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UK’s high Covid rates mean foreign travel barriers ‘churlish’, says expert

Travellers could be as likely to catch Covid on a trip to Torquay as one to Turkey an expert has said, as international travel rules... ...

New drug shows promise in slowing growth of bowel cancer

R esearchers have identified a potential new targeted treatment for incurable bowel cancer. The medication has shown promise in a clinical trial in slowing the... ...

Prince Charles reveals details of his conversation with Prince Philip on eve of his death

Speaking to the BBC, Charles said he called his father and told him: “We’re talking about your birthday.” Philip replied: “Well I’ve got to be... ...

Strictly Come Dancing: Two pro dancers refuse Covid jabs

The unnamed pair were the only professionals out of 18 to be unvaccinated. Some celebrities are now reluctant to be paired with the two dancers,... ...

Government says energy security is ‘absolute priority’ amid rising gas prices

A former head of the regulator Ofgem warned Britain is likely to face high energy prices for the rest of the year. Source link ...

Be tolerant of everyone’s decision on jabs for children, expert urges parents

P arents should be tolerant of one another when it comes to deciding whether to have their children vaccinated against coronavirus, an expert advising on... ...

Police officer feared for his life as suspect pointed ‘gun’ at his face

Sergeant Tony Webb, of West Midlands Police, was responding to reports of a disturbance in Birmingham. Source link ...

Ministers consider changing rules to make foreign travel cheaper and simpler

C abinet ministers will be reviewing the current travel traffic light system and whether to scrap the requirement for foreign travellers to take PCR tests,... ...

Reveller jailed after posing with knife in nightclub Snapchat video

A man has been jailed for more than six years after posting a video of himself with a knife in a north London nightclub. Abel... ...

Next agrees franchise deal with Gap but will not save UK stores

N ext has agreed a deal to run Gap’s business in the UK and Ireland as a franchise partner. However, the move will not spark... ...

Don’t hold it all in: Men need to talk about how they feel, says Ashley Walters

T op Boy star Ashley Walters says he “encourages all the men in his life” to be open and talk about how they feel, saying... ...

Ambulance crisis caused by more than pandemic, senior surgeon warns

A majority of the issues in Scotland’s hospitals and the knock-on effect to the ambulance service are not due to Covid, a top surgeon has... ...

University of St Andrews principal ‘thrilled’ as it is named top in UK

It is the first time a university other than Oxbridge has been at the top of the The Times and The Sunday Times Good University... ...

Mother charged with killing her three children in New Zealand after moving from South Africa

A woman has been charged with murdering her three young daughters, just weeks after the family arrived in New Zealand from South Africa. Source link ...

Mother of woman who killed herself after benefits stopped loses new inquest bid

T he mother of a housebound disabled woman who killed herself after her benefits were cut has lost a High Court bid for a fresh... ...

‘Government consulted president on centenary invitation but decision was his’

T he Irish Government consulted the president on an invitation to attend a Northern Ireland centenary event but the decision to decline it was his... ...

Vaccine passports to be introduced in Wales

Mark Drakeford said people will have to show an NHS Covid Pass from next month as part of measures introduced to help control the spread... ...

Food shortages feared as gas prices soar

F ears are growing that soaring gas prices could spark food shortages after two fertiliser plants were forced to close. The Government is set to... ...

Lindsey Buckingham album review: Fresh songs with a classic Mac sound

Review at a glance O ver four decades since the release of their biggest album, the world seems hungrier than ever for the music of... ...

Judge rules in favour of Duke of York over his bid to block sex case

P rince Andrew can request the unsealing of a 2009 settlement agreement that his lawyer claims protects him from a lawsuit alleging he sexually assaulted... ...

Earthshot Prize: William unveils his 15 finalists in bid for help repair the planet

Prince William has announced the 15 finalists for the first year of his £50?million Earthshot Prize, his Nobel-style environmental award for those working on solutions... ...

Lyra McKee murder: Judge grants two accused men bail

T wo men charged with the murder of Belfast journalist Lyra McKee have been granted bail. The 29-year-old was shot dead by dissident republicans in... ...

Ed Sheeran to go on tour with baby Lyra – as he announces 2022 dates

E d Sheeran has announced his return to the live stage with a series of stadium concerts throughout 2022, dubbed the Mathematics Tour. Last week,... ...

Scotland continues to have the highest level of Covid cases in the UK

S cotland continues to have the highest level of coronavirus cases in the UK, figures suggest. Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates... ...

In Pictures: Classic motors and vintage glamour at Goodwood Revival

N ostalgics and motor racing fans alike have been flocking to West Sussex for the Goodwood Revival – said to be the UK’s only race... ...

PM may have to choose between Truss and Raab for access to Chevening mansion

Downing Street suggested on Friday that no decision had been made over who to give access to the 115-room holiday home in Kent, with the... ...

Historic tower faces demolition as new Culture Secretary removes listed status

N ew Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has removed the listed status of an industrial landmark, allowing it to be demolished after campaigners thought it had... ...

Jobs secured as work starts on next generation submarines

H undreds of jobs have been secured by a £170 million investment into developing technology for British submarines, the Government has announced. Defence Secretary Ben... ...

Pelosi warns UK-US trade deal ‘unlikely’ if NI Brexit talks damage peace process

N ancy Pelosi has said a breakdown in the talks over the Northern Ireland Protocol would be “problematic” for a post-Brexit UK-US trade deal. The... ...

Red list bookings surge as holidaymakers await major overhaul of travel rules

H oliday bookings to red list destinations have surged ahead of a “bonfire” of the hated traffic light travel system, experts have said. Currently those... ...

Mother apologises to family over son’s death in dog attack

T he mother of a nine-year-old boy mauled to death by a dog has apologised to his family for her “senseless actions” in leaving the... ...

National Crime Agency boss to step down

T he boss of the National Crime Agency (NCA) has announced her retirement from the role after five years at the helm and more than... ...

Presbyterian moderator urges preservation of ‘precious’ powersharing government

T he head of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland has urged the preservation of powersharing government at Stormont, describing it as “precious”. Dr David Bruce... ...

‘Teach fresher week students about consent’

There are calls for universities to write to students before they arrive on campus to make it clear how they should behave amid fears that... ...

