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UK hikes interest rates for first time in 10 years – CNNMoney

U.K. interest rates are doing something they haven’t done in a decade: Going up. The Bank of England hiked its key rate on Thursday from a record low of 0.25% to 0.5%, a shift that economists widely expected. ‘; var storytext = document.getElementById(‘storytext’); var heightToSkip = 0; function resetValues() { totalHeight = 0; targetChildElement […]

Gavin Williamson Named New UK Defense Secretary – New York Times

The Cabinet Office is investigating the behavior of Mark Garnier, an international trade minister, who has admitted that he had asked a female member of his staff to buy sex toys before he took up his ministerial post. Damian Green, a senior cabinet minister and one of Mrs. May’s closest allies, has described as completely […]

European nurses and midwives leaving UK in droves since Brexit … – The Guardian

The number of nurses and midwives coming to work in Britain from Europe has plunged by 89% since the UK voted to leave the EU, figures have revealed. The sharp fall coincided with a sudden increase in qualified European medics leaving the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) register: from 2,435 in 2015-16 to 4,067 in […]

May ‘proud’ to mark 100 years of UK support for Israel with Netanyahu visit – The Guardian

The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, will wade into a decades-old controversy over Britain’s role in the formation of the state of Israel when he meets Theresa May as part of celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the Balfour declaration, which pledged Britain’s support for a Jewish national home in Palestine. At a dinner […]

More than 140000 told by UK immigration they face removal – watchdog – The Guardian

More than 140,000 people, including 60,000 declared as “absconders”, have been told by UK immigration authorities that they face detention and removal from Britain, an official watchdog has revealed. Two reports from the independent chief inspector of borders and immigration give the first official indication of the number of people in Britain without legal status […]

Michael Fallon, UK Defense Secretary, Quits Over Inappropriate Conduct – New York Times

Earlier this week he admitted that he had put his hand on the knee of a female journalist, Julia Hartley-Brewer, in 2002. She has accepted his apology, and made light of the incident in recent days, posting a picture of her knees on Twitter, and writing that they were still intact. Full medical check-up this […]

UK requests extradition of Hashem Abedi over Manchester Arena attack – The Guardian

An extradition request has been made to the Libyan authorities for the brother of the Manchester Arena bomber to return to the UK to face trial for mass murder. Hashem Abedi, 20, was arrested in Libya shortly after his older brother, Salman Abedi, blew himself up, killing 22 concertgoers at the Manchester Arena on 22 […]

UK bank accused of ‘criminal complicity’ in South Africa scandal – BBC News

Image copyright PA Lord Peter Hain has said a UK bank should be investigated for “possible criminal complicity” in connection with corruption allegations in South Africa. Lord Hain told the House of Lords he had sent print-outs of transactions and named the bank concerned in a letter to Chancellor Philip Hammond. He said the bank […]

UK house prices pick up but still under pressure, says Nationwide … – The Guardian

UK house price growth edged up to a three-month high in October, but pressure on household budgets is weighing on the market according to Nationwide. Annual growth in house prices picked up to 2.5% from 2.3% in September, as a shortage of homes on the market and low mortgage rates propped up prices, the lender […]

National Audit Office to examine UK’s Brexit divorce bill – The Guardian

Whitehall’s spending watchdog will scrutinise Britain’s Brexit divorce bill to make sure it represents value for taxpayers’ money, ministers have been told. Sir Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office, told the Treasury select committee that he will examine whether the bill, which is estimated to cost anything between £30bn and £90bn, represents value […]

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