Taxpayer have 'lost out on £1bn' in Royal Mail sale

Taxpayers have been let down by the coalition's sale of Royal Mail, the business select committee said.

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Taxypayers have lost out on £1bn in the privatisation of Royal Mail as the Government underestimated the demand for shares, a group of MPs has said.

In a hard-hitting report, the Business Select Committee said taxpayers were missing out on "significant value" and accused ministers of listening to "bad advice".

Firefighters tackle huge blaze in Glasgow

Firefighters are having to use a "specialist height vehicle" to tackle the blaze, according to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

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Firefighters are tackling a major blaze in Glasgow at an industrial recycling establishment.

Residents are advised to keep their windows closed to avoid "the large plume of smoke", estimated to be between 40-50ft high, billowing from the site.

Michelle Collins talks about Casualty

I share a dressing room with four men!

– Michelle on acting in play The Glass Supper

Serial soap star Michelle Collins joins us to talk about her new guest stint in Casualty and her play The Glass Supper.

The former EastEnders and Coronation Street star will play a patient called Samantha in the BBC1 medical drama who starts a relationship with paramedic Jeff.

Michelle said previously: 'I got offered the guest role in Casualty very soon after finishing Corrie. I jumped at the chance of playing a character so different so quickly; it was
exciting to be stepping into something new. '

MICHELLE'S SOAP TIMELINE

EastEnders 1988-1990 as Cindy Beale
EastEnders 1992-1998 as Cindy Beale
Coronation Street 2011-2014 as Stella Price
Casualty 2014 as patient Samantha

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The big strike: What you need to know

One million people are expected to go on strike today in what's been dubbed the biggest walkout since 1926.

Those on strike include firefighters (FBU over pensions and retirement age), teachers (pay, pensions, workload), council workers, care workers, school support staff as well as members of the RMT union, the PCS and UNISON.

We look at the hardest hit regions and discuss why are people striking.

Sara Tomlinson, teacher and NUT member, tells us why she's taking strike action and we question Cabinet Minister Francis Maude on why these people aren't getting the pay they claim they deserve.

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