Bitesize Blighty: January 26, 2018

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  • The Financial Times last week sent two people undercover to work as hostesses at the men-only fundraising dinner in London for the Presidents Club charity. An FT investigation revealed hostesses at the event were groped, sexually harassed and propositioned. The event has been a mainstay of London’s social calendar for 33 years, yet the activities have remained largely unreported. The evening was hosted by comedian, David Walliams, and attended by top financers and business influencers.
  • The UK economy expanded by a better-than-expected 0.5% in the last three months of 2017, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) says. However, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the broader picture was "slower and more uneven" growth. In 2017 as a whole, growth was 1.8% compared with 1.9% in 2016 - the slowest since 2012, the ONS said.
  • In a series of warm exchanges in Davos, Switzerland, President Donald Trump has predicted a "tremendous increase" in UK-US trade, after talks with Theresa May. He also said the US and UK were "joined at the hip" on military matters, while Mrs May said they stood "shoulder to shoulder" in facing shared threats. It was their first meeting since clashing over the US president's retweets of far-right videos in November.
  • The BBC has confirmed pay cuts for male stars. Huw Edwards, John Humphrys, Jeremy Vine, Nick Robinson, Nicky Campbell and Jon Sopel have agreed to reduce their salaries, after a morning of farce in which the BBC website reported some of their names and then retracted them.

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