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Covid-19: Three households can mix over Christmas in UK
24/11/2020 | news | uk | 2,254
People can form a "Christmas bubble" and mix in homes and outdoors between 23 and 27 December.
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Covid-19: England arrivals to be able to cut quarantine with private test
24/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,065
People arriving in England can end their self-isolation with a negative test taken after five days.
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UK car industry warns of £55bn no-deal Brexit hit
24/11/2020 | news | other | 336
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 | 221
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 | 1,711
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 | 626
The Spending Review marks the start of the chancellor's economic recovery strategy. Here's what to watch for.
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Brexit: Hauliers fear 'mayhem' at Holyhead port
24/11/2020 | news | uk | 481
There are claims Holyhead port will not be ready for the end of the Brexit transition period.
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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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Covid-19: Daily coronavirus test plan to cut contacts' 14-day self-isolation
23/11/2020 | news | uk | 617
Contacts of people with the virus will not need to quarantine if they test negative, the government says.
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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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Brexit: Progress made in tough areas, says EU chief
20/11/2020 | news | politics | 4,017
The president of the EU Commission says there has been recent "movement" in important areas.
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Coronavirus: Christmas socialising poses 'substantial risks' - scientist
19/11/2020 | news | uk | 3,573
Proposals to ease restrictions over Christmas will be set out next week, a No 10 spokesman said.
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Defence funding boost 'extends British influence', says PM
19/11/2020 | news | uk | 5,192
Boris Johnson says "the safety of the British people must come first" as he outlines a new package.
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Cineworld eyes UK cinema closures and rescue deal
19/11/2020 | news | business | 513
The cinema chain has appointed restructuring experts to negotiate unlocking more cash from lenders.
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Climate change: Can sending fewer emails really save the planet?
19/11/2020 | news | technology | 396
UK officials are reportedly considering asking us to stop sending "thanks" emails - but why?
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Brexit: UK 'will be less safe without EU security deal' - police chief
19/11/2020 | news | uk | 2,464
The UK's counter-terrorism head says a deal is "incredibly important" for the country's security.
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Covid-19: Family Christmas get-togethers being considered
18/11/2020 | news | uk | 6,554
Rules could be relaxed for a few days, with people urged to travel by car and not hold big gatherings.
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Covid vaccine: Pfizer says '94% effective in over-65s'
18/11/2020 | news | health | 2,714
The jab works equally well in people of all ages and ethnicities, further data suggests.
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Ban on new petrol and diesel cars in UK from 2030 under PM's green plan
18/11/2020 | news | science | 6,946
The PM confirms he is bringing the ban forward as he sets out his "green industrial revolution".
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Brexit: NI businesses 'not ready for Irish Sea border'
18/11/2020 | news | uk | 731
Meanwhile, Naomi Long warns of potential crime "bonanza" on Irish border if there is no Brexit deal.
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Nissan warns on its UK future without a Brexit deal
18/11/2020 | news | business | 1,049
The carmaker, which runs Britain's biggest car plant, said the factory 'will not be sustainable'.
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Coronavirus: Doctors spell out how to exit England's lockdown
18/11/2020 | news | health | 767
The British Medical Association fears a surge in infections will cripple the NHS if unlocking goes wrong.
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Coronavirus: Ministers want 'greater consistency' in tier system
17/11/2020 | news | uk | 706
England's Covid alert levels are being reviewed ahead of plans to bring them back, one minister says.
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Covid: 'A fifth' of hospitality sector jobs lost in 2020
17/11/2020 | news | business | 133
The head of the industry's trade group tells MPs 660,000 jobs were lost before the latest lockdown.
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Boris Johnson 'called Scottish devolution disaster'
17/11/2020 | news | politics | 5,979
No 10 does not deny reports the PM made the comment in a meeting with Tory MPs.
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Travel rules changed for Christmas turkey farm workers
17/11/2020 | news | business | 1,120
Seasonal workers are now able to work during quarantine to ensure demand for Christmas is met.
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EasyJet slumps to first annual loss amid pandemic
17/11/2020 | news | business | 369
The airline reports an annual loss for the first time in its 25-year history as demand collapses.
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FTSE 100 and Dow Jones jump on second Covid vaccine hopes
16/11/2020 | news | business | 266
The Dow hits a new record on hopes of a second coronavirus vaccine breakthrough from US drugs firm Moderna.
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Covid-19: Boris Johnson and six Tory MPs self-isolating after No 10 meeting
16/11/2020 | news | uk | 5,202
Boris Johnson, six Tory MPs and two aides have been told to self-isolate after a breakfast meeting in No 10.
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Moderna: Covid vaccine shows nearly 95% protection
16/11/2020 | news | health | 3,057
The results add to growing confidence that vaccination can end the pandemic.
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Brexit: PM confident UK 'will prosper' without EU trade deal
16/11/2020 | news | politics | 7,165
Boris Johnson's comments come ahead of another week of negotiations for a post-Brexit trade deal.
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Clintons boss: Supermarkets selling greeting cards 'grossly unfair'
16/11/2020 | news | business | 1,430
Supermarkets should not be able to sell non-essential goods in lockdown, says boss of Clintons cards.
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Covid-19: Normal life back next winter, says vaccine creator
15/11/2020 | news | health | 1,546
Prof Ugur Sahin also raises hopes the vaccine, developed with Pfizer. could halve Covid transmission.
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Brexit: Trade deal sticking points 'can be resolved', says UK minister
15/11/2020 | news | politics | 2,397
The UK's environment secretary says "agreement exists" with the EU, but time is "very, very short".
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EU-UK talks: 'Make or break' moment approaching, say both sides
14/11/2020 | news | politics | 6,422
The two sides say big gaps remain between them as the "moment of truth" is nearing for an agreement.
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Tata: Concern over future of Port Talbot steelworks
13/11/2020 | news | uk | 804
Urgent talks are being sought to see how a funding plan will affect Port Talbot's workforce.
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R number for UK has fallen to between 1 and 1.2
13/11/2020 | news | health | 2,121
ONS data also says the number of people infected with coronavirus is slowing down.
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Stonehenge A303 tunnel plan approved by transport secretary
12/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,834
The £1.7bn project will see a two-mile tunnel built near the ancient monument in Wiltshire.
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Brexit: EU's 'penny is dropping' on UK sovereignty, says Gove
12/11/2020 | news | politics | 4,331
Brussels is starting to accept UKs independent status as trade talks deadline looms, says minister.
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Xbox and Call of Duty cause record broadband data use in UK
12/11/2020 | news | technology | 240
BT, Virgin Media and TalkTalk are among broadband providers that saw record demand on Tuesday.
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Covid: Car use down as second lockdown takes effect
12/11/2020 | news | politics | 119
But the roads are much busier than during the first lockdown, new government figures show.
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UK out of recession but growth slows in September
12/11/2020 | news | business | 1,869
The economy grows by a record 15.5% in July to September, but is still smaller than before the pandemic.