Finalists in John Lennon-inspired song contest to battle it out at Cavern Club

T en songwriters from across the world are to perform their tracks in the final of a competition inspired by John Lennon’s peace anthem, Imagine.... ...

Carmichael: ‘Foolish’ immigration rules are harming recovery from coronavirus

T he Tories’ “foolish” approach to immigration is stopping industries recovering from the pandemic because it has caused huge labour shortages, the Lib Dems will... ...

Historic tower just handed listed status to be demolished this weekend

A piece of industrial heritage, which was only granted listed building status last week, is to be demolished on Sunday after new Culture Secretary Nadine... ...

15-metre Samurai war scroll among 27,000 items being catalogued at museum

A n exquisitely detailed Japanese scroll depicting Samurai warriors in battle and measuring 15 metres in length is among thousands of museum exhibits being catalogued... ...

Police find no evidence prisoner ‘confessed’ to Noah Donohoe ‘murder’

P olice have found no evidence to support a claim that a serving prisoner confessed to “murdering” Belfast teenager Noah Donohoe, a coroner has been... ...

Plan to charge for lateral flow tests criticised by unions and politicians

More than 95 million of the 30 minute tests have been used since being made available for free in April helping identify 620,000 covid cases.... ...

Case of infection known as mad cow disease confirmed on Somerset farm

A single case of classical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) – an infection commonly known as mad cow disease – has been confirmed on a farm... ...

Unvaccinated students urged to get Covid shot during freshers’ week

U nvaccinated university students have been urged to get a Covid jab in freshers’ week to protect themselves and their peers against the virus. The... ...

Baby red panda named by zookeepers

A n endangered red panda cub has been named after undergoing her first health check at a city zoo. Ruby was born in July at... ...

Printed book from 15th century expected to fetch up to £40,000 at auction

A mechanically printed book from the 1400s is going under the hammer in Edinburgh The publication is a copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle produced in... ...

Holiday interest boosted by travel rule changes amid concerns over testing

H oliday bookings are expected to soar after the Government announced a relaxation of international travel rules, but concerns have been raised over a changed... ...

Older people and men ‘more likely to suffer’ with Covid even after two jabs

O lder people, men and those from ethnic backgrounds are more likely to end up in hospital or die even after they have been double-vaccinated... ...

Conor Burns vows to go to places UK ministers ‘don’t often go’

T he latest Northern Ireland Office minister has said he hopes to go to places that British government ministers do not often go. Conor Burns... ...

Doctors can ‘exercise judgment’ on puberty blockers without court approval

T he Court of Appeal has overturned a landmark ruling over the use of puberty-blocking drugs for children with gender dysphoria, finding doctors should use... ...

Lockdown exhibition showcases artist’s individual perspective

A n 18-year-old artist has said his autism allows him a “different perspective” as he showcased his coronavirus lockdown photographs in the back garden of... ...

France recalls envoys to US and Australia over submarine deal

F rance has taken the dramatic step of recalling its ambassadors to the United States and Australia in the worsening row over their nuclear submarine... ...

Banksy artworks on display ahead of online auction deadline

R are works from subversive street artist Banksy have gone on display ahead of an auction deadline later this month. Titled Banksy: I Can’t Believe... ...

Airlines welcome new travel rules but urge Government to go further

A irlines have welcomed the Government’s scrapping of the amber travel list but said the changes do not go far enough. Thomas Cook has described... ...

Police name dead man and arrest suspected killer

A man who had been missing for weeks has been found dead and his suspected killer has been arrested. Source link ...

Gang members jailed for ‘brutal’ street stabbing murder of NHS worker

F our gang members who stabbed an “entirely unsuspecting” NHS worker in the street in a “brutal murder” have been jailed for life. David Gomoh... ...

Celebrity MasterChef winner ‘buzzing’ after victory

The 30-year-old, who represented Great Britain in both sprinting and cycling, impressed judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace in a final that saw the three... ...

Meat and potato creation takes crown at British Pie Awards

A meat and potato creation has taken the crown at the British Pie Awards. The meat and potato pie from Nottinghamshire based Bowring Butchers got the... ...

Craig Russell wins top crime fiction prize for novel Hyde

C raig Russell has won the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish crime book of the year. The best-selling author picked up the award – named in... ...

What is the latest travel guidance and what does it mean for holidaymakers?

T ransport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced a major relaxing of international travel rules for people departing from England Here the PA news agency answers... ...

Strictly Come Dancing’s Dan Walker tells fans he was in A&E after injuring head

The BBC Breakfast presenter shared a mask selfie from the hospital ward on Friday. Although he was not able to tell fans who his Strictly... ...

Scotland’s travel traffic light system changed but no easing of Covid testing

S cotland will end its current traffic light system for international travel, but will not follow England in further easing Covid-19 testing for those entering... ...

David Gomoh murder: Four jailed for fatally stabbing NHS worker in Newham

F our men who fatally stabbed a NHS worker nine times have been put behind bars. David Gomoh, 24, stagged back to his home address... ...

Holiday locations for a last blast of summer

T he relaxation of the Government’s travel restrictions have made it cheaper and easier for Brits to get away. Here are some of the place... ...

Hilary Mantel says Prince Andrew’s legal case not a “constitutional problem”

B est-selling author Hilary Mantel says Prince Andrew’s legal cases does not cause a “constitutional problem” because he is so far down the line to... ...

Red Bull in legal threat to gin maker

A n artisanal gin maker called Bullards has been threatened with legal action by energy drink manufacturer Red Bull because its name contains the word... ...

Covid drug given to Donald Trump to be rolled out to NHS hospital patients

A drug given to former US president Donald Trump when he had coronavirus last year is to be rolled out to vulnerable NHS hospital patients.... ...

Channel crossings continue as more migrants arrive in Kent

M ore migrants have arrived in the UK for the fifth consecutive day this week after crossing the English Channel. A man carrying a young... ...

President declined centenary event invite after ‘months of consideration’

T he Irish president has said his decision to decline an invitation to a Northern Ireland’s centenary event alongside the Queen came after six months... ...

Michael Gove to review planning reforms and discuss them with Tory critics

N ew Housing Secretary Michael Gove is expected to pause the Government’s overhaul of the planning system in order to consult with critics on the... ...

Prince Andrew: Lawyers release photos of papers telling royal about sexual assault case

P hotographs apparently showing papers informing Prince Andrew about a sexual assault case in the US have been released by lawyers. Virginia Giuffre is seeking... ...

