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14 August 2019updated 07 Jun 2021 4:35pm

Five things you need to know today: Make university offers after results, urges Labour

By New Statesman

University places should be offered after A-Level results, says Labour

Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner has said Labour would delay the university admissions process so that offers are made after students have received their A-Level results. The party says the current practice, which sees students receive offers months in advance based on predicted grades, unfairly penalises disadvantaged students.

Hammond leads 20 Tories warning Johnson they will oppose no deal

Former Chancellor Philip Hammond has warned that a no-deal Brexit would be a betrayal of the referendum result. He is leading 20 Tory MPs telling Prime Minister Boris Johnson they will oppose leaving without a deal. Writing in The Times Hammond said: “Most people in this country want to see us leave in a smooth and orderly fashion that will not disrupt lives, cost jobs or diminish living standards, whether they voted leave or remain in 2016. No deal would be a betrayal of the 2016 referendum result. It must not happen.

Chlamydia vaccine passes trial

A clinical trial has found that a pioneering vaccine for chlamydia is safe, paving the way for widespread protection against the sexually transmitted infection. There are about 131m cases of Chlamydia worldwide each year.

Body found in search for girl missing in Malaysia

The body of 15-year-old Nora Quoirin has been identified by her family more than a week after she went missing on a holiday in Malaysia. Local police investigating Quoirin’s disappearance have not ruled out a “criminal element”

Bolton claims US would “fast track” UK trade deal after no-deal Brexit

White House aid John Bolton has said that a US-UK trade deal can be fast tracked with agreements on a sector-by-sector basis, and claimed that he and Donald Trump are enthusiastic supporters of Brexit. Such deals will need to be signed off by Congress, which is likely to block agreements if the UK forces a hard border in Ireland. The US is also expected to extract significant concessions on opening up UK markets in any trade negotiation.  

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