GPs in England threaten industrial action over in-person appointments

Family doctors reject plan to force them to see any patient who wants face-to-face appointment GPs in England are threatening industrial action in protest at the government’s attempt to force them to see any patient who wants a face-to-face appointment. The British Medical Association’s GPs committee voted unanimously to reject the plan by the health […]

The Queen spent night in hospital after cancelling Northern Ireland visit

Buckingham Palace says Elizabeth II is now back in Windsor after doctors advised a few days’ rest The Queen spent Wednesday night in hospital after cancelling her visit to Northern Ireland, Buckingham Palace has said. A spokesperson said the Queen went to hospital for “preliminary investigations” but returned to Windsor on Thursday. Continue reading…

PM resists calls to activate plan B as daily Covid cases top 50,000

Boris Johnson says numbers of infections are high but ‘within the parameters’ of the predictions Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Daily Covid-19 cases have risen above 50,000 in the UK for the first time since July, as the prime minister resists calls for the government to activate its backup plan. Official […]

House holds Trump ally Steve Bannon in criminal contempt of Congress

Contempt citation for Bannon approved by 229 votes to 202 Strategist refused to comply with Capitol attack subpoena The House voted on Thursday to hold Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon in criminal contempt of Congress, over his refusal to comply with a subpoena issued by the House select committee investigating the 6 January […]

Laura Kuenssberg in talks to step down as BBC political editor

Exclusive: those with knowledge of negotiations say Kuenssberg could become presenter on Today programme Laura Kuenssberg is in talks to step down as BBC political editor after six years and become a presenter on the Today programme as part of a major reshuffle of senior on-air staff, individuals with knowledge of the negotiations told the […]

English schools must not teach ‘white privilege’ as fact, government warns

Comments ahead of new guidance ‘simplistic and unhelpful’, say teaching unions English schools should not teach “contested theories and opinions … such as white privilege” as fact, the government has said prior to the publication of new guidance outlining how teaching certain political issues could break the law. Schools should avoid promoting “partisan political views” […]

Suspect in David Amess MP killing plotted attack for years, court hears

Ali Harbi Ali visited Houses of Parliament, an MP’s home and another constituency surgery, say prosecutors The suspect in the killing of the MP David Amess prepared terrorist acts over more than two years, it was alleged in court on Thursday. Prosecutors claimed that Ali Harbi Ali, 25, visited the Houses of Parliament, an MP’s […]

UK agrees to end tax on US tech giants when global deal takes effect

Deal means US will not retaliate against UK for imposing digital services tax, Treasury says The UK has agreed to phase out its tax on US tech giants such as Google and Facebook, averting the threat of retaliatory tariffs from the United States. A deal between the two countries will keep the digital services tax […]

‘School-to-prison pipeline’: youth justice services failing black boys

Probation inspectorate finds lack of curiosity behind inaction on youth offending disparities across England The government has been urged to act over the “school to prison pipeline” after a report found black and mixed heritage boys in England received poor support from youth offending services. HM Inspectorate of Probation found “significant deficits” in the quality […]

Language used to describe the climate becoming more urgent, study finds

Oxford English Dictionary found between 2018 and 2020 use of ‘climate crisis’ increased nearly 20-fold When people spoke of a “climate refugee” in the 19th century, they would be describing someone who had moved to a place where the climate is healthier or more congenial. But in modern parlance, the meaning has shifted to reflect […]

‘Never sold a painting in his life – but died worth $100m’: the incredible story of Boris Lurie

The difficult, devastating work of the Holocaust survivor turned painter is being celebrated at a new exhibition at New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage “He never sold a painting in his life, lived in hovels, yet died worth about $100m,” says Anthony Williams, chairman of the Boris Lurie Art Foundation, at a press preview for […]

‘It seems impenetrable’: the trials of HGV training

Three HGV trainees relate the early barriers they’ve found on the road to a potential career change The shortage of HGV drivers in the UK and reports of salaries of up to £50,000 has prompted some people to change careers and retrain to join the sector. The Road Haulage Association (RHA) estimates there is now […]

Oil refinery woes raise concern in Westminster over financial backers

Petrol crisis puts spotlight on little-known foreign supporters of Stanlow and Prax Lindsey plants The panic-buying of petrol and diesel that gripped Britain in September served as an unwelcome reminder of how disruption to supplies can rapidly escalate into crisis. But while the long queues on forecourts have gradually receded, concerns persist about the finances […]

Tory mask converts and holdouts witness an object lesson in disinformation | John Crace

By the end of the vaccines minister Maggie Throup’s Commons performance we knew less than we had at the start Cometh the hour, cometh the woman. There’s a fair chance you haven’t heard of Maggie Throup. There again, there’s a fair chance that Maggie Throup hasn’t heard of Maggie Throup. She’s that forgettable, even her […]

