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PM steps up Brexit Bill pressure as she sits in on peers' debate

The House of Lords will conclude the first stage of a crucial Brexit debate after Theresa May and Boris Johnson ramped up pressure on them not to block or delay Britain's exit from the European Union.

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Teacher shortages in key subjects 'worsening', report warns

England's schools are suffering from worsening teacher shortages, particularly in key subjects such as physics and maths, MPs have warned.

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Government support 'crucial' for plans to 'transform' NHS

The Government must throw its weight behind plans that could lead to the closure of NHS hospitals and some services, a think tank has said.

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MPs condemn 'postcode lottery in benefit sanctions'

An "unacceptable" postcode lottery in benefits sanctions must be tackled to stop claimants being treated differently depending on where they live, MPs have said.

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Watchdog calls for separation of officers in fatal incidents to avoid conferring

Police officers directly involved in fatal incidents should be separated as quickly as possible to prevent conferring, a watchdog has said.

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'Many peers contribute absolutely nothing' in House of Lords

Many peers contribute "absolutely nothing" to Parliament, a former lord speaker claimed as she alleged one member kept a taxi running outside while signing in to collect the £300 daily allowance.

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Underlying financial position of NHS 'not sustainable' as deficit revealed

NHS trusts have reported a deficit of £886 million in the first nine months of the financial year and are likely to miss their overspend target, figures show.

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Labour leadership challenge 'behind poor poll ratings'

Labour's yawning gap with the Tories in opinion polls is down to last summer's challenge to Jeremy Corbyn's leadership and Theresa May's elevation to Prime Minister, a party source has said.

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Government proposals could allow firms to cut final salary pension payments

Financially "stressed" businesses could be allowed to cut final salary pension payments to employees to save them from collapse, under Government proposals.

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Theresa May steps up Brexit Bill pressure on peers

Theresa May ramped up pressure on peers over Brexit by attending the opening of a crucial debate in the chamber of the House of Lords.

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Fewer than half of UK vehicles in emissions scandal fixed, says VW boss

Fewer than half of the UK vehicles caught up in the Volkswagen emissions scandal have been fixed, the company's boss has said.

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Life-threatening sepsis may affect far more in UK than previously thought

Far more people in the UK suffer from deadly sepsis than previously thought, research shows.

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Town halls warn cuts will continue despite council tax rises

Town halls will be forced to carry on making deep cuts to services despite imposing inflation-busting tax rises, councils have warned.

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QC Max Hill appointed new terrorism laws watchdog

Max Hill QC has been named as the UK's new terror laws watchdog.

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Key questions around NHS overspend

The NHS has overspent by £886 million in the first nine months of the financial year.

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Why Muslim parents are sending children to Church of England schools

Muslim parents are choosing Church of England schools for their children because they believe they prepare youngsters for "life in modern Britain", it has been suggested.

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Unilever shares plunge after Kraft Heinz merger bid scrapped

Shares in Unilever have slumped after US food giant Kraft Heinz called off its proposed 143 billion US dollar (£115 billion) mega-merger with the consumer goods firm.

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NHS hospitals 'busier than ever' but breaking point claims 'inaccurate'

The NHS is at "breaking point", with a decline in the number of hospital beds leading to delays in admissions and cancelled operations, the British Medical Association claimed.

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Sex attacker who cut his throat in court admits knife offence

A sex attacker who slit his own throat while in the dock awaiting sentence has admitted taking a kitchen knife into a magistrates' court.

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Pirate websites get harder to find as Google and Bing sign code of practice

Internet users will find it harder to search for illegally streamed live football matches, pirated music and other creative materials under a new plan to crackdown on piracy websites.

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