‘Absolute clarity’ on NI-GB Brexit trade – Hancock

Johnson accused of ‘misunderstanding’ Brexit deal Did PM get Brexit deal details right? Johnson a ‘passionate unionist’ On Saturday, Mr Hancock told BBC Breakfast there is “absolute clarity” between what the prime minister and Mr Barclay said. “It’s highly technical because it’s about the types of checks and agreement but, crucially, all of this can be properly addressed in the future trade agreement talks because we don’t want to have any tariffs with the EU and, as far as I …

Who are the victims in the Essex lorry tragedy?

Image copyright Family of Pham Tra My The family of Pham Thi Tra My said they paid £30,000 to people smugglers to get her to the UK. Image copyright Family handout Nguyen Dinh Luong, also from Ha Tinh, had been living in France but hoped to work in a nail salon in the UK. The last his father heard from him was in mid-October, explaining that the journey would cost £11,000. Vietnamese lorry death victims named Lorry death agony builds …

A&E pressure pushes hospital to ‘critical incident’

Latest news and stories from the East Midlands Lisa Kelly, NUH chief operating officer, said: “This is following a number of days seeing exceptional pressure across the system, with high numbers of very poorly patients arriving at our emergency department.” She added they were working closely with health and social care partners and trying to discharge patients in a “timely” manner to free up beds. Mark Simmonds, the emergency department’s clinical director, said at one point on Monday 14 ambulances …

Company charged over mill explosion deaths

At the time, a firefighter described the aftermath of the explosion as “a scene of devastation”. Image copyright Other Image caption Fires at the site continued to burn for weeks after the explosion Crews did not leave the site until more than a month after the explosion, which reduced the mill to rubble and left a number of other employees injured, as fires continued to burn. Latest news from the West Midlands The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the charges …

Parents hope for truth in new inquest for daughter

How five children’s deaths led to 14-year quest Hyponatraemia nurses could face action Raychel’s death in June 2001 came a day after an appendix operation at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry. Hyponatraemia is an abnormally low level of sodium in blood and can occur when fluids are given incorrectly. Image caption Marie Ferguson says her family has been through “18 years of hell” since Raychel’s death Last year an inquiry into the deaths of five children in Northern Ireland hospitals, including …

Tory MP quits after ‘grope’ claim by Labour MP

‘Political smear’ Mr Thomson, 32, said: “This is a political smear and I will continue to fight to clear my name. I will see this investigatory process through to a conclusion. “I have suffered a level of personal abuse that has affected my health, my mental wellbeing and my staff. It has been a level of abuse that I never imagined possible.” Image caption Mr Thomson said dealing with the allegations had been “nothing short of traumatic” In February, Mr …

Asthma carbon footprint ‘as big as eating meat’

What are greener inhalers? There are more than five million people with asthma in the UK. The research looked at the environmental impact of different inhaler medications prescribed to patients on the NHS in England. In 2017, about 50 million inhalers were prescribed. Seven out of every 10 of them were metered-dose inhalers – the type that contain greenhouse gases. The gas – hydrofluoroalkane – is used as a propellant to squirt the medicine out of the inhaler. What difference …

‘Sex work paid my student bills. Now I regret it’

“I regret it looking back. But if I was put back in that same situation, I might do the same thing,” he said. Emergency cash A survey of students suggested that one in 25 undergraduates have tried adult work, including sugar dating by going out with older men, selling used underwear and having sex for money. The National Student Money Survey, by website Save the Student, gathers the views of more than 3,000 people currently studying. The proportion of those …

Harry Potter and the famous name

Image copyright Kris Bramwell “I’ve tweeted about my name before and it’s proved popular amongst people that follow me but that’s it. That Twitter account is for work. The stuff about my name is just a side thing.” Image Copyright @abbiejones86 @abbiejones86 Report Report Image copyright Harry Potter Image caption Harry says his colleagues have tried to make his academic work more interesting in the past Having a famous namesake does have its advantages though. When Harry was six, his …