Tata Steel’s UK pensions trustee warns deficit to surge

LONDON (Reuters) – Tata Steel UK’s pension scheme deficit is set to balloon to 1-2 billion pounds and Britain’s largest steelmaker believes it could face insolvency unless a way can be found to tackle it, the scheme’s trustee has told members.

LONDON (Reuters) – Tata Steel UK’s pension scheme deficit is set to balloon to 1-2 billion pounds and Britain’s largest steelmaker believes it could face insolvency unless a way can be found to tackle it, the scheme’s trustee has told members.


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Redefining a ‘special relationship’ – Trump and May to talk trade

LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Trade will dominate the first talks between the new leaders of the United States and Britain this week, with both hoping commitments to a future deal will redefine their ‘special relationship’ in a new world order.

LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Trade will dominate the first talks between the new leaders of the United States and Britain this week, with both hoping commitments to a future deal will redefine their ‘special relationship’ in a new world order.


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‘Opposites attract,’ PM May calls on Trump to renew special relationship

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Joking that “opposites attract,” Prime Minister Theresa May called on President Donald Trump on Thursday to renew the “special relationship” between Britain and the United States and lead in a new, changed world.

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Joking that “opposites attract,” Prime Minister Theresa May called on President Donald Trump on Thursday to renew the “special relationship” between Britain and the United States and lead in a new, changed world.


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Hull’s Snodgrass close to West Ham move, says Silva

(Reuters) – Hull City manager Marco Silva is expecting Robert Snodgrass to complete his transfer to West Ham United “in the next few hours” after the midfielder made it clear he wants to leave the club.

(Reuters) – Hull City manager Marco Silva is expecting Robert Snodgrass to complete his transfer to West Ham United “in the next few hours” after the midfielder made it clear he wants to leave the club.


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No evidence of fixing in Olympic bouts, says AIBA

LONDON (Reuters) – “Unprofessional relationships” within AIBA created an atmosphere of collusion between senior management and judges that undermined the boxing body at last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the governing body said in a statement on Friday.

LONDON (Reuters) – “Unprofessional relationships” within AIBA created an atmosphere of collusion between senior management and judges that undermined the boxing body at last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the governing body said in a statement on Friday.


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Joshua v Klitschko fight to equal British crowd record

LONDON (Reuters) – The largest British boxing crowd for nearly 80 years will watch Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight title fight against Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium in April after promoters struck a deal with London’s Mayor.

LONDON (Reuters) – The largest British boxing crowd for nearly 80 years will watch Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight title fight against Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium in April after promoters struck a deal with London’s Mayor.


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Somalia’s al Shabaab says kills dozens of Kenyan troops in raid on base

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – The Islamist group al Shabaab said its fighters killed dozens of Kenyan troops when they attacked a remote military base in Somalia on Friday, while Kenya’s army dismissed the report and said “scores” of militants were killed.

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – The Islamist group al Shabaab said its fighters killed dozens of Kenyan troops when they attacked a remote military base in Somalia on Friday, while Kenya’s army dismissed the report and said “scores” of militants were killed.


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French presidential candidate Fillon’s popularity dips – poll

PARIS (Reuters) – Some 61 percent of voters have a negative opinion of French presidential election candidate Francois Fillon, according to an opinion poll carried out after the publication of allegations that he paid his wife for a fake job.

PARIS (Reuters) – Some 61 percent of voters have a negative opinion of French presidential election candidate Francois Fillon, according to an opinion poll carried out after the publication of allegations that he paid his wife for a fake job.


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Trump’s hopes for Syria safe zones may force decision on Assad

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s push to create safe zones in Syria could force him to make some risky decisions about how far to go to protect refugees, including shooting down Syrian or Russian aircraft or committing thousands of U.S. troops, experts said.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s push to create safe zones in Syria could force him to make some risky decisions about how far to go to protect refugees, including shooting down Syrian or Russian aircraft or committing thousands of U.S. troops, experts said.


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NATO, Russia and trade top the agenda for Trump talks with May

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May, who share an unusual bond as the products of anti-establishment uprisings, will sit down on Friday for what could be a difficult search for unity on NATO, Russia and trade.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May, who share an unusual bond as the products of anti-establishment uprisings, will sit down on Friday for what could be a difficult search for unity on NATO, Russia and trade.


