I used to think that men should pay on the first date – this is why I changed my mind

So – who’s paying? (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk) A few weeks ago I went out on a date. It was a first date, with someone I’d met online, so we’d never met before. We got together in the evening and had dinner in a lovely restaurant. I’m 39 and single – why is it so hard for people to ...

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Budget 2017: Tax on takeaway boxes to be considered

A tax on takeaway boxes is to be considered in a bid to tackle the problem of plastic waste. In Wednesday’s Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond is expected to call for evidence on whether a tax on the use of the most environmentally damaging single-use plastics would help. Single-use plastics include packaging, bubble wrap, and polystyrene takeaway boxes. Greenpeace said ocean ...

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Social care: MPs seek cross-party group to 'sustain' NHS

Ninety MPs have signed a letter calling on the prime minister to set up a cross-party convention on the future of the NHS and social care in England. They say a non-partisan debate is needed to deliver a “sustainable settlement” to fund social care costs. The letter to Theresa May and Chancellor Philip Hammond said patients were being “failed” by ...

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Budget 2017: Chancellor Philip Hammond 'to target housing and NHS'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Chancellor Philip Hammond plans to use “headroom” in the public finances to target spending on housing and health, a close friend has told the BBC. Stephen Hammond – a former transport minister – said the chancellor wants to use next Wednesday’s Budget to “attack problems” that contributed to the Tories’ poor election performance. ...

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UK seeks future cyber-security stars

A £20m initiative to get schoolchildren interested in cyber-security has been launched by the UK government. The Cyber Discovery programme is aimed at 15 to 18-year-olds and involves online and offline challenges themed around battling hackers. It is one of several programmes trying to build interest in security work and help fill a looming skills gap. One industry expert said ...

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500 More Schools 'Facing Cuts' As Philip Hammond Under Pressure To Give Education A Budget Boost

JUSTIN TALLIS via Getty Images Chancellor Philip Hammond has been urged to use the Budget to pump more money into education after a new analysis claimed an extra 500 schools face real terms cuts. Headteachers and trade unions demanded a cash injection as the figures, released to HuffPost UK, suggested that 17,942 primary and secondary schools were now in line for ...

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White House: Difference Between Donald Trump And Al Franken Is Franken ‘Admitted Wrongdoing’

Sexual assault against a US Senator are different from those Donald Trump has faced because Trump has denied any wrongdoing, the White House press secretary said.  A reporter asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders if it would be fair to investigate the claims of sexual assault that more than a dozen women made about Trump during the 2016 campaign. Senators are currently calling for an ethics investigation into ...

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10-year-old who had both legs amputated meets golden retriever hero

A 10-year-old boy who recently had his legs amputated saw his dream come true when he met a fellow amputee: Chi Chi, a three-year-old golden retriever who has had all four legs removed. Owen Mahan of Pittsboro, Indiana, watches Chi Chi’s videos on Facebook religiously. The 10-year-old had both of his legs removed this year, due to complications stemming from an ...

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Manhattan fire: Huge blaze breaks out at New York apartment block as 170 firefighters tackle flames

Scores of firefighters have rushed to tackle a huge blaze that has erupted in Manhattan and injured at least members of the emergency response team. Reports suggested that as many as 170 firefighters were tackling the fire at a four-storey building in the Hamilton Heights neighbourhood in New York’s East Harlem.  The fire broke out at 3.15pm and smoke plumes ...

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33-year-old woman jailed for spending parents' life savings while they're on holiday

A woman who stole her parents’ life savings and used their credits while they were on holiday has been jailed. Melissa Humphreys, 33, from Essex, faces three years in prison after she defrauded her elderly parents Elizabeth, 70, and Terence Fordham, 80, out of £130,000.  She was left her in charge of her parent’s finances while they were away for ...

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