Deputy Speaker 'devastated' by daughter's death

The deputy speaker of the House of Commons has said he is “truly devastated” by the death of his daughter Natalie. Lindsay Hoyle, the MP for Chorley, Lancashire, posted a statement on Twitter in which he said his family would never be the same again...

30 years ago, The Pogues stole Christmas

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...

Eurosceptics attack Govt over Brexit transition plan

The Chancellor has indicated the Government will accept EU proposals for a Brexit transition period, despite concerns raised by some Conservative Eurosceptics. On Friday the EU published a document which set out the process of agreeing the terms of transition, which...

Surfer who broke back on 50ft wave plans comeback

By Rebecca Williams, West of England Correspondent. A British surfer who broke his back when a 50ft wave crashed on top of him is recovering at home in Devon and says he aims to be back on a board by February. Andrew Cotton, 36, is a professional surfer who travels...

Warning for ice – but will it last until Xmas?

Forecasters are warning of the potential for icy conditions on Saturday morning following freezing temperatures overnight. The Met Office has issued Yellow weather warnings for ice in Scotland and across the east and west of the UK until 11am. Greg Dewhurst, Met...