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British economy finishes strongly

THE Bank of England’s chief economist has admitted a huge disconnect between the dire predictions of financial experts and the facts on the ground as the British economy finished 2016 strongly. Andy Haldane said that it was a ‘fair cop’ to criticise economists. He even compared their off kilter predictions…

Brexit: Theresa May denies that UK government approach is 'muddled'

THERESA MAY has denied that the UK government’s approach to the Brexit process is muddled and said that the country cannot expect to hold on to “bits” of its EU membership after leaving the bloc. The prime minister also suggested that the government is prioritising control of the UK’s borders…

Migrants “should learn English” to be part of British society

A cross-party group of MPs and peers says migrants coming to the UK must learn English or take language classes when they arrive.The claim comes from members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration.Speaking English, the group said, was a “prerequisite for meaningful engagement with most British people”.The…

Jail terms for stalkers to be doubled from five to ten years

The maximum jail terms for stalking and harassment are to be increased from five to ten years in the UK.The average sentence for those convicted of stalking in 2014 – 194 people - was 15 months.But justice minister Sam Gyimah said such crimes needed to be “properly punished” and that…

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Brexit: New British Ambassador to EU not a 'remoaner'

THERESA May has resisted calls to install a hard-nosed Brexiteer as the country's top EU diplomat, instead choosing the practical-minded Sir Tim Barrow, a former ambassador to Moscow, for the role. Barrow replaces Sir Ivan Rogers, who resigned on January 3 after being savaged by pro-leave campaigners for suggesting that…

New 12-sided £1 coin legal tender from 28 March

THE world’s “most secure coin”, the new 12-sided £1 coin, will be legal tender from 28 March, according to the UK government. The Royal Mint said its “innovative security features”, including one that is being kept secret, will make it harder to counterfeit. One pound coins currently in circulation will…

First manager of The Beatles, Allan Williams, dies aged 86

The first man to manage the Beatles, Liverpool club owner Allan Williams, has died aged 86. Although he worked with the group for only about a year, at the start of the sixties, they performed both in Hamburg, Germany and in the UK thanks to him. Williams had owned the…

Olympians and entertainers feature in New Year Honours list

Four-time Olympic gold medal winning athlete Mo Farah, world tennis number one Andy Murray and 89-year-old comic and entertainer Ken Dodd are all knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours list. Patricia Routledge who found fame on British TV screens as Hyacinth Bucket in Keeping Up Appearances, becomes a dame…

British residents in Spain recognised in New Year Honours List 2017

TWO British residents in Spain have been awarded honours by Her Majesty The Queen in the New Year Honours List 2017 as published today, December 30, in The Gazette, the UK’s official public record. Liz Parry, former Editor of SUR in English, an English-language newspaper in Southern Spain, and resident…

Children from Coventry used in anti-smoking campaign

WITH the introduction of standard cigarette packets without distinctive logos due in the UK in May next year, Public Health England (PHE) launched a new campaign on December 30. This campaign highlights the damaging effect smoking has on the heart, as it is revealed that 45 people a day die…

Shocking study reveals health crisis among middle-aged Brits

OXFORD University researchers have pinpointed a health crisis among middle-aged Brits, with four in five now being overweight or drinking too much. Working with Public Health England, the academics found that a staggering 83% of Brits aged 40-60 either tipped the scales too highly, drank beyond safe limits, or was…

Beloved Royle Family star Liz Smith dies on Boxing Day aged 95

ROYLE Family actress Liz Smith, who played 'Nana' in the beloved series has died at the age of 95. Her death was confirmed on Boxing Day by a spokeswoman for the family. Born Betty Gleadle in Scunthorpe in 1921, she made her acting breakthrough relatively late in 1971 just before…
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