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Labour: Save Liberty Steel before it goes bust
21/04/2021 | news | business | 669
The government should step in to save thousands of steel supply chain jobs says Labour.
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Under-35s bearing brunt of jobs crisis
20/04/2021 | news | business | 1,341
Some 635,000 people under 35 came off company payrolls in the year to March, official figures show.
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Climate change: UK to speed up target to cut carbon emissions
20/04/2021 | news | politics | 3,247
The PM says carbon emissions must fall by almost 80% by 2035 - 15 years earlier than previously planned.
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European Super League: Ministers say they will work to block breakaway group
20/04/2021 | news | politics | 736
The PM says the government will work to make sure the competition does not go ahead as proposed.
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Mourinho sacked by Tottenham
19/04/2021 | sport | football | 3,759
Jose Mourinho is sacked by Tottenham Hotspur after just 17 months in charge.
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'Big six' agree to join 'Super League'
19/04/2021 | sport | football | 4,376
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham are among 12 clubs who agree to join a new European Super League.
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Brexit: Lord Frost to meet EU to discuss NI Protocol
14/04/2021 | news | uk | 1,684
Lord Frost and Maros Sefcovic will discuss the UK's "work plan" for the NI part of the Brexit deal.
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UK exports to EU rebound partially after January's slump
13/04/2021 | news | business | 3,525
Despite the improvement, exports still remain below 2020 levels, the UK statistics body says.
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World's wealthiest 'at heart of climate problem'
13/04/2021 | news | science | 924
The so-called “polluter elite” must change their lifestyles to tackle climate change, a report says.
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Covid lockdown eases: Celebrations as pub gardens and shops reopen
12/04/2021 | news | uk | 5,057
Shoppers have been rushing back to the High Street, where queues were seen outside some retailers.
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Morrisons to stop selling plastic carrier bags
08/04/2021 | news | business | 458
The supermarket chain will remove 100 million plastic carrier bags from its network over the next year.
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Covid: UK vaccine rollout 'breaking link' between infections and death
08/04/2021 | news | health | 1,071
A decline in cases has stalled but deaths have not followed the same pattern, scientists say.
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Covid: Shed and garage offices pose insurance risk
08/04/2021 | news | business | 337
Plans to convert sheds, garages and extensions in order to work from home can leave some uninsured.
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Mobile phones should be banned in schools - Gavin Williamson
07/04/2021 | news | technology | 1,727
Phones should not be used or seen during the school day, the education secretary says.
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City drivers 'should think twice' before buying SUVs
07/04/2021 | news | business | 1,852
The boss of the RAC Foundation says drivers in urban areas should consider which car is most appropriate.
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Food poverty: MPs call on government to step up help
07/04/2021 | news | business | 1,241
A report calls on the government to create a food security minister to protect the vulnerable.
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Mbappe hits double as PSG win at Bayern
07/04/2021 | sport | football | 546
Kylian Mbappe scores twice as Paris St-Germain win at title holders Bayern Munich in a thrilling Champions League quarter-final first leg.
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Covid in Scotland: Secondary schools to return full time after Easter
06/04/2021 | news | uk | 1,504
Pupils will no longer have to follow strict two metre physical distancing rules when they return.
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Unions criticise 'miserly' 50p rise in statutory sick pay
06/04/2021 | news | business | 924
SSP increases from £95.85 to £96.35 a week in April, but unions say it is too little to live on.
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Every customer must sign in when pubs reopen
01/04/2021 | news | business | 4,651
New rules to help venues reopen outdoors safely this month have sparked anger from industry groups.
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Covid: Europe's vaccine rollout 'unacceptably slow' - WHO
01/04/2021 | news | world | 2,625
The WHO says the situation in the wider Europe region is more worrying than it has been in several months.
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Pub vaccine passports not British - Sir Keir Starmer
01/04/2021 | news | politics | 2,892
The Labour leader says it would be "wrong in principle" to ask landlords to police a new scheme.
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Liberty Steel boss: Plants won't shut on my watch
01/04/2021 | news | business | 607
Metal tycoon Sanjeev Gupta is racing to refinance his business after his financial backer collapsed.
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PwC says start when you like, leave when you like
31/03/2021 | news | business | 902
Accountancy giant staff can choose the hours they work and mix home and office following pandemic.
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Councils filling potholes 'every 19 seconds'
31/03/2021 | news | politics | 1,140
The number of repairs has increased to 1.7 million in England and Wales in the past year, a survey says.
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Brexit: UK 'risks falling behind' EU on workers’ rights
31/03/2021 | news | business | 2,191
The EU is working to improve conditions but the UK is not keeping pace, says the TUC.
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Covid-19: World leaders call for international pandemic treaty
30/03/2021 | news | uk | 3,362
Boris Johnson and more than 20 other leaders say another health crisis is a matter of "not if, but when".
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Scotland election 2021: Leaders go head-to-head in first TV debate
30/03/2021 | news | uk | 3,407
The leaders of Scotland's five larger political parties will take part in the BBC Scotland debate.
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Biden administration threatens tariffs on UK goods in 'tech tax' row
29/03/2021 | news | business | 3,837
Ceramics, make-up and furniture could be hit amid a row over a new UK tax on tech firms.
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Kane inspires England to win over Albania
28/03/2021 | sport | football | 1,642
Harry Kane scores one and makes another as England beat Albania to make it two wins out of two in their World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign.
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Coronavirus: Germany tightens borders amid alarm over pandemic
26/03/2021 | news | world | 3,176
France is to be classed a "high-risk" area as Germans are warned of a possible 100,000 infections a day.
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Coronavirus: EU stops short of vaccine export ban
26/03/2021 | news | world | 1,403
The bloc tells AstraZeneca to honour its EU contracts but backs global supply chains.
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People may quit if forced to work from home, Rishi Sunak warns
26/03/2021 | news | business | 2,932
The chancellor urges firms not to scrap offices altogether, warning employees may leave if they do.
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Liberty Steel: Government looking at 'all options'
26/03/2021 | news | business | 247
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng tells MPs he hopes to support the steelmaker "in its entirety".
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Brexit: UK lost 'significant' access to EU policing data under deal, report warns
26/03/2021 | news | politics | 1,404
Post-Brexit security arrangements are "complex and untested", a House of Lords report warns.
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Ford says farewell to 'Mondeo man' as car to be phased out
25/03/2021 | news | business | 1,188
The car, which became synonymous with a certain type of British motorist, will be phased out next year.
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UK Government buildings to fly union flag every day
25/03/2021 | news | politics | 4,189
The culture secretary described the flag as "a proud reminder of our history and the ties that bind us".
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Santander to close more than 100 branches
25/03/2021 | news | business | 893
The bank says 840 staff will be affected by the decision although it will try to offer them roles elsewhere.
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Covid-19: Pubs could require vaccine passports - Boris Johnson
25/03/2021 | news | politics | 5,396
But one Conservative MP says "papers for pubs" would lead the country into "a ghastly trap".
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Covid-19: EU leaders to discuss boosting vaccine supplies
25/03/2021 | news | world | 731
Leaders will also review plans to curb exports of Covid vaccines, which could affect supply to the UK.
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Coronavirus: EU and UK try to end row with 'win-win' on vaccines
24/03/2021 | news | world | 8,052
After weeks of tension over Covid vaccine supplies, the two sides now say they are working together.
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John Lewis to permanently close eight more shops
24/03/2021 | news | business | 1,436
The move puts 1,465 jobs at risk and means it has axed a third of its stores in less than a year.
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Sir Keir Starmer accuses Boris Johnson of 'breaking promise' on Army troop numbers
24/03/2021 | news | politics | 734
Boris Johnson says the government is increasing spending on defence "by the biggest amount since the Cold War".
