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Record annual earnings for BA owner

The owner of British Airways has notched up record annual earnings. It's after cashing in on the bounce back in global travel demand. International Airlines Group (IAG) reported underlying operating profits of 3.5 billion euros (£3 billion) for 2023, nearly three times the 1.3 billion euros (£1.1 billion) in 2022 and higher than its pre-pandemic peak. The group – which also owns airlines Iberia, Vueling and Aer Lingus – said demand […]

today29/02/2024

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Adele cancels March Vegas dates

Adele has postponed the March dates of her Las Vegas residency due to illness. The British singer apologised for the “inconvenience” in a post on social media, explaining how she had not fully recovered after falling ill at the end of the last series of her Weekends With Adele residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. “Sadly I have to take a beat and pause my Vegas residency,” the 35-year-old said, as she […]

today29/02/2024

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Parents face higher fines for school absences

Parents in England who take their children out of class without permission will face higher fines. It's part of a drive to boost school attendance following the pandemic. The Department for Education (DfE) has said a fine must be considered if a child misses five days of school for unauthorised absence. School absence fines currently start at £60, rising to £120 if they are not paid within 21 days. But the DfE has said fines will now start at £80, rising to […]

today29/02/2024

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Fresh call for assisted dying vote

Dame Esther Rantzen has made a fresh call for a debate and vote on legalising assisted dying It's after a report warned that the Government must consider what to do if the law is changed in part of the UK or in the Isle of Man or Jersey. The Health and Social Care Committee said legalisation in at least one jurisdiction was looking “increasingly likely” and suggested the Government must be “actively […]

today29/02/2024

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Music venues pushing for help in next Budget

The Chancellor has been urged to provide help to music venues ahead of next week’s Budget. UK Music has called on Jeremy Hunt to use his Budget on March 6 to cut the current 20% VAT rate on ticket prices to 10%, which the body claimed would support venues, musicians and consumers. It also wants the end of secondary ticketing practices, where tickets for concerts are re-sold at higher prices. […]

today28/02/2024

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Raye snaps up early Brits win

Raye has been named 2024’s songwriter of the year by the Brit Awards ahead of the ceremony at the weekend. The British singer-songwriter, 26, had already broken Brit records by receiving seven award nods – the most for an artist in one year. Songwriter of the year award, which began in 2022, has previously been won by Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran and British record producer Kid Harpoon, who worked with […]

today28/02/2024

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New security package to protect MPs

Security measures for MPs will be bolstered with a £31 million package to better protect MPs. Home Secretary James Cleverly, who made the funding announcement, will meet with police chiefs on Wednesday to discuss what more can be done to improve the safety of MPs. He said no MP should have to accept that threats or harassment is “part of the job”. The extra funding follows fears about MPs being […]

today28/02/2024

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Cleverly questions pro-Palestine protests

The Home Secretary has said pro-Palestine protesters have “made their point." James Cleverly, in an interview with The Times, questioned what future demonstrations in support of ending the violence in Gaza hoped to achieve given the Conservative UK Government was in “disagreement” with their position. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s administration supports an immediate pause in the fighting between Israel and Hamas to allow hostages to be released and for aid […]

today28/02/2024

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Post Office inappropriate to have view on convictions

The Post Office expressing a view on the overturning the fraud convictions of branch managers is “quite Conservative peer Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom also said it was “quite wrong” for the company to have a role in the compensation process for wronged subpostmasters. The Tory former MP, who had long championed the issue and is a member of the Horizon compensation advisory board, made his comments after the Post Office told the […]

today28/02/2024

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