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Economy Borrowing

Thomas Pope, a research economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, said: “The Chancellor will doubtless be pleased that the Spring Statement in three weeks’ time can be expected to contain a downwards revision to the forecast for Government borrowing this year.

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Economy Inflation

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said expected rate rises by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) are not a move towards the “long run average bank rate of 5%”.

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Lords Brexit

Independent crossbencher Lord Carlile of Berriew likened the Brexit analysis papers to a “real suicide note”.

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Lords Brexit

Tory former minister Viscount Hailsham said he would “frustrate the policy of Brexit” if he could.

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Politics Resolution

The Resolution Foundation think tank is releasing a report on living standards. A story is being prepared under 0001 Thursday embargo.

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Lords Brexit

Cobra beer founder Lord Bilimoria backed the UK staying in a customs union with Brussels warning that “tariff-free, seamless trade” should not be taken for granted.

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Courts FGM

NOT FOR PUBLICATIONCOURTS FGM Advisory : The child victim in the Bristol Crown Court FGM trial which is being heard today is the subject of an order under Section 45 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act. Judge Julian Lambert has directed that the defendant should not be identified, as this would risk identifying the victim. Judge Lambert has also directed that the following can be reported::: Age of child:: Age of defendant:: That the defendant is the child’s father:: From an inner-city area of Bristol – nothing further:: The defendant at “one point” drove a private hire vehicle:: The nationality of the defendantJudge Lambert said that anyone who reports any further details about the defendant and victim is “in grave risk that they could contravene the S45 order”.

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Politics Corbyn

Dagmar Hovestaedt, a spokeswoman for the Federal Commission for the Stasi Records, said: “Currently there is a debate in Great Britain about a possible documentation of activities of the Labour politician Jeremy Corbyn in the Stasi records.

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Politics Corbyn

No files on Jeremy Corbyn or Diane Abbott are held in the archives of the former East German Stasi security service, the German commission responsible for the archives has announced.

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Courts Worboys

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird, said: “The decision of the Supreme Court will bring some closure for these victims of Worboys and their families.

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Schedule Graphics

Here is a round-up of what PA Graphics has available today:

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Lords Brexit

Peers have started their first day of debate at committee stage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

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Police M20

The London-bound carriageway of the M20 between junctions 10 and nine has reopened, according to Kent Police.

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Tribunal Sparrowhawk

A doctor has been suspended from working for a year after an epileptic teenager drowned after being left alone in an NHS care home.

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Economy Inflation

Mr Carney was asked by MPs whether fiscal rather than monetary policy is now needed to encourage investment, given that low interest rates have already helped lower the cost of borrowing.

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Farm NFU

The National Farmers’ Union has elected Minette Batters as the first female president in its 110-year history, the organisation has announced.

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Economy Inflation

Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane has told MPs that a too-late move on interest rates could put UK jobs at risk.

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Courts Pollution

British Heart Foundation chief executive Simon Gillespie said: “Toxic air contributes to an estimated 40,000 premature deaths in the UK each year.

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Police Derby

Derbyshire Police have charged a man with robbery after a 12-year-old girl had her rose gold iPhone 6s taken as she walked home on Sunday in Cambridge Street, Normanton, Derby.

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Education Pensions

UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: ‘We welcome the call from the minister for us and UUK to get back round the table and sort this out.

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