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Five things we learnt from this week's Sophy Ridge on Sunday

Sunday  20:05,   20 september 2020

The health secretary Matt Hancock has refused to rule out further "national action" and revealed talks are ongoing about possible London measures. © Sky News Screen Grab Sophy Ridge on Sunday is on Sky News each Sunday from 8.30am Here are five... >>>

'So much owed to so few': Battle of Britain heroes remembered 80 years on

Sunday  20:00,   20 september 2020

The heroes of the Battle of Britain have been remembered at a service at Westminster Abbey, marking the 80th anniversary of the aerial campaign. In 1940, when Britain stood alone against Nazi Germany, the Royal Air Force resisted a series of fighter >>>

British expats in Europe to be 'stripped of UK bank accounts in weeks'

Sunday  18:40,   20 september 2020

British expats in Europe risk having their UK bank accounts closed due to Brexit on December 31. Banks including Lloyds and Barclays have starting giving notice to their expat customers.Lloyds, Barclays and Coutts are among a number of UK banks... >>>

Modern flats could be unmortgageable amid crisis over building safety

Sunday  18:40,   20 september 2020

Owners of up to 1.5 million high-rise flats could have to wait as long as a decade to get sign-off to prove they are safe in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. The tragedy in 2017, which killed 72 people, exposed decades of 'utter rubbish'... >>>

Tube stations could be renamed under plans by London mayoral candidate

Sunday  17:15,   20 september 2020

Shaun Bailey plans to give companies the chance to bid to rename stations as part of a new advertising campaign inspired by the Dubai Metro as part of a £100 million a year sponsorship deal.Shaun Bailey plans to give companies the chance to bid to... >>>

Scrapping VAT-free shopping for tourists to cost 70,000 jobs, say retailers

Sunday  17:15,   20 september 2020

Retailers had hoped VAT-free shopping, which had been available to non-EU customers, would be extended to EU visitors.The Association of International Retail (AIR) along with chiefs from major businesses including Marks & Spencer, Manchester... >>>

UK's biggest Covid testing lab 'prioritising Premiership Rugby stars'

Sunday  16:01,   20 september 2020

Randox Laboratories in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland, reportedly regularly fails to provide test results within 24 hours to members of the public. The lab is responsible for a quarter of all community tests across the UK after winning a £133 million... >>>

‘Selfless’ Battle of Britain heroes and NHS staff hailed at anniversary service

Sunday  16:01,   20 september 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was among the guests at the service marking the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The annual Sunday service usually attracts around 2,200 people to the London landmark as the UK commemorates the first battle in... >>>

Hancock warns of second lockdown if public fail to follow Covid-19 rules

Sunday  14:25,   20 september 2020

The Government has announced people in England could be fined up to £10,000 if they fail to self-isolate.With cases rising across the country, Mr Hancock said there was a danger the numbers could “shoot through the roof” unless effective action was... >>>

Stormont Executive urged to act over recognition payments for the bereaved

Sunday  14:25,   20 september 2020

Tina Smith, whose husband Stephen was killed by an IRA bomb in West Germany in 1989, is among a number of widows and bereaved waiting for the scheme.Kenny Donaldson of the victims group Seff has questioned the delay in reopening the scheme which... >>>

Residents fear return of students will cause Covid spikes

Sunday  13:05,   20 september 2020

Tens of thousands of students are due back on campus in the coming days and a new poll has suggested 57 per cent of people fear local restrictions will result. Nearly half (48 per cent) indicated they will blame the Government. Earlier this month,... >>>

Honours committee is planning to remove 'Empire' from OBE and MBE

Sunday  13:05,   20 september 2020

It comes after the Black Lives Matter movement brought the title's links to slavery to the forefront. The Order of the British Empire recognises contributions to the UK across the arts and sciences, charity, public service and the military.It is >>>

Sadiq Khan warns London 'should go into Covid lockdown TOMORROW'

Sunday  13:02,   20 september 2020

Sadiq Khan is now reportedly urging ministers to extend the latest regional restrictions - including ordering bars and restaurants to close at 10pm - to cover the capital as well. © Provided by Daily Mail London mayor Sadiq Khan is reportedly... >>>

‘I’ve Lost 33 Friends To Coronavirus – And 32 Were Black’

Sunday  11:40,   20 september 2020

On a day in late March, Hesketh Benoit received a phone call from his friend, the reggae singer Delroy Washington. When Delroy told him he was calling from hospital, Hesketh asked him if it was possible he had coronavirus. He told me: “Oh no man,... >>>

Westminster Abbey service to mark 80th anniversary of Battle of Britain

Sunday  10:30,   20 september 2020

It will be the first major service to take place at the venue since March.The annual Sunday service usually attracts around 2,000 people to the London landmark as the UK commemorates the first battle in history fought entirely in the air during the... >>>