Consumers spent a fifth more on energy AND fuel in the past fortnight

Consumers spent a fifth more on household energy and fuel in the last fortnight, new research has revealed.
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Sarina Wiegman praises ‘terrific’ Ellen White as she closes in on England record
The Manchester City striker is now just one goal behind Kelly Smith’s haul of 46 for England Women after scoring the winner against Austria.
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Government imposes new restrictions to fight Omicron as first cases found in UK
Masks made mandatory in shops and on buses and trains; new arrivals must take PCR testsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson has expressed “absolute confidence” that people would enjoy a better Christmas this year than last, despite re-imposing a range of restrictions – including compulsory mask-wearing – to combat the new highly transmissible Omicron variant of Covid-19.The prime minister attempted to calm fears about the prospects of another imminent lockdown on Saturday, hours after the first two cases of the new variant were reported in the UK, in Nottingham and Essex. Continue reading...
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Piers Morgan blasts Dan Walker over BBC interview with Michael Vaughan
Piers Morgan has blasted Dan Walker for not bringing up Azeem Rafiq's anti-Semitic comments while interviewing ex-England captain Michael Vaughan, who has been accused of racism by Rafiq
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Statement on compulsory face masks in shops and on public transport from NEXT WEEK issued by Downing Street
Hospitality settings will be exempt, it was confirmed
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Putin sparks war fears as Russia begins production of nuke missile ‘too fast to block’
VLADIMIR PUTIN's Russia has sparked new concerns of war as it enters the mass production of superfast hypersonic missiles deemed "too fast to block."
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Eight things we learned from the Number 10 briefing on Omicron
Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation on Saturday evening.
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Fundraiser for US man exonerated after 43 years in prison tops $1.4m
Kevin Strickland, 62, wrongly convicted of 1978 triple murderSays criminal justice system ‘needs to be torn down and redone’By mid-afternoon on Saturday, a fundraiser for a man who spent 43 years in prison before a judge in Missouri this week overturned his conviction in a triple murder had raised more than $1.4m.The Midwest Innocence Project set up the GoFundMe page as it fought for the release of Kevin Strickland, 62, noting that he would not receive compensation from the state and would need help paying basic living expenses while struggling with extensive health problems. Continue reading...
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Strictly's Craig Revel Horwood releasing Christmas song and says 'it'll be number 1'
Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood is releasing a foot-tapping duet named It’s Christmas, Merry Christmas! and says 'Ed Sheeran and Elton John have no chance'
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Wetherspoons accuses customers of faking injuries after Storm Arwen ceiling collapse
Chunks of plaster came tumbling down at the North and South Bank in Wrexham on Saturday night, as 80mph winds battered the surrounding area
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Max Malins: ‘If you’re in an England shirt, you can’t be too disappointed’
The Saracens star sees himself as a natural full-back but is happy to use his instincts where needed for EnglandAs the unflappable Max Malins has been demonstrating all year, rugby can still be a game for languid piano players as well as piano shifters. Of course it matters who hits hardest and contests the most breakdowns but the most prized currency at elite level is time. Players capable of making a frenziedly physical sport look deceptively easy are growing rarer by the year.There was an era – think David Gower in cricket, Matt Le Tissier in football or Stefan Edberg on a tennis court – when such a lightness of touch could be found across the majority of sports. English rugby, though, has often been suspicious of the genre: the richly gifted Alex Goode, Danny Cipriani and James Simpson-Daniel were entrusted with a mere 25 England starts between them. Continue reading...
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Ralf Rangnick’s arrival signals shift from messiah fix to modern vision of the game | Jonathan Wilson
The idea of manager as a charismatic leader steeped in a club’s DNA is no way to run a football club – unless you’re BarcelonaAs Manchester United go to Chelsea on Sunday, there may be regrets for roads not travelled. Six months after United appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjær as manager, Chelsea also turned to one of their own. But they were far more ruthless and, despite the affection in which Frank Lampard was held by fans, they sacked him in January. The improvement under Thomas Tuchel was immediate and, 10 months on, Chelsea are European champions and top of the Premier League.Would United be in a similar position had they turned to Tuchel earlier in the year? Probably not. The job Tuchel has done has been remarkable, but he is building on solid foundations: Chelsea are well-run and have recruited sensibly, in part funded by an academy that is now producing first-team players. Continue reading...
