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27 May

News story: UK terror threat reduced to 'Severe'

The UK terror threat level has now been reduced to severe - SEVERE means an attack is highly likely

We advise the public to be Alert not Alarmed and to report suspicious behaviour - Action Counters...

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26 May

Press release: Ramadan statement

A Foreign Office spokesperson said:

We wish all Muslims, in the UK and around the world, ‘Ramadan Kareem’.

We are proud of our strong links with the Muslim world and our global missions...

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News story: Ramadan 2017: Prime Minister's message

Ramadan is a unique and special time for Muslims in Britain and around the world.

It is a time for them to renew their faith in God and increase their devotion and spirituality. A time when, despite the...

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Speech: PM statement at the G7 Summit in Sicily : 26 May 2017

Good afternoon.

This week, the United Kingdom suffered one of the worst terrorist attacks in our history. The murder of innocent citizens and the deliberate targeting of children appalled people at home...

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News story: Baroness Anelay visits South Sudan

On 21-24 May 2017, the Rt Hon Baroness Anelay of St Johns DBE, the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, visited South Sudan. This visit raised awareness of the work...

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News story: Minister for North Africa statement on terrorist attack in Egypt

Foreign Office Minister, Tobias Ellwood, said:

The UK Government condemns the terrorist attack in Egypt. I was deeply saddened and appalled to hear about the tragic loss of life. My thoughts are with...

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Four men convicted of people trafficking
Four men have been convicted today (May 26) for their involvement in a people trafficking ring which abused and exploited Polish workers as modern slaves.
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Press release: Generous public should make sure donations go to genuine charities supporting the victims in Manchester

The Charity Commission is encouraging people wishing to support the victims of this week’s terrorist attack in Manchester to donate to a genuine charitable appeal.

It says that the great British public...

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News story: OCR English literature exam, 26 May 2017

We are very disappointed to learn of the error in OCR’s English literature exam paper today. Incidents of this nature are unacceptable and we understand the frustration and concern of the students who may have...

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Press release: Change of British High Commissioner to Cameroon

Mr Rowan James Laxton has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Republic of Cameroon in succession to Mr Brian Olley, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Laxton will...

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Press release: Check before you give to genuine registered charities this Ramadan

The Charity Commission has launched its annual safer giving campaign to help British Muslims continue giving generously to registered charities this Ramadan.

As Muslims in the UK enter Ramadan today (...

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News story: The AAIB has sent a team to the Mull of Kintyre

The AAIB has sent a team to the Mull of Kintyre to investigate a light aircraft accident.

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News story: CMA consults over gyms merger undertakings

Earlier this month, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found competition concerns in these 2 locations because the companies’ gyms are situated close to each other and would face limited competition...

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Family Links Parents Nurturing Programme

5 June- 26 June, Attenborough School

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News story: Bluetongue: UK farmers urged to be vigilant as cattle test positive in northern France

Farmers are being urged to be vigilant for signs of Bluetongue virus (BTV) and consider vaccinating their livestock after BTV-8 was detected in cattle in a previously disease-free area of northern France.

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News story: VMD web services will be unavailable from 27 to 31 May

The following online application services will be unavailable:

Special Import Ceritifcates

Special Treatment Certificates

You should obtain an import certificate in advance...

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News story: Flypor 4% w/v Pour-on Solution – Product defect recall alert

We wish to make wholesalers, veterinary surgeons, pharmacists and SQPs aware that Elanco Europe Ltd has issued a recall for Flypor 4% w/v Pour-on Solution (Vm 00879/4008).

This issue impacts the following...

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Press release: More than 300 miles of roadworks will be lifted this Bank Holiday

Almost 98 per cent of motorways and strategic A roads will be roadworks-free over the bank holiday.

Highways England is completing 184 and suspending 162 miles of roadworks by 6am on 26 May until 12.01am...

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25 May

Speech: "This cannot become the new reality of warfare."

Thank you Mr. President for holding this debate, for ensuring that this chamber hears the voices of civil society, and for your own speech. It’s quite rare to get a round of applause from this audience. And thank...

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Speech: "Until Iraq is free from the terrible scourge of Daesh, families will continue to be subjected to horrific violence..."

Thank you Mr. President, and thank you, Special Representative Kubis for your briefing this morning.

Your Mission is carrying out an important function at a critical time for Iraq, supporting the Government...

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Speech: "We’re meeting today as South Sudan spirals deeper into crisis."

Updated: Added location.

Thank you Mr. President, and thank you David for your briefing just now, and for all of your excellent work.

