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Coronavirus lockdown eased as weddings, facials, theatres and stadiums get green light
A whole host of services can open again for the first time since lockdown began, including socially distanced comedy clubs and theatres, as well as skating rinks and casinos
Coronavirus lockdown rules in Leicester and north to remain until at least next week
Coronavirus
A ban on two households meeting indoors will remain across Leicester, Greater Manchester, and parts of Lancashire and West Yorkshire - and you can't get your brows done or have a wedding reception either
Coronavirus hope as cases in England remain steady for second week in a row
Coronavirus
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said new cases do not appear to be running out of control - but around 3,800 still catch Covid-19 every day, more than at the low point as England emerged from lockdown
Hairdressers and barbers ordered to wear surgical masks from today in huge U-turn
Coronavirus
From today anyone working in 'close contact services' - which also include nail bars, beauty salons and massage and tattoo parlours - must wear a full-blown disposable 'type 2' mask to stop the spread of coronavirus
UK warns 160,000 holidaymakers in France not to dash home to avoid quarantine
Coronavirus
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps begged Brits not to rush to the border to evade the restrictions - despite point blank refusing to offer them any financial support when they return
EXCLUSIVE: Tory-linked firm behind 'contaminated' Covid-19 tests keeps government contract
Coronavirus
EXCLUSIVE The government will still use Randox Laboratories for tests, after as many as 750,000 test kits were withdrawn and recalled over 'contamination' fears
Jacob Rees-Mogg in line for bumper ?800,000 payday from fund management firm
Coronavirus
The Tory Commons leader is no longer in direct control of the company he founded - Somerset Capital Management. But as a shareholder he'll pocket an eye-watering dividend
Coronavirus vaccine 'could be ready by Christmas' as UK signs 90million dose deal
Coronavirus
Kate Bingham, chairwoman of the UK Vaccine Taskforce, said the earliest possible date a vaccine may be ready could be the end of this year - but she added next year was "more likely"
Boris Johnson announces fines of up to ?3,200 for failing to wear a face covering
Coronavirus
Organisers of illegal raves could be hit with ?10,000 spot fines under tough new enforcement rules, the Government has said
Government refuses to give sick pay to 160,000 Brits stuck in France quarantine
Coronavirus
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said people who went on holiday to France did so 'with their eyes open' - so don't deserve cash if they're unable to go to work
Brit tourists to France and Netherlands will have to quarantine for two weeks on return
Holidays
The announcement means those currently on holiday in France will now need to quarantine on their return to the UK throwing travel plans for thousands of Brits into chaos
Coronavirus rule changes: Beauty salons can restart facials and brows from Saturday
Coronavirus
Eyebrow waxing and facials have been banned in England since March due to coronavirus, and a planned restart date was pushed back from August 1. The government finally gave an update today
Wedding receptions can restart from Saturday as bowling alleys and casinos reopen
Coronavirus
Plans to resume small, socially-distanced receptions of up to 30 people on August 1 had to be put on hold - now the government has issued fresh guidance
FCO advises against all non-essential travel to France
Foreign OfficeBrits have until 4am Saturday to get back to the UK before quarantine measures are imposed due to a spike in coronavirus cases in France throwing holiday plans in chaos
Cruel A-level results inequality exposed as poor, northerners and state schools all hit by exam downgrade
A-levels
Analysis of A-Level results finds the poorest pupils were most likely to be marked down - with disparities between private and state schools
Boris Johnson warns he'll be 'ruthless' on France quarantine decision as infections soar to post-lockdown high
Coronavirus
Fears are mounting that Brits in France could have 14 days' quarantine reimposed - after 2,669 new cases were declared in the highest total since lockdown
A-level students getting A or A* up by 2.4百分比 - but 39百分比 of results are marked down
A-levels
The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation said in 35.6百分比 of cases, students were given a final grade one level lower than their teachers' assessments, while an unlucky 0.2百分比 were marked down by two grades
A-level results changes explained as students use mock exams in 'triple lock'
A-levels
Frantic changes to A-level and GCSE results that will affect hundreds of thousands of pupils have been brought in at the last minute for England. Here's what is happening - and what it means for you
Gavin Williamson's swipe as Tory refuses to apologise for lowering 39百分比 of A-levels
A-level results
The Tory Education Secretary said some people would have "taken advantage" if grades had not been lowered - with thousands of teenagers waking up disappointed today
NHS Test and Trace app: 9 new features from quarantine countdown clock to pub QR scanner
Coronavirus
From bluetooth connections and a green contact-tracing 'heartbeat', to a QR code scanner for when you go to the pub, here's how the NHS's coronavirus phone app will work - if, of course, it does ever actually work
Boris Johnson warns he'll be 'ruthless' on France quarantine decision
Coronavirus
Fears are mounting that Brits in France could have 14 days' quarantine reimposed as soon as tonight - as officials eye rising coronavirus rates
Appeal fees must be scrapped for students caught up in A-Level chaos, says Labour
A-levels
Keir Starmer said action needed to be taken to "put right injustices" faced by thousands of pupil in England whose grades have been marked down
Coronavirus test result waiting times soar as lab plunged into IT failure
Coronavirus
Just 44百分比 of home testing kits turned around a result in 48 hours in the week to August 5 - down from 72百分比 the week before - in an incident likely to raise fresh questions about outsourced labs
Exam chaos means thousands of A-level students face agonising wait for university place
A-levels
Students receiving predicted grades can use their mock results if they are better – but not until next week as thousands wait and see if they got into university

