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Scottish fishing businesses descended on London to protest the severe disruption to their trade caused by Brexit bureaucracy. “Brexit carnage” and “incompetent Government: destroying shellfish industry” proclaimed banners on some of the 20 trucks parked around Whitehall. Boris Johnson said he sympathises “very, very much” and understands the “frustrations and concerns” of the industry, while pointing to a £23 million compensation...

Vaccine is light at end of lockdown tunnel but PM warns...

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 the start of the pandemic...

Covid death toll passes 75,000 – Starmer demands immediate national lockdown for England

Sir Keir Starmer has called on the prime minister to put England into a national lockdown within 24 hours to contain the “out of control” coronavirus as the official...

PM says 2021 will bring back ‘things that seem lost in the past’

Boris Johnson has delivered his New Year message saying 2021 will herald the return of “things that seem lost in the past”. The prime minister said the UK now has...

Christmas chaos for millions as Johnson U-turns and bursts ‘bubbles’

Millions of families across the UK have had their Christmas plans plunged into chaos after a huge government U-turn will ban households from mixing. Boris Johnson said last week it...

UK’s R-rate is below 1 for first time since August while Johnson defends ‘tough...

The UK’s R-rate for coronavirus infection has fallen to below 1 for the first time since August - three weeks into England’s second national lockdown. Government scientists have announced the R-number for the UK has...

Tory MPs condemn England’s new tiers as ‘authoritarianism at work’

A cabal of Conservative MPs have condemned their government’s new tier-system for post-lockdown England as “authoritarianism at work”. Unveiling the tiers that come into force when lockdown ends on December 2, Matt Hancock told the...

‘Tis the season to be jolly careful,’ warns PM announcing England’s new Covid tiers

England will return to a tighter three-tier system of Covid restrictions next week when the current lockdown ends on December 2. Boris Johnson set out his Winter Covid Plan to the Commons today and said...

Unprecedented – Priti Patel broke ministerial code on bullying but keeps her job, civil...

The head of the inquiry into claims of bullying by Priti Patel at the Home Office has resigned after the prime minister ignored the findings that the home secretary broke the ministerial code. Boris Johnson’s...

NAO report on government’s £18bn Covid contracts; Starmer v Corbyn; and the PM’s green...

The highly critical National Audit Office report into the government’s awarding of £18 billion in procurement deals has been overshadowed by infighting in the Labour party and the prime minister’s green plan for the...