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Oxbridge accused of ‘social apartheid’ over lack of offers to black students

The Oxbridge universities have been accused of a “social apartheid” by a Labour MP who obtained figures which he said showed they draw their students from a “privileged minority”.

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Britain braced for another battering in the wake of Ophelia (Niall Carson/PA)

Britain braced for more weather misery as Brian moves in

The UK is braced for a night of heavy rain and winds before Storm Brian batters the country this weekend.

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The Prince of Wales meets well-wishers outside the Eglinton Community Centre in Londonderry (Laura Hutton/PA)

Charles visits Northern Ireland flood victims

The Prince of Wales has arrived in Northern Ireland to visit communities hit by the summer’s flash floods.

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William and Harry with Greg James during a reception at Kensington Palace for the winners and finalists of BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards (BBC/PA)

‘Teen heroes’ meet William and Harry at Kensington Palace

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have honoured inspirational young people recognised with a national award by inviting them to Kensington Palace.

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Scottish National Gallery staff members showing a rare watercolour by the world-renowned artist and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh (Scottish National Gallery/PA)

Rennie Mackintosh watercolour secured for the nation in £65,000 purchase

An “outstanding” rare watercolour by artist and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh has been secured for the nation.

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MP 'forever indebted' to colleague for Parental Bereavement Bill support (PA Archive)

MP ‘forever indebted’ to colleague for Parental Bereavement Bill support

A Conservative MP was left visibly emotional as he insisted proposals to improve conditions for bereaved parents will mean his child’s life made a difference.

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The proposals could lead to passengers not having to remove laptops and tablets from their carry-on bags to have them scanned (PA)

Air travellers could benefit from portable bag screening technology in future

A Government fund to revolutionise airport screening could mean hand luggage is checked as passengers walk through duty free shops.

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Police-recorded offences are one of two official sources used to analyse trends in crime (Yui Mok/PA)

Rise in violent crime pushes recorded offences past five million mark

A surge in violent crime has helped push the number of offences recorded by police past the five million mark for the first time in a decade, official figures reveal.

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George Hamilton is being investigated by the Police Ombudsman (Brian Lawless/PA)

I’m confident of positive outcome, says PSNI chief facing misconduct probe

Northern Ireland’s police chief has insisted a probe into alleged misconduct in public office will not find any wrongdoing.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, shares a joke with Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron (Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP)

Macron: We’re not halfway there on divorce settlement to unlock Brexit phase two

EU leaders have made clear to Theresa May that she must make more concessions on Britain’s Brexit divorce payment in order to unlock talks on a future trading relationship.

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The IRA planted two bombs in 1974 which ripped through the Tavern in the Town and nearby Mulberry Bush pubs (PA)

Birmingham pub bombings: Scope of inquests ‘could be widened’

The scope of inquests into the deaths of 21 people in the Birmingham pub bombings could be widened after permission was granted for a judicial review, according to a law firm.

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Storm Ophelia toppled trees and caused widespread damage which left thousands of homes without power (Niall Carson/PA)

Britain braced for more weather misery as Brian moves in

The UK is braced for a night of heavy rain and winds before Storm Brian batters the country this weekend.

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David Jamieson said 3,758 personnel would benefit from an additional 1% increase on top of a planned 1% hike (Joe Giddens/PA)

West Midlands Police workers to get extra pay rise

Police staff and PCSOs look set to have their pay boosted to match an officers’ increase because they “deserve the same treatment”, a crime commissioner has announced.

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Nicola Sturgeon said it would be wrong to be "close-minded" about different approaches to benefits (Jane Barlow/PA)

Nicola Sturgeon vows to explore feasibility of citizen’s income scheme

Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to press on with plans to explore a citizen’s income scheme for Scotland while acknowledging it “might turn out not to be feasible”.

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Shelter has called for more affordable housing (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Low-income earners cutting back on food to pay for rent, Shelter finds

Almost half of low earners are cutting back on basics like food so they can afford the rent, a new report suggests.

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There was a 59% rise in the number of attempted murder offences, according to the ONS (Stephen Kelly Wire/PA)

Trump accused of ‘fearmongering’ over ‘Islamic terror’ link to UK crime rise

Donald Trump has been accused of ignorance after controversially linking an increase in recorded crime with the “spread of radical Islamic terror” in the UK.

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Leo Varadkar said he was heartened by the PM's strengthened language on the border issue (Brian Lawless/PA)

Europe agrees no physical border between N Ireland and Republic, says May

Theresa May has said Europe agreed that there will be no physical border on the island of Ireland after Brexit.

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PM plea to EU heads to clear way for Brexit deal ‘we can defend to our people’

Theresa May has issued a direct plea to EU leaders to clear the way for a Brexit deal which she can sell to British voters.

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Lord Mandelson said Jeremy Corbyn faced a choice as to whether he wanted to consolidate his "sectarian" support on the left or widen his appeal to voters (Danny Lawson/PA)

Corbyn should widen appeal across Labour’s broad spectrum – Mandelson

Labour grandee Lord Mandelson has urged Jeremy Corbyn to reach out to centrist voters if he wants to win a strong overall majority at the next general election.

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Boost for Chancellor as Government borrowing hits decade low in September

Chancellor Philip Hammond was handed a boost to the public finances ahead of November’s Budget as Government borrowing fell to its lowest level in a decade last month.

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