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School league tables: See how your secondary school has done

More than one in eight secondary schools in England is below the standard deemed acceptable by ministers, league table data shows. The secondary school league tables have just been published, featuring the results of the first pupils to sit new, tougher GCSEs in English and maths. Some 365 schools, or 12%, were below the new tougher floor standard. In 2016 ...

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Crime statistics: Violent crime and sex offences rising

The number of violent crimes and sex offences recorded by police in England and Wales has risen sharply over the past year, figures show. Knife crime and robbery also increased in the 12 months to September 2017 compared with the previous year, the Office for National Statistics said. About 5.3 million crimes were recorded in all in that 12-month period, ...

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Jeremy Corbyn: Theresa May is in denial about NHS

Labour leader uses prime minister’s questions to attack Tory record on health service Jeremy Corbyn has accused Theresa May of being “frankly in denial about the state of the NHS” as he again used prime minister’s questions to pressure her over the performance of the health service this winter. Devoting all his questions to the issue, the Labour leader said ...

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UK weather: Storm Georgina batters Britain with winds of up to 90mph

High wind warnings have been extended as Storm Georgina batters the UK with gusts of up to 90mph possible. Many ferry services have been cancelled while flooding has disrupted road and rail travel. Met Office yellow “be aware” warnings for high winds across northern Scotland have been extended to 5pm. A gust of 85mph was recorded on South Uist on ...

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UK unemployment falls to 1.44 million

UK unemployment fell by 3,000 to 1.44 million in the three months to November, official figures show. The number of those in work increased sharply and wages rose at their fastest rate in almost a year, the Office for National Statistics said. That leaves the UK’s unemployment rate at a four-decade low of 4.3%. But the growth in wages at ...

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Parts of NHS England only able to fill one in 400 nursing vacancies

The NHS’s deepening shortage of nurses is worst in the part of England that contains Theresa May’s Maidenhead constituency, with hospitals there only able to recruit one nurse for every 400 vacancies they have, new NHS figures reveal. Hospitals in the Thames Valley managed to fill just five of the 1,957 vacancies for nurses that they advertised between April and ...

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Urgent action by Government needed against acid attacks

Mayor John Biggs held a press conference with Stephen Timms MP and Jabed Hussain, President of Workers Union London and campaigner on the issue of acid and knife attacks on Friday (19thJanuary) at Tower Hamlets Town Hall. Mayor John Biggs and Stephen Timms MP have previously called on the Home Secretary to implement a five point plan to tackle acid attacks. The ...

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Boris Johnson rebuked over NHS cash plea

Theresa May has called for discussions about future NHS funding to remain private after Boris Johnson publicly called for more money after Brexit. Before Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, it was widely reported that the foreign secretary would pitch for a £100m a week “Brexit dividend” for the NHS. The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg said he did not mention “specific figures”. No 10 ...

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Army chief calls for investment to keep up with Russia

Britain’s armed forces risk falling behind Russia without more investment, the head of the Army has said. General Sir Nick Carter said the Army’s ability to respond to threats “will be eroded if we don’t keep up with our adversaries”. The speech – approved by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson – comes amid speculation of potential defence cuts. The warning comes ...

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Only three out of 160 social housing towers reclad after Grenfell fire

Only three of the 160 social housing towers identified as dangerous after the Grenfell Tower fire are known to have been reclad with safer materials, leaving tens of thousands of people still living in “fire hazards”. Seven months after the fire that killed 71 people in west London, the number of council and private blocks over 18 metres high across ...

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