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Tesla cars can be bought in Bitcoin
24/03/2021 | news | technology | 494
Elon Musk announced his company would accept the virtual currency as payment for a new car.
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Covid: £5,000 fine for people going on holiday abroad
23/03/2021 | news | uk | 5,094
It is due to come into force in England next week as some other lockdown restrictions are eased.
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Covid: UK marks one year since the first lockdown
23/03/2021 | news | uk | 3,391
The Queen reflects on the "grief and loss felt by so many" as the country holds a minute's silence.
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Government's levelling up plans 'need total reorientation'
23/03/2021 | news | business | 143
The Industrial Strategy Council says the government's plans to "level up" regions are flawed.
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Jobless crisis shows signs of easing but under-25s hit hard
23/03/2021 | news | business | 1,048
The number of workers on UK company payrolls climbed by 200,000 in the three months to February.
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Coronavirus: Third wave will 'wash up on our shores', warns Johnson
22/03/2021 | news | politics | 8,222
Boris Johnson says the UK will "feel effects" of growing case numbers in Europe amid a row over vaccines.
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Coronavirus vaccines: PM to telephone EU leaders in bid to stop export ban being imposed
22/03/2021 | news | politics | 3,911
EU leaders will hold a virtual summit on Thursday to discuss the fate of vaccines made on the continent.
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Covid: Supermarket limits lifted as lockdown in Wales eases
22/03/2021 | news | uk | 317
Shops already open can sell non-essential items and garden centres can open from today.
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Covid: UK death rate 'no longer Europe's worst' by winter
19/03/2021 | news | health | 6,874
Six other countries were worse affected during the second wave of the pandemic, according to ONS figures.
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Backlash grows against cut to electric car grants
19/03/2021 | news | business | 3,056
A government decision to reduce subsidies is criticised by the motor industry and UK businesses.
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BBC to move key jobs and programmes out of London
18/03/2021 | news | entertainment | 3,589
The corporation is expanding out of the capital to "ensure every household gets value from the BBC".
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Economic outlook 'unusually uncertain' despite 'rapid' vaccine rollout
18/03/2021 | news | business | 917
Bank of England says a rebound is likely in 2021, but it still depends on the "evolution of the pandemic".
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Liberty Steel: Government must step in to save steel jobs, says Ed Miliband
18/03/2021 | news | business | 676
The shadow business secretary tells the BBC the company is too vital for the UK to collapse.
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Covid: EU plans rollout of travel certificate before summer
17/03/2021 | news | world | 2,081
It will permit travel by those vaccinated, or who have tested negative or recently recovered.
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Scotland voters weigh up priorities as polls approach
17/03/2021 | news | politics | 1,209
Independence, Covid, the economy and the NHS are on voters' minds ahead of elections in May.
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Sturgeon to set out dates for easing Scotland's lockdown rules
16/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,633
The Scottish first minister is to set out proposed dates for the easing of Covid-19 restrictions at Holyrood.
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Covid: UK vaccination surge expected in coming days
15/03/2021 | news | health | 3,382
All over 50s could be vaccinated ahead of schedule, thanks to good supplies, say experts.
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Oscars nominations 2021: Brits, diversity and female directors rewarded
15/03/2021 | news | entertainment | 443
It is also a record year for diversity in the acting nominations and for female directors.
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Bank of England governor defends self over scandal
15/03/2021 | news | business | 880
Andrew Bailey has been criticised for evidence he gave over a scandal in which 11,000 savers lost money.
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Foreign Office to move 500 jobs to East Kilbride
15/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,795
The UK government has said more than 1,000 civil service roles in total are to be relocated to Scotland
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Covid-19: Hospitality bosses threaten government with court
15/03/2021 | news | business | 643
They say it is unfair pubs will have to wait five weeks longer than non-essential retail to reopen indoors.
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Cumbria coal mine: Public inquiry after government U-turn
12/03/2021 | news | politics | 2,074
Ministers say "increased" controversy over the Cumbria mine means a public inquiry is needed.
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Coronavirus infections levelling off in some of UK
12/03/2021 | news | health | 1,583
The UK's latest R number - 0.6 to 0.8 - suggests the outbreak is still shrinking overall.
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UK exports to European Union drop 40% in January
12/03/2021 | news | business | 8,104
Official figures show a sharp drop in trade in goods with the EU as the Brexit transition period ended.
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Royal Mail to pilot Sunday parcel delivery
12/03/2021 | news | business | 168
The postal service will make deliveries for major retailers as online shopping continues to grow.
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UK environmental protections 'being flouted'
10/03/2021 | news | science | 570
Campaigners say UK government protections on the environment are already being flouted.
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Covid-19: UK rejects 'false' vaccine export ban claim by EU
10/03/2021 | news | politics | 2,449
An EU diplomat is summoned to the Foreign Office following comments by the bloc's top official.
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Covid-19: Don't think pandemic is over, Whitty warns
09/03/2021 | news | health | 5,342
Unlocking too quickly would lead to a substantial surge in infection, the UK's chief medical adviser says.
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BP staff set to work from home two days a week
08/03/2021 | news | business | 1,063
The oil giant told staff last month that the new model will start for office-based staff this summer.
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Brexit: Lord Frost accuses EU of 'ill will' over UK exit
08/03/2021 | news | politics | 3,948
Lord Frost says the EU has "significantly undermined" post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland.
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'Important' draw after difficult week - Bruce
07/03/2021 | sport | football | 624
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce praises his side for claiming an "important" point in Sunday's goalless draw at West Brom after a week dominated by off-field issues.
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Pubs deluged with beer garden bookings
05/03/2021 | news | business | 1,283
Pubs in England report high demand bookings from the 12 April opening date for beer gardens.
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Budget 2021: Funding for Tory-held towns 'looks fishy,' says Starmer
04/03/2021 | news | politics | 1,919
But Prime Minister Boris Johnson defends allocations from the Towns Fund as "completely impartial".
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Budget 2021: Rishi Sunak insists Covid-recovery tax rises fair
04/03/2021 | news | politics | 2,526
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is accused of hitting the poorest hardest in his Budget plan to balance the books.
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US suspends tariffs on single malt Scotch whisky
04/03/2021 | news | business | 1,818
Tariffs on UK cheese and cashmere will also be lifted as the countries try to resolve an old trade row.
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Budget 2021: 'Scrooge Sunak not levelling with people' on cuts
04/03/2021 | news | business | 925
The Budget leaves the chancellor looking more Scrooge than Santa, says the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
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UK found guilty of dirty air breach by EU court
04/03/2021 | news | science | 1,192
The UK is found guilty of “systematically and persistently” breaching air pollution limits.
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Brexit: EU says UK grace period extension breaches international law
03/03/2021 | news | uk | 4,582
The latest Brexit flare up is over checks on goods to NI, which remains in the EU's single market.
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Budget 2021: Million more set to pay income tax by 2026
03/03/2021 | news | business | 1,756
People who get a pay rise between this April and 2026 may find themselves paying a higher rate of tax.
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Budget 2021: Rishi Sunak warns tax rises to follow spending spree
03/03/2021 | news | business | 2,439
The UK economy is expected to recover six months faster than expected from the pandemic, the chancellor says.
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Hill review: London takes aim at Amsterdam with new listing rules
03/03/2021 | news | business | 548
Under proposals in a new report, company founders could maintain control even after listing them on a London exchange.
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Sir Keir Starmer's critics in Labour become increasingly vocal
02/03/2021 | news | politics | 2,318
The Labour leader is not being strident enough in opposition, two ex-shadow ministers say.
