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Unite calls for profit restraint amid surging inflation

A leading trade union is calling for “profit restraint” rather than holding down workers’ pay after claiming that company profits were responsible for almost 60% of the rise in inflation in just six months. Unite claimed that company bosses were driving inflation, not “hard-pressed workers”. The union said its analysis of the FTSE 350 showed profit margins for the UK’s biggest listed companies were 73% higher in 2021 than pre-pandemic […]

todayJune 17, 2022 24


Children of murdered police officers seek help to get justice for fathers

The daughter and the son of two police officers killed in Co Armagh 25 years ago have urged the public for help to get justice for their fathers. Constable John Graham and Reserve Constable David Johnston were shot dead in Lurgan on June 16, 1997. They had been on patrol on Church Walk in the town when two gunmen ran up behind them and shot them at close range. The […]

todayJune 16, 2022 33


HS2 archaeologists find Anglo Saxon burial ground containing nearly 140 graves

Archaeologists working on an HS2 site have discovered a burial ground containing nearly 140 graves, including a skeleton with a weapon still embedded in it. The site, in Wendover, Buckinghamshire, contained 138 graves, with 141 regular burials and five cremation burials, which makes it one of the largest Anglo-Saxon burial grounds ever uncovered in Britain. A skeleton, thought to be male, was found with a sharp iron object embedded into […]

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Researchers hope simple test can help diagnose brain tumours quicker

A woman who has been left with facial paralysis and no tear function in her right eye after she was diagnosed with a brain tumour following 18 months of misdiagnosis hopes a simple test will speed up the process for others. Heather Dearie, 35, from Ayrshire, visited her GP more than 10 times with symptoms over an 18-month period before being diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma brain tumour. Now, a […]

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Nadine Dorries calls on tech firms to boost diversity and opportunity

Tech businesses should look to all parts of the UK to boost diversity and opportunity within their businesses and to help address the digital skills shortage, the Culture Secretary has said. Nadine Dorries told London Tech Week that businesses should make a greater effort to find people from more diverse backgrounds. The minister said the industry contains many sectors where “critical thinking and creativity” are just as vital as qualifications, […]

todayJune 15, 2022 20


Family of Kay Mellor thank fans for wonderful words following private funeral

The family of Kay Mellor have thanked fans for their “wonderful words, messages and tributes” to the actress and scriptwriter after laying her to rest at a private funeral. Anthony, Yvonne and Gaynor Mellor said they were “heartbroken” by their loss but hoped to continue her legacy through her Independent Production Company Rollem. Leeds-born Mellor wrote hit series including ITV’s Girlfriends, Band Of Gold and The Syndicate – and was […]

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Alarming levels of unfair treatment of ethnic minority doctors BMA

A doctors’ union has called out “alarming levels of unfair treatment” of ethnic minority medics working in the NHS. The British Medical Association (BMA) said that many doctors are facing racial inequality at work which is leading to them being overlooked for promotion or being forced to change their chosen specialty. It warned of a “tragic waste of potential” as a new poll revealed that 60% of Asian and 57% […]

todayJune 15, 2022 18


Fuel prices hit new highs as Government axes 1500 electric car grant

Fuel prices hit new records as the Government scrapped £1,500 grants for purchases of new electric cars. The average price of a litre of petrol at UK forecourts reached a new high of 185.4p on Monday, according to data firm Experian. That is an increase of 6.9p in just a week. The average price of diesel was a record 191.2p per litre on Monday. The figures were released just hours […]

todayJune 14, 2022 20


Thousands more rail staff to be balloted over strike action

Thousands more railway workers are to be balloted for strikes in escalating disputes which threaten travel chaos this summer. The Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) has served notice to ballot more than 6,000 staff at Network Rail (NR) in a dispute over pay, conditions and job security. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at NR and 13 train operators are to strike for three days next week […]

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