Archbishop of Canterbury urges Christmas ‘ceasefire’ in Brexit dispute

The Archbishop of Canterbury has called for a Christmas truce in the increasingly bitter Brexit row.

Lawyers said the test case result could form the basis of settlement of more than 600 unresolved claims (PA)

Four Iraqis win High Court damages over treatment by UK troops

Four Iraqi citizens have won High Court damages against the Ministry of Defence arising out of their ill-treatment and unlawful detention during the Iraq War.

Stephen Hammond was sacked as Conservative vice-chairman after backing the rebel amendment  (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Tory revolt was avoidable, says rebel Stephen Hammond

One of the Tory rebels who inflicted an embarrassing defeat on Theresa May over the Government’s Brexit legislation has said the backbench revolt was avoidable.

Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley (PA)

Profits plunge at Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct

Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct has seen half year profits dented as the retailer flagged that sales in the UK fell following store closures, reduced online promotions and as a result of the Brexit hit pound.

Forensic officers at the scene of the house fire on Jackson Street in Worsley (Peter Byrne/PA)

Third person charged with murder over death of four children in house fire

A third person has been charged with murder after a house fire left four children dead.

Ocado said a shortage of drivers had impacted sales growth in its fourth quarter.

Driver shortages knock sales growth at online grocer Ocado

Online grocer Ocado has revealed a hit to sales growth after a shortage of drivers knocked trading.

Meghan Markle will join the royals on Christmas day (Harry Starbuck/PA)

Meghan Markle to join royal family at Sandringham for Christmas

Meghan Markle will join the Queen and other senior members of the royal family for Christmas at Sandringham, Kensington Palace has confirmed.

Clarrie Mendy's cousin Mary Mendy and her daughter Khadija died in the  Grenfell Tower fire (Victoria Jones/PA)

Grenfell memorial service to provide bereaved with ‘words of healing and truth’

A memorial service to honour those who died in the Grenfell Tower fire will be an opportunity for “words of healing and truth”, a bereaved relative has said.

Three inmates at HMP Pentonville were found not guilty of murder (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Prison officer facing inquiry after Pentonville murder trial witness ‘exposed’

A prison officer is under investigation after the alleged killer in the Pentonville murder trial saw the anonymous star witness “through a crack in the door”, plunging the case into crisis, it can now be reported.

Theresa May will hope it does not damage the confidence of EU leaders in her authority to conduct Brexit negotiations (PA)

PM heads to summit with authority diminished after Commons Brexit vote defeat

Theresa May will travel to a critical European Union summit with her authority diminished after Tory rebels inflicted a humiliating House of Commons defeat on the Government in a major Brexit vote.

Stephen Hammond said the rebels had been prepared to work with the Government to ensure a meaningful vote (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Rebel MP sacked from Tory Party vice chairman role

Theresa May has attempted to reassert her authority after a humiliating defeat in a crucial Brexit vote by sacking rebel MP Stephen Hammond from his role as Conservative Party vice chairman.

Interest rates

Bank of England says inflation nearing ‘peak’ as rates kept on hold at 0.5%

The Bank of England has said Brexit-fuelled inflation is “close to its peak” as it kept interest rates on hold after the first hike for a decade last month.

Kate, William and Harry arriving at St Paul's Cathedral (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Charles and Camilla, William, Kate and Harry attend Grenfell memorial service

The royal family has shown solidarity with families whose relatives died in the Grenfell Tower fire by attending a national memorial service.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will tie the knot in 2018 (Adrian Dennis/PA)

Harry and Meghan’s wedding ‘no tick-box exercise’, says Archbishop

Justin Welby has said Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding is “no tick-box exercise” and their love provides a “model” for the rest of the nation.

The Education Secretary will address the inaugural Reform social mobility conference on Thursday (PA)

Improving social mobility a defining challenge for the nation – Justine Greening

Tackling inequality will help make Brexit a success for Britain, the Education Secretary has said, as she revealed plans to ensure no community is left behind.

By the end of this year, 170 out of 223 trusts will publish data on deaths they believe could have been prevented (PA)

NHS hospitals to publish figures on avoidable patient deaths

The NHS in England will become the first health system to publish figures on avoidable patient deaths in a “brave” move to increase transparency and learn from mistakes, Jeremy Hunt said.

A judge is overseeing a preliminary hearing in High Court dispute between Sir Cliff Richard and the BBC (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Sir Cliff Richard warned financial affairs may be revealed during BBC court case

A judge has warned Sir Cliff Richard that detail of his personal finances might be revealed during a High Court battle with the BBC.

The former attorney general said he was "sure" the Government will be defeated on its amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill  (PA)

Government should back down on plans to enshrine Brexit date, says rebel Grieve

Tory rebel leader Dominic Grieve has warned Theresa May she faces another major Brexit defeat unless she backs down on plans to enshrine the date of Britain’s exit from the European Union in law.

Police show handed-in weapons

Knife possession offences at highest level since 2011

The number of criminals caught with knives or offensive weapons has hit its highest level for six years, official figures reveal.

An artist's impression showing how Heathrow airport could look with a third runway (Heathrow Airport/PA)

Heathrow plan opponents pledge ‘tough proposals’ in runway consultation

Opponents of Heathrow Airport expansion have pledged to put forward “tough proposals” for mitigating the impact of a third runway in a consultation.

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