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Volvo Cars to go fully electric by 2030
02/03/2021 | news | business | 569
The Swedish firm is to phase out all models with internal combustion engines over the next few years.
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Covid: 'People are tired of working from home'
01/03/2021 | news | business | 2,579
Canary Wharf expects people to return to the office but may choose home working some of the time.
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Budget 2021: 'Now is not the time for tax rises', say MPs
01/03/2021 | news | business | 718
The Treasury Committee says "significant" measures may be needed later to improve public finances.
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Cumbria coal mine plan 'damaging PM's reputation'
01/03/2021 | news | science | 489
Foreign ambassadors say Boris Johnson's tacit support for the mine prompts accusations of hypocrisy.
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Apprenticeships levy 'has failed on every measure', says HR body
01/03/2021 | news | business | 94
The professional body for HR said apprenticeship starts have fallen and far fewer have gone to young people.
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Nightclubs eye June reopening but can they survive?
26/02/2021 | news | business | 173
Clubs have been closed for almost a year but what will the clubbing experience be like when they reopen?
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UK car production slumps by a quarter in January
26/02/2021 | news | business | 291
The UK produced 27% fewer cars than a year ago, the worst January figure for over a decade.
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UK Covid alert level drops as NHS threat 'recedes'
25/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,122
The move to the second-highest level means the NHS is no longer at imminent risk of being overwhelmed.
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Coronavirus: Public need 'home truths' on economy - Hammond
25/02/2021 | news | politics | 2,970
The ex-chancellor says Boris Johnson must "do the right thing", even if it means risking unpopularity.
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Asda says 5,000 jobs at risk in new business plan
25/02/2021 | news | business | 1,534
The supermarket says it has begun consulting with workers over a major restructuring of its business.
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Post-Brexit trade: Boris Johnson calls for eat British fish campaign
25/02/2021 | news | politics | 2,437
The PM promises action to boost the industry - but Labour says his Brexit deal threatens jobs.
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Vauxhall: Crunch talks to save Ellesmere Port plant continue
25/02/2021 | news | business | 238
Vauxhall's parent company has previously said its fate depends on the government's commitment to the car industry.
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Brexit: NI leaders at odds on Irish sea border meeting
24/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,543
Arlene Foster says the EU was 'tone-deaf' but Michelle O'Neill says the meeting was "constructive".
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Heathrow passenger numbers fall to 1970s' levels
24/02/2021 | news | business | 1,068
Covid "devastated" air travel in 2020, the UK's largest airport says, as it sinks to a £2bn loss.
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Under-25s hit worst as unemployment rises again
23/02/2021 | news | business | 1,107
UK unemployment has risen to 5.1% - its highest level in almost five years, official figures show.
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Roadmap: Can we avoid an economic long Covid?
23/02/2021 | news | business | 734
The cautious lifting of restrictions will also push back the economic rebound further into spring.
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Lockdown: Boris Johnson unveils plan to end England restrictions by 21 June
22/02/2021 | news | uk | 4,281
Shops, hairdressers, gyms and outdoor hospitality could reopen on 12 April, Boris Johnson says.
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Live music 'at the back of queue to reopen'
22/02/2021 | news | entertainment | 706
Music and live events bosses have had their say on the PM's new roadmap out of Covid restrictions.
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Covid lockdown: 'We are burning through about £500,000 a day'
22/02/2021 | news | business | 1,509
The owner of PureGym says lockdown has been costing his business hundreds of thousands of pounds a day.
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Covid-19: Boris Johnson to unveil 'cautious' plan to lift England's lockdown
22/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,520
All schools are expected to reopen on 8 March, with some outdoor socialising allowed from 29 March.
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John Lewis considers closing more stores
22/02/2021 | news | business | 731
The department store giant may close another eight stores in a further blow for the High Street.
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Covid vaccines: Boris Johnson pledges surplus to poorer countries at G7
19/02/2021 | news | politics | 3,819
Boris Johnson is encouraging other rich countries to donate vaccine doses at a virtual G7 meeting.
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UK sees further drop in coronavirus numbers
19/02/2021 | news | health | 2,967
The number of new infections in the community has decreased in all regions, latest data shows.
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Covid-19: Johnson still working on 'roadmap' to ease lockdown
19/02/2021 | news | politics | 1,617
Ministers will "crunch the numbers" over the weekend, amid pressure to reduce Covid restrictions.
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UK to launch 'high risk' science agency
19/02/2021 | news | business | 1,117
The new agency will help "cement the UK's position as a science superpower", the government says.
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Covid-19: NI lockdown extended until 1 April
18/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,109
Restrictions will remain, but some primary school children will return to school from Monday 8 March.
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Sir Keir Starmer: Savings scheme would boost UK's recovery post-Covid
18/02/2021 | news | politics | 6,966
The Labour leader says there can be "no return to business as usual" as he sets out post-Covid policies.
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Strong decline in coronavirus across England since January, React study shows
18/02/2021 | news | health | 3,885
Study finds infections fell by two-thirds - and more in London - but warns virus levels remain high.
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Covid: Almost two million in UK 'have not worked for six months'
18/02/2021 | news | business | 124
Those people affected were either unemployed or fully furloughed, the Resolution Foundation think tank said.
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Coronavirus: Barclays says loans worth £4.8bn may never be repaid
18/02/2021 | news | business | 686
Barclays sees profits dive after setting aside billions for loans expected to turn sour due to Covid.
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Covid: Make children priority after pandemic, Anne Longfield says
17/02/2021 | news | uk | 265
England's children's commissioner calls on Boris Johnson to put them "centre stage" of his plans.
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Ford to go all-electric in Europe by 2030
17/02/2021 | news | business | 434
By the middle of 2026, all its cars will be available as electric or hybrid models, it said.
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Hospital waiting list 'may double to 10m by April'
17/02/2021 | news | health | 655
There could be a surge in demand from delayed referrals and delays to treatment, a think tank warns.
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Covid in Scotland: Youngest pupils to return to classrooms
16/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,450
Pupils in P1 to P3 and pre-school children will go back from 22 February, it has been confirmed.
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Plan for campus free speech post prompts autonomy warning
16/02/2021 | news | education | 744
Concerns are raised as ministers announce new free speech role to stop "silencing" in universities.
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UK to appeal to individual European countries over arts touring 'crisis'
16/02/2021 | news | entertainment | 1,446
The government says it hopes to open negotiations with individual European nations "very shortly".
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Covid: Why goal is to live with the virus - not fight it
16/02/2021 | news | health | 690
Ministers want to turn Covid-19 into a manageable illness like flu. Why? And is this possible?
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Jaguar car brand to be all-electric by 2025
15/02/2021 | news | business | 1,958
JLR will launch electric models of its entire Jaguar and Land Rover line-up by 2030.
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Coronavirus: Plan to exit lockdown 'cautious but irreversible', says Boris Johnson
15/02/2021 | news | politics | 6,171
Boris Johnson says the government will set out its plans on 22 February, which could include target dates.
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Wetherspoons calls for pubs to reopen 'to save jobs'
15/02/2021 | news | business | 2,677
The chairman of the chain is calling for pubs to reopen at the same time as non-essential shops.
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Covid: Virus cases are going down across the UK
12/02/2021 | news | health | 4,579
Data suggests lockdown is working, but the health secretary says there is "still a long way to go".
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UK economy suffered record annual slump in 2020
12/02/2021 | news | business | 4,395
The size of the economy shrank by 9.9% in 2020 as coronavirus restrictions hit output, figures show.
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UK and EU hold 'frank but constructive' talks on NI trade rules
12/02/2021 | news | politics | 3,791
The two sides vow to implement the Northern Ireland Protocol and "address all outstanding issues".
