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 »
Jamie Harron told supporters that all he wanted was to be back home and sleeping in his own bed.
Former head of MI6 suggests Brexit may not happen as he warns leaving EU could reduce UK's diplomatic power
Formula One driver Jenson Button has claimed he was forced to confront Sir Richard Branson after the Virgin boss touched his girlfriend’s face while drunk at a restaurant. The 2009 world champion said the incident with his then girlfriend Jessica Michibata took place at an expensive Japanese restaurant called Nobu during the 2009 Australian Grand Prix. Writing in his new book Life to the Limit, the British racing driver said he was eating dinner with Michibata, a Japanese fashion model, Richard Goddard, his manager, his father, and a few others when Sir Richard approached their table and sat down.
Brexit may mean instability for businesses and EU citizens living here but an unlikely group of people are eagerly awaiting Britain's divorce from Europe. It is estimated that more than a million migrants are living in the UK illegally, according to a former head of Home Office immigration enforcement.
Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino has admitted he had known of incidents of Harvey Weinstein mistreating women before the scandal broke earlier this month. It comes as Los Angeles police confirmed they are investigating an allegation of sexual assault against the film producer. The investigation follows those launched by officers in New York and London into a number of allegations of rape or sexual assault against Weinstein.
Ed Sheeran has told Sky News he believes sexual abuse and harassment is "definitely happening" in the music industry, as well as in Hollywood. In the wake of allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein, the 26-year-old singer said that, while he had not "come across it" himself, he believes the music industry also suffers from the problem. Speaking about the #MeToo social media campaign, Sheeran said: "I think it's dreadful that this stuff wasn't talked about before.
To celebrate the launch of the new PreCleanse balm, we’ve teamed up with Dermalogica and Westfield to give readers the chance to win one of five ultimate Dermalogica cleansing kits worth £99.50. The prize includes the new PreCleanse Balm, the Special Cleansing Gel and a soothing eye make-up remover.
The actress Tippi Hedren, who famously accused legendary director Alfred Hitchcock of sexual assault, has urged today's stars to continue to speak out about harassment they suffer in Hollywood. The star of Hitchcock classics The Birds and Marnie says educating young people about what is acceptable behaviour is the key to eradicating abuse. Hedren described in her memoirs a catalogue of harassment by Hitchcock along with an assault in a car on the way to her hotel.
Japan’s space agency has discovered a potential human habitat on the moon that could be used to shelter astronauts from harmful radiation, extreme temperatures and meteorite showers. The shelter in the Marius Hills region is an intact lava tube—a naturally occurring channel that forms from solid crusts left behind by molten lava flows. “Intact lunar lava tubes offer a pristine environment to conduct scientific examination of the Moon’s composition and potentially serve as secure shelters for humans and instruments,” an abstract to a study published in Geophysical Research Letters.
A hotel tycoon accused of not paying a “finders fee” while raising £200 million for his latest venture in Leicester Square has been exonerated after a judge said the deal never existed. Jasminder Singh OBE was sued in the High Court by consultants Rajnikant Hansraj Mehta and Pravin Mokar Shah, who claimed they were owed £2 million under an agreement sealed with a handshake in the bar of the May Fair Hotel. Mr Singh’s Edwardian Hotels London group, which was founded in 1977 and owns The May Fair and the Radisson Blu Edwardian, was raising funds for a new hotel in Leicester Square, which is due to open in 2019.
A rapturous start to the Kenneth Macmillan season with three companies celebrating the choreographer’s infinite variety and jewel-thief imagination over his 50-year career at Covent Garden. It is the 25th anniversary of his death in 1992, excuse for this glorious raid on the archive.
A government minister has cited mindfulness as being “important” aid to policy development as it emerged that 145 MPs signed up to an eight-week course on the Buddhist practice. Sports minister Tracey Crouch was speaking at a conference in Westminster, where she explained that she had taken up mindfulness when she was trying to come off anti-depressants. According to The Guardian, 145 MPs have so far taken the course in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.
Retail sales went into reverse last month as prices rose in a sign of uncertain consumer demand ahead of a possible interest rate rise. Official figures showed sales volumes dropped by a worse-than-expected 0.8% in September, meaning year-on-year growth for the third quarter was the weakest since 2013. The pound slipped by a cent to nearly $1.31 as traders digested the implications for interest rates amid expectations that the Bank of England could lift the cost of borrowing next month.
Jonathan is thought to be the world’s oldest living creature and has been leading a happy life on the British Overseas Territory of St Helena.
Former England football captain Terry Butcher has said he is "devastated" after the death of his son Chris, aged 35. Butcher said his son's life had been "tragically cut short", adding that he had been a "formidable and true friend and a remarkable, loyal leader and soldier". Chris had served with the Royal Artillery in Afghanistan but, according to his Facebook page, had since left the Army and described himself as "just a moody bitter vet".
Swiss drugmaker Novartis is to cut 450 jobs in the United States over the next two years as it gradually shuts a generics manufacturing plant in Colorado and discontinues some products in the face of intense price pressures. "To remain competitive in the U.S., Novartis will discontinue or divest limited growth products in saturated markets," a company spokesman said on Thursday. The shutdown of Novartis's Sandoz division plant in the Denver suburb of Broomfield was originally reported by the Denver Post.
The Queen attends the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery parade in Hyde Park. The anniversary parade celebrated 70 years since the Queen's father, King George VI, named the troop after himself.
Malaysia is negotiating with a US firm to resume the hunt for missing flight MH370, a minister said Thursday, in news welcomed by the widow of one of those who had been on board.
Big Ben will chime again in the run up to Armistice Day but the bongs may not be on time. The peals were halted in August in order for engineers to mend sections of the Elizabeth Tower without their hearing being put at risk. Parliamentary authorities confirmed that, after marking 9am on November 9, crews would work to remove "slight inaccuracies" to ensure the bell chimes again at exactly 11am on November 11.
South Africa's High Court has quashed regulations governing proposed shale gas fracking, farmers lobby AgriSA said on Thursday after taking the government to court to stop fracking in Eastern Cape province. The ruling marks the latest setback to South Africa's shale gas ambitions after a scientific study published last month suggested its Karoo Basin probably has a fraction of estimated deposits, deflating expectations of an energy bonanza.