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Article 50: Labour MPs consider rebellion over Corbyn’s three-line whip

Several frontbenchers argued for a free vote before party leader said he expects all his MPs to vote for triggering Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn will impose a three-line whip on MPs to vote in favour of triggering article 50 when the bill comes before parliament next week, with several frontbenchers understood to be considering a rebellion.

Several shadow cabinet ministers, including the shadow business secretary, Clive Lewis, argued for a free vote, given the difference of opinion in the party about beginning the Brexit process, during a tense shadow cabinet meeting. Tulip Siddiq, the shadow minister for early years, later resigned from the frontbench after saying she would cast her vote in line with her strongly remain-leaning Hampstead and Kilburn constituency in north London.

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Several frontbenchers argued for a free vote before party leader said he expects all his MPs to vote for triggering Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn will impose a three-line whip on MPs to vote in favour of triggering article 50 when the bill comes before parliament next week, with several frontbenchers understood to be considering a rebellion.

Several shadow cabinet ministers, including the shadow business secretary, Clive Lewis, argued for a free vote, given the difference of opinion in the party about beginning the Brexit process, during a tense shadow cabinet meeting. Tulip Siddiq, the shadow minister for early years, later resigned from the frontbench after saying she would cast her vote in line with her strongly remain-leaning Hampstead and Kilburn constituency in north London.

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‘Sometimes opposites attract’ – May explains how she can work with Trump – as it happened

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As my colleague in Philadelphia Heather Stewart points out, May also focuses on the foreign policy failures of past US and UK governments in her speech in Philadelphia this evening.

The countries must never again intervene in other sovereign countries’ affairs to “remake the world in our own image”, she told senior Republican policymakers.

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As my colleague in Philadelphia Heather Stewart points out, May also focuses on the foreign policy failures of past US and UK governments in her speech in Philadelphia this evening.

The countries must never again intervene in other sovereign countries’ affairs to “remake the world in our own image”, she told senior Republican policymakers.

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Brexit means ‘nnnnng, urggggh, bleugggh’ for a frustrated David Davis

After addressing the Commons, the Brexit secretary’s voice and patience were waning as he appeared before select committee

“Nnnnng. Urggggh. Bleugggh.” Roughly translated, this was David Davis’s way of saying he had lost his voice after being forced to spend two hours giving a statement to the House of Commons two days ago, following the government’s defeat in the supreme court, and was somewhat peeved to discover he was now required to answer Brexit departmental questions.

Hilary Benn, the chairman of the Brexit select committee, was the first to test the Brexit secretary’s voice and patience by asking who would arbitrate in future trade disputes once we had withdrawn from the European court of justice. “Nnnnng. Urggggh. Bleugggh,” said Davis. This appeared to mean that in the post-Brexit world order, everything would be sweetness and light, and if, in the unlikely event that there should be any minor disagreements, they could be patched up with the help of a relationship mediation counsellor. Dream on.

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After addressing the Commons, the Brexit secretary’s voice and patience were waning as he appeared before select committee

“Nnnnng. Urggggh. Bleugggh.” Roughly translated, this was David Davis’s way of saying he had lost his voice after being forced to spend two hours giving a statement to the House of Commons two days ago, following the government’s defeat in the supreme court, and was somewhat peeved to discover he was now required to answer Brexit departmental questions.

Hilary Benn, the chairman of the Brexit select committee, was the first to test the Brexit secretary’s voice and patience by asking who would arbitrate in future trade disputes once we had withdrawn from the European court of justice. “Nnnnng. Urggggh. Bleugggh,” said Davis. This appeared to mean that in the post-Brexit world order, everything would be sweetness and light, and if, in the unlikely event that there should be any minor disagreements, they could be patched up with the help of a relationship mediation counsellor. Dream on.

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Labour NEC asked to inquire into Newham mayoral ‘trigger ballot’

Nearly 50 party members in the east London borough want their national governing body to inquire into their claims that the process for reselecting Sir Robin Wales was flawed

Labour Party members in Newham have sent a 13-page letter to Labour’s national executive committee (NEC) asking it to establish a “full inquiry” into the “affirmative nomination” process that saw the borough’s directly-elected mayor Sir Robin Wales declared the narrow winner of a “trigger ballot” to decide whether he should automatically go forward as their party’s mayoral candidate next year. It claims that “many failures of process/propriety and procedural irregularities” took place on the way to the outcome and urges the party’s governing body to halt the confirmation of Sir Robin until such an inquiry is complete.