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Going back to drawing board sparked Lewis Hamilton’s late F1 title charge | Giles Richards
Mastering a ‘diva’ of a car demanded fresh application – and the battle with Max Verstappen is the most enthralling in yearsFor Lewis Hamilton the 2021 Formula One title race has been like no other. As it enters the final decisive phase, the world champion is in position to pull off perhaps the greatest achievement of his career. His fight with Max Verstappen has been an unmissable affair, but what has caught the eye is how Hamilton has fought to drag this mighty tussle into an enthralling endgame.Two races remain, with the first 20 yielding no clear advantage for either driver. A season that has ebbed and flowed between them, punctuated by brilliance, bad luck, conflict and drama, has seen the lead change hands five times. Continue reading...
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The Wheel of Time: Madeleine Madden opens up on ‘physically exhausting’ filming and praises having ‘powerful women at the forefront’
'Physically and emotionally it’s like a marathon,' the actor said.
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Liverpool great believes Mauricio Pochettino is 'perfect' for Manchester United role
Paris Saint-Germain head coach Mauricio Pochettino remains a top target for Man United, despite Ralf Rangnick's impending arrival.
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Labour to announce five year ban on ex-ministers taking consultancy jobs
Labour Deputy leader Angela Rayner will unveil how the party will clean up politics if Keir Starmer becomes PM in a keynote speech to the Institute of Government in London
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Secondary schools MUST run on-site Covid testing when pupils return after Christmas
The Department for Education has emailed headteachers across the UK, telling them to conduct asymptomatic testing in early 2022 to reduce transmission 'after a period of social mixing'.
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I’m a Celebrity live shows cancelled until at least Monday due to Storm Arwen
Fans expecting new episodes will be left feeling quite confused
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Strictly 2021: AJ Odudu takes Kai Widdrington home to meet family in emotional moment
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Face masks to again become mandatory in shops and on public transport
The Prime Minister announced the move in the face of the new Omicron coronavirus variant.
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Omicron: How the return of PCR tests and self-isolation for international travel will work
‘Governments from around the world are acting without taking lessons from the last two years’ – Clive Wratten, Business Travel Association
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Amanda Holden, 50, reveals secret to her youthful looks but won't rule out surgery
Amanda Holden credits her genes for her look, but would ot rule out plastic surgery in the future. The Britain’s Got Talent star said she feels happier now than 20 years ago
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Brighton and Leeds stalemate highlights crisis of attacking confidence at both clubs
Brighton 0-0 Leeds: The hosts winless runs extends to eight matches, while the visitors are now without a win in six games
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Anthony Joshua refuses to rule out allowing Tyson Fury to fight Oleksandr Usyk
Joshua is due to face Usyk for a second time next spring but Fury wants his fellow countryman to step aside and allow him to face the Ukrainian
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Russia spy chief blasts Joe Biden's 'malicious propaganda' as Ukraine feud escalates
A RUSSIAN spy chief has blasted US president Joe Biden's "malicious propaganda" as the feud in Ukraine escalates.
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Ghislaine Maxwell's brother claims she had 'no idea' Jeffrey Epstein was a paedophile
Ghislaine Maxwell's New York trial will begin on November 29 and her brother Ian has accused the FBI of framing his sister after Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide in custody
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Punters forced to sleep at Britain's highest pub as Storm Arwen leaves them stranded
Fifty pubgoers at Britain's highest boozer, the Tan Hill Inn, were trapped behind 5ft of snow and had to bed down in the Yorkshire Dales public house overnight
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Death in the Channel: ‘My wife and children said they were getting on a boat. I didn’t hear from them again’
The human stories of some of the 27 who died attempting to cross from Farnce to the UKAccording to his friends, Harem Pirot was an excellent swimmer. In the summer of 2019 he and a neighbour Anas Muhammad set off from their home in the Iraqi Kurdistan town of Ranya to nearby Lake Dukan, a popular picnic and boating spot.“Harem was a really good person. He could swim well in deep water,” Anas said yesterday. “Our families knew each other well. A great guy. He was 25.” Continue reading...
