Great divide: pundits’ reactions to mini-budget run from alarmed to delighted | Mini-budget 2022

For Allister Heath, Daily Telegraph “This was the best budget I have ever heard a British chancellor deliver. The tax cuts were so huge and bold, the language so extraordinary, that at times I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming, that I hadn’t been transported to a distant land that actually … Read more

Prince Harry feared he would become ‘irrelevant’ after Prince George turns 18, new book claims

The Duke of Sussex was determined to make an impact before Prince George turned 18 as he worried he would become “irrelevant” after that, a new book has claimed. A forthcoming book by The Times’ royal correspondent Valentine Low claims that Prince Harry was frustrated that his advisers “were holding him back” when he wanted … Read more

Free NHS prescriptions for over 60s might be axed over Government state pension change

Over 60s could soon lose their entitlement to receive free prescriptions on the National Health Service (NHS) amid plans to alter the current care system. The Government has undertaken a careful consultation into aligning the ‘freebie’ benefit with the state pension age, which currently sits at 66. If changes are successfully made, this means that … Read more

Liz Truss to relax immigration rules to ease Brexit workforce shortage

Immigration rules are set to be relaxed as part of Liz Truss’s mission to ease labour shortages and boost business growth. The prime minister is expected to expand the government’s shortage occupation list in order to help businesses fill vacancies by more easily recruiting overseas workers. Ms Truss has faced industry demands for more migrant … Read more

PICTURES: Huge fire spreads at industrial estate near Banbury

FIRE crews from across north Oxfordshire have been dealing with a huge fire at an industrial estate near Banbury since 05:30am this morning. Firefighters were called to a fire at the Yew Tree industrial estate, in Bloxham, about 3 miles southwest of Banbury, after residents reported “smoke and sounds of explosions.” A spokesperson from Oxfordshire … Read more

Tories to rebel against Liz Truss if pound falls below the dollar

“This Budget will live or die not on what the electorate think, not on what Opposition politicians think, not even what Conservative politicians think,” they said. “It is the global markets’ response to what looks like very risky behaviour from our Government.” They added: “The Bank of England is being backed into a corner. “If … Read more

Keir Starmer defies call for changes to first past the post voting system | Labour conference

Keir Starmer has ruled out including any support for a change in the voting system in Labour’s election manifesto, as senior figures from across the party joined calls to back proportional representation (PR). Labour’s annual conference, under way in Liverpool, is expected to back a motion calling for the party to drop its historical support … Read more

Proud mum of Queen’s pallbearer had ‘no idea’ he would carrying coffin

David Sanderson’s mother Carolyn said she is ‘beyond proud’ of her son (Picture: AP/Family Handout) The family of one of the Queen’s pallbearers had ‘no idea’ he would be part of the funeral procession. David Sanderson’s mother, Carolyn, only realised the important role her son had when rehearsal images surfaced a few days before. The … Read more

Armed police storm Princess Road in Seaham and close off road to residents

Armed police caused panic to residents on a County Durham terraced street on Saturday (September 24) lunchtime after they stormed a property and blocked traffic from the street. Specialist officers from Durham Police were seen on Princess Road in Seaham at around 1pm with numerous residents standing around alarmed at the situation. Multiple police cars attend … Read more