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Unvaccinated nurse says 'losing my job is a risk I'm willing to take'

"It is my human right to decide if I want to be vaccinated or not" An NHS nurse has said she is prepared to risk losing her job if she is forced to have the Covid vaccine. The nurse from London is just one of many people living in the capital and refusing to get the jab.

cheshire-live.co.uk ,  1 hour ago 1
Unvaccinated nurse says 'losing my job is a risk I'm willing to take'

UK Government 'simply not functioning' as it tries to save Boris Johnson says Mark Drakeford

The First Minister has said that the UK Government is “simply not functioning” as it tries to save Boris Johnson’s premiership. Speaking at today’s Covid press conference, he claimed that the recent decisions made to scrap Covid restrictions were simply a way of trying to ease political pressure on the embattled Prime Minister.

nation.cymru ,  2 hours ago 2
UK Government 'simply not functioning' as it tries to save Boris Johnson says Mark Drakeford

No Downing Street investigation into blackmail claims, despite minister’s call for probe

Rebel Tories considering publication of evidence of alleged intimidation Downing Street is not conducting an inquiry into allegations of intimidation and blackmail by government whips, despite a cabinet minister’s call for an investigation. Asked repeatedly at a Westminster media briefing on Friday whether No 10 was looking into allegations from senior Tory William Wragg, a Downing Street spokesperson said only that evidence would be considered “if it comes forward”.

independent.co.uk ,  2 hours ago 8
No Downing Street investigation into blackmail claims, despite minister’s call for probe

Westminster Conservatives’ obsession with Marble Arch leads to the loss of £20 million to help residents

After wasting £6 million on the Marble Arch Mound fiasco, deprived areas in Westminster have lost out on up to £20m ‘Levelling Up’ funding for Government infrastructure schemes because the Conservatives put in a bid focussed on the Marble Arch end of Oxford Street. The UK government’s ‘Levelling Up Fund’ was devised to help deprived areas, and eight out of Westminster’s 20 wards have neighbourhoods among the most deprived in Britain.

london-post.co.uk ,  2 hours ago 0
Westminster Conservatives’ obsession with Marble Arch leads to the loss of £20 million to help residents

Court date set for former Gillingham FC vice chairman Michael Anderson

A court date has been set for the case of the former vice chairman of Gillingham FC who is facing extradition to the US where he has been charged with a multi-million pound fraud. Businessman Michael Anderson will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court for a hearing listed for three days between July 13 and July 15.

kentonline.co.uk ,  3 hours ago 2
Court date set for former Gillingham FC vice chairman Michael Anderson

Butterkist Popcorn leaves bitter taste as marketers park giant billboard advert just feet away from the Cenotaph

The popcorn makers incensed social media viewers after the stunt on Whitehall Twitter users blasted the brand for 'shamelessly' parking the huge advert there The van had 'here for the drama' emblazoned on its side for the latest campaign But it stopped in front of the Cenotaph as drivers dished out samples to a crowd

dailymail.co.uk ,  4 hours ago 0
Butterkist Popcorn leaves bitter taste as marketers park giant billboard advert just feet away from the Cenotaph

Britain’s last stand: what would London’s final protest have said about us?

On Saturday, thousands filled London’s streets. They gathered in peaceful protest because they knew this could be their last chance to be “disruptive”, to be a “nuisance”, to hold hands under a unified cause. From suffragettes to miners, at Peterloo or Westminster, serious bids for change in Britain have rarely been fanned into flame without the spark of civil disobedience.

swlondoner.co.uk ,  4 hours ago 13
Britain’s last stand: what would London’s final protest have said about us?

Tory Shaun Bailey won't be investigated by standards watchdog over Christmas party

The former Tory mayoral candidate will keep his £58,000-a-year role despite admitting attending the rule-breaking bash Ex-Tory mayoral hopeful Shaun Bailey will not be investigated by City Hall's standards watchdog, despite attending a rule-breaking Christmas party. An extraordinary image, obtained by the Mirror, showed Mr Bailey at a "raucous" bash at the party's Westminster HQ in December 2020, when London was living under Tier 2 rules.

mirror.co.uk ,  4 hours ago 21
Tory Shaun Bailey won't be investigated by standards watchdog over Christmas party

'The toxic combination of the Tories in Westminster and Tories in Hampshire will fail us'

The long term viability of the council is said to be 'at risk' Government support is desperately needed to save a struggling council’s finances in the years ahead. Next month, Hampshire County Council’s cabinet will meet to discuss a budget that proposes to cut £80m by April 2023.

hampshirelive.news ,  4 hours ago 0
'The toxic combination of the Tories in Westminster and Tories in Hampshire will fail us'

Rafiq hopeful of change after damning government report

BARNSLEY man Azeem Rafiq has ‘some sort of hope that we will see change now’ following a damning government report into racism in English cricket. The report from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee was released at the weekend and said there was ‘deep-seated’ racism in the sport, while threatening to withdraw public funding from the ECB if that was not addressed.

barnsleychronicle.com ,  4 hours ago 0
Rafiq hopeful of change after damning government report

Drakeford lashes out at Boris despite huge U-turn on Covid rules ‘not driven by science!’

