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Keir Starmer accepts £55bn ‘black hole’ calculation

Labour says it will use the same analysis of the public finances as the Conservatives to set future policy.

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World Cup 2022: Alcohol sales banned at World Cup stadiums in Qatar

Alcohol will not be sold to fans at the World Cup’s eight stadiums in Qatar after Fifa changes its policy two days before the start of the tournament.

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Banksy accuses clothing brand Guess of ‘helping themselves’ to his artworks

The graffiti artist called on shoplifters to visit a London branch of Guess in retaliation.

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Strikes to hit airports and ports over Christmas

Public sector workers including passport controllers are to strike over the Christmas period.

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Twitter locks staff out of offices until next week

It comes amid reports that large numbers of workers have resigned from the social media platform.

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Higher taxes look to be here to stay, says IFS

The Institute for Fiscal Studies warns households are in for a “long, hard, unpleasant journey”.

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Waitrose sorry after Christmas advert criticism

The supermarket apologises after being accused of glorifying sun tans in a Christmas advert.

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Is this really the end of Twitter?

The BBC’s technology editor looks at claims that Twitter may be heading for calamity.

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UK house prices forecast to fall for the next two years

A drop of 9% is expected between now and autumn 2024, an official forecaster suggests.

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Autumn Statement: Jeremy Hunt defends tax rises for middle earners

Jeremy Hunt says his plan is “balanced”, after think tank says it piles more pressure on “squeezed middle”.