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UK coronavirus live: lockdown restrictions to be lifted in parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire

Restrictions in Bolton, Stockport, Trafford, Burnley and Hyndburn to be eased; UK cases fall back to 1,276; Shapps insists return to office is safe as report says many want to continue working from homeBoris Johnson urged to set out credible back-to-office planBorder Force aims to check under third of arrivals for test-and-trace formsPlymouth divided over teenagers who tested positive after Greece trip‘Vanishingly small’ risk of severe illness or death for childrenGlobal coronavirus updates - li...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, Greece, UK News, Infectious Diseases, West Yorkshire, Boris Johnson, Leicester, Johnson, Shapps, Hyndburn, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak, Greater Manchester Lancashire, Bolton Stockport Trafford Burnley


Hancock defends last-minute coronavirus lockdown in north of England

Health secretary’s late-night announcement provokes ire across political spectrumCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMatt Hancock has defended the imposition of new lockdown regulations on more than 4 million people in northern England with only two hours’ notice, amid criticism from Conservative MPs and confusion about the rules.The health secretary announced on Twitter on Thursday night that from midnight people from different households in Greater Manchester, parts of ...
Tags: Politics, England, Conservatives, UK News, Labour, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, Leicester, Lancashire, North Of England, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Eid al-Adha, Coronavirus outbreak, East Lancashire West Yorkshire


UK coronavirus live: government criticised for 'shockingly short notice' lockdown ahead of Eid celebrations

New rules mean people from different households in Greater Manchester, parts of east Lancashire, West Yorkshire and Leicester cannot meet indoorsWhat are the new lockdown rules in northern England?Full report: lockdown tightened in parts of northern EnglandMatt Hancock defends last-minute lockdownPolice cordons at Bournemouth beach amid fears of heatwaveGlobal coronavirus updates – live 11.11am BST The Muslim Council of Britain’s secretary general, Harun Khan, has criticised the way the gove...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, UK News, Greater Manchester, Bournemouth, Leicester, Muslim Council of Britain, Matt Hancock, Harun Khan, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID, Lancashire West Yorkshire, EnglandMatt Hancock


Matt Hancock defends last-minute northern coronavirus lockdown

UK health secretary’s late-night announcement provokes ire across political spectrumCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMatt Hancock has defended imposing new lockdown regulations on more than 4 million people in northern England with only two hours’ notice amid criticism from Conservative MPs and confusion about the rules.The UK health secretary announced on Twitter on Thursday night that from midnight people from different households in Greater Manchester, parts of East...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Conservatives, UK News, Labour, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, Leicester, Lancashire, North Of England, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Eid al-Adha, Coronavirus outbreak, East Lancashire West Yorkshire


Test and trace failing to contact thousands in England's worst-hit areas

Exclusive: proportion of close contacts being reached is below 80% in high infection areasCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government’s flagship test-and-trace system is failing to contact thousands of people in areas with the highest infection rates in England, raising further questions about the £10bn programme described by Boris Johnson as “world-beating”.Local leaders and directors of public health are demanding more control over the tracing operation amid conc...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Leicester, Leeds, Blackburn, Luton, Coronavirus outbreak


Hancock announces partial lift of Leicester coronavirus lockdown

Schools and nurseries can reopen but hospitality in city centre to remain closedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCoronavirus lockdown measures in Leicester will only be partially lifted, Matt Hancock has said, with pubs, restaurants, bars and other parts of the hospitality sector remaining closed in the city centre.In a statement to the Commons, the health and social care secretary said Covid-19 rates in the city “still remain well above the national average and the av...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Leicester, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


Priti Patel criticised over comments on Leicester’s sweatshops

Home secretary suggested officials ignored problem for fear of seeming racistPriti Patel, the home secretary, has come under fire over claims that “cultural sensitivities” prevented a robust response to alleged worker exploitation in Leicester, with critics arguing cuts to regulators, the decision to limit inspections and an absence of unions were the biggest causes.Ten days after the Guardian reported fears that conditions in sweatshops were a factor in Leicester’s spike in coronavirus cases, ...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Trade unions, TUC, Slavery, Guardian, Rotherham, Leicester, Patel, Priti Patel, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: Starmer says government failures stopped more pupils being back in English schools

