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City HSBC

HSBC said that loan impairment charges in its global banking and markets division totalled around 500 million US dollars (£358 million) in 2017, with the charges this year being “related to two large corporate exposures in Europe”.

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Politics Wages

The think tank Class has a report on workers’ expectations of pay rises. Story being prepared under embargo for 0001 on Wednesday February 21.

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The Press Association plans to cover the following – some of this may be subject to change:LONDON: Cabinet meetingLONDON: London Fashion Week.NEWCASTLE: Cheryl at the opening of the new Prince’s Trust and Cheryl’s Trust centre in Newcastle.   (ARRIVAL PIX MOVED)Newcastle-under-Lyme:  Woman from Stoke-on-Trent charged following an incident during the afternoon of 18th February where paramedics from the West Midlands Ambulance Service were subjected to verbal abuse whilst they attended a medical emergency.1240: NUNEATON, WARWICKSHIRE: The Duke of Cambridge will visit Triumph Motorcycles and MIRA Technology Park.0900: LONDON: Photocall for the highlights from the collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller and 20th Century at Christie’s. Highlights include works by Picasso, Magritte, Miró, Derain, Monet, Degas, Warhol, Fontana and Pollock. Christie’s1045: INNSWORTH, GLOUCESTERSHIRE:  The Prince of Wales to visit the headquarters of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps.1030: LONDON: Oxfam bosses appear before the Commons Development Committee on the aid worker sex scandal.1030: LONDON: Pimlico Plumbers employment case reaches the Supreme Court.1100: LONDON: Red Sparrow photocall with Jennifer Lawrence and the rest of the cast1100-1140: LONDON: The Queen to visit the Royal College of Physicians of London to mark the 500th anniversary of the body’s founding Charter1300: GLOUCESTERSHIRE: A family syndicate from Bristol celebrating after their Lucky Dip ticket matched all six numbers to scoop the £18,139,352 Lotto Jackpot on Saturday (17 February).1400: LONDON: Sarah Clarke’s formal introduction to the House of Lords as Black Rod.2000: LONDON: Naked Heart Foundation Fabulous Fund Fair.1945: LONDON: Stamford Bridge: Chelsea v Barcelona1100: MANCHESTER: Aon Training Complex: Man Utd training1945: SHEFFIELD: Bramall Lane: Sheffield United v Queens Park RangersOLYMPICS PYEONGCHANG: 2018 Winter Olympics

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Economy Manufacturing

The CBI said total order books weakened across the sector, with a balance of 10% of firms reporting an increase in the three months to February, down from 14% in January, but still above the long-run averages.

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News events and court hearings we plan to cover today include:

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Politics Oxfam

Oxfam GB chief executive Mark Goldring has issued an apology to the House of Commons International Development Committee for the actions of the charity’s workers in Haiti and for comments by him which appeared to downplay the seriousness of the allegations.

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Farm Brexit

Mr Gove told the conference that he wanted to see farmers better rewarded for supplying “vital” public services, such as rich soils, clean rivers, providing habitats for wildlife and helping the fight against climate change.

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Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International, Mark Goldring, CEO of Oxfam GB, and Caroline Thomson, chair of trustees for Oxfam GB, giving evidence before the Commons Development Committee on the aid worker sex scandal. (PA)

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Politics Oxfam

The House of Commons International Development Committee is taking evidence about sexual exploitation in the aid sector from Mark Goldring, Caroline Thomson and Winnie Byanyima of Oxfam, as well as representatives of Save the Children UK and the Department for International Development.

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Ms Byanyima said: “I’m ashamed. I have spent my life trying to stand up for women’s rights and to fight for people living in poverty. This is painful for me.

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Showbiz Cheryl

Cheryl arriving ahead of the opening of the new Prince’s Trust and Cheryl’s Trust centre in Newcastle. (Danny Lawson/PA)

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Politics Oxfam

Caroline Thomson, who became chairwoman of Oxfam’s trustees in October 2017, told the committee: “On behalf of the council of Oxfam, we are ashamed of what happened in Haiti.

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Police Rotherham

The total number of victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Rotherham is potentially higher than the 1,400 figure that sparked a national furore four years ago, the National Crime Agency said.

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Farm Brexit

Before Mr Gove’s speech, NFU president Meurig Raymond said the UK must not walk away from its biggest market, with 450 million customers on the doorstep – the EU.

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Politics Oxfam

Calling on Mr Goldring to apologise, committee chair Stephen Twigg said that the parallel he drew with the murder of babies in an interview with the Guardian was regarded by many people as “grossly inappropriate”.

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Economy Manufacturing

Manufacturing output has continued to grow at a “healthy pace”, with a balance of 24% of firms reporting an increase for the quarter to February, up from 21% in January, according to the latest industrial trends survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

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(Left to right) Caroline Thomson, Chair of Trustees, Mark Goldring, CEO of Oxfam GB and Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International arriving at Portcullis House, London, to appear before the Commons Development Committee on the aid worker sex scandal. (Yui Mok/PA)

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Farm Brexit

Environment Secretary Michael Gove is setting out his vision for agriculture after Brexit at a speech to the National Farmers’ Union annual conference in Birmingham.

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Politics Oxfam

Asked how many more revelations had come to his notice since newspaper reports of the Haiti scandal emerged earlier this month, Mr Goldring said: “Across Oxfam Great Britain we have had about 26 stories, reports come to us which were either new reports come out as a result of the stories, or earlier stories where people said, ‘I didn’t necessarily report this at the time’. Over an extended period of time, I am not talking about recent cases.

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