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PM hit with lockdown birthday party claims in fresh alleged breach

PM hit with lockdown birthday party claims in fresh alleged breach

Downing Street said staff only “gathered briefly” in the Cabinet Room after a meeting, after a report from ITV News suggested up to 30 people attended. The broadcaster suggested the Prime Minister’s wife, Carrie Johnson, had organised the surprise get-together on the afternoon of June 19 2020, when indoor social mixing was banned. The PA …

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Watford sack boss Claudio Ranieri after just 16 weeks in charge

Watford sack boss Claudio Ranieri after just 16 weeks in charge

The well-travelled Italian signed a two-year deal at Vicarage Road in October, replacing Xisco Munoz with the side 15th, having taken seven points from their first seven Premier League games. But Ranieri only managed to double that points tally during his 13 top-flight matches in charge and has been sacked by Watford after 112 days. …

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Charity helping abuse victims appeals for help to find new base

Charity helping abuse victims appeals for help to find new base

A charity supporting thousands of victims and survivors of sexual abuse has appealed for help to find a new base in Manchester where it can operate for free. Maggie Oliver, the detective who resigned from Greater Manchester Police and went public over the botched Rochdale grooming inquiry, hopes to open the first centre dedicated to …

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Liverpool see off Palace to close gap at top of Premier League table

Liverpool see off Palace to close gap at top of Premier League table

Liverpool reduced the gap at the top of the Premier League table to nine points after a 3-1 win at Crystal Palace. Two Andrew Robertson assists helped the Reds take control, with Virgil Van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on target in the first half. But Patrick Vieira’s side reduced the deficit through Odsonne Edouard at …

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Welsh ports see 30% fall in traffic due to Brexit, says UK shipping boss

Welsh ports see 30% fall in traffic due to Brexit, says UK shipping boss

Welsh ports have seen a 30% fall in traffic as a result of Brexit, a shipping operator has said. Ian Davies, boss of Stena Line’s UK ports, said the decline seen in Holyhead and Fishguard was because of the new trading relationship with the European Union and not the Covid-19 pandemic. Mr Davies said the …

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Raab urges NHS staff to get mandatory jabs amid calls for deadline delay

Raab urges NHS staff to get mandatory jabs amid calls for deadline delay

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has urged NHS staff in England who have not had their mandatory Covid-19 vaccines to do so amid calls for the deadline to be delayed. Mr Raab played down suggestions the April 1 deadline could be postponed while NHS representatives have warned the policy could force thousands of frontline workers …

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Queen to spend few weeks at Sandringham after flying in from Windsor Castle

Queen to spend few weeks at Sandringham after flying in from Windsor Castle

The Queen has flown by helicopter from Windsor Castle to Sandringham where she will spend the next few weeks, it is understood. The head of state normally hosts her family at Sandringham over the holidays, and on Christmas Day the royals attend church nearby. But the Queen, 95, took the decision in December to remain …

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Phones4U boss ‘to shun tax avoidance schemes after using them to build empire’

Phones4U boss ‘to shun tax avoidance schemes after using them to build empire’

Mr Caudwell, 69, said he was “extremely proud” of paying into the UK system and “absolutely wouldn’t” use loopholes to save money again. Speaking to Lauren Laverne on the BBC’s Desert Island Discs, the businessman acknowledged he had taken advantage of tax avoidance schemes in order to be able to invest more heavily in Phones4U …

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