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Temperature of -23C in Braemar is UK's lowest in 25 years
11/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,163
The Met Office says Braemar in Aberdeenshire recorded the coldest night since December 1995.
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Covid-19: 'Too early' to decide on summer holidays, says Hancock
11/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,228
The health secretary's comments prompted criticism from Labour who said people wanted clarity.
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Holiday bookings jump despite 'confusion over rules'
11/02/2021 | news | business | 464
Official calls for people to pause summer holiday plans have made no difference, UK holiday providers say.
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Brexit: London loses out as Europe's top share trading hub
11/02/2021 | news | business | 5,678
Amsterdam ousts London in the wake of Brexit changes, as the Bank of England warns over EU financial rules.
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HS2: Next phase of controversial rail network gets green light
11/02/2021 | news | business | 823
Legislation needed to clear the next stage of the controversial project has passed through Parliament.
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Covid: Don't book holiday yet, government warns
10/02/2021 | news | politics | 4,934
Boris Johnson urges people to "be patient", after the transport secretary says summer breaks are in doubt.
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Sainsbury’s takes on Aldi in supermarket price war
10/02/2021 | news | business | 922
The UK's second-largest supermarket joins Tesco in promising to price-match German discounter Aldi.
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Heineken cuts 8,000 jobs after Covid hits sales
10/02/2021 | news | business | 215
The brewing giant said 2020 had been a year of "unprecedented disruption".
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Putting councils 'in the driving seat' would save £1.6bn, says report
10/02/2021 | news | politics | 172
Centralising responsibility for social care would risk disruption, a council-commissioned report says.
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EU vaccine export row: Irish government 'in talks' with European Commission
09/02/2021 | news | world | 401
Officials are trying to work out ways of avoiding more controversies involving Northern Ireland.
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Covid-19: Travellers face £1,750 cost for England quarantine hotels
09/02/2021 | news | uk | 5,265
People arriving in England from Covid hotspots also face £10,000 fines or jail if they break the rules.
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Brexit worse than feared, says JD Sports boss
09/02/2021 | news | business | 4,918
Chairman Peter Cowgill says the new EU trade deal has meant "double-digit millions" in extra costs.
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Brexit: 'Under-loved' fish renamed for British tastes
09/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,354
The spider crab and megrim sole are to be rebranded to get rid of "negative connotations".
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Grocery shopping has changed for good, says Ocado
09/02/2021 | news | business | 709
The online supermarket says the Covid pandemic has permanently changed the grocery landscape worldwide.
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Coronavirus: Motorists 'turned back' at Irish border
08/02/2021 | news | world | 2,310
People crossing the Irish border without "a reasonable excuse" can be fined €100 (£88) from Monday.
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'Champions Liverpool on a worrying slide'
07/02/2021 | sport | football | 2,066
Liverpool have won too much under Jurgen Klopp to be mired in talk of a crisis, but there is no escaping they are on a worrying slide, writes Phil McNulty.
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Covid: All over-50s in UK to be offered vaccine by May
05/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,840
Nearly 11 million people have already received a first jab against coronavirus.
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Barclays urges UK to focus on US and Asia post Brexit
05/02/2021 | news | business | 1,745
Brexit gives one of the UK's most important sectors the chance to define its own agenda, he said.
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Covid: Don't ease lockdown restrictions too soon - Starmer
04/02/2021 | news | politics | 2,050
The Labour leader urges the PM not to repeat "the mistakes of last time," amid Tory calls for easing.
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Royal Dutch Shell sees huge loss as pandemic hits oil demand
04/02/2021 | news | business | 672
The oil giant reported a net loss of £16bn for 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic caused demand to slump.
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UK and EU in 'constructive discussions' over NI trade row
04/02/2021 | news | politics | 216
Both sides have vowed to "work intensively" to solve post-Brexit trade problems in Northern Ireland.
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PM urges EU action to ease Brexit tensions in NI
03/02/2021 | news | politics | 5,194
The UK wrote to the bloc calling for lighter enforcement of rules as port staff face threats over checks.
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Scrap interest on student loans, say vice-chancellors
02/02/2021 | news | education | 709
Call to wipe interest on student loans in England for 15 months, as ministers offer £50m support fund.
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Electric cars: Rollout of charging points still too slow
02/02/2021 | news | business | 395
The charge-point infrastructure may not be ready for when new petrol and diesel cars are banned.
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Covid: Boris Johnson 'optimistic' about summer holiday prospects
01/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,928
The PM says it relies on factors such as the vaccine rollout going well and Covid cases coming down.
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Ryanair forecasts 'strong return' of beach holidays this summer
01/02/2021 | news | business | 780
Boss Michael O'Leary thinks travel restrictions will be dropped once high risk groups are vaccinated.
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Coronavirus: Germany set to limit AstraZeneca jab to under-65s
28/01/2021 | news | world | 5,216
German vaccine officials say there is not enough data about the jab, which is widely used in the UK.
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UK car production slumps to lowest level since 1984
28/01/2021 | news | business | 258
Output tumbled almost 30% last year as Covid forced factory closures and a fall in consumer demand.
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UK holiday boom: Bookings 'coming in thick and fast'
28/01/2021 | news | business | 1,846
With new hotel quarantine rules for arrivals from abroad, many people are seeking UK holidays instead.
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Coronavirus: Vaccinate teachers at half-term - Starmer
27/01/2021 | news | politics | 1,153
Labour calls for key workers to be added to the first phase of the vaccination programme.
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Boris Johnson promises plan next month for 'phased' easing of lockdown
27/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,999
The “phased” lifting of restrictions will depend on data on hospitalisations, deaths and vaccinations.
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Covid-19: Vaccine minister 'confident' of supplies amid production delays
26/01/2021 | news | uk | 3,759
Nadhim Zahawi says supply is tight, but he expects the UK to meet its February target of 15 million doses.
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Big rise in redundancies among young people
26/01/2021 | news | business | 1,514
People aged 25 to 34 face the highest risk of redundancy as Covid pushes up the jobless rate to 5%.
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Chelsea sack manager Lampard
25/01/2021 | sport | football | 4,805
Chelsea sack manager Frank Lampard after 18 months in charge, with former Paris St-Germain and Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel expected to replace him.
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Covid: Schools will be told of reopening plans 'as soon as we can'
25/01/2021 | news | uk | 6,101
Boris Johnson says he understands parents' frustrations but the infection rate is "still very high".
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Gordon Brown: Trust has broken down in way UK is run
25/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,134
The UK's nations and regions are being treated as if they were "invisible", the former PM warns.
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Mastercard to push up fees for UK purchases from EU
25/01/2021 | news | business | 3,320
The move sparks concerns that customers could see prices rise if merchants pass on the higher cost.
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Coronavirus: UK R number 'between 0.8 and 1'
22/01/2021 | news | health | 4,946
The UK's chief medical adviser warns that "a very small change and it could start taking off again".
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Google threatens to withdraw search engine from Australia
22/01/2021 | news | world | 883
The tech giant says it will remove its main search function from Australia if it passes a new law.
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Covid: Why won't vaccinating the vulnerable end lockdown?
22/01/2021 | news | health | 1,364
Doubts have been raised about lifting Covid restrictions in the spring. What are the hurdles in the way?
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Covid: 'Too early' to say if lockdown will end in spring - Boris Johnson
21/01/2021 | news | uk | 5,496
Boris Johnson says England's measures will be reviewed once the priority groups have had the vaccine.
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Glastonbury 2021: Festival axed 'with great regret'
21/01/2021 | news | entertainment | 1,159
The Worthy Farm event has been scrapped for a second year running due to the global pandemic.
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University tuition fees frozen at £9,250 for a year
21/01/2021 | news | education | 780
Tuition fees in England are being frozen for another year and ministers outline plans to reform post-16 education.