WELSH First Minister Mark Drakeford has lashed out at Boris Johnson once again despite making a massive U-turn in Covid rules in Wales. Mark Drakeford accused the UK Government of moving too fast to ease restrictions in England to distract attention from the "Partygate" scandal. His swipe comes as he said he was ”confident" it is safe to lift restrictions on outdoors sporting events and outdoor hospitality from Friday.

express.co.uk ,  5 hours ago 11
Drakeford lashes out at Boris despite huge U-turn on Covid rules ‘not driven by science!’

Mark Drakeford: Wales First Minister says UK Government ‘long abandoned’ following science on Covid rules

The First Minister of Wales said the UK Government has “long abandoned any sense that it is following the science” in its approach to the coronavirus. Mark Drakeford, 67, also suggested that the Government in Westminster had stirred up other news stories as a distraction for its failings in the pandemic.

inews.co.uk ,  5 hours ago 0
Mark Drakeford: Wales First Minister says UK Government ‘long abandoned’ following science on Covid rules

Why William Wragg’s whipping complaints matter

To an old Westminster lag like me, there is something slightly grating about MPs complaining about nasty whips and political intimidation. I’m thinking about William Wragg, who says the government is ‘blackmailing’ MPs to support Boris Johnson and suggested the police should get involved.

spectator.co.uk ,  6 hours ago 9
Why William Wragg’s whipping complaints matter

Peer suggests having two first ministers at Stormont and no deputy

The Government will speak to local political parties about the possibility of reforming the First Minister and Deputy First Minister roles after the Assembly elections, it emerged yesterday. Speaking in the House of Lords, Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick called for the Northern Ireland (Ministers, Elections, and Petitions of Concern) Bill to be amended so the positions would become joint First Ministers.

belfasttelegraph.co.uk ,  7 hours ago 2
Peer suggests having two first ministers at Stormont and no deputy

Woman made £3,000 fake insurance claims for designer clothes she 'lost on a cruise'

She completely fabricated receipts in an attempt to support the claim A woman tried to defraud her insurance company out of thousands of pounds after claiming her luggage containing designer clothes had gone missing after a cruise. Chanelle Bell, 28, made fake claims amounting to £3,000, saying her bags, including a pushchair, had been lost when she disembarked at Southampton after the 13-night family cruise.

mylondon.news ,  7 hours ago 22
Woman made £3,000 fake insurance claims for designer clothes she 'lost on a cruise'

Underpaid state pensions leaves system 'unfit for purpose'

Women unlikely to be paid missing £1bn as Government makes its ninth attempt to fix admin problem, MPs warn The Government has failed pensioners and will leave thousands of married women out of pocket, despite its attempts to correct its own mistakes. A scathing report from Westminster’s Public Accounts Committee warned the state pension has been “unfit for purpose” for decades.

telegraph.co.uk ,  9 hours ago 1
Underpaid state pensions leaves system 'unfit for purpose'

Joanna Cherry: Twitter must act or risk failing to protect free speech

Twitter must act or risk failing to protect free speech IT is tempting to write about the Tories’ troubles for a second week running. Instead, I will simply reiterate my warning that independence supporters should not get too fixated on who leads the Tory party or indeed the Government of the UK.

www-tmp.thenational.scot ,  10 hours ago 0
Joanna Cherry: Twitter must act or risk failing to protect free speech

Scotland's economic recovery 'lagging behind' UK as Westminster grant slashed

Scotland's economic recovery behind UK as Westminster grant slashed SCOTLAND'S economic recovery is lagging behind the UK as a whole while Westminster funding has been slashed, according to a new report. A reduction of oil and gas activity is blamed for the relatively sluggish Scottish recovery - though it is predicted the economy to return to pre-pandemic levels by mid-2022.

www-tmp.thenational.scot ,  10 hours ago 2
Scotland's economic recovery 'lagging behind' UK as Westminster grant slashed

Allegations of bullying and blackmail by government whips further debase Boris Johnson

Editorial: Threats and malice are the whips’ trade, but what is perhaps new is the threat to withdraw public expenditure in certain parliamentary constituencies to force MPs to do as they are told Friday 21 January 2022 10:59 It is a remarkable feature of the present political landscape that the future governance of Britain rests on the varying, not to say wavering, bravery of Conservative backbenchers.

independent.co.uk ,  17 hours ago 4
Allegations of bullying and blackmail by government whips further debase Boris Johnson

Who is Sue Gray, what is she investigating and should the PM be worried?

The senior civil servant is looking to establish the facts about a series of claims of lockdown-breaking in No 10 and Whitehall. It is the investigation Westminster and most of the media is talking about – so just what is the inquiry led by Sue Gray into possible No 10 lockdown breaches?

guernseypress.com ,  18 hours ago 1
Who is Sue Gray, what is she investigating and should the PM be worried?