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January 6, 2019 4:27 AM Universal credit: Vote to extend benefit to 3 million delayed

The next stage of the universal credit rollout appears to have been delayed amid concerns about the controversial new benefits system. MPs were due to vote on whether to move three million benefit claimants onto universal credit in the next few weeks. But this vote has been pushed back and Parliament will instead be asked to vote on transferring just 10,000 people 90

January 2, 2019 9:36 AM Gay bar could open up for first time on EastEnders

The soap's new executive producer has said she is "really interested in bringing some more LGBTQ characters" into the show. Kate Oates recently joined the soap from its rival Coronation Street and said "hopefully" her plans "will be something exciting for the new year". In a video posted on the EastEnders Twitter page, she said: "I am really interested 109

December 31, 2018 3:43 PM New Year’s Day 2019: How much do London New Year fireworks cost?

NEW YEAR’S EVE is here, and London’s dazzling firework display is the centrepiece of celebrations in the UK, whether watched live or on TV from home or a pub. But how much do they cost? Final preparations are underway for the dazzling fireworks display in central London. About 70,000 fireworks will go off during the show, which will last just over 10 minutes 81

December 20, 2018 4:44 PM 'EU would exterminate pensioners!' Italian reporter in SHOCK outburst after budget defeat

ITALIAN journalist Marco Travaglio claimed the European Commission would be happy to "exterminate all pensioners and the unemployed" to protect their "policies of social massacre" during a tense interview after the Italian Government appeared to reach a compromise on its proposed budget. The Italian Government and the European Commission repeatedly clashed 109

December 18, 2018 7:37 PM Italy ULTIMATUM: 'Enough is enough!' Salvini's FINAL WARNING to Brussels over budget

MATTEO Salvini sent a stark warning to Brussels claiming to have done all he "had to" to meet the EU halfway on the controversial Italian budget plans expecting now Brussels to show some "common sense". Speaking on Rete4's Quarta Repubblica, Italy's Deputy Prime Minister warned "enough is enough" if Brussels asked the eurosceptic Government to make further 114

December 18, 2018 3:24 PM MACRON PROTESTS: Now POLICE to join REVOLT

POLICE unions have expressed anger at President Emmanuel Macron’s government following five consecutive weekends of disruptive and often violent “yellow vest” protests across France. Alliance is encouraging officers nationwide to stay inside their stations and to only respond to emergency calls. “Police are not doing well and nobody is listening,” Frédéric 95

December 13, 2018 3:56 AM US brands Russia ‘CORRUPT’ over Venezuela bombers, Russia HITS BACK at ‘hypocritical’ US

RUSSIA has hit back at the US over military spending, after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Moscow of corruption and of wasting public money aiding Venezuela. Mr Pompeo’s scorn came after Putin sent two nuclear-capable bombers to Caracas on Monday. He sent two Tu-160 bombers, along with an Antonov An-124 military transport aircraft and an Ilyushin 83

December 12, 2018 11:54 AM 'END OF THE EU' Salvini has serious WARNING for Brussels if they accept Macron spending

MATTEO Salvini sent a stern warning to the EU claiming the Brussels bloc would come to an end if the European Commission agreed to Emmanuel Macron's new costly budget whilst sanctioning Italy on the same issue. Speaking to the press on his visit to Israel, the Italian Deputy Prime Minister claimed his Government has come up with a solution to the ongoing 114

December 6, 2018 9:43 AM SNP plot new tax raid on Scottish families

FINANCE Secretary Derek Mackay was accused of ignoring warnings after he claimed another middle-class tax raid would not backfire. Tories highlighted concerns over the economic damage of the widening tax gap with England but said the SNP “isn’t listening”. Mr Mackay will reveal his draft Budget next week but has ruled out following Philip Hammond’s lead in raising 42

December 3, 2018 9:01 PM 'They can even send a SAINT over' Salvini HITS OUT at EU's bid to THWART key law reform

MATTEO Salvini lashed out against the European Union in the umpteenth warning to Brussels over a key law reform included in Italy's Budget plan already rejected by the European Commission. He said: “We’ll start from getting rid of the Fornero law which is now a reason for living to me. “I don’t know how many times I’ve been in this studio to say it is the wrongest 78