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Union seeks assurances on Royal Navy ship orders

Union representatives have said they hope to speak to Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon about the future of Scottish shipbuilding. Sir Michael is to visit two shipyards on the Clyde later. Unite senior shop steward at BAE Systems Duncan McPhee said he was “not sure” if he could trust government promises on future orders. Mr Fallon said future work could ...

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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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Newcastle scientists eye-up cornea 'breakthrough'

Artificial corneas have been grown using a new method described as “revolutionary”. Scientists at Newcastle University have developed a process they say makes them fit better and offer better vision. Lead researcher and Professor of Tissue Engineering Che Connon said this had “never been seen before”. Cells grown on a curved rather than flat surface were “crawling over the dome ...

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Brexit: Theresa May urges new dynamic in Brexit talks

Theresa May has urged EU leaders to create a “dynamic” in Brexit talks that “enables us to move forward together”, at a working dinner in Brussels. The UK PM wants to move onto trade talks but her fellow EU leaders are expected to say on Friday there has not been enough progress in negotiations. But they may agree to begin ...

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Salford woman who forced boy, 11, into sex jailed

A woman who forced an 11-year-old boy into having sex with her has been jailed for 15 years. Dawn Davies, 36, repeatedly assaulted her victim and forced him to have sex with her, Manchester Crown Court heard. Davies, of Marlborough Road in Salford, often threatened to or would physically assault him if he refused her requests. A jury found her ...

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Council to sue over Scarborough wheel-spin damage

A driver who caused thousands of pounds worth of damage by performing wheel spins will have to pay for road repairs, a council official has said. North Yorkshire County Council had recently resurfaced Royal Albert Drive in Scarborough as part of £600,000 of improvements to the area. The road was damaged during a car meet-up on Sunday. David Bowe, from ...

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Teddy Tilston murder accused Craig Smith 'devastated'

A man accused of murdering his girlfriend’s two-year-old son has told a jury he was “devastated” at the toddler’s death. Craig Smith, 28, told Liverpool Crown Court he had left Teddy Tilston, the son of his partner Ashleigh Willett, in the bath for 30 seconds on 1 March. He said he heard a bang and found the boy lying under ...

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Hull Council moots 'tourism tax' for City of Culture

Introducing a “tourism tax” for Hull has been branded a “very poor” idea that “sends out the wrong message”. Hull City Council is to conduct a feasibility study into the prospect of levying a charge on visitors. Travel writer Simon Calder said it would put people off spending time in the City of Culture. The authority, which spends £90,000 a ...

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Sainsbury's worker arrested over 'racist' Snapchat video

Media playback is unsupported on your device A Sainsbury’s worker has been arrested on suspicion of racial offences over a video in which he made comments about customers of Pakistani descent. Joshua Dryden swears in the Snapchat video, uses a word deemed to be a racial slur and complains about them wanting items “as cheap as possible”. Derbyshire Police said ...

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