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Brexit: UK has to 'knuckle down' and get a trade deal with EU - Irish PM
12/11/2020 | news | politics | 2,168
Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin warns that failing to reach an agreement would be "very damaging".
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Capital gains tax: Rate should double, says government review
12/11/2020 | news | business | 2,141
The chancellor commissioned the report in July as part of efforts to cover Covid-19 costs.
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Are big retailers exploiting lockdown loopholes?
12/11/2020 | news | business | 748
Some chains are capitalising on rules that allow them to sell non-essential goods alongside food.
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Post-Brexit trade talks to continue next week
11/11/2020 | news | politics | 2,393
The UK government does not expect to reach a deal with the EU in this week's talks.
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£3.6bn struggling English towns fund 'not impartial', say MPs
11/11/2020 | news | politics | 531
The way towns in England were selected for a cash boost was "not impartial", a spending watchdog says.
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Covid vaccine: No guarantees on Pfizer roll-out but NHS ready - Hancock
10/11/2020 | news | uk | 4,280
The health secretary also announces that, from Tuesday, NHS staff will be tested twice a week.
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Covid: Mass testing for 67 local areas in England
10/11/2020 | news | uk | 642
Areas including Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire and parts of the West Midlands will receive new rapid tests.
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Brexit: Government's bill suffers heavy House of Lords defeat
10/11/2020 | news | politics | 3,269
Peers vote overwhelmingly to remove a section that would allow ministers to break international law.
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Covid: Hope for quarantine-free air travel - minister
09/11/2020 | news | uk | 827
A new testing regime could also reduce the 14-day self-isolation period, the transport secretary says.
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Brexit: EU and UK negotiators resume trade talks in London
09/11/2020 | news | politics | 5,732
Negotiators are meeting again after Boris Johnson insists a post-Brexit deal is "there to be done".
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Covid vaccine: First 'milestone' vaccine offers 90% protection
09/11/2020 | news | health | 5,815
The vaccine is a "significant step" forward for getting life back to normal, but challenges remain.
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Brexit: 'Significant differences remain' over trade deal
07/11/2020 | news | politics | 10,796
The PM and EU Commission president agree to "work hard" to reach a deal when talks resume on Monday.
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Covid: Johnson says Covid statistics 'irrefutable' amid new row
06/11/2020 | news | politics | 1,460
The PM insists the "upward curve" in deaths is "unmistakeable" after government charts had to be revised.
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Retailers criticise lockdown rules on essential items
06/11/2020 | news | business | 217
A leading retail lobby group says government guidance over what products are essential is arbitrary.
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UK coronavirus infections may be 'stabilising'
06/11/2020 | news | health | 1,434
Although the number of new cases continues to rise, the growth rate is slowing, latest data show.
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Covid-19: Will the pandemic shift the power balance in England for good?
06/11/2020 | news | politics | 308
The pandemic has boosted the profile of local leaders - but will it lead to something bigger?
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NHS England's IT plan expensive and risky, say MPs
06/11/2020 | news | technology | 264
The Public Accounts Committee says massive sums of public money could be wasted.
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Brexit: Watchdog warns of 'significant' border disruption
06/11/2020 | news | politics | 1,653
The National Audit Office says traders are unlikely to be ready for changes due from next January.
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Coronavirus: Boris Johnson stresses 'stay at home' message for England
05/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,706
Boris Johnson says four weeks of the new measures will be enough to make "a real impact".
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Covid: Regulator criticises data used to justify lockdown
05/11/2020 | news | health | 2,381
Government used out-of-date model predicting 4,000 deaths a day in TV briefing.
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Covid-19: Warning over tough fines as new lockdown begins
05/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,178
People who seriously flout the new rules in England will face fines, the justice secretary says.
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Bank of England boss pledges to do 'everything we can'
05/11/2020 | news | business | 1,813
Policymakers vote to pump an extra £150bn into the economy as a second lockdown in England begins.
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Covid-19: Northern Tory MPs demand England lockdown exit plan
05/11/2020 | news | politics | 222
The PM is urged not to leave large parts of England "locked into" restrictions after 2 December.
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Covid: MPs vote to back four-week England lockdown
05/11/2020 | news | politics | 3,387
Boris Johnson sees off a rebellion by 34 Tory MPs over restrictions which came into force at midnight.
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Coronavirus: Extremely vulnerable advised not to go to work from Thursday
04/11/2020 | news | health | 647
The advice for people at higher risk from Covid-19 is to stay at home as much as possible for a month.
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Covid: MPs to vote on England's four-week lockdown
04/11/2020 | news | politics | 1,359
It comes as the head of NHS England says nearly 11,000 patients with Covid are now in hospital.
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Mass exodus of students is expected as lockdown starts
04/11/2020 | news | education | 894
The NUS warns students are preparing for a mass exodus before England's lockdown starts on Thursday.
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Covid-19 self-isolation fines 'tend not to work'
04/11/2020 | news | uk | 143
Fines should be "an absolute last resort," a Welsh Government advisor says.
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Covid: Destructive rules only current option, says Chris Whitty
03/11/2020 | news | politics | 1,060
England's chief medical officer defends lockdowns as a further 397 coronavirus deaths are recorded.
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Rishi Sunak 'must come up with six-month economy plan'
03/11/2020 | news | politics | 1,893
Labour accuses the chancellor of "panicked" decision-making after he extended furlough.
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Covid-19: Liverpool to pilot city-wide coronavirus testing
03/11/2020 | news | health | 1,875
It will use rapid results tests that could be offered to "millions" by Christmas, the PM says.
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Covid: Deaths 10% higher than normal as virus deaths rise
03/11/2020 | news | health | 1,421
There were nearly 12,300 deaths in latest week - 1,100 linked to Covid.
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Third of staff 'fear catching Covid at work'
03/11/2020 | news | business | 440
The poorest paid are particularly worried - but are also the least likely to speak up, research finds.
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Coronavirus lockdown: PM warns UK faces 'medical disaster' without action
02/11/2020 | news | uk | 5,160
Boris Johnson says lockdown rules will expire on 2 December - with MPs to vote on what happens next.
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Nigel Farage: Brexit Party to focus on fighting lockdown
02/11/2020 | news | politics | 5,227
The party leader applies to change its name to Reform UK, calling the PM's Covid response "woeful".
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Mortgage holidays extended for up to six months
01/11/2020 | news | business | 1,399
The scheme to help borrowers facing financial difficulty had been due to end on 31 October.
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Covid-19: Ministers striving to avoid blanket rules - Raab
30/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,563
It comes amid calls from some scientists to introduce a strict national lockdown in England.
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House prices climb to record high, says Nationwide
30/10/2020 | news | business | 319
House prices rise at their fastest rate for five years as buyers race to avoid paying stamp duty.
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Covid: Are we heading back into a full lockdown?
30/10/2020 | news | health | 893
Infection rates are rising and European countries are going into lockdown. Could the UK be next?
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Covid-19: Nearly 100,000 catching virus every day - study
29/10/2020 | news | health | 3,475
England is at a "critical stage" with infections doubling every nine days, a major analysis estimates.
