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‘New sense of optimism’ in Brexit negotiations, Theresa May says

Theresa May has insisted she has stuck to her principles on Brexit following a last minute deal designed to let negotiations switch to trade issues.

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What the papers say - December 11

What the papers say – December 11

Snow fell across vast swathes of the UK over the weekend – and Monday’s front pages also have a light dusting of the white stuff.

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Only 42 families from the tower have moved in to permanent new homes since the fire on June 14 (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Army of staff working to find homes for Grenfell survivors, says council chief

An army of staff is working around the clock to find new properties for Grenfell Tower survivors, the leader of the local council said, amid criticism that many remained homeless six months on.

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Richard Ratcliffe is optimistic his wife could be home before Christmas (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe optimistic she will be home by Christmas

The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British women imprisoned in Tehran, said he is still optimistic his wife will be home for Christmas.

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Drivers warned to beware of ‘treacherous’ conditions at start of working week

Treacherous driving conditions are expected to cause havoc for motorists as the country returns to work, after more than 12 inches of snow blanketed parts of the UK.

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Max Clifford during his trial (Justin Tallis/PA)

Disgraced publicist Max Clifford dies in hospital after being taken ill in jail

Disgraced former celebrity publicist Max Clifford has died, the Ministry of Justice said.

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Tony Blair has issued a warning over Brexit

Only a bespoke deal for Northern Ireland will solve border problem, says Blair

The European Union cannot allow the continued free flow of goods across the Irish border if Britain is outside the single market and the customs union, Tony Blair has warned.

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Police released CCTV after a man was subjected to a 50-hour hostage ordeal (Metropolitan Police/PA)

Two more arrests made by police over man’s 50-hour hostage ordeal

Police have made two further arrests after a man was stripped naked, tied up and beaten during a 50-hour hostage ordeal.

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A BAS team remeasured the mountain and found the error (British Antarctic Survey/PA)

New highest mountain for UK as polar peak quarter of a mile higher than thought

Britain has a new highest mountain after new satellite data revealed land surveys by polar explorers were nearly 400 metres out.

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David Davis suggested Friday's agreement was not legally enforcable J(eff Overs/BBC/PA)

London and Dublin clash over significance of Brexit agreement

London and Dublin have clashed over whether the Brexit agreement intended to trigger trade talks is legally binding or not.

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Jeremy Corbyn is calling for action from the Prime Minister (David Mirzoeff/PA)

Jeremy Corbyn demands ‘answers’ and ‘action’ over Grenfell Tower tragedy

The Government is “failing” Grenfell Tower survivors by leaving many homeless and without faith in the public inquiry six months on, Labour has warned.

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Fire crews are at the scene in Allington Drive, Birstall (PA)

Three injured as gas blast leaves house in ruins

Three people have been hurt after a gas explosion destroyed a house and damaged several others.

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Traffic is forced to drive in one lane as snow covers most of the A470 dual carriageway past Merthyr Tydfil, Wales (Ben Birchall/PA)

Motorists warned of havoc on roads as snow and ice hit Monday morning commute

Motorists are being warned of havoc on the roads on Monday as snow turns into ice following a weekend wintry blast.

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Theresa May is feeling optimistic about Brexit negotiations (Steve Parsons/PA)

PM remains positive about Brexit deal as Irish issue warning over commitments

Theresa May is taking an upbeat stance on securing a Brexit deal, as Ireland insists the UK must stick to its commitments on keeping a soft border with the Republic.

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In pictures: Snow turns parts of UK into winter wonderland

Heavy snowfall across parts of the UK is causing widespread disruption, closing roads and grounding flights at an airport.

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Lord Kerslake has quit his position at King's College Hospital (Ella Pickover/PA)

Lord Kerslake quits role as chairman of NHS trust in protest over funding issues

Lord Kerslake has resigned as boss of King’s College Hospital because of funding problems with the NHS.

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Cameron Millar, 10, was born without a right hand (Amalia Publicity/PA)

Cameron, 10, planning to play the drums after getting bionic hand

A boy’s Christmas wish to be able to use both his hands will be granted following a charity appeal.

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Lord Kerslake is calling for cross-party action on the NHS (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Lord Kerslake urges fundamental review after quitting as chairman of NHS trust

A fundamental review of the NHS is needed to address a financial crisis, Lord Kerslake said, after quitting as the boss of a major hospital trust in protest at funding problems.

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Rural areas top breath test charge table as festive drinkers are warned of risks

More motorists are charged with drink-driving in largely rural areas, an investigation suggests.

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Elizabeth Campbell leads the council which owns Grenfell Tower (Victoria Jones/PA)

Grenfell Tower council leader to miss memorial service at request of families

The council leader linked to the Grenfell Tower fire will not attend a memorial service marking the six-month anniversary, following a request from bereaved families.

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