Brexit: 20 Tory rebels inflict no-deal defeat on government
>Senior Conservatives have signalled they are not prepared to support a no-deal Brexit as they inflicted a defeat on the government in Parliament.
>MPs backed an amendment to the Finance Bill, which would limit the scope for tax changes following a no deal unless authorised by MPs, by 303 to 296 votes.
>Twenty Tories rebelled and, while its practical effect will be limited, Labour said it was an "important step".
UK house prices rise at fastest rate in almost two years, says Halifax
>UK house prices unexpectedly rose at the fastest monthly rate in almost two years in December, according to Halifax, despite warnings over the potential impact of Brexit for the year ahead.
>Halifax, one of Britain’s biggest mortgage lenders, said the average cost of a home rose by 2.2% compared with November. This outstripped all forecasts in a poll of economists by Reuters, in a surprise sign of strength for the economy with less than 90 days before the UK is expected to leave the EU.
>However, the figures come after a sluggish year for house price inflation, against a backdrop of heightened political uncertainty and following years of rising prices that have reduced the affordability of properties. On an annual basis, house prices rose by 1.3% in the three months to December, marking the weakest year since 2012.
UK Weather: Will the 'second Beast from the East' hit soon?
>The Beast from the East began towards the end of February 2018 and lasted until March 4. A cold wave brought unseasonably low temperatures and heavy snowfall acrPost too long. Click here to view the full text.