Politics

UK coronavirus live: new Covid variant may be behind fast spread of cases in south of England, Hancock tells MPs

December 14, 2020

3.45pm GMT15:45 Hancock says new variant of Covid may explain fast spread of virus in south Hancock says a new variant of Covid has been identified. He says this may explain the fast rise in cases in the south. We have identified a new variant of coronavirus, which may be associated with the fastest spread […]

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Covid: London to enter tier 3 restrictions to curb surge in cases

December 14, 2020

London and several other areas in the south-east will this week enter the toughest coronavirus restrictions in order to contain a surging number of Covid infections. The capital along with parts of Essex and Hertfordshire will enter tier 3 at 00.01 on Wednesday. Hancock told MPs the data would now be reviewed weekly, with the […]

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Boris Johnson to leave ‘no stone unturned’ but EU deal offer remains ‘unacceptable’

December 12, 2020

B oris Johnson is said to be leaving “no stone unturned” in his quest to get a deal with the European Union. The terms offered by the European Union on a trade deal continue to be “unacceptable” to the UK, according to a Government source – with time running out to strike an agreement. Talks […]

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Mayor of London’s warning to ‘follow rules’ as Christmas shoppers flood Regent Street

December 12, 2020

Sadiq Khan appealed to Londoners to keep a two-metre distance where possible as he said it was “vital” to work together to tackle rising coronavirus cases in the city. Crowds were out and about in shopping districts of major cities on Saturday, including on London’s Regent Street, which had been temporarily pedestrianised to aid with […]

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Prospect of Brexit trade deal breakthrough ‘receding’ as UK accuses EU of making fresh demands at 11th hour

December 4, 2020

Hopes of an imminent deal appear to be fading after Thursday’s negotiations in London between the teams led by Lord Frost and the EU’s Michel Barnier. A senior UK Government source said: “At the 11th hour, the EU is bringing new elements into the negotiation. A breakthrough is still possible in the next few days […]

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Boris Johnson announces new climate target to cut emissions by 68% before 2030

December 3, 2020

B oris Johnson has announced a new target to cut the UK’s emissions by more than two-thirds by 2030. The Prime Minister said the “ambitious” target would see Britain cutting greenhouse gases at the fastest rate of any major economy so far. The new climate plan – or nationally determined contribution – under the Paris […]

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Tiers vote: MPs APPROVE new Covid-19 regulations as Boris Johnson suffers massive Tory rebellion

December 1, 2020

B oris Johnson suffered the largest backbench rebellion of his premiership on Tuesday after more than 50 Tory MPs voted against the new three-tier system of coronavirus regulations. The measures were passed by 291 votes to 78, paving the way for 99 per cent of England to be placed under the toughest Tier 2 and […]

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Crossrail work to continue after £825m government loan

December 1, 2020

Work to complete Crossrail will continue after a last-minute £825m loan to London from the government kept the delayed rail line from a “disastrous” mothballing. Transport for London said the new financing would allow work to carry on “at pace” to open the new railway in 2022 – but the political row simmered on between […]

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Labour to abstain in vote on new coronavirus restrictions

November 30, 2020

L abour will abstain in Tuesday’s Commons vote on new coronavirus restrictions that set to replace the national lockdown. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said that while his party accepted the need for continued restrictions they could not vote for them without a “credible health and economic plan in place”. It came after Boris Johnson […]

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Labour Party will suspend ‘thousands’ of members if they don’t ‘get real’ about anti-Semitism, Angela Rayner warns

November 29, 2020

T he Labour Party could suspend thousands of members if they continue to ignore the issue of anti-Semitism within the party, its deputy leader has said. Angela Rayner said it was time to “get real” about the scale of the problem and warned that “thousands and thousands” could be reprimanded if they fail to do […]

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