UK News Viewers spot strands of hair falling onto Boris Johnson's shoulders
Tories to announce new HQ in Leeds following ‘blue wall’ election success
The Conservative conference will get under way on Saturday.The Tories will open a new headquarters in Leeds in a bid to deliver for the “blue wall” areas that voted for Boris Johnson at the last election, the party’s virtual conference will be told.
Eagle-eyed TV viewers claim Boris Johnson is 'losing his hair' after spotting several strands on the PM's shoulders when he addressed the Commons today.
The Prime Minister told MPs earlier today that 'deaths are already rising' and the 'the weeks and months ahead will continue to be difficult and will test the mettle of this country'.
He then returned to television screens this evening to plunge millions of Britons deeper into coronavirus lockdown in his live Downing Street briefing.
Boris Johnson denies bungling coronavirus lockdown
Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Boris Johnson defended his handling of the crisis amid growing criticism and disquiet on his own benches.The PM admitted people were 'furious' with him over the 10pm pubs curfew, the Rule of Six, and chaotic local curbs, but defended his handling of the crisis amid growing disquiet on his own benches.
While many viewers took to social media to share their shock at the worrying news, others commented on the PM's apparent hair loss - a symptom linked with Covid-19.
The PM was admitted to hospital in April after testing positive for coronavirus and he spent three nights in intensive care.
Berrio wrote on Twitter: 'Boris's hair falling out now. What’s next?' while Marc Burrows asked: 'Is Boris losing his hair?'
Michael Ball added: 'Is Boris's hair falling out or has he let his dog sit on his jacket?'
Rebel Tories 'to meet today to discuss plan to vote down 10pm curfew'
The group, made up of dozens of Conservative MPs, want to call last orders on the unpopular pub curfew and will join with Labour in order to vote it down, the Telegraph reports.Rebel Tories could join forces with Labour in a bid to put an end to Boris Johnson's 10pm Covid curfew, according to reports.
Another Twitter user wrote: 'Looked very much like Boris Johnson is losing his hair in parliament earlier today.
'Jacket was covered in hair. Its a side effect of Covid. Many suffer along with memory issues and brain fog.
'Considering these issues Covid can cause, are the likes of Johnson and Trump fit to govern?'
Boris Johnson tells Ukraine leader UK support for the country is ‘rock solid’
Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked the PM for his backing against ‘aggression’ by Russia.The comments came as the two leaders met in Downing Street to sign a strategic partnership agreement covering trade and defence ties.
In August, a leading clinic reported a link between Covid-19 and hair loss after survivors complained the disease caused their locks to fall out in clumps.
Specialists at the Belgravia Centre in London said they began noticing an uplift in cases of telogen effluvium (TE) - a shedding condition caused by a disturbance in the hair growth cycle - in patients who battled coronavirus.
TE - which sees a high percentage of anagen follicles (follicles which are actively growing hair) go into their resting phase prematurely across the scalp - typically follows a stressful event and is triggered two to four months after, often causing alarm to sufferers.
Other viewers took a lighter take on the PM's appearance.
Gavin Hepworth said: 'Has Boris had a fight with a cat before addressing the nation?Jacket covered in hair and who knows what else.'
Another viewer wrote: 'You'd think Boris Johnson would have at least brushed his hair before addressing the nation over a deadly virus.'
Scott Crawford added: 'Boris's hair leaving his head quicker than the UK from Europe.'
JANET STREET-PORTER: Keir's short-sharp shock best for everyone
JANET STREET-PORTER: The digital paint is barely dry on the multi-coloured PowerPoints and the whacky charts, and already the latest war game from Boris has hit the buffers. Dividing the country into zones designated into one of three tiers (a bit like houses at a particular posh public school) has left us totally confused about who's in and who's out.And the squabbling over the ranking has already begun in earnest. Some places (like Essex) want to be upgraded and, according to the Mayor, London could be changing status any moment, so buy those toilet rolls now if you live inside the M25.
Others asked why no-one noticed the hair before he began his address.
Sukky Choongh wrote: 'You know Boris's staff don't like him! I would never let my boss go on stage with even one stray hair on his collar!
Someone else asked: 'Does no one "check him" before he speaks in the chamber?'
In his briefing tonight, Boris Johnson warned that the UK cannot ignore the 'flashing warnings' about surging coronavirus cases as he plunged millions of people deeper into lockdown.
