Category: <span>General</span>

Wales’ MPs could be cut by eight as major changes published
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Wales’ MPs could be cut by eight as major changes published

Wales could lose eight of its 40 MPs under major proposals to change the country’s Westminster constituencies. Arfon, which covers part of Gwynedd, could go and the number of north-east Wales MPs could drop from six to four. Welsh Secretary Simon Hart could face a battle for his seat as Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire...

Boris Johnson demands Taliban guarantee of safe passage for people fleeing Afghanistan after 31 August pullout of US troops
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Boris Johnson demands Taliban guarantee of safe passage for people fleeing Afghanistan after 31 August pullout of US troops

Boris Johnson demanded a guarantee from the Taliban of safe passage for those wanting to leave Afghanistan, after US president Joe Biden resisted pressure at a virtual G7 summit to extend the deadline for the withdrawal of American troops beyond 31 August. The prime minister was speaking shortly after chairing a virtual summit of the G7 at which he and allies including Emmanuel...

Ministers accused of putting staff at risk by not wearing masks in Commons
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Ministers accused of putting staff at risk by not wearing masks in Commons

Cabinet ministers have been accused of undermining Covid advice and putting MPs’ and parliamentary staff’s safety at risk by declining to wear masks, as they packed the Commons chamber full to debate Afghanistan’s takeover by the Taliban. Just two government frontbenchers chose to wear a face covering when parliament was recalled on Wednesday – the...

Three in four Britons back assisted dying for terminally ill – poll
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Three in four Britons back assisted dying for terminally ill – poll

Three-quarters of Britons support doctor-assisted dying for people who are terminally ill, compared with one in three MPs, according to a poll. The fresh evidence of overwhelming public backing for a change in the law comes as a private member’s bill on assisted dying is awaiting its second reading in the House of Lords. Lady Meacher,...

Tech chiefs called in to No 10 over racist posts to England players
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Tech chiefs called in to No 10 over racist posts to England players

Boris Johnson has summoned tech companies to Downing Street to order them to do more to tackle online abuse, amid mounting criticism of the government after black England players were deluged with racist posts in the aftermath of their Euro 2020 defeat. The England footballer Tyrone Mings has criticised the home secretary, Priti Patel, for her...

Richard Branson aims to beat Jeff Bezos into space by nine days
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Richard Branson aims to beat Jeff Bezos into space by nine days

Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson is aiming to beat fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos into space by nine days. Branson’s company announced on Thursday evening that its next test flight will take place on 11 July and that its founder will be among the six people on board. All other passengers are company employees. It will be...

Dozens of schools in English Covid hotspots reintroduce mask rules
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Dozens of schools in English Covid hotspots reintroduce mask rules

Dozens of secondary schools in England have reintroduced mask requirements in the classroom, despite government guidance dropping the rule in May. As many pupils returned from the half-term break, schools in areas with high Covid infection rates, including many in the north-west such as Tameside, Cheshire and Oldham, as well as Bedford, Kent and Staffordshire,...