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Brexit: PM under fire over new Brexit plan

Brexit: PM under fire over new Brexit plan 22 May 2019 Related TopicsBrexit Image copyright EPA Theresa May will make the case for her new Brexit plan in Parliament later, amid signs that Conservative opposition to her leadership is hardening.
The prime minister will outline changes to the Withdrawal Agreement Bill – including a promise to give MPs a vote on holding another referendum.
But shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said the offer was “too weak”.
Some senior Tories will today ask p..

Driver chases and pushes over man, 80, in Penge

Driver chases and pushes over man, 80, in Penge 22 May 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDriver chases and shoves over 80-year-old in south-east LondonAn 80-year-old man suffered serious injuries in a “nonsensical” attack by a driver who chased him down and shoved him in the back, police said.
The victim was crossing Parish Lane in Penge, south-east London, on 21 April at about 19:50 BST, when he was almost hit by a silver vehicle, the Met said.
It led to what police..

M&S sales and profits fall amid shake-up

22 May 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Marks & Spencer has reported a fall in both sales and profits as it continues to implement a major turnaround programme.
Pre-tax profits were down by nearly 10% in the year to 31 March, at £523.2m.
Like-for-like sales, which strip out the impact of new stores, were down by 2.9% for the group as a whole.
Boss Steve Rowe said the firm was making “good progress” and judging itself as much on the “pace of change” as by the trading outcomes.
The retailer is p..

Poverty in the UK is ‘systematic’ and ‘tragic’, says UN special rapporteur

Poverty in the UK is 'systematic' and 'tragic', says UN special rapporteur 22 May 2019 Image copyright Bassam Khawaja Image caption Prof Alston met people across the UK, including these Belfast residents The UK's social safety net has been “deliberately removed and replaced with a harsh and uncaring ethos”, a report commissioned by the UN has said.
Special rapporteur on extreme poverty Philip Alston said “ideological” cuts to public services since 2010 have led to “trag..

The Disappeared: Reward for information to find IRA victims

The Disappeared: Reward for information to find IRA victims 22 May 2019 Related TopicsThe Troubles Image caption Three of the 16 victims known as the Disappeared have yet to be found A reward of almost £50,000 is being offered for new information that results in finding the bodies of those murdered and secretly buried by the IRA during the Troubles.
The anonymous donation of $60,000 (£47,191) has been given to the independent UK charity Crimestoppers.
In spite of numerous searches, three of 16 v..

British Steel future hanging in the balance

22 May 2019 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIn Scunthorpe, residents fear the town will “shut down” if British Steel collapsesThe future of 5,000 British Steel workers remains uncertain as its owners continue to lobby for government backing.
The UK's second-biggest steel maker had been trying to secure £75m in financial support to help it to address “Brexit-related issues”.
If the firm does not get the money it would put 5,000 jobs at risk and endanger 20,000 in th..

European elections 2019: Expats in France fear postal votes will not count

European elections 2019: Expats in France fear postal votes will not count 22 May 2019 Related TopicsThe UK’s European elections 2019 Image copyright Joy Elise Allen Image caption The postal mark on some envelopes shows they were sent to France via the Netherlands British expats in France might not get a vote in Thursday's European elections because their postal voting forms have arrived late, or not at all.
The BBC found some local councils used a postal service called Adare, rather than ..

Man who lost limbs to sepsis warns nurses need more training

A man who lost all of his limbs and part of his face to sepsis has called for nurses to receive mandatory training on how to diagnose the disease.
Tony Ray was a fit and healthy 38-year-old when he contracted the potentially fatal condition in 1999, having suffered a cut to his gum during a trip to the dentist and then a chest infection.
His sepsis came on quickly, leading to vomiting, a high temperature and then a three-month-long coma, from which he awoke without his arms and legs and unable to recognise his wife Nicola.
Image: Thousands of people die from sepsis every year in the UK Mr Ray – whose family lost their business and had to sell their home because of his illness – said doctors missed “the classic signs of sepsis” before his condition deteriorated and will warn nurses at a conference on Wednesday that they must not miss telling signs of the disease.
His speech at the Royal College Of Nursing (RCN) comes on the same day as a damning report into how the disease is too of..

Contracts ‘keep dentists from poorer areas’ in Wales

Contracts 'keep dentists from poorer areas' in Wales 22 May 2019 Image copyright andresr/Getty Images Image caption The report makes six recommendations, which also cover training and orthodontic services Some NHS dentists are being discouraged from taking on patients in poorer parts of Wales because of how they are paid, an inquiry has found.
Paying dentists the same regardless of the amount of work involved “makes little sense,” said Dai Lloyd, assembly health committee chairman.
He ..

Swansea seafront ‘risks being overdeveloped’

Swansea seafront 'risks being overdeveloped' By Will Fyfe BBC Wales News 22 May 2019 Image caption Swansea council said it would not consider any high-rise developments An online petition aimed at stopping a number of possible developments along Swansea seafront has been signed by more than 1,700 people.
Swansea council is seeking expressions of interest in five sites it owns along Mumbles Road, almost all of which directly overlook Swansea Bay.
Councillors said there was a “demand fo..