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Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme to close, says Hammond

Philip Hammond has confirmed the Government is closing its Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme in the latest of George Osborne's flagship policies to be abandoned by the new administration.

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Campaigners demand urgent action to cut number of people killed on roads

Safety campaigners have urged the Government to take more action to cut road deaths after new figures showed there has been no significant reduction in the traffic accident fatalities since 2011.

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Post-Brexit free trade with EU will be possible, claims Liam Fox

Liam Fox and fellow senior Tories have insisted Britain can maintain free trade with the European Union and control over immigration after Brexit despite fresh warnings that it would be "impossible".

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Queen's 100th birthday messages may have risen by 50% in 10 years

The number of congratulatory messages sent by the Queen to people reaching their 100th birthday may have risen by up to a half over the past decade.

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'Very high rates' of anxiety and depression for young women

Social media and the pursuit of "perfection" could be fuelling a rise in anxiety and depression among young women, experts warn.

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Narrowing gender salary gap 'could boost UK economy by more than £600bn'

Narrowing the yawning salary gap between men and women could bolster the UK economy by hundreds of billions of pounds, a report has revealed.

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Deal signed for construction of £18bn Hinkley Point nuclear power station

Government ministers from the UK, France and China have attended a signing ceremony giving the final go-ahead for the Hinkley Point nuclear power station to be built.

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European Space Agency prepares to crash probe into comet

Final preparations are being made to crash a European spacecraft on to a comet, bringing a dramatic end to the £1 billion Rosetta mission.

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Metropolitan Police chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to retire seven months early

Britain's most senior police officer is to retire seven months before the end of his contract.

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Price comparison websites face review by competition watchdog

The competition watchdog has launched a review of price comparison websites to investigate public awareness of how they earn their money and the level to which they actually benefit consumers.

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Bob Geldof attacks Donald Trump and Boris Johnson at Canada summit

Bob Geldof used his opening ceremony speech at the One Young World Summit to label Donald Trump a "racist" and a "liar".

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Call to Home Secretary over child abuse probe 'crisis' as top lawyer suspended

Home Secretary Amber Rudd is facing calls to address the "crisis" that has engulfed the national child abuse probe following the suspension of the inquiry's most senior lawyer.

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Traffic officer hailed for averting M1 tragedy after driver falls unconscious

A police officer who brought an unconscious motorist's car to a halt by ramming it into a motorway safety barrier has been commended by his Chief Constable.

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Alton Towers visitor numbers down as Merlin 'learns lessons' of Smiler crash

Alton Towers owner Merlin Entertainments said it had "learned every lesson" from last year's Smiler rollercoaster crash as it revealed that visitor numbers were still being affected.

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Negotiating Brexit could cost £65m and require 520 more staff, think-tank warns

Planning for Brexit could cost the Government £65 million a year and involve hiring at least 500 civil servants - but time is being "wasted" on "political squabbles and turf wars", a new report warns.

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Danny Willett says sorry after his brother provokes Ryder Cup backlash

British golf star Danny Willett has apologised after his brother branded American Ryder Cup fans a "braying mob of imbeciles" in a scathing magazine article.

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Some painkillers 'increase the risk of developing heart failure'

Common painkillers used by millions of people in the UK are linked to an increased risk of heart failure, experts have said.

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Lack of funds harming female offender rehabilitation efforts - report

A shortage of accommodation and lack of funding are hampering efforts to help female offenders turn away from crime, a watchdog has warned.

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Most people have older 'heart age' than actual age, study reveals

The vast majority of people have an older "heart age" than their actual age, a new study suggests.

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Princess Beatrice will strive to complete Mount Etna charity challenge

Princess Beatrice will run and hike more than 30km to the summit of Mount Etna in Sicily today to raise money for a charity she co-founded.

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