Amber list scrapped as Shapps eases international travel rules

T he traffic light system for international travel is to be scrapped and the number of countries from which returning travellers will be required to... ...

Rape victim criticises judge for freeing attacker who fled while on bail

A woman who was attacked a rapist who has been at large for 16 years after being granted bail by a judge has said he... ...

Amber list binned as Maldives among 8 countries ditched from red list

T he Amber list has been scrapped as Maldives was named among 8 countries removed from red list. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced the... ...

Covid cases continue to fall but deaths climb again

That brings the total for the last seven days to 206,332 – a fall of 23% week on week. But the official UK government figures... ...

Welsh Government accused of U-turn as vaccine passes planned

The Welsh Government has been accused of a U-turn after announcing vaccine passes will be needed for entry into nightclubs and large events. First Minister... ...

Ministers demand ‘swift’ police action against M25 climate protesters

G overnment ministers have demanded police take “swift” and decisive action against climate protesters after the M25 was blocked for the third time in a... ...

Machete robbery gang who livestreamed getaway bid jailed

A gang of robbers who used a machete to threaten their victim before livestreaming their attempt to escape pursuing police have been jailed. They were... ...

Landmark ruling on puberty-blocking drugs overturned in Tavistock appeal

A n NHS trust has won a Court of Appeal bid to overturn a landmark ruling over the use of puberty-blocking drugs for children with... ...

Magistrate rapped after she called barrister huffy when she was mistaken for defendant

A magistrate who called a black barrister “huffy” for complaining that she had been mistaken for a defendant three times in a day has been... ...

Medieval music festival returns to castle after pandemic break

A corner of the Yorkshire Dales has been taken over by musicians revelling in the sounds of more than 400 years ago. Medieval Music in... ...

Controversial puberty blockers ruling overturned

A n NHS trust has won a Court of Appeal fight to overturn a landmark ruling over the use of puberty-blocking drugs for children with... ...

Family’s ‘dreams come true’ after being reunited with long-lost cat after decade

A family say their dreams have come true after being reunited with their cat who went missing 10 years ago. Forbes, 12, was rescued after... ...

UK weather forecast: Flood warning as torrential rain to soak England

A flood warning has been put in place for England as torrential rain is forecast this weekend. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather... ...

Flood warning for England issued ahead of torrential rain

A flood warning has been put in place for England as torrential rain is forecast this weekend. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather... ...

Shapps set to make travel announcement as No 10 hints at easing of rules

Downing Street confirmed that Grant Shapps will give an update on England’s travel controls, with the Cabinet minister revealing he would “simplify” stipulations for travelling... ...

William hails ‘amazing’ nominees for Earthshot Prize as finalists named

T he Duke of Cambridge has said the “amazing” entries in his Earthshot Prize competition should fill the world with “optimism and hope” as he... ...

Covid surge? London escapes spike in cases as schools reopen

T he return of schools does not appear to have caused a feared spike of covid cases in London, according to the latest data. A... ...

Watchdog: Police forces must learn from others on violence

P olice forces must “learn” from each other to improve their approach to dealing with violence against women, a Cabinet minister said on Friday after... ...

Number of EU nationals living in UK falls 200,000 in a year

T he number of European Union nationals who are living in the UK has fallen, figures show. Office for National Statistics (ONS) data for 2020... ...

One in 80 people in England had Covid last week

One in 80 is the equivalent of about 697,100 people. At the peak of the second wave in early January, around one in 50 people... ...

George Eustice defends decision to euthanise Geronimo the alpaca

George Eustice has defended the decision to euthanise Geronimo the alpaca, saying there was a danger of a “false negative” emerging if vets continued to... ...

Andrew’s legal team given week to challenge High Court decision

T he Duke of York’s legal team has been given seven days by the High Court to challenge its decision to begin notifying Andrew about... ...

Man appears in court accused of murdering Metropolitan Police sergeant

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a Metropolitan Police sergeant who was shot dead at a south London custody centre... ...

Emma Raducanu ‘can’t get a tennis court’ due to buzz around sport after US Open

E mma Raducanu has said she “can’t get a tennis court” due to the buzz around the sport after her US Open victory. After storming... ...

Government gives £4m extra funding for ‘hotspot policing’

A police force has found that putting officers on 15-minute-long uniformed patrols in crime hotspots, at targeted times, has helped cut violent crime. Detective Chief... ...

St Andrews beats Oxbridge institutions in national university rankings

O xford and Cambridge universities have been beaten in a national league table for the first time after St Andrews was named top university in... ...

PPE worth £2.8bn is not fit for purpose, health minister admits

P ersonal protective equipment (PPE) worth £2.8 billion is not fit for purpose and cannot be used by the NHS a health minister has revealed.... ...

M25 protests: 14 arrests after eco-warriors Insulate Britain block motorway for THIRD time in one week

F ourteen people were arrested on Friday after climate change protesters blocked the M25 for the third time in a week. Insulate Britain said 79... ...

Reshuffle: Boris Johnson tells new Cabinet to work together in ‘half-time team talk’

B oris Johnson has given his new Cabinet a “half-time pep talk” at their first meeting, telling them: “This is the moment when we spit... ...

Sven Badzak: Teenager charged with murdering aspiring lawyer, 22, in Kilburn

A teenager has been charged with murder after an aspiring lawyer was stabbed to death in north-west London. He is the third person to be... ...

Foxtons name Nigel Rich as new chairman after shareholder revolt

E state agency Foxtons Group has announced the appointment of Nigel Rich as its new chairman. The move comes after the group’s previous chairman, Ian... ...

Emma Raducanu says her parents will ‘sort out’ her £1.8m prize money

E mma Raducanu has said she will leave her parents to work out what to do with her £1.8 million prize following her stunning victory... ...

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie film review: quite right, everyone should be talking about it

Review at a glance O scar Wilde wrote, “There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being... ...

Cyclist, 19, killed in crash with bin lorry on country road

A teenage cyclist has been killed after being struck in a collision with a bin lorry in Sevenoaks. The 19-year-old man, from Dartford, was pronounced... ...

Abu Dhabi and foundation linked to Ikea invest in full fibre broadband

T he Government of Abu Dhabi and a foundation linked to furniture giant Ikea have thrown £825 million at an effort to roll out full-fibre... ...

