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Bank of England under fire for lack of diversity

The Chancellor has been taken to task by MPs about the lack of diversity at the top of the Bank of England. Nicky Morgan has written to Philip Hammond asking for evidence proving that “all efforts” are being made to encourage gender and ethnic diversity in its recruitment process. The Treasury Select Committee’s concern follows two recent appointments to the ...

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Mobile companies overcharging customers after contracts end

Vodafone, EE and Three are continuing to charge customers for the mobile phones they buy as part of a contract, even after the cost of the handset has been paid off, research suggests. Citizens Advice found that customers who do not take out a new contract are paying an average extra £22 a month. The government said the mobile firms ...

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Labour MP Ben Bradshaw Calls For Probe Into 'Dark Money' Of Brexit Referendum

The Government must investigate what role “dark money” played in the Brexit referendum, Labour MP Ben Bradshaw has said.  There is “widespread concern over foreign and particularly Russian interference in western democracies”, Bradshaw told the House of Commons, and “real questions” over how much Arron Banks – the entrepreneur who bankrolled Brexit – is worth.  Bradshaw called a series of ...

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Pollution is killing millions of people a year and the world is reaching 'crisis point', experts warn

Pollution is killing 50,000 people a year in the UK, according to a damning new report, which lays bare the toxic danger posed by contaminated air and water.  The problem is responsible for more deaths in Britain than almost all of its Western European neighbours, the study says, and suggests a higher death toll in the UK from pollution than had ...

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Over 40% of low earners are eating and buying clothes less to pay their rent, study finds

Almost half of low-earners have cut back on essential items such as food and clothes in order to cover the cost of rising rents, a new report has revealed. The study, by housing charity Shelter, also found that one in 10 workers on low wages has fallen behind on paying bills because they are struggling to afford their rent. Shelter is ...

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Government warned of 'dangerous blind spot' over violent attacks on NHS staff

The Government has been accused of creating a “dangerous blind spot” over the scale of attacks on NHS staff after it revealed it no longer collects information on hospital assaults. Ministers admitted for the first time that they will rely on an optional staff survey to tot up the number of attacks – a move branded “totally inadequate” by nursing ...

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UK fashion market returns to growth

The UK fashion market has returned to growth as retailers move away from heavy discounting and seasonal trends that bear little relation to unpredictable weather, figures show. The market covering clothing, footwear and accessories increased by 0.2 per cent in the year ending 24 September, Kantar Worldpanel said. Glen Tooke, consumer insight director at Kantar Worldpanel, said: “For years we’ve ...

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M&S Bank reveals plans to offer mortgages from 2018

Marks & Spencer is planning to enter the mortgage market early next year, with products aimed at first-time buyers as well as people moving home. M&S Bank said that, subject to regulatory approval, it plans to launch its first mortgage early in 2018, bringing an “M&S-standard service” to those seeking a home loan. The company said it plans to offer ...

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Having oral sex with multiple partners significantly increases risk of head and neck cancer in men, study finds

Men who have oral sex with multiple partners are at a much higher risk of developing head and neck cancer, according to a new study. Those who smoke and have oral sex with five or more partners are the most likely to develop the cancer triggered by exposure to the human papilloma virus, known as HPV, according to new research ...

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Harvey Weinstein: Los Angeles police investigating alleged sexual assault by movie producer in 2013

Los Angeles police say they are investigating a possible sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein — the first involving the producer in the city.  Police spokesman Sal Ramirez says the department has interviewed a possible sexual assault victim who reported an incident that occurred in 2013.  He says the investigation is ongoing and he could not answer any questions about ...

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