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SMEs may be worst affected by Brexit, research suggests

Small and medium-sized businesses may be worst affected when the UK leaves the EU, new research suggests. The study by academics at the University of St Andrews looked at the potential impact of Brexit on SMEs. Said to be the first study of its kind, it draws on information gleaned from a UK government attitude survey of about 10,000 firms. ...

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Disabilities caused in babies by epilepsy drug a 'scandal'

Media playback is unsupported on your device An MP has said the harm caused to children after their mothers were given the epilepsy drug sodium valproate is an “extraordinary scandal”. It is thought about 20,000 children in the UK have been left with disabilities caused by valproate since the 1970s. Norman Lamb To see the full content, share this page ...

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Bid to get more protection for shop and bar workers

An MSP is launching a consultation on his plan for a new law to protect shop and bar workers from violence. Daniel Johnson is seeking views on a member’s bill to create new offences around the assault and abuse of workers who sell age-restricted items such as alcohol and cigarettes. The Labour MSP said such violence and abuse is at ...

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Chancellor's plan to solve housing crisis will fail – MPs

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s plans to tackle the housing crisis will fail without further reforms, MPs say. Abolishing stamp duty on homes under £300,000 was the centre piece of Mr Hammond’s November budget. The government says it has already helped more than 16,000 people get on the property ladder. But the Treasury select committee said the move is likely to push ...

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Two men stabbed at The Mall in Luton

Two men have been stabbed at a shopping centre in Bedfordshire. Officers were called to The Mall in Luton at about 14:30 GMT along with crews from the East of England Ambulance Service. The two men were taken to hospital for treatment. Their condition is not currently known. Images on social media show a large knife on the ground outside ...

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Rashan Charles death: Met Police officer not facing charges

A police officer will not face prosecution over the death of Rashan Charles. The 20-year-old died on 22 July after being chased into a shop in Dalston, east London and apprehended by police. A common assault charge To see the full content, share this page by clicking one of the buttons below Tweet Click here to Read from the source

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Dolores O'Riordan: Hundreds queue in rain to pay respects

Hundreds of people have gathered to pay their respects to the late Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan in her home city of Limerick. Large crowds gathered for the event ahead of her funeral on Tuesday. Hundreds queued To see the full content, share this page by clicking one of the buttons below Tweet Click here to Read from the source

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Labour would take hospital cleaning into public hands – Chakrabarti

“Life and death” services such as hospital cleaning should be brought back into public hands, Labour’s Baroness Chakrabarti has said. She said ministers must have oversight of “vital utilities” and take responsibility when things go wrong. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has seized on the collapse of Carillion to call for an end to the “outsourcing racket”. Theresa May has vowed ...

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Brownhills stabbing: Victim named as Mylee Billingham

An eight-year-old girl who was stabbed to death has been named as Mylee Billingham. West Midlands Police said she died in hospital shortly after being found seriously injured in Valley View in Brownhills, near Walsall, at To see the full content, share this page by clicking one of the buttons below Tweet Click here to Read from the source

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UKIP leader Henry Bolton hit by ruling body 'no confidence' vote

UKIP’s ruling national executive committee (NEC) has unanimously backed a vote of no confidence in party leader Henry Bolton. Mr Bolton has faced repeated calls to quit over offensive texts sent by his former girlfriend. But he has said he will defy the committee and continue as leader, as a contest would finish the party. The committee does not have ...

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