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Nurses could take industrial action if government refuses to lift pay cap, says RCN – Politics live | Politics

Good morning. I’m sorry I’m late launching the blog. I was held up at home for various reasons. This morning Anas Sarwar announced he is runnning for the Scottish Labour leadership. The Press Association has just filed this. Labour’s Anas Sarwar has pledged to “reunite” his party as he announced his bid to become the next Scottish leader. Sarwar, a ...

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Carwyn Jones on Brexit: Some way to go before we can back repeal bill

Image copyright UK Government Image caption Alun Cairns and Damian Green (L) meet Carwyn Jones and Mark Drakeford (R) Carwyn Jones has said there is “some way to go” before the Welsh Government can support the Brexit bill transferring EU law to Parliament. It follows what the first minister called a “useful” first meeting with Damian Green, Theresa May’s deputy. ...

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Six UK areas selected for hyper-fast broadband

The Government has selected six locations to pilot a scheme which will see homes and businesses get broadband speeds of 1Gb per second. The plan to give the UK better connection speeds could allow hospitals to share HD quality graphics of medical scans in seconds, speeding up diagnosis. It could also allow school classrooms to deliver educational videos to students ...

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Brexit news: EU Commissioner slammed for pushing Brexit punishment | UK | News

The senior EU Commissioner was heavily criticised and put alongside other key Brussels figures for their attempts to stop Brexit from being a success. Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, warned Britain faces a bleak future outside the European Union as he tore into Brexit voters. Mr Moscovici claimed, despite respecting the will of the British people, ...

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Barnier denies trying to lecture UK over Brexit

The EU’s Brexit chief has denied telling an audience of top financiers that the UK must be “taught” about the costs of exiting the bloc. “I said: #Brexit = occasion to explain single market benefits in all countries, [including] my own. We do not want to ‘educate’ or ‘teach lessons’”, Michel Barnier tweeted after media reports over comments he made ...

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UK ready to ‘intensify’ talks on EU future ties

The Government is keen to move on to talks about the UK’s future relations with the EU beyond the three areas already discussed. Theresa May’s spokeswoman suggested that negotiators are ready to discuss elements of the UK’s ties other than the Northern Ireland border, the rights of EU citizens and the UK’s Brexit bill. The spokeswoman said: “We are ready ...

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McDonald’s workers in the UK go on strike for first time

The American fast food chain McDonald’s is facing its first ever workers’ strike in the U.K. Employees in two U.K. restaurants on Monday – one in Cambridge and another in southeast London – are striking against zero-hour contracts. These arrangements do not force employers to provide any minimum working hours, while obliging workers to accept any work offered. Ian Hodson, ...

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UK’s Prince William and wife Kate expecting third child

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting their third child, their office said on Monday after the Duchess was forced to cancel an engagement due to severe morning sickness. The baby will be fifth in line to the British throne, after grandfather Prince Charles, father William and elder siblings George, 4, and Charlotte, 2. The ...

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UK construction ‘flirting with recession’ as Brexit uncertainty bites | Business

Britain’s construction industry is taking on fewer workers amid a slowdown in commercial work, as economic uncertainty puts projects on hold. Growth in the construction sector fell unexpectedly to a one-year low in August, the closely watched Markit/Cips purchasing managers’ index for the industry showed on Monday. The gauge of economic activity fell to 51.1 last month from 51.9 in ...

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