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RBS PR boss appointed for Duke, Duchess and Harry

Kensington Palace has appointed a new PR boss for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

Kensington Palace has appointed a new PR boss for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Credit: Press Assocation

Jason Knauf, who currently works for state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland, will join the Royal Household in the new year.

He has previously worked at the Treasury and as a senior media adviser to the New Zealand government and its former prime minister Helen Clark.


Chancellor 'unlikely to hit borrowing target'

Chancellor George Osborne. Credit: PA Wire

ITV News' Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship has calculated that Chancellor George Obsorne is unlikely to hit his borrowing target following new figures released by the Office of National Statistics.

In March, the Office for Budget Responsibility forecast borrowing for 2014-2015 would be £95.5bn.

The new ONS figures show £64.1bn has been borrowed since April.

PM says Miliband's Labour 'sneers at patriotic people'

David Cameron has accused Labour of sneering at patriotic working people after Emily Thornberry was forced to stand down as shadow attorney general over her white van Rochester tweet.

The Islington South MP's picture tweet was said to have enraged Labour leader Ed Miliband while it was condemned by a number of her party colleagues.

But Mr Cameron claimed the incident accurately represented the party's stance under Mr Miliband.

Emily Thornberry is one of Ed Miliband's closest allies and aides. Effectively what this means is that Ed Miliband's Labour Party sneers at people who work hard, who are patriotic and who love their country, and I think that is absolutely appalling.

– David Cameron

'Cannibal' victim died of 'sharp trauma to face and neck'

The inquest into the death of Cerys Yemm, the women who was killed earlier this month at a hotel in Argoed, Wales, heard the initial findings of the post-mortem into her death before adjourning until April next year.

The inquest heard that 22-year-old Yemm died from sharp force trauma to the face and neck.

Gwent Coroner David Bowen released Cerys Yemm's body to her family. Credit: Family handout

Yemm died after Matthew Williams, who had recently been released from prison following a vicious attack on his ex-girlfriend, attacked her "in an act of cannibalism".

Read: Calls for inquiry into alleged cannibal killer.


Government borrowing at £7.7bn in October

Government borrowing fell to £7.7bn in October, down £200m from last year, latest figures show.

But borrowing between April and October, was £64.1bn - £3.7bn higher than the same period last year, monthly figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

Meanwhile the UK's net debt is now at £1.449 trillion, down on last month but £3.7bn higher than last October. It now represents 79.5% of gross domestic product (GDP), down from September's 79.9% but ahead of 77.7% a year before.

The figures mean the Treasury still looks well off the target for a 12% fall in the annual deficit expected by the independent Office for Budget Responsibility.

Ukip's Reckless sworn in as he joins opposition benches

Ukip MP Mark Reckless has been sworn in following his re-election to Rochester and Strood before finding his new seat in the opposition benches.

Mr Reckless made his oath after approaching the dispatch box alongside fellow Tory defector Douglas Carswell.

Mr Reckless faced some heckling from Labour MPs on the opposition bench which Mr Carswell has used since his return to Parliament last month.

The Ukip duo will sit together in the second row of the opposition benches, behind Labour veteran Dennis Skinner.

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