Day: August 7, 2020

Coronavirus: R rate could be above 1 in London, northwest and southwest, government warns

August 7, 2020

New government figures show that the coronavirus R rate could be above 1 for three regions across England as thousands of people are expected to flock to the coast to enjoy hot weather this weekend. According to data released on Friday, the R value is estimated to range between 0.8 and 1.1 for London, the […]

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England COVID-19 cases have levelled off, new data finds

August 7, 2020

The number of people testing positive for COVID-19 in private households has levelled off in the past week, new government figures show. An estimated 28,300 people in England had coronavirus during the week of 27 July to 2 August, the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found. That equates to about 0.05% […]

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Ex-Labour MP sentenced for making indecent child image

August 7, 2020

Former Labour MP Eric Joyce has been given a suspended sentence for making an indecent image of a child. Joyce, who represented Falkirk in parliament from 2000 to 2015, has been sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years. He has also been ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work. Joyce had […]

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Former MP spared jail for making indecent image of a child

August 7, 2020

Former Labour MP Eric Joyce has avoided jail after being found with a video of child abuse. The former shadow Northern Ireland minister from Worlingworth, Suffolk, pleaded guilty in July to a charge of making an indecent photograph of a child. He has today been sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court to eight months in prison […]

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Evening Standard to cut 115 jobs but keep print edition in digital restructure

August 7, 2020

The Evening Standard newspaper has announced plans to make job cuts in both editorial and commercial departments as part of a major restructure that will shift the company’s focus to its digital and mobile platforms. But the printed edition of the newspaper will be retained under the strategy, which was set out to staff this […]

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British Museum to reopen before August bank holiday weekend

August 7, 2020

The British Museum is to reopen most of its ground-floor galleries on 27 August after being shut for 163 days, its longest peacetime closure. The museum, which first opened its doors in 1759, announced on Friday that it would reopen in time for England’s August bank holiday weekend. It will be one of the last […]

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UK coronavirus LIVE: France 'could be next on 14-day quarantine list' as ministers to give update on local lockdowns

August 7, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Holidaymakers travelling to France could be the next group of Britons to face quarantine on their return to the UK amid fears the country is seeing the start of a second coronavirus wave. Chancellor Rishi Sunak said ministers would […]

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UK's first Dutch-style cycle friendly roundabout opens in Cambridge

August 7, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Britain’s first Dutch-style roundabout prioritising cyclists and pedestrians over motorists has opened in Cambridge. Cyclists have an outer ring on the roundabout, with cycle crossings over each of the four approach roads in a contrasting red surface. There are […]

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Palmerston the Foreign Office cat retires from Chief Mouser duties

August 7, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Palmerston, the Foreign Office’s (FCO) much-loved Chief Mouser, has announced his retirement. The black-and-white rescue cat said that after four years of service it is time for him to “step away from the limelight” and enjoy some “me-time” in […]

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US election poll reveals more than two thirds of Brits want Joe Biden to beat Donald Trump – but many don't think he will

August 7, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates More than two thirds of Britons want Joe Biden to defeat Donald Trump in the US presidential election but far fewer believe he will, a new poll reveals today. The exclusive Ipsos MORI survey for The Standard also showed […]

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