Labour leader criticises lack of leadership; Scotland’s distancing rule to be relaxed for some sectors; lockdown-easing paused in some Scottish townsEnglish schools to open full-time in SeptemberLeicester ‘shows test and trace working’Ban on non-essential travel to be lifted for some countriesCoronavirus – latest global updatesInteractive vaccine tracker: how close are we? 4.28pm BST Public Health England has published It covers the week ending on Sunday 28 June. Here’s an extract from the...
Tags: Hong Kong, Politics, UK, England, Education, Wales, Scotland, UK News, NHS, Northern Ireland, Nicola Sturgeon, Schools, Local Government, Yorkshire, Leicester, Michael Heseltine


Failings in Leicester are doomed to be repeated | Letters

Readers respond to the reimposition of lockdown in the city after a surge in Covid-19 casesLiving and working in Leicester city centre we find ourselves in a new social experiment (Leicester forced into local lockdown to combat surge in Covid-19 cases, 30 June). We were all surprised to learn from Matt Hancock of an increased infection rate in a daily briefing on 19 June. Since then we’ve been the focus of speculation, and now of action. Our store opened two weeks ago, a Monday morning that saw ...
Tags: Politics, Science, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Local Government, Leicester, Leicester Continue, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak, James HempsallDirector Hempsall


UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson denies Leicester lacked infection data at PMQs

Keir Starmer questions PM over lack of local infection data; government minister warns more local lockdowns to be expectedRising infections in pockets of UK raise fears of further local lockdownsSome Leicester factories ‘stayed open and forced staff to come in’UK house prices fall as Covid-19 job losses surge – business liveEvictions could treble due to coronavirus rent debts, activists warnGlobal coronavirus updates – live 12.34pm BST Labour’s Siobhain McDonagh ask about children on free sc...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Labour, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Leicester, Pmqs, Johnson, Keir Starmer, Siobhain McDonagh, DUP, Ian Paisley, BST Labour, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


No 10 accused of sowing confusion over Leicester lockdown

Shadow health secretary says government must pinpoint how new restrictions will workCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Downing Street has been accused of sowing confusion and anxiety in Leicester after imposing the first local lockdown to combat a surge in Covid-19 cases in the city, amid growing concern about how the measures will work.As part of hardened restrictions, the health secretary, Matt Hancock, announced on Monday night that schools will shut to most children...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK News, Health policy, Leicester, Downing Street, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: death toll rises by 155; employers in Leicester lockdown can re-furlough staff

PM speech on post-Covid recovery comes as Leicester faces local lockdown and ONS reports excess deaths have stoppedBoris Johnson vows to act fast to fix economy in wake of coronavirusNo 10 accused of sowing confusion over Leicester lockdownTheresa May: new national security adviser has ‘no proven expertise’Global coronavirus updates – live 5.09pm BST According to Nottinghamshire Live, the chief constable of Nottinghamshire police, Craig Guildford, has said that if his force finds people trav...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, UK News, Tax and spending, Theresa May, Economic policy, Nicola Sturgeon, Nottinghamshire, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Leicester, Ons, Johnson, Keir Starmer, Matt Hancock


UK coronavirus live: employers in Leicester lockdown can re-furlough staff, says No 10

PM speech on post-Covid recovery comes as Leicester faces local lockdown and ONS reports excess deaths have stoppedBoris Johnson vows to act fast to fix economy in wake of coronavirusLeicester lockdown extension will mean change in law, Hancock saysMay criticises appointment of David Frost as national security adviserGlobal coronavirus updates – live 3.10pm BST There have been no new coronavirus deaths in Northern Ireland, according to the latest update from the Department of Health. 2.57pm...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, UK News, Tax and spending, Theresa May, Economic policy, Northern Ireland, Nicola Sturgeon, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Leicester, Ons, Johnson, Keir Starmer, Department Of Health


No 10 accused of sowing confusion over Leicester lockdown extension

Shadow health secretary says government must pinpoint how new restrictions will workCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Downing Street has been accused of sowing confusion and anxiety in Leicester as it imposes the first local lockdown to combat a surge in Covid-19 cases in the city, with the health secretary facing demands to pinpoint how the measures will work.In an evening statement to the Commons on Monday, Matt Hancock announced that schools would shut to most child...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK News, Leicester, Downing Street, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson refuses to rule out tax rises to pay for post-Covid recovery

