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Coronavirus: Lockdown easing to allow groups of six to meet

The PM says groups of up to six people will be able to meet outside in England from Monday. Details...

Dominic Cummings 'might have broken lockdown rules' - police

Boris Johnson says the matter is closed - and prevents scientific advisers from being quizzed about it. Details...

Coronavirus: Test and trace system kicks off in England and Scotland

Thousands of contact tracers are tracking down close contacts of people with coronavirus. Details...

COP 26: New date agreed for UN climate summit in Glasgow

The COP26 UN summit, which was postponed due to coronavirus, will now take place between 1 and 12 November 2021. Details...

Coronavirus: Mother calls on Boris Johnson to help migrants

A mother asks the PM for support for migrants financially hit by the crisis who can't claim benefits. Details...

MPs to decide new method of voting in person

Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg says traditional voting in corridors will need to be replaced. Details...

Coronavirus: Scottish lockdown easing to begin on Friday

People from two different households will be able to meet outdoors in small groups of up to eight. Details...

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson urges UK to 'move on' from Cummings row

The PM rules out an inquiry into the conduct of his top aide at the height of the coronavirus lockdown. Details...

UK furlough scheme now covers 8.4 million workers

The scheme to pay wages of workers on leave because of coronavirus has now cost £15bn. Details...

Dominic Cummings' Durham visit a 'challenge' for local MPs

County Durham's three Tory MPs need to acknowledge people's anger while staying in the PM's good books. Details...

Brighton vicar 'disappointed' over lockdown fine review

The Rev Martin Poole questioned fines issued to families amid the row over Dominic Cummings. Details...

MPs call for urgent action to save aviation jobs

A cross-party group adds its voice to concerns about the government's plan to quarantine all arrivals. Details...

Coronavirus: Schools and workplaces could see 'local lockdowns'

Restrictions could be introduced if there is a local flare-up of coronavirus, a minister says. Details...

Minister accepts Isle of Dogs housing development 'was unlawful'

Conservative party donor Richard Desmond avoided a £40m bill due to timing of the deal. Details...

Brexit: NI 'could access UK market and EU single market'

The advantages would be dependent on minimising checks between GB and NI, says agriculture minister. Details...

The billions being spent on coronavirus in Wales

The Welsh Government reveals how it is spending £2.4bn on tackling the coronavirus pandemic. Details...

No decision on all primary years back to school

Schools minister challenged by MPs over whether all primary years in England will go back next month. Details...

Coronavirus: MP says he was 200 miles away after party claims

Rob Roberts says he was in London but his family "had been reminded" of the government's lockdown rules. Details...

Coronavirus: Crisis a chance to 'end rough sleeping'

Almost 15,000 rough sleepers have been in emergency accommodation since the start of the lockdown. Details...

COP26: UK proposes new date for delayed climate change summit

Key UN climate talks were due to take place in Glasgow in November 2020 but could now take place one year later. Details...

Dominic Cummings: Minister Douglas Ross quits over senior aide's lockdown actions

Douglas Ross quits the government as more than 35 Conservative MPs call for Dominic Cummings to go. Details...

Coronavirus in Scotland: 'Test and protect' scheme will start on Thursday

People who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive will now be traced and told to self-isolate. Details...

Coronavirus: Next steps for Welsh lockdown to be announced on Friday

Health minister says people in Wales will be told of any relaxation of the rules in three days time. Details...

Coronavirus: All non-essential shops to reopen from 15 June - PM

Boris Johnson says all shops can reopen in England next month if they meet certain Covid-19 guidelines. Details...

Coronavirus: I don't regret what I did, says Dominic Cummings

The PM's top aide says he "behaved reasonably" as he explains why he drove to Co Durham during lockdown. Details...

Coronavirus: No deaths reported in NI on Tuesday

It is the first time since 18 March that no new deaths have been reported - a "clear sign of progress" according to the health minister. Details...

Fresh UK review into Huawei role in 5G networks

The National Cyber Security Centre involvement follows new US sanctions on Chinese telecoms giant. Details...

Dominic Cummings: Who is Boris Johnson's senior adviser?

The controversial former Vote Leave campaign director is the PM's most senior adviser. Details...

Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards arrested on suspicion of assault

Jonathan Edwards has the Plaid Cymru whip withdrawn, meaning he must sit as an independent. Details...

Coronavirus: Government draws up plan to rescue key firms

The government could aid strategically important firms affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Details...

Women in politics face 'daily' abuse on social media

Members of political parties speak of death threats, misogyny and sexual comments. Details...

Coronavirus: Will £4bn Parliament refurbishment be scrapped?

A major rethink aimed at cutting costs is under way, but some MPs fear the project will be shelved. Details...

