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Government 'failing' Grenfell Tower victims six months after fire

Jeremy Corbyn has accused the Prime Minister of “failing” Grenfell Tower survivors, most of whom remain homeless six months on from the blaze. Labour rounded on the Government for the slow progress in rehousing displaced families despite early pledges to have everyone out of hotels within three weeks. In a letter to Theresa May, shadow housing minister John Healey sets ...

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Star Wars: The blockbuster made in Borehamwood

The Last Jedi is released on Friday – 40 years after Star Wars fever first came to Britain. But the original film would never have been made without a British studio and host of talented artists and technicians. Long before it became an all-conquering cultural phenomenon, Star Wars was facing a problem. Director George Lucas had cast a trio of ...

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Grenfell Tower fire: Public inquiry hearings to start

Two days of hearings will begin later to establish the framework of the Grenfell Tower fire public inquiry. Its chairman, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, will look into the best way for witnesses to give evidence. It comes as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused the government of “failing” survivors of the 14 June blaze, with more than 100 still living in hotels. ...

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Scottish ministers urged to 'steady economic ship'

Business leaders have urged the Scottish government to resist increasing tax rates and instead “steady Scotland’s economic ship”. The Federation of Small Businesses said tax hikes would not be welcome in already turbulent trading conditions. It came as a survey suggested a majority of Scottish small business owners opposed increases in income tax. The Scottish government is due to publish ...

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'We are coming for you' message on abuse

Police Scotland has warned domestic abusers “we are coming for you” in a Christmas crackdown on offenders. The force highlighted a 25% rise in reports of domestic abuse over the festive period last year. It received an average of 199 reports of domestic incidents every day between Christmas Eve 2016 and 5 January 2017, compared to 158 at other times. ...

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Galloway national park fight stepped up

A bid to create Scotland’s third national park in Galloway is taking a step forward. A discussion paper is being published by the organisation campaigning for the move. Scotland currently has two national parks – in the Cairngorms and at Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. The Galloway National Park Association has now put together a document looking at potential boundaries, ...

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Brexit: Theresa May claims new sense of optimism in talks

Theresa May will tell MPs there is a new “sense of optimism” in the Brexit talks after her last-minute deal aimed at moving them to the next phase. She will say she expects EU leaders to agree to start talks about future trade and security at a summit on Thursday. The PM will insist she did not cave in to ...

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Megan Bannister: Friend calls for 'duty to help' law

The best friend of a teenager who died after taking drugs has called for a law to oblige people to seek help for someone they know is dangerously ill. Sixteen-year-old Megan Bannister died while in a car driven by the men who had supplied the drugs. Jason Burder, 29, and Adam King, 28, were jailed for supplying MDMA but cleared ...

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I'm A Celebrity 2017 winner revealed

Georgia Toffolo has been named the winner of this year’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here. The shocked reality star, known as Toff, was crowned by Ant and Dec on Sunday evening after more than nine million votes were cast. She was odds-on favourite to win the ITV show, but said: “I am so taken aback. Is this ...

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Lord Kerslake resigns as King's College Hospital Trust chair

Lord Kerslake has resigned as the chairman of a major London hospital trust because of NHS funding problems. The former head of the civil service says the government is being unrealistic about the challenges facing the health service. He announced he was stepping down as chairman of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on Sunday. NHS Improvement described the hospital’s ...

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