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Covid-19: 'Too early to say' what Christmas rules will be says minister
28/10/2020 | news | politics | 5,312
Environment Secretary George Eustice says people "may not be able to get together in larger groups".
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Heathrow overtaken as Europe's busiest airport amid pandemic
28/10/2020 | news | business | 409
Paris Charles de Gaulle is now busier as passenger numbers at Heathrow dive 84% because of Covid.
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Brexit border software developers warn of delays
27/10/2020 | news | technology | 648
Software designed to solve post-Brexit border friction is unlikely to be ready in time, they say.
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Covid: Don't let north get 'left behind' Tory MPs warn PM
27/10/2020 | news | uk | 3,025
More than 50 Tory MPs call for a "clear road map" out of lockdown restrictions for northern England.
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Covid Christmas: Rapid tests could get students home
27/10/2020 | news | education | 646
Covid testing pilot projects are launched in universities - as plans begin to get students home at Christmas.
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Boots to offer 12-minute turnaround on Covid nasal swab test
26/10/2020 | news | health | 1,297
The £120 nasal swab test will be available to people not showing any symptoms.
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Post-Brexit trade talks extended
25/10/2020 | news | politics | 2,518
The EU's Michel Barnier will stay in London, rather than returning to Brussels later.
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Coronavirus infections continue to rise across UK
23/10/2020 | news | health | 2,629
The highest levels continue to be in the north of England, says the Office for National Statistics.
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Brexit: Trade talks continue as negotiators meet in London
23/10/2020 | news | politics | 5,938
The EU's Michel Barnier has warned "every day counts" ahead of December's deadline to reach a deal.
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Britain and Japan sign post-Brexit trade deal
23/10/2020 | news | business | 2,557
The countries formally sign a deal described by the UK's international trade secretary as "ground-breaking".
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Covid: Starmer attacks 'miserly' Johnson in Covid cash row
21/10/2020 | news | politics | 1,065
The Labour leader accuses the PM of "grubby" deals with struggling regions after Manchester stand-off.
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'We didn't have exact measures' in place for Covid says ex-civil service head
21/10/2020 | news | politics | 2,091
Lord Sedwill, former civil service head, talks to the BBC about coronavirus, Dominic Cummings and Donald Trump.
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Brexit: Standoff continues in trade talks after negotiators' call
20/10/2020 | news | politics | 2,028
Both sides are calling on one another to compromise over a deal, as a December deadline looms.
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UK plan to be first to run human challenge Covid trials
20/10/2020 | news | health | 1,511
Volunteers will be deliberately exposed to the virus in trials due to start in January.
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Covid-19: First UK airport coronavirus testing begins
20/10/2020 | news | business | 553
The aim is to help people travelling to destinations where a negative result is required on arrival.
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Bank boss: UK facing 'unprecedented economic uncertainty'
19/10/2020 | news | business | 1,415
Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey warns there is significant risk of lower economic growth.
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Covid-19: Firms warn of 'catastrophic' impact of new coronavirus rules
18/10/2020 | news | business | 265
More financial support is needed to avoid mass redundancies and closures, businesses say.
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Brexit: Trade talks with the EU are over, says No 10
17/10/2020 | news | politics | 17,913
"No point" in further discussions with the EU unless it changes course, Downing Street says.
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Covid: Andy Burnham holding the government 'over a barrel', says Raab
16/10/2020 | news | uk | 2,458
Do "the right thing" and accept tougher rules, the foreign secretary urges Greater Manchester's mayor.
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Brexit: EU leaders call for UK trade talks to continue
15/10/2020 | news | politics | 3,391
The UK's negotiator accused the EU of expecting the UK to make "all future moves" towards a deal.
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Covid alert level: London, Essex, York and other areas moving to Tier 2
15/10/2020 | news | uk | 3,335
Millions of people face more restrictions from Saturday, including a ban on households mixing indoors.
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Brexit: PM 'disappointed' with progress ahead of EU summit
15/10/2020 | news | politics | 2,336
Boris Johnson has previously set Thursday's EU meeting as the deadline for a post-Brexit deal.
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Covid: NHS staff testing 'dismantled' in virus hotspots
15/10/2020 | news | health | 115
Health leaders' representative says it has taken a "herculean effort" to restore capacity.
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Covid: Decision on pausing in-person university lectures due 'shortly' - DfE
15/10/2020 | news | education | 73
The move will help students return home for Christmas safely, the Department for Education says.
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Coronavirus: 'Long Covid could be four different syndromes'
15/10/2020 | news | health | 820
People with long-lasting effects of coronavirus infection are not being believed or treated, a review says.
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Covid-19: Boris Johnson defends regional curbs but 'rules nothing out'
14/10/2020 | news | uk | 4,499
England's new three-tier system can both control the virus and prevent economic harm, Boris Johnson says.
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Covid-19: Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer calls for circuit breaker
13/10/2020 | news | uk | 592
Sir Keir Starmer says the government has lost control of coronavirus, as daily deaths rise to 143.
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Covid: Health secretary defends three-tier strategy
13/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,582
Another 143 deaths are reported as ministers defend rules after criticism expert advice was ignored.
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Covid: Local leaders react to the three-tier system
13/10/2020 | news | uk | 350
Some are resisting higher alert levels, while others are calling for them to be introduced urgently.
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Covid: Sage scientists called for short lockdown weeks ago
13/10/2020 | news | uk | 2,515
The government took "robust action" at the time, such as the rule of six, a cabinet minister says.
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Tax rises of more than £40bn a year 'all but inevitable'
13/10/2020 | news | business | 732
Rises of more than £40bn a year will be needed to stop government debt getting out of control, warns think tank.
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Covid reinfection: Man gets Covid twice and second hit 'more severe'
13/10/2020 | news | health | 878
The report raises questions about how much immunity can be built up to the virus and how long it may last.
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Agriculture bill: Bid to protect post-Brexit food standards rejected
12/10/2020 | news | politics | 910
MPs overturn a Lords amendment requiring trade deals to meet post-Brexit UK food standards.
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Downing Street joins criticism of 'crass' job ad
12/10/2020 | news | business | 1,388
Downing Street and the culture secretary disown an ad suggesting a ballerina retrain in cyber security.
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Covid: Nightingale hospitals in northern England told to get ready
12/10/2020 | news | health | 3,214
Advisers say the situation is "hotting up", and hospitals in England must prepare for more Covid patients.
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Brexit: Time for trade deal getting short, PM warns
12/10/2020 | news | politics | 3,205
The UK and EU say they are making progress, but remain at loggerheads on fishing and help for firms.
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Hospitality firms threaten legal action over lockdown
12/10/2020 | news | business | 1,272
Industry leaders will challenge new local restrictions that could force pubs and other venues to close.
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Two-thirds pay at firms told to shut over Covid
09/10/2020 | news | uk | 2,320
The chancellor says his Job Support Scheme "expansion" comes ahead of "what may be a difficult winter".
