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Chancellor rejects Rashford’s calls to continue free school holiday meals

Chancellor rejects Rashford’s calls to continue free school holiday meals

In a letter to the Sunday Times, England and Manchester United forward Rashford joined with supermarket bosses and food industry leaders to demand ministers continue providing the meals to vulnerable children, even when they were not in the classroom. The signatories said that doing so during the earlier stages of the pandemic, after campaigning from …

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Former footballer Jay Tabb all set for charity ride

Former footballer Jay Tabb all set for charity ride

Former Premier League footballer Jay Tabb will experience another kind of sporting thrill when he takes to the saddle for the Fitzdares Racing Welfare Charity Flat Race at Wincanton on Sunday. The 37-year-old enjoyed a 16-year career as a midfielder, working his way through Crystal Palace’s youth academy before undertaking spells at Brentford, Coventry, Reading …

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Brentford boss Thomas Frank wary of Leicester’s in-form forward Patson Daka

Brentford boss Thomas Frank wary of Leicester’s in-form forward Patson Daka

Patson Daka’s midweek heroics have given Brentford boss Thomas Frank an extra threat to prepare for ahead of today’s visit of Leicester. Zambia striker Daka, the £22million summer signing from RB Salzburg, followed up his maiden Premier League goal against Manchester United last weekend with a stunning four-goal haul in the Europa League. The 23-year-old …

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Rishi Sunak to announce £3 billion of investment into skills and education

Rishi Sunak to announce £3 billion of investment into skills and education

Rishi Sunak is expected to give a cash injection to both post-16 education but also to adults later in life. Mr Sunak will announce the number of skills boot camps in areas such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and nuclear will be quadrupled. While £1.6 billion will provide up to 100,000 16- to 19-year-olds studying for …

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Jodie Whittaker on filming her final series of Doctor Who during the pandemic

Jodie Whittaker on filming her final series of Doctor Who during the pandemic

The actress, who has played the Time Lord since 2017, said she had been aware of the challenges around travel and being “tactile” with her co-stars. However, she said she felt reassured as soon as she arrived on set. She said: “We started filming late because of Covid so starting was a tentative time because …

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Parents urged to book children in for Covid-19 vaccine during half-term

Parents urged to book children in for Covid-19 vaccine during half-term

Parents in England are now able to book Covid vaccinations online for children aged between 12 and 15. Just over 2.5 million letters will arrive with parents and guardians from Monday inviting them to book a jab online through the National Booking Service. There are almost 100 sites offering jabs to this age group with …

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Lewis Hamilton hoping to emerge unscathed from United States GP opening corner

Lewis Hamilton hoping to emerge unscathed from United States GP opening corner

Verstappen will have the advantage of starting from pole position after he beat his Mercedes rival to top spot at a sizzling Circuit of Americas in Austin by two tenths. Hamilton and Verstappen have already collided on two occasions this season – at Silverstone and Monza – and the uphill drag to the first left …

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MPs prepare for whistleblower’s revelations on inner workings of Facebook

MPs prepare for whistleblower’s revelations on inner workings of Facebook

Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen has made numerous blistering claims about the tech giant since releasing thousands of pages of internal research documents she secretly copied before leaving her job in the company’s civic integrity unit. She has already spoken out about the social network across the pond on television and before politicians, alleging Facebook’s …

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Budget to see improved CCTV and street lighting among planned crime-reduction measures

Budget to see improved CCTV and street lighting among planned crime-reduction measures

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to pledge millions for better CCTV and improved street lighting and give £80 million in additional funding to the Crown Prosecution Service. The Treasury said part of this funding will “improve the response to rape and sexual assault cases”. Mr Sunak said everyone should feel safe at home, on the …

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