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Summer solstice: Thousands gather at Stonehenge for longest day

Media captionA police drone was used to film the summer solstice crowd at Stonehenge Thousands of people gathered at Stonehenge for the summer solstice, as the sun rose amid clear skies. About 9,500 people were at the Neolithic monument to greet the start of the longest day of the year, according to Wiltshire Police. The […]

UK government borrowing falls more than expected

Image copyright Getty Images Public sector borrowing fell to £5bn in May, down £2bn from a year earlier, official figures show. The fall was bigger than expected and brings borrowing for the financial year to date to £11.8bn, £4.1bn less than in the same period in 2017. At the same time, the Office for National […]

Too many firsts risk universities’ credibility, says think tank

Image copyright EPA Universities risk losing their credibility due to “rocketing” grade inflation, a think tank has said. According to Reform, the proportion of firsts awarded almost doubled between 1997-2009 and rose by 26% since 2010. Their report calls for national tests to set degree grade benchmarks meaning only the top 10% of students could […]

Brexit: Theresa May vows ‘smooth and orderly’ EU exit

Media captionLiam Fox tells Laura Kuenssberg rebels have not changed Brexit stance Theresa May has welcomed the passing of the Brexit bill through Parliament as “a crucial step” in delivering a “smooth and orderly Brexit”. Peers accepted the amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill sent to them from the House of Commons, meaning the bill […]

Ofsted chief inspector backs ban on phones in schools

Image copyright PA/Getty Images Image caption Ofsted boss Amanda Spielman says the educational role of mobile phones is “dubious” The chief inspector of Ofsted is backing headteachers who ban mobile phones to prevent bad behaviour. In a speech, Amanda Spielman is expected to blame technology for making “low-level disruption” more common and endorse tough behaviour […]

Cases of cancer in elderly to surge by 2035, report says

Image copyright Getty Images The number of elderly people in the UK diagnosed each year with cancer is set to rise by 80% in less than 20 years, a report predicts. Cancer Research UK estimates that by 2035 about 234,000 over-75s will get cancer each year – up from 130,000 now. The charity also said […]

Too many firsts risk universities’ credibility, says think tank

Image copyright EPA Universities risk losing their credibility due to “rocketing” grade inflation, a think tank has said. According to Reform, the proportion of firsts awarded almost doubled between 1997-2009 and rose by 26% since 2010. Their report calls for national tests to set degree grade benchmarks meaning only the top 10% of students could […]

Home Secretary Sajid Javid accuses EU on plans for UK expats

Image copyright PA The home secretary has accused the EU of failing to match the UK’s progress on plans for expats after Brexit. Sajid Javid, who will reveal more details on the UK scheme for EU citizens later, said more information was needed from EU member states. He said he was “concerned” he had not […]

Gosport hospital deaths: Prescribed painkillers ‘shortened 456 lives’

Media captionHundreds of lives were cut short due to prescribed opioids at Gosport War Memorial Hospital More than 450 patients died after being given powerful painkillers inappropriately at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, a report has found. An independent panel said, taking into account missing records, a further 200 patients may have suffered a similar fate. […]

British Airways cancels 2,000 ‘incorrectly’ cheap tickets

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption British Airways has apologised and offered full refunds for the error More than 2,000 British Airways passengers have had their tickets cancelled because the prices were too cheap, a travel agent has said. Travel Up chief Ali Shah said he believes another five agencies also sold tickets through the […]