Virgin Trains apologises for sexist response to passenger’s complaint

Company tweets asking woman if she would prefer to be called pet or love when she said manager had called her ‘honey’ Virgin Trains has apologised after its official Twitter account compounded...

UK consumer credit growth falls to 18-month low

Decline will soothe Bank of England fears about reckless lending while household incomes are being squeezed The UK’s consumer debt boom has eased back after growth in lending on credit cards and...

Universities need to shift power and money from top to bottom

In a letter (Female staff back Bath vice-chancellor, 25 November), 15 senior staff at the University of Bath backed their vice-chancellor, Glynis Breakwell, and suggested that she had been the subject...

We’re hardwired to sleep, not to work

Nick Boles MP states that “mankind is hardwired to work” (Tories should morally object to universal basic income, says MP, 29 December). This claim is based in ideology, not evidence. Some...

UK economy boosted by wage growth and rising output, two surveys say

Adzuna study reports modest rise in average salary for job vacancies while CBI survey shows growth in economic output The British economy has received a double boost from reports showing signs of...

I will lead Labour into next general election, says Jeremy Corbyn

Party leader says he will still be in charge in 2022, if Theresa May hangs on until then – but predicts she will go to country sooner Jeremy Corbyn has confirmed he...

World’s richest 500 see their wealth increase by $1tn this year

The world’s 500 richest people have increased their wealth by $1tn (£745bn) so far this year due to a huge increase in the value of global stock markets, which are likely...

Tesco apologises after customers complain of ‘rancid, rotten’ turkeys

Retailer promises to investigate as people on social media complain about ruined Christmas dinners after turkeys were ‘off’ Tesco, the UK’s largest retailer, has apologised after being hit with a series of...

In austerity Britain, people need parks

The quietly announced news that the Heritage Lottery Fund is closing its Parks for People funding programme comes as a shock. It should be a matter of huge concern, not only...

UK frackers are running out of time

Binding carbon commitments and the falling cost of renewables could prove a perfect storm for investors The UK’s shale gas industry is in a race against time to establish itself before climate...