Category: <span>General</span>

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,...

Daniel Morgan: What happened in the case of the murdered private detective?
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Daniel Morgan: What happened in the case of the murdered private detective?

A decision by the Home Office to delay a review into the unsolved 1987 murder of British private detective Daniel Morgan has been described as “a kick in the teeth” by the deceased’s family. The Daniel Morgan Independent Panel was due to publish its findings into the Metropolitan Police’s handling of the investigation into his death on 17 May, only for the government to...

Trade with EU increases but remains below pre-Brexit levels
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Trade with EU increases but remains below pre-Brexit levels

The scale of damage to UK trade with the EU inflicted by Brexit has been laid bare in official figures which showed goods exports to the bloc in the first quarter of 2021 down by 18 per cent compared to the last three months of 2020. Trade with the EU continued to recover from the precipitous collapse in January – when...

Boris Johnson will not apologise for false attack on Labour in Commons
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Boris Johnson will not apologise for false attack on Labour in Commons

Boris Johnson will not apologise after falsely accusing Labour in the House of Commons of voting against his EU trade deal, the prime minister’s press secretary has indicated. The press secretary accepted that it was “a matter of public record” that – contrary to the PM’s claims – Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and his party voted for the Christmas Eve...

Labour demands probe into Boris Johnson’s ‘conduct’ after Dyson text messages
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Labour demands probe into Boris Johnson’s ‘conduct’ after Dyson text messages

Labour has demanded a parliamentary investigation Boris Johnson’s “conduct” after he personally messaged the billionaire inventor Sir James Dyson, telling him he would “fix” a tax issue for his employees during the height of the pandemic. Rachel Reeves, the shadow Cabinet Office minister, called on the influential Commons Liaison Committee to summon Mr Johnson to give evidence to...

Government to publish results of Whitehall second jobs probe but refuses to say when
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Government to publish results of Whitehall second jobs probe but refuses to say when

The results of an official investigation into the second jobs of senior civil servants, triggered by the Greensill lobbying scandal, will be made public, No 10 has confirmed. Downing Street would not be drawn on when the findings would be released, however. They will be given to an investigation into the Greensill affair ordered by Boris Johnson earlier this...

More than 420,000 Irish passports issued in Britain since Brexit vote, official figures show
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More than 420,000 Irish passports issued in Britain since Brexit vote, official figures show

The number of Irish passports issued in Britain surged following the Brexit vote, official figures suggest. Data shared by Ireland’s foreign affairs minister Simon Coveney – which he said showed “the number of passports issued to applicants resident in Great Britain” – suggested that figure exceeded 422,000 between 2016 and 2020. Some 46,400 and 63,500 Irish passports were issued to...