Press Association 2014 LATEST

Claret Jug 'needs a bit of a clean'

This Is Lancashire: Rory McIlroy meets Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Stormont Castle

2:04pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Open champion Rory McIlroy was unable to show off his prized Claret Jug to Northern Ireland's political leaders today, admitting it needed a good clean after a big night out celebrating.

MPs to sue Government over data act

This Is Lancashire: David Davis (pictured) and Tom Watson are applying for a judicial review

2:04pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Two MPs are to sue the Government over the introduction last week of the controversial Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (Drip), which gives police and security services access to people's phone and internet records.

Transport call amid weather worries

This Is Lancashire: Local highway authorities should pinpoint 'a resilient network' to which they would give priority in the event of very bad weather, a report says

1:52pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Protecting all parts of the transport network against all extreme weather "would be unaffordable", a Government-commissioned report has said.

Internet and mobiles 'essential'

This Is Lancashire: Some 95% of households have at least one mobile phone, 84% have a landline and 82% an internet connection

1:52pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

UK consumers now consider the internet and mobile phones to be essential services, a study has confirmed.

Ministers warned over Scottish vote

This Is Lancashire: Irish ministers have been warned not to express opinions over the Scottish independence referendum, documents show

1:52pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Irish government ministers have been warned not to express any opinion on Scotland's independence referendum.

Knighthoods for former ministers

This Is Lancashire: Alan Duncan is to get a knighthood

1:52pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Three former ministers who left the Government in last week's reshuffle have been given knighthoods, while veteran Kenneth Clarke - who quit the front benches after 40 years - has been made a Companion of Honour.

Stars out for Guardians premiere

This Is Lancashire: Bradley Cooper takes a selfie with a fan at the premiere of Guardians Of The Galaxy in Los Angeles

1:44pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and Zoe Saldana were amongst the stars who attended the world premiere of Guardians Of The Galaxy in Los Angeles.

Date set for Anderson hearing

This Is Lancashire: James Anderson, right, will be quizzed about charges related to 'abusing and pushing' Ravindra Jadeja, left

1:30pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

James Anderson faces the possibility of being banned from his home Test at Old Trafford after a date of August 1 was set for his International Cricket Council disciplinary hearing.

Avicii: Chris Martin like a brother

This Is Lancashire: Avicii has said Chris Martin is like a brother to him

1:21pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Avicii has said Chris Martin is "like a brother" to him because of all the advice he gives him, including nutritional tips.

Real confirm Rodriguez signing

This Is Lancashire: James Rodriguez starred for Colombia at the recent World Cup

1:19pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Real Madrid have agreed a deal to sign World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez from Monaco, the European champions have announced.

Barrymore, Ifans settle hack claims

This Is Lancashire: Michael Barrymore's phone was hacked

1:06pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Entertainer Michael Barrymore and actor Rhys Ifans have settled their phone hacking damages claims.

City deny Drogba interest

This Is Lancashire: Manchester City are not interested in signing Didier Drogba, who is currently without a club

1:02pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Manchester City have no interest in signing former Chelsea star Didier Drogba, Press Association Sport understands.

Five bids for secret court hearings

This Is Lancashire: Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said five applications had been made by the Government for evidence to be heard in secret courts over the past year

1:02pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Five applications for evidence to be heard in secret courts have been made by the Government in the past year, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has revealed.

'Three-parent IVF' moves closer

This Is Lancashire: The controversial technique could be used to prevent devastating genetic conditions

1:02pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Plans to legalise babies being born with three genetic parents in the UK have come a step closer after health officials said they would press ahead with creating new regulations to allow the move.

Worldwide screening for new 1D film

This Is Lancashire: A film of boy band One Direction in concert, Where We Are, will be screened worldwide over the weekend of October 11 and 12

1:02pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

One Direction fans will be able to relive the band's world tour with the release of a concert film which is to be screened in cinemas around the world.

Emissions targets will stay: Davey

This Is Lancashire: The 'fourth carbon budget' will remain as it was set in 2011, effectively requiring a 50% greenhouse gas cut on 1990 levels, Ed Davey said

1:02pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

The Government will not weaken tough targets to cut emissions, Ed Davey has announced in a move welcomed by green groups who accused the Treasury of trying to water down efforts on climate change.