Irish President’s absence from Northern Ireland service ‘not a snub to Queen’

T he Irish President has defended his decision to decline an invitation to a church service marking Northern Ireland’s centenary which will be attended by... ...

UK retail sales drop for fourth month in a row

U K retail sales dropped in August for the fourth consecutive month as grocery sales were impacted by more people returning to restaurants and pubs,... ...

UK Covid LIVE: Holidaymakers await travel review as ‘dozens’ of countries could fall of red list

T he government is expected to announce a shake-up of the UK’s Covid travel rules later amid reports that dozens of countries will be removed... ...

Cabinet reshuffle: Boris Johnson must heed warnings that justice delayed is justice denied

That message was echoed by the admission in outgoing minister Robert Buckland’s letter to the Prime Minister on Wednesday that the courts system needs massive... ...

Lyra McKee: Two men facing court charged with journalist’s murder

The 29-year-old was shot dead by dissident republicans in Londonderry in April 2019 as she observed rioting in the Creggan area of the city. The... ...

Captain Tom ‘would have loved’ new book One Hundred Reasons To Hope

C aptain Sir Tom Moore was in awe of people who were “inspired to do incredible things” amid the Covid-19 pandemic and spoke with his... ...

Priti Patel urges ‘decisive action’ against ‘selfish’ M25 climate change activists

H ome Secretary Priti Patel has criticised “selfish” climate protesters who brought traffic to a halt on the M25 while police are appealing for footage... ...

Digital driving licences to be introduced in post-Brexit transport changes

D igital driving licences will be introduced as part of post-Brexit measures to make transport “fairer, greener and more efficient”, a Cabinet minister has announced.... ...

UK did not ‘go fishing’ for sub deal, Defence Secretary says amid French anger

D efence Secretary Ben Wallace insisted Britain did not “go fishing” for the pact to provide nuclear-powered submarines to Australia with the US after France... ...

Bake Off’s first vegan star Freya Cox ‘deletes’ Facebook account after trolling

Cox, who is also the youngest contestant for this year’s series, announced her Bake Off news on her social media pages. She wrote: “I am... ...

‘I had to try to save my family’, says Briton who went back to Afghanistan

A British man who fled Afghanistan as a child is in hiding in the country having returned to save his family from the Taliban Sharif,... ...

Six suspects charged over deaths of young brothers in 2019 crash

S ix suspects have been charged after an inquiry into the deaths of two young brothers in a car crash, including a 25-year-old man accused... ...

Fleet of electric vehicles to drive world leaders at Cop26 climate summit

A fleet of electric vehicles will be deployed for world leaders coming to Glasgow for crucial UN climate talks in November, the Government said. Jaguar... ...

Andrew Neil says he was a ‘minority of one’ on future direction of GB News

A ndrew Neil said he stepped down as chairman of GB News after differences over the direction the channel was heading. The journalist and broadcaster,... ...

Tributes paid to pilot killed in crash

T he family of the pilot who died in a light aircraft crash have paid tribute to him. Jonathan Mann, known as Joe, was flying... ...

Philip’s will to remain secret to protect ‘dignity’ of Queen, High Court rules

T he Duke of Edinburgh’s will is to remain secret to protect the “dignity” of the Queen because of her constitutional role, the High Court... ...

Care homes ‘will be forced to choose between breaking law or being understaffed’

C are homes will be forced to choose between dismissing unvaccinated staff and risking unsafe services, or breaking the law by keeping employees on, sector... ...

Ex-footballer jailed for killing ‘devoted’ couple in motorway shunt

A former footballer has been jailed for five years after he killed a couple in a motorway crash while he was distracted on his phone.... ...

Decision expected on fresh inquest into death of woman who had benefits stopped

T he mother of a housebound disabled woman who killed herself after her benefits were cut is to find out whether she has won her... ...

Michaela Strachan slammed for moaning about ‘posh prison’ quarantine hotel

S pringwatch star Michaela Strachan come under fire for whingeing about her stay in “posh prison”. Angry followers hit back at the star saying it... ...

Football without headers could be more skilful, brain charity boss says

T he first adult football match which outlaws heading could be more skilful with more passing and dribbling, according to a charity boss whose ex-pro... ...

More than one in five adults under 40 still unjabbed, figures show

M ore than one in five UK adults under 40 have still not received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, figures show. Latest estimates for... ...

North of England ‘suffering brain drain as graduates flock to cities’

T he North of England and coastal areas are experiencing a “brain drain” of university graduates as many move to London and other cities with... ...

Boris Johnson to chair first meeting of new-look Cabinet

B oris Johnson will chair a first meeting of his new-look Cabinet after a dramatic shake-up of his ministerial team. The bloodletting which saw three... ...

Scientists trialling whether children need second coronavirus vaccine

S cientists are looking at whether children need a second dose of coronavirus vaccine and if so which type would be best. It comes after... ...

Consumers need ‘significant’ support to embrace sustainable heating – survey

C onsumers will need “significant” support to meet the Government’s plans to decarbonise their homes, amid a lack of information and concerns about cost, a... ...

No single best choice for currency in independent Scotland, think tank says

T he Government in an independent Scotland could have to consider either tax rises or spending cuts “before too long” no matter which currency option... ...

Make crimes against women same priority for police as terrorism, watchdog says

P reventing violence against women and girls should be considered as much of a priority as counter-terrorism, a police watchdog has said. It came as... ...

Shake-up of Covid travel rules set to benefit double-jabbed holidaymakers

T ravelling is set to be made cheaper and more straightforward for doubled-jabbed holidaymakers under a shake-up of coronavirus rules. The green and amber lists... ...

Gatwick Airport to cut Covid test cost as price ‘puts people off flying’

Travel Weekly reported the price of PCR tests are being cut by £10 to £59 and the cost of lateral flow tests will go down... ...

Patel criticises ‘selfish’ M25 climate protesters as police appeal for footage

H ome Secretary Priti Patel has criticised “selfish” climate protesters who brought traffic to a halt on the M25 while police are appealing for footage... ...

Two men charged with the murder of journalist Lyra McKee

The 29-year-old was shot dead by dissident republicans in Londonderry in April 2019 as she observed rioting in the Creggan area of the city. The... ...

