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  • UK economic optimism soars, boosting Cameron's political capital

    February 6, 2014 9:35 PM 20

    LONDON (Reuters) - Optimism about Britain's economy has reached its highest level since 1997 thanks to an unexpectedly strong recovery, boosting Prime Minister David Cameron's economic credentials ahead of a 2015 election, a poll showed on Thursday. The poll, by Ipsos Mori, found one in four people trusted Cameron more than other political party leaders

  • Two new bosses for troubled Medway NHS trust

    February 6, 2014 9:30 PM 21

    A hospital trust which was put into special measures has been forced by the health regulator Monitor to appoint an interim chief executive and chairman. Last week the two people in charge of the Medway NHS Foundation Trust announced they would be stepping down. The trust was criticised as failing and put in special measures following the Keogh Review

  • England selectors refuse to reveal reasons for dumping Kevin Pietersen

    February 6, 2014 9:18 PM 40

    England national selector James Whitaker has refused to reveal why Kevin Pietersen's international career had been cut short, citing legal reasons. Whitaker, in his first public appearance since replacing Geoff Miller as England's selection supremo, was the first member of the England and Wales Cricket Board hierarchy to comment since a carefully-worded

  • Major incident at Belfast concert

    February 6, 2014 9:15 PM 33

    A major incident has been declared by emergency services dealing with young people at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast. Both the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and the Ulster Hospital have declared a major incident. It is understood ambulance workers have treated around 60 people, most of whom were dealt with at the scene. An ambulance spokesman said they are dealing

  • Good signs for UKIP in Wythenshawe?

    February 6, 2014 9:06 PM 20

    There is no getting away from it. I have spent a day driving round this corner of southern Manchester and there is hardly a poster to be seen. The streets do not heave with canvassers. The railway and metro stations are not flooded with earnest young politicos forcing leaflets into commuters' hands. And no one I have spoken to thinks the outcome is in doubt

  • Insulin Use Triples in the UK Over Last 20 Years

    February 6, 2014 9:06 PM 33

    The use of insulin, a hormone that treats diabetes, has tripled in the United Kingdom over the past 20 years, a new study finds. The number of insulin users grew from 136,800 in 1991, to 421,300 in 2010. During this time, the number of people with Type 2 diabetes also increased seven-fold, from 37,000 to 277,400. The surge in use of the drug likely reflects

  • Ben Foster should be England's World Cup keeper - Pepe Mel

    February 6, 2014 8:57 PM 35

    Ben Foster should be England's number one goalkeeper at this summer's World Cup, according to his West Brom manager Pepe Mel. With Joe Hart set to be Roy Hodgson's first choice in Brazil, Foster is vying for one of the two understudy positions with Fraser Forster and John Ruddy. "He should be England's number one at the World Cup, but Hart at Manchester

  • Models of two BAE shipyard options on the Clyde

    February 6, 2014 8:56 PM 12

    6 February 2014 Last updated at 15:38 GMT Defence firm BAE has unveiled proposals for two of its manufacturing facilities on the Clyde. One of the options for Glasgow is a £100m two-site strategy, involves expanding and improving existing facilities at Govan and Scotstoun. The second option is a £200m single site strategy which involves building a state-of-the-art

  • Mersey Tunnels toll rises by 10p

    February 6, 2014 8:14 PM 13

    Car drivers will pay an additional 10p to use the Mersey Tunnels from April, Merseytravel has announced. The transport authority agreed the toll fee will rise to £1.70 for cash-paying motorists and £1.40 for Fast Tag users who pay by direct debit. After the budget meeting, Mersey Tunnels Users Association (MTUA) said it was "disappointed but not surprised"

  • Kevin Pietersen disagreed with Alastair Cook but did not row

    February 6, 2014 7:51 PM 15

    Kevin Pietersen had a disagreement with England captain Alastair Cook during the disastrous Ashes tour but there was no confrontation as has been widely reported, BBC Sport has been told. Cook is believed to have played an influential role in the decision to end Pietersen's international career. Pietersen disagreed with Cook's idea that the team needed