Theresa May dismisses skepticism over leadership bid

Theresa May dismisses skepticism over leadership bid

Theresa May has dismissed scepticism among some conservative MPs over her claim that she wants to lead the Tories at the next General Election. Speaking during an official visit to Japan, the Prime Minister said there “are real issues that we need to be dealing with and I’m there to do it”. Asked about scepticism over her leadership ambitions back home, she said: “For most members of the public, they would say they want the…

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EU’s Brexit chief Michel Barnier: UK must start negotiating seriously

EU’s Brexit chief Michel Barnier: UK must start negotiating seriously

The EU’s Brexit chief says it needs the UK’s positions on all issues and that it must start negotiating seriously. Speaking as the third round of Brexit talks began in Brussels, Michel Barnier voiced “concern” that time was passing quickly before the Article 50 deadline. Brexit secretary David Davis responded that progress required flexibility and imagination on both sides. More follows…

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Police investigate Conservatives over call centre use during election

Police investigate Conservatives over call centre use during election

Police are carrying out a “significant” investigation into claims the Conservatives may have acted illegally by using a call centre in Wales to directly contact voters during the General Election. The Conservative Party has denied the allegations. A spokesman declined to comment further, citing the ongoing investigation. South Wales Police said they were carrying out an investigation of “scale and significance”.  The call centre allegedly directly contacted voters in marginal seats Secret footage obtained by…

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EU citizens quit UK as net migration falls

EU citizens quit UK as net migration falls

Net migration to the UK has fallen to the lowest level for three years as more European Union citizens are leaving the country. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics showed net migration stood at 246,000 in the year ending in March 2017 – down 81,000 compared to the previous 12 months. The figures were the first to be released since the General Election in June. More than half the drop was due to…

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Hurricane Gert aftermath to split UK – with North and South seeing very different weather

Hurricane Gert aftermath to split UK – with North and South seeing very different weather

Strong winds and rain are expected in the North as the storm passes across the Atlantic, but the South is set to bask in sunshine. The aftermath of Hurricane Gert is expected to hit the UK, splitting the North and South with very different weather. The storm, currently north of Bermuda, is expected to bring strong winds and rain in the North as it travels across the Atlantic and hits the UK on Sunday. However,…

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Amazon to create 1,000 jobs at new UK centre

Amazon to create 1,000 jobs at new UK centre

Amazon is continuing its investment in the UK with the online retail giant unveiling plans for a new distribution centre near Bristol which will create 1,000 new permanent jobs. The Seattle-based company plans to start recruiting engineers, operations managers, HR and IT specialists ahead of the facility’s opening in 2018. It already has 13 such centres in the UK, and is on track to open further new warehouses in Doncaster, Warrington and Tilbury later this…

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UK’s new £3bn warship HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in Portsmouth

UK’s new £3bn warship HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in Portsmouth

Britain’s biggest-ever warship has arrived at its base in Portsmouth for the first time. Hundreds of people lined Portsmouth Harbour to welcome HMS Queen Elizabeth, an aircraft carrier which cost more than £3bn to build. The 280m (918ft) vessel set sail in June from the Rosyth dockyard where it was built, and since then has been undergoing tests at sea. Technically, it remains a civilian rather than a military ship until it is commissioned later…

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Drug-resistant ‘Japanese fungus’ infecting hospitals across the UK

Drug-resistant ‘Japanese fungus’ infecting hospitals across the UK

Hospitals across the UK have been hit by a drug-resistant Japanese fungus which has so far infected more than 200 patients. The potentially deadly superbug has spread to at least 55 hospitals and is particularly dangerous for anyone with a weakened immune system. Most worryingly, the fungus is resistant to the most commonly prescribed fungicidal drug, fluconazole, and the species has the ability to rapidly evolve to develop resistance. ‘Candida auris’ – which was first…

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UK to roll out iris scanning tech

UK to roll out iris scanning tech

Imagine logging onto your bank account just by glancing at your phone. That’s what some TSB customers will be able to do from September when the bank introduces iris recognition to its mobile banking app. It will be the first bank in Europe to introduce the technology, but its arrival will test customers’ trust in biometric technology. Customers will need the latest Samsung Galaxy S8 to use the new way of accessing their TSB accounts….

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Brexit: British and EU negotiators to outline progress

Brexit: British and EU negotiators to outline progress

Brexit negotiators are to outline what progress has been made so far as the latest round of talks come to an end. The UK’s Brexit Secretary David Davis and the EU’s Michel Barnier will meet to assess the past four days of talks. Groups of British and EU officials have been discussing citizens’ rights, the Irish border and separation issues, including UK financial liabilities. The EU has said talks won’t move onto the subject of…

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