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Grenfell Tower Inquiry: Next phase of hearings delayed and 'unlikely' to start before 2020

The next phase of hearings into the Grenfell Tower fire is set to be delayed until 2020.

The judge leading the inquiry into the disaster, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, said the second phase of hearings was "unlikely" to start "before the end of next year".

It was expected that phase two - ...

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Michael Barrymore loses bid for substantial damages over wrongful arrest

Comedian Michael Barrymore has lost his bid to receive substantial damages over his wrongful arrest in 2007.

Three Court of Appeal judges ruled against the TV entertainer, who argued his claim against Essex Police was worth £2.4m because the arrest destroyed his ...

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Will UK have White Christmas in 2018? Met Office predicting snow this weekend

Those dreaming of a white Christmas could be in for an early treat as snow is likely to fall across parts of the UK this weekend.

A low pressure weather system developing in the Atlantic is set to clash with cold air across the country, which could see rainfall thicken into snowflakes in ...

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UK's most Googled people and stories of 2018

The Duchess of Sussex, Khloe Kardashian and GDPR were among the most searched topics in the UK this year, according to Google's Year In Search project.

With both a royal wedding and baby announcement, perhaps the least surprising name on the list is Meghan Markle, the actress and activist ...

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Tory donors throw weight behind May ahead of confidence vote

By Mark Kleinman, City editor

Leading Conservative donors have thrown their weight behind Theresa May’s leadership by warning the party’s MPs that ousting her would pave the way for a Jeremy Corbyn-led government.

Sky News has learnt that top Tory financiers have been asked to ...

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Body of 'much loved' girl, 15, found in Edinburgh

The family of a teenager whose body was found in Edinburgh on Saturday have paid tribute to the "much loved" girl as they appealed for information.

A member of the public found the body of 15-year-old Mhari O'Neill at around 6.30am after she was reported missing in the early hours of ...

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Bosses 'tearing their hair out' over Theresa May confidence vote

By John-Paul Ford Rojas, business reporter

Business groups have voiced their dismay after Tory MPs triggered a confidence vote in Theresa May, with one saying bosses were "tearing their hair out" at the latest developments.

The Institute of Directors (IoD) said politicians had ...

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Superdry shares slump on fresh profit alert

By John-Paul Ford Rojas, business reporter

Shares in Superdry have plunged by a third after it issued its second profit warning in less than two months - blaming mild weather for a potential £22m hit to its bottom line.

The fashion brand said "unseasonably warm" conditions in ...

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New mother 'bled to death after getting lost' in Edinburgh hospital

A new mother reportedly bled to death after getting lost in hospital after she had just seen her premature son.

Amanda Cox was reported missing from Edinburgh Royal Infirmary at about 5pm on Monday.

The search was focused outside the hospital, but the 34-year-old was found about five ...

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Lord Lester resigns from House of Lords after sex harassment claims

An 82-year-old peer has resigned from the House of Lords following accusations of sexual harassment.

Lord Lester of Herne Hill told The Times newspaper he will step down with immediate effect, adding the investigation into his alleged conduct has "taken a serious toll" on his ...

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Change of leader now puts country and Brexit at risk, Theresa May warns

By Ceren Senkul, news reporter

Theresa May has vowed to fight on "with everything I've got" after 48 MPs submitted letters calling for a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party.

Standing outside 10 Downing Street, the prime minister insisted she is the best ...

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Sainsbury's and Asda challenge CMA over merger probe

By John-Paul Ford Rojas, business reporter

Sainsbury's and Asda are seeking to take the competition watchdog to a judicial review - saying they have not been given enough time to argue the case for their merger.

The planned tie-up between Britain's second and third-biggest ...

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Dixons Carphone warns on UK uncertainty as it reports £440m loss

By John-Paul Ford Rojas, business reporter

Dixons Carphone has reported a half-year loss of £440m, with the electricals giant counting the cost of a tough mobile phone market.

Warning of uncertainty ahead, the retailer behind Currys PC World and Carphone Warehouse also launched a ...

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Man charged with murdering relative at Essex nursing home

A man has been charged with murdering one of his relatives at a nursing home in Essex.

June Knight, 79, died on Monday at Langley Lodge Nursing Home in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex.

Robert Knight, 52, will appear at Southend Magistrates' Court on Wednesday charged with her ...

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Theresa May's crucial next 12 hours

After one failed coup, Tory Brexiteers weren't going to miss again.

Sir Graham Brady announced this morning that the 48 letters had been breached - meaning the prime minister was now facing a vote of confidence.

She had hoped to avoid this showdown by pulling the Meaningful Vote on ...

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Sky to end investment in professional cycling and Team Sky

By Martha Kelner, sport correspondent

Sky has announced it is ending its long-standing involvement in professional cycling and Team Sky at the end of 2019, a move which could see the troubled team cease to exist after next season.

Sir Dave Brailsford, the team principal, was informed ...

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Up to half of Christmas chocolate box weight is packaging

Wrappers and packaging can make up almost half the weight of Christmas chocolates, a study has found.

Which? looked at some of the most popular sweet treats in the run up to Christmas and found the Ferrero Rocher tray was the worst offender in terms of packaging.

Of the total weight ...

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Clive Anderson: I'm not sure Theresa May would be up for a comedy interview

By Gemma Peplow, arts and entertainment reporter

"We're weird with politicians, aren't we? We decide on the most popular person, we vote them into office and then a day later we blame them for all the woes of the world.

"Ten years on, when they're looking back they say, well if only ...

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Grace Millane murder: Family of British backpacker say their 'whole world turned upside down'

By Lucia Binding, news reporter

The family of a murdered British backpacker have said their "whole world turned upside down" after the 22-year-old's death.

Grace Millane's body has been formally identified and returned to her family, police in New Zealand said.

The University ...

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Gloucestershire street has the UK's slowest broadband with a film taking 102 hours to download

The worst street for broadband in the UK is almost 2,000 times slower than the fastest, an annual survey has found.

Greenmeadows Park in Bamfurlong, Gloucestershire has average download speeds of 0.14mbps, which is 1,899 times slower than Abdon Avenue in Birmingham, where the average is ...

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LGBQ young people four times more likely to self-harm

By Dan Whitehead, home news correspondent

A new study has found gay, lesbian, bisexual and questioning young people are four times more likely to self-harm with suicidal intent compared to heterosexuals.

Research, led by University College London, also found 18-year-old LGBQ people ...

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