Morning news digest - Trump backs Farage for ambassador while UK patients may have to show ID for NHS services

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DONALD TRUMP: NIGEL FARAGE WOULD DO GREAT JOB AS BRITAIN'S US AMBASSADOR

Donald Trump has backed calls for Nigel Farage to be appointed Britain's ambassador to the US, saying he would do a "great job".

The president-elect said that "many people" wanted to see the interim Ukip leader as the UK's senior diplomat in Washington.

Mr Farage recently said he did not think he was "the ambassadorial type" but would "love to help" in dealing with Team Trump.

UK PATIENTS MAY HAVE TO SHOW ID TO ACCESS SOME NHS SERVICES

Health officials are examining whether patients should have to show ID to get some elements of NHS care.

The Department of Health said it is looking into some methods that are already being employed across some parts of the NHS to claw back money from foreign NHS users.

Chris Wormald, permanent secretary at the Department of Health told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), that the NHS has got a "lot further to go" when it comes to reclaiming money from foreign visitors.

HAMMOND TO UNVEIL £1BN DIGITAL BOOST IN AUTUMN STATEMENT

Chancellor Philip Hammond is set to announce an injection of more than £1 billion to upgrade Britain's digital infrastructure when he delivers his Autumn Statement on Wednesday.

Mr Hammond is expected to tell MPs the Government is to invest £400 million to boost development of new ultra-fast "full-fibre" broadband.

A further £700 million will be provided to fund a new programme of 5G trials aimed at transforming mobile communications.

LEADING EU BREXIT NEGOTIATOR WARNS DAVID DAVIS OF A 'HELL' OF A MEETING

The European Parliament's hardline Brexit negotiator is predicting a "hell" of a meeting with David Davis after the Cabinet minister appeared to compare him to Satan.

Guy Verhofstadt said in a pointed tweet before Tuesday's encounter: "Looking forward to a hell of a conversation with David Davis tomorrow :)", and attached a link to a newspaper report of the Brexit Secretary's appearance before MPs in September in which he said "Get thee behind me Satan!" when asked about the tough-talking negotiator.

Mr Davis later claimed he was not comparing Mr Verhofstadt to the Devil, but telling the questioner not to tempt him into commenting on him.

WARNING OF HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG WINDS IN WAKE OF STORM ANGUS

Wind and rain will continue to blight parts of Britain after torrential downpours caused flash-flooding and travel chaos across most of the country.

Passengers on board a ferry in the Irish Sea were forced to spend the night in howling gales off the Welsh coast after it was deemed too dangerous to attempt to dock, while hundreds of homes were left without power in the North East.

There were reports of stranded motorists needing rescue by emergency services from Devon and Cornwall to Tyne and Wear, while the deluge closed roads and schools, homes flooded, and railway lines were engulfed in the wake of Storm Angus.

HARRY SHOULD HONEYMOON WITH MEGHAN MARKLE IN ANTIGUA, THE COUNTRY'S PM SAYS

Prince Harry may have only been dating Meghan Markle for a few months but he was invited to spend his "honeymoon" with his girlfriend in Antigua - by the country's prime minister.

Harry appeared uncomfortable when Gaston Browne, Antigua's premier, made the offer to the Prince in front of hundreds of guests attending a reception staged in his honour.

In a speech at the event held on Monday night Mr Browne told him: "I understand that there may be a new addition to the royal family very soon.

NUMBER OF PLASTIC BAGS FOUND ON UK BEACHES PLUNGES AFTER 5P LEVY

The number of plastic carrier bags found on UK beaches has dropped by almost half, according to conservationists.

The Marine Conservation Society said the introduction of a 5p levy on single use plastic bags in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland over the last five years was instrumental in the drop.

According to the charity's annual Great British Beach Clean report, there were on average 11 plastic bags per 100 metres of coastline cleaned in 2015 but this year there was just under seven - a decrease of almost 40% and the lowest number in the last 10 years.

SOUTHERN WORKERS STAGE FRESH RAIL STRIKE IN ROW OVER ROLE OF CONDUCTORS

Rail passengers face fresh travel misery today as workers stage another strike in the increasingly bitter row over the role of conductors.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union at Southern Railway launched a 48-hour walkout which will cause more disruption to services.

Southern said 62% of its normal timetable will run, with some additional trains compared to previous strike days, but there will be no services on some routes, and some stations will be closed.

CHILD ABUSE INQUIRY HAS 'CRUMBLED', MICHAEL MANSFIELD SAYS

The troubled child sex abuse inquiry has "crumbled" after successive failures by the Government to choose the right leader for the probe, an eminent barrister has warned.

Michael Mansfield QC said there had been a "dismal failure" to work with survivors' groups when picking candidates to lead the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA), leaving some fearing an ulterior motive was behind the doomed appointments.

His criticism comes amid calls for the inquiry's current chairwoman, Professor Alexis Jay, to be removed after one survivors' group withdrew from the probe branding it an "unpalatable circus".