A ‘non-cancellable’ community: the ‘truth’ about Trump’s social media platform

The presentation outlining the ex-president’s new company, Trump Media & Technology Group, is rich with hyperbole, but low on detail. Here’s the gist The TRUTH is out there, according to known factualness provider Donald Trump. On Wednesday the former president, who has been banned from the major social media platforms since January, announced that he […]

‘A form of mass portraiture’: 12-hour theatre event explores different jobs

12 Last Songs at Leeds Playhouse brings people together to talk about what they do A caterer, a coffee roaster, an imam and a former drug dealer were among the first to show up at Leeds Playhouse on Thursday. On Saturday, they will be joined by fellow workers of the world including a midwife, a […]

Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode: ‘Regret is a weird word. I don’t look back on my life like that’

The Depeche Mode frontman answers your questions, on his new covers album, taking early dance lessons from Mick Jagger and the right way to load a dishwasher Did you accomplish everything you set out to on [forthcoming album] Impostor? MrBeelzebub I was really burned out after the last Depeche Mode tour, then Rich [Machin, long-time […]

How Hope Powell became a football legend: ‘I’m not afraid of anybody’

She was kicked off her school team for being a girl – then played for her country and became manager of the women’s team at 31. She discusses how she helped put women’s football firmly on the map When Hope Powell reminisces about the childhood that she spent scurrying across the streets of south London, […]

UK’s neighbours criticise Covid policies as cases begin to surge across EU

Several European nations have questioned British response but there are growing signs of fresh wave across continent Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage For the past several weeks, many western European countries have been eyeing Covid case numbers across the Channel with mounting trepidation. “Why does Britain have more than 40,000 Covid […]

Melbourne freedom day: world’s most locked down city takes first cautious steps to reopening

After 262 days, Australia’s second-most populous city is emerging from stringent Covid restrictions – battered but hopeful Melbourne’s 20 months in and out of lockdown – in pictures Melbourne’s lockdown ends today. What are your new freedoms? Vic: restrictions; vaccination rates by postcode Vaccine rollout tracker; cases and data tracker Get our free news app; […]

Coronavirus live: UK sees daily cases rise to over 50,000; WHO warns indoor socialising driving infections

UK PM resists calls to activate ‘plan B’ as new Covid cases top 50,000; lifting of restrictions also a factor in Europe, WHO warns Moscow announces one-week lockdown amid high Covid deaths Only 14% of promised Covid doses reach poorest countries Russia reports cases with more infectious AY.4.2 subvariant of Delta England: minister denies there […]

Young women are sick of being told to stick together and watch their drinks | Gaby Hinslif

When a night out involves the risk of getting ‘spiked’, it’s male violence that’s the problem A young woman, out for a night’s clubbing, suddenly feels the room begin to spin. She blacks out and wakes up feeling terrible, with only vague memories of the night before and a mysterious throbbing pain in the back […]

There are no real climate leaders yet – who will step up at Cop26? | Greta Thunberg

Like other rich nations, the UK is more talk than action on the climate crisis. Something needs to change in Glasgow • Greta Thunberg accuses world leaders of being in denial over climate crisis The UN secretary general, António Guterres, called the recent IPCC report on the climate crisis a “code red” for humanity. “We […]

Britain’s Covid numbers show we need to move immediately to ‘plan B’ | Kit Yates

Our comparatively good position has been eroded and now, heading into the winter, the data looks truly alarming Kit Yates is director of the Centre for Mathematical Biology at the University of Bath All the Covid indicators in the UK are going in the wrong direction. They have been for a while now. Cases are […]

Most Britons want assisted dying legalised. Why are MPs too cowardly to do it? | Simon Jenkins

A debate in the Lords this week exposes the Commons’ failure to answer calls for choice and dignity What are MPs for? The assisted dying bill, to be debated on Friday in the House of Lords, ranks with past laws on divorce, abortion and sexuality in the canon of social liberalism. It is unfinished business […]

Ofgem must show it is awake as energy sector faces winter nightmare | Nils Pratley

Scottish Power boss has warned UK risks ‘sleepwalking into an absolute massacre’ of energy suppliers “We are in danger of just sleepwalking into an absolute massacre,” Keith Anderson, the chief executive of Scottish Power, said dramatically this week, referring to the number of energy suppliers that could go bust before next spring. His prediction is […]

The harsh truths of partition in Ireland can’t be avoided in the name of reconciliation | Brian Hanley

Bland ceremonies avoid the difficult questions of imperialism, power and class that have divided the country Today in Armagh a church service is marking the centenary since the partition of Ireland. Though the event is hosted by the five main Christian churches on the island of Ireland, it has been shrouded in controversy since it […]

The NHS leads the world in green healthcare. But it faces a political roadblock | Polly Toynbee

Staff initiatives have successfully cut emissions, but without serious infrastructure investment there’s nowhere left to go If news reflected the magnitude of the planet’s crisis, one story would splash the headlines every day, filling every column inch, airtime minute and swipe of TikTok. Writing about anything else often seems trivial. Cop26 will briefly ignite the […]