Labour

CoronavirusTrack and trace 'failures' SERCO 'should be be sacked' to avoid second lockdown
EXCLUSIVE The Labour Party has joined demands from local leaders and scientists to scrap a contract with privateers Serco, branding it “ineffective and not fit for purpose”
Dawn Butler MP accuses Met Police of racial profiling after being stopped in 'nice car'
Dawn Butler
Dawn Butler, who filmed the incident, told officers it's "like you cannot drive around and enjoy a Sunday afternoon whilst black" after she and a male friend were stopped in Hackney today
Two disabled men injured in care home to have case examined by human rights lawyer
Care homes
EXCLUSIVE: Relatives hope to end a five-year “battle for answers” after Matthew Bates and Gary Lewis suffered “unexplained” fractured thighs at the same care home in 2015
One in three Brits has no 'financial safety net' as economic disaster looms
Redundancy
EXCLUSIVE: The worrying figures come as experts warn UK teeters on the brink of the worst recession in a century as 20 million can't afford savingd
Chancellor rejects calls to extend furlough scheme past October saying 'it's not fair'
The economy
The scheme, which is due to end this autumn, has covered the payrolls of 9.6million workers during the coronavirus crisis - costing the Treasury ?33.8billion in total

Conservatives

CoronavirusNumber of health visitors to help new mums plummets since 2015
EXCLUSIVE: Experts sounded the alarm after there were 10,236 in hospital trusts and clinical commissioning groups just five years ago - a number that's fallen to 6,828 in March and could now be even lower
Jacob Rees-Mogg in line for bumper ?800,000 payday from fund management firm
Coronavirus
The Tory Commons leader is no longer in direct control of the company he founded - Somerset Capital Management. But as a shareholder he'll pocket an eye-watering dividend
Tory-linked firm behind 'contaminated' Covid-19 tests keeps government contract
Coronavirus
EXCLUSIVE The government will still use Randox Laboratories for tests, after as many as 750,000 test kits were withdrawn and recalled over 'contamination' fears
Tory Edward Leigh bizarrely demands Britain 'takes back Calais' to stop migrants
Edward Leigh
Sir Edward Leigh suggested the Government should reclaim the French port town to prevent hundreds of migrants making the dangerous journey across the Channel in small boats
97百分比 of A-level students to get 'within one grade' of what teachers predicted
A-levels
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson brazenly stood by today's 'revised' results despite 40百分比 of marks being changed - as he claimed people would have 'taken advantage' if he didn't mark them down

Brexit

BrexitBrexit forces government to spend ?350million on bureaucracy in Northern Ireland
The spending is needed because Northern?Ireland will remain in alignment with EU rules on goods - effectively creating a border in the Irish Sea from 2021
Brexit: Drug companies told 'stockpile six month medicine supply' ahead of transition period end
Brexit
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has written to medicine suppliers advising them to make boosting their reserves a priority.
Brexit: Government braced for six months of Dover border disruption at end of transition
Brexit
Ministers have admitted that emergency traffic measures needed to curb chaos on the roads in Kent would be run into 2021 - as the deadline for securing a Brexit deal looms
Boris Johnson's dad Stanley says he's in 'cloud cuckoo land' over Brexit trade deal
Brexit
Stanley Johnson said anyone who thinks we won't have to 'harmonise' with EU food standards is in 'cloud cuckoo land'. Unfortunately, people who think that happen to include his Prime Ministerial son
Boris Johnson's 12 most memorable moments in year since he became Prime Minister
Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson became leader of the Conservative Party and the UK's Prime Minister on July 24 last year - here are his most memorable moments from the last 12 months

