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UK employment total hits record high

Image copyright Getty Images The number of people in work in the UK has reached a record high of 32.54 million, latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show. Unemployment was flat, with a small increase of 8,000 between September and November for a total of 1.37 million. Average earnings excluding bonuses increased by […]

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UK announces Iraq explosive clearance funds

Image copyright UNMAS Image caption More than 40 explosives were found in this former playground in Mosul The UK is to give an extra £5m to help clear Islamic State (IS) explosives in Iraq, the government has announced. The Department for International Development (DfID) funding is in addition to the £24.9m the UK has contributed […]

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Fewer offenders should be locked up, says minister

Image copyright Getty Images There needs to be a “massive reduction” in the number of people sent to prison for 12 months or less, ministers say. Prisons minister Rory Stewart said short sentences made offenders more likely to commit crime. He also suggested prisoners released on licence could be used to fill labour shortages in […]

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Brexit: I don’t wish to be PM, says Jacob Rees-Mogg

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJacob Rees-Mogg: PM ‘crucial’ to delivering Brexit Leading Conservative Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has rejected press speculation he is planning to challenge Theresa May for the party leadership. “I wouldn’t challenge Theresa May. That’s a ridiculous idea. The prime minister has my full support,” he told the BBC’s […]