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Marmite maker Unilever to insist suppliers pay 'living wage'
21/01/2021 | news | business | 502
Unilever says that by 2030 suppliers must pay staff enough to cover a family's basic needs.
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Covid: Infections 'must be brought down' to help NHS
21/01/2021 | news | health | 1,175
Researchers warn that unless something changes, hospitals will continue facing significant pressure.
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Covid: House hunters travelling 'hundreds of miles' to view homes
21/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,045
Estate agents call for tougher measures - as buyers race to beat the end of the stamp duty holiday.
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Coronavirus: Priti Patel says UK should have closed borders in March 2020
20/01/2021 | news | politics | 5,020
The home secretary has been recorded telling supporters she was an "advocate" of closures last year.
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Scrapping £20 benefit could see Tories called 'nasty party' - Casey
20/01/2021 | news | politics | 1,122
The ex-government adviser said the Tories would be seen as the "nasty party" by ending the top-up.
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Brexit: Government considers scrapping some EU labour laws
20/01/2021 | news | business | 929
Labour accuses Kwasi Kwarteng of "unpicking" workers' rights, as minister confirms he will review rules.
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Tokyo Olympics 'unlikely to go ahead in 2021'
19/01/2021 | news | business | 55
Former London 2012 Olympics boss says Tokyo event likely to be disrupted by Covid-19 pandemic.
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Covid: Cash refusal 'creeping into UK economy'
19/01/2021 | news | business | 2,698
A survey by consumer group Which? raises concerns over coronavirus leading to more cashless stores.
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Man Utd 'missed opportunity' against Liverpool
17/01/2021 | sport | football | 3,797
Leaders Manchester United are thwarted by the second-half heroics of keeper Alisson in a goalless draw with title rivals Liverpool at Anfield.
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Marcus Rashford and top chefs demand free school meals review
15/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,300
The footballer joins celebrities and campaigners to call for action in a letter to the prime minister.
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UK economy shrank by 2.6% in November as services suffered
15/01/2021 | news | business | 2,004
Coronavirus restrictions in England affected services, with pubs and hairdressers badly hit.
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Insurers must pay many small firms for Covid lockdown losses
15/01/2021 | news | business | 1,424
A Supreme Court ruling provides a lifeline for many firms that had business interruption insurance.
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Brexit will increase food supply chain costs, warn business groups
13/01/2021 | news | business | 1,774
More red tape after the EU trade deal will raise food and manufacturing costs, business groups tell MPs.
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Covid-19: Lockdown measures 'starting to show signs of some effect' - PM
13/01/2021 | news | uk | 2,577
But Boris Johnson does not rule out tougher restrictions in England, saying they are kept under review.
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Morrisons to be first UK supermarket to pay minimum £10 an hour
13/01/2021 | news | business | 587
Rival supermarkets defend their pay, with Asda saying looking at hourly rates does not tell the whole story.
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Covid-19: We can make this the peak by following rules, says Hancock
13/01/2021 | news | uk | 2,131
The health secretary urges people to follow rules, saying "individual decisions" make a difference.
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Clean air: Coal burning ban and wet wood restrictions planned
13/01/2021 | news | uk | 977
A new clean air law could see burning house coal banned in Wales, and stricter rules on using wood fires.
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Customs staff: Vaccinate us to keep trade flowing
13/01/2021 | news | business | 163
One operator told the BBC his staff were working up to 16 hours a day to help traders.
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Covid: 2020 saw most excess deaths since World War Two
12/01/2021 | news | uk | 3,159
Last year saw 697,000 deaths registered in the UK - 14% above what would be expected.
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Retail sales in 2020 'worst for 25 years'
12/01/2021 | news | business | 624
A slump in demand for fashion and homeware during lockdown left many retailers struggling.
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Brexit: UK driver has ham sandwiches confiscated at Dutch border
11/01/2021 | news | world | 5,522
Dutch TV films officials confiscating ham sandwiches from UK drivers under new food import rules.
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Covid: UK at 'worst point' of pandemic, says Hancock
11/01/2021 | news | uk | 6,486
Health Secretary Matt Hancock says 2.3 million people in the UK have now had a Covid-19 vaccine dose.
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Covid: Morrisons and Sainsbury's ban maskless shoppers
11/01/2021 | news | business | 5,785
People refusing to wear face coverings who are not medically exempt will not be allowed to shop inside.
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Covid: Protect family incomes, Starmer urges ministers
11/01/2021 | news | politics | 3,629
The Labour leader calls for tougher coronavirus restrictions and says help for low earners must continue.
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Crawley crush Leeds in stunning FA Cup upset
10/01/2021 | sport | football | 1,445
Crawley Town produce one of the FA Cup third round's most emphatic upsets as they stun Premier League side Leeds United.
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Brexit: M&S temporarily cuts hundreds of products in NI
08/01/2021 | news | business | 11,810
Criticism of new Brexit trade rules is growing as firms warn of more bureaucracy, higher costs and delays.
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Moderna becomes third Covid vaccine approved in the UK
08/01/2021 | news | health | 3,791
Seventeen million doses have been ordered by the UK and are expected to arrive in spring.
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Renters: Eviction bans in England and Wales are extended
08/01/2021 | news | business | 289
Councils will also be given extra funding to accommodate rough sleepers, ministers announce.
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Surge in pupils at school in lockdown sparks call for limit
08/01/2021 | news | education | 1,427
With attendance as high as 50% in some areas, heads call for pupil limits in England's lockdown schools.
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Covid-19: Johnson warns England's lockdown won't end 'with a bang'
06/01/2021 | news | uk | 3,061
There will be a "gradual unwrapping" of England's lockdown, Boris Johnson tells MPs ahead of a vote later.
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Covid-19: Stormont ministers explain need for tighter rules
06/01/2021 | news | uk | 273
New, tighter restrictions imposed in NI as UK reports the highest daily death toll since April.
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Teachers' grades to replace A-levels and GCSEs in England
06/01/2021 | news | education | 1,305
Gavin Williamson will "trust in teachers rather than algorithms" in awarding this year's results.
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Lockdown: Clap for Carers to return as Clap for Heroes
06/01/2021 | news | uk | 3,602
Founder Annemarie Plas says the initiative will return on Thursday under the new name of Clap for Heroes.
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Government offers firms new grants to survive lockdown
06/01/2021 | news | business | 2,322
Business groups welcomed the new help as a good start but said more aid and a clear plan would be needed.
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FTSE 100 chief executives 'earn average salary within 3 days'
06/01/2021 | news | business | 1,645
FTSE 100 chiefs will by Wednesday have earned more this year than the average worker's annual wage.
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Covid: Sir Keir Starmer calls for 'round the clock' vaccinations
05/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,448
In a TV address, Labour's leader says millions of doses need to be given each week by the end of January.
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Music festivals could be cancelled this month, MPs told
05/01/2021 | news | entertainment | 385
Organisers are facing "dire straits" if the 2021 music festival season is scrapped, MPs are told.
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Paperchase on the brink of administration
05/01/2021 | news | business | 513
The stationery chain which has 127 stores and around 1,500 employees says shop closures hit it hard.
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Online schooling: Calls to cut data fees during Covid lockdowns
05/01/2021 | news | technology | 317
The children's commissioner for England and Labour's leader call on firms to help low-income families.
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Covid in Scotland: Scots ordered to stay at home in new lockdown
04/01/2021 | news | uk | 4,454
Mainland Scotland faces tougher restrictions from midnight, and schools will remain closed until February.
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EU firms refuse UK deliveries over Brexit tax changes
04/01/2021 | news | business | 8,377
Some EU specialist firms stop delivering to the UK because of tax changes that took effect on 1 January.
