Economy

Northern Tory MPs have hit out at a letter by 20 of their southern Conservative colleagues - pushing for Manchester to accept tighter Covid restrictions - as “ill advised”. Labour mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham also hit back at what he called an “I’m alright Jack” letter signed by a score of Tory MPs saying “it won’t cut much...

Chancellor’s jobs support scheme is ‘a start, but not enough’

Business leaders, metro mayors and northern politicians have given a mixed reaction to Rishi Sunak’s announcement that the government will pay 67% of wages for staff in businesses forced to shut because of Covid-19 restrictions. The chancellor described the expanded...

PM’s Brexit ‘climbdown’ is not enough says EU, as Biden warns UK on Good...

Boris Johnson’s Brexit bill “climbdown” with MPs over his contentious internal markets bill is not enough for Europe or senior members of his party. EU trade commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis said...

Brexit – UK risks becoming ‘a disaster area with rocket boosters on’ says logistics...

The UK’s logistics industry has criticised the government’s lack of border planning for Brexit, saying the UK is “sleepwalking into a disaster” when the transition period ends on December...

PM’s poll woe compounds Sunak’s tax bombshell shock

The sound of Tory knives sharpening is echoing round Westminster, Whitehall and constituency Conservative Clubs following today’s double-whammy to the party’s fortunes and future. A new poll has revealed the...

Sturgeon v Johnson – no ‘intimidating’ people back to work in Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon has rebuked the UK government’s plan to get people back to working in offices saying she will not “countenance” any intimidation to persuade them to do so. Boris Johnson is set to warn...

France on quarantine list is ‘devastating blow’ to travel industry ‘already reeling’

British holidaymakers are facing a frantic rush to try and return from France before the deadline imposed by the government comes into effect requiring 14 days quarantine. Boris Johnson’s late decision to take France off...
UK coronavirus recession

UK coronavirus recession – ONS figures show it’s the worst on record

Although everyone knew that the UK economy suffered a significant blow because of the lockdown, few experts expected the UK coronavirus recession to be the worst on record. The latest ONS figures show that...

BA ‘betrayal’ to cost 12,000 jobs – union warns of ‘immediate’ strike ballot

British Airways’ plans to axe 12,000 jobs on August 7 has provoked an angry warning from the Unite union about an ‘immediate” ballot to strike. Unite has accused the airline of operating a “fire and...

Outrage as over-40s face tax hike to fund social care

The government is considering introducing an age-tax on over-40s to help fund the UK’s crisis-hit social care sector. A report that ministers are studying radical plans to hike tax or national insurance contributions for people...