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Boris Johnson thinks he doesn’t need business. It’s a huge gamble

Boris Johnson’s government has just laid out its annual tax and spending plans with a clear central theme: building back better after the pandemic. The prime minister wants to overhaul the UK economy as it emerges from a deep recession by boosting productivity, skills and wages. His task is being made all the more difficult by skyrocketing inflation, shortages of ...

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UK Covid death toll rises by 207 as 43,941 new cases reported

A further 207 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Wednesday, bringing the UK total to 140,041. Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have now been 165,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate. These new figures come the day after the UK ...

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Queen back at Windsor after hospital stay

The Queen spent Wednesday night in hospital for preliminary medical checks and is now back at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace has said. The 95-year-old monarch returned from the private hospital in central London at lunchtime on Thursday and is “in good spirits”, the palace added. The Queen had cancelled a visit to Northern Ireland on Wednesday. She was given medical ...

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U.K. police have charged a 25-year-old man with lawmaker David Amess’ murder

British police on Thursday charged a 25-year-old man with the murder of lawmaker David Amess and the preparation of terrorist acts. Ali Harbi Ali, a Briton of Somali heritage, stabbed 69-year-old veteran Conservative politician Amess to death Friday at a constituency surgery in a church in his Southend constituency in Essex, a county in southeastern England. He was arrested at ...

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UK PM Johnson encourages all leaders to attend ‘critical’ climate summit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson encourages all leaders to attend the United Nations climate summit in Scotland next month, his spokesman said on Wednesday when asked about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to take part remotely. “The prime minister has said before that we would obviously strongly encourage leaders to attend given this is a very critical moment in terms ...

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Sajid Javid to lead press conference amid calls for Covid Plan B to be implemented

A Covid-19 news briefing will be held in Downing Street this afternoon amid growing calls for ministers to implement Plan B for responding to coronavirus. Sajid Javid will lead the 5pm press conference, which is expected to urge the elderly and vulnerable to accept a third vaccine dose as part of the government’s booster jab campaign. The health secretary will ...

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UK set to open up vaccine bookings for children aged 12-15

The United Kingdom on Tuesday said it will open up bookings for vaccines against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) for children between 12 and 15 years of age to speed up the inoculation process amid fears of rising infections in the country. The announcement was made by British health minister Sajid Javid who said that the national Covid-19 vaccine booking service ...

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British MP killing was terrorist incident: Police

The killing of Conservative MP Sir David Amess has been declared a terrorist incident by police. Sir David was stabbed multiple times at a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex on Friday. The Metropolitan Police said there was “a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism”. A 25-year-old British man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder, and police ...

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UK lawmaker stabbed in eastern England has died

British Conservative lawmaker David Amess has died after being stabbed Friday during a meeting with constituents at a church in eastern England. A 25-year-old man has been arrested to this end. The Essex Police force said officers were called to reports of a stabbing in Leigh-on-Sea just after noon Friday. It said “a man was arrested and a knife recovered. ...

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UK extends visas to overseas butchers amid labor shortage

Britain’s government said Thursday it will allow up to 800 more foreign butchers work in the UK on temporary visas, after farmers said a labor shortage in meat processing has caused them to cull thousands of healthy pigs. Earlier, the pork industry warned that up to 150,000 pigs could be destroyed because a lack of abattoir butchers led to a ...

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