Blow for Chancellor Philip Hammond as public finances unexpectedly worsen

The UK’s public finances unexpectedly worsened last month, piling further pressure on Chancellor Philip Hammond who is facing a potential growth downgrade in the Autumn Budget.

Theresa May says Northern Ireland's parties can settle their differences and end the deadlock at Stormont (Liam McBurney/PA)

Theresa May urges Stormont talks as Troubles issues divide parties

The Prime Minister has called for renewed talks to break Stormont’s powersharing impasse as two rows about the legacy of the Troubles emerged as further roadblocks in the way of a deal.

Detective Chief Superintendent Adrian Green

Seven summonsed over detention centre ‘abuse’ with others under investigation

The detective leading one of the country’s biggest inquiries into historical sexual and physical abuse was “very confident” more former staff members of a detention centre will be prosecuted for allegedly preying on teenage inmates.

ONS industry figures

UK manufacturing records strongest order book level for nearly 30 years

Britain’s buoyant manufacturing industry has seen its strongest order book level for nearly three decades thanks to robust demand from overseas buyers, according to a report.

Further battles remain for the Prime Minister as the Brexit legislation progresses through Parliament (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

Brexit plans survive Commons test despite Tory rebellion fears

Theresa May’s plans for Brexit have survived another test in the Commons after concessions offered by ministers averted a rebellion by Tory backbenchers.

Police at the scene near Waddesdon in Buckinghamshire (Aaron Chown/PA)

Victims of helicopter and plane crash formally identified

Four men who died in a mid-air collision between a helicopter and a light aircraft have been formally identified.

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams with colleagues at Downing Street, London, after talks with the Prime Minister (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

Irish government voices opposition to Troubles prosecution amnesty suggestions

The Irish Government has made clear its opposition to any form of prosecution amnesty as part of measures to address the legacy of Northern Ireland’s Troubles.

Badger rescue

Badger rescued from concrete sewage tank

A badger has been released back into the wild after getting stuck in the bottom of an empty concrete sewage tank.

The NPCC said fewer than 10% of retests had resulted in drug driving cases being discontinued (Liam McBurney/PA)

Forensic test manipulation probe identifies 10,000 possible cases

An investigation into alleged data manipulation at a forensics laboratory has identified more than 10,000 cases which “may have been affected”, the National Police Chiefs’ Council has said.

What the papers say - November 22

What the papers say – November 22

Joyful scenes in Zimbabwe following the resignation of President Robert Mugabe feature prominently on Wednesday’s front pages.

Budget 2017

Pressure on Chancellor as public finances unexpectedly worsen in October

The UK’s public finances unexpectedly worsened last month, piling further pressure on Chancellor Philip Hammond who is facing a potential growth downgrade in the Autumn Budget.

Philip Hammond prepares his speech in his office in Downing Street (Christopher Furlong/PA)

Philip Hammond will ‘invest to secure bright future for Britain’

Chancellor Philip Hammond will use the Budget to promise to “invest to secure a bright future for Britain”, in a strong signal that he is ready to start bringing down the curtain on the age of austerity.

Labour will not be suspending Kezia Dugdale (Jane Barlow/PA)

Labour: We will not suspend Kezia Dugdale over I’m A Celebrity… appearance

Former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale will not be suspended by the party over her decision to take “an unauthorised leave of absence” to appear on a reality TV show.

Nyasha Kahari

Husband found guilty of murdering wife with axe convinced himself she had affair

A jealous husband has been convicted of murdering his wife with an axe after convincing himself she was having an affair.

Prince William on his Triumph Daytona 600 (Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/PA Images)

Having children made Prince William leave motorbikes in garage

The Duke of Cambridge has spoken about how his love of motorcycles had been put “on the back-burner” because of his growing family.

Hinkley Point nuclear power station

MPs accuse Government of dealing consumers a ‘bad hand’ over Hinkley power station

Consumers have been dealt a “bad hand” by the Government over the near £20 billion Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, facing costs running to many times the original estimate, it has been warned.


Man with incurable disease ‘desperate’ for assisted suicide legal battle to be heard

A man suffering from an incurable disease who is fighting a legal battle for a “dignified” death is desperate for his case to be heard as soon as possible, leading judges have heard.

Treasury Select Committee

Bank of England policymakers urge patience with interest rate pass-through

Retail banks should be passing higher interest rates on to customers, Bank of England policymakers said, but added that they should not be charged with forcing them to do so.

The EU (Withdrawal) Bill comes before MPs again on Tuesday (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Brexit Bill returns to Commons as Theresa May secures backing for bigger payout

The Brexit battle returns to the Commons after key Cabinet players agreed Theresa May should offer the EU a bigger divorce bill settlement to speed up trade talks.

Alison Saunders

‘Race-blind’ prosecuting decision proposals need careful study, warns CPS head

Proposals to introduce “race-blind” prosecuting decisions must be examined carefully, the head of the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

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