Keir Starmer braces for challenging weekend as polls close across UK

Labour leader thanks activists for calling 1.7 million voters before UK’s first major election held during pandemic 2021 elections: results for the local, Scottish and Welsh polls Keir Starmer thanked Labour activists for calling as many as 1.7 million voters in recent weeks, as his team braced themselves for a challenging weekend after polls closed […]

Dalian Atkinson: officer told ex-footballer ‘keep your head down’, murder trial hears

Witness on third day of trial says she had to look away in horror as police officer stamped on his head in 2016 incident A police officer accused of murdering the former footballer Dalian Atkinson told him to “keep your head down” as he repeatedly stamped on his head while he lay on the ground […]

New concerns as Indian Covid variant clusters found across England

Exclusive: Leaked emails show Public Health England assessment of ongoing risk from B16172 variant is ‘high’ What do we know about the Indian Covid variant? Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Clusters of the Indian variants of Covid-19 have been found across England, including in care homes, the Guardian has learned, amid […]

‘You are a racist’: Sturgeon clashes with ex-Britain First deputy

Scotland’s first minister in tense confrontation with Jayda Fransen outside Glasgow polling station Nicola Sturgeon has confronted the former Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen on the streets of her Glasgow Southside constituency, describing her as a “fascist” and “racist”. The exchange was captured by an observer and posted on Twitter, after Fransen approached the […]

Judge criticises Priti Patel over policy for asylum seekers in pandemic

Court hears home secretary may have acted unlawfully in changing accommodation policy Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A high court judge has criticised the British home secretary in court and said he found it “extremely troubling” after one of her officials admitted the Home Office might have acted unlawfully in changing […]

E171: EU watchdog says food colouring widely used in UK is unsafe

European Commission to propose ban after finding that carcinogenic effects cannot be ruled out A food colouring used in products sold in the UK ranging from chewing gum and white chocolate to toothpaste and sauces for toddlers can no longer be ruled out as a cause of cancer, the European Food Safety Authority has said. […]

Childish Gambino sued for alleged This Is America copyright infringement

The artist, whose real name is Donald Glover, is being sued by rapper Kidd Wess who claims his song Made in America is ‘glaringly similar’ Childish Gambino is being sued for alleged copyright infringement, with the rapper Kidd Wes saying the Grammy-winning hit This Is America was lifted from him. According to US federal court […]

Deaths from alcohol misuse in England and Wales hit 20-year high in 2020

ONS figures show death rate starting to rise at beginning of first lockdown and increasing sharply each quarter Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Deaths directly attributable to alcohol misuse rose dramatically to reach a 20-year high in England and Wales as coronavirus took hold last year, possibly driven by increased consumption […]

EU accuses UK as France seeks to ‘rapidly defuse’ Jersey fishing row

France moves to calm diplomatic waters but Brussels says Britain has breached terms of Brexit trade deal The European Union accused the UK of breaching the terms of the post-Brexit trade deal on Thursday as tensions over fishing rights in the Channel Islands were de-escalated after a dramatic 24 hours, with Royal Navy boats ordered […]

‘Dark forces’ preventing Newcastle from being ‘powerhouse’, says Mike Ashley

HMRC ends long-running investigation into club’s affairs Ashley files claim against Premier League after failed takeover Newcastle United’s owner, Mike Ashley, has claimed “dark forces” are preventing the struggling Premier League club from emerging as a football superpower after HMRC quietly discontinued a long-running investigation into its tax affairs. Related: Newcastle’s harmony restored as mood […]

US-Germany rift as Berlin opposes plan to ditch Covid vaccine patents

Germany says waiver would inhibit private sector research Opposition to Biden plan threatens to deadlock WTO talks The US and Germany are at odds on the issue of waivers for patents on Covid-19 vaccines, as Berlin argued that a waiver would not increase production and would inhibit future private sector research. The disagreement is the […]

Coronavirus live: Covid-19 unlikely to be ever eradicated, warns Prof Chris Whitty

England’s chief medical officer says outlook remains ‘pretty bleak’ globally but hopes disease will become ‘much milder’ in long term EU ‘ready to discuss’ waiver on Covid vaccine patents EU wants to mass produce three ‘course-changing’ Covid drugs What is patent waiving and will it solve the global shortage? Nepal facing ‘human catastrophe’ amid rampant […]

NHS Covid jab booking site leaks people’s vaccine status

Exclusive: Health service revising its process in England as ‘shocking failure’ allows access to medical data Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage NHS Digital is revising its process for booking Covid vaccinations in England after the discovery of a “seriously shocking failure” that leaked medical data from the site. The website lets […]

