Labour retains Chester seat in blow to Sunak in first electoral test

Party officials observe the count during the count at Northgate Arena Leisure Centre for the City of Chester by-election (Danny Lawson/PA) (PA Wire) Labour has won the City of Chester by-election, retaining the seat and delivering a defeat to ...

Elton John marks World Aids Day with charity message ‘no one left behind’

Elton John marks World Aids Day with post emphasising his foundation’s message (Suzan Moore/PA) (PA Wire) Sir Elton John has marked World Aids Day by emphasising his charity foundation’s message that “no one gets left behind”. The British musician ...

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What the papers say (PA) (PA Archive) The national mastheads focus on royal crisis as the working week concludes. The Daily Express, Metro and The Sun all report on the trailer being released for the Duke and Duchess of ...

Pele says his latest hospital visit is a routine one

Pele, pictured during 2016, continues to be treated for colon cancer (Nigel French/PA) (PA Archive) Pele’s has reassured fans his visit to hospital in Brazil is only routine following fears over his health. The 82-year-old continues to be treated ...

Lindsey Buckingham joins estranged bandmates in praising late Christine McVie

Lindsey Buckingham joins estranged bandmates in praising late Christine McVie (Fiona Hanson/PA) (PA Wire) Lindsay Buckingham says the death of Christine McVie was “profoundly heart-breaking” as he paid tribute to his late bandmate. The Fleetwood Mac star joined his ...

Rishi Sunak faces first by-election test as polls close in Chester

Polls have closed in Chester after people in the constituency cast votes for a new MP in Rishi Sunak’s first test at the ballot box (Danny Lawson/PA) (PA Wire) Polls have closed in Chester after people in the constituency ...

William and Kate shiver in cold weather at threatened Boston waterfront

William and Kate shiver in cold weather at threatened Boston waterfront (Chris Jackson/PA) (PA Wire) The Prince of Wales joked he was “better in cold weather” when a visit to Boston’s windswept waterfront left the future King and his ...

Around half of consumers plan to cut back on festive spending, figures show

File photo dated 25/12/19 of wrapped Christmas presents under a Christmas tree. (PA Wire) Almost half of consumers say they plan to cut back on festive spending this year as an estimated 2.2 million households defaulted on a vital ...

MPs want ex-ministers to face legal action if they break ‘revolving door’ rules

Parliament Street and Whitehall street sign in central London (Victoria Jones/PA) (PA Archive) Politicians should face legal action if they fall foul of the rules by abusing the “revolving door” between Government and private sector jobs, MPs said. The ...

Google opens its first accessibility research and development centre in the UK

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Children often present when victims strangled, research suggests

Children were present when victims including their own mothers were strangled in more than a third of cases, analysis by prosecutors suggests (Dominic Lipinski/PA) (PA Archive) Children were present when victims including their own mothers were strangled in more ...

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The average premium paid by customers for private motor insurance in the third quarter of this year was 2% higher than a year earlier, as vehicle repair costs increased, according to the Association of British Insurers (Rui Vieira/PA) (PA ...

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Shopper footfall in November slumped 15% compared to pre-pandemic levels (PA) (PA Archive) Shopper numbers in Scotland have slumped by 15% compared to pre-pandemic levels, new figures show. The data for November also shows the number of people visiting ...

King’s donation to help supply hundreds of food banks with fridges and freezers

Funds donated by the King will help hundreds of food banks and community groups across the UK (Andy Buchanan/PA) (PA Wire) Funds donated by the King will help hundreds of food banks and community groups across the UK to ...

Government to sign £360m devolution deal with Cornwall

(Alamy/PA) Cornwall is to benefit from a £360 million devolution deal under new Government plans. The proposed deal, which will require local consent and parliamentary approval, would give the county a locally elected mayor and a greater say over ...

Myleene Klass launches festive jumper range for Save the Children with daughters

Myleene Klass and her daughters have launched a range of sustainable festive jumpers to celebrate Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day (Save The Children/PA) Myleene Klass and her daughters have launched a range of sustainable festive jumpers to celebrate ...

Children unable to afford lunch in more than half of state schools, survey says

The charity criticised the Government for ignoring pleas to widen eligibility for free school meals in its November budget (Alamy/PA) (PA Wire) The number of children unable to afford lunch has risen in more than half of England’s state ...

Shopper footfall stumbles in November amid cost-of-living fears

Shopper footfall stumbled again in November as the soaring cost-of-living crisis put consumers off Christmas spending (PA) (PA Wire) Shopper footfall stumbled again in November as the soaring cost-of-living crisis put consumers off Christmas spending. Total UK footfall was ...

Callum Scott Howells: JK Rowling ‘stoking the fire’ as ‘trans rights attacked’

Callum Scott Howells (Lewis Vorn/PA) Callum Scott Howells has said Harry Potter author JK Rowling “isn’t helping” with “trans rights being attacked”. The Welsh actor, who won multiple awards for his role as Colin Morris-Jones in Russell T Davies’s ...