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Brexit: Trade negotiators meet, as deadline looms
09/10/2020 | news | politics | 3,062
The EU and UK still disagree on important issues, but Downing Street calls talks in London "useful".
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UK economic growth slows despite restaurant boost
09/10/2020 | news | business | 1,268
The economy grew 2.1% in August, below expectations, despite a lift from Eat Out to Help Out.
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Covid cases increase rapidly as next steps planned
09/10/2020 | news | health | 2,905
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Covid: MPs call for more clarity on local lockdowns
08/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,977
Pubs and restaurants in worst-hit areas could close next week in an effort to stall rising infection rates.
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Coronavirus: Nottingham has highest Covid infection rate in UK
08/10/2020 | news | uk | 881
Data shows the infection rate is 689.1 per 100,000, with restrictions yet to be imposed in the city.
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Covid-19: New restrictions to be announced for parts of England 'within days' - Jenrick
08/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,943
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Covid deaths three times higher than flu and pneumonia
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Office for National Statistics data looked at the underlying cause of death in England and Wales.
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Covid-19: Councils get millions of pounds for marshals
08/10/2020 | news | uk | 493
Marshals will advise people of virus rules while police forces share £30m to help with enforcement.
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EasyJet to make first annual loss in its history
08/10/2020 | news | business | 204
The airline will fly at 25% capacity into next year, with losses in 2020 possibly topping £800m.
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Tighter England Covid measures likely next week
08/10/2020 | news | politics | 1,376
Closing pubs and restaurants and banning overnight stays in the worst-affected areas are being discussed.
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Coronavirus: Coastal areas demand £1bn 'kick-start'
08/10/2020 | news | politics | 106
Councils urge the government to invest more in zero-emissions ships and offshore turbines.
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PM challenged to publish 10pm pub closure evidence
07/10/2020 | news | politics | 3,211
Labour's Sir Keir Starmer says the early closing time in England must be reviewed if it isn't justified.
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Health experts join global anti-lockdown movement
07/10/2020 | news | health | 1,622
Scientists warn of the "devastating" effect of Covid-19 policies, calling for a return to normal for healthy people.
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Johnson lays out vision of post-Covid UK
06/10/2020 | news | politics | 5,653
The prime minister says he wants to build a "new Jerusalem" but warns the UK cannot return to "normal".
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Wind farms could power every home by 2030 - PM
06/10/2020 | news | politics | 864
Boris Johnson is promising to "build back greener in his leader's speech to the Conservative conference.
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Sunak vows to 'balance books' despite pandemic
05/10/2020 | news | politics | 2,505
The chancellor told party members the Conservatives had a "sacred duty" to spend responsibly.
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Things 'bumpy to Christmas and beyond' - PM
04/10/2020 | news | politics | 623
Boris Johnson says there is "hope" in fighting the virus, but it could be "a very tough winter".
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Johnson: Post-Brexit trade deal 'up to EU'
02/10/2020 | news | uk | 4,251
The PM calls for Brussels to be "commonsensical" ahead of crucial talks with the EU Commission president.
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UK beef served up in the US after a 20-year ban
30/09/2020 | news | business | 483
The US banned British beef exports in the wake of the Mad Cow Disease scandal in the 1990s.
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Government's Brexit plan gets MPs' final backing
29/09/2020 | news | politics | 1,852
A bill giving the UK the power to override parts of the EU deal passes with a majority of 84.
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North East households mixing ban 'confusing'
29/09/2020 | news | uk | 1,350
People face a maximum £6,400 fine for mixing indoors, but council bosses say more detail is needed.
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Lib Dems: Ed Davey promises 'to be the voice of carers'
28/09/2020 | news | politics | 845
Sir Ed Davey draws on his personal experiences in his first leader's speech at party conference.
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Gove stands by Brexit bill after EU concerns
28/09/2020 | news | politics | 3,605
The EU wants to see parts of the Internal Market Bill removed, but the UK says the disputed clauses are a "safety net".
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Covid-19: Up to £10,000 fine for failure to self-isolate in England
28/09/2020 | news | uk | 1,156
Anyone in England who tests positive has a legal duty to self-isolate or face a fine of up to £10,000.
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Coronavirus R number increases as cases rise
25/09/2020 | news | other | 2,286
Every case is estimated to result in between 1.2 and 1.5 further infections, government estimates find.
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Covid-19: Leeds household mixing ban confirmed by government
25/09/2020 | news | uk | 469
The ban comes in at midnight after a rise in Covid-19 cases, Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirms.
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UK borrowing soars in August as Covid costs mount
25/09/2020 | news | business | 1,200
Public borrowing hit £35.9bn last month as the pandemic forces the government to borrow more money.
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Tory MPs in bid to increase scrutiny over Covid rules
25/09/2020 | news | politics | 247
Backbenchers raise concerns that measures are being brought in without Parliament having a say.
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UK 'lacking leadership' during coronavirus crisis
24/09/2020 | news | politics | 870
Ministers have "over-promised and under-delivered", former civil service head Lord O'Donnell says.
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Christmas lockdown of students 'not ruled out'
24/09/2020 | news | education | 1,496
Matt Hancock refuses to rule out stopping students returning home, to limit spread of coronavirus.
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Coronavirus: Test turnaround times getting longer in England
24/09/2020 | news | health | 594
Under a third of tests done in community testing centres in England are processed within 24 hours.
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Brexit: Lorries will need a permit to enter Kent
23/09/2020 | news | uk | 2,168
The government plans to create an internal border to prevent gridlock on the county's motorways.
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Sunak to announce new job protection plans
23/09/2020 | news | business | 2,874
The chancellor will give an update on Thursday about "protecting jobs" as the furlough scheme winds down.
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Asda to crack down on shoppers without face masks
23/09/2020 | news | business | 2,574
Its staff will soon offer customers disposable face masks to be paid for at the end of their trip.
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Scientific advisers faced 'herd immunity' backlash
23/09/2020 | news | politics | 1,177
Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance were alarmed by questions over the controversial concept, emails show.
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Get serious about winning, Starmer tells Labour
22/09/2020 | news | politics | 2,840
The Labour leader also attacks Boris Johnson's "serial incompetence" in his first conference speech.
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Work from home 'if you can', says minister
22/09/2020 | news | uk | 229
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove says the message for England is changing as infections surge.
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No 10 'ruling by decree' on virus, says senior MP
21/09/2020 | news | politics | 1,725
Sir Graham Brady suggests the public are being "treated like children" and MPs must have more say.
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Rail franchises axed as help for train firms grows
21/09/2020 | news | business | 1,085
The rail franchising system has been scrapped and a £3.5bn survival scheme for train firms extended.
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UK at 'critical point', top scientists to warn
21/09/2020 | news | uk | 466
The government's most senior advisers are to hold a televised briefing, as coronavirus cases surge.
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PM's Brexit compromise is 'not enough', says Lord Howard
17/09/2020 | news | politics | 3,471
The ex-Tory leader said government plans to amend a controversial legislation do not go far enough.