Signed by 47 members of the east London borough’s two constituency Labour parties (CLPs), including ten Newham councillors, the letter sets out at length its case that “a number of [individual] ballots should be declared void or held in abeyance” and that the conduct of the process, which ran from 25 October to 4 December 2016, “made a material difference to the result”, tipping it in favour of Sir Robin by 20 votes to 17.

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Nearly 50 party members in the east London borough want their national governing body to inquire into their claims that the process for reselecting Sir Robin Wales was flawed

Labour Party members in Newham have sent a 13-page letter to Labour’s national executive committee (NEC) asking it to establish a “full inquiry” into the “affirmative nomination” process that saw the borough’s directly-elected mayor Sir Robin Wales declared the narrow winner of a “trigger ballot” to decide whether he should automatically go forward as their party’s mayoral candidate next year. It claims that “many failures of process/propriety and procedural irregularities” took place on the way to the outcome and urges the party’s governing body to halt the confirmation of Sir Robin until such an inquiry is complete.

Signed by 47 members of the east London borough’s two constituency Labour parties (CLPs), including ten Newham councillors, the letter sets out at length its case that “a number of [individual] ballots should be declared void or held in abeyance” and that the conduct of the process, which ran from 25 October to 4 December 2016, “made a material difference to the result”, tipping it in favour of Sir Robin by 20 votes to 17.

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Brexit ‘turf wars’ between ministries hindering progress, says report

Staff cuts and squabbles between departments are wasting time and energy as government attempts to implement Brexit plan, IfG says

Theresa May’s government is facing inter-departmental squabbles, concerns over staffing levels and “big challenges” drawing up legislation as it attempts to implement a Brexit strategy, analysis by Whitehall’s leading thinktank has found.

“Turf wars” between key departments led by Boris Johnson, David Davis and Liam Fox have been a distraction, wasting time and energy, the Institute for Government (IfG) report said.

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Staff cuts and squabbles between departments are wasting time and energy as government attempts to implement Brexit plan, IfG says

Theresa May’s government is facing inter-departmental squabbles, concerns over staffing levels and “big challenges” drawing up legislation as it attempts to implement a Brexit strategy, analysis by Whitehall’s leading thinktank has found.

“Turf wars” between key departments led by Boris Johnson, David Davis and Liam Fox have been a distraction, wasting time and energy, the Institute for Government (IfG) report said.

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Car firms tell May post-Brexit tariffs are ‘red line’ issue that threatens jobs

Britain must keep some benefits of single market and customs union after Brexit, says chief executive of trade body SMMT

The car industry has told Theresa May that the introduction of tariffs after Britain leaves the EU is a “red line” issue that would lead to a fall in sales and potentially result in job losses.

In a severe warning about the consequences of a hard Brexit, Mike Hawes, the chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said tariffs would make UK car plants uncompetitive and it was critical that any trade deal with the EU contained some of the benefits of the single market and customs union.

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Britain must keep some benefits of single market and customs union after Brexit, says chief executive of trade body SMMT

The car industry has told Theresa May that the introduction of tariffs after Britain leaves the EU is a “red line” issue that would lead to a fall in sales and potentially result in job losses.

In a severe warning about the consequences of a hard Brexit, Mike Hawes, the chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said tariffs would make UK car plants uncompetitive and it was critical that any trade deal with the EU contained some of the benefits of the single market and customs union.

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Labour MPs back Tory’s call for mixed-gender civil partnerships

Twenty-five Labour MPs sign letter offering support for campaign to open up civil partnerships to heterosexual couples

Labour MPs have given their backing to a Conservative MP’s campaign to open up civil partnerships to heterosexual couples.

In a letter to the education secretary, Justine Greening, who is also the minister for women and equalities, 25 Labour MPs including the shadow women’s minister, Sarah Champion, and the former shadow cabinet ministers Angela Eagle, Chris Bryant and Liz Kendall say it is an issue of fairness that mixed-sex couples are allowed the legal certainty of a civil partnership without having to get married.