EU wants to mass produce three ‘course-changing’ Covid drugs from October

Health commissioner says plan is to reduce hospitalisation and tackle long-term impact of Covid Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Three Covid medicines with the potential to “change the course” of the pandemic will be authorised for mass production and use in the EU by October under a European Commission plan. Stella […]

French fishers’ protest over Jersey rights is over but the dispute will go on

New restrictions and deep cuts to allowances mean both French and Jersey boat owners feel betrayed by Brexit Dawn was still four hours away and the small Normandy port of Carteret was alive, some boats hurriedly unloading their catch for a rapid turnaround, others turning on their lights and firing up their engines for the […]

Ian Wright: Home Truths review – a childhood blighted by fear

The footballer was left ‘helpless’ when his stepfather beat his mother. In this important documentary, he considers the lasting trauma of domestic violence – and confronts his own Back in the early 1970s, four people shared a single room in a house on Merritt Road, south-east London. They were a family of sorts, made up […]

Judy Collins: ‘When I found folk music, I also found drinking’

The 82-year-old US folk singer talks through her teenage years, from mental health struggles to wondrous romance in the Rocky mountains I’d been playing the piano since I was five, and by the time I was 15 I was memorising Rachmaninov concertos. But Barbara Allen, recorded by Jo Stafford, turned me towards the music that […]

Van Morrison: Latest Record Project Volume 1 review | Alexis Petridis’s album of the week

(Exile/BMG)The veteran bluesman loudly wakes up the sheeple with this boring and paranoid double album, reminiscent of a dinner party with a bitter divorcee Even a man as implacably opposed to lockdown as Van Morrison – who spent 2020 releasing songs rubbishing science as “crooked facts”, mocking people for wearing masks and describing the government […]

‘I seek a kind person’: the Guardian ad that saved my Jewish father from the Nazis

In 1938, there was a surge of classified ads in this newspaper as parents – including my grandparents – scrambled to get their children out of the Reich. What became of the families? On Wednesday 3 August 1938, a short advertisement appeared on the second page of the Manchester Guardian, under the title “Tuition”. “I […]

Portrait of happiness: long lockdown ends for the artist Philip Sutton

A ‘terrible year’ of Covid lockdown that confined him to a care home for 421 days ends in a garden party for celebrated painter Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Clutching a quill and pots of ink, Philip Sutton ended his 421-day care home lockdown this week by heading out to do […]

‘Melon seedlings make good pets’: how lockdown made us love houseplants

From orchids to apple trees, readers share their stories of the plants that kept them busy, lifted their spirits and distracted them from the endless Zoom meetings I’ve accidentally fostered pumpkins, which are taking over my flat. This began around Halloween, when I discovered sprouting seeds inside my carving pumpkin. It felt like a tiny […]

‘It was exhilarating’: how the Guardian went digital – and global

Former editor Alan Rusbridger looks back on the dawning realisation that news was about to change forever A crystal ball was – at least at the outset – not required. A trip to the US in 1993 to “see the internet” left me in no doubt: the days of the daily printed newspaper were numbered. […]

The Guardian at 200: Announcing a digital festival from Guardian Live

Join us as we celebrate 200 years of The Guardian, with our very first digital festival. To mark the 200th anniversary of The Guardian, we are launching our very first digital festival – a mix of conversations about politics, activism, the environment, TV, music and more – brought to you, wherever you are in the […]

How Jewish parents used Guardian ads to save their children’s lives – podcast

This month is 200 years since the Guardian was first established in Manchester. For the Guardian’s world affairs editor, Julian Borger, a part of that history is deeply personal. In 1938, there was a surge of classified ads in the Guardian as parents – including his grandparents – scrambled to get their children out of […]

India is hiding its Covid crisis – and the whole world will suffer for it | Ankita Rao

Modi’s government had a choice between saving lives and saving face. It has chosen the latter A few years ago, as Narendra Modi came into power, I worked on an investigative report about India hiding its malaria deaths. In traveling from tribal Odisha to the Indian national health ministry in New Delhi, my colleague and […]

Scratch the surface, and the ‘new’ politics looks very much like the old | Gaby Hinsliff

If you blow away the smoke of a culture war, the Tories’ offers on home ownership and jobs are nothing revolutionary Imagine a family house, with a garden. Nothing fancy, but solid, and cheap enough to feel within reach of an ordinary couple on ordinary wages. To despairing millennials across much of the south-east, this […]