Boris Johnson to face grilling by senior MPs next week

The PM will be questioned by the Commons' Liaison Committee for the first time since taking office. Details...

Coronavirus: NHS may need to hire cabin crew from airlines

The Chief Executive of NHS England says it is considering hiring cabin crew to train as nurses. Details...

Coronavirus: France reveals reciprocal quarantine plans for UK arrivals

Travellers to France must self-isolate for 14 days, following similar measures announced by the UK. Details...

Coronavirus: Government pledges £283m for buses and trams

But the transport secretary says social distancing will cut capacity to a fifth of the usual amount. Details...

Coronavirus: Key evidence on opening schools revealed

Sources say any risk to pupils is very small but any activity outside the home has risk. Details...

Coronavirus: Acting earlier would have saved lives, says Sage member

Locking down the UK sooner would have made a big difference to the death rate, a scientific adviser says. Details...

UK borrowing at record high as virus cost soars in April

The government borrowed £62bn in April - the highest monthly figure since records began. Details...

NHS fees to be scrapped for overseas health staff and care workers

NHS staff and care workers from abroad are to be exempt, as Labour calls it "the right thing to do". Details...

Coronavirus: Virus test with 20-minute results being trialled

Ten million antibody tests will also start being rolled out next week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock says. Details...

Coronavirus: Deal agreed for antibody virus tests on NHS

NHS staff will be prioritised for the blood tests, which check if someone has already had the coronavirus. Details...

Coronavirus: Time short on test, track and trace - NHS leaders

The NHS Confederation warns of "severe" consequences if the right system is not established quickly. Details...

Coronavirus: No more changes to NI lockdown restrictions yet

Ministers met to consider allowing people to visit family indoors, but have decided against it for now. Details...

Boris Johnson will not face criminal investigation over Jennifer Arcuri

Police watchdog clears Boris Johnson over his dealings with US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri. Details...

Ministers considered cap on care costs before coronavirus outbreak

A social care tax was among options discussed to cover the costs, it is understood. Details...

Boris Johnson urged to face committee grilling next month

The Liaison Committee has asked the prime minister to appear "well before the end of June". Details...

Coronavirus: Scottish lockdown easing to begin next week

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon unveils a four-phase "route map" aimed at relaxing the coronavirus restrictions. Details...

UK migration: Net migration from outside EU hits 'highest level'

Official figures show an estimated 282,000 more non-EU citizens came to the UK than left in 2019. Details...

Contest to become Labour's top official heats up

There could be a tense stand-off in the race to replace Jennie Formby as the party's general secretary. Details...

Coronavirus: More bereaved families of NHS staff can stay in UK

Right to remain is extended to cover families of NHS cleaners and care workers who die with coronavirus. Details...

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson deflects questions to scientists about Dominic Cummings

The prime minister stepped in to direct questions about his closest aide away from scientific advisers at the government's daily briefing. Details...

Dominic Raab 'deeply troubled' by China's actions

The Foreign Secretary says the UK will give greater visa rights to Hong Kong citizens. Details...

Coronavirus: 'Vast majority will say yes' to test and trace

Heath Secretary Matt Hancock says the vast majority of people in the UK will cooperate with the test and trace system. Details...

Jenkin and Johnson on PM answering MPs' policy questions

Boris Johnson says it is "very kind" to be asked to go back before MPs but there is a "lot on at the moment" as his time is "scarce" Details...

Cummings: Wishart and Johnson on adviser's lockdown trip

SNP MP says the PM is “standing by his man” but 80% of people think his chief adviser should go. Details...

Coronavirus: What is the UK's test, track and trace strategy?

A guide to the three key parts of the government's coronavirus strategy after lockdowns are eased. Details...

Dominic Cummings row: The families who stayed away in lockdown

Members of the public have expressed anger after the PM's chief adviser travelled to Durham in lockdown. Details...

Coronavirus: How will contact tracing work in England?

Millions in the UK will soon be asked to monitor who they have been near to combat coronavirus. Details...

Coronavirus: Can it affect eyesight?

The prime minister's chief adviser says his vision was affected by coronavirus. Details...

Coronavirus: What are the UK travel quarantine rules?

What do you need to know if you're planning to fly during the Covid-19 pandemic? Details...

Coronavirus: How will the Covid-19 alert system work?

The threat of Covid-19 in England is to be ranked through a five-level, colour-coded alert system. Details...

Coronavirus: What are social distancing and self-isolation rules?

Guidelines to social contact are starting to change across the UK. Details...

Coronavirus: How much will it cost the UK?

The pandemic will cost the government hundreds of billions of pounds. Where will it all come from? Details...

Coronavirus: How they tried to curb Spanish flu pandemic in 1918

Face masks, fresh air and porridge - how people tried to curb a deadly flu pandemic in 1918. Details...



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