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Covid: Boris Johnson set to announce new England lockdown
04/01/2021 | news | uk | 4,874
Boris Johnson will make a televised address at 20:00 GMT to outline further steps as virus cases rise.
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Covid: 'No question' restrictions will be tightened, says Boris Johnson
04/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,597
Boris Johnson warns of "tough" weeks ahead, as coronavirus infection rates continue to surge.
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'Furlough mums and dads while schools are off' says TUC
04/01/2021 | news | business | 421
Trades unions urge bosses to support parents trying to balance work and childcare.
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Covid: Regional rules 'probably going to get tougher', says Boris Johnson
03/01/2021 | news | politics | 12,813
Boris Johnson says more areas may need tougher rules, as Labour urges England-wide curbs within 24 hours.
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Brexit: New EU trade arrangements to begin after Parliament vote
31/12/2020 | news | politics | 6,478
The UK's hard-fought agreement with the EU is set to come into force at 23:00 GMT on Thursday.
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Coronavirus: Government urged to use pharmacies to give vaccine
30/12/2020 | news | business | 933
Pharmacies ask government to employ its high street network to accelerate delivery of newly approved vaccine.
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Brexit: Boris Johnson set to unveil trade deal with EU
24/12/2020 | news | politics | 5,448
Officials on both sides are hammering out the final details ahead of an expected announcement.
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Brexit: EU-UK trade deal expected, as cabinet briefed
24/12/2020 | news | politics | 12,629
Officials continue to thrash out final details, after weeks of argument over fishing and business rules.
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Covid-19: More areas of England could be moved to tier 4 restrictions
23/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,959
Ministers meet to discuss how to stem the spread of a new fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus.
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Redundancy plans fall after furlough extension
23/12/2020 | news | business | 54
36,700 redundancies were planned in Britain in November, the lowest figure since March
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Sacking Arteta would be mistake - Guardiola
22/12/2020 | sport | football | 1,156
Pep Guardiola says it will be a "big mistake" if Arsenal sack boss Mikel Arteta after Manchester City's 4-1 win over the Gunners in the Carabao Cup.
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Covid-19: Almost 3,000 lorries stuck in Kent as UK and France aim to restart freight
22/12/2020 | news | uk | 4,373
Politicians are in talks to resume freight, after France closed the border because of the new variant.
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Covid-19: UK sees over 80,000 excess deaths during pandemic
22/12/2020 | news | health | 1,836
The UK is continuing to see more deaths than expected for this time of year, ONS data shows.
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Brexit: Johnson resists calls to extend transition into 2021
22/12/2020 | news | politics | 8,878
Boris Johnson says his position is "unchanged", as time for the UK and EU to reach a deal runs short.
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Covid-19: More than 40 countries ban UK arrivals
21/12/2020 | news | uk | 12,078
Spain and India are among the nations to suspend flights amid concern over spread of new variant.
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Welsh budget: Tax hike on second homes announced
21/12/2020 | news | uk | 858
A tax hike on second homes to raise cash for social housing is part of the Welsh Government budget.
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Covid: Case for recalling MPs over emergency, says Sir Keir Starmer
21/12/2020 | news | politics | 1,120
The Labour leader also urges the PM to give daily updates, amid cross party calls for Parliament's return.
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Sir Keir Starmer promises to shift power from Westminster
21/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,145
In a key policy speech, the Labour leader set out plans for the "boldest devolution project in a generation".
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Covid-19: 'Serious disruption' feared as Dover halts traffic to France
21/12/2020 | news | business | 2,845
France will stop lorries arriving from the UK for 48 hours amid concerns about a new coronavirus variant.
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Brexit: No trade deal unless 'substantial shift' from EU, UK says
20/12/2020 | news | politics | 11,732
With a decision expected before Christmas, UK sources say it is increasingly likely there will be no deal.
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'Stop-start' Covid rules cost shops £2bn a week, says industry
20/12/2020 | news | business | 1,343
Retailers warn more jobs and businesses are at risk as non-essential shops are forced to close.
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Covid-19: Christmas rules tightened for England, Scotland and Wales
20/12/2020 | news | uk | 9,170
Family mixing at Christmas will be much reduced and scrapped completely for parts of the South East.
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'Just a few hours' left to agree Brexit trade deal, says Michel Barnier
18/12/2020 | news | politics | 13,556
Michel Barnier says it is now "the moment of truth", while Boris Johnson warns of "difficult" talks.
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Pre-Christmas lockdown restrictions hit retail sales
18/12/2020 | news | business | 383
Sales fell by 3.8% last month, bringing to an end a six-month streak of rising trade.
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Brexit: Trade talks in 'a serious situation' says Boris Johnson
17/12/2020 | news | politics | 9,148
The PM and the EU Commission head speak again by phone, and acknowledge differences remain.
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Covid: Toughest rules extended in south of England
17/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,977
It means more than two-thirds of the nation's population will be in tier three from Saturday.
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Chancellor Rishi Sunak reveals date of next Budget
17/12/2020 | news | politics | 466
The Budget had been set to happen in Autumn 2020 but was ditched due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Covid curbs scandalous, says Revolution Bars chief
17/12/2020 | news | business | 324
Chief executive Rob Pitcher says the government is "sacrificing businesses and people's livelihoods".
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Covid Christmas rules: Boris Johnson calls for shorter, smaller celebrations
16/12/2020 | news | uk | 5,444
"Just because you can do something doesn't mean it's sensible in any way," Prof Chris Whitty warns.
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Brexit: 'Narrow path' in view for trade deal - EU chief
16/12/2020 | news | politics | 5,963
The president of the EU Commission says the "next few days" will be decisive for trade negotiations.
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Heathrow wins court battle to build third runway
16/12/2020 | news | business | 990
In a blow to campaigners, judges say ministers' decision to approve the runway was legitimate.
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Brexit: UK wants EU trade deal but not 'at any cost' - Boris Johnson
15/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,937
UK and EU negotiators are trying to agree a post-Brexit trade deal by 31 December.
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Hospitality worst-hit as unemployment rises again
15/12/2020 | news | business | 137
UK loses 819,000 paid jobs since start of pandemic, with a third of the cuts in hospitality.
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High death rate 'may be starting to fall'
15/12/2020 | news | health | 1,899
Total deaths in the UK have been 20% above normal in recent weeks, but that figure has now dropped.
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Low-paid workers face pandemic 'double whammy'
15/12/2020 | news | business | 188
The Commission on Workers and Technology says the pandemic has accelerated the automation of low paid work.
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Covid: Christmas coronavirus rules easing 'makes no sense'
14/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,444
Front-line staff warn relaxing rules for the festive period is not a "luxury" the NHS can afford.
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Brexit: UK and EU restart trade talks after leaders' call
14/12/2020 | news | politics | 9,840
A final decision on a deal was expected on Sunday, but the two sides sent negotiators back to the table.
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'New variant' of coronavirus identified in England
14/12/2020 | news | health | 2,914
The new strain may be growing faster in some parts of the country, Health Secretary tells MPs.
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People in Scotland told to 'cut down contacts' before Christmas
14/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,904
Nicola Sturgeon says Scots planning to meet up at Christmas should cut down on "unnecessary contacts" now.
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Covid-19: London mayor calls for schools to close early
14/12/2020 | news | uk | 261
Sadiq Khan wants all secondary schools and colleges to close early ahead of Christmas across London.
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EA to buy Dirt Rally-maker Codemasters for £1bn
14/12/2020 | news | technology | 116
Games giant Electronic Arts is set to acquire the British game-maker, beating an earlier rival offer.
