Press Association 2014 LATEST

Oil industry in plea over tax cuts

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Oil firms have called for changes to the fiscal regime governing the industry ahead of the Autumn Statement

12:16am Tuesday 25th November 2014

The oil and gas industry has called for tax cuts to ensure further exploration and extraction of the North Sea is encouraged, following reports of a drop in confidence within the sector.

Hart has 'outgrown' Miranda persona

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Miranda Hart is ready to pull the plug on her sitcom persona

12:16am Tuesday 25th November 2014

Comedy star Miranda Hart has said that she has outgrown, and is a little embarrassed by, her sitcom alter-ego.

Singer Murs slams Twitter bullies

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Singer Olly Murs has opened up about the feud with his twin brother

12:16am Tuesday 25th November 2014

Singer Olly Murs has opened up about the feud with his brother and said that he would boycott Twitter if he could - because it is used as a tool by bullies.

Hunt warns private schools over tax

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt.

12:16am Tuesday 25th November 2014

A Labour government will strip private schools of valuable tax breaks worth hundreds of millions of pounds unless they do more to help the state sector, shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt is warning.

Homosexuality 'promotes bonding'

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Scientists have explored the role that homosexual behaviour may have played in cementing alliances over the course of human evolution

12:16am Tuesday 25th November 2014

Homosexual behaviour may have evolved to promote social bonding in humans, according to new research.

Festive slot for Argentina Top Gear

Preston and Leyland Citizen: James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond, presenters of Top Gear.

12:16am Tuesday 25th November 2014

The Top Gear show that sparked a diplomatic incident in Argentina forms part of the BBC's Christmas schedule despite continuing complaints from the South American country's government.

Maths warning for younger children

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Early years issues with maths can continue through a child's education

12:16am Tuesday 25th November 2014

Too many children are falling behind in maths before they even start school, experts have warned.

Call to commuters on terror threat

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Commuters can miss potential signs of extremist behaviour.

12:16am Tuesday 25th November 2014

Commuters can become "oblivious to their surroundings" and miss potential signs of extremist behaviour, transport policing chiefs have warned as a nationwide anti-terrorism campaign continues.

Report on Woolwich killers released

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Lee Rigby was savagely attacked

12:16am Tuesday 25th November 2014

The extent of the security and intelligence agencies' prior knowledge of soldier Lee Rigby's murderers will be revealed today as a long-awaited report from a parliamentary watchdog is finally published.

Call to extend 'Rent a Room' scheme

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Up to £10,000 can be earned a year tax-free in the "sharing economy" by renting out spare rooms, cars or other assets.

12:10am Tuesday 25th November 2014

Individuals should be able to earn £10,000 a year tax-free in the "sharing economy" by renting out their spare rooms, cars or other assets, a business leaders' group has said.

People over 40 'denied mortgages'

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Homebuyers aged over 40 are being denied mortgages because they are too old, according to the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association.

12:10am Tuesday 25th November 2014

Homebuyers aged over 40 are being denied mortgages because they are too old, according to a new report.

Employers bemoan skills shortage

Preston and Leyland Citizen: The report claims that the number of job vacancies has overtaken the number of jobseekers for the first time since the recession

12:04am Tuesday 25th November 2014

One in seven employers has been unable to fill jobs in recent years because of a lack of "employability" skills among newly-qualified young people, according to a new report.

London tops new year break survey

Preston and Leyland Citizen: The average nightly hotel price for New Year's Eve in London this year is £160.50, which is only 5% above the average rate for 2014

12:04am Tuesday 25th November 2014

London is the most popular destination for British and world travellers wanting a new year break, according to a TripAdvisor survey.

7 reasons Edwina Currie's shout is better than that fizzy drink moment

Preston and Leyland Citizen: 7 reasons Edwina Currie's shout is better than that fizzy drink moment

11:05pm Monday 24th November 2014

#EdwinaMoment is now all about her latest vocal prowess.

Tiff's big sister Lucy not impressed by Sam's bed-sharing antics

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Tiff's big sister Lucy not impressed by Sam's bed-sharing antics

11:05pm Monday 24th November 2014

Poor Sam, having to face not one Watson sister but two as he revealed ANOTHER girl had slept in his bed as he and Tiff were moving their relationship on. Essentially, can a guy share a bed with a girl who’s just a friend was tonight’s MiC debate. Things had been going so well between […]

Call to extend 'Rent a Room' scheme

Preston and Leyland Citizen: The Institute of Directors urged the Government to extend the existing Rent A Room scheme

10:11pm Monday 24th November 2014

Individuals should be able to earn £10,000 a year tax-free in the "sharing economy" by renting out their spare rooms, cars or other assets, a business leaders' group has said.

