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The government’s Christmas Eve announcement that it will relax immigration rules for care workers - to bolster a sector double hit by the pandemic and Brexit and left struggling to keep and attract staff – has been denounced as “a sneaky admission of failure” by the Labour party. High vacancy rates and staff turnover is being exacerbated by the Omicron...

Sunak ‘missing in action’ as interest rates rise and businesses battle...

Chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak is under fire for being “missing in action” in California while British businesses battle against the Omicron variant’s devastating impact on Christmas spending and the UK’s economy. The Bank of England shocked markets with...

Tory rebel’s ‘authoritarian’ warning on new Covid restrictions while PM appeals to nation to...

Boris Johnson faces a rebellion from up to 60 of his backbench MPs on Tuesday (December 14) over new Covid restrictions amid warnings the Conservative party is “drifting into...

A ‘new age of optimism’ or a budget for ‘bankers on short-haul flights sipping...

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the UK economy is entering a “new age of optimism” as he delivered a budget that Labour said only benefitted “bankers on short haul flights...

Johnson unites Irish in opposition to his ‘obscene’ Troubles’ murders amnesty on ‘historic day’...

Members of all major political parties on the island of Ireland have united to oppose Boris Johnson’s plans to “draw a line under the Troubles” by ending all prosecutions...

Raab clings on after revelations foreign secretary ‘nobbled’ PM to stay on his luxury...

Dominic Raab’s tenure as foreign secretary is under increasing threat after it emerged he “nobbled” the prime minister into letting him stay in Crete despite being told by advisors to return and deal with...

Johnson should ‘hang his head in shame’ says Major General, accusing the PM of...

Boris Johnson’s decision to go on holiday on Saturday, hours before the fall of Kabul, has been criticised as a “dereliction of duty” by a military commander who said the prime minister should “hang...

Priti Patel fills vacant security minister role responsible for oversight of Covid fraud; Labour...

Home secretary Priti Patel’s permanent appointment as security minister “is a clear sign” the government has little concern for the safety of citizens, claims Labour. Patel fills the vacant security minister post –the most senior...

Johnson’s fury with Sunak highlights ‘disgraceful’ dysfunction inside Downing Street, says Labour

A furious Boris Johnson threatened to sack Rishi Sunak after a leaked letter from the chancellor calling for travel restrictions to be eased was leaked to the press. Labour have called on the prime minister...

Boris Johnson backs Matt Hancock amid calls for M15 to investigate security breach

The prime minister has backed his health secretary over revelations Matt Hancock breached Covid rules by kissing his aide. Boris Johnson’s spokesperson said the PM “considers the matter closed” after Hancock apologised for breaching social...