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Animal sentience to be recognised in UK law post-Brexit, says Government

Brexit will not weaken welfare rules which treat animals as sentient beings, the Government has insisted.

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Centrica sees record shares fall as price hike sends customers fleeing

British Gas owner Centrica has suffered its biggest ever one-day shares crash after haemorrhaging 823,000 household energy accounts in four months and warning over full-year earnings.

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Venables ‘a vile, perverted psychopath’, says Bulger mother after new arrest

Jon Venables has “proved what a vile, perverted psychopath he has always been”, the mother of murdered toddler James Bulger has said.

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Bank of England pay gap caused by shortage of women in senior roles

The Bank of England has defended its efforts to boost diversity despite unveiling a gender pay gap of 21%.

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Dozens rescued as heavy rain sparks widespread flooding

More than 70 people have been rescued in north Lancashire as heavy rain caused widespread flooding and travel disruption across north-west England and North Wales.

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Donations to Tories in quarter greater than those to all other parties

Donations to the Conservatives in three months to the end of September outstripped those to all the other political parties, according to the latest official figures.

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UK vehicles using twice as much diesel as petrol

Vehicles in the UK are using twice as much diesel as petrol, figures show.

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Theresa May to meet Jean-Claude Juncker in bid to move Brexit process on

Theresa May will meet European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker next month as she steps up efforts to secure a breakthrough in the Brexit process.

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NHS must do more to reduce waste, says Philip Hammond

The NHS needs to do more to cut waste and put funding back into frontline care, Philip Hammond said following criticism that his Budget did not allocate enough to England’s health service.

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One in 10 females aged 16-19 suffer domestic abuse, report finds

Around one in 10 females aged 16 to 19 were victims of domestic abuse last year, a survey has suggested.

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British Gas sheds customers after hiking prices

British Gas owner Centrica has revealed it lost another 823,000 household energy accounts since June and warned over its earnings outlook as it also took a hit from warmer-than-normal weather.

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Workers face ‘two lost decades without earnings growth’

Britain’s national debt may not return to pre-financial crisis levels until “well past the 2060s”, on the basis of projections released with Wednesday’s Budget, a respected economic thinktank has warned.

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Stairlift to heaven: Stannah brothers delighted to receive MBEs from Charles

The famous Stannah stairlift has helped earn brothers Brian and Alan Stannah MBEs awarded by the Prince of Wales.

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Flooding victims who evacuated homes begin clean-up after river breaks banks

Residents in Lancashire have begun a clean-up after flooding saw them evacuated from their homes.

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Universal Credit claimants will be supported over Christmas, says Gauke

Universal Credit (UC) claimants will not be left penniless over Christmas, the Work and Pensions Secretary said as he defended a £1.5 billion reform package announced in the Budget.

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Newcastle United top of the league again for banned supporters

Newcastle United fans have topped the list of banning orders in England and Wales for the third consecutive year.

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PM says Hammond did ‘very good job’ with Budget

Theresa May has insisted that Chancellor Philip Hammond’s job is safe after a “very good” Budget.

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Centrica shares plunge to 14-year low after customer exodus

British Gas-owner Centrica has lost £1.6 billion of its market value and seen shares plunge to a 14-year low after the energy giant shed 823,000 household energy accounts and warned over profits.

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More than 20 German men arrested after violent street brawl in Liverpool

Police have now arrested more than 20 German men in connection with a violent brawl which broke out in Liverpool, leaving one man critically injured.

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Sergeant faces retrial as jury fails to reach verdict in parachute sabotage case

An Army sergeant is to face a retrial on charges of attempting to murder his wife by tampering with her parachute after the first jury failed to reach verdicts.

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