Long Covid symptoms in children rarely persist beyond 12 weeks, study suggests

L ong Covid symptoms rarely persist beyond 12 weeks in children and adolescents unlike adults, new research suggests. The review found existing studies on the... ...

Proposed reforms would have forced Cameron to declare Greensill lobbying

D avid Cameron would have had to register as a lobbyist for failed firm Greensill Capital if newly recommended transparency rules had been in place... ...

Home computer pioneer Sir Clive Sinclair dies aged 81

H ome computing pioneer Sir Clive Sinclair has died at the age of 81. His daughter Belinda Sinclair told the Guardian that the pocket calculator... ...

From the Spectrum to the C5: How Clive Sinclair led the UK’s tech revolution

M ultimillionaire Sir Clive Sinclair was Britain’s leader of the microchip revolution. The maverick entrepreneur masterminded an incredible shrinking world of tiny computers, televisions and... ...

Fresh holiday hope as Netherlands ditch quarantine rules for double-jabbed Britons next week

Amsterdam remains one of the most popular tourist destinations for British travellers. From September 22, Amber-lit Netherlands will let fully vaccinated travellers from the UK... ...

Police appeal for footage of M25 climate protest after more arrests made

P olice have appealed for footage of a climate protest on the M25 to identify activists involved after dozens more were arrested. Protesters from the... ...

Judi Dench to unveil Queen’s tribute garden at Chelsea Flower Show

D ame Judi Dench will open the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) garden at the Chelsea Flower Show when the world-famous event welcomes back visitors next... ...

Home computer pioneer Sir Clive Sinclair ‘dies aged 81’

H ome computing pioneer Sir Clive Sinclair has died at the age of 81, according to reports. His daughter Belinda Sinclair told the Guardian that... ...

Sir Clive Sinclair dead: Home computing pioneer dies aged 81

H ome computer pioneer Sir Clive Sinclair has died aged 81, his family said. The inventor transformed home computing in this country when he launched... ...

Normal blood testing to be resumed after NHS supplies bolstered by US stocks

N on-urgent patients in England and Wales should be able to get blood tests when required following reinforcements of much-needed tube supplies, NHS England has... ...

UK to be hotter than south of France Friday as Indian summer continues

B ritain will be hotter than the south of France as the last of summer brings high temperatures across the country on Friday. The Met... ...

Raab still a key player in Government despite demotion says No 10

D ominic Raab will continue to play an “important senior role” in Government despite his demotion from foreign secretary, Downing Street has said. Mr Raab,... ...

Frost reveals plans to bring back imperial measures and crowns on pint glasses

M inisters have set out plans for the return of the crown stamp on point glasses and pledged to review a ban on marking and... ...

Celebrity chefs back ‘learning and earning’ youth jobs scheme

C elebrity chefs have urged young people to get “learning and earning” by applying for jobs in the Covid-battered hospitality sector, as the deadline looms... ...

Prince Charles and Camilla enjoy fish and chips in Isle of Skye

It was their first trip to the island since 2009 and they made the most of their return visit. Of course they were dressed for... ...

Johnson thanks United Arab Emirates for support in Afghan evacuation

B oris Johnson has held talks with the de facto leader of the United Arab Emirates to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and the global... ...

Leaseholder system is broken, Mayor of London says

H undreds of demonstrators gathered outside Parliament on Thursday to protest over issues faced by the nation’s leaseholders as the Mayor of London warned the... ...

Murder investigation launched after missing man found dead in south London

P olice have launched a murder investigation after a man’s body was found in south London after he was reported missing from the Reading area.... ...

Government admits air quality on trains is ‘poorer than desired’

Research funded by the Government found that on-train concentrations of nitrogen dioxide can reach up to 13 times higher than those next to major central... ...

Loved ones of the late Gogglebox stars are taking step back from series

T he loved ones of the late Gogglebox stars Pete McGarry, Andrew Michael and Mary Cook will not be taking part in the upcoming series... ...

Duke of Edinburgh’s will to stay secret to protect ‘dignity’ of the Queen

Philip – the nation’s longest-serving consort – died aged 99 on April 9, just two months before he would have turned 100. After the death... ...

Nuclear submarine base fire crews start overtime ban over safety fears

F ire and rescue workers at a nuclear submarine base have begun an overtime ban over “major safety concerns”. Unite said members are taking action... ...

Vets pull rubber duck from bulldog’s stomach in fairground-like procedure

A team of vets successfully performed a fairground-like procedure on a British bulldog after he swallowed a rubber duck whole. The vets, from Pride Veterinary... ...

Not going potty: Veterans spending five days in portable toilets for charity

F our veterans who say their lives were saved by a support charity are spending 120 hours in portable toilet cabins to raise money for... ...

Search for missing Dagenham young teenagers last seen in Green Lanes

The police are appealing for the public to help find two teenagers reported missing from Dagenham. Source link ...

Military to be brought in to help Scottish ambulance crews –

The Scottish government is drawing up the request for “targeted military assistance” for the nation’s ambulance service Nicola Sturgeon said that health services were dealing... ...

Scottish Government requests military support over ambulance pressure

T he Scottish Government has officially requested support from the military to deal with pressure in the ambulance service that has extended waiting times, the... ...

Covid deaths reach 158 and 26,911 infections as 8,000 patients in hospital

T he UK has recorded 158 Covid-related deaths on Thursday. As many as 26,911 new infections of coronavirus were reported as the UK continues its... ...

East London man jailed for attempted rape of male victim

A man has been jailed for the attempted rape of a man in east London. Alexandra Cardona, 39, of Tower Hamlets, was sentenced on Thursday... ...

Piers Morgan signs global deal with News Corp and Fox News Media

P iers Morgan is to join News Corp and Fox News Media in a deal which will see him host a new global TV show,... ...

Turkey and the Maldives among 12 countries tipped to fall off red list, expert says

T urkey and the Maldives were among 12 countries predicted to come off the red list, according to an expert. The latest UK travel update... ...

Reece James says his Champions League medal was stolen in burglary

R eece James has told how a gang of robbers broke into his mansion and fled with a safe containing his Champions League and Euro... ...

Landfill court battle: Mum’s victory means family can stay in own home

T he mother of a five-year-old boy has urged other parents to “fight” for their children after winning what has been described as a “David... ...

