Bob Hawke officially left NOTHING to his three children in his will
The death of Australia's longest-serving Labor prime minister has exposed deep divisions in his family and led to fights over the distribution of his estate - estimated to be worth at least $18million.Mr Hawke's entire estate - including most of the $9.2million proceeds of selling a Sydney harbourfront home - went to his second wife and former mistress Blanche d'Alpuget.
Ministers believe getting children back to school is vital to end the widespread working from home which has turned city centres into ghost towns And on day one of a new term at Westminster, the prime minister and senior cabinet colleagues are facing tough questions from MPs on their overall
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© Getty MPs go back to parliament after the summer recess Boris Johnson is facing one of the toughest tests of his premiership as he attempts to persuade parents to send children back to school and workers to return to their offices.
On the day MPs return to the Commons after the summer recess, schools in England and Wales are re-opening, with the government desperately hoping for a mass return to classrooms.
Ministers believe getting children back to school is vital to end the widespread working from home which has turned city centres into ghost towns and led to massive job losses on the high street.
Daniel Andrews wants you to 'Click for Vic' during the coronavirus lockdown. Here's what that means
With many businesses closing their doors during Victoria's six-week lockdown, the State Government has launched a new campaign to get some of the best produce and products direct to peoples' homes.Amid concern some businesses may not reopen, even when restrictions lift, the Click for Vic campaign is aimed at supporting local makers and growers.
Thousands of protesters descended on the British capital to call for an end to coronavirus lockdown restrictions in the UK . The ‘Stop the New Normal’ march was organised by the anti-lockdown activist group Stand Up X and was one of the largest rallies against the government’s coronavirus restrictions
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a second national lockdown for England to prevent a After 2 December, the restrictions would be eased and regions would go back to the tiered system The UK is not the only country that has seen the progress of the disease go the wrong way, with
And on day one of a new term at Westminster, the prime minister and senior cabinet colleagues are facing tough questions from MPs on their overall COVID strategy and blunders like the A-levels fiasco. © Thomson Reuters Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a Cabinet meeting of senior government ministers at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, Britain, September 1, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
Tory backbenchers are returning to the Commons in a fractious mood, furious over the exams debacle, government U-turns and reports of big tax hikes being plotted by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.
In the latest climbdown, the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has signalled he is ready to bow to Labour demands to postpone next year's GCSE and A-level exams from May until June or July to give pupils more teaching time.
Health authorities failed to disclose NSW Central Coast COVID-19 cluster
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He has told The Daily Telegraph: "I know there's some concern about next year's exams and that's why we've been working with Ofqual on changes we can make to help pupils when they take GCSE and A-levels next year.
"Ofqual will continue to work with the education sector and other stakeholders on whether there should be a short delay to the GCSE, A and AS level exam timetable in 2021 with the aim of creating more teaching time."
Gallery: Coronavirus 2020: Visual diary of a global pandemic (Photo Services)
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was first identified in Wuhan, China in late 2019, and has since spread around the world. Officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020, many governments have implemented strict social restrictions and travel limitations in response, causing a series of social and economic impacts felt across the globe. As the first half of the year draws to a close, over 500,000 people have died from the disease with more than 10 million cases recorded globally, according to research from Johns Hopkins University.
Victoria moves to extend state of emergency
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says the state government will seek to change state of emergency laws to allow them to be extended for up to 18 months. The current limit is six months, which will be reached on September 13.The new legislation will make sure tough public health directions can still be enforced well after the state of emergency ends.LIVE UPDATES: Victorian healthcare workers are still fighting to get PPE gear` © AAP Image/James Ross Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.
Britain's first female prime minister came to power with the country descending into industrial and economic chaos. The only peer ever to do so and become prime minister was Douglas-Home, formerly the 14th Earl of Home, who assumed the office when Harold Macmillan retired due to ill health.
The prime minister has been accused of misleading MPs over advice to care homes at the start of the pandemic on controlling infections. The Transport Salaried Staffs Association is urging the government to extend the coronavirus compensation scheme for NHS and care workers who die with
As the coronavirus continues to disrupt everyday life across the globe, we look at the effects of the pandemic throughout 2020 so far, through the eyes of photojournalists from around the world.
(Above) A lone taxi drives over a typically gridlocked highway with the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, in the background, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on April 6.
Members of staff of the Wuhan Hygiene Emergency Response Team conduct searches on the closed Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in the city of Wuhan, in China's Hubei Province, on Jan. 11. Chinese authorities stated that a 61-year-old man had become the first person to die from a respiratory illness believed to be caused by a new virus from the same family as SARS (Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which claimed hundreds of lives more than a decade ago.
