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 »
Six people have been killed and a seventh person is critically injured after several vehicles crash in Birmingham in the early hours of Sunday morning, West Midlands Ambulance Service has said.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 following 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". A spokesman said a man and woman in the first car escaped with "relatively minor injuries" and were taken to Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham.
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.
Stopping Brexit is a more pressing priority than Labour winning the next election, former prime minister Tony Blair suggested as he criticised the party's strategy under Jeremy Corbyn. The ex-premier said Labour was "in the same position as the Tories" on Brexit but if the party came out in opposition to leaving the European Union it would not only "be saying what's right" but would also expose the divisions within the Conservative ranks. Mr Blair said he believed that "stopping Brexit is the route to win power" for Labour and rejected the suggestion that accepting the result of the referendum was necessary to avoid the risk of losing support in former industrial heartlands.
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.
It is powered by a 3000-watt electric motor. The battery charges fully in three hours and can travel 30 miles off-road. This completely electric motocross bike is called the LMX 161, and it could be the future for all motocross bikes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An investment vehicle founded by the former Barclays (LSE: BARC.L - news) chief Bob Diamond is weighing a deal that would catapult him back into the British retail banking sector after a five-year absence. Sky News has learnt that Atlas Merchant Capital (AMC (Taiwan OTC: 3585.TWO - news) ) is in discussions about buying a stake in Tandem Money, a financial services app aiming to compete with a plethora of new digital lenders. If completed, it would be another milestone in Mr Diamond's post-Barclays career, and would come months after AMC agreed to acquire Panmure Gordon, the venerable City stockbroker, in conjunction with its existing Qatari shareholders.
At least five people were killed and 21 injured when two suicide bombers attacked a church in Pakistan during a service Sunday, just over a week before Christmas, police said.
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.
Injustice festers in the housing market like a boil about to burst. The first was a BBC London report on the sky-high service charges currently being heaped upon leasehold tenants in the capital. The second was a friend telling me he was left banging his head against a damp wall, because his letting agent tried to blame him for a condensation problem his home had developed – rather than getting the landlord in to fix it.