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All adults in UK to be offered Covid vaccine by September, says Raab

All adults in UK to be offered Covid vaccine by September, says Raab

All adults in the UK should have been offered the Covid vaccination by September, has said, setting a clear timescale for the first time.The vaccination programme is focusing on four priority groups at the moment, including the over-80s and care home residents, and ministers are increasingly confident that the mid-February deadline for completing will be met.Speaking to BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, the foreign secretary was asked about reports that all other adults could be vaccinated by the end of June.“The plan is to get the first 15 million most vulnerable people vaccinated with the...

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UK government to ban flights from Brazil amid new Covid variant, PM hints

UK government to ban flights from Brazil amid new Covid variant, PM hints

The government is preparing to ban flights from in a bid to limit the cases of a new Covid variant reaching the UK, with an announcement expected on Thursday.Boris Johnson dropped a heavy hint that travel restrictions could be imposed, as he was pressed by Labour MP Yvette Cooper at a cross-party liaison committee.Cooper asked why the government had not stopped travel from Brazil, given the risks of the of the disease.“You were warned about the Brazil variant three days ago. We don’t know, yet, whether that variant could undermine the vaccination programme. Why aren’t you taking immediate...

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PM announces 'tier 4' Covid curbs and curtails Christmas mixing in England

PM announces 'tier 4' Covid curbs and curtails Christmas mixing in England

Boris Johnson has issued a new “stay at home” order covering London and much of the south and east of England, and dramatically curtailed plans for Christmas mixing nationwide, in response to a new of coronavirus.Just days after reaffirming the festive “bubble” plan and claiming it would be “inhuman” to cancel Christmas, the prime minister announced the creation of a new, stricter “tier 4”.Only households living outside this area will now be allowed to mix for Christmas in – and then only for a single day, 25 December, with long-distance travel discouraged.“It is with a very heavy heart...

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Boris Johnson: no PM could accept trade terms offered by EU

Boris Johnson: no PM could accept trade terms offered by EU

claimed no prime minister would be right to accept the trade terms being offered by the EU, as he prepared to fly to Brussels for last-ditch talks.Asked in the Commons by the veteran Tory backbencher Edward Leigh about the prospects for a deal, Johnson said: “Our friends in the EU are currently insisting that if they pass a new law in future with which we in this country do not comply or don’t follow suit, then they want the automatic right to punish us and to retaliate.“And secondly they’re saying the UK should be the only country in the world not to have sovereign control over its fishing...

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Neil Kinnock: backing Brexit deal politically 'lethal' for Labour

Neil Kinnock: backing Brexit deal politically 'lethal' for Labour

Former party leader tells colleagues in private Boris Johnson must be made to ‘own’ outcome of deal Political editorFri 4 Dec 2020 09.42 ESTLast modified on Fri 4 Dec 2020 16.46 ESTThe former Labour leader has privately warned party colleagues that backing a Brexit deal could be politically “lethal”, saying the prime minister must be made to “own” it.With talks entering their final crucial days, opposition parties are turning their minds to whether they will support the government if it clinches a deal and then brings it to the House of Commons.During discussion on the peers’ WhatsApp group...

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Keir Starmer denies Jeremy Corbyn Labour whip despite end of suspension

Keir Starmer denies Jeremy Corbyn Labour whip despite end of suspension

Keir Starmer has sparked a furious backlash from Labour leftwingers by refusing to readmit as a Labour MP, arguing that his predecessor has undermined efforts to restore the party’s reputation in the Jewish community.A disciplinary panel of the party’s nationl executive committee (NEC) lifted the suspension of Corbyn’s party membership on Tuesday after he issued a conciliatory statement “clarifying” controversial remarks he made when the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) published a on Labour antisemitism.In a strongly worded statement on Wednesday, Starmer said he would not be...

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Nov 18
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Lord Keen resigns over Boris Johnson's Brexit plan

Lord Keen resigns over Boris Johnson's Brexit plan

Move by advocate general for Scotland is latest blow in fallout from internal market bill , and Wed 16 Sep 2020 13.05 EDTFirst published on Wed 16 Sep 2020 08.42 EDTBoris Johnson has suffered another embarrassing resignation over his controversial Brexit policy after Lord Keen, the UK government’s law officer for Scotland, stepped down.A Downing Street spokesperson said: “Lord Keen has resigned as advocate general for . The prime minister thanks him for his service.”Keen had confirmed to Scottish paper the Press and Journal several hours earlier that he had tendered his resignation, but...

