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Labour’s Rebecca Long-Bailey sacked in anti-Semitism row

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has sacked Rebecca Long-Bailey for sharing an article containing an “anti-Semitic conspiracy theory”. Mrs Long-Bailey retweeted an interview with actor and Labour supporter Maxine Peake. The shadow education secretary – who was beaten to the party leadership by Sir Keir – later said she had not meant to endorse all aspects of the article. But ...

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Bournemouth beach: Major incident declared as thousands flock to coast

Sun-seekers have been urged to stay away from the beach as thousands flocked to the Dorset coast and a major incident was declared in Bournemouth. Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council said it was “stretched to the absolute hilt” on the second day of a UK heatwave. Dorset Police said there were reports of gridlocked roads, fights and overnight camping. People ...

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Coronavirus: Human trial of new vaccine begins in UK

Volunteers have begun being immunised with a new UK coronavirus vaccine. About 300 people will have the vaccine over the coming weeks, as part of a trial led by Prof Robin Shattock and his colleagues, at Imperial College London. Tests in animals suggest the vaccine is safe and triggers an effective immune response. Experts at Oxford University have already started ...

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Coronavirus Update : UK death toll rises by 154 to 43,081

The UK’s official coronavirus death toll has passed 43,000 after 154 more deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. A total of 43,081 people have now died of the disease in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the community. There have been a further 653 positive cases confirmed by a test in the past 24 hours – the ...

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UK committed to help Bangladesh, Rohingya people during devastating crisis: Trevelyan

                                                        British Secretary of State for International Development Anne-Marie Trevelyan. Photo: Collected British Secretary of State for International Development Anne-Marie Trevelyan has said they are committed to helping Bangladesh and the Rohingya people through this devastating crisis. She came on a virtual visit to Bangladesh on Wednesday to see how the UK is helping the country fight coronavirus. “No one ...

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Coronavirus: UK must prepare for second virus wave – health leaders

Boris Johnson announced further easing of lockdown measures on Tuesday Health leaders are calling for an urgent review to determine whether the UK is properly prepared for the “real risk” of a second wave of coronavirus. In an open letter published in the British Medical Journal, ministers were warned that urgent action would be needed to prevent further loss of ...

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Coronavirus: Lockdown to be relaxed in England as 2m rule eased

Pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers can open from 4 July in England, when social distancing rules will be eased. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said people should remain 2m apart where possible but a “one metre plus” rule would be introduced. Two households in England will also be able to meet indoors and stay overnight – with social distancing. The ...

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Coronavirus: Two-metre rule reduced as pubs and restaurants in England given green light to reopen from 4 July

Setting out the latest easing of the lockdown, the PM says the two-metre social distancing rule will be reduced to 1m-plus. The prime minister has announced a reduction in the two-metre social distancing rule, as he gave the green light for pubs, restaurants, hotels, hairdressers and barbers in England to reopen from 4 July. Setting out the latest easing of ...

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Reading stabbings: American Joe Ritchie-Bennett named as victim

  Joe Ritchie-Bennett had lived in the UK for 15 years, his father confirmed to US TV network CBS. His friend James Furlong and one other person also died. Meanwhile, police continue to question the suspect in Saturday’s attack, Khairi Saadallah, who has been arrested under the Terrorism Act. Sources told the BBC he was originally from Libya and came ...

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Coronavirus: PM to announce on Tuesday if pubs can reopen

Boris Johnson is expected to announce on Tuesday if the hospitality sector can reopen on 4 July, and that the 2m distancing rule in England will be relaxed, with some conditions. Non-essential shops have reopened in England already, with retail resuming in Wales from today. Health Secretary Matt Hancock earlier said England is “clearly on track” to further ease lockdown ...

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