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UK energy suppliers are preparing to “wargame” emergency plans to avert blackouts this winter with warnings that low gas supplies could see power stations shut off. Government officials and sources at two power stations say they have been asked to review their plans to deal with threats of dangerously low supplies in order to prevent blackouts across Britain. The Independent reports...
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Homelessness crisis set to escalate due to rent increases

A number of factors are contributing to an upsurge in homeless figures. Private landlords have been issuing eviction notices to tenants many of whom are struggling to pay rent after pandemic payments ceased. The homelessness crisis may also be...

Gordon Brown demands emergency budget for UK’s ‘financial timebomb’

Gordon Brown is demanding an emergency budget to address the “financial timebomb” that “will explode” in October and leave half of the UK’s population in fuel poverty, causing “a...

Interest rate rise as UK faces lengthy economic recession

The Bank of England has raised interest rates by 0.5% to 1.75% and given a bleak warning that the UK faces a lengthy recession that will hit millions of...

Parliament quits TikTok over security fears, No 10 urged to follow suit

UK Parliament has ditched its TikTok account and deleted all content just a week after it launched, following China’s decision to sanction some MPs and peers. Downing Street and all...

Priti Patel uses Commonwealth Games to expand Rwanda deportation policy

Home secretary Priti Patel will use the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham “as diplomatic cover” in her attempts to reach Rwanda-style deals with more African countries. A Home Office source said the Games “provide a platform...

Threat of general strike as Truss plans to restrict trade union rights

Trade unions have warned the UK faces a general strike if Liz Truss goes ahead with plans to further curb workers rights to take industrial action. The caution came on another day of rail strikes...

Brexit – Dover declares ‘critical incident’ while EU takes legal action against UK

French border officers are being blamed for the “critical incident” that has been declared by the gridlocked Port of Dover at the start of the busiest summer getaway in years. “Woefully inadequate” staffing by French...

Britain burns as fires rage on UK’s hottest ever day

Fire brigades have been battling fires on the UK’s hottest ever day as temperatures passed 40C for the first time in history. Scientists are warning Monday and Tuesday’s unprecedented temperatures are a “wake up call”...

Truss and Sunak pull out as TV debates prove too hot for Tories

Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak have withdrawn from the third Conservative leadership TV debate following concerns the clashes between rivals are damaging the party’s standing. Sky News has been forced to cancel the programme after...