We are meeting two months after President Kiir recommitted to...

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Press release: Generous public should make sure donations go to genuine charities supporting the victims in Manchester, says charity regulator

The Charity Commission is encouraging people wishing to support the victims of this week’s terrorist attack in Manchester to donate to a genuine charitable appeal.

It says that the great British public...

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News story: UK terror threat raised to 'Critical'

National Policing Lead for Counter-Terrorism, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said:

“The investigation into the terrorist attack in Manchester is large scale, fast moving and making good progress. ...

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News story: Vacancy: Receptionist

The AAIB is looking for someone who is highly motivated, flexible and enthusiastic to work on the AAIB Reception, answering switchboard and dealing with visitors.

A full job description and role profile...

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News story: Royal Iris of the Mersey report published

MAIB’s report on the investigation of the grounding of the passenger ferry Royal Iris of the Mersey at the entrance to Eastham lock, River Mersey, on 10 July 2016 is now published.

The report contains...

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Press release: Report 09/2017: Fatal accident involving a passenger near Balham
Summary

At about 17:24 hrs on Sunday 7 August 2016 a passenger, travelling on a Gatwick Express service from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria, suffered fatal injuries as a result of having his head out of ...

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Speech: 'We seek to align UK interests with ambitions of Karnataka'

It is with mixed feelings I welcome you here tonight. We are gathering to mark Her Majesty’s 91st Birthday, but after the horrific incident in Manchester on Monday night, our hearts go out to the families and...

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News story: Royal Iris of the Mersey report published

MAIB’s report on the investigation of the grounding of the passenger ferry Royal Iris of the Mersey at the entrance to Eastham lock, River Mersey, on 10 July 2016 is now published.

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24 May

Speech: The British High Commissioner's Queen's Birthday Party Speech

Your Excellency Minister for Commonwealth, your excellencies ministers here present, senior members of government, traditional leaders, members of the diplomatic corps, esteemed members of the private sector, ...

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News story: UK to observe a minute​​'s silence for victims of the Manchester terrorist attack

A minute​’s silence will be held at 11am on Thursday 25 May in remembrance of those who lost their lives and all others that were affected by the attack in Manchester on Monday.

The silence will be marked...

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News story: UK terror threat raised to 'Critical'

National Policing Lead for Counter-Terrorism, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said:

“The investigation into the terrorist attack in Manchester is large scale, fast moving and making good progress. ...

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Speech: PM statement following second COBR meeting on Manchester attack: 23 May 2017

PM statement following second COBR meeting on Manchester attack

I have just chaired another meeting of COBR, where we again discussed the callous and cowardly terrorist attack in Manchester last...

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News story: Certification Officer: amendments to the lists

Updated: National Union of Mineworkers (Scottish Area) has been removed from the schedule of trade unions as it ceased to be a trade union on 22 May 2017

22 May 2017

National Union of Mineworkers (Scottish...

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Additional security measures at The National Archives

In response to the horrific terrorist attack in Manchester the government terrorist threat level has been raised to Critical, meaning that an attack is expected imminently.

The National Archives will open...

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News story: Certification Officer: general announcements and latest decisions

Updated: New Decision by the Assistant Certification Officer

22 May 2017

Burgess and ors, Wakefield, Bannister and Rogers v UNISON: The Public Service Union

The applicants made 16 complaints...

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Speech: PM statement on the terror threat level being raised to critical: 23 May 2017

I have just chaired another meeting of COBR, where we again discussed the callous and cowardly terrorist attack in Manchester last night, and the operational response from the security service, the police and...

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23 May

Speech: PM statement following second COBR meeting on Manchester attack: 23 May 2017

I have just chaired another meeting of COBR, where we again discussed the callous and cowardly terrorist attack in Manchester last night, and the operational response from the security service, the police and...

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Speech: PM statement following terrorist attack in Manchester: 23 May 2017

Prime Minister’s statement following the terrorist attack on Manchester

I have just chaired a meeting of the government’s emergency committee COBR, where we discussed the details of – and the response...

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News story: Manchester Arena incident

Updated: Updated advice from the CPNI

Following the recent attacks, it is important that businesses reassure their staff to ensure they are alert, but not alarmed. This is the right moment for businesses...

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News story: Manchester terrorist attack

Applications can be made to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012, by those victims injured, or the families of those killed in...

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News story: Manchester incident: advice for schools and students

Updated: Updated statement.

Many students and teachers are likely to have been affected by the tragic events in Manchester last night. Head teachers are best placed to decide whether exams should go ahead...