First picture of father stabbed to death in Bromley as son charged with murder

T his is the first picture of a father stabbed to death in Bromley as his son appeared in court charged with his murder. Paramedics... ...

Piers Morgan lands job on new Murdoch-backed channel after leaving GMB

P iers Morgan has bagged his first TV job since he resigned from Good Morning Britain. The presenter, 56, will return to the small screen... ...

First Covid booster vaccines given to NHS staff

The first Covid booster vaccines have been given to NHS staff in England and Wales as part of plans to extend protection for millions this... ...

Heathrow boss tells ministers to simplify overseas travel rules now

It is also anticipated that the traffic light system will be simplified by merging the green and amber lists to form one list of “safe”... ...

Boy died after being mauled by dog, inquest hears

A nine-year-old boy was mauled to death by a family friend’s dog after being left alone in a caravan with the animal, an inquest heard.... ...

Almost 5 million allowed to stay in UK under EU Settlement Scheme

N early five million people have been allowed to continue living and working in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme so far, according to... ...

Disgraced ex-MP Charlie Elphicke released from prison

The disgraced ex-Dover MP was jailed for two years in September 2020 after being found guilty of three counts of sexual assault following a month-long... ...

Lights, runway, action! Catwalk fashion shows are back with bang after Covid hell

L ondon Fashion Week is “back with a vengeance” and will bring “a bit of excitement and energy” to the capital, its boss said on... ...

Person killed after falling onto track at Queenstown Road station

Paramedics rushed to the station, two stops before Waterloo for South Western Trains, at 8am on Thursday but the person was pronounced dead at the... ...

Four citizen astronauts blast off on a three-day journey, orbiting the Earth –

During its three-day journey, the capsule will be orbiting the Earth once every 90 minutes at a speed of over 17,000mph and an altitude of... ...

Mother wins ‘David and Goliath’ case with Environment Agency over landfill site

A five-year-old boy and his mother have won a “David and Goliath” legal case against the Environment Agency (EA) over a Staffordshire landfill site accused... ...

Asos pledges to cut total emissions in new net zero plan

T he boss of Asos has said that his company will produce fewer tonnes of greenhouse gases nine years from now than it does today,... ...

Boris Johnson insists defence pact with US and Australia is not aimed at China

B oris Johnson has insisted Britain’s new defence pact with the United States and Australia is not intended as an “adversarial” move against China In... ...

Festival of Rescue to bring 300 competitors to Tyneside

F irefighters from across the country will take part in a two-day Festival of Rescue life-saving challenge. Newcastle and Gateshead’s Quayside will host 300 competitors... ...

5.5 million applied to stay in UK before EU Settlement Scheme cut-off date

M ore than 5.5 million people had applied to the EU Settlement Scheme by the deadline, according to official estimates. Of the 5,548,440 who submitted... ...

Ealing girl murder: Mother charged as five-year-old daughter is named by police

A mother has been charged with the murder of her five-year-old daughter at the family home they shared in Ealing. Officers and an ambulance crew... ...

Emma Raducanu says ‘it’s great to be home’ as she jets back to London

E mma Raducanu returned home to London on Thursday and was reunited with her family after her historic US Open victory. Britain’s new tennis superstar... ...

Most UK office workers will never return full-time, new survey says –

Most people do not believe that workers will be returning to the office full-time following the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey for the BBC has suggested... ...

England has highest university tuition fees in developed world – OECD

E ngland has the highest undergraduate university tuition fees in the developed world, a report has suggested. The largest rise in fees over the past... ...

Boris Johnson continues overhaul of ministerial jobs after Cabinet reshuffle

B oris Johnson was continuing to reshape his Government after carrying out a major overhaul of his Cabinet. Downing Street said on Thursday that Penny... ...

Pets at Home announces plans to close on Boxing Day

P ets at Home has become the latest retailer to agree to close all stores on Boxing Day this year. Bosses said sites will shut... ...

Geronimo’s owner accuses Government of creating ‘wall of silence’

T he owner of Geronimo the alpaca has accused the Government of erecting a “wall of silence” over her demand to know the circumstances of... ...

BT creating 1,000 new jobs in regional office move

B T has announced the creation of 1,000 new jobs as its first major regional hub opens outside London The telecoms giant said it already... ...

Co-op warns supply chain crisis will push up prices and put pressure on profits

T he Co-op warned of food price increases and pressure on its annual profits from the mounting supply chain crisis as it swung to a... ...

Wholesale energy prices soar following blaze at National Grid site in Kent

A fire has caused a power link between the UK and France to be shut off, leading to a jump in wholesale electricity prices. The... ...

Edgware sex attack: Police release picture of man after woman raped in north London

D etectives have released an image of a man they wish to identify and speak with after a woman was raped in Edgware. The woman,... ...

Ryanair to create 5,000 jobs over five years

R yanair is set to create 5,000 jobs over the next five years as the budget airline plans its recovery. The expansion comes after the... ...

Motorcyclist ‘deliberately rammed into by driver’ in east London

A motorcyclist is recovering in hospital after he was deliberately rammed into by another driver. The silver Ford Fiesta struck the motorbike from behind before... ...

Wholesale energy prices soar following National Grid fire

A fire has caused a power link between the UK and France to be shut off, leading to a jump in wholesale electricity prices. The... ...

UK travel latest: Unvaccinated travellers ‘will have to take two PCR tests’ after arriving in UK

U nvaccinated travellers face having to take two PCR tests after arriving in the UK from any other country, according to reports. Anyone without two... ...

Press reacts to Boris Johnson’s ‘brutal’ and ‘ruthless’ Cabinet reshuffle

T he Prime Minister’s move to change his senior team has prompted a mixed response from the national newspapers on Thursday, with some calling it... ...

Co-op announces acceleration of online strategy

C o-op is partnering with Amazon and extending robot deliveries as it seeks to more than double online sales by the end of the year.... ...

Boris Johnson reshuffle: PM to follow Cabinet shake-up with more ministerial reshuffling

B oris Johnson is expected to continue his ministerial shake-up as he reshapes the junior ranks following an overhaul of some of the Cabinet’s top... ...

PM urged to protect Stormont powersharing by fast-tracking legislation

B oris Johnson has faced demands to fast-track legislation to prevent a “petulant strop” from one party bringing down powersharing institutions at Stormont SDLP leader... ...

