Trump state visit: Downing Street rejects cancellation calls

Downing Street has rejected calls to cancel President Donald Trump’s proposed state visit to the UK after a US clampdown on immigration. A source said a rejection would be a “populist gesture”, adding that the invitation had been accepted and scrapping it would “undo everything”. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said PM Theresa May would be […]

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Man evicted from hospital for blocking bed for two years

A hospital applied for a court order to remove a patient who had occupied a bed “unnecessarily” for more than two years. The man, who cannot be named due to patient confidentiality, had refused to leave the James Paget University Hospital in Norfolk. The hospital said he had been “fit for discharge” and had been […]

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Bomb teams sent to schools 600 times in chemical alert

Bomb disposal teams were called out to almost 600 schools in the wake of government advice about a potentially hazardous chemical. The warning about stocks of 2,4 dinitrophenylhydrazine (DNPH) sparked a flurry of calls to the Army, which carried out hundreds of explosions. The Department for Education (DfE) said it worked with the Army to […]

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Thomas Cook holidaymakers to be flown out of The Gambia

Thousands of Thomas Cook holidaymakers will be returned to the UK from The Gambia after the Foreign Office changed its travel advice. The firm plans to bring home 985 customers from package holidays over the next 48 hours. Another 2,500 flight-only customers will be offered the “earliest available flight” from the west African country. Are […]

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Donald Trump says UK ‘doing great’ after Brexit vote

The UK is “doing great” following its vote to leave the EU, US President-elect Donald Trump has said. In his first UK interview – with former Justice Secretary Michael Gove for the Times – Mr Trump said he thought the UK was “so smart in getting out”. Mr Trump promised a quick trade deal between […]

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Evacuations amid storm surge flood threat in UK

Thousands of people are being evacuated from homes and properties along the eastern coast of England, amid severe flood warnings due to a storm surge. The Environment Agency said the morning tide was not as high as expected but it has issued 11 severe flood warnings – meaning danger to life – for later. An […]

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Tidal lagoon: £1.3bn Swansea Bay project to be backed

Plans for a £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay will be backed in a government-funded review on Thursday. Charles Hendry will publish his independent report into the viability of the renewable energy technology later, recommending the UK builds the lagoon to capture energy from the sea. There are hopes of developing a network of larger […]

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Winds close Forth Road Bridge, cut power to homes

The Forth Road Bridge is closed after a lorry blew over and thousands of homes in northern England lost power as gale force winds swept across the UK. Met Office yellow weather warnings are in place for wind and snow across much of Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North of England throughout Wednesday. About 2,300 […]

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UK in ‘front seat’ for US trade deal, top Republican says

Britain will be in the “front seat” to negotiate a new trade deal with the incoming Trump administration, a top Republican in the US Senate has said. A US-UK trade deal would be a priority, Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker said after meeting Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. Barack Obama warned in April that […]

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