What do lottery winners spend their money on?

She was working in a temporary admin job and living with her mother in a flat in Edinburgh at the time. Image copyright PA Image caption Carer Sue Richards still works, despite winning £3m on a scratchcard Sue Richards was on the way home from a night shift as a carer in 2016 when she bought a scratchcard and won £3m. She and her partner bought a new home in Essex, four new cars, a motor home, and holidays abroad. She also helped her children get onto the property ladder. Last year, Ms Richards marked the anniversary of her win by having a bottle of champagne mown into her lawn. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLottery millionaires …

‘Cancel Brexit’ petition hits 1m signatures

“Should it reach 17.4 million respondents then I am sure there will be a very clear case for taking action,” she told MPs. She added: “It’s absolutely right that people do have the opportunity to put their views and that can then spark yet another Brexit debate.” At one point, the petitions committee said there were nearly 2,000 signatures a minute. In December, the European Court of Justice ruled that the UK can unilaterally revoke Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union. This means the UK can decide to stay in the EU without the consent of the 27 other member states. Few MPs have mentioned this as a potential option so far. May in Brussels to urge …

Amanda Holden first choice for Smack The Pony

“Come the series, Amanda dropped out and Doon Mackichan joined the gang, with Sarah Alexander as our ‘regular guest’. ” Holden, who’s now best known as a judge on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, still appeared in Smack The Pony, featuring in four episodes of the show’s first series. Making a comedy classic When it first went on air on 19 March 1999, Smack The Pony stood out as a primetime, female-led sketch show. There were some popular shows with female stars, like French and Saunders, and Victoria Wood’s As Seen on TV, but these were hugely outnumbered by male-dominated sketch shows, such as BBC Two’s The Fast Show and Channel Four’s Harry Hill. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Allen, …

Anglo-Saxon gold declared treasure

Image copyright West Stow Anglo-Saxon village Image caption Anglo-Saxon villages featured wooden housing, similar to this recreation at West Stow in Suffolk In 2014, a student found Anglo-Saxon jewellery, including a pendant, at Winfarthing, later valued by the government’s Portable Antiquities Scheme at £145,000. Image copyright British Museum Image caption The Winfarthing Pendant (both sides pictured) was constructed from a sheet of gold and attached with gold cells, set with garnets Similar items had been found in collections left in Anglo-Saxon graves across the east of England and Kent. The Winfarthing Pendant, discovered by student-turned-archaeologist Tom Lucking, has recently been on show at The British Library in London. Treasure experts described it as having “national significance” shortly after it was …

Brexit talks continue over DUP concerns

MPs vote to seek delay to Brexit Will EU leaders agree to extending Brexit? McVey hints she will back PM’s Brexit deal The third “meaningful vote” on Mrs May’s deal is expected by 20 March and, if agreed, the prime minister has promised to seek a short extension to the Brexit departure date of 29 March, after MPs voted in favour of a delay. If it fails to gain support, having already been defeated in the Commons by large margins twice, Mrs May has warned a longer extension may be needed and the UK may have to take part in European elections. The 10 votes provided by the DUP, which has a parliamentary pact with the Conservatives, are thought to …

Four Brexits and a Divorce: What do MPs want?

At this five minutes to midnight moment, the House of Commons is still thinking. PM to bring third Brexit deal vote to MPs Latest updates: Fallout from no-deal vote Brexitcast: Something has changed It’s been clear for two years what MPs do not want. Theresa May’s deal has now been rejected twice, while Labour’s plan for joining a customs union has never secured a majority. Most MPs did not want to leave the EU, but apart from a minority insisting another referendum is needed to break the stalemate, they are reconciled to leaving. The question is how? Image copyright UKParliament/Jessica Taylor Former Conservative chancellor Ken Clarke believes a Brexit that keeps the UK closer to the EU economically is the …

Papillon crowned best in show at Crufts

Image copyright Christopher Furlong/Getty Images The annual event, which took place in the NEC in Birmingham, also saw 3,611 dogs from overseas enter. Image copyright Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images Image caption Luther, a three-year-old Irish water spaniel from Thursby, Cumbria was also a finalist The four-day event is the 128th in the show’s history. Image copyright Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Image caption A Maltese takes to the show ring Image copyright Hannah McKay/Reuters Image caption A line of Shih Tzus face the judges

Families call for Bradley to resign

She said Mrs Bradley had a “duty to ensure investigations take place”. Ms Meehan said the secretary of state told the group she would make a public apology again but it was “not good enough for someone who is meant to represent the interests of Northern Ireland at the British cabinet.” Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionKaren Bradley says she’s “devastated” to think she made pain worse for Troubles victims’ families “It is not acceptable that Karen Bradley remains in her post and we are calling again for her to resign,” she added. Her comments come after relatives of 10 people killed in west Belfast during the Troubles refused to meet the Northern Ireland secretary. Families of …

