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Six killed and one critically injured in multi-vehicle crash in Birmingham

Six people have died and a seventh is critically injured after a multi-vehicle crash in Birmingham in the early hours of Sunday morning, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

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Vince Cable urged SNP MPs to back the Liberal Democrat amendment to the Bill (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Vince Cable: SNP MPs must ‘show some backbone’ and back Brexit Bill amendment

SNP MPs must “show some backbone” and back an amendment to the Government’s Brexit Bill that would allow for a second referendum to be held, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has said.

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The post appeared to lampoon Diane Abbott for her grasp of numbers (PA)

Bookmaker accused over blackface Diane Abbott tweet

A bookmaker has been accused of racism after it posted an “impressive” picture of a man blacked-up as politician Diane Abbott on social media.

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Lynn Nolan spent six months creating a nativity scene made entirely out of fruit cake, (Aaron Chown/P)A

Six-foot nativity scene a piece of cake for baker Lynn

An amateur baker who created a 6ft nativity scene out of cake has said it took her six months.

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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.

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Mrs May was boosted by the terms of a statement agreed by the EU27 at the European Council summit in Brussels (Jonathan Brady/PA)

May set to avoid second Commons defeat after Brexit date compromise reached

Theresa May looks set to avoid a humiliating second Commons defeat after a compromise deal was reached within Tory ranks over plans to write the Brexit date in law.

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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.

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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.

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RBS announced plans to close 62 UK branches (Philip Toscano/PA)

PM urged to stop RBS shutting 62 branches around UK

The SNP’s Westminster leader has urged Prime Minister Theresa May to prevent RBS from closing 62 branches across the UK.

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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.

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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.

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The HMS Queen Elizabeth went through a commissioning ceremony this month (Andrew Matthews/PA)

New warships and planes at risk due to doubt over MoD savings – MPs

Plans for new warships, planes and armoured vehicles could be put at risk because of concerns about the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) ability to find more than £7 billion in savings, a parliamentary committee has warned.

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Flames advance towards a large fire break in Santa Barbara, California (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

Residents flee as flames approach wealthy California enclave

Residents piled into cars and fled on Saturday, turning downtown Santa Barbara into “a ghost town” as surging winds drove one of the biggest fires in California’s history toward the city and the nearby wealthy enclave of Montecito.

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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.

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December 22 is expected to see the worst delays (PA)

RAC warns drivers to avoid travelling on pre-Christmas ‘Frantic Friday’

Drivers are being urged to avoid travelling on “Frantic Friday” next week when the last of the year’s commuter traffic will clash with the Christmas getaway.

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The UK could lose influence over the EU after leaving the bloc, a report said (Stefan Rousseau/PA )

Urgent consideration needed over Brexit’s impact on sanctions policy, peers say

The impact of Brexit on the UK’s ability to achieve its foreign policy goals requires urgent consideration, peers said as they warned the Government’s approach to sanctions co-operation with the remaining 27 members of the European Union is “untested”.

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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.

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Boris Johnson accused Russia of destabilising the West (Chris J Ratcliffe/PA)

Russia’s hostility to UK and West as bad as at the end of Cold War, says Johnson

Russia has not been so hostile to the UK and the West since the end of the Cold War, Boris Johnson has said, as he prepares to meet his counterpart in Moscow.

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Some Prime customers have raised concerns over expected delivery dates (PA)

Advertising watchdog considers Amazon Prime delivery complaints

Complaints about packages not being delivered on time by Amazon in the lead-up to Christmas are being considered by the advertising watchdog.

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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.

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