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As furlough winds down, the chancellor is considering a German solution

Thursday  00:05,   24 september 2020

This isn't widely known but Rishi Sunak's furlough scheme was actually in some ways one of the fruits of Brexit. © Getty Chancellor Rishi Sunak will not want to bring back the full furlough scheme Back before COVID-19, the Treasury had a... >>>

Greggs factory staff test positive for coronavirus - but firm issues sausage roll reassurance

Thursday  00:05,   24 september 2020

Bakery chain Greggs has insisted supplies of its sausage rolls will be unaffected after a coronavirus outbreak among factory staff. © PA A customer is served at a Greggs store in Leeds A "small number" of the 300 workers at the chain's production... >>>

France trying to stop people crossing the Channel, Calais MP says

Thursday  00:00,   24 september 2020

A wave of people took advantage of calm seas in the Channel on Tuesday, with hundreds intercepted as they headed towards Britain.French National Assembly member Pierre-Henri Dumont denied claims that its coastguard is pushing asylum seekers out to... >>>

UK fraud office seizes jewels, Rolex watches linked to fugitive

Wednesday  23:15,   23 september 2020

UK fraud office seizes jewels, Rolex watches linked to fugitiveThe UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) said on Wednesday it had confiscated 500,000 pounds ($638,500) worth of jewellery, including a gold ring emblazoned with the name "Nisar", from the safe >>>

Sunak cancels Budget and promises financial package to replace furlough scheme

Wednesday  23:15,   23 september 2020

Rishi Sunak said in a tweet he would update the House of Commons on Thursday with a ‘Winter Economy Plan’ once furlough finishes in November.The Treasury said the Chancellor would outline his plans to extend and replace financial support during an... >>>

'Reckless' rule-breakers hit with £1,000 fines - including two in virus hotspot

Wednesday  23:10,   23 september 2020

Two people in Bolton who "recklessly" flouted self-isolation rules have been hit with £1,000 fines. © Getty Bolton has had the highest infection rate for weeks The town in Greater Manchester has been at the top of coronavirus infection rate tables... >>>

Ben Wallace says ‘illegal wars’ led to legal ‘mess’ for British troops

Wednesday  22:45,   23 september 2020

The Defence Secretary hit out at his Labour counterpart during heated exchanges in the Commons.Ben Wallace made the remark during heated Commons exchanges with shadow defence secretary John Healey, who warned the Overseas Operations (Service... >>>

Boris Johnson's target of 500,000 tests a day may be missed

Wednesday  22:05,   23 september 2020

The pledged target may not be reached due to 'lags' in the supply chain for vital chemicals and analyser machines. The Department for Health said the UK was 'on track' to hit its testing target.Boris Johnson pledged to more than... >>>

Cocaine worth up to £100 million seized in Dover

Wednesday  21:35,   23 september 2020

The drugs were found in the early hours of Tuesday hidden in pallets that had arrived at the Kent port on a vessel from South America. Searches have been carried out in Glasgow and Essex as the investigation continues, the National Crime Agency... >>>

Boris Johnson has not led us well during coronavirus pandemic, says Starmer

Wednesday  21:21,   23 september 2020

The Labour leader has continued to criticise the Prime Minister’s performance after attacking his record in his party conference speech.Sir Keir used his “virtual” party conference speech this week to launch a stinging attack on the Prime Minister’s >>>

Chief medic – Stick to health regulations like your lives depend on it

Wednesday  21:21,   23 september 2020

Another 220 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Northern Ireland in the last 24-hour reporting period.Another 220 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in the last 24-hour reporting period as the country’s rate of infection... >>>

Starmer admits SNP would have mandate for indyref2 if they win Holyrood elections

Wednesday  21:20,   23 september 2020

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has stood by his previous comments that the SNP would have a mandate for a second Scottish independence referendum if they win a majority at next year's Holyrood elections.In an interview with Sky News' political... >>>

FTSE 100 closes higher despite downbeat US sentiment

Wednesday  21:20,   23 september 2020

London’s top flight closed 69.8 points higher at 5,899.26 at the end of trading on Wednesday. David Madden, market analyst at CMC Markets UK, said: “European equity markets have finished the session in positive territory as the mood improved greatly >>>

Teenagers as young as 13 ‘starting to talk about committing terror attacks’

Wednesday  20:35,   23 september 2020

The UK’s head of counter-terrorism policing issued the warning to MPs on Wednesday.Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu was telling MPs about the terror threat the country faces – particularly describing a “dramatic” rise in the... >>>

Record 486 people test positive for coronavirus in a day in Scotland

Wednesday  20:30,   23 september 2020

A total of 486 people have recorded positive coronavirus tests in Scotland in the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases in a single day, Nicola Sturgeon has said. Speaking at the Scottish government's daily news briefing, the first minister... >>>