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How to get 18 days off work for the price of nine next year

The average Britain thinks about leaving their job up to 16 times a year and spends over 3,507 days at work in a lifetime, according to a survey.

With Brits spending so much time at work, it’s little surprise that they regularly re-evaluate their work/life balance. It’s fair to say that a few days extra holiday can help halt employees making a sharp exit due to work dissatisfaction.

Fortunately there's a silver lining ahead, as next year holds a free pass to extra holiday days - thanks to the way the bank holidays fall in April 2019. It is in fact possible to have 18 consecutive days off work, using just nine days of annual leave. This can be achieved by strategically booking holiday around bank holidays.

The average Brit spends 3,507 days at work during a lifetime

Pound tanks as four senior government figures resign over Brexit

Four key government figures have quit their roles this morning as Theresa May attempts to push through her deal for the UK's departure from the EU.

Early this morning, Northern Ireland Minister, Shailesh Vara, quit his role saying May's Brexit deal "leaves the UK in a halfway house with no time limit on when we will finally be a sovereign nation".

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab was next to quit. On Twitter, he announced he was to standing down from his role. Esther McVey, responsible for the Department for Work and Pensions, then curled and said she was quitting her role.

But a hattrick - or more penalty - wasn't enough. Suella Braverman, Jnr Brexit Minister, then quit her position.

As May's government crumbles around her, Labour said the PM has no authority left.

In response to Mr Raab's resignation, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer tweeted: "This is now an incredibly serious situation. The Prime Minister's Brexit deal has fallen at the first hurdle."

PM faces Cabinet showdown as Farage slams Brexit deal

The PM is hosting an emergency Brexit meeting today

Brexit plans face a tense showdown today as Theresa May convenes an emergency cabinet meeting in a bid to get the government's top ministers to agree a Brexit deal.

It comes after a tough night for the PM; key government figures were briefed individually on a draft divorce deal, reached by officials from the UK and EU, following months of lengthy talks.

A significant cause for the delay between the EU and UK drawing up a draft Brexit deal has been caused by the issue of the Northern Ireland backstop. However, an agreement has eventually been reached, resulting in the deal that is being discussed today.

The Former Brexit Secretary David Davis insists that the UK has reached “a fork in the road,” and believes ministers should reject the proposals. “Cabinet and all Conservative MPs should stand up, be counted and say no to this capitulation,” he concluded via a tweet.

Nigel Farage has criticised the deal

Iceland boss says company thought banned ad would pass censors

“There’s a Rang-tan in my bedroom and I don’t know what to do…” It seems that Iceland’s boss does know what to do after the supermarket’s controversial Christmas advert was banned from TV for being “too political” - but quickly hit viral status with over three million views on YouTube.

Managing director of Iceland, Richard Walker, jumped to defend the campaigns authenticity claiming he wasn’t “clever enough” to orchestrate the idea for PR purposes.

Defending the anti-palm oil ad on Good Morning Britain, he said: “We absolutely played a straight bat and went into this fully hoping it would get clearance.”
The video, voiced by Emma Thompson, was originally part of a Greenpeace campaign and features a displaced orangutan who has lost his habitat due to deforestation for palm oil. The discount frozen food retailer opted to rebrand the video, distancing itself from Greenpeace with the intention to promote their pledge to remove palm oil from all of their own-brand products.

However, this doesn’t include palm oil products which they still sell in-store from other manufacturers.

We asked six people for their solutions to the surge in knife crime - this is what they said

Five people have died in the capital in the last seven days. The cause of their deaths - stabbings.

The UK is currently in the midst of a surge of violent crime with the latest figures showing that knife crime has hit a seven-year high. According to Home Office statistics, there have been 40,147 knife crime offences in the year to March, with a 16 % increase on the previous year - the highest number since 2011.

Today, the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, told Good Morning Britain there needs to be “immediate action” against knife crime including stop and searches.

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He said: “We don’t have 10 years - we don’t have 10 months”.
Research shows children are most vulnerable to being stabbed on their way home from school. Police cuts, social media incitement, drugs gangs and a rise in knife ownership are blamed for the surge in crime, described as "out of control".

We asked people whose lives have been directly affected by knife crime for their thoughts. A special guest panel agreed tensions between young people and police needed to be de-escalated to keep Britain's children safe - and stop knives being carried on our streets.

Furious mother defends decision to defy doctors and not vaccinate her children

A furious mother has hit back at medical advice to vaccinate children with the MMR jab before they start school, claiming doing so puts kids in danger.

Biba Tanya, a mother-of-three, criticised parents who "break the skin and shoot [their children] full of toxic adjuvants," claiming vaccinating your child is the worst possible thing you can do for their wellbeing.

War Horse rears for the centenary of Armistice Day

This weekend marks 100 years since the end of World War One. A century has passed since the guns fell silent on Europe's battlefields, following four years of bloodshed which saw 17million people lose their lives.

People around the country will gather to commemorate fallen soldiers from the First and the Second World War on Remembrance Day. Theresa May has laid a wreath at the graves of the UK soldiers who were killed, during an Armistice trip in France and Belgium.

One dead after stabbings and fire in Melbourne, police confirm incident as terrorism

So-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack in Melbourne, Australia which left multiple people with stab wounds and at least one dead.

Authorities have now mounted a counter-terror operation to investigate the cause and are reassessing the safety of public events in Australia due to take place in the coming week.

Police confirmed the suspect has died in hospital following the attack.

Footage has been circulating on social media showing a vehicle, which appears to have crashed into a store, burning. Initial calls to the scene were to deal with a car fire. Police have confirmed that the vehicle was carrying gas cylinders.