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Aldi £10 gin beats £40 rival to be named best in the world

An Aldi dry gin that sells for £10 has won top prize at an international spirits competition, beating a £40 rival. Aldi’s Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin, which retails for £9.97, won gold in the dry gin category at the International Wine & Spirits Competition, an award judged by industry experts from across the world. Experts awarded second place to Foxhole London Dry Gin, which sells for £39.99, and describes itself as “velvet textured with violet notes”. The British-made Aldi dry gin also b
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Laura Kuenssberg 'given bodyguard' after online abuse

Laura Kuenssberg was given “personal protection” during the general election campaign, according to reports. The BBC’s political editor was subject to online abuse over accusations of biased reporting largely levelled against her by Jeremy Corbyn supporters. Many voices on the right also accused Ms Kuenssberg and other BBC journalists of biased coverage ahead of the vote on 8 June. At one hustings Ukip supporters booed and heckled her, shouting at her to “crawl back down her hole”. Ms Kuenssb
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The state of student loans today: The numbers in full

Students in England are set to graduate with debts of more than £50,000, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned. The independent research body estimates it will take 30 years for graduates to pay off their loans, after a shake-up to university funding that saw student fees raised to £9,000 a year in 2012. Student fees became a high-profile issue during the General Election, with Labour gaining traction among young voters after promising to scrap them. But the IFS figures suggest the issu
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Prince Charles spent £46,000 on a train trip

The Prince of Wales was the royal who made the most expensive journey by train in the past financial year, costing £46,000. The heir to the throne travelled from Windsor to Lancashire and Yorkshire in March to undertake engagements in Clitheroe, Settle and Harrogate. The two-day trip cost £46,038 – or £95.32 per mile. A standard “anytime” return train ticket from Windsor to Clitheroe costs £383. The Royal Family made 14 trips costing more than £15,000 each on the Royal Train in 2016-2017, whi
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The Corbyn critics who admit they were wrong

Political pundits and MPs who doubted Jeremy Corbyn’s electoral success have apologised after the Labour leader defied a number of opinion polls to gain 29 seats. Media commentators and politicians have admitted they were wrong following the Labour leader’s unexpected result at the ballot box, winning 261 seats in total. The first dose of humble pie came from Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan, who previously predicted the Conservatives would win by a “90-100 seat majority”. The Labo
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Canadian who died in fiance's arms named first London terror victim

Canadian national Christine Archibald, 30, who worked in a homeless shelter until she moved to Europe to be with her fiance, died in his arms after the terrorist attack near London Bridge. Cassie Ferguson Rowe said her brother, Tyler Ferguson, held Ms Archibald, from British Columbia, as she died. Writing on Facebook, she said: “Last night in London my baby brother lost the love of his life on the London Bridge. “In a split second his entire life was ripped away from him. Hearing his painful
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How newspapers around the world covered the Manchester Attacks

Daily French newspaper Liberation chose a black and white photograph of a woman comforting a child wearing an Ariana Grande T-shirt, with the headline “Chilhood murdered”. The German paper marks the attack with reference to the pink balloons held by Ariana Grande fans at the concert. It dedicates its back page to the victims with an illustration of a pink balloon and a peace symbol incorporating Ariana Grande’s signature bunny ears. The symbol has been used by other media, including across the
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Gina Miller launches crowdfunding campaign to 'stop extreme Brexit'

Businesswoman Gina Miller has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £10,000 to support a tactical voting drive to stop “Extreme Brexit”. Ms Miller, who successfully mounted a legal challenge to Brexit in the high court, said the goal of her campaign is to “support candidates who campaign for a real final vote on Brexit, including rejecting any deal that leaves Britain worse off”. She and a group of campaigners have launched their “Do what’s best for Britain!” bid via the website Go Fund Me
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The MPs who voted against Buckingham Palace's £369m refurbishment

MPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a multi-million pound refurbishment of Buckingham Palace. But fifty six MPs – including two Labour MPs – voted against Government plans that will see £369m spent on Buckingham Palace over a decade. The Scottish National Party said it did not agree with extra money being allocated for the Palace during a time of austerity. Jeremy Corbyn appeared to abstain from the vote, but John McDonnell voted in favour of the renovation. Labour MPs Dennis Skinner
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BT landline-only customers get £60 a year off their bill

Customers who only buy their landline with BT are to have their bills cut by £5 a month under plans proposed by telecoms regulator Ofcom. It said that landline-only customers – who are often vulnerably or elderly people – were “getting poor value for money in a market that is not serving them well enough”. Customers who only buy landline services from BT, and do not opt-in for other “bundles services” including broadband and pay TV packages, are much more likely to have remained with the same
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