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Matt Hancock orders urgent review of PHE Covid-19 death figures

Matt Hancock orders urgent review of PHE Covid-19 death figures

The UK health secretary, , is ordering an urgent review of the daily Covid-19 death statistics produced by Public Health England, after it emerged they may include recovered former sufferers who could have died of other causes.The oddity was revealed in a paper by Yoon K Loke and Carl Heneghan of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University, called “Why no one can ever recover from Covid-19 in England – a statistical anomaly”.suggests PHE cross-checks the latest notifications of deaths against a database of positive test results – so that anyone who has ever tested positive...

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Jul 17
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Paint job on Boris Johnson's plane will cost taxpayer £900,000

Paint job on Boris Johnson's plane will cost taxpayer £900,000

Cost of union jack makeover represents value for money, says PM’s spokesman Wed 17 Jun 2020 09.29 EDTBoris Johnson’s red, white and blue paint job on the prime ministerial plane is costing the UK taxpayer £900,000, his official spokesman has said.The spokesman confirmed that the RAF Voyager, previously grey-coloured, is in Cambridgeshire for a makeover.“The RAF Voyager used by the royal family and the PM is currently in Cambridgeshire for pre-planned repainting. This will mean that the plane can better represent the UK around the world with national branding, which will be in line with many...

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Jun 17
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Boris Johnson makes U-turn on free school meals after Marcus Rashford campaign

Boris Johnson makes U-turn on free school meals after Marcus Rashford campaign

Boris Johnson has executed a humiliating U-turn over free school meals for the poorest families over the summer, announcing a new £120m voucher scheme after pressure from footballer .Just hours before Labour was due to force a vote on the issue in the House of Commons, risking a rebellion from Conservative backbenchers, the prime minister’s official spokesman announced a new £120m “Covid summer food fund” for pupils in England.“Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the PM fully understands that children and parents face an entirely unprecedented situation over the summer,” he said.The U-turn...

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'I hear you': Boris Johnson to Black Lives Matter protesters

'I hear you': Boris Johnson to Black Lives Matter protesters

has responded to the Black Lives Matter protests with an article acknowledging the “incontrovertible, undeniable feeling of injustice” motivating the rallies, while condemning those who have flouted social distancing to attend them during a “time of national trial”.The prime minister used the piece in The Voice, and, to set out his response to the protests that saw in Bristol and resulted in more than 100 arrests.“The death of took place thousands of miles away – in another country, under another jurisdiction – and yet we simply cannot ignore the depth of emotion that has been triggered by...

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Boris Johnson returns to face critics amid talk of the 'new normal'

Boris Johnson returns to face critics amid talk of the 'new normal'

returned to Downing Street on Sunday night with his government under pressure over its handling of coronavirus, as ministers warned that physical distancing must become the “new normal” – even when the lockdown is eased.With the prime minister without putting lives at risk, the government has given the clearest signal yet of how it hopes to manage the next phase of the pandemic, including imposing quarantine restrictions on all arrivals at UK airports.Hospital deaths from the virus announced on Sunday were 413, taking the total to 20,732. That was the lowest daily total since the end of...

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Johnson: many more people will lose loved ones to coronavirus

Johnson: many more people will lose loved ones to coronavirus

As many as 10,000 people in the UK are probably already infected with coronavirus, and many people should expect to lose loved ones, the government has said as it announced measures less stringent than those taken by other countries.Britain moved from the “contain” phase of the crisis to the “delay” phase on Thursday, when the death toll for UK citizens was at 12, two of them having died overseas, and the official number of infected people reached 590.However, speaking after Thursday’s emergency Cobra meeting, the government’s chief scientific officer, Sir Patrick Vallance, said the true...

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UK to ban mass gatherings in coronavirus U-turn

UK to ban mass gatherings in coronavirus U-turn

Mass gatherings are to be banned across the UK from next weekend, the government has announced after Boris Johnson’s cautious approach to the coronavirus outbreak was overtaken by care homes, sporting bodies and even the Queen taking matters into their own hands.On Thursday, despite formally moving to the delay stage of the coronavirus action plan and warning that many more families would “ before their time”, the prime minister stopped short of calling for mass events to be cancelled or schools to be closed. There was no specific advice for how older people should protect themselves, aside...

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British economy 'to grow 0.16% at best under US trade deal'

British economy 'to grow 0.16% at best under US trade deal'

The British economy would be at most 0.16% larger by the middle of the next decade under a comprehensive trade deal with the US, the government has admitted, laying bare the limited benefits from striking an agreement with Donald Trump.In a document published by Liz Truss’s Department for International Trade designed to kick-start post-Brexit trade talks with the Trump White House, the government said the British economy stood to benefit from an “ambitious and comprehensive” trade deal worth a fraction of GDP, equivalent to £3.4bn after 15 years.Read morePrompting warnings from economists...

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