News archive from 26 December 2015

D-Day for Louis van Gaal: Manchester United boss desperate for Stoke win to avoid sack

D-Day for Louis van Gaal: Manchester United boss desperate for Stoke win to avoid sack

United boss Van Gaal is determined to halt a six-game winless run at the Britannia Stadium at lunchtime to ease mounting pressure from fans who want Jose Mourinho or Ryan Giggs installed as manager. The experienced Dutchman, 64, came out fighting by...

 

Huge leap in number of people cashing in and moving out of London in 2015

The number of people selling up and moving out of London rose by two-thirds in 2015, figures showed on Saturday, as homeowners cashed in on the capital’s high house prices or escaped to more affordable parts of the country. More Londoners bought homes...

Guardian, 00:07 in Business
 
Christmas is special for needy families thanks to amazing Toy Appeal response

Christmas is special for needy families thanks to amazing Toy Appeal response

Christmas was extra special this year for hundreds of South Tyneside children and their families thanks to your amazing generosity. Hundreds of gifts were donated to the appeal, helping youngsters most in need enjoy the festive season. Viv Watts,...

 

Boxing Day rail shutdown prompts Labour accusation of Tory hypocrisy

The Conservatives have been accused of hypocrisy for allowing another Boxing Day rail shutdown after attacking the Christmas closures when in opposition. The shutdown of rail services across most of the country, forcing holidaymakers on to congested...

Guardian, 00:10 in Politics
 

Snow, panto and rattlesnakes: review of Christmas Day TV highlights

Yet again Doctor Who (BBC1) proved it has the measure of a proper holiday special. There was snow, a Christmas dinner of sorts and, yes, a headless robot charging around the galaxy in search of its head, played by a funny, pompous Greg Davies, but...

Guardian, 00:10 in Showbiz
 

Downton Abbey review: the glorious fantasy of Britain comes to an end

They managed to resist covering everything in snow until the very end, but Downton Abbey’s final ever episode was very much a kitchen sink affair. Julian Fellowes chucked in a wedding, a birth, new jobs and old fights, and a spirited version of Auld...

Guardian, 00:10 in Showbiz
 
Johnny Vegas urges Brummies to sign up to Sport Relief 2016

Johnny Vegas urges Brummies to sign up to Sport Relief 2016

He might not be an obvious fitness champion – but comedian Johnny Vegas is calling on the people of Birmingham to sign up to Sport Relief 2016. The portly 45 year-old is the latest celebrity to back the biannual charity event which will take place...

 

Boxing Day foxhunts to go ahead as Tory support falls for weakening ban

More than 300 hunts gathering for Boxing Day will meet on Saturday amid growing parliamentary opposition from Conservative MPs to repealing the ban on hunting foxes with packs of hounds. The traditional outings, expected to attract around 250,000...

 

From lost and lonely to safe and busy: the refugees helped by City of Sanctuary

On 18 December 1999, Sabir Zazai, then 23, arrived in Britain as a refugee from Afghanistan. He is still not sure how exactly he made it to the UK, dressed in only a T-shirt and trousers, with the merest of possessions. “The way we were trafficked –...

 
UK set to head western Europe's best-performing economies, report forecasts

UK set to head western Europe's best-performing economies, report forecasts

The UK is set to become the best performing economy in western Europe next year, and is likely to overtake powerhouses Germany and Japan in the 2030s, a report said today. The World Economic League Table from think tank the Centre for Economics and...

 

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UK set to head western Europe's best-performing economies, report forecasts

The UK is set to become the best performing economy in western Europe next year, and is likely to overtake powerhouses Germany and Japan in the 2030s, a report said today. The World Economic League Table from think tank the Centre for Economics and...

 

McFly's Harry Judd is Strictly Christmas king

McFly's Harry Judd is the winner of the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special. The 30-year-old drummer competed against contestants from previous series of the show including model Abbey Clancy, TV presenter Alison Hammond, TV and Radio Presenter...

 

McFly's Harry Judd is Strictly Christmas king

McFly's Harry Judd is the winner of the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special. The 30-year-old drummer competed against contestants from previous series of the show including model Abbey Clancy, TV presenter Alison Hammond, TV and Radio Presenter...

 


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