Tax revenue fears over IT contract

This Is Lancashire: The Whitehall spending watchdog warned the Government's flow of tax revenues could be jeopardised if HMRC fails to secure agreement on a new IT contract

1:02pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

The Government's flow of tax revenues could be jeopardised if HM Revenue and Customs fails to secure agreement on a new IT contract, the Whitehall spending watchdog has warned.

Osborne facing deficit challenge

This Is Lancashire: George Osborne is facing a mounting challenge to meet his deficit target

1:02pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

George Osborne was faced with a mounting challenge to meet his deficit target today as official figures showed the strain on public finances failed to ease in June and in fact worsened over the first quarter of the fiscal year.

Foster pens new West Brom deal

This Is Lancashire: Ben Foster has signed a new deal with West Brom

12:41pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

England goalkeeper Ben Foster has signed a new four-year deal with West Brom, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.

Fresh bid to tackle fuel poor homes

This Is Lancashire: Having a home with an efficiency rating of band C can mean energy bills are more than £1,000 lower than the worst-rated homes, the Government said

12:36pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

New rules to improve energy efficiency of poor households to a decent standard by 2030 have been set out by the Government.

Allen: Actors are difficult to get

This Is Lancashire: Woody Allen has done his first podcast

12:33pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Woody Allen has revealed he would like to work with great actors such as Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Jack Nicholson - but said they are always busy.

Downey Jr leads Hollywood actors

This Is Lancashire: Robert Downey Jr has topped a list of the highest-earning actors in Hollywood for the second year running

12:33pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Robert Downey Jr leads the list of the highest-earning Hollywood actors for the second year running.

No slacking from Red Bull - Horner

This Is Lancashire: Sebastian Vettel, pictured, is 109 points behind F1 championship leader Nico Rosberg

12:22pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Christian Horner insists Red Bull will continue to throw all they have into the current Formula One season despite their title hopes fading fast.

Dyke: Summer 2022 World Cup a no-go

This Is Lancashire: Greg Dyke is giving evidence regarding the bidding process for the 2022 World Cup

11:20am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

FA chairman Greg Dyke told MPs he is "certain" the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will not be held in the summer, insisting it is "too dangerous" due to the high temperatures.

5,000 complain about PPI each week

This Is Lancashire: PPI is the most complained about financial product that the ombudsman has ever seen

11:06am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Up to 5,000 people are still complaining each week to the financial ombudsman about payment protection insurance, new figures show.

Cowell rejects private life claims

This Is Lancashire: Simon Cowell's lawyers say rumours about his private life brought up at Tulisa Contostavlos' trial were "untrue"

11:03am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Simon Cowell's lawyers have said claims about the media mogul's private life made during the collapsed trial of Tulisa Contostavlos were "untrue".

Strike ballot for NHS workers

This Is Lancashire: Unison is to ask 300,000 of its members to back walkouts

10:56am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Hundreds of thousands of NHS workers are to be balloted over strike action in a row over pay it, has been announced.

Ifans, Barrymore settle hack claims

This Is Lancashire: Michael Barrymore, left, and Rhys Ifans have settled their phone hacking claims against News Group Newspapers at the High Court in London

10:56am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Actor Rhys Ifans and entertainer Michael Barrymore have settled their phone hacking damages claims.

Hospitals to be ranked on spending

This Is Lancashire: Hospitals face new scrutiny over their spending on common products such as needles and bandages

10:09am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

NHS hospitals are to be put into league tables on how well they are spending their cash after health officials identified a "profligate and scandalous waste of money" being spent on common items.

Watchdog warns on anti-terror laws

This Is Lancashire: David Anderson QC, the independent reviewer of terror legislation, has warned the definitions may be too broad

10:09am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Britain's anti-terror laws are in danger of catching journalists, bloggers and other people they were never intended to cover, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation has warned.

Kanye West: Kim is my 'dinosaur'

This Is Lancashire: Kanye West has talked about his wedding to Kim Kardashian (E!)

9:51am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Kanye West has cleared up some rumours about what really went on during his wedding day and explained why wife Kim Kardashian is his "dinosaur".

Cheryl throws starry wedding party

This Is Lancashire: Cheryl and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini arrive at their wedding party in London

9:51am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is thought to have had just four guests at her secret wedding - so it is no surprise she wanted to celebrate her nuptials with a bigger party.

Captains call for Cook to step down

This Is Lancashire: England's Alastair Cook contributed just 32 runs with the bat at Lord's

9:39am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Former England captains Michael Atherton and Michael Vaughan feel the time has come for current national team skipper Alastair Cook to step down.

