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Osborne facing deficit challenge

George Osborne is facing a mounting challenge to meet his deficit target

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.

Profits slip at Mr Kipling firm

Premier Foods said warm weather was the main factor in a slump in sales for the first six months of the year.

Cake brand Mr Kipling is to be the subject of a major relaunch and marketing push as its owner plots its fight back following a slide in half-year profits.

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Star Comment: On their marks in pool talks

There is still over a week to go before councillors get round the table to discuss the future of Shrewsbury’s swimming pool in The Quarry, and already battle lines are being drawn.

Home is where the Wi-Fi is: kids have to be connected

PICTURE POSED BY MODEL. A survey revealed a black hole in the knowledge and capabilities of professionals charged with assisting children who have been abused through the internet.

It’s one of Europe’s great train journeys: to my right, Lake Geneva glistened in the midday sun; to the left, a gentle valley rose to some of Europe’s most dramatic peaks as we headed into snow-tipped The Alps.

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