Arrests at US embassy after London protest for George Floyd

Eleven people have been arrested outside the US embassy in London following protests in solidarity with the demonstrations that have engulfed the United States, sparked by the death of a black man by police in Minneapolis. Marchers took to the streets of London, Manchester and...

SAGE experts warn government is lifting lockdown too soon

The government is ploughing ahead with its plans to ease the lockdown in England despite growing concerns from its scientific advisers about the timing of the loosening of rules and restrictions. Up to a dozen experts from the SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) committee...

New lockdown rules come with R-rate warning; UK death toll passes...

Boris Johnson has announced the further easing of lockdown rules in England where groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors for the first time since March - but warned the move could be reversed if the coronavirus infection rate...

Rees-Mogg is effectively ‘euthanising’ vulnerable MPs

Jacob Rees Mogg has long been painted as an anachronistic, outdated parliamentary throwback from the 19th century which even his supporters have difficulty defending. However, now the Common’s very own pantomime villain is facing new charges of depriving and effectively “euthanising” vulnerable  MPs by insisting they return to Westminster to...

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‘Drop in consumer spending largest in 5 years’

Consumer spending in the United Kingdom contracted by over a third last month as a result of retail shops shutting to reduce the impact of the coronavirus on their businesses. Data from Barclaycard—Britain’s largest credit and debit card provider—showed that...

Britain suspends sales tax on protective equipment

The UK government is set to scrap sales tax on essential protective equipment as it seeks to help reduce the expenses of non-profit organisations such as care homes, charities,...

British Airways lays off nearly 18K employees

Flag carrier British Airways Public Limited Company is set to lay off thousands of its employees amid the huge drop in air travel demand over fears of the coronavirus...

Small businesses get 100% state-backed guarantees

The UK government is offering government-backed rescue loans to small businesses that took a beating from the global pandemic. The plan came after calls on the government to revamp its...

COMMENTARY

Cummings crisis drags Johnson, party trust ratings

The UK’s ruling Conservative Party saw its lead in polls drop by a few points amid a political battle over the prime minister’s siding with his closest aide, David Cummings. A YouGov survey for The Times published on Wednesday showed...

UK’s ‘test and trace system’ starts – ‘Time to move on’ pleads PM

Boris Johnson has refused to launch an inquiry into Dominic Cummings’ breach of lockdown and instead urged the country to “move on” from the story that refuses to go...

Dominic’s comings and goings ‘beggars belief’ – ministers rally to support PM’s SPAD

Ministers have rallied to support the prime minister’s chief advisor Dominic Cummings as “devastating new claims” emerge about a further breach of the lockdown rules. Boris Johnson’s special advisor (SPAD)...

PM makes U-turn on NHS surcharge for migrant health workers

Boris Johnson has bowed to pressure and will scrap the NHS surcharge for migrant healthcare workers. A Downing Street spokesman said the prime minister asked the Home Office and Department...
NHS contact tracing app

NHS contact tracing app – Amnesty raises privacy concerns at NI...

With the NHS contact tracing app pilot scheme well underway on the Isle of Wight, civil liberty groups remain concerned about privacy violations. Although uptake may be as low as 20 per cent, the government hopes to make the...

Power giants ramp up clean energy development

Energy companies in the United Kingdom are on track to invest multibillions of pounds in a bid to deliver a cleaner energy. Scottish Power for instance, said that it was...

England: ‘Stay alert’. Everywhere else: ‘Stay at home’

Boris Johnson has unveiled the first steps out of the coronavirus lockdown with a new slogan that had already been rejected by the first ministers of Scotland, Wales and...

Ministers asked to lure drug manufacturers into UK

The National Health Services (NHS), along with medical institutions, was calling on ministers to woo drug manufacturers into the United Kingdom to reduce the potential shortage of drugs amid...