Business

Pound and UK shares hit by Brexit turmoil

Image copyright AFP The pound and shares in housebuilders and banks have fallen sharply after Cabinet ministers Dominic Raab and Esther McVey quit over Prime Minister Theresa May’s draft Brexit deal. Royal Bank of Scotland sank 9%, with similar falls for Persimmon, Taylor Wimpey and Barratt Developments. Those declines dragged the FTSE 100 share index […]

Technology

Facebook accused of dark PR tactics

Image copyright Reuters/Getty Images Facebook faces a new controversy over alleged tactics it used to discredit its critics, embarrass rival firms and downplay problems at the company. The New York Times has published a wide-ranging account of the methods Facebook and a public relations firm used to “deny and deflect” criticism. The report has led […]

Education

Rick Astley sings with Nottingham schoolchildren

Pupils at a primary school have met 1980s singer Rick Astley – and even performed a track with the singer. Students at Nottingham’s Netherfield Primary School wrote to the star after picking his hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” as their anthem. Teacher James Payne had tweeted Astley since September, with the pupils writing letters. […]

Health

NHS bosses look to overhaul cancer screening

Image copyright Science Photo Library Cancer screening programmes are to be reviewed following high-profile mistakes that have put thousands of patients in England at risk. NHS England has asked former government cancer tsar Sir Mike Richards to look at what changes are needed. Three national schemes cover breast, cervical and bowel cancers. On Wednesday, it […]

UK News

UK retail sales hit by mild autumn

Image copyright Getty Images Retail sales fell by a worse-than-expected 0.5% in October, after a mild autumn hit sales of winter clothes. Sales at household goods stores fell 3% following a particularly strong August and September, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. For the three months to October, retail sales rose 0.4% – a […]

Entertainment

‘Accidental album’ up for major music prize

Image copyright Xtra Mile Recordings Image caption Most of the band members are still working day jobs while promoting their debut album “It’s quite ridiculous,” says Taylor Johnson. “Completely outrageous.” The singer is reflecting on his band’s nomination for album of the year in the Northern Ireland Music Prize, against the likes of Ash and […]

UK News

Brexit: Cabinet backs draft agreement

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May says she believes with her “head and her heart” that it is in the best interests of the UK The cabinet has backed a draft withdrawal agreement between the UK and the EU, Theresa May has said. The prime minister was speaking after what she […]