Johnson carries out reshuffle to create ‘strong and united’ team

B oris Johnson is carrying out a shake-up of his top team, with Cabinet ministers expected to be sacked to make way for new blood.... ...

UK woman found guilty of Cyprus rape case ‘lies’ looks to overturn conviction

L awyers representing a British woman found guilty of lying about being gang-raped in Cyprus have said they hope the conviction could be overturned within a... ...

Heads advised to contact police to deal with Covid jab protests at schools

H eadteachers who believe protests could be held outside their school over participation in the Covid vaccination programme should contact police to help manage the... ...

Dominic Raab pays the price for Afghanistan debacle

D ominic Raab’s demotion from foreign secretary follows widespread criticism of his handling of the Afghanistan crisis. He was on holiday in Crete as the... ...

Raab demoted, three Cabinet ministers sacked as Johnson wields the axe

Mr Raab has been given the title of Deputy Prime Minister and moved to the Ministry of Justice after being ousted from the Foreign Office.... ...

Liz Truss ascends Cabinet ladder to be appointed Foreign Secretary

F rom being mocked for her outrage about cheese imports to being appointed to one of the great offices of state, Liz Truss has made... ...

Fight for new Stuart Lubbock inquest will go on despite father’s death – friend

L awyers will keep pressing for a fresh inquest into the death of a man found in entertainer Michael Barrymore’s swimming pool 20 years ago... ...

Covid deaths reach 201 as UK reports fall in new infections

T he UK faced another deadly day as 201 deaths were recorded on Wednesday. Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there... ...

Harry and Meghan named in Time 100 most influential list on duke’s birthday

T he Duke of Sussex has been named as one of the most influential people of 2021, as he celebrates his 37th birthday. Harry appears... ...

No criminal investigation into Diana Panorama interview, say police

A criminal investigation will not be launched into a BBC journalist’s Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales. The Metropolitan Police made the announcement after... ...

The One Show’s guest host Angela Scanlon ‘involved in four-car crash’

T he One Show’s guest host Angela Scanlon was reportedly involved in a serious smash. It was claimed the presenter was in the crash while... ...

MPs back motion calling for Universal Credit cut to be cancelled

T ory MPs have warned Boris Johnson against “hastily” reducing Universal Credit (UC) for millions of families, as the House of Commons backed a motion... ...

Millions of pennies back in production as cash hoarded during Covid

T housands of new pennies have hit the tills for the first time in three years as cash is hoarded in the pandemic. More than... ...

Nadine Dorries – ex-I’m a Celeb star and best-selling author takes culture brief

N ew Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries was once best-known to millions for lying in a cabinet with bugs and cockroaches for company. But her short-lived... ...

Jeremy Clarkson calls on Government to defend UK food supplies

T he UK should protect its food supplies just as the country is defended from attack by its armed forces, celebrity farmer Jeremy Clarkson has... ...

‘More support for fathers would help protect vulnerable babies’

M aternity and specialist support services must engage more with fathers to help prevent vulnerable babies being seriously injured or killed, a child safeguarding review has found. Insufficient attention to men from midwives,... ...

Christmas shoppers warned about post-Brexit charges on orders from EU

E arly Christmas shoppers have been warned against getting caught out by unexpected post-Brexit charges when buying gifts from the EU. Changes introduced on January... ...

Victims to raise Troubles ‘amnesty’ with UN body

O pposition to a Government plan to ban future prosecutions related to the Northern Ireland Troubles is to be raised with a United Nations body.... ...

Carer vaccine deadline threatens staff exodus, unions warn

U nions are warning of “catastrophic” staff shortages in care homes unless the Government scraps a deadline for workers in the sector to be vaccinated... ...

Boris Johnson to follow Cabinet moves with more reshuffling of ministerial pack

B oris Johnson is expected to continue his ministerial shake-up as he reshapes the junior ranks following an overhaul of some of the Cabinet’s top... ...

UK moving closer together, not further apart, Gordon Brown claims after new poll

F ormer prime minister Gordon Brown has said the nations of the UK are “moving closer together, not further apart” after a new poll suggested... ...

Hair-skipping and hand-walking feature in new Guinness World Records

A woman who can skip with her hair and the fastest cat and dog on a scooter are just some of the standout stars included... ...

Kew Gardens gains Guinness World Record for its 17,000-strong plant collection

K ew Gardens has secured a new world record for the “largest collection of living plants at a single-site botanic garden”. The Royal Botanical Gardens... ...

Watchdog gives Dominic Cummings dressing down after consultancy application

D ominic Cummings has once again received a dressing down for failing to comply with Whitehall protocol in his bid to build a career following... ...

Almost half of new Cabinet studied at Oxford or Cambridge

A lmost half of Boris Johnson’s new Cabinet went to Oxford or Cambridge universities and 60% attended a private school, a social mobility charity has... ...

UK, US and Australia form defence alliance in bid to keep China in check

T he UK has announced a new defence partnership with the US and Australia as Western allies look to keep a check on China’s growing... ...

Charles highlights financial and environmental benefits of reducing food waste

T he Prince of Wales has suggested families can cut greenhouse emissions – and save money – by reducing the amount of food they waste.... ...

Sculptures to thank key workers spotted on tour in Edinburgh ahead of exhibition

S culptures painted by well-known artists to thank key workers were spotted on tour in Edinburgh ahead of an exhibition. The artwork is part of... ...

PM: New security pact with Australia and US will ‘make the world safer’

B oris Johnson said the new security pact between the UK and Australia and and the US will make “the world safer” and create hundreds... ...

Prince Charles teams up with Jamie Oliver to combat food waste

T he Prince of Wales has joined forces with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to help teach people how to cut greenhouse emissions – and save... ...

Khan accuses Grenfell Tower companies of placing profits above safety

T he Mayor of London has called for an overhaul of the UK’s building control system, blaming decades of deregulation for allowing companies involved in... ...

Nadine Dorries: Ex-I’m A Celeb star and best-selling author takes culture brief

T ory MP Nadine Dorries who previously berated “left-wing snowflakes” for “killing comedy” and “dumbing down panto” has been appointed Culture Secretary in a move... ...

