Five police leaders urge chancellor to urgently raise funding | UK news

Politicians overseeing five of Britain’s biggest police forces have increased the pressure on the government to raise their funding, saying cuts had contributed to a rise in violent crime. Elected leaders responsible for the Metropolitan police and forces in the West Midlands, Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and Merseyside have signed a joint letter to the […]

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How populism became the concept that defines our age | Cas Mudde | Opinion

“Populism” as a term was rarely used in the 20th century; it was limited to US historians describing, in highly specific terms, the original agrarian populists of the mid-19th century. Latin American social scientists (often Marxists) focused it primarily on the Peronists in Argentina. I only started to really engage with the term in the […]

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BREAKING Orpington bus depot fire: Explosions as firefighters tackle huge blaze

BREAKING Orpington bus depot fire: Explosions as firefighters tackle huge blaze

A huge fire has engulfed a bus depot in southeast London. Around 60 firefighters are tackling the blaze in Farnborough Hill, Orpington. A number of buses are alight, London Fire Brigade confirmed. Locals reported hearing explosions around 4am on Thursday morning. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking […]

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Community healthcare in line for £3.5bn annual funding boost | Society

Primary and community healthcare in England will benefit from a real-terms boost of £3.5bn a year by 2023/24, the government has announced. The spending, part of the NHS long term plan backed by £20.5bn over the next five years, is intended to improve care in the home, and thereby avoid patients unnecessarily going to – […]

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May suggests whole UK would follow single market rules during backstop period – Politics live | Politics

First of all, if it is the case that it is necessary to have an interim arrangement to provide this guarantee in relation to this border in Northern Ireland, there are a number of ways in which that can be achieved: the backstop as identified in the protocol, the extension of the implementation period, or […]

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Number of problem gamblers aged 11-16 rises to 55,000 | Society

The quadrupling of child problem gamblers to more than 50,000 in two years has been branded a “generational scandal”. A Gambling Commission audit due for release on Wednesday reveals that the number of problem gamblers aged 11 to 16 rose to 55,000 over two years. It also found that 70,000 youngsters were at risk and […]

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Eighteenth-century schoolboy’s doodles uncovered as library is restored | Books

A centuries-old doodle of a cyclops has been discovered in a study-shy teenager’s book of ancient Greek plays by conservation staff restoring his family’s library in a Hampshire mansion. William John Chute, who lived at The Vyne between 1757 and 1824, was the owner of the book and is believed to have drawn the sketch […]

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Weatherwatch: 1981 was a record-breaking year for tornadoes in the UK | World news

The word “tornado” has a foreign ring to it – though as the Oxford English Dictionary explains, it is probably a corruption of the Spanish word for thunder, “tronada”. If we associate it with a particular place, it is the vast, open plains of North America as seen in the classic children’s film The Wizard […]

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May says Brexit will stop EU nationals being able to ‘jump the queue’ – Politics live | Politics

Getting back full control of our borders is an issue of great importance to the British people. The United Kingdom is a country that values the contribution that immigration has made to our society and economy over many years. And in the future, outside the EU, immigration will continue to make a positive contribution to […]

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Fake psychiatrist case puts thousands of doctors under scrutiny | Society

The records of up to 3,000 doctors are being reviewed after it emerged that a woman worked as a NHS consultant psychiatrist for 22 years with fake qualifications before she was convicted of trying to defraud a patient. Zholia Alemi, 56, was jailed for five years last month for faking an 87-year-old patient’s will as […]

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