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Thousands join central London protest to demand general election

Thousands of people have joined a demonstration calling for a general election amid the worsening cost-of-living crisis. A coalition of trade unions and community organisations are taking part in the “Britain is Broken” protest in central London, which was organised by the People’s Assembly. Demonstrators marched in the rain from Embankment to Trafalgar Square, where a rally is being held with speakers including Mick Lynch, general secretary of the Rail, […]

todayNovember 5, 2022 13


Rail strikes suspended after promise of pay offer

But passengers are being warned there'll still be disruption to services tomorrow A series of planned strikes by railway workers in a long-running dispute over jobs, pay and conditions has been suspended. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) had been due to stage 24-hour walkouts on Saturday and next Monday and Wednesday. The RMT said it has secured “unconditional” talks on Network Rail (NR) and the promise […]

todayNovember 4, 2022 11


Ewan McGregor delights young fan with surprise message

A die-hard Star Wars fan who struggles to make friends got a huge surprise when he received a personalised message from his hero Ewan McGregor. Nine-year-old Callum Martin, from Lossiemouth in Moray, was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism at the age of five. Callum and his father Kenny joined Lorraine Kelly on the STV Children’s Appeal tele-fundraiser, which will air at 9pm on Friday, to discuss […]

todayNovember 4, 2022 17


Owen Farrell to captain England against Argentina

Owen Farrell will captain England for the first time in a year when Argentina visit Twickenham in Sunday’s autumn opener. Farrell has completed the return to play protocols for concussion in time to form a midfield that includes fly-half Marcus Smith and outside centre Manu Tuilagi, the first time the trio have been picked together. The Saracens playmaker has seen off Tom Curry and Ellis Genge for the leadership duties […]

todayNovember 4, 2022 13


Bank of England raises interest rates to 3 in biggest single hike since 1989

The bank's also warning of a two-year recession Homeowners are set to face the biggest single shock on their mortgage bills since the 1980s as the Bank of England hiked interest rates for the eighth time in a row. The Bank’s base rate will rise to 3% from 2.25%, its highest for 14 years, and decision makers warned that more hikes are likely. It will pile around £3,000 per year […]

todayNovember 3, 2022 13


Inquiry criticises failures of emergency services on night of Manchester bombing

It's concluded at least one victim would have survived had the emergency response not been inadequate One of the 22 people murdered in the Manchester Arena suicide bombing would probably have survived but for inadequacies in the emergency response. Care worker John Atkinson, 28, was six metres away when the explosion went off in the City Room foyer of the venue at the end of an Ariana Grande concert on […]

todayNovember 3, 2022 16


Ross Kemp launches Royal British Legion London Poppy Day

Actor and broadcaster Ross Kemp was encouraging Londoners to pick up a poppy on Thursday with the aim to raise £1 million in one day for the Royal British Legion (RBL). The RBL ambassador, 58, was seen rallying the troops on Horse Guards Parade alongside members of the Irish Guards and their Irish Wolfhound mascot Seamus on Thursday morning. Kemp, who became a household name playing EastEnders hardman Grant Mitchell, […]

todayNovember 3, 2022 18


Police officers get jail terms over WhatsApp group featuring Wayne Couzens

Pc Jonathon Cobban, 35, and former Pc Joel Borders, 46 have each been sentenced to 12 weeks behind bars Two Metropolitan Police officers who shared “grossly offensive” messages in a WhatsApp group with Wayne Couzens have been sentenced to three months’ imprisonment – but granted bail ahead of an appeal. Pc Jonathon Cobban, 35, and former Pc Joel Borders, 46, were members of a chat group called “Bottle and Stoppers” […]

todayNovember 2, 2022 12


John Lennons glasses and Kurt Cobain guitar to headline blockbuster US auction

A pair of John Lennon’s glasses and Kurt Cobain’s smashed guitars are due to headline a blockbuster music memorabilia auction later this month. The items, which are expected to go for almost 500,000 dollars (£430,000) in total, will form part of Julien’s Auctions Icons and Idols: Rock ‘N’ Roll auction. Over 1,500 instruments and artefacts owned and used by some of the world’s most famous artists will go under the […]

todayNovember 2, 2022 21