A cleaner walks past the Sihui Long Distance Bus Station in Beijing, China, after the city stopped inter-province bus services as the country is hit by an outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), on Jan. 26.
Gapyeong, South Korea
Couples wearing masks attend a mass wedding ceremony of the Unification Church at Cheongshim Peace World Centre in Gapyeong, South Korea on Feb. 7.
People wearing face masks are pictured at a subway station in the morning after the extended Lunar New Year holiday, in Shanghai, China on Feb. 10.
A passenger (C) leaves after disembarking the Diamond Princess cruise ship having been in quarantine due to fears over the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, Japan on Feb. 19. Several hundred passengers, who have endured a 14 day quarantine aboard the cruise ship, are set to disembark if they have tested negative for the disease.
Pakistani soldiers wearing face masks patrol near the closed Pakistan-Iran border in Taftan, Pakistan on Feb. 25, as fears over the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) escalate following an outbreak in neighbouring Iran.
A man wearing a protective face mask amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) stands at the Shinagawa station in Tokyo, Japan on Feb. 28.
A man wearing a mask stands in San Babila square, as the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to spread in northern Italy, pictured in Milan, Italy on Feb. 28.
Seoul, South Korea
A couple, wearing masks to prevent contacting the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, ride on an escalator at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea on March 1.
A Muslim worshipper attends a mass prayer against coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dakar, Senegal on March 4.
People take pictures of blooming cherry blossoms outside an entrance to a closed park in Shanghai, China on March 6.
A medical assistant stands at the new drive-in coronavirus (COVID-19) testing centre in Nuertingen, southern Germany on March 9.
People stand near the sea on the fourth day of a lockdown across of all Italy imposed to slow the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), in Ostia, near Rome, Italy on March 13.
People travel on the subway while wearing protective masks as a preventive measure in the face of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, in Caracas, Venezuela on March 14. Venezuela requires a 'mandatory quarantine' for all travellers from Europe who arrived in the country in March.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a press conference on the ongoing situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Officer Sir Patrick Vallance in Downing Street, London, England on March 16.
A worker from the local disaster management authority sprays disinfectant at a mosque in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia on March 17.
Local residents line up to buy face masks, amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), from a pharmacy in New Taipei City, Taiwan on March 17.
Police officers patrol near the Eiffel Tower during the government enforced quarantine in Paris, France on March 17.
A man walks with his luggage through an almost empty railway station, after Belgium imposed a lockdown to slow down the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, in Antwerp, Belgium on March 18.
People clap from balconies in a show of appreciation to healthcare workers battling the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in Mumbai, India on March 22.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during the graduation ceremony of the National Defense Academy, in Yokosuka, Japan on March 22. The ceremony was held behind closed doors amid concerns over the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Employees eat lunch at an auto plant of Dongfeng Honda in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on March 23. People in central China, where the coronavirus (COVID-19) was first detected, are now allowed to go back to work and public transport has restarted, as some normality slowly returns after a two-month lockdown.
An Olympic flag is seen in a reflection at the entrance of the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland on March 24. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President of the IOC Thomas Bach confirmed the games would be postponed to 2021 due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Chinese tourists wear protective masks as they visit the almost empty Badaling Great Wall in Beijing, China on March 24. The world-famous tourist site recently reopened to the public having been closed since January 25.
New Delhi, India
A policeman checks motorists at a roadblock during the first day of a 21 day government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the coronavirus (COVID-19) in New Delhi, India on March 25. India's three-week lockdown was implemented amid a third of the world being under orders to stay indoors.
Enderamulla, Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Navy personnel unload rice sacks at a government warehouse, during a nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), in Enderamulla, near Colombo, Sri Lanka on March 26.
A general view of The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, best known as the venue for the Wimbledon Championships, is pictured in London, England on March 26. The landmark tennis event was cancelled for 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the press as White House Senior Advisor Kellyanne Conway looks on before boarding Air Force One, at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. President Trump is travelling to Norfolk, Virginia to attend a departure ceremony for the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort, which is sailing to New York City to aid in the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
A man walks along a deserted road during the eighth day of the lockdown imposed by the government amid concerns over the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, in Kathmandu, Nepal on March 31.
Members of Local Defence Unit (LDU) offload relief food during a distribution exercise to civilians affected by the lockdown, as part of measures to prevent the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), in Kampala, Uganda on April 4.
A fisherman wears a compulsory face mask while mending a net during a state of emergency and home confinement orders due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), in Rabat, Morocco on April 7.