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Why Biden's intervention on Brexit matters
17/09/2020 | news | business | 298
American politicians have always taken a keen interest in matters affecting Ireland, that matters more now than ever.
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Biden says US trade deal hinges on UK 'respect' for Good Friday Agreement
17/09/2020 | news | politics | 4,211
The presidential candidate says peace in Northern Ireland cannot become a "casualty of Brexit".
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People waiting longer for virus test results
17/09/2020 | news | health | 985
Only one in three tests carried out in community testing centres in England are processed within 24 hours.
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John Lewis scraps bonus for first time since 1953
17/09/2020 | news | business | 508
The partnership posted a huge £635m loss in the six months to July as costs soared during the pandemic.
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PM in compromise with Tory critics over Brexit bill
17/09/2020 | news | politics | 4,577
No 10 agrees MPs will get a vote before the government can use powers that would break international law.
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PM: Speak to rule-breakers before calling police
17/09/2020 | news | uk | 521
Boris Johnson says he is not a fan of "sneak culture" over his new rule banning gatherings larger than six.
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Eat out scheme drives inflation to five-year low
16/09/2020 | news | uk | 880
The UK inflation rate fell sharply to 0.2% as Eat Out to Help Out scheme pushed down restaurant prices.
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Coronavirus: Testing problems to be solved in weeks, says Hancock
15/09/2020 | news | uk | 2,226
The health secretary says testing policy will be updated to prioritise the most urgent cases.
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Coronavirus: Families 'mingling' would be breaking rule of six - home secretary
15/09/2020 | news | uk | 3,855
Even stopping to talk in the street could breach the rules, the home secretary says.
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Don't give PMs power to choose election date - MPs
15/09/2020 | news | politics | 498
Boris Johnson wants to scrap the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, which sets the date of the next election.
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Coronavirus: Sir Keir Starmer calls for furlough scheme replacement
15/09/2020 | news | politics | 1,396
The Labour leader also warns of the "scarring effect" of "mass unemployment" on communities.
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PM's Brexit bill clears first hurdle in Commons
15/09/2020 | news | politics | 6,008
MPs back the Internal Market Bill by 77 votes despite criticism it risks breaching international law.
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Brexit: Arlene Foster says NI is not EU's plaything
14/09/2020 | news | uk | 740
Arlene Foster makes her comments as MPs back a bill to override part of the Brexit deal relating to NI.
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Fifth ex-PM speaks out against post-Brexit bill
14/09/2020 | news | politics | 6,113
David Cameron says he has "misgivings" about the proposed law to override the withdrawal agreement.
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Back me over Brexit bill, Johnson tells Tory MPs
11/09/2020 | news | politics | 5,738
The PM calls for no return to "squabbling", but the EU ramps up opposition to UK government plans.
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UK and Japan in first major post-Brexit trade deal
11/09/2020 | news | business | 2,672
Symbolic trade deal will cover 99% of UK exports to Japan but boost economy by just 0.07%.
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EU ultimatum to UK over Brexit talks
10/09/2020 | news | politics | 11,728
Drop plans to rewrite withdrawal agreement by end of month or risk scuppering trade deal, UK is told.
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New rules 'no longer than we have to' - Hancock
10/09/2020 | news | uk | 1,292
The health secretary says England's new rule limiting social gatherings to six people is "vital".
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Concerns over PM's mass virus testing plans
10/09/2020 | news | uk | 1,946
Medical experts raise doubts about plans to have "millions" of coronavirus tests processed every day.
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'We must act' to prevent second lockdown - PM
09/09/2020 | news | uk | 2,901
Boris Johnson outlines a new "rule of six" on gatherings and details a "moonshot" testing plan.
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PM defends planned Brexit deal changes
09/09/2020 | news | politics | 4,888
The government publishes a bill which overwrites key parts of the Withdrawal Agreement with the EU.
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People without Covid symptoms 'misusing testing'
09/09/2020 | news | health | 2,151
The health secretary says 'inappropriate' use was making it harder for people to get tested.
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Minister: New bill will 'break international law'
08/09/2020 | news | politics | 5,919
Brandon Lewis says a new post-Brexit law will go against agreements in a "specific and limited way".
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Ministers' concern over 'sharp rise' in Covid cases
08/09/2020 | news | uk | 1,961
The health secretary is among those warning the virus is on the increase, especially amongst the young.
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UK Brexit negotiator calls for 'realism' from EU
08/09/2020 | news | politics | 2,263
Lord Frost says there is "still time" to do a trade deal with the bloc as the latest talks begin.
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Brexit: UK 'sleepwalking into disaster' over border plans, hauliers warn
04/09/2020 | news | uk | 6,575
Haulage companies warn supply chains could be "severely disrupted" when the Brexit transition period ends.
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Airport tests will cut quarantine - senior Tory David Davis
04/09/2020 | news | politics | 305
David Davis says results can be ready within two hours, but the prime minister rejects the idea.
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HS2 project work begins with pledge of 22,000 jobs
04/09/2020 | news | business | 1,280
Work on the controversial rail line formally starts on Friday, with Boris Johnson saying it will "fire up growth".
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Amazon to create 7,000 UK jobs
03/09/2020 | news | business | 1,141
The online retail giant is recruiting at more than 50 sites in response to growing customer demand.
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Government 'overseeing the demise of UK aviation'
03/09/2020 | news | business | 1,123
Leading UK aviation figures say the government must show "leadership" on airport coronavirus testing.
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No tax rise 'horror show', Sunak tells Tory MPs
02/09/2020 | news | politics | 1,985
The chancellor seeks to calm Tory MPs' nerves over the cost of coronavirus, ahead of his autumn budget.
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England under pressure to impose Greece quarantine
02/09/2020 | news | uk | 895
Rising coronavirus cases prompted Scotland and Wales to introduce their own self-isolation rules.
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Furlough wind down: 'We prepared for the worst'
01/09/2020 | news | business | 1,582
With the furlough support scheme now starting to unwind, many firms are poised for job cuts.
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Campaign to encourage workers back to offices
28/08/2020 | news | uk | 5,083
It follows warnings that city centres could become "ghost towns" if more staff do not return.
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Army of health workers to deliver Covid vaccine
28/08/2020 | news | health | 796
They would include midwives, physiotherapists and possibly even dentists, the government says.
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Fitness industry 'devastated' by lockdown
28/08/2020 | news | business | 169
Gym owners call for government support similar to the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.
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Coronavirus: UK worst hit among major economies
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The OECD think tank says the UK was the worst affected among major economies between April and June.
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Scotland's public spending deficit rises to £15.1bn
26/08/2020 | news | uk | 1,111
The Scottish government figures do not reflect the full economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Scots pupils to wear face coverings from 31 August
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Students will be asked to use masks in corridors, school buses and communal areas where physical distancing is difficult.
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Co-op Bank to shed 350 jobs and close branches
25/08/2020 | news | business | 226
Economic uncertainty and the shift to online banking have prompted the cuts, the bank says.
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'Vitally important' children return to class - PM
24/08/2020 | news | uk | 3,401
Boris Johnson tries to reassure parents that schools are Covid-secure, ahead of term starting.
