London lockdown: St Thomas’ hospital cordoned off by armed police – area evacuated | UK | News

Half a dozen police cars and several armed police officers surround the hospital, located near Waterloo, according to people at the scene. Eyewitnesses say patients, nurses and doctors are being blocked from entering the building, as police clear the area.  Lambeth Police have commented on the incident, and said in a statement: “Police are dealing with a security alert at St Thomas’ Hospital, SE1. We will provide further info when known.” Westminster Bridge is closed in both directions to traffic, while a huge cordon has been put in place around…

Boris IS now preparing for new coronavirus lockdown – with date pencilled in for new rules | UK | News

The Prime Minister, while resisting pressure for a full national “circuit breaker” shut down of businesses, is pondering sweeping restrictions in areas with soaring infection rates to try to curb the second wave of the disease. Tory MPs expect him to order the closure of hospitality businesses and ban household mixing in many parts of the country. One well-connected Tory insider said: “Number 10 doesn’t like the idea of a blanket national lockdown but is planning targeted regional measures that would be pretty close to the circuit breaker idea.” The…

Coronavirus UK news: Boris Johnson told to abandon ALL COVID-19 rules – poll | UK | News

The Prime Minister announced his new three-tier coronavirus alert system on Monday, after rejecting recommendations from his scientific advisers for a tougher nationwide lockdown. The local lockdown system will see areas of England divided into categories labelled as medium, high or very high risk. Liverpool will be placed in the top-tier from Wednesday – which will see pubs and bars closed as well as a ban on households mixing. The latest measures have divided experts and MPs for going too far, while equally being criticised for not going far enough. In…

Coronavirus lockdown POLL: As No10 and SAGE clash, what system would YOU support? | UK | News

Experts from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) suggested introducing a two-to-three week national lockdown last month to halt the rapid spread of the virus, according to official papers. Labour has described the Government’s failure to act on the advice as “alarming”. Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: “The Government now needs to urgently explain why it ignored its own scientists and what it will be doing to get control of the virus.” Downing Street insists “robust but targeted and proportionate” action were taken in September, including the rule…

Keir Starmer demands FULL LOCKDOWN as he attacks Boris’ leadership -‘You’ve lost control!’ | UK | News

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer made a live address to the country to speak about the current coronavirus crisis gripping the UK. On Monday, Sir Keir and Prime Minister Boris Johnson rowed over whether the UK Government was making the right decisions during the pandemic. During his address at 5pm on Tuesday night, Sir Keir demanded a “circuit breaker” lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus.  Earlier in the day Labour MP Sam Tarry supported the idea for the two week suppression, albeit just for London. During his speech, Sir…

Boris handed resignation over strict coronavirus measures – ‘Cure worse than disease’ | UK | News

The Bolton West MP described the new three-tier measures as “worse than the disease” in his resignation letter to Mr Johnson. He said the latest plan had “failed” and was doing “damage to physical and mental health”. Mr Green tweeted his resignation letter to the Prime Minister, writing alongside it: “The Bolton lockdown has clearly not worked, and I believe that the cure is worse than the disease. “So I have stepped down from my role as Parliamentary Private Secretary.” Mr Green’s resignation letter said in full: “Dear Prime Minister.…

Starmer holds IN PERSON briefing to demand remote working in bizarre move | UK | News

Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer has called on Boris Johnson and the Government to implement a circuit breaker lockdown. During his speech to the country at 5pm on Tuesday, Sir Keir insisted SAGE’s advice of a temperorary two-three week lockdown could help slow the spread of coronavirus. However, the Labour leader also called on all Britons who could to return to their homes to work and the closure of offices.  Sir Keir said: “The Government’s plan simply isn’t working and another course is needed. “That is why I am calling…

Fishing latest: Activists halt German registered vessel ‘in UK protected area’ | UK | News

EU fishermen were warned against trawling in the Central Fladen protected area, east of Scotland by Greenpeace campaigners who had climbed on board the 117 metre-long vessel. In the North Sea, activists on board the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, sailed up to the Helen Mary supertrawler and informed its captain the vessel was in a Marine Protected Area (MPA). The conservationists said its request for the ship to stop fishing in the region was ignored. Remarkable pictures then show several activists abseiling down the side of the large EU vessel and put…

Holidays: Best city for UK expats to move to – it’s already a British favourite | Travel News | Travel

The measure is affecting almost five million people in Madrid and neighbouring cities. The study’s second most popular city for expats may come as more of a surprise. Iceland’s capital of Reykjavik came in second place, ranking highly with its rich culture, social welfare system, and natural beauty. The country is the perfect place for expats wanting to experience a good work-life balance and live in close proximity to other places in Europe. Icelanders have a life expectancy of 82.4 years, approximately two years more than the Organisation for Economic…

State Pension UK: Age increases affect Britons but many feel they have retired too early | Personal Finance | Finance

This provides insight into when a person is due to receive their state pension, how much they could be entitled to, and if they could take any actions to increase their sum.  Simon Stanney, equity release director at SunLife, commented on the findings. He said: “For many, the change in the state pension age comes as a big blow, but the reality is, when it comes to retiring, most of those who are currently retired wish they had waited a bit longer. “Our research also shows that many people in…