Category: <span>UK</span>

Not up to black officers to solve police racism, says barrister as plan launched
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Not up to black officers to solve police racism, says barrister as plan launched

Black police officers should not be expected to solve racism in forces and must be allowed to “get on with their job”, the head of the body scrutinising a plan for England and Wales to combat racism has said. Compulsory anti-racism training will be given to all police officers alongside the targeted recruitment of black staff as...

Partygate: Boris Johnson has become ‘great debaser of decency’ after ‘shredding’ ministerial code, historian says
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Partygate: Boris Johnson has become ‘great debaser of decency’ after ‘shredding’ ministerial code, historian says

Boris Johnson “shredded” the ministerial code over the partygate scandal and has become a “great debaser of decency” in political life, according to an eminent historian. Five days after Mr Johnson was issued with a fixed-penalty notice for flouting Covid regulations, and refused to resign, Lord Peter Hennessy said it was the “most severe constitutional crisis involving a prime minister”....

Sir David Amess: Ali Harbi Ali convicted of murder and planning terror attacks on other MPs
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Sir David Amess: Ali Harbi Ali convicted of murder and planning terror attacks on other MPs

The Isis-supporting terrorist who killed Sir David Amess has been convicted of murdering the MP and plotting attacks on other politicians. Ali Harbi Ali, 26, said he murdered the Conservative politician because he had voted for airstrikes against Isis in Syria and Iraq. He had been plotting to murder an MP since May 2019, researching other potential targets including Michael...

Priti Patel breached human rights with unlawful policy of seizing asylum seekers’ phones, court rules
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Priti Patel breached human rights with unlawful policy of seizing asylum seekers’ phones, court rules

The High Court has ruled against home secretary Priti Patel’s secret policy of confiscating asylum seekers’ mobile phones by declaring it unlawful. The Home Office has had a secret blanket policy of seizing phones belonging to asylum seekers who had arrived in the UK via clandestine routes, such as in small boats. The phones’ data was then...

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace fears Russian attack on Ukraine is ‘highly likely’
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Defence Secretary Ben Wallace fears Russian attack on Ukraine is ‘highly likely’

The Defence Secretary has compared diplomatic efforts to prevent a Russian invasion of Ukraine to appeasement as he said it is “highly likely” Vladimir Putin will order an attack despite the concerted talks to avert war. Ben Wallace said there is a “whiff of Munich in the air”, in a reference to the agreement that allowed German annexation of the Sudetenland in...

Queen’s milestone Platinum Jubilee to be celebrated in 2022
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Queen’s milestone Platinum Jubilee to be celebrated in 2022

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be a milestone celebrated across the country in honour of a monarch who has left an indelible mark on the life of the nation. Spanning a period from post-war Britain when rationing was still in place, to a world of virtual currencies, driverless cars and pandemics, the Queen’s period as head of...

Rene Magritte ‘masterpiece’ estimated at more than £44 million to be auctioned
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Rene Magritte ‘masterpiece’ estimated at more than £44 million to be auctioned

A painting by Belgian artist Rene Magritte estimated to be worth more than £44 million is to appear in London ahead of auction. The Empire Of Light, considered to be “a masterpiece of 20th century art”, will be exhibited at Sotheby’s auction house in the capital in March. The series of paintings depicts a paradoxical image of a night...

Boris Johnson again courts scandal amid rule-breaking party claims
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Boris Johnson again courts scandal amid rule-breaking party claims

Reports that Boris Johnson and his then fiancé Carrie Symonds attended a “bring your own booze” party in the No 10 garden during lockdown have reignited uproar for a Prime Minister familiar with scandal. On Monday, an email in which Mr Johnson’s principal private secretary Martin Reynolds invited Downing Street staff to the gathering in May 2020 was leaked . It...

Will Boris Johnson make a Covid announcement today? Next speech date
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Will Boris Johnson make a Covid announcement today? Next speech date

Boris Johnson has already been forced to introduce social restrictions to combat the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus and rocketing infection numbers in January could ultimately see him forced to tighten them still further. The prime minister has already brought back mandatory mask-wearing on public transport and in shops, cinemas, theatres and places of worship, asked citizens to work from home where possible...