Donald Trump

Donald TrumpTrump left startled after reporter asks him: 'Do you regret all your lying?'
Huffington Post's White House correspondent S.V. Dáte said the topic of his question to Donald Trump is the "one thing that is really central to his presidency" - but admitted he wasn't surprise by the reaction
US proposes change to shower rules after Trump complained about washing his hair
Donald Trump
The President of the United States wants rules dictating how much water comes out of shower heads so that he can perfect his hair, but some environmentalist argue it is a bad idea
Alan Sugar accused of mocking Epstein and Weinstein abuse victims by sharing sick meme
The ApprenticeThe Apprentice star was met with backlash on Twitter when he shared a mocked-up image of Mount Rushmore with the faces of Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump carved into it
Joe Biden's running mate Kamala Harris blames Trump for Covid deaths in powerful first speech
Joe Biden
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his new running mate California senator Kamala Harris were able to put their past differences aside - as they turned their fire on the US President
Trump vows to scrap payroll tax if he wins election - saving families $5k a year
Donald Trump
The US president told reporters at the White House he would not touch social security which would be paid for using the general fund - saying it would encourage people back to work

The Road to Wigan Pier

Wigan Pier 80People are not making enough money to pay their rent: My Wigan Pier
As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, Nobby Clarke explain how people are struggling to keep their properties
I was forced to sleep on the streets: My Wigan Pier
Wigan Pier 80
As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, Adam O'Grady tells us about being force to leave his home
After my bills are paid I have nothing left for food: My Wigan Pier Story
Wigan Pier 80
As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, cleaner Elizabeth Parker reveals her struggle to survive on ?212 Universal Credit a month
There has been recent spike in racism and that's probably down to Brexit: My Wigan Pier Story
Wigan Pier 80
As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, Mick Taylor reveals what life is like for refugees in Wigan
After leaving my job as manager I knew I wanted to help people: My Wigan Pier
Wigan Pier 80
As part of our Road to Wigan Pier project, eight decades after the publication of George Orwell's essay, Heather MacKenzie explains how families are in need of food

Liberal Democrats

CoronavirusTory backers 'handed ?180m worth of contracts' to supply the Government with PPE
Opposition MPs raised concerns about 'cronyism' as it emerged that 12 contracts were given to three firms with links to Tory members or donors
Tourists hit by quarantine changes must be compensated for lost work, senior MPs warn
Coronavirus
Boris Johnson is facing mounting pressure to offer support to people caught up in the chaos after a number of popular holiday destinations were added to the Government's quarantine line
UK must confront 'long shadow of British Empire' with probe into imperial record
Politics
EXCLUSIVE: New call for an investigation into human rights abuses and wrongdoing during the British empire in the wake of global Black Lives Matter protests
Government 'wastes' millions on 50million coronavirus masks that won't be used in NHS
Coronavirus
The masks were ordered as part of a ?252m contract with an investment firm - but they now won't be used because they have the wrong kind of fastening loop
15 wealthy Tory donors given jobs for life in House of Lords over past 13 years
House of Lords
Boris Johnson was accused of cronyism for appointing dozens of new peers - as analysis found some 15 Tory donors have been ennobled in recent years

