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The head of a select committee has reacted with incredulity after an energy boss blamed the way the wind blew for exacerbating problems caused by a devastating storm that cut off supplies to parts of the UK. Paul McGimpsey, director of regulation at the Energy Networks Association (ENA), told MPs on the business energy and […]

A collection of the signatures of all 55 prime ministers is anticipated to sell for a five-figure sum when it goes under the hammer at auction. It took eight years to compile the collection, which is housed in a set of 10 frames. Each signature is positioned next to a portrait of the respective PM. […]

Turkey prices are up while carrots are cheaper as the price of a Christmas dinner rises this year amid a broader pick-up in food inflation, according to industry figures. Data compiled by Kantar showed the average price of a typical festive meal for four was about 89p higher than in 2020 at £27.48. It revealed […]

A woman escaped from her car after it apparently skidded on ice at a level crossing and was then hit by a train. It happened at about 7.30am this morning at Frating in Essex, a village about five miles east of Colchester. Pictures show the rear end of the hatchback mangled by the impact. Image: […]

Labour’s Harriet Harman, the longest-serving female MP in the Commons, has announced that she will not be standing for the party at the next election. Ms Harman, who has represented the south London constituency of Camberwell and Peckham since 1982, revealed the news on Twitter. She wrote: “After nearly 40 years in Parliament I won’t […]

Warnings about murdered six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes were ignored, his grandfather has said. Arthur’s stepmother Emma Tustin, 32, was found guilty of his murder at Coventry Crown Court on Friday and sentenced to jail for life with a minimum term of 29 years. Thomas Hughes, his father, 29, was jailed for 21 years for manslaughter. Please […]

People arriving in the UK from overseas now have to take a COVID-19 test before they travel, under new rules designed to slow the spread of the Omicron variant. The changes, which came into effect at 4am on Tuesday, will mean: • Anyone travelling from countries that are not on the red list must take […]

People who incite hostility on the basis of sex or gender should be prosecuted for hate crimes, the Law Commission says. The recommendation is one of 34 made by the legal review body in a report to government. Professor Penney Lewis from the Law Commission said: “Hate crime has a terrible impact on victims and […]

The COVID pandemic has hit children in the north of England the hardest, with health and educational outcomes worse than youngsters elsewhere, a new report has warned. The Child of the North study paints a start picture of inequality for children growing up post-pandemic, warning that it will cost billions, increase poverty and claim young […]

All new prisons will have “airport-style” security and every inmate will be assessed for addiction under plans to keep drugs out of jails. Drug dogs and hand-held scanner wands will be deployed at prison gates as well as X-ray body scanners and biometric identification for visitors under the government’s proposal to stop dangerous substances entering […]