Hansi Flick insists Germany have themselves to blame for early World Cup exit

Hansi Flick accepted Germany’s shortcomings (Matthias Schrader/AP) (AP) Hansi Flick said Germany only had themselves to blame after they crashed out in the group stages of the World Cup. The four-time world champions were already facing a scramble to ...

Prisoner release was considered at start of Covid pandemic – Hancock

Matt Hancock (Beresford Hodge/PA) (PA Wire) A plan to release “thousands” of prisoners was considered during the Covid-19 lockdown, according to Matt Hancock’s diaries. The details, first reported by the Daily Mail which is serialising the former health secretary’s ...

‘Me and Chesney are pals now’ – Declan Rice wants regular England gig for Hawkes

Declan Rice said he and Chesney Hawkes are now ‘pals’ (Nick Potts/Adam Davy/PA) Declan Rice wants to see Chesney Hawkes sing at half-time in all of England’s matches at the World Cup and is hoping to land the artist ...

Polls close in Chester as Sunak faces first by-election test

Polls have closed in the City of Chester by-election (Rui Vieira/PA) (PA Archive) Polls have closed in Chester after people in the constituency cast votes for a new MP in Rishi Sunak’s first test at the ballot box. The ...

Today at the World Cup: Japan stun Spain to go through as Germany head home

Germany failed to make it out of the World Cup group stage once again as Japan booked their place in the last 16 on another night of high drama in Qatar. Hansi Flick’s men beat Costa Rica 4-2, but ...

Germany knocked out of World Cup despite victory over Costa Rica

Kai Havertz scores for Germany against Costa Rica (Adam Davy/PA) (PA Wire) Germany crashed out of the group stage of the World Cup for the second time in succession despite a 4-2 victory against Costa Rica. Following a shock ...

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Walid Regragui feels there is more to come from Morocco at the World Cup (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Wire) Morocco head coach Walid Regragui promised more is to come from his side, who advanced to the round of 16 at ...

Roberto Martinez stands down as Belgium boss following World Cup exit

Belgium’s goalless draw with Croatia was head coach Roberto Martinez’s last game in the role (Nick Potts/PA) (PA Wire) Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez fought back the tears as he confirmed his side’s 0-0 draw with Croatia was his ...

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A police officer speaks to protesters at an Insulate Britain roadblock (PA) (PA Archive) Rishi Sunak pledged that police will have whatever powers required to crack down on disruptive protests, following a meeting with police chiefs in Downing Street. ...

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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak attended the meeting with police chiefs in Downing Street (James Manning/PA) (PA Wire) Rishi Sunak has said it is “completely unacceptable” that ordinary people were having their lives disrupted by environmental protests after the Home ...

‘Go to Antarctica’: Tyson Fury targets world tour after beating Derek Chisora

Tyson Fury has lofty plans to follow in the footsteps of Muhammad Ali by putting on a world tour in 2023 after dealing with Derek Chisora. The world heavyweight champion will be the main event in London this weekend ...

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WCup Brazil Soccer Veteran defender Dani Alves will become Brazil’s oldest World Cup captain in their final group game against Cameroon on Friday. The 39-year-old former Barcelona full-back was controversially included in head coach Tite’s squad for Qatar 2022 ...

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An NHS advert to encourage flu vaccination (Alamy/PA) Flu levels are continuing to rise in England, amid warnings that vaccine take-up among young children and pregnant women remain below that in previous years. Infection rates are estimated to be ...

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Sugar reduction in the food industry was as much as 82% below the Government’s voluntary target in 2020, latest figures show (Alamy/PA) Sugar reduction in the food industry was as much as 82% below the Government’s voluntary target in ...

Declan Rice: England hope to deliver ‘best Christmas present’ with World Cup win

England’s Declan Rice addressed a press conference (Martin Rickett/PA) (PA Wire) Declan Rice has said he hopes England can deliver the “best Christmas present” to fans back home by winning the World Cup. Millions of supporters are gearing up ...

Morocco edge out Canada to qualify for World Cup last 16 as Group F winners

Morocco’s Azzedine Ounahi (left) and Selim Amallah celebrate reaching the World Cup last 16 after beating Canada (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Wire) Morocco advanced to the last 16 of the World Cup after closing out a 2-1 win over Canada at ...

Hole-in-one helps Tom McKibbin make strong start in South Africa

Tom McKibbin made a hole-in-one in his opening 67 in the SA Open (Peter Morrison/PA) (PA Archive) A spectacular hole-in-one helped Northern Ireland’s Tom McKibbin make a superb start to the Investec South African Open Championship. The 19-year-old, who ...

England’s largest housing association accused by Gove of failing tenants

Michael Gove said Clarion Housing Group had ‘failed its tenants and refused to treat people with respect’ (Tim Goode/PA) (PA Archive) A housing association which has received a string of severe maladministration notices has been accused by the Housing ...

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