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'Volatile market conditions' blamed for slump in HSBC profits

Banking giant HSBC has revealed a 62% slump in annual profits amid "volatile" trading caused by the Brexit vote and President Donald Trump's election.

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PM steps up Brexit Bill pressure as she sits in on peers' debate

The House of Lords will conclude the first stage of a crucial Brexit debate after Theresa May and Boris Johnson ramped up pressure on them not to block or delay Britain's exit from the European Union.

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Ministers dismiss business rates 'underestimation' reports

The Government has dismissed as "nonsense" reports that Cabinet ministers underestimated business rate rises by 5-7% in a letter sent to Tory MPs.

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Ukip leader Paul Nuttall gives witness statement to Hillsborough probe

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall has given a witness statement to the criminal investigation into the Hillsborough disaster.

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Trump's state visit will go ahead despite angry backlash

Donald Trump's state visit to Britain will go ahead despite a 1.8 million-strong petition, more noisy protests attended by thousands, and MPs' warnings against it, the Government has said.

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Heterosexual couple learn outcome of civil partnership battle

A heterosexual couple who object to the "patriarchal baggage" of marriage are to hear the outcome of their latest battle for the right to enter into a civil partnership.

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Queen of the jungle Scarlett Moffatt 'gutted' at family's Gogglebox axe

Former Gogglebox star Scarlett Moffatt has said she is "gutted" her family will not appear on the next series of the Channel 4 show.

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Police dig at former Swindon home of double killer Christopher Halliwell

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Few MPs backing move to oust Commons Speaker John Bercow

A bid to oust House of Commons Speaker John Bercow appears to be faltering after just four extra MPs signed a motion of no confidence in him.

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Government support 'crucial' for plans to 'transform' NHS

The Government must throw its weight behind plans that could lead to the closure of NHS hospitals and some services, a think tank has said.

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Teacher shortages in key subjects 'worsening', report warns

England's schools are suffering from worsening teacher shortages, particularly in key subjects such as physics and maths, MPs have warned.

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Watchdog calls for separation of officers in fatal incidents to avoid conferring

Police officers directly involved in fatal incidents should be separated as quickly as possible to prevent conferring, a watchdog has said.

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'Many peers contribute absolutely nothing' in House of Lords

Many peers contribute "absolutely nothing" to Parliament, a former lord speaker claimed as she alleged one member kept a taxi running outside while signing in to collect the £300 daily allowance.

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MPs condemn 'postcode lottery in benefit sanctions'

An "unacceptable" postcode lottery in benefits sanctions must be tackled to stop claimants being treated differently depending on where they live, MPs have said.

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Labour leadership challenge 'behind poor poll ratings'

Labour's yawning gap with the Tories in opinion polls is down to last summer's challenge to Jeremy Corbyn's leadership and Theresa May's elevation to Prime Minister, a party source has said.

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Theresa May steps up Brexit Bill pressure on peers

Theresa May ramped up pressure on peers over Brexit by attending the opening of a crucial debate in the chamber of the House of Lords.

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Fewer than half of UK vehicles in emissions scandal fixed, says VW boss

Fewer than half of the UK vehicles caught up in the Volkswagen emissions scandal have been fixed, the company's boss has said.

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Underlying financial position of NHS 'not sustainable' as deficit revealed

NHS trusts have reported a deficit of £886 million in the first nine months of the financial year and are likely to miss their overspend target, figures show.

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Government proposals could allow firms to cut final salary pension payments

Financially "stressed" businesses could be allowed to cut final salary pension payments to employees to save them from collapse, under Government proposals.

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Life-threatening sepsis may affect far more in UK than previously thought

Far more people in the UK suffer from deadly sepsis than previously thought, research shows.

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