PM speech comes as Leicester faces local lockdown and ONS reports excess deaths have stoppedBoris Johnson vows to act fast to fix economy in wake of coronavirusLeicester lockdown extension will mean change in law, Hancock saysUK economy hit by sharpest fall in 41 yearsGlobal coronavirus updates – live 1.26pm BST In his speech Boris Johnson promised “the most radical reforms to our planning system” since the second world war. Here is the news release about the plans, which are intended to mak...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, England, UK News, Economic policy, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Leicester, Ons, Johnson, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson sets out 'new deal' plan

PM gives speech as Leicester faces local lockdown and ONS reports excess deaths have stopped 11.34am BST Johnson says the government will guarantee every young person an apprenticeship or in-work placement.We all know that is our biggest and most immediate economic challenge and so we will offer an opportunity guarantee so that every young person has the chance of apprenticeship or an in-work placement. 11.32am BST Johnson promises a major building programme.We will build fantastic new h...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Boris Johnson, Office For National Statistics, Leicester, Ons, Johnson, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak


Leicester lockdown extension will mean change in law, Hancock says

City is first place in England to reintroduce measures to try to stop spread of coronavirus Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Enforcing an extension to the Leicester lockdown will mean changes to the law, Matt Hancock has said.The city is the first place in England to reintroduce restrictive measures to try to stop the spread of coronavirus after 950 cases were reported in a two-week period. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, UK News, Leicester, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus: Hancock announces local lockdown for Leicester — as it happened

Leicester lockdown extended; UK official death toll rises by 25; parents in England face fines if they refuse to send children back to school in SeptemberBoris Johnson pledges ‘Rooseveltian’ economy pushFA to make 124 positions redundant after blaming Covid-19England park staff fear chaos on ‘Super Saturday’Global coronavirus updates - live 10.59pm BST A streamlined application process will enable pubs and restaurants to get permission for on-street dining in around 10 days, a measure formi...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Education, UK News, Schools, Boris Johnson, Leicester, Keir Starmer, Press Association, Hancock, BBC Radio Leicester, Glenfield, Alok Sharma, Gavin Williamson, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: Hancock announces local lockdown for Leicester

Leicester lockdown extended; UK official death toll rises by 25; parents in England face fines if they refuse to send children back to school in SeptemberBoris Johnson pledges ‘Rooseveltian’ economy pushFA to make 124 positions redundant after blaming Covid-19England park staff fear chaos on ‘Super Saturday’Global coronavirus updates - live 10.24pm BST Nick Rushton, the leader of Leicestershire County Council, appeared supportive of the new restrictions for Leicester and surrounding areas:P...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Education, UK News, Schools, Boris Johnson, Leicester, Keir Starmer, Leicester City Council, Hancock, BBC Radio Leicester, Peter Soulsby, Gavin Williamson, Coronavirus outbreak, SeptemberBoris Johnson


UK coronavirus live: Hancock announces extension of lockdown in Leicester

Leicester lockdown extended; UK official death toll rises by 25; parents in England face fines if they refuse to send children back to school in SeptemberBoris Johnson pledges ‘Rooseveltian’ economy pushFA to make 124 positions redundant after blaming Covid-19England park staff fear chaos on ‘Super Saturday’Global coronavirus updates - live 9.32pm BST Rakesh Parmar, who owns Ye Olde Sweet Shoppe in Leicester city centre, told the Press Association that the further restrictions will affect h...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Education, UK News, Schools, Boris Johnson, Leicester, Keir Starmer, Press Association, Hancock, The Press Association, Gavin Williamson, Coronavirus outbreak, SeptemberBoris Johnson, Rakesh Parmar


The Latest: Trump could call for Congress to reconvene

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.TOP OF THE HOUR:— Trump extends stay-at-home guidelines for another 30 days.— New York state nearing 1,000 coronavirus deaths.—Britain on emergency footing for first time since WWII.___WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says Congress should re-convene if some Americans d...
Tags: Health, New York, Texas, London, News, Congress, Australia, Washington, White House, New York City, Chicago, Britain, NHS, Cigna, National Health Service, Moscow


The Latest: Brazil's Bolsonaro gathers crowds in Brasilia

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.TOP OF THE HOUR:— New York state nearing 1,000 coronavirus deaths.—Britain on emergency footing for first time since WWII.— Detroit convention centre to be turned into 900-bed medical site.___RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro continues to defy calls from...
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Syria, Skripal and MH17: how Bellingcat broke the news – podcast

