Cable warns recovery is a marathon, not a sprint as Britain misses triple-dip recession by a whisker Overall figures better than expected easing pressure on George OsborneEconomy overall grew by 0.3% but construction slumps by 2.5% Deputy PM Nick Clegg warns: 'We're not out of the woods yet'Labour blames coalition for slowest recovery for 100 years Government borrowing remains stubbornly high at 120billionTory MPs accuse coalition of being 'timid' and 'complacent' about growth IMF urged Britain to rethink pace of cuts in face of sluggish recovery . The service industries including hotels and transport accounted for most of the growth in the economy, while construction suffered a 2.5 per cent slump Business Secretary Vince Cable said the 'road to recovery would be a marathon, not a sprint' while Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg insisted the economy was not out of the woods yet A recession is defined as two consecutive quarters of decline and Britain has suffered two since the financial crisis struck – the first in 2008-09 and the second in 2011-12.
Npower's profits surge 25% to 390m just months after it imposes huge price rises German-owned company saw profits soar by 77million from 313millionIncreased gas tariffs by 8.8% in November and electricity by 9.1%The company's price rises pushed the average bill up by 108 to 1,352Bosses blamed government policy, including green energy plans, for risesMP on Commons energy select committee described profits as 'despicable' , taking its total up to 606million. Profits at parent company Centrica rose 14 per cent to 2.7billion. Britain’s six biggest power firms insist they must make strong profits to finance 150billion of spending on rebuilding Britain’s energy supply
Supply teacher 'waved knife in the air' in front of children aged 11 and 12 at Catholic schoolThe secondary school ordered him to leave the following morningParents said they were 'stunned' when their children told them about itThe male teacher is now being investigated by Birmingham council | UPDATED: 13:45 GMT, 18 December 2012 A supply teacher at a Catholic school was marched off the premises after reportedly brandishing a knife during a lesson. The male teacher was ordered off St Edmund Campion Catholic School's site a day after the incident in Erdington, Birmingham on Friday
Patient killed in oxygen explosion as a second dies in broken lift: Damning dossier reveals NHS failings that caused death First study shows 345 serious incidents in Scotland including 100 deathsPneumonia patient died after being left for nine days without medicationShocking report reveals another patient had wrong organs stapled together | UPDATED: 15:19 GMT, 26 November 2012 A horrifying catalogue of serious errors at NHS hospitals in Scotland has come to light, following a Freedom of Information request.