Day: September 8, 2020

Test and trace system ‘on the verge of collapse’ – Starmer

September 8, 2020

The coronavirus test and trace system is “on the verge of collapse”, Sir Keir Starmer has told Sky News. Speaking to political editor Beth Rigby, the Labour leader said: “We’re hearing heartbreaking stories of people being told there’s no tests available, that was the position in London yesterday, or the website’s crashing as they try […]

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Missing hiker, 80, turns up at own press conference just as family were about to broadcast appeal

September 8, 2020

An 80-year-old hiker who was lost for three nights in the Yorkshire Dales has appeared at his own press conference just as his family were about to broadcast an appeal for help to find him. Harry Harvey, from Tynemouth in Tyne and Wear, got separated from other walkers during a heavy hail storm after setting […]

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Businesswoman launches legal action against the Garrick Club

September 8, 2020

A businesswoman has launched legal action against one of London’s last remaining gentlemen’s clubs, the Garrick, arguing that its men-only membership rules are a breach of equality legislation. Emily Bendell, chief executive and founder of a successful underwear brand, was looking for a members’ club earlier this year where she could meet people after work, […]

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Having a laugh on the train to work | Letters

September 8, 2020

Margaret Harris recalls hilarious journeys of friendship and fun that were anything but tedious or monotonous ‘By the time we got to Victoria we would have drunk coffees, smoked two or three cigarettes, and laughed so much our mascara used to be on our chins,’ writes Margaret Harris. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo The impression that […]

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Royal Albert Hall needs £20,000,000 in donations to survive pandemic

September 8, 2020

The Royal Albert Hall has launched an ‘urgent’ plea for £20million to help it weather the financial fallout of coronavirus. Since closing its doors in March, the iconic venue has forgone £18million in income, refunded more than £6.5million in ticket sales and exhausted its reserves. The Kensington venue was not eligible for an emergency grant […]

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Hunt for thug who punched bus driver for no reason

September 8, 2020

A bus driver was left with serious facial injuries after being punched in the face by a man in an unprovoked attack. The attacker boarded the bus in Lambeth, south west London, just before 12pm on July 20, shortly after the driver had been involved in an argument with a biker at a set of […]

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UK coronavirus LIVE: Brits warned to take Covid-19 seriously 'or face bumpy road' as regional corridors launched

September 8, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Coronavirus must be taken very seriously again or the UK will face “a bumpy ride over the next few months”, a deputy chief medical officer has warned. Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said on Monday that the public had “relaxed too […]

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UK demands 'more realism' during latest Brexit negotiations from the EU

September 8, 2020

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates The UK’s chief negotiator has demanded “more realism” from the EU on the eve of crunch negotiations today to broker a post-Brexit trade deal. Lord Frost said the two sides “can no longer afford to go over well-trodden ground” […]

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