Edwina Currie branded 'heartless' after upsetting Kendra Wilkinson

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Edwina Currie branded 'heartless' after upsetting Kendra Wilkinson

10:06pm Monday 24th November 2014

Former playboy model criticised over her views on ‘living in a moment’.

Clyne rescues point for Saints

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne, right, celebrates with Shane Long

10:05pm Monday 24th November 2014

Nathaniel Clyne rescued a point for Southampton as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.

Sturridge: I'll come back stronger

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Daniel Sturridge is set to remain sidelined until the new year

8:05pm Monday 24th November 2014

Daniel Sturridge says he is determined to return stronger than ever from his injury woe.

SPOTY contenders announced

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Rory McIlroy heads the list of contenders for this year's prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

8:03pm Monday 24th November 2014

Rory McIlroy is a strong favourite to round off the most successful spell of his career with the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award after being confirmed among the 10 shortlisted contenders on Monday.

Giroud to miss European matches

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Olivier Giroud was left off Arsenal's squad list for the Champions League group stage

8:00pm Monday 24th November 2014

Olivier Giroud will miss both of Arsenal's remaining Champions League group matches after the club made the mistake of not including the striker on their original squad list.

10 vying for Personality award

Preston and Leyland Citizen: New F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is in the running to be named BBC Sports Personality of the Year

7:30pm Monday 24th November 2014

Newly crowned Formula One champ Lewis Hamilton takes on the likes of golfer Rory McIlroy, age-defying track victor Jo Pavey and dressage star Charlotte Dujardin as nominees for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014.

Inquiry call over obesity death

Preston and Leyland Citizen: A 25-year-old woman died in a private assessment and treatment unit

7:00pm Monday 24th November 2014

Mental health charities have called for an independent inquiry following the death of a "beautiful young woman and daughter" who reached 26st in weight after she was isolated in a padded room at a specialist unit for seven years.

MPs 'need to get out on doorsteps'

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Margaret Hodge says MPs don't understand voters' lives

7:00pm Monday 24th November 2014

Labour needs to get outside the "Westminster bubble" and start reconnecting with day-to-day concerns of voters on the doorstep, a senior backbencher has warned.

I appeal to the uncool kids says Ed

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Ed Sheeran said he and Taylor Swift have found popular appeal because a generation of music lovers can identify with them as "outsiders"

6:51pm Monday 24th November 2014

Chart-topping star Ed Sheeran believes the secret to his success is that he appeals to young fans who feel they do not fit in.

Mitchell was 'unpleasant' on trips

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Former cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell

6:49pm Monday 24th November 2014

A police officer who accompanied former Government chief whip Andrew Mitchell on two foreign trips has told the High Court that the MP was "unpleasant until he got what he wanted".

Report finds exploitation victims

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Birmingham City Council carried out a year-long investigation into child sex abuse

5:55pm Monday 24th November 2014

A report has found that at least 132 children in Birmingham have been victims of sexual exploitation or are "vulnerable" to it.

Wenger needs to learn - Usmanov

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov, pictured, wants Arsene Wenger to learn from his mistakes

5:45pm Monday 24th November 2014

Arsenal's second largest shareholder Alisher Usmanov has told Arsene Wenger to start learning from his mistakes and claims the Gunners need to strengthen the entire team to compete with the best in Europe.

12 things you didn't know about I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! behind the scenes

Preston and Leyland Citizen: 12 things you didn't know about I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! behind the scenes

5:44pm Monday 24th November 2014

As Kendra, Jimmy and Jake get stuck into bushtucker trials, we look at what goes into the production of the ITV show.

Deloitte to review payments glitch

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Home buyers and sellers were left in limbo after the Bank of England payments glitch

5:18pm Monday 24th November 2014

The Bank of England has appointed Deloitte to conduct a review after a technical glitch in its automated payments system threw thousands of property purchases into turmoil last month.

Teacher, assistant 'bullied girl'

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Rachael Regan and Deborah McDonald are on trial at Bradford Crown Court

4:41pm Monday 24th November 2014

A teacher and a classroom assistant carried out a five-month campaign of bullying against a seven-year-old pupil in which they taped her to a chair and shut her in a storeroom, a court has heard.

Clegg rules out coalition with Ukip

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Nick Clegg said: "I will never sit around a cabinet table with Nigel Farage, that's for sure"

4:39pm Monday 24th November 2014

Nick Clegg has ruled out ever joining a coalition government alongside Ukip, saying it had been "difficult enough" finding common ground with the Tories.