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Christine McGuinness 'blamed herself' after her and Paddy's kids were diagnosed with autism
Christine McGuinness - who was recently diagnosed with autism herself - now knows there was nothing she could have done differently to stop her children being born with autism
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Ministry of Defence denies compensation for 1,000 war veterans amid PTSD epidemic
Data shows the number of claims rejected by the Ministry of Defence has increased tenfold since 2015. One ex-corporal said the figures showed defence chiefs are failing to get a grip
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Wasteful Brighton rue missed chances as Leeds cling on for point
Tariq Lamptey tormented Leeds all afternoon.
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Strictly's Tess Daly stuns in red dress as Claudia brings the sparkle in shiny blazer
Strictly Come Dancing host Tess Daly wowed in a red dress on the BBC One show whilst Claudia kept the Strictly sparkle going in a shiny blazer
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Daniel Agger aims brutal dig at Brendan Rodgers over "strange" Liverpool snub
Daniel Agger expressed his frustration at former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who slowly phased him out of the first team in the Danish star's final season at Anfield
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Neal Maupay’s spectacular misses cost Brighton in stalemate with Leeds
Thirty-one shots, plenty of ambitious attacking football, a web of tactical intrigue, and no goals. The wind blew in off the English Channel, and the Amex howled and roared to keep out the cold, and yet still the ball refused to drop for either Brighton or Leeds, for whom an autumn of underachievement is threatening to give way to a winter of discontent.Brighton are now without a win in eight, and you don’t need to be as gifted a coach as Graham Potter to gauge where their problems lie. Chance after chance ended up trickling wide or disappearing into the stands, many of them from the boot or the shin of Neal Maupay. For their part, this was painfully thin stuff from Leeds, who for all their customary industry and their flick-book of formations still appear to be missing Patrick Bamford. Continue reading...
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Eddie Hearn blasts ‘disgusting’ and ‘tasteless’ Tommy Fury vs Jake Paul press conference
'It is a bad look for boxing.'
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Tree falls on house as Storm Arwen wreaks havoc across Greater Manchester
Several trees were toppled across parts of Bury as strong winds raged overnight
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Firefighters called to 'second crash of day on same major road'
Emergency services were at the scene for around 40 minutes
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Canada’s Drag Race season 2: Eliminated queen Kimora Amour ‘disappointed’ by fan response as she hoped to be ‘more well received’
The queen hoped to be 'more well received'.
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Murdered Bobbi-Anne McLeod's neighbour describes family's anguish after teen snatched
A neighbour of Bobbi-Anne McLeod who knew her for eight years said they are trying to remain strong for her parents who are left asking why someone would kill the 18-year-old with a gift for art
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I’m a Celebrity: Why isn’t it on ITV tonight and will it be back on Sunday?
Fans expecting new episodes will be left feeling quite confused
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Travel industry fury as Boris Johnson announces new isolation rules but doesn't say WHEN they start
The new rules were revealed by Boris Johnson during a Downing Street press conference, alongside Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.
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Steven Gerrard shows ruthlessness Aston Villa need to defeat old foe Patrick Vieira
Aston Villa made it two wins from two under their new manager with a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon, after targeting the Eagles' Achilles heel
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Benefit cuts and soaring bills mean 250,000 kids will go hungry at Christmas
A new report found 71% of parents are worried about finances this winter. And 57% said the Government is not doing enough to help. Twenty-eight per cent of mums went without food so their kids could eat
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Jurgen Klopp claims Diogo Jota was the ‘perfect signing’ as Liverpool run riot against Southampton
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed Diogo Jota as the “perfect signing” after the forward scored twice in a 4-0 win over Southampton on Saturday.
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London’s theatreland to dim lights in tribute to late composer Stephen Sondheim
Lights will be dimmed in London's theatreland on Monday to honour the composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim who died yesterday, at the age of ninety one. 
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“I am so worried” says sick London nurse stuck in Africa
The speed with which travel restrictions were brought in for parts of Southern Africa have left some British travellers unable to come back home. 
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New Covid variant ‘very infections’ but may not cause more serious illness.
Professor Sir John Bell was part of the team that brought us the AstraZeneca vaccine and is Regius Professor of medicine at Oxford University.
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