Marks & Spencer’s chairman has become the latest business leader to criticise the Government’s economic policy, with Archie Norman calling plans to ease post-Brexit trade “overbearing” and “baffling”. Mr Norman, who is also an ex-Conservative MP, has urged the Foreign Secretary during talks with the EU not to consider separate labelling for goods sold in Northern Ireland. But Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris on Wednesday insisted London is not setting any deadlines on the talks over the contentious trading arrangements. An agreement between the EU and UK would not guarantee the restoration of devolution, as the DUP may ultimately reject it and continue with its Stormont boycott. Mr Norman’s latest criticism of the Government’s plans as “baffling” follow billionaire businessman Sir James Dyson calling out Rishi Sunak last week for a “short-sighted” approach to business.
Here is a look at some of the lighter political moments from the year. – Liz Truss bustNews of Liz Truss’s appointment as prime minister was met with mixed reviews on social media, but a bust – which was made as “political shenanigans” surrounding the Conservative leadership occurred and finally unveiled on September 5 – united the country through laughter. Wilfrid Wood’s sculpture of Liz Truss (Wilfrid Wood/PA)Mr Wood told the PA news agency: “It is hard to say what was the hardest to sculpt. A Twitter account which appeared to belong to a woman named Liz Trussell, who has the handle @LizTruss, was mistakenly sent congratulatory messages from VIPs including Sweden’s prime minister Magdalena Andersson after Ms Truss become UK prime minister. Disco lights shone and a mini bottle of pink prosecco, a full glass and a miniature gin surrounded the lettuce.1 month ago Sudbury Mercury
Russian fossil fuel exports will never return to 2021 levels in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine, as the world turns to cleaner energy, experts have said. The IEA’s world energy outlook for 2022 said that, for the first time, its scenario based on current policies by governments worldwide sees global demand for every fossil fuel peaking or plateauing. Stronger policies would be needed to drive the huge increase in energy investment required to reduce future volatility and drive deployment of clean energy, the IEA warned. “Even with today’s policy settings, the energy world is shifting dramatically before our eyes. Dr Birol said: “The environmental case for clean energy needed no reinforcement, but the economic arguments in favour of cost-competitive and affordable clean technologies are now stronger – and so too is the energy security case.3 months ago Sudbury Mercury
The boss of Tesco has warned that inflation may not have peaked “just yet” and predicted that customers would tighten their belts at the start of the year. Boss Ken Murphy cheered the retailer’s efforts to support shoppers “dealing with tough times this Christmas” amid the ongoing cost-of-living crisis. The chief executive warned that it expects customers to slightly “tighten their belts” following Christmas and new year celebrations and cautioned over further inflation. Tesco Q3 and Christmas Trading Statement 22/23: Strong growth driven by continued investment for customers. In the UK, the Tesco supermarket business recorded 7.2% growth over the Christmas period.14 days ago Sudbury Mercury
Rishi Sunak rejected claims the allocation of more than £2 billion in taxpayers’ money for local projects was skewed towards relatively affluent areas including his own constituency. The Prime Minister said the projects backed by the levelling up fund would help generate pride in local communities and insisted northern England was receiving more per person than the south. It’s about investing in local communities so we can create jobs, drive growth and make sure people feel enormous pride in the places that they call home,” he said. By investing in local areas, we can grow our economy and build pride in the places we call home. Find your nearest Levelling Up project: https://t.co/hmUjLnFN0J pic.twitter.com/maJowtTJR0 — Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) January 19, 2023The £2.1 billion allocated to more than 100 projects comes from the overall £4.8 billion levelling up fund announced in 2020.7 days ago Sudbury Mercury
Two men have died after a car chase that ended with a Deliveroo driver being knocked off his moped and another man fatally shot. Police said two cars were involved in a chase when one hit a moped and a number of parked cars. The scene on Railton Road in Brixton (Stefan Rousseau/PA)A man then got out of the crashed car and was chased and shot dead by a gunman from the second car. There were two crashed vehicles – a silver car which had lost one of its tyres and a moped. In the whole of 2021, there were 12 fatal shootings among a total of 134 homicides recorded by the Metropolitan Police.2 months ago Sudbury Mercury
Knowsley Safari have come up with a solution for people unsure what to do with their old Christmas trees – giving them to their animals. Ms Banks said the animals she’s in charge of overseeing love the trees. “The European bison and the moose would naturally feed on woody plants like pine trees in their native habitat,” she said. So they like to investigate it, they like to sniff it, and the males will dress their horns as well. “They’ll lift up the tree, and they’ll throw it around showing the other bison that they’re quite a strong male and quite an impressive animal.14 days ago Sudbury Mercury
An “evil woman” is facing life behind bars for killing her friend and dumping her headless body more than 200 miles away in order to inherit her estate. And multiple rib fractures could have been caused by Ms Chong being stuffed inside a suitcase Mitchell was seen wheeling away, jurors were told. Following a police search of the area, Ms Chong’s skull was recovered a few metres away from the body. The site in Salcombe, Devon, where Mee Kuen Chong’s body was found (Metropolitan Police/PA)A search of Mitchell’s home uncovered Ms Chong’s fake will and personal papers. Although no forensic evidence was recovered from the suitcase, Ms Chong’s DNA was identified on a bloodstained tea towel in a pocket.3 months ago Sudbury Mercury