Council tax to rise an average of 4.5%

Local authorities in England are allowed to raise their council tax by 2.99%, plus a further 2% if they provide social care. Any that want to exceed this must hold a referendum. Cipfa said the annual Band D bill would rise by an average of £75.60. The increase varies from an average of £71 in London to £86 in the north-east. Funding for the police makes up about a third of the increase, with police and crime commissioners permitted to double their precept from £12 to £24. Lewisham in London, Birmingham City Council, North Yorkshire County Council and Kent County Council are among those where council tax will rise by 4.99%. Those not rising by the maximum include Cornwall (3.99%) …

NHS patients to be offered free tampons

And at 27 trusts, there was nowhere to buy sanitary products anywhere on site. Free sanitary products scheme extended in Scotland Watch: Free sanitary products ‘boost school attendance’ Watch: Is there period poverty in the UK? NHS England’s Chief Executive Simon Stevens said on Sunday: “It’s fundamental that we give patients the best experience possible during what can be a stressful time of their life, and by providing sanitary products the NHS can prevent unnecessary embarrassment and leave people to focus on their recovery.” While some hospitals already provide sanitary products, NHS England said it would now be mandated in the new standard contract with hospitals for 2019-20. Dame Parveen Kumar, chair of the BMA’s board of science, welcomed the …

Mr Greedy ‘almost as complex as Steinbeck’

“Mr Men books look really easy but they are a really high difficulty level,” said James Bell, director of professional services at Renaissance UK. Image copyright Getty Images Of Mice and Men: opening lines “A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green. The water is warm too, for it has slipped twinkling over the yellow sands in the sunlight before reaching the narrow pool. On one side of the river the golden foothill slopes curve up to the strong and rocky Gabilan Mountains, but on the valley side the water is lined with trees – willows fresh and green with every spring, carrying in their lower leaf …

No-deal Brexit impact assessment published

Theresa May’s Brexit deal was comprehensively rejected by MPs on 15 January and she has said they will get a second chance to vote on it – possibly with some changes – by 12 March. The UK is currently due to leave the EU on 29 March – with or without a deal. May offers MPs Brexit delay vote Brexit will make UK worse off, government warns Pound rises amid Brexit delay speculation The government’s report, which was drawn up for the cabinet, said: “One of the most visible ways in which the UK would be affected by delays in goods crossing the Channel is our food supply, 30% of which comes from the EU.” Possible disruption to cross-Channel trade …

Man rescued from tractor in mountain fire

Image caption The fire comes after the record for the hottest winter day on record was broken twice in two days Tom Bentley, who lives nearby, said he initially thought a farmer was carrying out a controlled burn until he saw two helicopters and the emergency services. Image copyright @vatovey74 Image caption The fire service said it was called to the area behind Cwmbach Community Primary School Report End of Twitter post by @SWFRS_FireCrime Firefighters have also been tackling mountain fires at Amlwch on Anglesey, Llechwedd in Gwynedd and Llanefydd in Conwy. As well as the Cwmbach blaze, SWFRS also sent four crews to tackle a blaze at Aberdare on Tuesday afternoon.

Fees not university deterrent – minister

Fee cut recommendations? At the moment, Mr Hinds said, young people from London were five times more likely to get into selective universities than their counterparts in the North East. He highlighted the need for white, working class youngsters to have fair access to universities, along with other disadvantaged groups. If fees go down I’ll go to university: What teenagers want from fees review. Will universities go bust if tuition fees are cut? Former education secretary Justine Greening wanted to scrap fees Are students overpaying for fees? But he rejected the idea that tuition fees could be a barrier. “The evidence suggests they aren’t,” said Mr Hinds. He said there had been predictions that there would be a drop in …

New action over construction ‘blacklist’

The blacklists had been used by dozens of construction firms to vet those applying for work on building sites. Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett said: “Unite is totally committed to ensuring that the key individuals behind blacklisting workers are required to account for their crimes in the public arena of a court. “This is the minimum that the affected workers deserve. They need to see those responsible in the dock and finally forced to account for their actions.” The blacklisting scandal came to light in 2009 following a raid by the information commissioner’s office on an organisation called The Consulting Association which was based in Worcestershire. It uncovered a list of more than 3,000 workers – which in some …

Boy, 16, stabbed to death in park named

The latest fatal attack came seven days after Mohammed Sidali, 16, was stabbed outside Joseph Chamberlain College in Highgate. Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips said she wanted an emergency meeting with Home Secretary Sajid Javid to discuss the spate of knife crime. Mr Javid has said he is “very concerned” about knife crime in the West Midlands. Knife crime in the West Midlands West Midlands Police saw a 72% rise in knife crime between April 2013 and the year ending March 2018, Office for National Statistics (ONS) analysis shows. Knife crimes recorded by West Midlands Police Source: ONS Across England and Wales there were 285 killings by a knife or sharp instrument in the 12 months ending March 2018, the …