Truss becomes Foreign Secretary as Williamson sacked and Raab demoted

Following widespread criticism of his handling of the Afghanistan crisis, Mr Raab was moved from the Foreign Office to become Justice Secretary but, while he... ...

Prince Harry and Meghan ‘enjoy low-key celebration’ for his birthday

H arry and Meghan were reportedly planning a “low-key” dinner to mark the prince’s 37th birthday with Archie helping to make his cake. They were... ...

Nadhim Zahawi promoted to Education Secretary after overseeing vaccine rollout

N adhim Zahawi has been promoted to the role of Education Secretary after overseeing the Covid-19 vaccine rollout across the country. Mr Zahawi is inheriting... ...

Life expectancy in England drops after excess deaths in Covid pandemic

Excess deaths as a result of the Covid pandemic saw the life expectancy drop to its lowest level in almost a decade, according to health... ...

New Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi promises to listen to pupils

The 54-year-old MP for Stratford-on-Avon has been seen as one of the government’s success stories for his handling of the vaccine rollout. He said education... ...

Johnson blasted for joking Patel is making UK ‘the Saudi Arabia of penal policy’

Opposition politicians said that the Prime Minister had reached a “new low” after footage emerged of the comments made at a Conservative Party fundraiser last... ...

Junior minister parachuted in to deliver Oliver Dowden speech after reshuffle

O liver Dowden’s planned speech to a Royal Television Society event has been delivered by a junior minister after he was replaced as Culture Secretary.... ...

PM to give security statement alongside President Biden and Australian PM

B oris Johnson will give a security statement alongside the leaders of the US and Australia on Wednesday night, No 10 said. A Downing Street... ...

Doctors blast Sajid Javid over ‘dangerous message’ about mask wearing

The Health Secretary, who remains in the post since the Cabinet reshuffle, defended the mask-free Cabinet meeting which took place on Tuesday as he said... ...

Kate hears of desperation and confusion of Afghan evacuees during rescue efforts

T he Duchess of Cambridge has heard of the emotional toll on military personnel who helped evacuate Afghans from their home country in a state... ...

Doctors slam Sajid Javid over masks comment

L eading doctors have expressed dismay over comments made by the Health Secretary about mask wearing. Sajid Javid who has retained his position as Health... ...

NHS in England poised to deliver boosters

V accination clinics have been given orders to be ready to start delivering boosters jabs “as soon as possible”. NHS chiefs in England have sent... ...

Piers Morgan thanks Meghan Markle for boosting his career

The pair were pictured at the TRIC awards in central London with Mr Morgan sharing the picture on his Instagram and captioning it “back together”.... ...

Possible link of antibiotics and breast cancer growth speed

T here could be a possible link between antibiotic use and the speed of breast cancer growth, a study of mice has suggested. Antibiotics are... ...

From saboteur to ‘levelling up’ chief, Boris Johnson keeps Michael Gove close

Seeing him as a man who can get a tough job done, the Prime Minister has tasked his one-time saboteur with taking on responsibility for... ...

Truss becomes Foreign Secretary as Johnson wields axe in Cabinet reshuffle

Mr Johnson demoted Dominic Raab who has been widely criticised for his handling of the Afghanistan crisis, moving him from the Foreign Office to the... ...

Prince Andrew to be served as UK accepts request in sex abuse case –

The High Court has accepted a request by the Duke of York’s sex abuse accuser to formally contact Prince Andrew over a civil law suit... ...

Police won’t investigate Martin Bashir’s Panorama interview with Diana

A criminal investigation will not be launched into a BBC journalist’s Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales. Scotland Yard had already said in March... ...

Warning as man stabbed in broad daylight captured on dashcam footage

L ondoners were given a warning after dashcam footage of a man being stabbed was circulating on social media. The video was too graphic to... ...

Facebook accused of ‘sitting on its hands’ over impact of Instagram on teenagers

F acebook has been accused of “sitting on its hands” rather than act to protect teenage Instagram users after it was reported the firm’s own... ...

‘Teenage boys abused by convicted sex attacker in care home bad room’

A convicted paedophile who worked in the Lambeth care system claimed he was carrying out checks “as a doctor would” when he sexually abused two... ...

‘State of the art’ billion-pound warship towed from base for engine fit

A billion-pound Royal Navy warship has been towed from its home base for a multi-million pound engine refit which, with other maintenance, has left it... ...

Emma Raducanu ‘in talks with luxury jewellery brand Tiffany & Co’

E mma Raducanu is rumoured to be in talks with jewellery brand Tiffany & Co to become the high-end brand’s new ambassador. Rumours of a... ...

Gavin Williamson: Gaffe-prone ‘Private Pike’ who faced repeated calls to resign

G avin Williamson came under repeated pressure to resign over his handling of disruption to schools during the pandemic and the fiasco around grading of... ...

653 weapons seized as London knife crime falls by third

K nife crime in London was down by a third during August over pre-pandemic levels after a purge on prolific offenders and extra patrols in... ...

Duchess of Cambridge Kate meets Kabul evacuation heroes

Smiling Kate arrived for a visit to RAF Brize Norton on Wednesday where she met meet military personnel and civilian. The royal made her stylish... ...

71 arrests as protesters blockade motorway again

Eighteen protesters belonging to the ‘Insulate Britain’ group halted traffic near Junction 23 at South Mimms in their latest protest which began at 8am today... ...

High Court accepts request to notify Andrew about accuser’s civil case

U S lawyers representing the woman who is suing the Duke of York for alleged sexual assault have asked the British courts to notify the... ...

Chairman of Prince Charles’ charity quits over ‘misconduct’ fears after ‘six-figure donation’

T he chairman of the Prince of Wales’ charitable foundation has resigned. Charles wrote a letter thanking the businessman for his generous offer of more... ...

Gavin Williamson sacked as Boris Johnson carries out cabinet reshuffle

G avin Williamson was axed as Education Secretary today as Boris Johnson launched a reshuffle to reshape his Government. Shortly after the Prime Minister started... ...

HS2 will have benefits for Wales even though it is England, says minister

A UK Government minister has claimed HS2 will have “huge benefits for Wales” despite running solely through England David TC Davies told the Commons that... ...

Boris Johnson launches reshuffle as he seeks ‘strong and united team’

A Downing Street source confirmed Mr Johnson would carry out the reshuffle on Wednesday. “The PM will be appointing ministers this afternoon with a focus... ...