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Bailiffs return but are told not to shout at people
24/08/2020 | news | business | 602
Bailiffs are resuming operations after a five-month suspension with new coronavirus restrictions.
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New 'no socialising' rules for parts of North West
21/08/2020 | news | uk | 2,779
Residents of Oldham and parts of Pendle and Blackburn face stricter Covid-19 restrictions.
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Brexit: UK-EU trade deal 'seems unlikely' says Michel Barnier
21/08/2020 | news | politics | 8,923
The bloc's negotiator says talks are "going backwards" as the UK says "little progress" has been made.
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Virus spending pushes UK government debt to £2 trillion
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Public debt levels soar as spending on coronavirus measures forces the government to borrow more money.
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Some TV bulletins may disappear, BBC boss says
20/08/2020 | news | entertainment | 645
There may be just one daily national bulletin on regular TV in 10 years' time, Fran Unsworth says.
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'Three quarters of UK does grocery shopping online'
20/08/2020 | news | uk | 221
The coronavirus crisis has speeded up the shift to online shopping, says Waitrose.
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Rail fares to rise despite passenger slump
19/08/2020 | news | business | 1,262
Passenger groups want fares overhaul after numbers collapse in lockdown. Scotland is delaying rises.
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PM's call to move Lords to York rejected
19/08/2020 | news | politics | 2,354
The government will continue making the case for a temporary move outside London during repairs.
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UK-EU trade deal possible next month, says No 10
19/08/2020 | news | politics | 5,634
UK negotiators will "continue to plug the gaps", the PM's spokesman says, as talks get under way.
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Hands-free driving could be made legal on UK roads
19/08/2020 | news | uk | 385
Government is consulting industry on technology which can take control of a vehicle at up to 70mph.
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Teacher estimates to be used for Welsh exam grades
17/08/2020 | news | uk | 841
Last week's A-level results were criticised after 42% of grades were lower than teacher assessments.
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U-turn on A-levels and GCSEs as teacher grades used
17/08/2020 | news | uk | 1,944
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson apologises to students and parents for the "distress" caused.
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Public Health England 'to be replaced'
17/08/2020 | news | health | 1,776
Health Secretary Matt Hancock is to announce a new body this week, according to the Sunday Telegraph.
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Thousands in final rush to beat France quarantine
15/08/2020 | news | uk | 3,728
Holidaymakers had just hours to return to the UK to avoid the 14-day self-isolation requirement.
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Labour call for urgent U-turn over 'exams fiasco'
14/08/2020 | news | education | 4,060
Give pupils their teacher grades, says Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.
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Eurotunnel warns travellers: Don't just turn up
14/08/2020 | news | business | 221
The firm says customers trying to return early from France must have a booking to travel.
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Why isn't the UK testing travellers on arrival?
14/08/2020 | news | health | 549
Some countries offer a choice - get tested or go into quarantine. Should the UK?
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UK signs deals for 90 million virus vaccine doses
14/08/2020 | news | health | 696
The vaccines are being developed by the pharmaceutical company Janssen and US biotech firm Novavax.
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‘Raise sick pay’ to lower virus risk
14/08/2020 | news | business | 257
It would manage a "crude" trade-off between lives and jobs as the UK economy reopens, a report says.
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Jobs: Demand for workers picks up in early August
13/08/2020 | news | business | 27
Recruiters say the number of new job ads suggests that a slow recovery could be underway.
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EU settlement scheme: Two million granted full rights to stay
13/08/2020 | news | uk | 626
Lib Dems calls for successful applicants to be given official documents to avoid a "Windrush-style" scandal.
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Figures reveal long waits for routine ops in England
13/08/2020 | news | health | 394
The coronavirus pandemic has caused backlogs in many areas of the NHS, including cancer and A&E.
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Tui sees surge in holiday bookings for next year
13/08/2020 | news | business | 795
The travel giant makes a £1bn loss in three months - but says summer bookings for 2021 are up 145%.
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How will the world vaccinate seven billion people?
13/08/2020 | news | health | 708
Why fridges, vials and polling stations could be key in the distribution of a coronavirus vaccine.
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Four ways it may get harder for first-time buyers
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UK house prices are predicted to fall but a report spells out why property may remain out of reach.
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Covid death recount reduces UK toll by 5,000
12/08/2020 | news | health | 373
Deaths recorded in England had included people who tested positive months before they died.
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Recession is unprecedented, says chancellor
12/08/2020 | news | business | 3,023
Rishi Sunak says it is a "difficult and uncertain time" as the UK suffers its biggest slump on record.
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'We've been waiting months for a flight refund'
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David Hanson's dream holiday was cancelled, but like many Brits he's been waiting months for a refund.
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UK in recession for first time in 11 years
12/08/2020 | news | business | 3,789
The UK suffers its biggest slump on record, while the chancellor says conditions are "unprecedented".
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Coronavirus: How much will it cost the UK?
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The pandemic will cost the government hundreds of billions of pounds. Where will it all come from?
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Stilton drives wedge between UK-Japan Brexit deal
11/08/2020 | news | business | 3,065
Stil-tons to do as talks over blue cheese become an unlikely obstacle to a post-Brexit trade agreement.
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Heathrow boss warns quarantine strangling economy
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Britain is being cut off from critical markets, says the airport, which saw traffic plunge in July.
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Contact tracers in England cut by 6,000
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The rest will focus on reaching positive cases and their contacts in local areas, alongside local teams.
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Little evidence of school transmission - minister
10/08/2020 | news | uk | 1,661
The education secretary says a new coronavirus study supports the government decision to reopen schools.
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Coronavirus: Australia records deadliest day but fewer new infections
10/08/2020 | news | world | 656
An outbreak in Victoria has seen over 100 deaths in the past week, but new infections may be slowing.
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UK 'won't hesitate' to add to quarantine list
07/08/2020 | news | uk | 1,663
Chancellor warns there is "always the risk" holidays may be disrupted, as virus cases climb in France.
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Virus cases 'may be levelling off' in England
07/08/2020 | news | health | 2,450
After a low in cases at the end of June, the ONS estimated infections had been rising slightly in July.
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Mini house-buying boom leads to highest prices ever
07/08/2020 | news | business | 784
The housing market is showing a 'surprising spike' as people return to buying property after the lockdown.
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Government pledges £355m to ease GB-NI trade
07/08/2020 | news | uk | 670
Ministers set up a new service to help businesses which want to import goods after 1 January.
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Coronavirus: Chancellor rules out extending furlough
07/08/2020 | news | uk | 938
Rishi Sunak says it's wrong to "keep people trapped" in the government's job support scheme.
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Bank of England boss backs end of furlough scheme
06/08/2020 | news | business | 3,735
UK economy is still set for worst performance in 100 years according to the UK's central bank.
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UK 'made serious mistake' over virus border policy
05/08/2020 | news | politics | 3,836
A Commons committee says ministers were slow to recognise the risk of importing Covid-19 from Europe.
