BP profits helped by higher oil prices

The recent increase in oil prices has helped BP to record a healthy profit for the three months to March. The $1.4bn (£1.1bn) profit, on the replacement cost measure, compared with a $485m loss a year earlier. Oil prices have been about 35% higher in the first three months of 2017 compared with a year […]

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Brexit: UK ‘will not enter into briefing war’ with EC

The UK will not enter into “a briefing war” with the European Commission over Brexit talks, Tory sources have said. It follows reports in a German paper of repeated clashes between Theresa May and Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at a Downing Street dinner. EU sources claimed UK misunderstanding of the talks process, and ignorance about […]

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More than 30 Budgens stores to close

A chain of Budgens stores has failed to find a buyer and will close, with the loss of 800 jobs. The owner of the 34 stores affected – a third of Budgens outlets – was put in administration a month ago after hitting “difficult” trading conditions. The administrators, PwC, said they had failed to find […]

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Storm Doris winds reach 87mph as it hits UK

Parts of the UK are braced for travel disruption as Storm Doris arrives with winds of up to 90mph. Severe weather warnings are in place across some of northern England, East Anglia, north Wales and the Midlands, with snow expected in Scotland. Flights have been cancelled at Heathrow Airport and commuters have been warned to […]

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Foreign spouse income limit for immigration at court

The Supreme Court is to rule on whether an income barrier stopping thousands of British citizens from bringing a foreign spouse to the UK is lawful. As of 2012, Britons must earn more than £18,600 before a husband or wife from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) can settle in the UK. Critics claim 15,000 […]

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Hospital cuts planned in most of England

Plans have been put forward to cut hospital services in two-thirds of England, a BBC analysis shows. The proposals have been made by local NHS bosses as part of a national programme to transform the health service and save money. They include everything from full closures of hospitals to cutting some specialist services such as […]

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Undercover Panorama report reveals prison chaos

Chaos in one of the biggest prisons in the country has been revealed in secret filming for the BBC. An undercover reporter spent two months at HMP Northumberland, which houses up to 1,348 male inmates, for Panorama. He discovered widespread drug use, a lack of control, door alarms that did not go off in one […]

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A&E figures for January ‘worst ever’, leaked data suggests

Record numbers of patients spent more than four hours in accident and emergency units in England in January, figures leaked to the BBC suggest. During a difficult winter for the NHS, January appears to be the worst performing month since the four-hour target was introduced. The figures also suggest record numbers of people waited longer […]

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Nine in 10 hospitals ‘overcrowded’ this winter

The number of patients on hospital wards in England has been at unsafe levels at nine in 10 NHS trusts this winter, BBC analysis shows. To minimise the risk of infections and delays in getting treatment, hospitals are meant to have no more than 85% of beds occupied. But the analysis showed 137 out of […]

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