Top story: Labour MP claims data ‘cherrypicked’ Morning everyone. I’m Martin Farrer and these are the stories you need to read this morning. White working-class pupils have been let down by the education system in England, with “divisive” terms such as “white privilege” contributing to the neglect, a controversial report by MPs says today.
GPs in Northern Ireland will play ‘significant role’ in delivering booster jab to fight off winter wave of Covid
Health officials in Northern Ireland hope GPs will play a significant role in delivering booster vaccines to fight off a winter wave of Covid-19. On Monday England’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that while second doses of the current vaccines offered very strong protection, this could be improved with a booster jab.
Labour’s deputy leader has said an investigation will be launched into who made a “completely unacceptable” claim anti-Semitism among Muslim voters was costing the party votes. The Mail on Sunday quoted a “senior Labour official” as having said Labour was “haemorrhaging votes among Muslim voters” in the run-up to the Batley and Spen by-election on July 1.
It is a quiet, overcast evening at the Gol centre in Newport. Yet its five-a-side pitches and bar are fizzing with excitement at Wales’s chances of progressing into the knockout stages of the Euros. Goalkeeper Bradley Cox, who is warming up before the night’s Man v Fat league, which helps men lose weight, believes the Dragons could go far in the competition.
Wales will go ahead with easing coronavirus restrictions even without conclusive evidence that vaccinations have broken the link between rising infections and hospital cases, has said. The First Minister said the country’s four-week pause on lifting more rules cannot be extended indefinitely “in search of perfection” from scientists about the effect of the spike in cases of the Delta variant.
Wales is delaying further easing of coronavirus restrictions for four weeks after seeing a spike in cases of the Delta variant of the disease first identified in India. will make the announcement on Friday and is expected to encourage people to go for their second doses of the vaccine.
HEREFORDSHIRE'S public health chief has urged parents to support schools which will be forced to make more tough decisions due to coronavirus. The county's public health director Dr Rebecca Howell-Jones said some schools in the UK had been forced to close recently due to Covid outbreaks, mainly due to a rise in cases of the Delta variant, first identified in India.
School staff and parents in the Black Country have been praised by chiefs for their "huge effort" in ensuring pupils are tested for Covid-19. Leaders in Sandwell and Walsall have issued the praise as they aim to prevent virus cases rising and ensure schools are as safe as possible.
There is a simple reason why Boris Johnson and European leaders failed to find common ground over Brexit at last week’s G7 summit. They are not even talking about the same thing. For the British prime minister, Brexit is a matter of national character that cannot be described in legal documents.
An 88-year-old man charged with murdering his wife, whose remains were found in a septic tank some 37 years after she disappeared, has been bailed for a trial next year. David Venables is accused of killing 48-year-old Brenda Venables, who was reported missing from the couple’s then home in Bestmans Lane, Kempsey, Worcestershire, in 1982.
Hopes for summer holidays abroad faded after travel rules were tightened amid growing concerns over coronavirus variants and mutations. Travel bosses faced 'another lost summer' after Portugal was added to the amber travel list just weeks after the holiday hotspot reopened for British tourists. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps blamed the move on 'a sort of Nepal mutation of the so-called Indian variant' having been detected, and an increased test positivity rate in the country.
UK unemployment fell for the fourth month in a row in April as businesses took on more staff in response to the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions. The Office for National Statistics said the jobs market showed further signs of recovery as non-essential shops and hospitality venues were allowed to open outdoors across the UK.
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Did Boris Johnson do something incredibly clever in December of last year and did Sir Keir Starmer do something extremely stupid? You might think so if you look at graphs of their approval ratings. It is to around about then that we can trace the flip in their fortunes that has since seen the Tory leader bounce back from awful ratings and the Labour leader descend from impressive ones to a dismal score.
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The number of Covid outbreaks at Shropshire's main hospitals JUST over 500 staff and more than 250 patients tested positive for Covid-19 in outbreaks at Shropshire’s two main hospitals last year, a report says. Trust infection prevention and control director Hayley Flavell says all 25 outbreaks at Telford’s Princess Royal Hospital and the 24 seen at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital were analysed.
The announcement sees the government move into the final age group of its vaccine priority list. 25 to 30-year-olds will become eligible from June 8. Pic: Jacob King/PA Wire Over-25s in England are being called forward to get their Covid-19 vaccination from Tuesday June 8, the Health Secretary has announced.