Pope Francis delivers his blessing after the recitation of the Regina Caeli from the window of his private library overlooking an empty St. Peter's Square, in Vatican City, Vatican on April 13.
A gull flies over a deserted Millennium Bridge near to St Paul's Cathedral in London, England on April 13, as life in Britain continues in lockdown over the Easter weekend.
Bill Shorten defends Daniel Andrews amid State of Emergency extension
Mr Andrews extended the state's emergency warning on Monday despite COVID-19 numbers gradually declining. Pictured: Police are seen patrolling Flinders Street Station during COVID-19 in Melbourne © Provided by Daily Mail Premier Andrews said on Monday: 'It is not an unlimited extension, it is nothing more than a recognition that this virus won't be over on September 30' (pictured, testing in Melbourne) 'The premier said today he may keep the state of emergency until we have a vaccine - we may never have a vaccine,' Mr Kennett told Sky News.
A woman attends her wedding photography shoot after the lockdown was lifted in Wuhan, China, capital of Hubei province and China's epicentre of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, on April 15.
Mexico City, Mexico
A man works at a tyre repair shop in Mexico City, Mexico on April 15. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Latin America try to survive in spite of the economic issues caused by the pandemic.
People are seen inside a temporary quarantine centre during an extended nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), in Kolkata, India on April 15.
Laboratory staff, wearing protective suits and face masks, take a blood sample for serological tests on a resident of the La Weiss retirement home (EHPAD) in Kaysersberg, France, as the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues, on April 16.
Relatives of victims of the coronavirus (COVID-19) look at the coffins in a morgue in Istanbul, Turkey on April 16. Turkey's single-day death toll from the disease exceeded 100 for the second day in a row that week, the health minister tweeted, while the number of daily cases surged over 4,000.
Face masks in schools: Boris Johnson performs U-turn on advice
Boris Johnson has abandoned advice that pupils should not wear face masks in English secondary schools. The prime minister performed his latest U-turn in the face of growing pressure from headteachers, teaching unions and medical experts.Face coverings will be mandatory for children in all schools that lie in areas subject to stricter coronavirus restrictions.
People wearing face masks ride a suburban train near Moscow, Russia on April 16. President Vladimir Putin has ordered most Russians to stay off work until the end of April as part of a partial economic shutdown to stymie the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
A member of the Don Bosco Foundation delivers food from the Fraternitas Project, which serves vulnerable families in two of the poorest neighbourhoods in Spain - Southern Industrial Park and Tres Mil Viviendas in Seville - during the state of emergency over the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, in Seville, Spain on April 16.
A man jumps into the Yangtze river in Wuhan, China on April 16. China has largely brought the coronavirus (COVID-19) under control within its borders since the outbreak first emerged in the city of Wuhan late last year.
Santa Monica, California, US
Birds fly over an empty Santa Monica beach, with the Santa Monica Pier in the background, as parks and beaches are off limits to help stem the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), in Santa Monica, California, U.S. on April 16.
A Somali woman sells fruits to a customer standing at a social distancing signage, as a measure to stem the growing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, at the market centre in Hamarweyne district in Mogadishu, Somalia on April 16.
Chuncheon, South Korea
An employee holds up an AFIAS Covid-19 Ab testing kit used in diagnosing coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Boditech Med Inc. headquarters in Chuncheon, South Korea on April 17. South Korea has called for expanded public participation in social distancing, as the country witnessed a wave of community spread and imported infections leading to a resurgence in new cases of COVID-19.
Family members, wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), wait for prisoners to be released from Insein Prison in Yangon, Myanmar on April 17, as part of an annual amnesty to thousands of prisoners to mark its April New Year holiday. More than a quarter of Myanmar's prison population is to be released, the president's office announced, as calls grow to ease pressure on overcrowded jails with coronavirus fears gripping the country.
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Father Julio Lancellotti of the Catholic Church distributes a food donation at the Paroquia Sao Miguel Arcanjo da Mooca Catholic church in Sao Paulo, Brazil on April 19.
Vini Zabu - KTM rider Umberto Marengo rides his bike as he delivers goods in Collegno, near Turin, Italy, on April 22. He should have been fine-tuning his preparation for the Tour of Italy, but due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, he has been acting as a delivery cyclist instead.
Bernard Tapie, in a “vegetative state” because of the treatment for his cancer
© abacapress Bernard Tapie, in a “vegetative state” because of the treatment for his cancer “I currently feel much worse”. It is in these terms that Bernard Tapie talks about his state of health, in an interview with Soir Mag. The businessman is undergoing experimental treatment in Belgium, in an attempt to cure his double cancer, but the side effects are devastating ...
