Government borrowing jumps to £6.8bn in August

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Chancellor Philip Hammond will present his Budget later this year Government borrowing rose by more than expected last month following subdued tax receipts and an increase in expenditure. Borrowing jumped to £6.75bn last month from £4.35bn a year earlier, the Office for National Statistics said. It was the first […]

Who was the mysterious gardener Miss Harrison?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Women have gardened for centuries, but the profession was once a male-dominated world It’s a tale of intrigue set at the turn of the 20th century in the seemingly genteel gardens of Victorian Britain. Keen horticulturalists sit examinations in the principles of gardening – from the names and orders […]

Deadly gun attack at Iran military parade

Gunmen have opened fire during an Iranian military parade in the south-western city of Ahvaz, killing several people, including civilians, and injuring at least 20, state media say. The attackers shot from a park near the parade and were wearing military uniforms, reports say. State media say Islamist militants are thought to be behind the […]

Is this the secret to High Street success?

The ongoing struggle of our High Streets is a familiar tale. Slowing consumer spending, online competition and increasing costs means the number of empty shops has grown. Some well-known brands such as Maplins and Toys R Us have disappeared altogether – leaving yet more holes. Yet one town – Altrincham in Cheshire – has managed […]

Brexit compromise still possible, Donald Tusk says

Image copyright EPA Image caption European Council President Donald Tusk said he was “convinced” a compromise was possible. European Council President Donald Tusk has said a compromise with the UK over Brexit is “still possible”, after Theresa May warned she was prepared to walk away from talks. In a statement, Mr Tusk said he was […]