Rebel MP sacked from Tory Party vice chairman role

Theresa May has attempted to reassert her authority after a humiliating defeat in a crucial Brexit vote by sacking rebel MP Stephen Hammond from his role as Conservative Party vice chairman.

Ocado said a shortage of drivers had impacted sales growth in its fourth quarter.

Driver shortages knock sales growth at online grocer Ocado

Online grocer Ocado has revealed a hit to sales growth after a shortage of drivers knocked trading.

The former attorney general said he was "sure" the Government will be defeated on its amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill  (PA)

Government should back down on plans to enshrine Brexit date, says rebel Grieve

Tory rebel leader Dominic Grieve has warned Theresa May she faces another major Brexit defeat unless she backs down on plans to enshrine the date of Britain’s exit from the European Union in law.

Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley (PA)

Profits plunge at Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct

Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct has seen half year profits dented as the retailer flagged that sales in the UK fell following store closures, reduced online promotions and as a result of the Brexit hit pound.

Theresa May will hope it does not damage the confidence of EU leaders in her authority to conduct Brexit negotiations (PA)

PM heads to summit with authority diminished after Commons Brexit vote defeat

Theresa May will travel to a critical European Union summit with her authority diminished after Tory rebels inflicted a humiliating House of Commons defeat on the Government in a major Brexit vote.

The Education Secretary will address the inaugural Reform social mobility conference on Thursday (PA)

Improving social mobility a defining challenge for the nation – Justine Greening

Tackling inequality will help make Brexit a success for Britain, the Education Secretary has said, as she revealed plans to ensure no community is left behind.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has called for a truce between opposing sides of the Brexit debate (Danny Lawson/PA)

Archbishop of Canterbury urges Christmas ‘ceasefire’ in Brexit dispute

The Archbishop of Canterbury has called for a Christmas truce in the increasingly bitter Brexit row.

Stephen Hammond was sacked as Conservative vice-chairman after backing the rebel amendment  (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Tory revolt was avoidable, says rebel Stephen Hammond

One of the Tory rebels who inflicted an embarrassing defeat on Theresa May over the Government’s Brexit legislation has said the backbench revolt was avoidable.

By the end of this year, 170 out of 223 trusts will publish data on deaths they believe could have been prevented (PA)

NHS hospitals to publish figures on avoidable patient deaths

The NHS in England will become the first health system to publish figures on avoidable patient deaths in a “brave” move to increase transparency and learn from mistakes, Jeremy Hunt said.

What the papers say - December 14

What the papers say – December 14

Brexit and Theresa May’s “humiliating defeat” in the Commons is the focus of Thursday’s papers.

An artist's impression showing how Heathrow airport could look with a third runway (Heathrow Airport/PA)

Heathrow plan opponents pledge ‘tough proposals’ in runway consultation

Opponents of Heathrow Airport expansion have pledged to put forward “tough proposals” for mitigating the impact of a third runway in a consultation.

Jake Omer, 29, who suffers from haemophilia is part of the test group (handout/PA)

‘Mind-blowing’ trial could transform treatment for haemophilia sufferers

A cure for haemophilia is one step closer after “mind-blowing results” from a gene therapy trial.

Chino with vet Rebecca Woolfson and owner Elizabeth Brydon (PDSA/PA)

Miracle dog’ Chino on the mend after jumping off Glasgow bridge

A “miracle dog” has survived a 30ft plunge into a rocky riverbed after leaping off a bridge in Glasgow.

Meghan Markle will join the royals on Christmas day (Harry Starbuck/PA)

Meghan Markle to join royal family at Sandringham for Christmas

Meghan Markle will join the Queen and other senior members of the royal family for Christmas at Sandringham, Kensington Palace has confirmed.

The Bank of England is expected to keep interest rates on hold, but surging inflation will remain in focus.

Inflation in focus as Bank of England set to keep rates on hold

Interest rates are set to be kept on hold after the first hike in a decade last month, but the outlook for inflation will be in sharp focus after surging to a near-six year high.

Research has looked at how the capacity of wineglasses has risen over centuries (PA)

Wine glass capacity ‘increased significantly’ over last 300 years, study finds

The capacity of wine glasses has increased sevenfold in the last 300 years and most steeply in the last two decades, a study has found.

Three out of five of those questioned said they would be worried about the cost of employing a disabled person (Philip Toscano/PA)

Too many employers ‘have wrong idea’ about hiring disabled people, says charity

More than one in five managers say they would be less likely to employ a disabled person, believing they would struggle to do the job or citing concerns about the cost of workplace adjustments, a “shocking” survey reveals.

Forensic officers at the scene of the house fire on Jackson Street in Worsley (Peter Byrne/PA)

Third person charged with murder over death of four children in house fire

A third person has been charged with murder after a house fire left four children dead.

Clarrie Mendy's cousin Mary Mendy and her daughter Khadija died in the  Grenfell Tower fire (Victoria Jones/PA)

Grenfell memorial service to provide bereaved with ‘words of healing and truth’

A memorial service to honour those who died in the Grenfell Tower fire will be an opportunity for “words of healing and truth”, a bereaved relative has said.

David Davis promised MPs there would be "a number of votes" on the final deal struck between the UK and EU (PA)

MPs ‘take back control’ as Tory rebels help inflict Brexit vote defeat on May

MPs have “taken back control” of the Brexit process and inflicted a humiliating House of Commons defeat on Theresa May with the help of around a dozen Tory rebels.

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