Category: <span>General</span>

Coronavirus vaccine: Boris keeping UK supply secret in case EU rivals demand bigger share
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Coronavirus vaccine: Boris keeping UK supply secret in case EU rivals demand bigger share

Yesterday vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi told MPs he was unable to say how many doses of Covid vaccines the UK was receiving because of “national security”. Today the Prime Minister’s official spokesman indicated the Government was worried other countries would try to limit future deliveries if they knew the extent of Britain’s stock. He said:...

Starmer accepts end of EU free movement in Brexit reversal
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Starmer accepts end of EU free movement in Brexit reversal

Keir Starmer has abandoned the commitment to free movement of people in the European Union he made to Labour members during the party’s leadership contest. The Labour leader said his party had to be honest with the public, and that if it won the next general election a major renegotiation of the Brexit treaty would not be possible. The...

Covid UK deaths hit 1,162, second highest daily toll ever
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Covid UK deaths hit 1,162, second highest daily toll ever

The UK has recorded another 1,162 deaths from coronavirus – the second-highest daily increase in the government’s figures. For the second time this week, Britain has seen an increase of more than a thousand in the number of those who have died after contracting the virus within the previous 28 days. The highest increase in fatalities was...

UK to move to highest coronavirus alert level as full lockdowns loom
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UK to move to highest coronavirus alert level as full lockdowns loom

The government is expected to announce new steps to control the spread of coronavirus, as the chief medical officers recommended that the UK move to the highest coronavirus alert level. Boris Johnson is due to make a TV address on Monday evening where he is set to announce mass school closures and tight lockdown restrictions. MPs...

School leaders and councils demand clarity on primary closures
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School leaders and councils demand clarity on primary closures

School leaders and local authorities have demanded the government explain its decisions over which primary schools should stay open in England, as the opposition accused the education secretary of “serial incompetence” over the patchwork of school closures. Haringey council in north London said on Thursday night that it was advising its primaries to close to...

Why is Boxing Day celebrated?
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Why is Boxing Day celebrated?

Boxing Day: Is it a celebration of boxer dogs, boxing or giving gifts? Over the years Boxing Day has become synonymous with carrying on the Christmas feast, slobbing out on the sofa watching movies or going on a country walk. No where in the bible is there a mention of Boxing Day which makes the holiday, celebrated the day after...

Millions wake up to tougher restrictions as UK Covid deaths pass 70,000
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Millions wake up to tougher restrictions as UK Covid deaths pass 70,000

Millions more people will be waking to harsher coronavirus restrictions on Boxing Day when new tier changes come into force in England. New lockdowns are set to be introduced in Scotland and Northern Ireland, while restrictions that were eased for Christmas Day in Wales will be reimposed on Saturday. Those in the strict tier 4 in...

Delay school return in England by two weeks over Covid, union urges
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Delay school return in England by two weeks over Covid, union urges

Schools should be allowed to remain closed for the first two weeks of next term, the UK’s biggest teaching union has said, as a leading scientist warned of early signs that a new Covid strain may infect children “slightly more effectively” than previous variants. The National Education Union (NEU) called for online lessons to replace...

Heads angry after two councils forced to back down over Covid school closures
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Heads angry after two councils forced to back down over Covid school closures

Headteachers have reacted with anger after the government ratcheted up pressure on schools to remain fully open in the run-up to Christmas, threatening legal action against a London council after forcing two others to back down. On Tuesday evening, Islington became the latest to retreat after a letter was sent by the government. It told the Labour-led...