Denver, Colorado, US
A Southwest Airlines flight takes off as United Airlines planes sit parked on a runway at Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado, U.S. on April 22. Compared to the same time last year, Denver International Airport is operating 1,000 fewer flights daily.
A staff member from Knalle Pop Corn hands out treats to residents watching the movie "Loving Vincent" on the wall of a neighbouring building in Berlin's Kreuzberg district, in Berlin, Germany on April 23. The German capital is one of the world's most diverse cinema cities, but with movie theatres closed due to the pandemic, the cultural project "Window Flicks" is bringing film evenings to residents stuck at home by projecting movies on urban canvasses and knocking on doors offering popcorn.
Turkish parliamentarians wearing face masks visit the mausoleum of Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk during a ceremony marking centennial celebrations for the founding of the Turkish parliament, which is also National Sovereignty and Children's Day, in Ankara, Turkey on April 23. The government declared a four day curfew in an attempt to control the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
A woman wearing a mask to help stop the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) stands near an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo, Japan on April 24. Asian shares are lower after an early rally on Wall Street suddenly vanished, the latest example of how fragile the hopes underpinning the stock market’s month-long recovery are.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Muslim clerics practice social distancing while reciting evening prayers at the National Mosque on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 24.
Cemetery workers dig a grave at Municipal cemetery Panteón Número 13 in Tijuana, Mexico on April 27.
Izalco, El Salvador
Gang members sit inside a cell at Izalco jail during a 24-hour lockdown ordered by El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele after a high number of homicides, during the quarantine to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), in Izalco, El Salvador on April 27.
Neighbours listen to music and watch laser projections from their balconies as members of the Lebanese collective "Nuage" perform from the roof of a building to entertain confined residents in the neighbourhood of Dekwaneh, on the eastern outskirts of Beirut, Lebanon on April 28. The DJs and artists aim to create a unique experience for the audience; merging art direction, 3D mapping techniques and electronic music with the aim of relieving fellow neighbours from their daily stress and confinement during the pandemic.
Medical workers clap as Belgian 100 year-old patient Julia Dewilde leaves the Bois de l'Abbaye hospital (CHBA) in Seraing, Belgium, after being successfully treated for coronavirus (COVID-19).
An army officer questions people who come out to the street amid concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Dhaka, Bangladesh on April 29.
Empty chairs are pictured on the deserted "Promenade des Anglais" in the French Riviera city of Nice, southern France, on April 29, on the 44th day of a lockdown in France aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson applauds outside 10 Downing Street during the "Clap for our Carers" campaign in support of NHS workers battling the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, England on April 30. The prime minister is back at Number 10 following a stint in intensive care after contracting the disease.
Cape Town, South Africa
A Cape Town City Ballet dancer trains at her apartment in Cape Town, South Africa on May 2. All members of the company have been forced to practice at their homes due to the government lockdown to control the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
A pedestrian is reflected in a window as she walks past the Bank of England in London, England on May 7. U.K. economic output is to crash by 14 percent this year because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Bank of England said on May 7 as it left its interest rate at a record-low 0.1 percent.
Empty stands are seen during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Cologne v Mainz 05, in Cologne, Germany on May 17, as the season resumed following a two-month absence due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Nurses who have been caring for coronavirus (COVID-19) patients at the infectious disease unit take part in a Zumba dance and fitness class put on to help them deal with the stress and difficult work, in the car park outside of the Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya on May 17.
A railway worker takes a bath during hot and humid weather, after Pakistan began easing their lockdown restrictions and allowed passenger trains to resume service, in Karachi, Pakistan on May 19.
Burundi police officers are reflected in a window as they queue at a voting station during the Presidential, Legislative and Communal council elections held amid simmering political violence and the growing threat of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, in Gitega, Burundi on May 20.
Iranian worshippers participate in Eid al-Fitr prayers at the Emamzadeh Panjtan shrine in Tehran, Iran on May 24. Iran has eased some restrictions to coincide with Eid celebrations - including the reopening of religious and cultural sites - as Muslims prepare to end the fasting month of Ramadan.
A boy looks out of a bus window as teachers prepare to board government chartered buses to go back to schools in countryside towns, which are reopening as coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions ease, while travel bans remain in place between regions, in Dakar, Senegal on May 27.
