Striking railworkers, post office employees and airline staff are showing "shared contempt" for "ordinary people", Downing Street has said. In a robust response to a wave of winter strikes, the Prime Minister's spokesman condemned the trade unions accusing them of trying to cause "maximum damage" during the Christmas period. It comes as 3,500 post office workers went out on strike for five days in protest over job cuts and pension changes, hitting hundreds of Crown Post Offices.Read More »
He and partner Katya Jones faced Alexandra Burke, Debbie McGee and Gemma Atkinson in the final Joe won despite Alexandra topping the leader board with 119 points compared to his 118 It was the first time the four finalists had danced all three dances Judges’ Pick: American Smooth to ‘Wouldn’t It Be Lovely’ from My Fair Lady.
Six people have been killed and another critically injured in a "very difficult and upsetting" crash in Birmingham. West Midlands Police have warned the road is likely to remain closed "for a very long time", with detectives describing the circumstances of the "serious collision" as "very difficult and upsetting".
The sister of ’I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!’ star Iain Lee has waded in on the on-going row about whether he was bullied on the show.
Workers look on as United Airlines Flight 747 preapres to take off from San Francisco International Airport for its final flight to Honolulu, Hawaii -- one of the last before United retires its entire ...
In an interview with FRANCE 24, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Mexico would not help finance the border wall proposed by US President Donald Trump. “The wall is a decision made by the US (…) What I can assert categorically is that we are not involved in this dialogue, we never negotiated with the US to talk about a wall,” Videgaray told FRANCE 24.
Six people have been killed and a seventh critically injured after a multiple-vehicle crash in Birmingham, West Midlands Ambulance Service has said. Three men who were thrown from a car were among the dead along with a taxi driver and his passengers following the "horrific incident" in the early hours of Sunday morning. Five ambulances, a hazardous area response team, fire crews and an air ambulance critical care car were among the emergency services sent to the "extensive" crash scene.
As I returned to London on the morning of 24 June last year, after the official declaration of the referendum result in Manchester, it finally began to sink in: the British people really had made that momentous and historic decision to vote to Leave the European Union. With many voting for the first time in years – and some for the first time ever – the Vote Leave campaign secured the biggest ever mandate in British electoral history, with 17,410,742 backing our proposition that it was time to take back control of our laws, money, borders and trade policy. Let’s be clear: whatever their high-sounding motives, this is nothing more than a shoddy plot to reverse Brexit, the majority decision of the people of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in a free and fair vote.
House of Commons Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle has paid tribute to his daughter who has died suddenly, aged 28.
British Airways has plunged to third from bottom in an annual survey of customer satisfaction on short-haul airlines. The poor scoring comes in a year when BA stopped free catering for passengers travelling in economy class on short-haul flights. The airline was given a score of just two stars for its food and drink and received the same poor rating for seat comfort and value for money.
The British public has swung behind staying in the EU by its largest margin since the referendum, with those backing Remain outstripping Leavers by ten points, a new poll has revealed. The exclusive survey for The Independent by BMG Research showed 51 per cent now back remaining in the union, while 41 per cent want Brexit. It comes as leading political figures write in The Independent tomorrow about whether the country needs a further referendum to decide on Brexit, once terms of departure are known.
It was Christmas day, babe - 1957 - and a child in Pembury, Kent, was born to bring drunken, miserable cheers to the world. The baby was Shane MacGowan and, 30 years after his birth, his Celtic punk band The Pogues would release Fairytale Of New York, an anti-Christmas song about lost dreams and disillusionment. Fast forward another 30 years, and this holiday downer filled with bums, drunks and punks remains a Christmas essential in any half-decent medley.
A Bollywood actress who apparently never reads her emails could be one of the bridesmaids to accompany Meghan Markle when she weds next May. There is speculation that Priyanka Chopra will be asked by Ms Markle to be part of her bridal party when she gets married to Prince Harry in Windsor on 19 May. Ms Chopra hit the headlines earlier this year when a friend posted a picture of her holding her phone which displayed more than 250,000 unread emails.
Indeed I think the ill-temper will persist long after the UK has officially left the EU. You can see why already, for example by allowing European judges to have a role in the UK even when we are not members. Europeans will still have jobs in the UK, though there may be more Americans, Canadians and Australians in the skills mix.
Boris Johnson has increased cabinet tensions ahead of a crunch meeting this week after warning that the UK could become a “vassal state” if it accepts EU plans for Brexit. The Foreign Secretary said he wanted a “liberal Brexit” in which the UK could reject new EU rules after 29 March 2019. A special Brexit war Cabinet will meet on Monday to hammer out what relationship the UK should have with the EU in the long term, with a full Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.
Police have said they are treating the deaths of Barry Sherman, 75, the founder of Canadian drug company Apotex, and his wife Honey as "suspicious". Called to the house to attend a "medical complaint" at around midday on Friday, officers said they found no signs of forced entry to the home. One of the nation's wealthiest couples, they had given tens of millions of dollars to hospitals, universities and Jewish organisations and were fundraisers for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal party.
French President Emmanuel Macron celebrates his 40th birthday this weekend in the grounds of a former royal palace, in what some opponents called another tactless show of wealth. Rivals have branded former investment banker Macron "president of the rich" for policies such as the scrapping of a wealth tax and cutting housing benefit, moves the president framed as reforms to boost investment and social mobility. Macron is staying with his wife Brigitte in a guest house close to the Chateau de Chambord, a former royal palace on the Loire that dates back to the 16th century.
Bali resident Ikomang Giri scaled the active volcano Mount Agung on Wednesday in order to record from its peak. The video, later uploaded to Facebook, shows thick clouds of ash streaming from the volcano during an eruption. Indonesian government volcanologist Gede Suantika told local news station Viva the hiker’s daredevil actions should not be condoned.
Shout it from the top of Mount Washington: It's the Game of the Year! Until their flop in Miami on Monday night, the New England Patriots were playing as many thought they would heading into the season: like a powerhouse. The Dolphins did just that, one day after the Steelers needed another late rally to edge archrival Baltimore and clinch the AFC North.