NHS 'to get extra £1.5bn funding'

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Nick Clegg said he hoped the move would give reassurance to health workers staging their second strike over pay rises

4:02pm Monday 24th November 2014

The NHS will be promised a £1.5 billion cash boost in the Autumn Statement to deal with winter pressures in 2015/16, Nick Clegg has signalled.

Simon Cowell laughs off Stevi Ritchie job request

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Simon Cowell laughs off Stevi Ritchie job request

3:47pm Monday 24th November 2014

Stevi Ritchie said his X Factor mentor Simon Cowell laughed off his offer to work for him.

Stevi Ritchie asked Cowell for job

Preston and Leyland Citizen: X Factor reject Stevi Ritchie said Simon Cowell laughed when he asked him for a job

3:30pm Monday 24th November 2014

X Factor reject Stevi Ritchie has admitted Simon Cowell laughed when he asked the music mogul for a job.

Ramsay's wife tells of family rift

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Chef Gordon Ramsay leaves the High Court in London with his wife Tana

3:21pm Monday 24th November 2014

The wife of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has told a judge of her "extremely distressing" discovery that her father and brother were "systematically defrauding" her husband.

Gary Barlow to star in Strictly Come Dancing final

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Gary Barlow to star in Strictly Come Dancing final

3:16pm Monday 24th November 2014

Gary Barlow and his Take That bandmates will perform on the Strictly Come Dancing finale.

JK Rowling finishes Fantastic Beasts script

Preston and Leyland Citizen: JK Rowling based Harry Potter witch on hated woman

3:06pm Monday 24th November 2014

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has completed the script for Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.

Pellegrini dismisses Messi rumours

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Manchester City have played down talk of a move for Lionel Messi

2:58pm Monday 24th November 2014

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed "rumours" that the club could attempt to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

4 easy steps to slicked-back wet look hair

Preston and Leyland Citizen: 4 easy steps to slicked-back wet look hair

2:56pm Monday 24th November 2014

Jennifer Lopez, Rita Ora and Kim Kardashian are fans of this bold style.

McIlroy looking for Sydney repeat

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Rory McIlroy is seeking a fifth win of the year in Sydney

2:46pm Monday 24th November 2014

Rory McIlroy will look to successfully defend the title which kickstarted his resurgence at this week's Australian Open in Sydney.

Top Gear stars fail to make a Trail in Canada

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Top Gear stars fail to make a Trail in Canada

2:36pm Monday 24th November 2014

Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are stranded in Trail, Canada.

Woody Harrelson didn't realise Liam Hemsworth was Chris Hemsworth's brother

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Woody Harrelson didn't realise Liam Hemsworth was Chris Hemsworth's brother

2:26pm Monday 24th November 2014

Watch the hilariously awkward moment Woody came to the realisation – and it blew his mind.

Lauda praises respectful Rosberg

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Lewis Hamilton, left, and Nico Rosberg, right, enjoyed a keenly fought battle throughout the season

2:23pm Monday 24th November 2014

Niki Lauda believes Mercedes will have a far easier time handling Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg next season following the latter's exemplary behaviour in the wake of his Formula One world title defeat.

Katie Price posts pic with kids

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Katie Price posts pic with kids

2:19pm Monday 24th November 2014

TV star Katie Price showed off her softer side as she shared a snap with her five children.

8 things this 15-second teaser trailer has taught us about Jurassic World

Preston and Leyland Citizen: 8 things this 15-second teaser trailer has taught us about Jurassic World

2:19pm Monday 24th November 2014

Jurassic World is here! Well… 15 seconds of it.

C.diff report condemns 'failures'

Preston and Leyland Citizen: The outbreak occurred at the Vale of Leven Hospital in West Dunbartonshire

1:50pm Monday 24th November 2014

An inquiry into a deadly outbreak of Clostridium difficile at a hospital has revealed "serious personal and systemic failures".

Miley Cyrus has wild birthday party

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Who is getting a manicure from Miley Cyrus?

3:37pm Monday 24th November 2014

Miley Cyrus celebrated her 22nd birthday with a pizza-shaped birthday cake and naughty-shaped toys.

Argentinian ambassador revs up Top Gear row

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Argentinian ambassador revs up Top Gear row

1:41pm Monday 24th November 2014

Argentinian ambassador Alicia Castro has expressed her “discontent” with BBC show Top Gear.

No prosecution for 'sixth man'

Preston and Leyland Citizen: A sixth man held over the murder of Stephen Lawrence will not be prosecuted, the CPS says

1:36pm Monday 24th November 2014

A sixth man held over the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence will not be prosecuted due to insufficient evidence.

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