UK economy is ‘strong’ and heading for ‘radical change’

She is also expected to say that the UK-US trading relationship must act as a counter to protectionism and authoritarian regimes. “The UK-US economic partnership is the clearest possible example of why free trade and free markets are not just integral to our growth but to the freedoms we share,” she is expected to say. … Read more

Prince of Wales has no plans for formal investiture ceremony

The tradition of an investiture at Caernarfon Castle was revived in 1911 when George V gave the title to his son, Edward. Before then, such a ceremony had not taken place at the castle for several hundred years. The Prince and Princess have made clear that they will do things differently since first being given … Read more

Yvette Cooper vows to scrap the Tories’ Rwanda migrant plan

Wes Streeting, the shadow health secretary, has been given the critical job of teeing up Sir Keir Starmer’s big speech this afternoon.  Mr Streeting is on the morning media round for Labour and he has been arguing that the party is ready for power, claiming it will fix “broken” Britain.  Asked how Sir Keir intends to … Read more

King Charles unveils new personal royal cypher to adorn postboxes and passports

When Oliver Cromwell abolished the monarchy in 1649 and beheaded Charles I, historians feared the crown was lost forever.  Cromwell had ordered that the crown, weighing 7lb 6oz, be melted down, minted and sold as coins. Its 344 precious stones were sold separately while other parts of the crown were passed on intact. The centrepiece … Read more

Universities asked to explain ‘disadvantaged’ criteria for offers

Universities will be asked to explain how they judge whether someone is “disadvantaged” by the higher education regulator.  The Office for Students is preparing to launch a consultation next week on new requirements for university “access and participation” plans which ask universities to explain measures they use to give more offers to poorer pupils.  John … Read more

Botox could reduce depression and anxiety

Botox injections to stave off creases made by frowning and a furrowed brow may help alleviate some symptoms of depression, a study suggests. Botox is a common beauty treatment to alleviate wrinkles by paralysing facial muscles with the toxin from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. It is also used for non-superficial medical needs, such as to … Read more

Keir Starmer accused of lacking the ‘fight’ to reverse Tory tax plans

Sir Keir also faces a backlash from MPs on the Labour Left at this year’s party conference, which began on Sunday in Liverpool. Richard Burgon, who sat in Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet, said: “We must never take any voters for granted. When people are standing up to the policies of this government, we must stand … Read more

Immigration must fall even as Britain pushes for growth, Liz Truss told

Ms Truss’s immigration review will consider whether changes need to be made to the shortage occupations list, which will allow key sectors to recruit more overseas staff. It could also endorse a loosening of the requirement to speak English in some sectors to enable more foreign workers into the country. Downing Street sources said the … Read more

Tories to rebel against Liz Truss if pound falls below the dollar

“This Budget will live or die not on what the electorate think, not on what Opposition politicians think, not even what Conservative politicians think,” they said. “It is the global markets’ response to what looks like very risky behaviour from our Government.” They added: “The Bank of England is being backed into a corner. “If … Read more

Armed Forces to grow thanks to £52bn spending boost

Mr Wallace continued: “Without the change, we were heading to below 2 per cent. But on current forecast, that’s roughly a defence budget of £100 billion in 2029-30. We’re currently on £48 billion. So that’s the difference. In eight years, that’s a huge amount. “What we have to work through is how we get there. … Read more