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Donald Trump is likely to meet the Queen when he visits the UK this July. The US president is to visit the UK on Friday the 13th of July, after previously cancelling a trip amid claims he would face mass protests. Downing Street called it a "working visit" - not the full-blown state visit Mr Trump was promised last year. The prime minister said she was "looking forward to welcoming President Trump". UK ambassador Sir Kim Darroch said he too was "delighted" that Mr Trump would be visiting as did Boris Johnson. Some have been suggesting that Trump should avoid London, where protests are expected. More than 33,000 people on Facebook have already said they will attend a protest organised by left-wing journalist Owen Jones. Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK's director, said: "When Trump arrives on these shores, we and thousands of our supporters will very definitely be making our voices heard." Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said on BBC One's Question Time that she would not join protests but defended the rights of others to do so – saying Trump's "actions and his attitudes have made him so frightening to so many people in this country". Theresa May was the first foreign leader to visit Trump in the White House following his inauguration in January 2017 and plans for a working visit to the UK in 2018 have been in the works for some time now. (Source – BBC News)


The UK economy grew at its slowest rate since 2012 in the first quarter of the year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said. Sterling fell sharply as the chances of an interest rate rise in May decreased. Following the news, it was down around a cent against the dollar at $1.380. Rob Kent-Smith, (head of national accounts at the ONS) said that: "Our initial estimate shows the UK economy growing at its slowest pace in more than five years with weaker manufacturing growth, subdued consumer-facing industries and construction output falling significantly. "While the snow had some impact on the economy, particularly in construction and some areas of retail, its overall effect was limited with the bad weather actually boosting energy supply and online sales." Construction was the biggest drag on GDP, having experienced its most dramatic fall since the second quarter of 2012 - falling 3.3% over the first three months of the year. Manufacturing growth was said to be slowed to 0.2%, though that was partially due to a rise in energy production due to the colder weather. Consumer spending has also been decreased by a combination of higher inflation and slow wage growth. Samuel Tombs, chief UK economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, said the results meant the Bank of England was highly unlikely to raise interest rates in May as some economists had expected. (Source – BBC News)


The proportion of working-age mothers with a job has risen by nearly 50% in the past four decades, a study says. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found the increase was behind a wider rise in the number of women in employment in the UK. It was said that there have been a "huge change in working patterns," with women much less likely to stop work when they have children. But it said the rise in maternal employment had been most noticeable among partners of higher-earning men. According to the think tank, the proportion of mothers aged 25-54 in paid work grew from 50% in 1975 to 72% in 2015. The IFS found that maternal employment had increased most among those with children of pre-school or primary-school age, as well single mothers. It was also discovered that, for every additional mother in employment partnered with a lower-earning man, there are around two additional mothers in employment partnered with a higher-earning man." The IFS said women were now "much less likely" to drop out of the labour market around the time they have their first child, and much more likely to stay in paid work in the years following. This, along with the fact women are having children and cohabiting "both less frequently and later in life", has boosted the proportion of women in work overall. The IFS found more than 75% of women aged 25-54 in the UK are in paid work, reaching a record high of 78% in 2017. That compares with fewer than 60% four decades ago. (Source – BBC News)

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