Coronavirus news: Packed beaches leave locals scared to go | UK | News

Due to the coronavirus crisis far more people than usual are taking their holidays in the UK. Last month the Government announced any Britons who travel to Spain, a popular holiday destination, will have to quarantine for 14 days. On Friday, the hottest day of the year with temperatures hitting 37.8C at Heathrow Airport, saw even bigger numbers flock to the coast. Speaking to the BBC Claire Harris, a 37-year-old St Ives resident, said she’d banned her children from the town’s harbour and main shopping areas due to the number of…

Oh dear, Leo! Varadkar forced to admit he ‘made mistakes’ | UK | News

The newly formed coalition between Mr Varadkar’s Fine Gael party, Fianna Fail and the Greens has been beset with problems since it formed at the end of June. Agriculture Minister Barry Cowen was sacked following controversy over his 2016 drink-driving arrest, and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan appeared to fall asleep ahead of a Dail vote on legislation relating to lower-paid jobs. There were also complaints from some members of parliament who did not get cabinet roles. This week the Irish government was also forced to u-turn over people on…

Ex-Tory minister arrested on suspicion of rape over ‘sex attack on woman in her 20s’ | UK | News

A woman in her twenties has accused the MP of rape, sexual assault and coercive control. The ex-minister was taken into custody in a police station in east London on Saturday morning. The woman, who is a former parliamentary employee, accuses the MP of abuse during a relationship last year. She alleges she was left so traumatised she had to go to hospital, The Sunday Times reported. In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: “On Friday 31 July, the Metropolitan Police Service received allegations relating to four separate incidents involving…

Meghan Markle and Kate ‘bickered’ so much Queen forced to intervene | UK | News

Royal author Tom Quinn claimed Queen Elizabeth was driven from Buckingham Palace to Kensington Palace to try and salvage the relationship between the pair. The sisters-in-law, nicknamed the “duelling duchesses”, have been dogged by reports of a rift, which Quinn claims stemmed from Meghan’s view of her position with husband Prince Harry. He wrote in Kensington Palace: An Intimate Memoir from Queen Mary to Meghan Markle: “At first the couples got on well – William and Harry have always been close – but inevitably there were tensions. “As one insider…

SNP latest news: Douglas Murray shames Nicola Sturgeon’s ‘anti-English’ nationalism | UK | News

The author, who has previously spoken out against the SNP, questioned why liberals are “so happy to be associated with Nicola Sturgeon’s brand of nationalism” in a column for the Daily Telegraph. He wrote: “Among all the nationalist parties and movements, only the Scots nationalists are given a pass by the respectable and media classes. And this is curious because Scots nationalism is no different from any other type of nationalism. “In fact, it is worse than most. Its sole motivating factor is anti-Englishness. Its leaders will speak well of…

Birmingham horror: Armed police swoop in as ‘man stood on edge of balcony with machete’ | UK | News

Dozens of officers arrived at the flat, on Hill Street, at around 3pm and quickly surrounded the block of flats. Police were called to the flat, in Brierley Hill, 12 miles from Birmingham, after a man reportedly “stood on a balcony edge with a machete”. Special negotiators tried to bring the incident to a safe conclusion for several hours.  Officers say the man was stood on the wrong side of the railings. A police cordon remained in place until 7pm, blocking off Hill Street. A spokesman for West Midlands Police said:…

Andrew Neil dismantles Scottish independence campaigner’s argument as complete ‘gibberish’ | UK | News

Mr Neil lashed out at Francis Johnstone who questioned if he had evidence to back up the claims. Mr Johnstone, tweeted: “Every other Nation in the World would be knocking on our doors for we’d be the second biggest exporter in the World with Indy.” But the BBC Politics Live host hit back and said: “Very interesting. What source are you citing for Scotland being the second biggest exporter on the planet? “And if it’s so big how come Scotland runs such a huge balance of payments deficit? Thank you in anticipation.”…

Matt Hancock announces second COVID-19 wave ‘rolling across Europe’ | UK | News

Health Secretary Matt Hancock insisted the Government was continuously looking at the advice it was being given by scientists on coronavirus. While on Times Radio with Aasmah Mir, Mr Hancock said the Government was doing everything it could to protect Britons from Europe’s second coronavirus wave. He warned that if the UK was not careful it may also face the same problems that are being seen all over Europe. Watch full interview on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWcx_fivX2c&feature=youtu.be He added that daily cases were down considerably from the peak and the Government remained committed…

Britons DO understand Boris Johnson’s lockdown rules – ‘It’s common sense!’ | UK | News

An ongoing survey of more than 70,000 adults carried out by researchers from University College London (UCL) found fewer than half of respondents have a clear idea of the current rules. About 45 percent reported having a “broad understanding” of the current rules in England, with just 14 percent of participants claiming to understand the rules completely now lockdown has eased. The new research prompted Express.co.uk to ask its readers whether they understand the current lockdown restrictions. The poll carried out from 00.01am-12noon on August 1, asked: “Do you understand…

Wetherspoon coronavirus: Pub SHUTS after staff member tests positive – 24 self isolating | UK | News

The Wetherspoons pub, the William Rufus in Botchergate, Carlisle,  was closed on Friday after the member of staff confirmed she had tested positive for coronavirus. The outbreak led authorities to instruct 24 people who recently visited the pub to self-isolate.  It has been confirmed that a member of staff from the pub did a coronavirus home testing kit and tested positive for the disease. People that the member of staff were in contact with were traced and ordered to self-isolate. Now a total of 24 individuals are self-isolating. The pub was closed on…