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Release of NHS Improvement data

Email from Hugh Pym to UK Statistics Authority, regarding the release of NHS Improvement data

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Release of NHS Improvement data

Letter from Sir David Norgrove, Chair of the UK Statistics Authority, to Mr Hugh Pym, regarding NHS Improvement data

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News story: Home Secretary’s statement on the Manchester attack

Home Secretary, Amber Rudd said:

I know that some people will only just be waking up to the news of the horrific attacks in Manchester last night.

This was a barbaric attack, deliberately...

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News story: CMA issues provisional decision in relation to drug firm’s pricing

This sets out the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) provisional decision that MSD operated an anti-competitive discount scheme for its medicine Remicade. Remicade is the brand name for MSD’s version of...

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News story: Manchester incident: advice for schools and students

Updated: Added link to exam contingency plan.

Many students and teachers are likely to have been affected by the tragic events in Manchester last night. Head teachers are best placed to decide whether exams...

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News story: Manchester Arena incident
News updates

You can follow @G M Police and @Terrorism Police for Twitter updates on the incident.

Useful information that may assist when deploying the tactical options: businesses...
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News story: Home Secretary’s statement on the Manchester attack

Home Secretary, Amber Rudd said:

I know that some people will only just be waking up to the news of the horrific attacks in Manchester last night.

This was a barbaric attack, deliberately...

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News story: Manchester incident: advice for schools and students

Many students and teachers are likely to have been affected by the tragic events in Manchester last night. Head teachers are best placed to decide whether exams should go ahead as planned.

We will consider...

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22 May

Press release: Foreign Secretary congratulates President Rouhani on his re-election

Responding to Iran’s announcement that Hassan Rouhani had been elected for a second term, the Foreign Secretary said:‪

I congratulate President Rouhani on his re-election, after a lively campaign in...

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News story: Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) deadline fast approaching for Financial Institutions

Returns should include reportable accounts for the Financial Accounts Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories (CDOT) and the first year for Common Reporting Standards (CRS). Read more. (cached), Summary and Comments (0), Email this. First seen at 18:30, 22 May

News story: Update: air strikes against Daesh

Updated: Strike update.

Summary Monday 15 May – Tornados and Typhoons provided extensive support to Iraqi forces in Mosul, striking nine targets. Wednesday 17 May – Typhoons attacked terrorist mortar...
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Speech: Future Education - A Father's Perspective

Education is an increasingly complicated business, and you are all experts, which left me wondering how I should approach this speech to you today;

Should I come to you as Paul Rennie, DHM Malaysia, and...

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Press release: April 2017 Transaction Data

In April:

HM Land Registry completed more than 1,386,140 applications the South East topped the table of regional applications with 327,769 Birmingham topped the table of applications by local authority...
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News story: Car parts merger referred for in-depth investigation

Earlier this month, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said that it would refer the deal for an in-depth investigation unless Euro Car Parts offered acceptable ways of addressing competition concerns...

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20 May

Press release: Joint Statement on the recent violence around Brak Al-Shatti airbase

In light of recent violence around Brak Al-Shatti airbase in Libya’s south which again risks escalating into renewed conflict, Taking note of relevant UN Security Council resolutions(UNSCRs), including UNSCRs...

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Press release: Foreign Secretary congratulates President Rouhani on his re-election

Responding to Iran’s announcement that Hassan Rouhani had been elected for a second term, the Foreign Secretary said:‪

I congratulate President Rouhani on his re-election, after a lively campaign ...

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Resettlement Centre Germany

May and June Activities

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19 May

News story: Ransomware advice

The NCSC has provided guidance for enterprise administrators and small businesses who want to reduce the likelihood of being held to ransom by WannaCry (or other types of ransomware).

1. Ransomware: ‘WannaCry...
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Company directors jailed following fatal roof fall
Three company directors have been jailed today (May 19) following the death of a man who fell while working at a warehouse in Essex.
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Firm guilty of manslaughter over London balcony fall
A construction firm has today (May 19) been convicted of the manslaughter of two workers who died after falling from a central London balcony. Its director was convicted of health and safety offences.
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Twelve jailed over high speed road race that killed four young people
Two men have today (May 19) been jailed for nine years for their part in a high-speed road race which left four people dead.
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News story: UEFA Europa League Final in Stockholm, Sweden - Travel Advice
Date: Wednesday 24 May 2017 Venue: Friends Arena Kick off time: 20:45 local time

As well as this advice, check out our travel advice for Sweden

Passports and visas

You don’t need...

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