In 2012, Eliot Higgins began blogging about the news from his front room in Leicester. Seven years later, his investigative website Bellingcat has been responsible for revealing key aspects of some of the world’s biggest stories. And: Jonathan Freedland on the result of Theresa May’s meaningful voteEliot Higgins first became known for his investigations into the Syrian civil war, which he published on his blog Brown Moses. Higgins then went on to found Bellingcat, an investigative website that u...
Tags: Politics, UK, Russia, European Union, Syria, Ukraine, Theresa May, Investigative journalism, Malaysia Airlines, Leicester, Brexit, Jonathan Freedland, Higgins, Bellingcat, Sergei, Anushka Asthana


'I've absolutely had enough': Tory MP embarks on anti-austerity tour

Heidi Allen joins former Labour MP Frank Field on mission to highlight the poverty caused by her party’s policiesHeidi Allen and Frank Field make an odd partnership at first glance. Allen, 44, the Conservative MP for one of Britain’s richest constituencies, and Field, 76, a Labour MP for 39 years until he resigned over antisemitism in the party, have bonded across the Commons over a shared outrage at poverty. Now they have embarked on a nationwide tour in search of the “other England” shaped by ...
Tags: Politics, England, London, Children, Benefits, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Poverty, Britain, Social exclusion, Food Banks, Labour, Cornwall, Leicester, Universal credit


Jeremy Corbyn, take note: leftwing remainers won’t stay silent on Brexit | Zoe Williams

A Momentum petition launched at the Labour Live event will force the party’s internal arguments into the public. It’s about timeLabour Live was conceived in the spirit of solidarity, optimism, and a playful hubris. The idea behind it presumably went: if you could get all of Glastonbury festival chanting Jeremy Corbyn’s name, who’s to say you couldn’t bring such a crowd to see him headline? Well, there were lots to say it. People at Glastonbury are largely in an incredibly good mood – it would be...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Leicester, Brexit, Glastonbury, Jeremy Corbyn, Momentum, Corbyn, Zoe Williams


The government’s treatment of gay refugees shames Britain | Owen Jones

The Home Office is deporting desperate people to places where they face persecution – often because of colonial-era laws“My neighbours will put a tyre around my neck and set it on fire.” That is what Rosemary fears will happen if she, a lesbian, is deported by Britain back to Nigeria. She fled her homeland nearly a decade ago after her husband discovered her sexuality and threatened to kill her. She knew she was gay from the age of 12 but, she says: “I come from a culture where you have to get m...
Tags: Politics, Nigeria, Africa, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Britain, LGBT rights, Home Office, Leicester, Rosemary, Owen Jones, Yarl


The benefit of being 112 on Facebook | Brief letters

John Rothenstein | Green getaway | Jennie Lee and Aneurin Bevan | Facebook | Memorable sick noteIt is to be hoped that John Rothenstein’s diary (Report, 26 March) will also tell how he persistently refused the gift to the Tate, from the German-Jewish art historian Rose Schapire in gratitude for her safety in Britain, of a collection of German Expressionist paintings, pre-eminently by Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. He was said to have described her as “a conceited fool who no more understands art than a ...
Tags: Health, Art, Facebook, Politics, Technology, Media, Education, Social Networking, Germany, Environment, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Britain, Art and design, Ethical and green living


Photos: Diana Ross honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at 2017 American Music Awards

Motown legend and former Supremes singer Diana Ross was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 19: Honoree Diana Ross performs onstage during the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 19: Honoree Diana Ross accepts the Lifetime Achievem...
Tags: England, New York, Hollywood, London, Microsoft, Evan Ross, Washington, White House, New York City, US, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Sport, Ap, Brooke Shields, Things To Do


Basic income was the 1960s hippy dream | Letters

Readers react to Aditya Chakrabortty’s article on Finland’s universal basic income experimentThere is nothing particularly new about a basic income (A basic income for everyone – yes, Finland shows it really can work, 31 October). It was mooted by the editor of the magazine Oz, Richard Neville, in his book Playpower: “Tomorrow you may be paid NOT to work … People will be paid to stay away from factories, just as some farmers are paid not to harvest crops.” This was the hippy dream of the 1960s a...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Benefits, Society, World news, David, Britain, Unemployment, Welfare, Treasury, Finland, Politics past, Leicester, Inequality, Aditya Chakrabortty, Barnet Hertfordshire Continue


Leicester teen tries to hack CIA and FBI chiefs' computers

Kane Gamble's targets include senior advisers to Barack Obama, a court hears.
Tags: News, Barack Obama, Fbi, Leicester, Cia, Kane Gamble



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