Category: <span>General</span>

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...

Top UK court overturns block on Heathrow’s third runway
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Top UK court overturns block on Heathrow’s third runway

The supreme court has overturned a February judgment that a third runway at Heathrow airport was illegal. It means the project can now seek planning permission, but the ultimate completion of the runway remains uncertain. The supreme court ruling marks the latest twist in years of legal and political wrangling over the climate impact and economic benefits...

UK Covid self-isolation period set to be reduced to 10 days
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UK Covid self-isolation period set to be reduced to 10 days

Governments across the UK are to announce a reduction in the coronavirus self-isolation period, from 14 to 10 days, it is understood. It is expected the chief medical officers of all four UK nations will formally announce the change later on Friday. The reduction has been mooted for weeks, with the 10-day period reported in November to...

‘We won’t be cash cows’: UK students plan the largest rent strike in 40 years
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‘We won’t be cash cows’: UK students plan the largest rent strike in 40 years

Student activists are preparing for the biggest wave of university rent strikes in four decades amid growing frustration at heavy-handed hall lockdowns, the prospect of paying for empty rooms and little face-to-face teaching when they eventually return in the new year. There are at least 20 rent strikes currently under way or being organised on campuses,...

Up to 4,000 rejected Channel migrants still in the UK, Home Office figures show
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Up to 4,000 rejected Channel migrants still in the UK, Home Office figures show

Statistics for the period between January 2018 and June 30 this year reveal that 4,613 people entered the country after making the treacherous journey. Of those, 4,562 made asylum claims that they were fleeing war or persecution in their home country. However, only 429 have been granted asylum or other humanitarian protection. The Home Office figures...

Queen and Prince Philip ‘expected to get Covid vaccine’
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Queen and Prince Philip ‘expected to get Covid vaccine’

The Queen of England and Prince Philip are expected to get the Covid-19 vaccine within the next few weeks, in line with national guidelines on the prioritisation of vulnerable groups. A source told The Mail on Sunday that Queen Elizabeth II, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, will not get preferential treatment, but will instead “wait in line” during the first wave...

Nicola Sturgeon’s ‘complete inconsistency’ summed up as trade unionist rages at SNP
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Nicola Sturgeon’s ‘complete inconsistency’ summed up as trade unionist rages at SNP

Ms Sturgeon last night weaved into her nation’s Covid-19 response reasons as to why Scotland should seek independence. Her party conference speech, this time lacking a live audience because of the lockdown, unusually opened with Ms Sturgeon’s praise for Europe and Europeans. She said that Scotland “wants to return (to the EU) – and we hope to do so soon...

Brexit: Anger as US firm involved in detention of child migrants to run ‘border operations centre’
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Brexit: Anger as US firm involved in detention of child migrants to run ‘border operations centre’

 firm involved in the detention of child migrants in the US will help run a new operations centre to ease post-Brexit border chaos, triggering an outcry. Amnesty International and the Liberal Democrats hit out at Michael Gove after he picked Palantir – widely criticised over Donald Trump’s “human rights violations of asylum-seekers and migrants” – for his multimillion-pound unit. The centre will use cutting-edge software to...