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UK economy contracts 1.5% in first quarter, but rebounds in March

UK economy contracts 1.5% in first quarter, but rebounds in March

Lockdown restrictions saw the UK economy contract at the start of 2021 but the hit was smaller than first feared as growth rebounded in March, according to official figures. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that gross domestic product (GDP) – a measure of the size of the economy – fell by 1.5% between …

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‘Nightingale effect’ sees surge in nurses joining NHS during pandemic

‘Nightingale effect’ sees surge in nurses joining NHS during pandemic

Nurses’ “tireless” work during the coronavirus pandemic has seen a surge in nurses joining the ranks in the NHS, officials have said. To mark International Nurses Day, health leaders have praised nurses’ “remarkable response” to the crisis. The NHS in England said that due to the “Nightingale effect” there are now thousands more nurses working …

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Nine-year-old boy dies after apparently being struck by lightning in Blackpool

Nine-year-old boy dies after apparently being struck by lightning in Blackpool

A nine-year-old boy has died after apparently being struck by lightning on a football field in Blackpool, police have said. Officers from Blackpool police were called shortly after 5pm on Tuesday to fields near to School Road to reports a child had been injured. Emergency services attended and the boy was taken to hospital but …

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PCSO Julia James’ loyal Jack Russell dog takes part in reconstruction

PCSO Julia James’ loyal Jack Russell dog takes part in reconstruction

The little Jack Russell was walked by an actress in an effort to recreate the route the beloved community support officer took on the day of her killing and to encourage any remaining witnesses to come forward. Toby was discovered unharmed at the scene near where Ms James’ body was found after she took him …

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Queen’s Speech sets out plans for ‘stronger, healthier, more prosperous’ nation

Queen’s Speech sets out plans for ‘stronger, healthier, more prosperous’ nation

The Queen set out the Government’s programme in her first major public ceremonial appearance since the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. But measures to address the long-standing issue of social care funding were not included in the speech. Proposals on social care will be brought forward later this year, the Government said …

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