Beyond England

Nicola Sturgeon is facing off a growing rebellion in the ranks of the SNP and has been accused of using “weasel words” to question the innocence of Alex Salmond, who was cleared of committing sexual offences in March last year. Former deputy leader of the SNP, Jim Sillars has lodged a formal complaint that Sturgeon breached the ministerial code over...

NHS reform will give ministers more power; China bans BBC ‘fake...

Matt Hancock’s blueprint to reform the NHS, better integrate social care and “do away with irksome bureaucracy” will also hand greater power over the NHS to ministers. Conservatives have broadly welcomed Hancock’s shakeup to the health service, laid out today,...

DUP ‘absolutely astounded’ to be accused of stoking tensions over Brexit border crisis

Arlene Foster claims she is “absolutely astounded” at suggestions her Democratic Unionist Party is stoking tensions to undermine the Northern Ireland protocol that has rocked post Brexit relations and...

UK must ‘come down hard’ on SA Covid variant says Hancock, while Isle of...

Matt Hancock has said the UK must “come down hard” on the South African coronavirus variant after community cases were found in eight areas across England. “Surge testing” will be...

Vaccine row explodes as EU triggers article 16 and is condemned in Belfast, Dublin...

The EU’s decision to trigger a Brexit clause to block the export of Covid vaccines to Northern Ireland has been roundly condemned in Belfast, Dublin and London. The governments of...

Sturgeon accused of jeopardising UK’s vaccine supply in row with EU; PM calls Scottish...

Nicola Sturgeon is being accused of undermining the UK in its escalating battle with the EU over vaccine doses. The Scottish first minister is “threatening to publish details of confidential supplies” that the “UK government...

Patel cracks down on travel; Sturgeon tells Johnson his trip is ‘not essential’

Priti Patel is cracking down on travellers with British people to be banned from leaving the UK and facing £200 fines if they fail to provide a valid reason for travel. The home secretary will...

Suspend Brexit deal now, urges DUP MP – Northern Ireland is ‘one storm away’...

The UK government has been warned that Northern Ireland is “one storm or boat breakdown away” from “a collapse of the NI supply chain”. Michael Gove has received an 11-page report forecasting the grim scenario...

Vaccine is light at end of lockdown tunnel but PM warns worst lies ahead

England is entering its third national lockdown with Boris Johnson warning the next weeks will be the “hardest yet” in the fight against the coronavirus. The prime minister put England into its strictest restrictions since...

‘Extreme concern’ over surge in Covid cases with NHS staff ‘back in the eye...

Matt Hancock has warned the “NHS is facing unprecedented pressures” from the coronavirus while a senior medical adviser expressed “extreme concern” about infection rates across the UK. Boris Johnson is meeting with ministers tonight (Tuesday)...