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Labour shortages and slowing sales put squeeze on UK firms

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Finding workers with the right skills is becoming increasingly difficult, according to the British Chambers of Commerce UK firms are being squeezed by labour shortages, rising prices and a slowdown in sales. More companies than ever before are finding it hard to recruit staff according to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). It warned that higher costs meant more manufacturers were expecting to raise prices. The proportion of services firms saying sales were improving had dropped to a two year low. Four fifths of…

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Boxing Day hunts: Labour pledges tougher laws

Image copyright Getty Images Labour is promising to toughen up the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales, saying it will consult on jailing those caught breaking the law. Ahead of the Boxing Day hunts, shadow environment secretary Sue Hayman said jail terms would put penalties on a par with those for other wildlife crimes. An unlimited fine is currently the most severe punishment available. The pro-hunting Countryside Alliance says Labour’s “obsessive pursuit of hunting… looks increasingly bizarre”. Some 250 packs are expected to meet for traditional Boxing…

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‘The inconstant gardener’ – May’s PMQs swipe at Labour

Theresa May hit back at Jeremy Corbyn during PMQs, saying the Labour leader “should be honest with people” as he just wanted to “bring down the government, create uncertainty, sow division and crash our economy”. She also appeared to employ a complicated pun on the name of the shadow trade secretary Barry Gardiner, who has often appeared in the press to deliver Labour’s Brexit policy. Source link

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Welsh Labour leadership: Mark Drakeford set to be Wales’ first minister

Image caption Mark Drakeford is the new leader of Welsh Labour Mark Drakeford is set to become Wales’ next first minister after he won the Welsh Labour leadership election. The AM for Cardiff West gained 53.9% of the vote, but only after the contest went to a second round. He will replace Carwyn Jones at the helm of the Welsh Government when he stands down next week. Vaughan Gething came second with 41.4% of the overall vote after the second round, while Eluned Morgan came third. Deputy Welsh Labour leader…

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New Welsh Labour leader to be announced

Image copyright NATIONAL ASSEMBLY/BBC Image caption Three candidates (left to right) are in the running – Eluned Morgan, Vaughan Gething and Mark Drakeford The new leader of Welsh Labour – and the person set to become Wales’ next first minister – will be announced later. Three candidates – Eluned Morgan, Vaughan Gething and Mark Drakeford – are hoping to replace Carwyn Jones, who stands down next week. Labour officials will reveal the election result in Cardiff on Thursday. It follows a year in Welsh politics marked by the death of…

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UK faces constitutional crisis over Brexit legal advice, Labour warns

Image copyright Getty Images The UK is facing a “constitutional crisis” if Theresa May does not publish legal advice on her Brexit deal on Monday, Labour has warned. The prime minister insists the advice is confidential – but critics say it could sink her deal if it is published. Attorney General Geoffrey Cox will make a statement on it on Monday, ahead of five days of debate on the deal. Some MPs believe the full legal advice suggests the UK could end up in an indefinite customs union with the…

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Police probe into anti-Semitism claims against Labour members

Image copyright Reuters Police have launched a criminal inquiry into allegations of anti-Semitic hate crimes within the Labour Party. Met Police chief Cressida Dick told the BBC her officers were assessing online material because it appears “there may have been a crime committed”. It comes after LBC Radio obtained what it said was an internal Labour document detailing 45 cases, involving messages posted by members on social media. Ms Dick says the Met had a duty to assess the material and not dismiss it. She told BBC Radio 4’s Today…

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How many Labour MPs will vote for Theresa May’s Brexit deal?

Image copyright Getty Images The former US President Lyndon Baines Johnson said the first rule of politics is being able to count. And looking at the numbers in the Commons Theresa May must wonder how on earth she can get a Brexit deal through Parliament, even if she breaks the impasse in Brussels. As it stands, Tory Brexiteers say they have dozens of MPs ready to vote against the emerging deal. The DUP’s 10 MPs are incandescent about the current proposals for the Irish border and may be tempted to…

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Theresa May urges Labour voters to abandon Corbyn for Tories

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Theresa May also used her Conservative Party Conference speech to appeal to Labour voters Theresa May has appealed to Labour voters unhappy with Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership to consider switching to the Conservatives. Writing in the Observer the prime minister insisted her party had a “moderate and patriotic programme”. Promising to be “a party for the whole country”, she said the Conservatives would build more homes and end austerity. But Labour said people were facing “brutal cuts” and “won’t be fooled”. Mrs May said the…

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News Daily: Russia accused of cyber-attacks, and Labour mocks PM over austerity claim

If you want to get this briefing by email, sign-up here Image copyright Getty Images UK accuses Russian agency over cyber attacks The UK government has accused Russia’s military intelligence service, the GRU, of carrying out “indiscriminate and reckless” cyber strikes. The National Cyber Security Centre says the GRU “almost certainly” targeted a small TV network in the UK; the US Democratic Party; firms in Russia and Ukraine; and the World Anti-Doping Agency. Files that later emerged showed UK cyclists Chris Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins had used banned substances…

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