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Britain’s economy has performed better than that of France or Germany since the pandemic, according to revised official figures. UK GDP is now thought to be 1.8% higher than it was at the end of 2019, compared to 1.7% for France and just 0.2% for Germany. The head of GB News, Angelos Frangopoulos, has said comments made on air by Laurence Fox about a female journalist were “way past the limits of acceptance”. Fox, who questioned what “self-respecting man” would “climb into bed” with Ava Evans, has been suspended from the right-wing channel, along with host Dan Wootton. The 300-year-old tree at Northumberland’s Sycamore Gap, which was felled by a suspected vandal yesterday morning, could potentially grow back. Andrew Poad, the National Trust’s general manager, told BBC Breakfast that the stump of the arboreal icon, made famous after featuring in the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, looks “healthy” enough for new shoots to emerge.