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Ed Sheeran, The Rolling Stones and Sir Paul McCartney are among 1,500 music artists and acts calling for urgent Government action to prevent the end of the UK’s “world-leading” live music industry. The open letter, addressed to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, says that with concerts and festivals unlikely to return until 2021 at the earliest, […]

The rapid rise of coronavirus cases in Leicester could have been driven by community transmission rather than caused by a specific outbreak, a report has found. Public Health England found “no explanatory outbreaks in care homes, hospital settings, or industrial processes” after the rise in infections led to the UK’s first local lockdown. Health Secretary […]

Schools in England are expected to be told to overhaul the curriculum, stagger break times and group children into “bubbles” when they return to the classroom. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson is due to announce the plans for getting all pupils back after the summer following up to six months at home – on the same […]

Business minister Nadhim Zahawi said Government and firms should cooperate to ensure access to coronavirus treatments. Donald Trump’s administration in the US has bought up virtually all stocks for the next three months of remdesivir, a drug shown to work against Covid-19. Mr Zahawi said the UK had “rightly” stockpiled dexamethasone, another drug which has […]

The RNLI has issued a warning after two fridge-freezers were “dumped” in water off the coast of Aberdeen and mistaken for wreckage. Reports of wreckage in the small harbour in Cove, five miles south of the city, were made at 8.20pm on Tuesday. The crew of six on the Severn-class Bon Accord vessel were at […]

After 100 days in lockdown, we look at some of the numbers that have shaped the experience. – When the UK’s lockdown was announced on March 23, the cumulative number of deaths involving Covid-19 that had occurred in the nation up to that date was 1,000. There had been 950 in England and Wales, 43 […]

An aristocrat and his estranged wife are waiting for a Supreme Court ruling on their long-running Scotland versus England legal battle. Charles Villiers and Emma Villiers, who lived near Dumbarton and separated after 18 years of marriage, are divorcing in Scotland But they disagree about whether arguments over money should be heard in an English […]

Boris Johnson is to face a fresh grilling over the Government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic amid confusion over the reimposition of lockdown controls in Leicester. One hundred days after restrictions came into force across the country, ministers are facing questions over whether they were too slow to act following a flare up in the […]

Local leaders have criticised the slow response from the Government and Public Health England (PHE) in sharing case and testing data in Leicester. Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said he had been trying “for weeks” to access data on the level of testing in the city and was only given access last Thursday. His comments come […]

Boris Johnson has announced a spending spree and a new “opportunity guarantee” to help the economy cope with the “aftershock” of the coronavirus crisis. The Prime Minister acknowledged that jobs which existed at the start of the pandemic may be lost forever but said the new guarantee would ensure placements or apprenticeships for young people. […]