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Sizewell C: Government in talks to fund £20bn nuclear plant
14/12/2020 | news | uk | 700
Officials will hold discussions with France's EDF about funding the Sizewell C project in Suffolk.
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Britons told not to stockpile food ahead of January
13/12/2020 | news | business | 1,113
Retailers tell shoppers they have enough supplies as uncertainty remains over the terms of Brexit.
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Covid: Public must think carefully about Christmas risk, NHS bosses warn
13/12/2020 | news | health | 4,855
NHS bosses say they are worried about January, after the US saw a spike in cases after Thanksgiving.
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Brexit trade talks: UK and EU to 'go the extra mile' in effort to agree deal
13/12/2020 | news | politics | 12,651
Ursula von der Leyen says talks were "constructive", but Boris Johnson warns no deal is "most likely".
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Brexit trade talks: ‘Political will’ needed for deal, says Dominic Raab
13/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,272
Boris Johnson and his EU counterpart are due to make a decision on the future of talks shortly.
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Brexit: No-deal navy threat 'irresponsible', says Tobias Ellwood
12/12/2020 | news | politics | 10,595
A senior Conservative says deploying gunboats to patrol UK waters after 31 December is "undignified".
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'Not enough' climate ambition shown by leaders
12/12/2020 | news | science | 1,904
UK minister Alok Sharma says world leaders are failing to show the necessary level of ambition.
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Brexit: PM and EU say trade deal unlikely by Sunday
11/12/2020 | news | politics | 18,053
Boris Johnson urges Brussels to make a "big change" as the deadline set by the two sides approaches.
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Covid: Post-Christmas lockdown warning for Wales
11/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,166
Stricter rules will come into force after Christmas if Covid cases do not fall, first minister warns.
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Brexit: Malcolm Turnbull tells UK 'be careful what you wish for' over EU trade
11/12/2020 | news | politics | 1,894
Malcolm Turnbull tells BBC Question Time his country's arrangement with the EU has "large barriers".
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Brexit: 'Strong possibility' of no trade deal with EU - PM
11/12/2020 | news | politics | 11,024
Boris Johnson says negotiations with the EU will continue, but are "not yet there at all".
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UK banks can weather pandemic, says Bank of England
11/12/2020 | news | business | 384
Most risks to financial stability posed by Covid and a no-deal Brexit have been mitigated, the Bank says.
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Brexit: EU sets out plans in case trade talks with UK fail
10/12/2020 | news | world | 7,009
The EU's contingency plans for "no deal" include measures to ensure smooth air and road travel.
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Brexit: Trade talks 'unlikely' to go beyond Sunday, says Dominic Raab
10/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,574
The EU has set out the measures it would take if no trade deal is agreed with the UK.
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Coronavirus: NHS Covid-19 app starts offering self-isolate payments
10/12/2020 | news | technology | 380
Users of the app in England and Wales can now apply for £500 if eligible.
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Tesco and Morrisons defy call to shut on Boxing Day
10/12/2020 | news | business | 2,094
The supermarkets will open but Asda gives staff the day off for working during the pandemic.
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Britons could be barred from EU entry on 1 January
10/12/2020 | news | business | 1,289
EU pandemic rules and Brexit may restrict travellers from entering the European Union.
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UK growth slows again in October as rebound stalls
10/12/2020 | news | business | 406
The UK's economy grew by just 0.4% in the month as the recovery continued to slow.
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Brexit: 'Large gaps' remain after trade talks with Ursula von der Leyen
10/12/2020 | news | politics | 11,332
Sunday becomes the new deadline for a decision on trade talks, after the PM and EU chief meet in Brussels.
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UK has 'no authority' to impose tariffs in Boeing row says US
10/12/2020 | news | business | 300
The US says the UK has no place participating in the fight because it has left the EU.
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Tesco: Brexit 'could see people choose cheddar over brie'
09/12/2020 | news | business | 5,874
The chairman of Tesco says price rises related to Brexit could change what people choose to eat.
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Brexit: Boris Johnson to meet Ursula von der Leyen for trade deal talks
09/12/2020 | news | politics | 1,555
Boris Johnson will meet Ursula von der Leyen for talks over dinner, as time runs out to reach a trade deal.
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'Price rises likely' due to UK shipping problems
09/12/2020 | news | business | 1,578
Businesses say importing goods to the UK is now so difficult, higher costs will be passed on to consumers.
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Honda pauses production after UK port woes
08/12/2020 | news | business | 1,304
The Japanese carmaker temporarily stops production at its Swindon plant after UK ports congestion.
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Brexit: Johnson heads to Brussels on Wednesday for last ditch trade talks
08/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,689
Boris Johnson seeks a last minute breakthrough in stalled talks over a UK-EU trade agreement.
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Oxford Covid vaccine 'safe and effective' study shows
08/12/2020 | news | health | 2,210
The peer-reviewed work in the Lancet medical journal confirms the vaccine is 'safe and protects'.
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Brexit: UK and EU reach deal on Northern Ireland border checks
08/12/2020 | news | politics | 3,425
The UK will drop plans to override the Brexit divorce deal, removing a potential obstacle to a trade deal.
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Brexit: PM says 'sweet reason' can get UK and EU to trade deal
08/12/2020 | news | politics | 4,967
Boris Johnson says "hope springs eternal" ahead of a meeting with the European Commission president.
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Brexit food supply fears grow: 'It's too late, baby'
08/12/2020 | news | business | 2,126
The industry tells MPs it has not had enough time to prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period.
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Covid: Christmas comes early as grocery sales 'hit record' in November
08/12/2020 | news | business | 532
Spending surged last month as eating out was restricted by England's national lockdown, figures suggest.
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Brexit: PM to meet EU chief in bid to save trade deal
08/12/2020 | news | politics | 5,864
The UK and EU say "significant differences" still remain as the leaders prepare to talk face-to-face.
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Brexit: Trade talks 'have reached critical stage'
07/12/2020 | news | politics | 9,859
The UK says it is still working for a deal, but the EU's mood is described as "gloomy".
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B&Q owner Kingfisher to return £130m in Covid rates relief
07/12/2020 | news | business | 103
DIY specialist Kingfisher becomes the latest retailer to hand back support, taking the total to £2bn.
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Beer and crisps used to help tackle climate change
07/12/2020 | news | science | 348
Crisps firm Walkers will make fertiliser by mixing potato waste with CO2 from beer fermentation.
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Brexit: UK-EU trade talks continue as 'sticking points' remain
07/12/2020 | news | politics | 9,302
EU sources say the two sides are nearing an agreement on access to UK waters by EU fishing fleets.
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Perez wins Sakhir GP as Mercedes pit error costs Russell
06/12/2020 | sport | f1 | 2,223
Racing Point's Sergio Perez takes his first F1 victory in the Sakhir GP as Mercedes fumble what should have been a debut win for George Russell.
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England beat France in dramatic final
06/12/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 2,215
Owen Farrell finally finds his kicking boots to land a sudden-death penalty to subdue a stand-in France and win the Autumn Nations Cup at Twickenham.
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Brexit stalemate: Boris Johnson and Ursula Von Der Leyen seek to break trade deal deadlock
05/12/2020 | news | politics | 8,914
EU and UK negotiators call in leaders in last ditch effort to secure a trade deal.
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Virus levels falling across most of England, says ONS
04/12/2020 | news | health | 1,217
Infection levels are down among all age groups and all regions apart from one, data suggests.
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Brexit: Time running out as Brexit trade talks restart
04/12/2020 | news | politics | 4,655
The UK warns chances of a breakthrough are "receding", as it negotiates with the EU over business rules.
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Lidl joins shops in repaying Covid rates relief
04/12/2020 | news | business | 273
Retailers have so far committed to handing back £1.9bn after some faced criticism from MPs.
