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Latest figures show almost a quarter of those had to wait at least an hour before being seen
More than 100,000 patients this winter have had to wait in the back of an ambulance for at least 30 minutes because of A&E overcrowding, NHS figures have revealed.
In all 104,987 patients brought to hospitals in England have been stuck inside an ambulance for upwards of half an hour.
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:43:52 GMT
Gusts of 80mph-plus in many parts of UK, with snow causing difficult driving conditions
Snow and severe gales with gusts of more than 80mph have hit much of the UK, causing widespread travel disruption and many schools to close.
The Met Office issued a yellow warning for very strong winds for most of England. A separate yellow warning for snow and ice in western Scotland and Northern Ireland was extended to cover northern England.Continue reading...
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:47:02 GMT
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s press conference with Emmanuel Macron
David Gauke, the justice secretary, has been sworn in today as lord chancellor, the role he holds alongside his post as head of the Ministry of Justice. He is the first solicitor to hold the role. (For years the job always used to go to a barrister, but the Labour government effectively downgraded the job and, under David Cameron, Chris Grayling became the first non-lawyer to hold the post.)
At his swearing in Gauke said:
As lord chancellor, I look forward to working with you, lord chief justice, and other senior members of the judiciary, to ensure we continue to attract exceptional and talented people in order for it [the judiciary] to remain strong, free from improper influence and truly independent - indeed, to remain the envy of the world.
During my time as lord chancellor, I will be ambitious for our country’s legal services, I will be steadfast in my commitment to defend the independence of the judiciary and to respect the rule of law, and I will be determined in our work to create a justice system that is open to all, a justice system that everyone in the country can have confidence in and one that lives up to the deep-rooted sense of justice and fairness the UK is known for around the world.
The Labour party has announced the appointment of two new whips - Fiona Onasanya and Stephanie Peacock.Continue reading...
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:23:46 GMT
US president says plans have ‘never changed or evolved’, despite remarks by chief of staff
Donald Trump has contradicted his chief of staff over proposals for a wall along the southern US border with Mexico, tweeting that his opinion on a wall “has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it”.
On Wednesday evening, the White House chief of staff, John Kelly, said the US president’s views on immigration and a border wall had “very definitely changed” after Trump had been briefed on the subjects.Continue reading...
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:15:13 GMT
UK police receive allegation that former Old Vic artistic director sexually assaulted a man in 2005
Kevin Spacey is being investigated by Scotland Yard over a third accusation of sexual assault.
The Metropolitan police have been told that a third man was allegedly sexually assaulted by the Oscar-winning actor, this time in Westminster, London, in 2005.Continue reading...
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:54:10 GMT
Author of bestselling Neapolitan novels says she was keen to test herself with the ‘bold, anxious exercise’ of writing regular pieces for the magazine
Elena Ferrante, the bestselling Italian novelist of the highly acclaimed Neapolitan series, is to write her first ever regular newspaper column, in the Guardian.
The pseudonymous author’s return to writing, a year after an investigative journalist controversially claimed to have revealed her real identity, will be welcomed by fans anxious to see her next move. Ferrante has always said that her anonymity was important to her work, freeing her from the “anxiety of notoriety”.Continue reading...
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:34:29 GMT
Henry Bolton does not rule out rekindling relationship and says he is victim of internal party plot to oust him
The Ukip leader, Henry Bolton, has admitted he is still in love with his former girlfriend after their relationship ended amid allegations she had sent racist text messages.
Bolton said he had been the victim of an internal plot to oust him, comparing his time as leader to facing the Taliban.Continue reading...
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:32:01 GMT
Officials say victims were from neighbouring Uzbekistan and died on a road widely used to transport migrant workers
A bus caught fire in a remote part of Kazakhstan on Thursday, killing 52 citizens of neighbouring Uzbekistan, the Kazakh interior ministry has said.
The bus was travelling along a road in Kazakhstan’s north-western Aktau region that links the Russian city of Samara to Shymkent, a city in southern Kazakhstan close to the Uzbek border.Continue reading...
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:23:07 GMT
Apple chief Tim Cook says update for iOS will provide new option, but urges against using it for risk of sudden shutdown problems
Apple will give users the option to turn off a feature that temporarily slows down older iPhones in order to prevent unexpected shutdowns, chief executive Tim Cook has said.
The new option is likely to arrive in March, as part of the next update to iOS 11. “If you don’t want it, you can turn it off,” Cook told ABC News. The CEO maintains, however, that Apple “don’t recommend” users take advantage of the ability to disable the slowdown.Continue reading...
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:24:35 GMT
Police warn public not to approach animal on the loose from UK Wolf Conservation Trust
A wolf has escaped from a wildlife sanctuary near a school in Berkshire.
Police were called at 8am on Thursday after reports from a member of the public that the animal was on the loose from the UK Wolf Conservation Trust near Reading.Continue reading...
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:25:34 GMT