Time to get on with discussing Brexit trade deal – Johnson

Boris Johnson has urged European leaders to press ahead with Brexit negotiations as British businesses stressed the need for a transition deal to be agreed as quickly as possible.

Ministerial backing for identifying service veterans on driving licences (PA Wire)

Ministerial backing for identifying service veterans on driving licences

Veterans could have their driving licences or GP records marked to show they served in the armed forces, a defence minister has said.

NHS Improvement has stressed the need for better planning (Owen Humphreys/PA)

280,000 extra routine operations ‘could be carried out with better scheduling’

A watchdog has found that 280,000 more non-emergency operations could be carried out by NHS hospitals a year if schedules were better organised, it has been reported.

Those suffering at the hands of perpetrators are not always recognised as victims,HMICFRS said (Paul Faith/PA)

Police failings allow human trafficking and slavery to continue, says watchdog

Slave drivers and human traffickers have been allowed to carry on offending unchecked because of police failings, a watchdog report has warned.

More time for gaming?  (Time Ireland/PA)

Give us a break! Men sneak more leisure time

Men in Britain enjoy an average of 40 minutes’ more leisure time a day than women, new figures suggest.

What the papers say – October 24

What the papers say – October 24

The latest turn in the Brexit negotiations features prominently in the papers following Prime Minister Theresa May’s House of Commons update on Monday.

The shadow education secretary supported her party colleague (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Labour MP who made offensive online comments has changed his views, says Rayner

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner has defended a Labour MP who quit a Commons committee after offensive online comments he posted before being elected came to light.

Parents and teachers from across England and Wales are expected to lobby Parliament about school funding cuts (David Jones/PA)

Parents and teachers from across country to lobby Parliament over school cuts

Parents and teachers are to stage a lobby of Parliament today to raise concerns about school funding cuts.

A branch of 'rent-to-buy' credit company Brighthouse in Holloway, north London

BrightHouse to fork out £14.8m in redress to mistreated consumers

Rent-to-own firm BrightHouse has agreed to pay out £14.8 million in redress to 249,000 customers after the financial watchdog found that it did not act as a “responsible lender”.

Calais remains a magnet for hundreds of refugees and migrants hoping to build new lives in the UK (Joe Giddens/PA)

Brother of 14-year-old refugee begs for permission for him to come to UK

The brother of a lone 14-year-old refugee who has been waiting for months in Calais to claim asylum has begged for the teenager to be reunited with him in the UK.

Tories warned over 'crossing line' in phone calls to voters (PA Wire)

Tories warned over ‘crossing line’ in phone calls to voters

The Conservative Party has been warned over its use of a telephone call centre to contact voters in the run-up to the general election.

Theresa May said it was her "mission" to negotiate a new post-Brexit partnership with the EU (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

Get Brexit negotiations back on track – Carwyn Jones

The UK Government should stop talking up a Brexit no deal and instead get the negotiations back on track, Wales First Minister Carwyn Jones will say.

The comedian and activist wants an end to 'politics as usual' (Matt Crossick/PA Wire.)

Eddie Izzard runs for place on Labour Party’s governing body for second time

Eddie Izzard has launched a fresh bid to join Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC).

Theresa May and Donald Tusk (Geert Vanden Wijngaert, Pool)

It’s up to UK whether there is a good deal, no deal or no Brexit: Donald Tusk

It is up to the UK to decide whether there is a good Brexit deal – or even if the country decides to leave the European Union at all, Donald Tusk has told MEPs.

Southern Railway staff are to vote on a deal to end a driver-only trains dispute (Philip Toscano/PA)

Southern Railway staff to vote on deal to end driver-only trains dispute

Drivers on Southern Railway are to start voting on whether to accept a proposed deal to end their long dispute over driver-only trains.

David Clarke was arrested after armed police swooped on the MFA Bowl in Bermuda Park (Aaron Chown/PA)

Man due in court on false imprisonment charge after bowling alley incident

A 53-year-old man charged with false imprisonment and imitation firearm offences in connection with the Nuneaton bowling alley incident is due before magistrates later.

Statins are used to treat people with a risk of developing cardiovascular disease (Lauren Hurley/PA)

‘Significant’ set of patients on statins ‘at low risk of heart attack or stroke’

A “significant” proportion of patients being put on cholesterol-lowering drugs are deemed to be at low risk of having a heart attack or stroke, a new study suggests.

Borrowers would be able to use the grace period to access help such as drawing up informal repayment plans and investigating debt write-off options Owen Humphreys/PA)

Minister sets out ‘breathing space’ plans for people ‘overwhelmed by debt’

People struggling with serious debts could be given a six-week “breathing space” free from further interest, penalty charges or the threat of enforcement action in order to seek advice to manage money problems.

Ishmael is studying at Birkbeck College (Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

Refugee hails ‘beautiful life’ in UK after fleeing Syrian war zone

A Syrian refugee who was brought to the UK from Calais a year ago under the scheme lobbied for by Lord Alf Dubs has thanked the Government for his new start.

Police quiz suspected hostage-taker after bowling alley gun siege (Aaron Chown/PA)

Police quiz suspected hostage-taker after bowling alley gun siege

Detectives are questioning a suspected hostage-taker as they try to establish why two men were held at gun point in a four-hour bowling alley siege.

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