blamed Martin Selmayr, Mr Juncker’s chief of staff for leaking the comments to the […]

Business leaders warn of ‘serious’ Brexit jobs risk

23 Oct

In a strongly worded letter to the Brexit Secretary obtained by Sky News, organisations including the CBI and British Chambers of Commerce demanded “urgent agreement on transition arrangements to give businesses the certainty and time they need to prepare for a new UK-EU economic partnership”. The letter, which was also signed by the bosses of […]

Nuneaton bowling alley siege: Gunman shouted ‘game over’ as he took hostages at ‘ex-partner’s workplace’

23 Oct

A retail park in Nuneaton was in lockdown for several hours after two members of staff were taken hostage by an armed man believed to be the ex-partner of an employee at the bowling alley. A suspect was taken to hospital and two men, understood to be hostages, were released unharmed after police used flashbangs to storm […]

Rising numbers of NHS hospitals charging disabled patients to park

23 Oct

Rising numbers of NHS hospitals are charging disabled patients and visitors for parking, official figures show. The statistics reveal that 139 hospital sites insist on such payments, even though the Health Secretary has described them as a “stealth tax on the vulnerable”. Labour said the situation was “a disgrace” with patients being forced to pay […]

Brexit: Business leaders call for swift transition deal

23 Oct

Image copyright Reuters Image caption David Davis is due to travel to Paris on Monday for more Brexit talks Britain’s five biggest business lobby groups are calling for an urgent Brexit transition deal, or they warn the UK risks losing jobs and investment. In a joint letter being sent to Brexit Secretary David Davis, the […]

British IS fighters ‘must be killed’, minister says

23 Oct

Image copyright Alamy The “only way” to deal with British IS fighters in Syria is “in almost every case” to kill them, the minister for international development has said. Rory Stewart said converts to so-called Islamic State believed in an “extremely hateful doctrine” and had moved away from any allegiance to Britain. They can expect […]

Young Alan Turing was told by his science teacher he would never amount to anything with his ‘vague ideas’, report card reveals 

22 Oct

A young Alan Turing was told by his science teacher that he would never amount to anything with his “vague ideas”, a school report card which has gone on display for the first time reveals.  The celebrated codebreaker and father of modern computing received a slightly better review from his maths teacher, who said that while he […]

Boris Johnson: Donald Trump has an ‘absolute duty’ to prepare for military intervention in North Korea

22 Oct

Mr Johnson will argue that while other military developments, from firearms to fighter jets, have “spread among humanity like impetigo” nuclear weapons remain “the great exception” because of the agreement. “It has helped avoid what might otherwise have been a Gadarene Rush to destruction, in which the world was turned into a great arena of […]

Javid hints at housing shake-up in Budget

22 Oct

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said the Government should “absolutely be considering” using “record-low interest rates” to build more homes. In a significant departure from party policy, he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “What I want to do is make sure we’re using everything I have available to deal with the housing crisis. “Where that […]

Borrow more to boost building, says Sajid Javid

22 Oct

Media captionCommunities Secretary Sajid Javid: ‘We are looking at new investments’ The government should borrow money to fund the building of hundreds of thousands of new homes, a cabinet minister says. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said taking advantage of record-low interest rates “can be the right thing if done sensibly”. Housing charity Shelter said his […]