Boris urged to call off search for £100k press spokesperson – ‘Waste of taxpayers money!’ | UK | News

Last night it emerged Boris Johnson is on the hunt for a new spokesperson to lead televised press briefings. The role, which is likely to come with a salary of more than £100,000-a-year, was posted on the Conservative Party’s LinkedIn page. The advertisement said the successful candidate will represent the Government and Mr Johnson to “an audience of millions on a daily basis, across the main broadcast channels and social media, and to have the chance to influence and shape public opinion”. In response to the new job posting, Express.co.uk…

McDonald’s coronavirus alert: Sandwell restaurant closes with five staff positive | UK | News

The restaurant at Great Bridge in Sandwell, Weest Midlands, was said to have closed as a precaution. A sign on the front of the door said this was due to “maintenance”. However, the firm confirmed the incident today. A spokesman for McDonald’s said: “We have pro actively decided to temporarily close our Great Bridge restaurant as a precautionary measure following a rise of Covid-19 cases in the local area with five of our employees testing positive. “We have been in contact with all the restaurant employees and also with Public…

BBC TV licence protest: Thousands hit streets in anger – 24 hours to save over-75s right | UK | News

Thousands of senior citizens have also vowed to press ahead with a campaign of direct action against bill collectors. Leading campaigner Lord Foulkes warned there is just 24 hours to save the perk for the over-75s and called on the government to stage a last minute intervention. BBC bosses are imposing the £157.50 on the over-75s from Saturday for the first time in 20 years. Members of the National Pensioners’ Convention will take to the streets in London, Newcastle, Oxford, Norwich, Liverpool, Irvine and Belfast in protest. General Secretary Jan…

Nicola Sturgeon has ‘backed herself into a corner’ as SNP have no plan B to independence | UK | News

Tony Miklinski,Conservative Councillor for Cupar Ward in North East Fife, told Express.co.uk that Scotland’s First Minister has no plan B to Scottish independence. Mr Miklinski stated that signs of strain are beginning to show in the SNP and that hardline supporters will splinter away from the party if Ms Sturgeon cannot deliver on her pledge.  The Scottish Conservative said: “I don’t think she has a plan B. “Nicola Sturgeon is backed into a corner of her own making, her sole existence, and the sole reason she manages to keep her…

Nicola Sturgeon news: John Curtice issues warning to SNP as independence dream on brink | UK | News

Leading polling expert Professor Sir John Curtice said ongoing rifts in the nationalist party could cost Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon her goal of Scottish independence. He said splits in the SNP could be the “biggest risk” to the party’s future aims for a second independence referendum and stop it from “the realisation of their ambitions”. He told The Courier: “The brutal truth, it seems to me, is that the biggest risk the SNP face to the realisation of their ambitions are their own internal divisions. “Obviously Nicola Sturgeon will…

EU fury: Europe’s anger at ‘saboteur’ Boris Johnson in Brexit talks unmasked | UK | News

Government sources have said this week that the EU‘s approach to trade talks has resulted in “paralysis”. Brexit negotiations have stalled in recent months over two key issues – fisheries and regulatory alignment. Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to fulfil a Leave campaign promise that the UK will take back control of its waters post-Brexit. Previously, EU vessels had free access to British fishing grounds, leaving many fishermen in the UK aggrieved. However, the EU’s chief negotiator – Michel Barnier – has warned Mr Johnson he cannot secure access to…

Nicola Sturgeon news: Glasgow under threat – new cluster threatens to wreak havoc | UK | News

Nicola Sturgeon said 18,580 people have tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up by 22 from 18,558 the day before. She said 14 of these new cases were in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area with a possible cluster under investigation. There are 260 people in hospital with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, a decrease of four in 24 hours. Ms Sturgeon said: “I’ve been advised that a possible cluster of cases is currently under investigation by Greater Glasgow and Clyde. “An incident management team meeting will take place later…

Leeds lockdown: Streets shut off and Army swoop in as city centre evacuated | UK | News

Police rushed to the scene and evacuated an area of Leeds city centre after the discovery of what appears to be a bomb pulled out of the River Aire this afternoon. Experts from the Army were called to the scene to assist officers. It came after magnet fishers discovered the object near Granary Wharf centre early this afternoon. A huge area has been cordoned off as explosive experts deal with the incident. It is unclear if the device is still active. Police said they were dealing with the incident and…

POLL: Should Boris hire a £100k spokesperson or just address the nation himself? VOTE | UK | News

The job, advertised on LinkedIn, is described as a chance to “communicate with the nation on behalf of the Prime Minister”. It says the applicant’s essential skills should include “excellent risk management and crisis communication skills”. The salary is “based on experience” but sources suggest it is likely to be more than £100,000-a-year. The successful applicant is likely to be an experienced broadcaster. Applications close on August 31. Mr Johnson announced plans to introduce daily televised press briefings and question-and-answer sessions earlier this month but the move has come under…