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By Alan McGuinness, political reporter Theresa May will not change course on Brexit despite an embarrassing Commons defeat, one of her ministers has said. Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom said that while the reverse was “disappointing”, the government was “continuing with our Plan A” – securing legally binding changes to the Irish border backstop. […]

By Alistair Bunkall, defence and security correspondent The British teenager who wants to return to the UK after running away to join Islamic State is “potentially very dangerous”, the head of MI6 has implied. Shamima Begum, 19, says she does not regret joining IS, but wants to come back to the UK so that her […]

Hundreds of “witches’ marks” have been discovered carved into caves on the border between Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire – with some thought to signal a supposed entrance to “hell”. The marks are intended to stop evil spirits, say experts, and are thought to be the largest collection in one place in the UK. Witches’ marks are […]

Britain enjoyed its warmest Valentine’s Day in more than 20 years on Thursday, according to the Met Office. A high of 16.1C (61F) was recorded in the Welsh town of Bala, Gwynedd, making it the warmest 14 February since 1998. Camborne in Cornwall was the sunniest spot, enjoying 9.3 hours of sunshine, while Cassley in […]

By Mark White, home affairs correspondent The prisons minister has told Sky News he is “quietly confident” he will be able to keep his job amid indications drug-taking and violence in some jails is beginning to fall. In a dramatic gesture six months ago, Rory Stewart vowed to resign within a year if there was […]

An unborn baby who died when her teenage parents were killed in a head-on crash after a police pursuit was due to have been born on Valentine’s Day. Patrick McDonagh, 19, and his 18-year-old wife Shauna, died on the A40 near East Acton in west London just before 9pm on Sunday. Their heartbroken family said […]