Private sector strikes at highest level since 1996

Industrial action in the UK’s private sector has hit its highest level for more than 20 years.

A picture of Claire Sharp from Scotland who became a Domino's manager at 19 (Domino's/PA)

Domino’s eyes more British managers amid Brexit skills gap fears

Domino’s Pizza has issued a clarion call for young British staff amid fears that Brexit could starve the company of overseas workers.

The last Hywind turbine sailing away from Stord in Norway for the coast off Aderbeenshire (Statoil/PA)

World’s first floating wind farm begins generating power off Aberdeenshire coast

The world’s first floating wind farm has started to supply electricity to the grid after being officially opened by Scotland’s First Minister.

Arriva workers will begin striking on Thursday (Rui Vieira/PA)

Arriva bus workers to stage 24-hour strikes over pay

Bus workers are to stage a series of 24-hour strikes in a dispute over pay.

Labour called on ministers to "pause and fix" the flagship benefit reform (John Stillwell/PA)

May rejects calls to halt Universal Credit roll-out as helpline charges scrapped

Theresa May has again rejected calls to pause the roll-out of Universal Credit as ministers announced that controversial charges of up to 55p a minute to call a helpline were to be scrapped.

Four our of five people would like to see tougher action against those who cycle aggressively, research found (Nick Ansell/PA)

Tougher penalties backed for those who break rules of the road, survey shows

Four out of five people would back tougher penalties for all road users, including cyclists, who break the rules of the road, a new study shows.

Three people died when the ex-tropical storm battered the country on Monday (David Young/PA)

Most insurance policies valid for Ophelia damage, says Varadkar

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the vast majority of insurance policies are valid for damage from Storm Ophelia.

The Home Secretary said no deal would be unthinkable (Victoria Jones/PA)

‘Unthinkable’ UK will not agree Brexit security co-operation deal – Amber Rudd

It is “unthinkable” that the UK will walk away from talks with Brussels without a deal at least covering security co-operation, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said – appearing to contradict Brexit Secretary David Davis.

The comments came after a BBC survey found targets for cancer care, A&E treatment, and planned operations were being routinely missed (Chris Radburn/PA)

NHS will struggle to meet targets without more money, health chief says

The health service will find it difficult to meet treatment targets without increased funding, an NHS executive has said.

What the papers say  -October 18

What the papers say – October 18

Warnings from the head of security service MI5 are making the front pages on Wednesday, with the Guardian reporting on the agency head’s warning of a “dramatic upshift” in Islamist terrorism threats.

Visitors to the agency can build up an itinerary of places, restaurants and attractions across the country (VisitScotland/PA)

Instagram-inspired travel agency to lure Londoners to Scotland

Tourism bosses hope to attract more visitors to Scotland through a world-first Instagram travel agency.

New figures show prices are rising faster than wages (Julien Behal/PA)

Government urged to end public sector pay cap amid rising prices

The Government has come under fresh pressure to order an immediate end to the cap on public sector pay after new figures showed prices rising faster than wages for the sixth month in a row.

Thomson's 600 shops have been renovated to display the Tui name (Rui Vieira/PA)

Tui calls time on Thomson with revamp

One of the UK’s best known travel brands will disappear on Wednesday following a revamp by its owner.

Police are considering the possibility that all the attacks are linked (Joe Giddens/PA)

Police appeal after spate of sexual assaults on women and children

Nine females – three aged 11 – have been approached and sexually touched by an attacker in the last three months, police said.

Police at the scene outside Parsons Green Tube station (Yui Mok/PA)

Parsons Green stab victim lost life for asking drug dealer to move on – police

A 20-year-old man was stabbed to death in the street after asking a drug dealer to move on, police said.

Flybe profits

Flybe hits turbulence as it issues profit warning

Regional airline Flybe has warned over profits after incurring higher-than-expected aircraft maintenance costs.

Timmy Flaherty, 72, from the Claddagh, Galway and Emer Cannon, Kiltullagh, Co Galway after swimming at Blackrock, Salthill (Ed Carty/PA)

Pensioner ignores warnings to take the plunge as Ophelia sweeps in

A pensioner who took a dip in the Atlantic as the eye of Storm Ophelia approached Ireland’s west coast has claimed the secret to survival is to stay calm.

The flagship Brexit legislation had been widely expected to return to the Commons next week (Yui Mok/PA)

Labour: Government’s plans for Brexit in paralysis

The Government’s plans for Brexit are “in paralysis”, Labour claimed, amid speculation crucial legislation will be delayed again.

James Brokenshire said talks between the parties had made progress but had broken down last week over culture and language issues (Paul Faith/PA)

New deadline set in powersharing talks after negotiations stall

Powersharing talks between the DUP and Sinn Fein have stalled, Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire said, forcing him to set a new deadline for a deal.

Director General of MI5 Andrew Parker  said technology firms have an "ethical responsibility" to help governments (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Terror plots being planned to point of execution within days, says MI5 chief

Terrorist plots are escalating to the point of violence in a matter of days after a “dramatic” jump in the scale and pace of the threat facing Britain, the head of MI5 has warned.

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