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Twenty-five Labour MPs sign letter offering support for campaign to open up civil partnerships to heterosexual couples

Labour MPs have given their backing to a Conservative MP’s campaign to open up civil partnerships to heterosexual couples.

In a letter to the education secretary, Justine Greening, who is also the minister for women and equalities, 25 Labour MPs including the shadow women’s minister, Sarah Champion, and the former shadow cabinet ministers Angela Eagle, Chris Bryant and Liz Kendall say it is an issue of fairness that mixed-sex couples are allowed the legal certainty of a civil partnership without having to get married.

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Boris Johnson signals shift in UK policy on Syria’s Assad

Foreign secretary says UK accepts Syrian leader should be allowed to run for re-election in event of peace deal

The UK accepts that Bashar al-Assad should be allowed to run for re-election in the event of a peace settlement in Syria, Boris Johnson has said, in a dramatic reversal of the British policy stretching back to the early days of the civil war that the president must go.

Speaking on the eve of Theresa May’s meeting with Donald Trump in Washington, the UK’s foreign secretary acknowledged that the inauguration of the new US president meant all sides needed to rethink their approach to Syria.

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Foreign secretary says UK accepts Syrian leader should be allowed to run for re-election in event of peace deal

The UK accepts that Bashar al-Assad should be allowed to run for re-election in the event of a peace settlement in Syria, Boris Johnson has said, in a dramatic reversal of the British policy stretching back to the early days of the civil war that the president must go.

Speaking on the eve of Theresa May’s meeting with Donald Trump in Washington, the UK’s foreign secretary acknowledged that the inauguration of the new US president meant all sides needed to rethink their approach to Syria.

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UK’s super rich appear to get special deal from HMRC, says watchdog

Commons public accounts committee says failure to crack down on wealthy tax dodgers undermines confidence in system

Britain’s wealthiest people appear to get preferential treatment from HM Revenue & Customs and are not being properly pursued for outstanding tax bills, parliament’s spending watchdog has concluded.

HMRC’s failure to clamp down on rich tax dodgers is undermining confidence in the whole system, the public accounts committee said.

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Commons public accounts committee says failure to crack down on wealthy tax dodgers undermines confidence in system

Britain’s wealthiest people appear to get preferential treatment from HM Revenue & Customs and are not being properly pursued for outstanding tax bills, parliament’s spending watchdog has concluded.

HMRC’s failure to clamp down on rich tax dodgers is undermining confidence in the whole system, the public accounts committee said.

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White House drops its ‘h’ in misspelling of Theresa May’s name

Staff rush to correct multiple spelling mistakes as the prime minister prepares for her meeting with president Donald Trump

Theresa May’s hopes of rebooting Britain’s special relationship with the US has suffered a slight glitch after the White House misspelled her name multiple times in the schedule for her meeting with Donald Trump on Friday.

Staff in the new administration missed the “h” out of the prime minister’s name when they laid out the running order for her meeting with the new president in Washington.

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Staff rush to correct multiple spelling mistakes as the prime minister prepares for her meeting with president Donald Trump

Theresa May’s hopes of rebooting Britain’s special relationship with the US has suffered a slight glitch after the White House misspelled her name multiple times in the schedule for her meeting with Donald Trump on Friday.

Staff in the new administration missed the “h” out of the prime minister’s name when they laid out the running order for her meeting with the new president in Washington.

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Theresa May must challenge Trump’s ‘contempt’ for climate change, say MPs

MPs from across the political spectrum say the UK prime minister must urge the US president to remain in the global Paris agreement

Prime minister Theresa May must challenge President Donald Trump’s “contempt” for environmental protection and urge him to remain in the global agreement to fight climate change, according to MPs from across the UK’s political parties.

May will meet Trump on Friday in Washington DC and has been warned by MPs that the US president’s approach to global warming could determine whether or not people around the world suffer the worst impacts of climate change, such as severe floods, storms and heatwaves.

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MPs from across the political spectrum say the UK prime minister must urge the US president to remain in the global Paris agreement

Prime minister Theresa May must challenge President Donald Trump’s “contempt” for environmental protection and urge him to remain in the global agreement to fight climate change, according to MPs from across the UK’s political parties.

May will meet Trump on Friday in Washington DC and has been warned by MPs that the US president’s approach to global warming could determine whether or not people around the world suffer the worst impacts of climate change, such as severe floods, storms and heatwaves.

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