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Pizza Express may close 67 sites and cut 1,100 jobs
04/08/2020 | news | business | 1,362
High Street chain the latest to look to restructure and refinance as virus deals extra blow to trade.
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Dixons Carphone to cut 800 store management jobs
04/08/2020 | news | business | 204
The Currys PC World owner said it was "not an easy decision" but it must respond to rising online sales.
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EasyJet increases flights to cope with demand
04/08/2020 | news | business | 1,781
The airline adds more flights to cope with increasing demand from holidaymakers.
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Government urges post-Brexit drug stockpiles
03/08/2020 | news | business | 1,440
Firms should have six weeks' worth of post-Brexit drug stockpiles by the end of 2020, the government says.
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DW Sports chain collapse threatens 1,700 jobs
03/08/2020 | news | business | 1,445
The firm, founded by former Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan, ran 73 gyms and 75 stores across the UK
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Ads for large polluting cars 'should be banned'
03/08/2020 | news | uk | 1,726
A new campaign says the government should ban adverts for large cars like sports utility vehicles.
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Coronavirus infections rising in England
31/07/2020 | news | health | 4,288
A study that involves swabbing a randomly select group of households found positive tests were increasing.
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House prices 'bounced back in July'
31/07/2020 | news | business | 247
Pent-up demand and the stamp duty holiday boosted prices, but Nationwide warns it could be a false dawn.
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Holiday firm Tui to shut 166 High Street shops
30/07/2020 | news | business | 434
The UK's largest tour operator says the move is partly down to more people booking online.
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England highest level of excess deaths in Europe
30/07/2020 | news | health | 4,632
Office for National Statistics analysis shows how countries compared in the first six months of the year
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'More Zoom medicine needed' in NHS says Hancock
30/07/2020 | news | health | 315
Health Secretary Matt Hancock says unless there is a clinical reason not to, patients should have tele-consultations with their GPs.
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Redundancy pay to be protected by new law
30/07/2020 | news | business | 512
Furloughed workers losing their jobs will be eligible for redundancy pay based on their normal wages.
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Home working trend could 'revive the High Street'
30/07/2020 | news | business | 475
Commercial property firms say there could be a high street revival as businesses exit city centres.
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Can 'yellow halo' lead Lib Dems out of wilderness?
30/07/2020 | news | politics | 815
As voting gets under way in their latest leadership contest, new research offers hope to the Lib Dems.
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Travel bosses demand end to blanket quarantine
29/07/2020 | news | business | 3,486
Regional travel corridors would allow quarantine-free visits to some areas of Spain, they tell the PM.
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Discharging of untested patients 'reckless' - MPs
29/07/2020 | news | politics | 833
A committee says moving NHS patients into care homes without Covid tests was an "appalling error".
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Closing furlough 'could lead to 10% unemployment'
28/07/2020 | news | business | 482
An economic research group says there is a risk the scheme is coming to an end prematurely.
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Greggs on a roll as customers rush back
28/07/2020 | news | business | 905
The bakery chain saw losses in the first half of 2020 but says sales are now 72% of last year's level.
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UK pandemic-repatriation response 'too slow'
28/07/2020 | news | politics | 823
Many Britons abroad felt forgotten by the Foreign Office as the crisis unfolded, says MPs' report.
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Amazon takes on supermarkets with free food delivery
28/07/2020 | news | business | 876
Same or next-day delivery will now be free for Prime subscribers in London on orders above £40.
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Coronavirus: Spain races to save tourism as cases surge
27/07/2020 | news | world | 1,917
The UK imposed a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from Spain after a spike in infections.
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UK economy 'might not recover until 2024'
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Retail sales near pre-lockdown levels in June
24/07/2020 | news | business | 1,559
Sales rose by 13.9%, official figures show, as the reopening of shops released pent-up demand.
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Factory takeover says much about government policy
23/07/2020 | news | business | 164
The government is buying a former fish vaccine plant - a small deal but a big strategic signal.
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Virus response shows 'might of UK union' - PM
23/07/2020 | news | uk | 4,593
Boris Johnson visits Scotland as the SNP says he is worried about support for independence.
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UK-EU trade deal some way off, both sides say
23/07/2020 | news | politics | 5,717
UK and EU negotiators say progress has not been made in difficult areas, such as fishing and competition rules.
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UK's pandemic planning an 'astonishing' failure
23/07/2020 | news | politics | 1,745
A committee says the economic reaction to Covid-19 was rushed and the impact could be long-term.
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Guitar sales rise as UK gets into lockdown groove
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As more people learn guitar amid lockdown, the UK's biggest online seller of instruments sees sales surge.
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Chancellor 'turning his back on people in need'
23/07/2020 | news | business | 588
MPs say Rishi Sunak has "effectively drawn a line" under helping 1m people needing virus support.
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UK passport backlog reaches 400,000 due to virus
22/07/2020 | news | uk | 110
Reduced staffing to allow social distancing is one reason for the mounting backlog, a minister says.
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Coronavirus: London police to enforce face masks 'as last resort'
22/07/2020 | news | uk | 714
Dame Cressida Dick hopes shoppers who refuse to wear masks will be "shamed" into compliance.
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'My hotel is losing about £40,000 a month'
22/07/2020 | news | business | 298
Despite restrictions being eased, many firms have been unable to fully restart operations.
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Airlines call for joint US-EU virus testing scheme
22/07/2020 | news | business | 117
Major carriers in the US and Europe want a coordinated programme to get passengers flying again.
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Coronavirus not over by Christmas, experts warn
21/07/2020 | news | uk | 2,472
Even progress in developing a vaccine is unlikely to mean the virus will be eliminated, MPs hear.
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Coronavirus: EU leaders reach recovery deal after marathon summit
21/07/2020 | news | world | 2,542
After four days of fractious talks, leaders approve €750bn ($859bn) in aid to hard-hit member states.
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UK property sales in coronavirus summer slump
21/07/2020 | news | business | 200
Sales of homes picked up in June as the market reopened but remain 30% down on last year.
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UK quarterly borrowing hits record high
21/07/2020 | news | business | 1,361
The government borrowed £127.9bn between April and June, the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Back-to-office parents need childcare, says Starmer
20/07/2020 | news | education | 567
Labour leader wants a summer childcare plan for parents, while the PM hails school funding boost.
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Oxford coronavirus vaccine triggers immune response
20/07/2020 | news | uk | 1,521
Study shows the vaccine is safe, but it is still too soon to know if it can stop people from being infected.
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Covid treatment trial described as 'breakthrough'
20/07/2020 | news | health | 612
Synairgen says preliminary results suggest its nebuliser treatment can lower the risk of disease.
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UK signs deals for 90 million virus vaccine doses
20/07/2020 | news | health | 962
The vaccines are still being researched, but offer hope of getting life back to normal.
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PM 'does not want second national lockdown'
19/07/2020 | news | uk | 579
Having the option of a nationwide shutdown is like a "nuclear deterrent", the prime minister says.
