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Rishi Sunak pledges to remove benefits for people not taking jobs after 12 months | Politics News

People who are fit to work but do not accept job offers will have their benefits taken away after 12 months, the prime minister has pledged.Outlining his plans to reform the welfare system if the Conservatives win the next general election, Rishi Sunak said "unemployment support should be a safety net, never a choice" as he promised to "make sure that hard work is always rewarded". Politics live: 'Moral mission' to end 'sicknote culture', says SunakHe insisted the changes -…

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Another political headache for Rishi Sunak – as things start to look like John Major years of scandal | Politics News

This is a tale that's more than just a marmalade dropper. It's a story so astounding you have to pick yourself up off the floor. Mark Menzies MP last December allegedly made a 3.15am phone call to an elderly party volunteer asking for £5,000 as a matter of "life or death" because he had been locked up by "bad people". To secure his release, the money was paid by his office manager from her personal account and reimbursed from funds raised…

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Salvator Rosa painting stolen in Oxford raid found in Romania – two other artworks still missing | UK News

An "'irreplaceable" 17th Century artwork stolen from an Oxford University Gallery has been found in Romania - but police say they're still hunting for two more paintings taken in the heist.In March 2020 at least three thieves broke into the Christ Church Picture Gallery, taking three 16th and 17th Century paintings off the walls. They used a ladder to escape with the artwork through the roof.The haul was collectively worth around £10m.The artwork is Salvator Rosa's A Rocky Coast, With…

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All the Tory MPs who have been suspended since Rishi Sunak became prime minister | Politics News

Rishi Sunak is facing a fresh headache after a Conservative MP was suspended over allegations he misused campaign funds.The Times newspaper report into Mark Menzies is the latest sleaze row to rock the Tories since the prime minister entered Downing Street with a promise to bring "integrity and accountability" to government. Having sought to draw a line under the scandal-hit era of Boris Johnson, problems have continued to mount for Mr Sunak.Sky News looks at the MPs who have been…

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Schoolboy ‘tried to beat sleeping students to death with a hammer’, court told | UK News

A public schoolboy was "on a mission" to protect himself from a "zombie apocalypse" when he tried to kill two sleeping students by attacking them with a claw hammer, a court has been told.The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is also accused of repeatedly striking a teacher in the skull with a hammer after attacking the boys at Blundell's School in Tiverton, Devon. The teenager was 16 when the attacks took place and claims he was sleepwalking…

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Retail sales show zero growth despite ‘fresh two-year high’ for consumer confidence | Business News

There was a worse than expected performance for retail sales last month, defying predictions of a consumer-led pick up from recession for the UK economy.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported sales volumes were flat in March, following an upwardly revised figure of 0.1% for the previous month. It said sales at non-food stores helped offset declines at supermarkets.Sales of fuel rose by 3.2%.Money latest: Do solar panels work in the UK's wet and cloudy climate? ONS senior statistician Heather…

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Rishi Sunak to demand end to ‘sick note culture’ and shift focus to ‘what people can do’ | Politics News

Rishi Sunak is to call for an end to the "sick note culture" in a major speech on welfare reform - as he warns against "over-medicalising the everyday challenges and worries of life".The prime minister wants to shift the focus to "what people can do with the right support in place, rather than what they can't do". Mr Sunak also wants sick notes to be issued by "specialist work and health professionals" rather the GPs in order to reduce workloads.Politics…

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Post Office had ‘bunker mentality’ towards press, lawyer tells inquiry | Business News

A sub-postmaster victim of faulty IT software Horizon was described as a "bluffer" when he alerted senior Post Office officials about bugs in the system.One of the Post Office's heads of legal Rodric Williams dismissed the complainant and told the Post Office Horizon Inquiry on Thursday there was "bunker mentality" among staff in relation to the media's coverage of the IT system. The inquiry has been hearing evidence to examine who in government and the Post Office knew what and…

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Liz Truss’s book Ten Years To Save The West in breach of rules in place on minister’s memoirs | Politics News

Liz Truss's memoir broke the rules in place for ministers publishing works about their time in office.The former prime minister's book, Ten Years To Save The West, came out earlier this week and tells of her time as the UK shortest-serving leader. This includes how her government was run, and details of her conversation with the late Queen Elizabeth II.Politics latest: 'Big questions' for Sunak over claims against Tory MPWhile Ms Truss submitted the book to civil servants in the…

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EU proposing post-Brexit joint youth work and study scheme with UK | Politics News

Young people could be able to move more easily between the UK and Europe and stay longer to work, study and train under proposed plans by the European UnionUnder the proposal, which has been put forward by the European Commission, new rules would be drawn up to allow for greater movement between the UK and EU countries for people aged between 18 and 30. Formal negotiations have not yet begun, and a UK source told Sky News no formal proposal…

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