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MPs to gather for Big Ben’s bongs ahead of silencing

MPs to gather for Big Ben’s bongs ahead of silencing

Image copyright EPA A group of MPs plan to gather outside Parliament for Big Ben’s chimes later, before it falls silent for essential repair work to take place. The bongs will sound at midday and are expected to be disconnected until 2021. Labour MP Stephen Pound said he hoped at least 20 “traditionalists” would gather […]

NHS call for equality over private hospitals’ tax break

NHS call for equality over private hospitals’ tax break

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham is among the NHS hospitals calling for business rates relief as it faces a rise of more than £2m NHS trusts are calling for equal treatment on business rates after research revealed private hospitals get discounts worth £52m over five years. A study suggests more […]

Ministers ‘must act on faulty white goods fire risk’

Ministers ‘must act on faulty white goods fire risk’

Image copyright PA Image caption The Grenfell Tower fire started in a faulty fridge-freezer More people will die from fires started by faulty white goods if ministers do not act to implement safety guidelines, the London Fire Brigade, the city’s mayor, and safety groups have warned. In a letter to Theresa May, they say some […]

Hate crimes: Fresh guidance on online offences

Hate crimes: Fresh guidance on online offences

Image copyright PA Image caption Online hate crime has been rising Online hate crimes should be treated as seriously as offences in person according to new guidance for prosecutors in England and Wales. The pledge to toughen the response to online abuse is part of revised Crown Prosecution Service rules for hate crimes. The guidance […]

UK General Election 2017: 1.8 million Scots votes ‘wasted’

UK General Election 2017: 1.8 million Scots votes ‘wasted’

Image copyright PA Up to 1.8 million Scottish votes were “wasted” in June’s general election because they had no impact on the result, a study claims. The Electoral Reform Society found 66.4% of votes did not go towards electing an MP under Westminster’s first-past-the-post (FPTP) system. It said there had been a “sea of wasted […]

MPs to gather for Big Ben’s bongs ahead of silencing

MPs to gather for Big Ben’s bongs ahead of silencing

Image copyright EPA A group of MPs plan to gather outside Parliament for Big Ben’s chimes later, before it falls silent for essential repair work to take place. The bongs will sound at midday and are expected to be disconnected until 2021. Labour MP Stephen Pound said he hoped at least 20 “traditionalists” would gather […]

NHS call for equality over private hospitals’ tax break

NHS call for equality over private hospitals’ tax break

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham is among the NHS hospitals calling for business rates relief as it faces a rise of more than £2m NHS trusts are calling for equal treatment on business rates after research revealed private hospitals get discounts worth £52m over five years. A study suggests more […]

British boy among Barcelona attack dead

British boy among Barcelona attack dead

Image copyright PA A seven-year-old boy with dual British-Australian nationality was killed in the Barcelona terror attack, Catalan police have confirmed. Julian Cadman was one of 13 people killed when a van ploughed into crowds on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas on Thursday. His mother Jom was injured and it was understood she was in a serious […]

‘Hard’ Brexit offers ‘£135bn annual boost’ to economy

‘Hard’ Brexit offers ‘£135bn annual boost’ to economy

Image copyright Getty Images Removing all trade tariffs and barriers would help generate an annual £135bn uplift to the UK economy, according to a group of pro-Brexit economists. A “hard” Brexit is “economically much superior to soft” argues Prof Patrick Minford, lead author of a report from Economists for Free Trade. He says eliminating tariffs, […]

Mo Farah wins final race in Britain at Birmingham Diamond League meeting

Mo Farah wins final race in Britain at Birmingham Diamond League meeting

Media playback is not supported on this device Mo Farah wins final track race on home soil British distance great Mo Farah sprinted clear to win the 3000m at the Birmingham Diamond League meeting in his final track meeting on home soil. The 34-year-old, who is switching to road racing in 2018, came home in […]