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Heterosexual couple lose civil partnership Court of Appeal battle

The Court of Appeal has ruled a heterosexual couple do not have the right to enter into a civil partnership.

Rebecca Steinfeld, 35, and Charles Keidan, 40, have been attempting to get legal recognition for their six-year relationship - but do not want to get married.

They have been ...

2017-02-21 12:13 open_in_new
Brexit shock sees HSBC net profit for 2016 plunge by 82%

HSBC has revealed its net profit plunged 82% in 2016, with "largely unexpected economic and political events" to blame.

The bank said the Brexit vote, President Trump's protectionist stance and uncertainty surrounding upcoming European elections had contributed to "volatile market ...

2017-02-21 07:49 open_in_new
Five teenagers held on suspicion of terror offences in London

Five teenagers have been arrested in London on suspicion of the preparation of terrorist acts.

The Metropolitan Police says the arrests relate to plans to travel and join a proscribed organisation - and all five males are under the age of 20.

It comes after four properties across the ...

2017-02-21 05:37 open_in_new
England schools suffering from 'teacher supply crisis', report claims

England's schools are suffering from worsening teacher shortages, particularly in key subjects including physics and maths, MPs have warned.

In a highly critical report, the Commons Education Select Committee said the Government has missed recruitment targets for the past five years in a ...

2017-02-21 05:37 open_in_new
Business rate changes 'nothing to be afraid of', minister insists

By Connor Sephton, News Reporter

The Chancellor has assured MPs that he is listening to their concerns about upcoming changes to business rates - amid fears that higher costs could force small shops and pubs to close their doors.

More than one in four companies will see their rates ...

2017-02-21 04:31 open_in_new
MPs in bad-tempered debate over President Trump's state visit

By Jon Craig, Chief Political Correspondent

President Trump's state visit to the UK will go ahead, the Government has emphatically declared despite opposition from MPs and protests all over the UK.

The Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan told MPs at the end of an acrimonious ...

2017-02-21 01:13 open_in_new
Tuesday's national newspaper front pages

WHAT'S IN THE PAPERS?

:: The Metro, Daily Mirror

Peers in the House of Lords are under attack for wasting taxpayers' money at what is described as "The best day care centre for the elderly".

:: i newspaper

Pensions are going to be targeted by the government with some ...

2017-02-21 01:13 open_in_new
UKIP leader Paul Nuttall defiant amid Hillsborough claims

By Lewis Goodall, Political Correspondent

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has repeatedly refused to rule out stepping down if he does not win the parliamentary by-election in Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday.

The 40-year-old has been under increased pressure after it emerged last week that claims ...

2017-02-21 01:13 open_in_new
William Hague slams old rival Tony Blair as Lords debate Brexit

By Jon Craig, Chief Political Correspondent

William Hague has launched a scathing attack on Tony Blair's call to Brexit opponents to "rise up", as peers debate the Government's Article 50 Bill in the House of Lords.

Any attempt to "rise up" against the result would lead to the most ...

2017-02-21 00:07 open_in_new
VW boss defiant on refusal to pay dieselgate compensation in UK

By Adam Parsons, Business Correspondent

The boss of Volkswagen UK has said his company has "not misled anybody" and does not owe any compensation to British drivers, despite paying billions of pounds to customers in America.

The firm has reached a hugely expensive settlement in the ...

2017-02-21 00:07 open_in_new
Vauxhall future: Peugeot 'takes pride' in not closing plants

By James Sillars, Business Reporter

The business secretary Greg Clark has told MPs "we start from a position of strength", as Vauxhall workers fret over a potential takeover by Peugeot (PSA) amid uncertainty over the UK's future outside the EU.

He was responding to an urgent question ...

2017-02-20 21:55 open_in_new
Police dig at double killer Christopher Halliwell's former home

Police are digging up the garden of a house where double killer Christopher Halliwell once lived.

The ex-taxi driver is serving a life sentence for murdering 20-year-old Becky Godden in 2003 and 22-year-old Sian O'Callaghan in 2011.

Wiltshire Police said specialist officers are ...

2017-02-20 21:55 open_in_new
Theresa May makes appearance in the House of Lords as peers debate Brexit

By Alan McGuinness, News Reporter

The Prime Minister made a brief appearance in the House of Lords as peers in the upper chamber started debating the Government's Brexit bill.

In an unusual step, Theresa May sat in front of the Royal Throne as junior minister Baroness Williams of ...

2017-02-20 18:37 open_in_new
Hammer killer 'slept next to girlfriend after brutal attack'

By Bethany Minelle, News Reporter

A man bludgeoned his girlfriend to death with a lump hammer before spending the night sleeping next to her body in bed, a court has heard.

Alcoholic James D'Arcy is accused of killing hairdresser Hayley Dean with a hammer, causing blunt force head ...

2017-02-20 18:37 open_in_new
Hammerson profits tumble as retail sites take £124m valuation hit

Profits at shopping centre owner Hammerson have fallen by more than half after £124m was wiped off the value of its UK retail sites.

Shopping centres were worth £6m less and retail parks were revised down by £118m, with £39m of the overall markdown blamed on stamp duty ...

2017-02-20 16:25 open_in_new
Economy 'would take £328m hit if migrants downed tools for a day'

By Alan McGuinness, News Reporter

The UK economy would take a £328m hit if all migrant workers downed tools for a day, according to new research.

GDP would fall by 4% if all non-Brits stopped working for 24 hours, the New Economics Foundation (NEF) said.

It said ...

2017-02-20 16:25 open_in_new
Digital bank Atom tries to find its voice with £4m Will.i.am deal

By Mark Kleinman, City Editor

One of Britain's new breed of banking start-ups has struck a deal with Will.i.am, the rapper and producer, that includes handing him an option over a multimillion pound stake in the business.

Sky News has learnt that Atom Bank, which has been created by ...

2017-02-20 16:25 open_in_new
Seven sports fail to reverse Tokyo 2020 funding cuts

Seven sports which lost all public funding ahead of Tokyo 2020 have had their appeals to UK Sport rejected.

The governing bodies archery, badminton, fencing, goalball, table tennis, weightlifting and wheelchair rugby had urged the UK Sport to reconsider the decision made in December last ...

2017-02-20 15:19 open_in_new
Islamic State claims Briton carried out Mosul suicide attack

A British suicide bomber has blown up a vehicle full of explosives near the Iraqi city of Mosul, IS said in a statement reported by the SITE Intelligence Group.

The Islamist group - which is battling an Iraqi military offensive aimed at seizing the city - named the bomber as Abu Zakariya ...

2017-02-20 14:13 open_in_new
UKIP officials quit party because of 'crass insensitivity' over Hillsborough

By Alan McGuinness, News Reporter

Two senior UKIP officials have quit the party because of its "crass insensitivity" over the Hillsborough disaster.

Stuart Monkcom, chairman of leader Paul Nuttall's own branch in Liverpool, and Adam Heatherington, chairman of the Merseyside regional ...

2017-02-20 14:13 open_in_new
Night Tube strike threat six months after launch

By Bethany Minelle, News Reporter

Drivers of London's Night Tube will be balloted for strikes following a dispute over pay and jobs - six months after the service began.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) say drivers are being discriminated against and "blocked" from ...

2017-02-20 14:13 open_in_new