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North East will be hit with a 16% economic hit in GDP from Brexit no-deal

The North East is in line for a 16 per cent hit in GDP in the eventuality of a Brexit no deal, government analysis has revealed in a new leak. These figures have just come out and were contained in the secret Government-commissioned EU Exit Analysis - Cross Whitehall Briefing, some of which was controversially leaked last week. The analysis shows the impact of leaving the EU over 15 years compared to what would happen to the UK economy if...

NHS holds off on private sector deal as North Bristol NHS keeps services “in house”

GMB, the union for NHS staff, has praised North Bristol NHS Trust’s decision to keep non clinical services in house. The trust decided not to establish a subsidiary company to run non-clinical services at NBT, after prolonged challenge from union. The move means that all facilities services will remain within the Trust and will not be under a pseudo-private company. In June 2017 North Bristol Trust commissioned a feasibility study on the possibility of setting up a subsidiary company to...

Premiership’s highest-earning star Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez escapes jail for tax fraud

New Manchester United signing Alexis Sanchez has been handed a 16-month suspended sentence for tax evasion by a Spanish court. The former Arsenal and Barcelona forward was found guilty of defrauding the Spanish tax authorities of £900,000 during his spell at the Nou Camp. But under Spanish law, the 29-year-old will not go to prison as the sentence is less than two years and it is his first offence. Instead Sanchez, the highest played Premier League player must pay a...

Carillion chiefs “the people who built a giant company on sand”

The seven bosses of doomed company, Carillion, were given a grilling by MPs yesterday and it was an uncomfortable day for them all. They all faced a joint inquiry by the work and pensions and business select committees. Some of them accepted they had failed and others blamed anything but their own poor performance. Their conflicting accounts only increased the fear that the company was in total disarray and they were clinging onto a sinking ship while pocketing huge salaries. One,...

LAND ROVER : Dog shows off farming skills while skillfully driving master’s TRACTOR

This is the hilarious moment a clever dog shows off his farming skills - skillfully driving his master's tractor. Rambo the Golden Retriever has drawn a stream of visitors to his home where he can often be seen riding on a red Massey Ferguson tractor wearing in hi-viz vest. The six-year-old dog, father of four puppies, has helped his master mow lawns, plough fields, cut down corn, and trim hedges. Rambo the Golden Retriever who loves driving tractors. Rambo's owner,...

Jacob Rees-Mogg is in line for a huge personal windfall when Britain exits the single market

The political motives for an exit from the single market were laid bare today after it was revealed that a prominent Brexiteer is also a major shareholder of an emerging markets investment firm. Jacob Rees-Mogg is a long-term backer of investment management firm Somerset Capital, which has "9.6 billion dollars" under management according to its website. The Leading Brexiteer recently ridiculed the idea of the UK staying in the single market and customs union after Brexit, joining other Eurosceptics calling for a...

Taylor review “like putting out forest fires with water a pistol”

Big change is needed, change that is backed up by law and proper penalties for breaking those laws, says union. GMB, Britain’s general union, has branded the Government’s response to the Taylor Review as ‘trying to put out a forest fire with a water pistol.’ The long-awaited review to Matthew Taylor’s review of modern working practices was finally published today. Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, said: “This report looks like a consummate guide to tinkering around the edges - like...

Not in the festive spirit! Man fined for helping homeless person on Xmas Day

A kind hearted man who stopped his car at a bus stop on xmas day to help someone sleeping rough was slapped with a fine by the council.  Lee Williamson, of Evington, Leicester, said he stopped to give a homeless man a blanket, hat, gloves, scarf, food, and chat to him. He later received a £70 fine, despite there being no buses on December 25. He has no plans to pay the fine and is willing to go to court...

Court turns down Julian Assange’s attempt to have arrest warrant revoked

Julian Assange has lost his attempt to have his UK arrest warrant revoked. Lawyers for the Wikileaks founder had argued that the arrest warrant had "lost its purpose" after Swedish extradition claims over sexual assault allegations were dropped. The UK warrant was issued in 2012 after he was said to have breached bail conditions by seeking asylum in Ecuador's embassy in London where he has since lived. But senior district judge and chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot has told Westminster Magistrates’...

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