Mail shares dive on parcels warning

This Is Lancashire: The value of Royal Mail shares has plunged after the company warned that competition is threatening its parcels business

9:36am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Royal Mail shares have fallen to their lowest level since their controversial privatisation last autumn after the group warned that aggressive competition meant parcels revenue for the full year would be lower than expected.

Branson urges 'drugs war' rethink

This Is Lancashire: Virgin chief Sir Richard Branson has called for a rethink of Britain's drugs policy

9:35am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Drug users should be treated with compassion rather than criminalised, Sir Richard Branson has said, as he called for a rethink of current "repressive" policies on drugs.

Cheryl marks nuptials with party

This Is Lancashire: Cheryl Cole arrives with her husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini at a party at The Library in London

9:17am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

She is thought to have had just four guests at her secret wedding - so it is no surprise Cheryl Cole wanted to celebrate her nuptials with a bigger party.

Crash victim 'pushed into road'

This Is Lancashire: Police in Norfolk are investigating the possibility that a woman who died in a collision was pushed into the road

7:44am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Detectives are investigating the possibility that a woman who was killed in a crash was deliberately pushed into the road.

Schizophrenia genes 'breakthrough'

This Is Lancashire: Academics from University College London were involved in the research

7:44am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Scientists have made a breakthrough in their research into schizophrenia that could "open a window" to finding new treatments for the disease.

Grieve in warning over human rights

This Is Lancashire: Dominic Grieve lost his job as Attorney General in the Cabinet reshuffle

7:44am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Britain risks "serious international reputational damage" with a proposal to allow MPs a veto over rulings made by the European Court of Human Rights, the Government's former chief legal adviser has said.

No respite for under-fire Cook

This Is Lancashire: Alastair Cook is determined to carry on as England captain

6:44am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

England captain Alastair Cook is in no mood to relinquish his responsibilities in adversity, and therefore has urgent business to attend to before the third Investec Test in Southampton.

Prior determined to bounce back

This Is Lancashire: Matt Prior 'would love' to play for England again after taking a step back

6:44am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Matt Prior remains as determined as ever to play for England but just wants to take time out to get 100 per cent fit.

'Shortage' of secure unit places

This Is Lancashire: There is a shortage of secure unit places for youngsters, a judge said

3:44am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A family court judge has warned of a "terrible national shortage" of places in secure units for dangerous youngsters.

'Deliberate action' on schools plot

This Is Lancashire: Nansen Primary School is one of the institutions at the centre of the allegations

3:44am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

There was a deliberate effort to introduce an "intolerant and aggressive Islamic ethos" into a number of Birmingham schools, a government-ordered inquiry into the Trojan Horse allegations has concluded.

New low in youngsters buying homes

This Is Lancashire: Just 3% of those buying homes in June were aged 18 - 30, a report said

2:16am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

The rate of young people buying homes has fallen to the lowest level on record, a new report says.

Immigration progress 'too slow'

This Is Lancashire: Theresa May abolished the UKBA and replaced it with UK Visas and Immigration and an Immigration Enforcement command

12:43am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Backlogs are still being reduced too slowly more than a year after Home Secretary Theresa May moved to deal with a string of fiascos by bringing immigration back under ministerial control and boosting resources, a public spending watchdog warned.

Miliband meets Obama at White House

This Is Lancashire: US President Barack Obama meets Ed Miliband in the White House

12:43am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband has met US president Barack Obama at the White House.

Russia strains 'not behind inquiry'

This Is Lancashire: Marina Litvinenko mounted a legal battle for a public inquiry into her husband's death

12:22am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

The widow of murdered spy Alexander Litvinenko said she does not believe a public inquiry into his death has been sparked by international tension with Russia.

Bid to promote voter registration

This Is Lancashire: Efforts are under way to persuade would-be voters to register

12:11am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Around 7.5 million people are not properly registered to vote in Great Britain, a watchdog said.

Probiotics 'can aid blood pressure'

This Is Lancashire: Eating probiotics regularly may help lower blood pressure, according to research findings.

12:11am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Eating probiotics regularly may help lower blood pressure, according to research findings.

£17m for Scottish life sciences

This Is Lancashire: George Osborne is announcing a multimillion-pound boost for Scotland's life sciences industry

12:11am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Scotland's life sciences sector will receive a £17 million boost from the UK Treasury, the Chancellor will announce.

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