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The UK economy contracted by more than first thought between January and March as the coronavirus crisis saw activity tumble 2.2% in the joint largest fall since 1979, official figures have shown. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) had previously estimated a 2% drop in first-quarter GDP, but said the revision came after data now […]

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce a multi-billion pound “new deal” for infrastructure projects to help stimulate the nation’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The programme will look to emulate former US president Franklin D Roosevelt’s 1933 New Deal, which helped America rebuild after the Great Depression. Mr Roosevelt’s New Deal brought about […]

This weekend could be the busiest of the year so far on England’s roads as coronavirus lockdown rules are eased, a new survey suggests. Some 31% of drivers – equivalent to 10.5 million – will be using a car for an overnight trip, the RAC poll indicated. From Saturday, people in England will be permitted […]

Drinkers in a town on the English and Welsh border will be able to return to the pub this weekend – but only at one end of the high street. In Saltney, which is partly in Flintshire, North Wales, and partly in Cheshire, England, just one of the town’s four pubs will be allowed to […]

Researchers looking to determine if an anti-malarial drug can prevent Covid-19 will continue with efforts to recruit 40,000 health workers for a global study. The effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine in the battle against coronavirus has been widely analysed, but studies were halted earlier this month. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) decided to prevent […]

While they can often be stressful, working environments are central to personal growth. Crucially, despite their frantic nature, it’s possible to find time to work on yourself. In modern-day society, it’s integral that those in business stay at the top of their games. However, because of the pressures of the working world, this isn’t always […]

Downing Street is being accused of making Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill the “fall guy” for mistakes made in the handling of the Covid-19 crisis. It’s after he confirmed his resignation Sir Mark, the most powerful official in Government, announced on Sunday he had agreed to pack his bags and stand down from his role […]

Coronavirus testing data will be discussed at a meeting between Leicester’s mayor and Government officials It’s amid suggestions a local lockdown could be imposed on the city. City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby and the council’s director of public health Ivan Browne will be present to examine the data behind a local surge in Covid-19 cases […]

Devi Sridhar, professor of global public health at the University of Edinburgh, warned the harm to children being out of school during the coronavirus crisis could be “irreversible”. Speaking in a pre-recorded interview for Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday, she said: “I think if we look at how quickly the Government was able to construct […]

Ed Miliband mocked himself as he insisted Sir Keir Starmer is “definitely” a better Labour Party leader than him. The MP joked he never achieved the same approval ratings as Sir Keir and expressed no doubt about his successor’s potential in the post when challenged on the Andrew Marr Show. Mr Miliband resigned as Labour […]