High pay for mediocre vice-chancellors ‘unacceptable’, says minister

The new universities minister has said he is against high pay for mediocre vice-chancellors, calling the example of Bath an “egregious case”.

Two men arrested on suspicion of the murder of two retired teachers who lived in the same village street have been bailed (Steve Parsons/PA)

Two men bailed over teachers’ deaths

Two men arrested on suspicion of the murder of two retired teachers who lived in the same village street have been released on bail.

Boris Johnson has raised the prospect of a second channel crossing (Peter Nicholls/PA)

Boris Johnson hints at possibility of second crossing for the English Channel

Boris Johnson has raised the prospect of a second crossing for the English Channel after top-level talks between the UK and France.

Godfrey tweeted the force disclosing details of an individual who had been searched by officers (Lauren Hurley/PA)

Officer’s boyfriend avoids jail over tweeting personal data from police records

A police officer’s boyfriend has avoided jail after leaking personal data from case files on Twitter, including details of a vulnerable adult’s health and sex life.

Inspectors delivered a scathing assessment of HMP Liverpool (Peter Byrne/PA)

Drones a major problem at jail where conditions are ‘worst inspectors have seen’

Drones are seized at a rate of more than one a week at a jail holding inmates in the worst conditions inspectors have seen.

Meghan Markle chats with people inside the Drawing Room during a visit to Cardiff Castle (Ben Birchall/PA)

In Pictures: Harry and Meghan visit Cardiff Castle

Royal fans began arriving as early as 7am at Cardiff Castle, although Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were held up by a train delay as they set out on their Welsh away day.

Tower block fire in London

Grenfell residents hit back at council charges plan

Residents of the blocks in the shadow of Grenfell Tower have hit out at plans for them to resume paying rent and service charges from the end of January.

A poll suggests Britons back staying in the single market (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Majority back continued single market membership – poll

A majority of Britons would support remaining in the single market and customs union after Brexit, an opinion poll has indicated.

Meghan Markle meets members of the public during a walkabout as she visits Cardiff Castle (Arthur Edwards/The Sun)

Meghan Markle hails ‘amazing’ Wales during royal visit with Prince Harry

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry drove Wales wild during a visit to the nation’s capital – and were left amazed by the welcome from their hosts.

Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron during a press conference at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, after UK-France summit talks (Stefan Rousseau/PA).

Emmanuel Macron issues warning on post-Brexit financial services deal at summit with Theresa May

France will not give in to British demands for the financial services sector to be covered by a Brexit trade deal, Emmanuel Macron indicated after talks with Theresa May.

Casual workers more likely to become jobless

Casual workers more likely to become jobless, says TUC

Casual workers are five times more likely to drop out of the labour market than those on permanent contracts, a new study finds.

A new survey reveals the career aspirations of UK children (Dave Thompson/PA)

Social media and gaming increasingly popular career choice for children – survey

Working in social media or gaming is becoming a more common career aspiration for 21st century youngsters,  a survey has found.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is one of the ships in the Carrier Strike programme. (AB Belinda Alker/Ministry of Defence)

Aircraft carrier programme leaves defence budget ‘exposed financially’, MPs warn

Ministers must deliver Britain’s “hugely complex, costly” aircraft carrier and jet programme on budget or risk other defence projects being jeopardised due to already “very strained” budgets, MPs have warned.

What the papers say

What the papers say – January 19

Royal fever hits the papers on Friday as both Kate and William, and Harry and Meghan carried out official engagements across the UK on Thursday.

Work taking a heavy toll on parents

Parents ‘buckling’ under the strain of long working hours, study warns

Work is taking a “heavy toll” on parents, affecting their health and family lives, as they struggle to cope with the strain of long hours, a new study reveals.

An A&E department

Extra funding to help NHS used on short-term fixes, report finds

Additional funding aimed at helping the NHS get on a financially sustainable footing has instead been spent on coping with existing pressures, according to a report.

Co-op job plans (Co-op/PA)

Co-op offers jobs to modern slavery and human trafficking victims

Victims of modern slavery and human trafficking are being offered jobs by retail giant the Co-op to help them rebuild their lives.

The number of bridges classed as substandard has increased by 7% year-on-year (Andrew Matthews/PA)

New figures reveal 7% rise in number of ‘fragile’ bridges

The number of council-owned road bridges deemed substandard rose 7% in the last year, new figures show.

Water from the underground mine workings of the former Caerau Colliery could be used to heat homes in the South Wales village (Welsh Government/PA)

Welsh Valleys village to lead the way in geothermal heating using mine water

Water from a disused mine that has been warmed by the earth is to be used to heat homes in a Welsh Valleys village, the Welsh Government has said.

Houses of Parliament

Holocaust memories ‘seared into me’, Labour MP tells the Commons

An MP has spoken of the Holocaust memories “seared” into him after the Nazis experimented on a relative.

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