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Cheaper to ski in Europe this winter for many UK visitors, research finds

Two-thirds of European ski resorts will be cheaper for UK visitors this winter compared with last year, according to new research.

Chancellor Philip Hammond (Matt Dunham/PA)

Hammond ‘trying to appease Brussels’ over Brexit transitional deal

Philip Hammond has been accused of trying to “appease” Brussels by saying a transitional deal after Brexit would mean the UK sticking to EU rules, including on immigration and the role of European judges.

BA was given just two stars for its food and drink in a customer survey (Steve Parsons/PA)

BA and Ryanair at bottom of airline satisfaction survey

British Airways has slumped to third from bottom in an annual survey of short-haul airlines.

The woman died after using a pedestrian crossing in Wandsworth (Luke Mintz/PA)

Five drivers traced after woman killed in ‘multiple hit-and-run’

Five drivers who may have been involved in a suspected multiple hit-and-run in which a woman died have been traced, police said.

What the papers say - December 17

What the papers say – December 17

Politics is back at the top of the news agenda this weekend, with Theresa May featuring on the front of several Sunday papers.

Security minister (John Stillwell/PA)

We do what we have to to keep UK safe within the rule of law – security minister

The UK does not “relish” violence and taking a life is a “very serious thing”, Security Minister Ben Wallace has insisted following criticism of Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson’s suggestion that Islamist fighters should be hunted down and killed.

More than 500 primaries and around 200 secondaries have been judged as requiring improvement or being satisfactory at their last two inspections (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Schools ‘named and shamed’ by Ofsted lost 599 staff since 2015, union says

Schools included on a so-called “name and shame” list by the education watchdog have lost almost 600 staff since 2015, a union has said.

Lindsay Hoyle has been left devastated by the death of his daughter Natalie (Ian Nicholson/PA)

Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle ‘devastated’ by death of daughter

Commons Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle has said he is “truly devastated” by the death of his daughter Natalie.

A guide to survive the excesses of the festive period has been drawn up (David Davies/PA)

Nutrition experts create Christmas ‘survival guide’

Drinking water, eating bananas and cutting out sugar-laden “health” drinks could help festive revellers swerve a Christmas hangover and avoid the bulge.

Alex Rowley has quit as Scottish Labour leader (Jane Barlow/PA)

Alex Rowley resigns as Scottish Labour Party deputy leader

The deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party has resigned from his role.

Tony Blair said "stopping Brexit is the route to win power" (Victoria Jones/PA)

Tony Blair indicates halting Brexit more important than Labour election win

Stopping Brexit is a more important priority than Labour winning the next election, former prime minister Tony Blair suggested as he criticised the party’s strategy under Jeremy Corbyn.

Theresa May stressed her keenness to get on with shaping a "deep and special" future partnership with the EU as quickly as possible (Olivier Matthys/AP)

May ‘well on road’ to Brexit delivery after EU state heads agree to next stage

Theresa May has declared she is “well on the road” to delivering Brexit after leaders of the 27 remaining member states agreed to allow negotiations to proceed to their second phase.

What the papers say - December 16

What the papers say – December 16

The announcement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding date dominates the front pages on Saturday – with the royal event set to clash with the final of the FA Cup.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Joe Giddens/PA)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reveal date for special day

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding is to take place on Saturday May 19, Kensington Palace has announced.

Alyshia Orford thanks James McGeown (John McMonagle/PA)

Homeless man who guarded open car ‘overwhelmed’ by thousands raised for him

A homeless man who stood guard by an open car to make sure a handbag and money was not stolen has been overwhelmed by a campaign that has raised thousands of pounds for him.

A BMG Research poll found 51% favoured staying in the EU while 41% backed Brexit (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

51% of Britons want to remain in European Union, poll finds

More than half of Britons back staying in the European Union, with a 10-point lead for people who want to remain over those who still back Brexit, according to an opinion poll.

(Andrew Milligan/PA)

Gin tops poll as nation’s favourite spirit

Britons bought a record 47 million bottles of gin over the last year, up by seven million on 2016 as consumers named the G&T their favourite drink.

David Cameron (Owen Humphreys/PA)

David Cameron to head £750m fund boosting trade links between China and partners

David Cameron is to take on a role leading a billion dollar investment initiative between the UK and China.

Lows of minus 7C (19.4F) are expected (Danny Lawson/PA)

Ice warning remains as temperatures plunge again

Christmas partygoers can expect another night of freezing temperatures, with an ice warning in place for much of Britain.

Four children died in the house fire (Peter Byrne/PA)

Mother in house blaze tragedy begged to be moved to a safe house, family say

A mother whose four children were killed in a house fire begged to be moved to a safe house earlier that week, their family said.

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