Members of the South Sudanese Olympic team receive lunch through plastic sheeting erected to protect staff from coronavirus (COVID-19) in a canteen in Maebashi City Hall in Maebashi, Gunma, Japan on June 2. The four South Sudanese athletes and a coach have been in Maebashi since November, arriving as part of a scheme by the city to promote peace through sport and offering them the opportunity to use facilities that aren't available in their home country. However, following the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics due to the coronavirus pandemic, they've decided to remain until at least July in order to continue training.
Members of the Bangladesh police attend a yoga session to boost their immune system, in Dhaka, Bangladesh on June 8.
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Muslim worshippers, distanced safely from each other and clad in face masks due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, perform the noon prayers at a mosque in Kuwait City on June 10, for the first time since a government-imposed lockdown was instated three months prior.
San Francisco, California, US
Pedestrians stand in front of a boarded up Lacoste store in San Francisco, California, U.S. on June 11.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
An aerial view of symbolic graves dug by protesters from the NGO 'Rio De Paz', calling for transparency and an attitude change from the Brazilian government regarding the handling of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 11.
Barbers wearing protective suits and face masks provide tend to customers inside a salon amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in Dhaka, Bangladesh on June 16.
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
A few worshippers perform al-Fajr prayer at the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque complex in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on June 23. Saudi Arabia has announced it will hold a "very limited" hajj this year, with pilgrims already in the kingdom allowed to perform the annual ritual as it moves to curb the biggest coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the Gulf.
The embattled education secretary, who is expected to face renewed calls from opposition MPs to resign, has also issued an 11th-hour appeal to parents to return their children to school.
Special Report: Australia faces down China in high-stakes strategy
Special Report: Australia faces down China in high-stakes strategyCANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia is standing up to China. Watch closely: It may be a harbinger of things to come, as the world's smaller countries respond to the increasingly coercive Asian economic superpower.
"For many, today marks the first day of a new school year, with thousands of children set to walk through their school gates again as schools across the country begin to reopen for full-time education for all pupils," he said.
"I do not underestimate how challenging the last few months have been but I do know how important it is for children to be back in school, not only for their education but for their development and wellbeing too.
"But it is down to the sheer hard work of so many teachers and school staff that from today pupils will be able to learn in their classrooms together again. © Thomson Reuters Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel and Britain's Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden arrive to attend a Cabinet meeting of senior government ministers at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, Britain, September 1, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
"It has not been easy for parents nor schools, but we could not have got to this point without your support and I cannot say thank you enough for this."
The Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, accused by Tory MPs during the summer of backing teaching unions' opposition to a full return to school, is demanding a Commons statement from Mr Williamson.
"For millions of families across England, this week will be a mixture of excitement and anxiety," he said. "Excitement for children who will be back in the classroom for the first time in months.
"But anxiety for teachers and parents about a year ahead that is full of uncertainty because of a pandemic that continues to cast its shadow over children's education. © Thomson Reuters Britain's?Secretary?of State for?Health Matt Hancock attends a Cabinet meeting of senior government ministers at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, Britain, September 1, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
"I want to pay tribute to the extraordinary dedication of our teachers and school staff who have worked tirelessly over the summer to make sure schools can reopen safely.
"Labour want and expect children to be back at school. Every day that schools were closed was a day of opportunity, learning and support lost.
"This situation was worsened by the exams fiasco and the government's chaotic approach to education.
"We cannot keep repeating those same mistakes. Young people's futures cannot be held back by the Conservatives' incompetence. © Thomson Reuters Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson chairs a Cabinet meeting of senior government ministers at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, Britain, September 1, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
"That is why the education secretary must come to parliament to tell us how he will protect our children's futures. He needs to explain how he will make up for the damage already done, bring pupils up to speed and mitigate against the ongoing risk from the pandemic."
The prime minister is also facing criticism from his own backbenchers over government "own goals" and U-turns that have left his MPs with "egg on their face" after defending policies that are then reversed.
Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, treasurer of the 1922 Committee of Tory MPs, said the committee's executive expected to meet with the prime minister in the near future to relay the concerns of backbenchers.
"I think there is a lot of sympathy for the fact it has been unprecedented, but then I think we mustn't make other own goals," he said.
"We may have a big majority, but that still doesn't mean to say that we shouldn't be as competent as possible as a government."
Stay alert to stop coronavirus spreading - here is the latest government guidance. If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.
Special Report: Australia faces down China in high-stakes strategy .
Special Report: Australia faces down China in high-stakes strategyCANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia is standing up to China. Watch closely: It may be a harbinger of things to come, as the world's smaller countries respond to the increasingly coercive Asian economic superpower.