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June 12, 2015 4:25 am gmt |
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Britain’s Rail regulator is to investigate Network Rail’s performance accusing the company of delivering poor punctuality and reliability on some of its busiest commuter routes. Routes run by Southern, Thameslink and Scotland were “below requirements” for reliability, the Offi...
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June 12, 2015 4:22 am gmt |
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People who need urgent mental health care in England are receiving inadequate support, regulators say. The Care Quality Commission reviewed the help given to people in mental health crisis, which includes people who are suicidal, having serious panic attacks or psychotic episodes. The regulator said ...
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June 12, 2015 4:20 am gmt |
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Labour’s John Biggs has become the directly elected mayor of the London borough of Tower Hamlets, in an election called after the previous mayor was removed from office. He had lost last year to Lutfur Rahman, an independent, who was then convicted of electoral fraud and told to stand down in A...
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June 12, 2015 2:59 am gmt |
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South Yorkshire Police will not be investigated over its handling of violent clashes between miners and officers at Orgreave coking plant in 1984, the police watchdog has said. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said due to the passage of time, allegations of assault and misconduct &...
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June 11, 2015 6:15 am gmt |
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Prince Harry will join the family and friends of those who lost their lives during the conflict in Afghanistan at a service later. About 3,500 people are expected at the service of dedication to inaugurate the Bastion Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. A one-minute silence ...
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June 11, 2015 6:15 am gmt |
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David Cameron has said he is “content” with the reception he has received so far to his EU reform plans as he prepares to sound out more leaders. The prime minister, attending an EU summit in Belgium, is due to have one-on-one talks with his counterparts from Spain, Finland, Romania and C...
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June 11, 2015 6:04 am gmt |
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Postal business Whistl has confirmed it is ending its home delivery service in London, Liverpool and Manchester, putting up to 1,800 jobs at risk. The Dutch-owned firm suspended deliveries last month  after losing funding. It had been delivering about 3m letters every week in the three cities, in dir...
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June 11, 2015 5:59 am gmt |
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The government plans to sell its stake in the Royal Bank of Scotland, Chancellor George Osborne has announced in his annual Mansion House speech. Mr Osborne said the ‘decision point’ had been reached. Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney said the phased sell-off “would promot...
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June 11, 2015 5:29 am gmt |
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The government will sell half of its remaining shares in Royal Mail, and give a further stake to employees, Chancellor George Osborne has said. Postal workers will share a 1% stake in the company worth about £50m in addition to the 10% given to them when the government started its sell-off in 2013. T...
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June 10, 2015 11:04 am gmt |
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Sainsbury’s has seen sales drop for the sixth straight quarter in what it says is a “highly competitive” market. The supermarket said like-for-like sales excluding fuel fell 2.1% in the 12 weeks to 6 June, slightly better than expectations. Including fuel, sales fell 3.7%. Sainsbury...
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June 10, 2015 11:01 am gmt |
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The family of a Brazilian man shot dead in London by police who thought he was a suicide bomber have taken their legal battle to the European Court of Human Rights. Jean Charles de Menezes was shot at Stockwell Tube station after being mistaken for a terror suspect. His family are challenging a decis...
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June 10, 2015 10:58 am gmt |
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A torso found inside a suitcase has been identified as a Lithuanian woman, as police reveal further body parts have been discovered. Ramute Butkiene, 42, was found with no arms, legs or head at a house in Mayor’s Walk, Peterborough, on Friday. The mother-of-one was an agency worker in the city,...
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June 10, 2015 7:02 am gmt |
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The UK trade deficit narrowed to £1.2bn in April from £3.1bn in March, the Office for National Statistics said. An £8.6bn deficit on goods was partially offset by an estimated surplus of £7.4bn on services, it said. The ONS added that in the quarter to April, exports were flat after 0.3% growth in th...
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June 10, 2015 5:27 am gmt |
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MPs have overwhelmingly backed plans for a referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. The vote, which followed the first debate on the EU Referendum Bill, means the legislation moves to the next stage of its progress through Parliament. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said a R...
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June 9, 2015 9:50 am gmt |
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A UK withdrawal from the European Union (EU) would threaten jobs and harm its economy, a major recruitment firm has said. Manpower said a so-called Brexit would create “a vast amount of uncertainty and instability” and make firms less willing to invest in new jobs. It would also make it h...