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House of Lords proposals could limit new peers to 15-year term, reports say

New peers could be limited to 15 years in the House of Lords under proposals being drawn up to slim down Parliament’s second chamber, according to reports.

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Drivers on London Underground are to be balloted for industrial action in a dispute linked to the Night Tube (Yui Mok/PA)

Industrial action ballot in dispute over full-time jobs for Night Tube drivers

Drivers on London Underground are to be balloted for industrial action in a dispute linked to the Night Tube.

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Benefits report

State pension to rise by 3% but benefit claimants and businesses suffer

British pensioners have emerged as the winners from September’s inflation figures while households, benefit claimants and businesses face a financial squeeze.

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Airbus-Bombardier deal ‘a positive step forward’ amid US exports tariff row

Airbus has acquired a majority stake in Bombardier’s C Series aircraft programme, the companies have announced.

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Storm Ophelia turns sun red over parts of England

A red sun spotted in the sky over parts of England has been caused by Storm Ophelia.

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Boris Johnson sidesteps calls to apologise over Libya 'dead bodies' comments (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

Boris Johnson sidesteps calls to apologise over Libya ‘dead bodies’ comments

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has sidestepped calls to apologise for his comments about clearing bodies from a Libyan city.

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Britain’s ‘big four’ grocers lose market share

Each of the “big four” grocers lost customer share in the last quarter despite increasing sales as Aldi and Lidl collectively accounted for half of the entire market’s overall growth, figures show.

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Theresa May would have won majority under new constituency boundary plans, experts say (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

May would have won majority under new constituency boundaries, experts say

Theresa May would have won a Conservative majority in the House of Commons if June’s snap general election had taken place under proposed new constituency boundaries, experts have estimated.

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High winds bring down front of block of flats as Storm Ophelia hits country (Andrew Milligan/PA)

High winds bring down front of block of flats as Storm Ophelia hits country

The front of a block of flats has been brought down in high winds as Storm Ophelia sweeps across Scotland.

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Inflation jumps to five-year high, boosting chances of interest rate hike

Inflation surged to its highest level for more than five years last month, increasing the financial pressure on households and boosting the prospect of an interest rate hike.

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Brexit reversal would kick-start the UK’s flagging economy, says OECD

A second referendum that reverses Brexit would have a “positive” and “significant” impact on the UK economy, which is on track to be crippled by its EU divorce, an influential think tank has claimed.

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William and Kate to visit Norway and Sweden in 2018 (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

William and Kate to visit Norway and Sweden in 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to make an official visit to Norway and Sweden next year.

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In pictures: Storm Ophelia batters UK and Ireland

Storm Ophelia is battering the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph.

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Merlin shares slump as trading woes overshadow Peppa Pig deal

The owner of Madame Tussauds and Alton Towers has seen its shares plunge by a fifth as peak summer trading woes after UK terror attacks took the shine off a worldwide Peppa Pig deal.

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John Flint named new HSBC chief executive

HSBC has appointed John Flint as its new chief executive, replacing the long-standing Stuart Gulliver.

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Humberside Police's dodgem-riding officers were fair play, says police chief (John Giles/PA)

Dodgem-riding officers were fair play, says police chief

A police chief has defended his officers after they were photographed riding on fairground dodgems.

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Interest rates

Carney says inflation set to surge further amid hard Brexit warnings

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has said a transition agreement for EU withdrawal is in “everyone’s interest” and reiterated it may be “appropriate” to hike interest rates as Brexit-fuelled inflation is set to rise further.

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Food and transport costs help push inflation to five-year high

Inflation surged to a five-year high in September as rising food and transport costs upped the financial pressure on households.

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Spa towns rank highly among happiest places to live in Britain, survey finds

Royal Leamington Spa has been identified as the happiest place to live in Britain, in a survey which saw several spa towns ranked highly.

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House prices

Home owners ‘stay put for 23 years on average’

The average home owner moves properties every 23 years, analysis has found.

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