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Spice Girls won't reunite for tour says Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham has dismissed reports of a Spice Girls reunion tour, following reports she had agreed to perform on the condition she didn’t have to sing. Beckham, aka “Posh Spice”, was claimed to have given her blessing to a reunion, only agreeing on the assurance she would not have to sing, The Sun reported last week. But the pop star turned fashion designer, 43, rejected reports the much-loved Nineties girl band would perform across the UK and US this summer. It comes after the fivesome c
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Lloyds Bank bans credit card customers from buying Bitcoin

Lloyds Bank has banned customers from buying Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies on their credit cards amid fear they could be left in debt due to the volatile nature of online currencies. The banking group, which includes the Bank of Scotland, Halifax and MBNA, is thought to be the first in the UK to ban credit card customers from borrowing to buy the digital currency. Customers will still be able to purchase cryptocurrencies on their debit cards. What other banks say A spokeswoman for Barcla
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Wetherspoon's ran out of steak on steak night

Wetherspoon’s customers looking forward to Tuesday steak club were left disappointed after the pub chain ran out of sirloin, rump and gammon. The pub chain had to pull its popular steak club across all 900 branches due to a supply problem, which it said was likely to continue for a few days. The rump, sirloin and gammon steaks had to be recalled due to a “precautionary measure because of mislabelling”, according to suppliers Russell Hume. JD Wetherspoon apologised in a statement to customers
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Read Carrie Gracie's resignation letter in full over BBC equal pay

The BBC’s outgoing China Editor Carrie Gracie has resigned from her post due to a “crisis of trust” in the BBC over pay inequality between men and women. In an open letter to licence fee payers, originally published on her personal website, she explains why she left her post at the corporation: My name is Carrie Gracie and I have been a BBC journalist for three decades. With great regret, I have left my post as China Editor to speak out publicly on a crisis of trust at the BBC. The BBC belong
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Priti Patel's resignation letter in full

Priti Patel has quit her Cabinet role and acknowledged that her “actions fell below the standards of transparency and openness” she had advocated. Her decision to resign as International Development Secretary came after being summoned back from an official visit to Africa for a showdown with Theresa May in Downing Street. Ms Patel had been intending to spend three days in Kenya and Uganda, but was forced to cut short her trip and return home from Nairobi to explain the disclosure of further un
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Eddie Izzard wants to join Labour's governing body again

Eddie Izzard has launched a fresh bid to join Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) after failing to win a place on the party’s governing body last year. The comedian, who has previously spoken about running for London Mayor, said he is “not standing for any faction” and will focus on the inclusion of underrepresented groups in his campaign. Izzard said he was “fighting for an open, tolerant party” and is dedicated to supporting Jeremy Corbyn in his effort to become prime minister. He s
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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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Asda to sell free range milk from cows kept outside for six months

Asda is to become the first UK supermarket to sell “free range” milk from cows that have been kept outside for at least six months a year. One litre of free range milk will cost 24p more than Asda’s regular milk. Bottles will carry a “Pasture Promise” logo, indicating that it offers farmers a fair price and comes from animals that have been grazed for at least 180 days and nights a year. The retailer will begin selling the milk on Wednesday. Unlike free range eggs, there are currently no indu
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Community fridge for leftover food opens in Brixton to reduce waste

A community fridge that aims to reduce food waste has launched in Brixton, south London. The crowdfunded “People’s Fridge” is stocked with leftover produce from food stalls, restaurants and residents that would otherwise be thrown away. Run by a group of local volunteers and food activists, the communal fridge is open to all seven days a week and allows people to take food for free. Located in communal space Pop Brixton – an outdoor area made up of food stalls and independent shops – the frid
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Domestic abuse victims set to suffer as solicitors' fees slashed

After news that violent partners will no longer be able to cross-examine their victims in family courts, the Ministry of Justice has announced a series of proposals that could hurt victims of domestic abuse in criminal courts. While money has been granted to family courts to protect domestic abuse victims, the Government plans to slash the fees of solicitors hired to prevent victims of abuse from being cross-examined by their perpetrators in criminal cases. Lawyers who are hired specially to q
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Report by Jo Cox argues for military intervention

A report Jo Cox MP was working on before her death, which argues that Britain should consider military intervention in the face of humanitarian atrocities abroad, has been published. “The Cost of Doing Nothing” was started by the Labour MP and Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat last year. It was completed by Ms Cox’s friend Alison McGovern, the Labour MP for Wirral South. Ms Cox was murdered outside her Yorkshire constituency by neo-Nazi sympathiser Thomas Mair weeks before the EU referendum. In t
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