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British Gas to end variable tariffs by April

British Gas says it will no longer roll customers onto standard variable tariffs (SVTs) from next April – signalling the end of the controversial energy bills. The country’s largest household energy supplier said it was taking a number of “big...

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MPs seek to end gig economy worker 'exploitation'

The Government is being told it could bolster workers’ rights and take in more tax by supporting proposed new rules governing the so-called gig economy. A draft Bill by the Parliamentary Work and Pensions and Business Committees aims to tackle what MPs say are...

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PM reveals £1.7bn transport boost ahead of Budget

Theresa May is visiting the West Midlands to promote a £1.7bn investment as part of the Government’s industrial strategy, as the countdown to the Budget begins. Chancellor Philip Hammond and Business Secretary Greg Clark will join her to talk about plans to...

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Women urged to sleep on side to prevent stillbirth

The parents of a stillborn baby have released a picture of their son to help highlight new research that shows pregnant women can halve the risk of stillbirth simply by going to sleep in the correct position. Hayley and Adam Powsney, from Bury, Greater Manchester,...

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Budget disasters: When Chancellors get it wrong

By Alan McGuinness, Political Reporter Budgets are a chance for the chancellor of the day to lay out the state of the nation’s finances and to assure the British public that the coffers are in safe hands. Or at least that’s the plan. Some have proved...

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Should we take from the old to give to young?

Young people today are getting a raw deal compared with their parents’ generation, according to the experts. Millennials earn less than previous generations did at the same age, have been saddled with huge student debts, and spend vastly more on renting lower...

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Three Britons and Vietnamese man die in air crash

A mid-air collision between a small plane and a helicopter killed three Britons and one Vietnamese national, police have said. Officers said the four victims were all men, and have since confirmed three were British, and one was Vietnamese. All four bodies have been...

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Gaia's twin 'heartbroken' over loss of sister

The twin sister of Gaia Pope has said she is “heartbroken” at the loss of her “beautiful twin” after police said they were “confident” they had found the missing teenager’s body. Maya Pope-Sutherland wrote on Facebook:...

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Budget 2017: What do we know so far?

Philip Hammond will unveil his Budget on Wednesday and, as usual, there have been briefings, rumours and ministerial wrangling ahead of the Chancellor’s set-piece occasion. So, what plans are expected to be within Mr Hammond’s Red Box later this week?...

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Entertainment

Clooney returning to TV – two decades after ER

George Clooney is returning to television, nearly two decades since his last appearance on the hit medical drama ER. The Hollywood star will direct and star in a TV adaptation of Joseph Heller’s 1961 novel Catch-22, about the absurdity of war. The announcement...

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Trump gets Spitting Image treatment for reboot

Donald Trump is to get the Spitting Image treatment in a potential reboot of the show in the US. Co-creator Roger Law says he is in talks with production company Avalon to take the show stateside, and a puppet of the President has already been made. The American...

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Royal troopers: Princes' Star Wars cameos confirmed

Prince William and Prince Harry are to make royal cameos as stormtroopers in the next Star Wars film, actor John Boyega has confirmed. Rumours that the pair might be making a surprise appearance in Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi have been circulating since the...

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Stallone denies claims he sexually abused fan

Sylvester Stallone has vehemently denied allegations he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl in Las Vegas in 1986. According to a police report revealed by several publications, the teenager claimed Stallone, who was 40 at the time, coerced her into sexual activity...

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Spacey's star power kept alleged victims silent

Why were so many afraid to speak out over the alleged sexual misconduct of Kevin Spacey during his tenure at the Old Vic? According to the conclusion of the theatre’s independent investigation into its former artistic director, it was his “star...

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On Tour! Peter Kay returns after eight years

Bolton comic Peter Kay returns to live stand-up comedy from next April for the first time since 2010. The Bafta award-winning writer and actor’s return is called ‘Have Gags, Will Travel’. He has released a 30-second teaser video that shows him...

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Fantastic Beasts: Photo of Jude Law as Dumbledore

Get your wands out! The sequel to Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them has got a new title and full cast photo. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald will focus on the friendship and rivalry between young Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald. Played by...

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Stone Temple Pilots return with new frontman

Stone Temple Pilots have revealed who will act as the band’s frontman after the deaths of Scott Weiland and Chester Bennington. Jeff Gutt has been chosen in an audition of 15,000 applicants to replace Linkin Park’s Bennington, who took over from their...

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Theatre claims 20 allegations made against Spacey

The Old Vic has apologised after an investigation into its former director Kevin Spacey found 20 allegations against him. One of London’s biggest theatres released a statement on Thursday where it shows its “commitment to a new way forward” after...

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Why Deadpool return breaks the superhero rut

Thank the gods for Deadpool, a foul breeze of fresh air in a stale climate of boring and formulaic superheroes. It might have been just an awkward coincidence, but 20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for Deadpool 2 on the same day as executives at Warner...

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Sport

Griezmann double sends France to the final

Griezmann scored a penalty at the end of the first half after a handball by Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger. The striker then poked the ball home for the host nation in the 72nd minute following a blunder by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to set up a meeting with...

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Valdes makes Boro move

The former Barcelona keeper, who joined Belgium club Standard Liege on loan in January, moved to United in January 2015 when he was out of contract, as possible cover for compatriot David De Gea, but could make only two appearances. “You can’t imagine how...

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Newcastle battle back to earn draw

The Magpies moved to within a point of safety having played a game more than fourth-bottom Norwich. Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana but Liverpool in control. But Papiss Cisse and Jack Colback rescued a point for Rafael Benitez’s side. Elsewhere, Manchester...

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Premier League revenues at record levels

It follows figures released by Deloitte. Of the 20 top-flight clubs, 17 posted operating profits in the 2014/15 season. However, the cost of player wages also went up 6%. Premier League clubs’ pre-tax profits are £120m, down from £190m in 2013/14. Dan Jones, Partner...

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Hamilton handed China grid penalty

The world champion’s Mercedes has had a gearbox change. Hamilton already trails Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by 17 points after two races. Mercedes say the gearbox was damaged in Bahrain. F1 rules say drivers must use a single gearbox for six consecutive...

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Sharapova ITF hearing to proceed

Wada said earlier this week athletes who test positive for meldonium before March 1st could avoid bans. Sharapova tested positive for the drug at this year’s Australian Open, after it was added to Wada’s banned substances list from January 1st. The...

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West Ham to pay £2.5million per year in rent

They will have to pay £2.5 million per year in rent. But if they are relegated from the Premier League that amount will be halved. The club have issued the following statement: “This publication does not affect West Ham United or our move to the former Olympic Stadium...

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Man United reach Wembley in FA Cup

Louis van Gaal’s side won n the final ever Cup tie at Upton Park before the Hammers move to the Olympic Stadium. Marcus Rashford and Marouane Felaini scored United’s goals. James Tomkins pulled one back late on. They’ll now play Everton a week on...

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Holders Barca out but Bayern progress

Barca lost 2-0 to Atletico Madrid, and 3-2 on aggregate, in their quarter final second leg. No team has ever defended the trophy since the competition became known as the Champions League. Bayern Munich joined Atletico, Real Madrid and Manchester City in...

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