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Sports Direct investors to vote on £11m back payment to Mike Ashley’s brother

Shareholders in Sports Direct will cast a deciding vote on whether the brother of chief executive Mike Ashley should be handed an £11 million back payment by the firm.

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Shoppers wait outside the entrance to leading games retailer GAME in Westfield shopping centre in Stratford ahead of a Black Friday event (Rick Findler/PA)

Black Friday frenzy as bargain-hunters loosen the purse strings

Black Friday has kicked off the predicted biggest ever weekend of shopping in the UK with consumers expected to spend almost £8 billion on deals over the next four days.

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Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman insisted that helmets do not provide a major boost to safety (PA)

No justification for making helmets compulsory, say cycling campaigners

Cycling campaigners say they would strongly oppose any move to make helmets compulsory following comments by transport minister Jesse Norman.

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Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons (PA)

John McDonnell slams Tory ‘abuse’ of Jeremy Corbyn during Budget response

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has accused the Tories of subjecting Jeremy Corbyn to “derision and abuse” following Philip Hammond’s Budget speech.

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The scene in Liverpool after the brawl (@itsleaaaah/PA)

Police release 26 German men arrested after violent street brawl in Liverpool

Twenty-six German men who were arrested after a violent brawl broke out in Liverpool have been released, police said.

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A set of medals that were awarded to Vice Admiral Gordon Campbell sold for a world record price (PA)

War hero’s relative buys Victoria Cross and other medals for record £840,000

The relative of a war hero has bought his great-uncle’s Victoria Cross and other medals for £840,000 so they can be shared with the public.

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Katie Rough was smothered and then slashed with a knife in a York park (North Yorks Police/PA)

Life with minimum term of five years for teenager who killed Katie, seven

A teenager who killed a seven-year-old girl in a park has been given a life sentence and ordered to be detained for a minimum of five years by a judge who said it was a “truly exceptional case”.

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Eddie Gilfoyle had launched a new legal action in a long-running fight to have his conviction overturned (Max Nash/PA)

Man who served 18 years loses latest round of fight to overturn conviction

A man who served 18 years behind bars for the murder of his heavily-pregnant wife has lost the latest round of a long-running fight to have his conviction overturned.

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Insurer Aviva hailed for new equal parental leave policy

FTSE 100 insurer Aviva is offering equal parental leave for men and women, offering six months pay across the board in a move that is meant to eradicate career impediments for female staff.

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Ms Dugdale has said the ITV show seemed like an ''amazing opportunity to talk to millions of people about the Labour Party (PA)

Scottish Labour leader ‘disappointed’ at Kezia Dugdale’s jungle jaunt

Scottish Labour’s new leader has said he does not think Kezia Dugdale’s appearance on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! is “a good way of getting across the message of socialism on television”.

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The RSPCA were called by Big Bus Tours to help catch the fox (RSPCA/PA)

Fox hitches ride on sightseeing tour bus around London

Sightseers on an open top bus tour of London found themselves sharing the experience with an unusual fellow traveller – a free-riding fox.

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Michael Gove said the Government will ensure that there is no gap in the operation of the law (PA)

Gove blames social media for animal sentience legislation claims

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has hit back at claims the Government does not want to treat animals as sentient beings after Brexit.

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Minister Theresa May arrives for an Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels (Virginia Mayo/AP)

UK insists stance unchanged amid Brexit wrangle over Irish border issues

Downing Street has backed away from suggestions that Northern Ireland’s continued membership of the EU customs union could be up for negotiation in Brexit talks.

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Public Health England reminded people to be prepared ahead of the cold weather (PA)

Met Office issues weather warning as temperatures set to drop

People have been warned to prepare for cold weather as ice and snow is set to hit the country.

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Continued membership of the single market was the most popular option for Britain after Brexit, with 24% backing this outcome (PA)

‘No deal’ viewed as most likely outcome of Brexit negotiations, poll finds

Just over one in 10 British voters (11%) thinks the UK should leave the European Union without a deal, according to a new survey.

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CCTV footage of the moped gang during the raid on the 3 store in High Street, Walthamstow (Metropolitan Police/PA)

Moped ‘smash-and-grab’ gang carried out 17 burglaries across London

CCTV of a moped gang smashing their way into a mobile phone shop in a spree of raids has been released by police.

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The shop layout came under criticism during a Lords debate (PA)

Wheelchair users ‘cannot get round many WH Smith stores’

Wheelchair users “cannot get round” many WHSmith stores because the aisles are crammed with extra baskets, peers have heard.

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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall present Michael Owen with a prize (Chris Jackson/PA)

Charles remembers his jockey days as Michael Owen rides into second place

The Prince of Wales has reminisced about his days as an amateur jockey after congratulating former England striker Michael Owen on his first race.

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Jim Booth, seen here dancing with the Duchess of Cornwall in 2015, was attacked (PA)

Man held after D-Day veteran, 96, attacked with claw hammer at home

A man has been arrested following a suspected claw hammer attack on a D-Day veteran in his home, police said.

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Uber was challenged over how it classified its drivers (PA)

Uber to make Supreme Court appeal after losing driver employment rights case

Taxi firm Uber is to appeal to the Supreme Court after losing a case over the employment rights of drivers.

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