SNP

Boris JohnsonKevin Maguire: Boris Johnson is an unintentional ally in the Scottish independence cause
Nicola Sturgeon clearly plays the independence game brilliantly and exudes authority absent in Johnson. Boris Johnson is set to visit Scotland for his staycation this summer
Chancellor rejects calls to extend furlough scheme past October saying 'it's not fair'
The economy
The scheme, which is due to end this autumn, has covered the payrolls of 9.6million workers during the coronavirus crisis - costing the Treasury ?33.8billion in total
Row over plan to hand EU powers to Wales and Scotland after Brexit
Brexit
The government claims the handover of powers that used to be run by the EU will be a "surge" in authority for the devolved nations - but they've raised concerns
Tory Universal Credit minister claims he's seen no evidence it pushes people into debt
Universal Credit
Will Quince suggested people were not building up rent arrears in the five-week standard wait for first payment - despite warnings from charities and the National Audit Office
Boris Johnson accused of parachuting 'failing' Grayling in to chair Russia report committee
Chris Grayling
"Failing Grayling" is likely to be elected chair of the crucial committee - which has sat dormant for seven months, delaying the release of the report into Russian interference in UK elections
Sainsbury'sSainsbury's shopper told to 'pull T-shirt down' over her shorts after complaintLauren O'Connor, 33, was shopping at the Staines supermarket branch in 32C heat when she says a staff member approached her and told her to pull down her T-shirt over her shorts
Mum slated for putting her toddler son 'on a leash' hits back at critics
ParentingRachel Butcher says she often puts her two-year-old adopted son on a leash, but has called out the trolls who mum-shamed her in public, which left her in tears
Hairdressers and barbers ordered to wear surgical masks from today in huge U-turn
CoronavirusFrom today anyone working in 'close contact services' - which also include nail bars, beauty salons and massage and tattoo parlours - must wear a full-blown disposable 'type 2' mask to stop the spread of coronavirus
'Britain's biggest player' jailed for brutalising woman in jealousy-fuelled rages
Crown courtDaniel Wagster, 31, who claims to have bedded 2,500 women in a decade, has been jailed for four years but his victim already fears the day he is freed from prison
Princess Charlotte's godfather marries her teacher but she misses out on bridesmaid role
Princess CharlotteThomas van Straubenzee, who has been close to the Royal Family for decades, married Lucy Lanigan-O'Keeffe, who is a teacher at Princess Charlotte and Prince George's school, last month
NasaNASA shares stunning photo of Jupiter and Saturn rising beyond 'Alien Throne Rock'The stunning photo was snapped by photographer Marcin Zaj?c, and has been featured as NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mum creates awesome mirrored staircase during lockdown using eBay bargains
MoneyMum of three Samantha Bradley created the incredible statement staircase while she was stopped from working by coronavirus restrictions - and did it all for a bargain price
Murderer, 17, 'was looking for woman to kill' as victim's family will 'never know why'
MurderThe family of Lindsay Birbeck, 47, have released a devastating statement after 17-year-old killer Rocky Marciano Price was jailed for life
Toddler falls to his death from ninth-floor of London flats as neighbours hear screams
AccidentsThe horror accident occurred in the Charles Gardener Court building in Shoreditch, with eyewitnesses saying they hears the screams of a man believed to be the two-year-old boy's father
Coronavirus chaos as new quarantine rules cuts bride's wedding guestlist in half
WeddingsA couple set to get married in The Netherlands have told of their devastation following the new quarantine rules, which mean only half of their guest list can attend ?
Sainsbury'sSainsbury's shopper told to 'pull T-shirt down' over her shorts after complaintLauren O'Connor, 33, was shopping at the Staines supermarket branch in 32C heat when she says a staff member approached her and told her to pull down her T-shirt over her shorts
Tipping Point's Ben Shephard shuts down 'smug' contestant who used 'unfair tactic'
Tipping PointTipping Point fans were spitting feathers after one contestant employed a tactic that they hoped would see them through to winning but he was 'shut down' by host Ben Shephard
Willian's Arsenal shirt No. announced as he completes free transfer from Chelsea
WillianBrazilian forward Willian, who announced last week that he would be leaving Chelsea after seven years at Stamford Bridge, has put pen to paper on three-year deal with Arsenal
Mum slated for putting her toddler son 'on a leash' hits back at critics
ParentingRachel Butcher says she often puts her two-year-old adopted son on a leash, but has called out the trolls who mum-shamed her in public, which left her in tears
Former McDonald's worker shares favourite 'hidden menu' items - including McMuffin pizza
McDonald'sA former McDonald's employee has shared some of their favourite items from the fast food restaurant to make and consume - but they're all 'secret' and not on the menu
Pizzaexpress PLCYo Sushi preparing to axe 250 jobs and close 19 stores amid funding crisisThe restaurant chain is considering a company voluntary arrangement that would follow in the footsteps of high street chains including New Look, PizzaExpress and Poundstretcher
NASA shares stunning photo of Jupiter and Saturn rising beyond 'Alien Throne Rock'
NasaThe stunning photo was snapped by photographer Marcin Zaj?c, and has been featured as NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mum creates awesome mirrored staircase during lockdown using eBay bargains
MoneyMum of three Samantha Bradley created the incredible statement staircase while she was stopped from working by coronavirus restrictions - and did it all for a bargain price
Murderer, 17, 'was looking for woman to kill' as victim's family will 'never know why'
MurderThe family of Lindsay Birbeck, 47, have released a devastating statement after 17-year-old killer Rocky Marciano Price was jailed for life
White chocolate 'mistake' we've all been making - as people brand the treat 'a lie'
ChocolateIf you've spent your entire life thinking white chocolate was actually chocolate, you might be disappointed to learn you've been making a mistake
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