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London weather: Snow forecast for the capital as cold snap returns

Londoners have been warned sleet and snow could hit the capital as temperatures plunge this week. The Met Office has announced that milder temperatures expected at the beginning of the week will plummet on Wednesday night as “wintry showers” travel across the UK and through the Channel. “There is a risk of some snow and sleety weather on Thursday and possibly also Friday – mainly in the form of ...

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Theresa May: UK cannot keep ‘bits’ of EU membership

The UK cannot expect to hold on to “bits” of its membership after leaving the EU, Theresa May has said. The prime minister’s comment came after she was asked whether she would “prioritise” controlling immigration over staying in the single market. She told Sky News her approach was not “muddled”, following criticism by the UK’s former EU ambassador. Mrs May, ...

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Queen makes first appearance after heavy cold over Christmas

  monarch missed two church services over the festive period The Queen has made her first public appearance of 2017 after ill-health affected her during the festive season. She attended the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, Norfolk, on Sunday. There were concerns about the monarch’s health after she missed services on Christmas Day and New Year’s ...

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Migrants ‘should be made to learn English before coming to the UK’

Migrants should have to learn English before coming to the UK or attend compulsory language classes when they arrive, a group of MPs and peers has said. The cross-party group said English was “the key to full participation in our society and economy.” They also called for different parts of the UK to be able to set their own immigration policies in place of the current ...

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Online safety: Internet ‘not designed for children’

Youngsters are not prepared for what they are signing up to on the internet, and are frequently giving personal information away, according to the Children’s Commissioner for England. Anne Longfield said children did not know how their data was being used due to “impenetrable” terms and conditions. She said the internet was not designed for children even though they are ...

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Sadiq Khan opens emergency London homeless shelters as temperatures plummet

The Mayor of London has opened emergency cold weather shelters for London’s homeless people as temperatures plummet across the capital. Sadiq Khan urged followers on social media to report sightings of rough sleepers across the city to homeless charity Streetlink as temperatures fell below freezing overnight. In posts on Twitter and Facebook he wrote: “We’ve opened emergency cold-weather shelters to help those sleeping rough in tonight’s freezing ...

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Sir Tim Barrow: UK’s new ambassador to EU ‘tough negotiator’

5 January 2017   Downing Street has called the UK’s new ambassador to the European Union a “seasoned and tough negotiator”, who will bring “energy” to Brexit talks. Sir Tim Barrow takes on the role with discussions with the EU expected to start soon and promised to work for the “right outcome”. He replaces Sir Ivan Rogers, who quit earlier ...

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Sylhet cultivators getting incentives

Distribution of Tk 9.27 million in incentives among the poor and marginal farmers of Sylhet division is nearing an end. It will take two more weeks to distribute the incentives among the farmers for mustard and maize cultivation. Official sources said, Under the incentive programme, seed and fertilisers worth Tk 6.56 million were distributed among 7,500 farmers for Boro farming. ...

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Fourteen garden villages to be built in England totalling 48,000 homes

Fourteen garden villages are to be built across England on sites including a former airfield and green belt land, ministers have said. The villages, totalling 48,000 homes, will not be extensions of existing small towns or villages, but “distinct new places with their own community facilities”, the government said. Sites from Cornwall to Cumbria have been identified in the first ...

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Jeremy Corbyn ‘could resign as Labour leader if poll ratings don’t improve’

Jeremy Corbyn could resign as Labour leader if the party’s poll ratings don’t improve by 2020’s general election, according to a key ally. Unite union chief Len McCluskey said the Labour leader and shadow chancellor John McDonnell were “not egomaniacs” and would not try to “cling on” to power at the head of the party. Mr McCluskey, who has been a key Corbyn ally, ...

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