UK hikes interest rates for first time in 10 years – CNNMoney

U.K. interest rates are doing something they haven’t done in a decade: Going up. The Bank of England hiked its key rate on Thursday from a record low of 0.25% to 0.5%, a shift that economists widely expected. ‘; var storytext = document.getElementById(‘storytext’); var heightToSkip = 0; function resetValues() { totalHeight = 0; targetChildElement [...]

UK Probes Russian Social Media Influence in Brexit Vote – Bloomberg

The U.K. elections regulator is looking at whether Russia tried to use social media to illegally influence the Brexit referendum campaign. Bob Posner, the U.K. Electoral Commission’s director of political finance and regulations, said in a blog posted to the regulator’s website on Tuesday that it was speaking to Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. about [...]

British PM forced to name new defense chief amid sexual harassment crisis – CNN

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what’s happening in the world as it unfolds. British PM forced to name new defense chief amid sexual harassment crisis – CNN

EU nurses ‘turning their backs on UK’ – BBC News

Image copyright SPL The decline in EU nurses and midwives wanting to work in the UK since the referendum is continuing, figures show. The trend was first noticed earlier this year, and now a new batch of figures released by the Nursing and Midwifery Council have reinforced the idea that Brexit is having an impact. [...]

European nurses and midwives leaving UK in droves since Brexit vote – The Guardian

The number of nurses and midwives coming to work in Britain from Europe has plunged by 89% since the UK voted to leave the EU, figures have revealed. The sharp fall coincided with a sudden increase in qualified European medics leaving the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) register: from 2,435 in 2015-16 to 4,067 in [...]

Michael Fallon, UK Defense Secretary, Quits Over Inappropriate Conduct – New York Times

Earlier this week he admitted that he had put his hand on the knee of a female journalist, Julia Hartley-Brewer, in 2002. She has accepted his apology, and made light of the incident in recent days, posting a picture of her knees on Twitter, and writing that they were still intact. Full medical check-up this [...]

UK requests extradition of Hashem Abedi over Manchester Arena attack – The Guardian

An extradition request has been made to the Libyan authorities for the brother of the Manchester Arena bomber to return to the UK to face trial for mass murder. Hashem Abedi, 20, was arrested in Libya shortly after his older brother, Salman Abedi, blew himself up, killing 22 concertgoers at the Manchester Arena on 22 [...]

UK bank accused of ‘criminal complicity’ in South Africa scandal – BBC News

Image copyright PA Lord Peter Hain has said a UK bank should be investigated for “possible criminal complicity” in connection with corruption allegations in South Africa. Lord Hain told the House of Lords he had sent print-outs of transactions and named the bank concerned in a letter to Chancellor Philip Hammond. He said the bank [...]

National Audit Office to examine UK’s Brexit divorce bill – The Guardian

Whitehall’s spending watchdog will scrutinise Britain’s Brexit divorce bill to make sure it represents value for taxpayers’ money, ministers have been told. Sir Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office, told the Treasury select committee that he will examine whether the bill, which is estimated to cost anything between £30bn and £90bn, represents value [...]

UK manufacturing growth was stronger in October, says PMI survey … – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images British manufacturers reported stronger growth in October, driven by higher domestic demand and export orders. The IHS Markit/CIPS purchasing managers’ index (PMI) rose to 56.3 last month, from 56 in September. A reading above 50 indicates expansion. It was the fifteenth consecutive month of expansion for the sector, and will fuel [...]

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