New King Charles III 50p coin unveiled by Royal Mint

The first portrait of King Charles III to appear on currency was unveiled on Friday as the Royal Mint marks the end of one era and the start of another with its first “double monarch” coin. The new King’s image, designed to look “more human” than previous official portraits of sovereigns, will appear on commemorative … Read more

First-time buyer met with gasps by Question Time audience

She continued: “They are saying ‘you need to immediately look at putting your application through because if you don’t the lenders may even pull these offers’.” At this, Lord Karan Bilimoria, who was a member of Thursday’s Question Time panel, shook his head with a look of solemn incredulity. The audience member added: “For me … Read more

Britain not in recession yet, ONS reveals as pound recovers from mini-Budget plunge

Good morning.  The pound is recovering as its rally early on Friday saw it briefly wipe out all of the losses it made since Kwasi Kwarteng began his speech last Friday. It comes as the new government made efforts to calm the markets yesterday, after the mini-Budget sparked turmoil. Liz Truss and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng will today meet the … Read more

Putin declares independence of two Moscow-held regions ahead of major annexation speech

Vladimir Putin has recognised the independence of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions, hours before he is expected to host a major ceremony to mark the annexation of four Ukrainian territories. “I order the recognition of the state sovereignty and independence” of the regions of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, Putin said in decrees issued on Thursday evening. It comes … Read more

Michael Gove’s Tory conference speaking spree a headache for Liz Truss

The following day, the former levelling up secretary will take part in a Bright Blue debate on “greater and greener” homes and join a Tony Blair Institute panel. He is then booked to appear at four fringe events on Tuesday – a second panel hosted by Onward about healthcare and the economy, a live event … Read more

First trans US army officer ‘plotted to leak medical records to Russians’

She told an undercover agent that “she was motivated by patriotism toward Russia… even if it meant being fired or going to jail” during a meeting at a Baltimore hotel last month, the indictment stated. She volunteered to bring her husband into the scheme, saying he had “more helpful information”, including about prior military training … Read more

Queen Elizabeth II died while close family were en route to Balmoral, death certificate confirms

Using her full name, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, the certificate lists the late Queen as widowed following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh in April last year. Her occupation was simply: “Her Majesty the Queen.” Her “usual address” was listed as Windsor Castle, to which she moved during the Covid pandemic and which she … Read more

Anyone over 55 who has ever smoked to be offered lung cancer checks

Anyone over the age of 55 who has ever smoked will be offered lung cancer screening, under recommendations from government advisers.  The proposals from the UK National Screening Committee (UKNSC) call for the mass rollout of checks, in order to tackle the most common cause of cancer deaths. The committee said all former and current … Read more

Giorgia Meloni ‘had no contact’ with drug-smuggling father for decades

The businessman told the court that he had agreed to transport the cannabis for a payment in pesetas equivalent to 300,000 euros or £268,000 GBP. Mr Meloni died of leukaemia  Three other people were arrested in the drugs bust, including two of his stepchildren. They were sentenced to four years in jail, despite his claims … Read more

Tory rebels threaten to block scrapping of 45p tax rate

But this did little to quell a growing Tory revolt, spearheaded by backers of Rishi Sunak who believe their warnings about the economy have been ignored. On Thursday night Julian Smith, a the former chief whip, became the latest MP to publicly call for the 45p tax rate cut to be shelved, saying the Government … Read more