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Can the RNLI save our soulless ministers?

Immigration policy | Empathy training | Names | Henry vacuum cleaners | Cool Well done to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution for coming out loud and clear against those trying to score populist points (RNLI hits out at ‘migrant taxi service’ accusations, 28 July). We need more public bodies to contest the normalisation of the proto-fascist narrative.

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Can the RNLI save our soulless ministers?

Lifeboat crews’ role in migrant rescues is humanitarian work – RNLI boss

The head of the RNLI has defended lifeboat crews for helping rescue migrants at sea, saying “decent people” deem it “humanitarian work of the highest order”. Mark Dowie, RNLI chief executive, said he felt compelled to comment after volunteers reported being heckled for bringing migrants to safety.

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Lifeboat crews’ role in migrant rescues is humanitarian work – RNLI boss

House of horror: Bath opens the world’s first museum dedicated to Mary Shelley

This week the city finally embraced its gothic past – in honour of one of its most famous residents. And with it, a host of dark secrets “Yes there’s plenty of scope for bodies around here,” Stephen Clews, the Roman Baths & Pump Room manager chuckles.

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House of horror: Bath opens the world’s first museum dedicated to Mary Shelley

Keep life moving: the latest in a long line of UK Covid mantras

As the government reveals its newest slogan, we look back at some of its predecessors, some considered successful, some less so Every since Covid-19 descended on the UK 16 months ago, government messaging has changed with the severity of the crisis. These are the most common public health slogans used so far – some of which proved more resonant than others.

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Keep life moving: the latest in a long line of UK Covid mantras

Union: ‘Catastrophic’ backlog at DVLA is due to staff being put ‘at risk’

A“catastrophic” backlog in processing driving licences is due to management decisions which “put people at risk”, MPs have heard. Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), which represents the workers at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency’s (DVLA) offices in Swansea South Wales said an agreement on improved working conditions was withdrawn “without any explanation”.

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Union: ‘Catastrophic’ backlog at DVLA is due to staff being put ‘at risk’

Face mask rules to remain in place when Wales enters alert level zero

Welsh Government ministers have confirmed that face coverings will continue to be required in certain settings in an attempt to "keep Wales safe" from coronavirus Face coverings will still be required in certain settings as the country prepares to come out of alert level one, ministers have confirmed.

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Face mask rules to remain in place when Wales enters alert level zero

Ken Macharia: Gay rugby player wins deportation fight after being threatened with immediate removal

Agay rugby player who was at risk of deportation but won the right to remain in the UK has said it will take time for him to believe the “nightmare is over.” Ken Macharia 41, who moved to Britain more than a decade ago, faced being sent back to Kenya , where homosexual activity is illegal and can be punished with heavy jail sentences.

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Ken Macharia: Gay rugby player wins deportation fight after being threatened with immediate removal

Gay rugby player wins deportation fight

Ken Macharia faced being sent back to Kenya, where homosexual activity is illegal and can be punished with heavy jail sentences. A gay rugby player fearing deportation has won the right to remain in the UK after being granted refugee status. Ken Macharia, 41, who moved to Britain more than a decade ago, faced being sent back to Kenya, where homosexual activity is illegal and can be punished with heavy jail sentences.

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Gay rugby player wins deportation fight

Pub and restaurant closure leads to ‘fall in mental wellbeing’, with young people the worst affected

Young people in particular say they have suffered with the closure of social hubs The long-term closure of pubs and restaurants has had a direct effect on mental health, a new survey has said, with young people the worst affected. Almost two-thirds of adults (62 per cent) said they believed the social and mental wellbeing of the population has declined due to the closure of hospitality venues.

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Pub and restaurant closure leads to ‘fall in mental wellbeing’, with young people the worst affected

In Pictures: Parks and beaches packed as temperatures soar

Sunday is predicted to be even hotter in parts of the UK. Soaring temperatures on Saturday saw thousands of people hit the beach and green spaces as parts of the UK expected to enjoy the hottest day of the year so far. Met Office experts said the mercury could hit 31C in England and possibly in parts of Northern Ireland, which would beat the 29.7C recorded in south-west London on June 14.

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In Pictures: Parks and beaches packed as temperatures soar

The UK’s most dog-friendly beaches to visit with your pooch this summer

50 of the UK’s most dog-friendly beaches revealed The UK is set to sizzle this weekend and many people will be taking advantage of the good weather by visiting a beach. However, deciding which beach to visit with your four-legged friend can often be a challenge.

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The UK’s most dog-friendly beaches to visit with your pooch this summer

The figures show just how mean this foreign aid cut is

Readers respond to the Conservative party’s plan to slash £4bn from the overseas aid budget The decision by the government to cut the overseas aid budget from 0.7% to 0.5% of gross national income to save £4bn annually is truly shocking, particularly as the underdevelopment and poverty in many parts of Africa and Asia are partly the legacy of colonialism (Outrage aimed at No 10 as MPs back £4bn cut to foreign aid budget, 13 July).

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The figures show just how mean this foreign aid cut is

Going on holiday abroad this year ‘puts others at risk’: Welsh First Minister

Going abroad for holidays this year “puts other people at risk”, Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford has said. Travellers returning from amber list countries who have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine will not have to self-isolate from July 19, following a decision by the UK Government.

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Going on holiday abroad this year ‘puts others at risk’: Welsh First Minister

Drakeford warns of danger of ‘sleepwalking’ into the break-up of the UK

Boris Johnson is in danger of “sleepwalking” into the break-up of the United Kingdom, Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has warned, Mr Drakeford said the Prime Minister’s “instinctive” hostility to the devolution settlement was fuelling support for independence in Wales. Giving evidence to the House of Lords Constitution Committee, he said the Welsh Government was a “rather vanishing creature” in that it still believed in the UK.

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Drakeford warns of danger of ‘sleepwalking’ into the break-up of the UK

Wales' First Minister announces almost all Covid restrictions could be lifted by August 7

The country will move to Level 1 restrictions on Saturday following a four-week delay due to the Delta variant, with a view to moving to Level 0 next month. Wales' First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced that almost all coronavirus restrictions will be lifted next month, but it will remain law to wear a face mask on public transport and in most indoor settings.

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Wales' First Minister announces almost all Covid restrictions could be lifted by August 7