Unveiling his new 'Three Tier' system, the PM declared that Liverpool will be the first area to face the highest restrictions - meaning pubs being shut and households banned from mixing altogether indoors or in gardens.
However, there was anger as another swathe of the country is being thrown into the Tier Two bracket, with bars allowed to stay open but households barred from mixing indoors. Many of the locations already have similar curbs, but others - such as Manchester and the West Midlands - will see a tightening.
Boris Johnson gives his father Stanley BEAVERS as a present
The UK's Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, gifted his father, Stanley, a group of beavers on his 80th birthday. According to the Telegraph, the Prime Minister and his siblings clubbed together to get a licence to allow their father to have beavers in the river of his Exmoor estate.The Prime Minister met with the UK's top rewilder, Derek Gow, to ensure the paperwork was arranged and the land suitably converted into a good beaver habitat.Stanley Johnson was said to be 'delighted' at the gift.
Confusingly some other places will have their rules loosened, as the arrangements are 'streamlined'.
Insisting he had no choice about acting as the UK racked up another 13,972 Covid cases today - up 11 per cent on last Monday - Mr Johnson said the other options were to 'let the virus rip' or 'shatter' the economy. Liverpool's case rate per 100,000 population has risen by 14.3 per cent over the past week to 609.
At a No10 press conference alongside Chancellor Rishi Sunak and chief medical officer Chris Whitty this evening, Mr Johnson said: 'The figures are flashing at us like dashboard warnings in a passenger jet and we must act now.'
He added: No one least of all me wants to impose these kinds of restrictions, erosions of our personal liberty, but I'm convinced as I've ever been that the British people have the resolve to beat this virus and that together we will do just that.'
However, Prof Whitty risked undermining the PM's delicately calibrated message by cautioning that the 'professional view' was that basic measures in Tier Three 'will not be sufficient' to control the virus. He urged local leaders to use the 'space' in the rules to beef up the restrictions.
More than 17million people are covered by the two higher risk tiers in the government's new system, with the rest of England under the Rule of Six and 10pm curfew on bars and restaurants.
From Wednesday at 5pm, people in Tier Three Liverpool will only be allowed out of the area for essential travel such as for work, education or health, and must return before the end of the day - although the rules will be guidance rather than legally enforced. They cannot mix with other households in gardens, but can in outdoor public spaces subject to the Rule of Six.
Boris Johnson is set for war with UK's five Church leaders over Brexit
In an extraordinary intervention, the UK's five Anglican archbishops warned that controversial legislation would set a 'disastrous precedent'.In an extraordinary intervention, the UK's five Anglican archbishops warned that controversial legislation would set a 'disastrous precedent' and undermine Britain's standing in the world.
Restaurants will be allowed to open, but only in line with the national curfew, and can serve alcohol as long as someone is having a 'substantial' meal, according to No10. Sources insisted that could not merely be a snak like a packet of crisps.
Where businesses are forced to shut, the Government will pay two thirds of each employee's salary, up to a maximum of £2,100 a month. There is expected to be a £28million package to help parts of the country classed as Tier Three, with Mr Johnson saying the total support on offer would be around £1billion.
Liverpool is the only area in the top bracket so far, and the city is going further than the basic restrictions by closing leisure centres, gyms, betting shops and casinos. Mr Johnson hinted that other hotspots were resisting, swiping that failing to agree to crackdowns would be 'unforgivable'.
Tier Two includes Greater Manchester, which was saved from the highest curbs after frantic lobbying from mayor Andy Burnham and local MPs, as well as the North East, the West Midlands, Nottingham and Leicester.
London is not expected to be in Tier Two immediately, but spokeswoman for Sadiq Khan warned that could happen 'this week' after a conference call with borough leaders. Londoners should understand that this could change very quickly - potentially even this week.
Some places, such as Oldham and Warrington, will actually see their restrictions loosened, as households cannot currently mix in gardens. No10 has promised that a full breakdown of restrictions across England will be released later.
'Bad Hair' movie explores Black women and hairstyle messages .
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Several scenes in the film “Bad Hair” were so horrifying that some cast members initially second-guessed their own use of hair weave or extensions. The dark comedy horror is “only a film," they say, but the story’s underlying messages of harmful hair weave and false beauty standards for Black women had a lasting effect. The film, a period piece set in 1989, follows an ambitious young woman who —- after being criticized for her hairstyle — gets a lengthy weave in order to succeed at her music television network. Ultimately, she discovers that her newly installed hair is possessed, taking over her body and causing harm to others.