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Brexit: May's EU deal not binding, says David Davis

Brexit Secretary David Davis has described the deal struck by Theresa May to move to the next phase of Brexit talks as a “statement of intent”. He said it was not “legally enforceable” and if the UK failed to get a trade deal with the EU then it would not pay its divorce bill. But he stressed that the UK was committed to keeping a “frictionless and invisible” Irish border. And it would “find a way” to do this if there was a “no deal” Brexit. He also stressed that…

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Antonio Conte says Chelsea's Premier League title hopes are over after West Ham defeat

Antonio Conte Saturday, December 9, 2017 Antonio Conte has ruled Chelsea out of the Premier League title race. Last season’s champions were beaten 1-0 by West Ham on Saturday to leave them 11 points behind leaders Manchester City. REPORT – West Ham 1-0 Chelsea: Marko Arnautovic earns Hammers first win under David Moyes There are still 22 games left of the campaign, but Conte insists his side are not good enough to close the gap. The Italian said: “This is the fourth defeat in 16 games. When you have these stats it’s…

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Brexit: Michael Gove says UK voters can change final deal

Voters can use the next general election to have their say on a final Brexit deal, Michael Gove has said. The environment secretary praised Theresa May’s “tenacity and skill” in securing a last-minute deal to end phase one negotiations on Friday. But, writing in the Daily Telegraph, he said if British people “dislike the arrangement”, they can change it. Reports suggest the cabinet will meet on 19 December to discuss its “end state” plans for Brexit. Mr Gove said the primary agreement between the two sides had “set the scene…

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Former Arsenal player Paul Merson says Jack Wilshere needs to move away from the club to play more often

Wilshere’s contract at Arsenal expires in the summer of 2018 Friday, December 8, 2017 Paul Merson has suggested Jack Wilshere should cut his losses and move away from Arsenal to help his career.  Wilshere, who has been with the Gunners since he joined their academy aged nine, has made only four Premier League appearances this season.  The England international showed plenty of promise as a young player but has had his career blighted by a string of injuries.  But Merson, who served as an Arsenal player for twelve years has said…

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Mental health: Jeremy Hunt says the NHS needs to 'be better' at dealing with crisis patients

The health secretary says the NHS must be better at dealing with mental health crisis cases. Jeremy Hunt, who’s in charge of the health service in England, was speaking to Newsbeat about our iPlayer documentary My Mind and Me. He watched Radio 1 listener Bex talk about failures when she needed urgent help after a mental health crisis. Mr Hunt admits there’s a “bottleneck in parts of the country” for mental health beds. “Compared to the scale of what we want to do which is to be much better at…

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Woman says what we're all thinking about change rooms and body image

Canadian university student Brooke Spencer has done herself and every other woman struggling to understand the logic behind the hideous lighting and mirrors in change rooms, a service. “I don’t know what it is about that damn lighting but . . . it makes those so-called ‘flaws’ . . .  7291819x more noticeable,” Spencer wrote in a post. University student Brooke Spencer says the lighting in change rooms makes you think “WTF??” about your body Photo: Instagram @girlmeetsweights “Ahhhh change room lighting,” writes Spencer. “The lighting that can make you go from having a good day…

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University pay will be brought 'under control', says Jo Johnson

Universities Minister Jo Johnson says that excessive pay for university bosses will be brought “under control” by new regulations, which he told the BBC would appear in the new year. Mr Johnson said he was “absolutely convinced” a new regulator, the Office for Students, will tackle pay concerns. The minister promised “greater restraint… in setting top salaries”. It comes after protests over the former head of Bath Spa University receiving more than £800,000 in her final year. ‘Has there been a problem? Most definitely’ Mr Johnson’s comments follow a series…

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