• Brexit, weak growth and an ageing population risk sinking the NHS
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    Brexit, weak growth and an ageing population risk sinking the NHS

    In a couple of weeks, Philip Hammond will deliver his second Budget and the first since the snap general election. Stevens outlined stark consequences for patients, with clear political consequences: without substantial extra funding next year, we would turn back years of progress that have seen waiting times for surgery fall from 18 months to 18 weeks.  By 2020, the waiting list could reach five million people.

  • Trump unveils budget plans including boost to military - paid for by huge cuts for the poor and the arts
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    Ellen Manning

    Trump unveils budget plans including boost to military - paid for by huge cuts for the poor and the arts

    The Trump administration has unveiled a budget that sees a huge boost on military spending while programmes to help the poor are subject to swathing cuts. President Trump’s first budget proposal, named ‘America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again’, plans to increase defence spending by $54 billion.

  • ‘Car crash’ Corbyn misses chance to skewer Tories over National Insurance U-turn
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    Andy Wells

    ‘Car crash’ Corbyn misses chance to skewer Tories over National Insurance U-turn

    Jeremy Corbyn has been attacked by his own MPS over his failure to stick the knife into Theresa May over the Government’s dramatic U-turn on National Insurance contributions. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the reversal of the planned Budget tax hike just a week after it was announced, around 15 minutes before Prime Minister’s Questions was due to start. Eyes were fixed on the Labour leader to make it awkward for the Government front bench but critics said he “badly missed” his chance during what was seen as a lacklustre performance.

  • Turning the airwaves blue: BBC presenter's gaffe over "spreadsh*t Phil"
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    Charles Walford

    Turning the airwaves blue: BBC presenter's gaffe over "spreadsh*t Phil"

    Phillip Hammond was dubbed “spreadshit Phil” on live radio yesterday. The mistake was made by Nick Robinson, the BBC presenter, on the Today programme as they analysed the Budget. Last night Robinson went on Twitter to suggest, perhaps in jest, that he had been misheard all along, tweetin: “I’m very very worried about your hearing.

  • President Trump to boost defense spending by $54 billion, slash other agencies' budgets
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    President Trump to boost defense spending by $54 billion, slash other agencies' budgets

    President Trump will propose a 10 percent increase in the budget for the Defense Department, a spending increase that will be offset by large spending cuts for other federal agencies.

  • City centre Christmas tree branded an 'absolute joke' and a 'disgrace'
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    Ellen Manning

    City centre Christmas tree branded an 'absolute joke' and a 'disgrace'

    A council’s 50ft Christmas tree has been branded a “disgrace” and an embarrassment for the city after it was apparently left looking like it had been ‘attacked with silly string’. The festive centrepiece in Leicester has become an ongoing saga after officials at the city council were forced to abandon efforts to decorate it two weeks ago because the tinsel was too heavy, leaving just the top section decorated. Around 20,000 people attended the city’s festive lights switch on, but many took to social media to criticise the appearance of the tree and its lights.