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Emergency loans for universities about to go bust
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Universities at financial risk will have to change subjects and bosses' pay to qualify for rescue package.
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Banks urge 'student loans style' plan to avoid job cuts
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UK banks fear up to three million jobs could be lost if firms cannot defer payments on coronavirus loans.
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KFC, Nando's and Pret lower prices after VAT cut
15/07/2020 | news | business | 783
Starbucks and McDonald's also say they will cut prices after the chancellor's VAT reduction.
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PM promises an independent coronavirus inquiry
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Clothing and games push up UK shop prices
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Consumer price inflation rises slightly to 0.6% in June, although food prices fell.
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'Unfettered' NI to GB trade promise questioned
14/07/2020 | news | uk | 977
A group of MPs said the promise will need a concession from the EU that it has not yet granted.
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Brexit: Ads highlight changes for UK holidaymakers
13/07/2020 | news | uk | 2,085
Government campaign will also carry advice for UK and EU firms before the transition period ends.
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Patel sets out post-Brexit immigration plans
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The new points-based system has a visa for health staff but most care home workers will be excluded.
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UK opts out of EU Covid-19 vaccine scheme
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The UK's ambassador to the EU confirms the move, saying the UK would not have a say on decisions.
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'Significant divergences' in UK-EU talks - Barnier
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The EU's chief negotiator made the remarks after the latest trade deal talks in London.
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Tax boss questions value of Sunak job schemes
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Chancellor Rishi Sunak rejected fears job retention bonus and meal discount are not value for taxpayers.
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Leicester lockdown: No plans for extra Covid cash, minister says
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Local businesses and politicians say they were expecting more financial support from the government.
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Coronavirus: Data shows cases in England falling
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Two reports charting coronavirus show cases in England falling - with Leicester also seeing a fall.
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Nursing and midwife numbers jump by record amount
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There are 18,000 more registered than a year ago, but some fear the pandemic could hit recruitment.
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WHO rethinking how coronavirus spreads in air
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The WHO has acknowledged there is evidence that Covid-19 can be spread by airborne particles.
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Robust plan for PPE 'must be in place for winter'
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There must be no shortages in protective gear if the UK faces a second wave of coronavirus, say MPs.
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Sunak to give firms £1,000 'bonus' to hire trainees
06/07/2020 | news | business | 452
The government pledges £111m for schemes in England to get young people into work.
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England’s quarantine-free list of places published
03/07/2020 | news | uk | 1,348
Greece, Belgium and Spain are among the countries on the list but Portugal and the US are not.
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Pubs can't open until 6am as lockdown eases
03/07/2020 | news | politics | 1,518
No 10 says it is a "sensible precaution" against midnight parties taking place across England.
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PM plans daily White House-style press briefings
03/07/2020 | news | politics | 1,386
Boris Johnson says the televised format will give the public "direct engagement" with decision-makers.
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PM urges people to be sensible as lockdown eased
03/07/2020 | news | politics | 1,895
Boris Johnson says "we're not out of the woods yet" as English pubs and restaurants ready to reopen.
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Labour urges more support to stem job losses
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Shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds calls for jobs schemes to be extended during local lockdowns.
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UK businesses cut more than 12,000 jobs in two days
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Businesses including Topshop owner Arcadia, Harrods, John Lewis, Airbus and EasyJet are cutting back.
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House prices 'fall for first time in eight years'
01/07/2020 | news | business | 782
Values were lower in June than they were a year ago, the Nationwide says, as the virus hit the market.
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Calls grow for coronavirus inquiry
01/07/2020 | news | health | 553
The NHS ombudsman asks government to listen to patient complaints in order to learn from mistakes.
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This is the moment to be ambitious – PM
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Boris Johnson vows a "new deal" for UK after coronavirus - but Labour says saving jobs is top priority.
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EasyJet plans to close bases and cut staff
30/06/2020 | news | business | 666
The airline says it is consulting on plans to close bases at Stansted, Southend and Newcastle.
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Death rate 'back to normal' in UK
30/06/2020 | news | health | 1,394
It is the first time weekly deaths have been below the five-year average since mid March.
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Cineworld delays reopening UK cinemas to 31 July
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The cinema chain says it pushed back the opening date to tie in with upcoming movie releases.
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Johnson warns over virus rules after beach crowds
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Bournemouth beach: 'Major incident' as thousands flock to coast
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A major incident is declared in Bournemouth as thousands hit the coast in soaring heat.
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New laws to ease outdoor drinking and dining rules
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Pubs and restaurants will more easily be able to get "pavement licences" under plans to boost hospitality.
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UK to lift quarantine for many European countries
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Ministers look set to exempt France, Italy, Spain, Greece, and several other European countries.
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Human trial of new coronavirus vaccine starts
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Over the coming weeks, 300 healthy people will each be given two doses of the jab.
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UK must prepare for second wave - health leaders
24/06/2020 | news | uk | 2,016
The warning comes as the prime minister announced sweeping relaxations to lockdown rules in England.
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Starmer presses Johnson on test and trace
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The PM dismisses the Labour leader's claim there was a "big problem" in contacting all cases in England.
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Airports giant set to halve UK workforce
24/06/2020 | news | business | 655
More than 4,500 jobs could be lost at the ground handling firm due to coronavirus effects on air travel.
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Daily coronavirus press conference scrapped
23/06/2020 | news | politics | 1,499
The Downing Street briefings began in March, when the UK's coronavirus death toll stood at 55.
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Lockdown to be relaxed in England as 2m rule eased
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Two households will be able to meet, and pubs, restaurants and hairdressers can reopen from 4 July.
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Ex-chancellor warns against return to austerity
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Sajid Javid calls for lower taxes on businesses to aid the UK's economic recovery.
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PM to announce on Tuesday if pubs can reopen
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GCSEs and A-levels likely to be later next summer
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Next year's exam season in England could be delayed to allow more teaching time, MPs are told.
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'Do it at home' coronavirus saliva test trialled
22/06/2020 | news | health | 135
More than 14,000 key workers in the UK will try out the 'no swab' test that can spot new infections.
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UK's Covid-19 alert level reduced
19/06/2020 | news | uk | 4,466
The virus is now "in general circulation" with a "gradual relaxation of restrictions" possible.
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UK debt now larger than size of whole economy
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May's record borrowing as income drops and spending balloons sees country's debt outstrips its economy.
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New leader not enough for victory - Labour report
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Labour has a "mountain to climb" to regain power, a major review of its 2019 election defeat says.
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UK virus-tracing app switches to Apple-Google model
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Government now intends to launch an app in the autumn but it may still lack contact-tracing tech.
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Bank pumps £100bn into UK economy to aid recovery
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Bank of England announces huge stimulus to aid recovery from the "unprecedented" coronavirus downturn.
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US says a UK trade deal 'unlikely' before November
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America and the UK are at odds on a range of issues from agriculture to to taxes on tech firms.
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Record fuel price slump pushes down UK inflation
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Fuel costs fell sharply in May, pushing the inflation rate down to a fresh four-year low of 0.5%.
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