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Coronavirus: UK got vaccine first because it's 'a better country', says Gavin Williamson
04/12/2020 | news | politics | 4,358
The EU says vaccines are not a "football competition" after Education Secretary Gavin Williamson's comment.
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Brexit: 'Prospect of breakthrough receding' in UK-EU talks
03/12/2020 | news | politics | 7,540
Talks continue, as a source tells the BBC that Brussels are "bringing new elements into the negotiation".
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Asda joins rivals to pay back Covid rates relief
03/12/2020 | news | business | 500
The UK's biggest supermarkets will return £1.7bn after facing criticism for taking state support.
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Climate change: PM aims for world-leading UK emissions cuts
03/12/2020 | news | science | 533
Boris Johnson is set to unveil plans for world-leading emissions UK cuts - but are they enough?
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Brexit: It's nearly now or never for UK-EU trade deal
03/12/2020 | news | politics | 1,995
As pizza-fuelled talks continue into the night, there appears to be stuff worth chewing over.
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Supermarkets repay rates relief after backlash
02/12/2020 | news | business | 734
Morrisons follows Tesco's lead, with both supermarkets announcing plans to hand back a total £850m.
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Covid-19: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine judged safe for use in UK
02/12/2020 | news | health | 5,840
The UK is the first country to approve the Pfizer vaccine - with 800,000 doses due to arrive soon.
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Bonmarché collapses into administration
02/12/2020 | news | business | 535
More than 1,500 jobs are at risk following the collapse of the women's fashion chain.
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Brexit trade: 'Serious disruption' risk at Channel post-transition period
02/12/2020 | news | politics | 2,709
Ministers are "taking limited responsibility" for readiness ahead of the transition period ending, MPs say.
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Covid: Boris Johnson urges MPs to back tough tiers for England
01/12/2020 | news | politics | 4,392
The prime minister said the NHS remained under pressure, despite a four-week national lockdown.
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UK among hardest hit nations by pandemic, says OECD
01/12/2020 | news | business | 271
Research by leading international agency suggests only Argentina will be worst hit by the pandemic.
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Covid: Alcohol ban for Welsh pubs and restaurants from Friday
30/11/2020 | news | uk | 4,254
Pubs and restaurants will have to shut at 6pm and will not be able to serve alcoholic drinks.
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Coronavirus: Government publishes data behind stricter tiers
30/11/2020 | news | politics | 1,337
Some Conservative backbenchers have threaten to vote against the plan for England on Tuesday.
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SNP conference: £500 'thank you' payment for healthcare staff
30/11/2020 | news | uk | 4,877
Nicola Sturgeon says the one-off cash payment is to thank health staff for their "extraordinary service".
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Covid: PM calls for 'unity' as he agrees to publish data behind new tiers
30/11/2020 | news | uk | 658
Boris Johnson will publish data behind England's new tiers later in a bid to win over Tory rebels.
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Covid-19: Drinkers in tier two 'could order Scotch egg' as substantial meal
30/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,638
They would count as a "substantial meal" under new rules for parts of England, a minister says.
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Covid: Shops in England can open 24 hours a day over Christmas
30/11/2020 | news | business | 1,419
Local authorities in England will be allowed to temporarily waive rules restricting retail opening hours.
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Brexit: UK in 'last leg' of trade talks with EU, says Raab
29/11/2020 | news | politics | 5,951
The foreign secretary said a deal was possible if the EU side showed "pragmatism" in the coming days.
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Coronavirus: Suspend peak rail fares over Christmas, says Labour
29/11/2020 | news | uk | 129
A surge in travel is expected when restrictions across the UK are eased between 23 and 27 December.
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Brexit: Barnier arrives in UK for face-to-face talks
27/11/2020 | news | politics | 6,943
The EU's Michel Barnier arrived in London on Friday evening, as the two sides try to agree a deal.
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Covid Christmas: 'Avoid board games and sleepovers'
27/11/2020 | news | health | 1,608
Scientists spell out measures to minimise coronavirus infection risk when rules are relaxed at Christmas.
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Covid-19: Tougher post-lockdown rules 'strike a balance', says PM
26/11/2020 | news | uk | 622
Almost all of England will go into tiers two and three when the lockdown ends on 2 December.
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Coronavirus infections levelling during England lockdown
26/11/2020 | news | health | 2,219
But in Scotland infection rates appear to be rising, according to Office for National Statistics data.
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Spending Review: Council tax likely to rise, says think-tank
26/11/2020 | news | business | 3,370
The IFS says the Spending Review means council tax could rise an average £70 per household.
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Covid tiers 'a mortal blow' to hospitality
26/11/2020 | news | business | 2,780
One bar owner says 'it simply isn't viable' to operate under restrictions as English tiers are revealed.
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Covid: Tiers and Christmas - a recipe for disaster?
26/11/2020 | news | health | 911
With lockdown coming to an end, it is all change. But is the government making a mistake?
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Covid: Pub industry warns it faces 'darkest of moments'
26/11/2020 | news | business | 196
More than 50 executives call for evidence justifying industry's Covid restrictions to be published.
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Spending review 'undermines UK green vision'
25/11/2020 | news | science | 238
The UK chancellor's spending review is accused of undermining the prime minister’s “green” vision.
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Rishi Sunak warns 'economic emergency has only just begun'
25/11/2020 | news | business | 5,382
The pandemic will deal lasting damage to growth and jobs, the chancellor has warned.
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Spending Review: Millions face cut in value of workplace pensions
25/11/2020 | news | business | 1,324
Women and new retirees likely to be hit hardest by the planned change - but not before 2030.
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Spending Review: Chancellor outlines government spending plans
25/11/2020 | news | politics | 1,670
Rishi Sunak's spending review comes amid a difficult economic backdrop caused by the pandemic.
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Covid-19: Three households can mix over Christmas in UK
25/11/2020 | news | uk | 3,371
People can form a "Christmas bubble" and mix in homes and outdoors between 23 and 27 December.
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Covid-19: UK leaders reach deal on easing of Christmas rules
24/11/2020 | news | uk | 2,351
Three households will be allowed to meet indoors over a five-day period between 23-27 December.
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UK car industry warns of £55bn no-deal Brexit hit
24/11/2020 | news | other | 441
Big losses will be seen in the next five years if the UK fails to strike a deal with the EU, the sector warns.
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Northern England facing economic crisis 'worse than 1980s'
24/11/2020 | news | business | 387
Covid has increased regional inequalities, Labour Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham warns.
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Deaths in UK 'a fifth higher than normal levels'
24/11/2020 | news | health | 1,780
Nearly 14,000 deaths occurred in the week ending 13 November - with 3,000 linked to Covid.
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Rishi Sunak's Spending Review: Four things to look out for
24/11/2020 | news | business | 904
The Spending Review marks the start of the chancellor's economic recovery strategy. Here's what to watch for.
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Covid-19: PM sets out 'tougher' post-lockdown tiers for England
23/11/2020 | news | uk | 3,128
England will return to a regional approach from 2 December but the tiers will be "tougher", the PM says.
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Fans to be allowed at outdoor sports
23/11/2020 | sport | other | 1,634
Up to 4,000 fans will be allowed at outdoor events in the lowest-risk areas when the four-week national lockdown in England ends.
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Covid: Boris Johnson to unveil post-English lockdown plans
23/11/2020 | news | uk | 2,206
Boris Johnson will unveil the latest Covid plans, including lifting a ban on outdoor grassroots sport.
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Rishi Sunak says Spending Review will not spell austerity
23/11/2020 | news | business | 1,190
The chancellor says he will uphold pre-Covid funding pledges on police, nurses and schools.
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