Manchester lockdown: ‘More WILL die’ Boris says as he shames Burnham with stark city stats | UK | News

Boris Johnson addressed the developing situation across the country regarding coronavirus and the need for movement into different tier levels. During his speech on Friday evening, Mr Johnson thanked local leaders for their cooperation as the Government introduces new measures. He defended the Government’s push for more coronavirus restrictions as he said there had been an increase in coronavirus cases in addition to hospital admissions.  Mr Johnson admitted that the Government and the leaders of Greater Manchester had not yet been able to come to an agreement on what best…

Gordon Brown’s debt deceit laid bare: How ex-PM’s PFI deals cost taxpayer millions | UK | News

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has stressed that “mass joblessness, homelessness and hopelessness are not inevitable” despite the catastrophic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the UK economy. Writing in Big Issue magazine, the former Labour Prime Minister and Chancellor took aim at the Conservative Government’s stimulus measures following months of lockdown, which he said offered “nothing new” for the unemployed, self-employed and those receiving Universal Credit  He wrote: “British families are now more fearful of the economic and employment impact of Covid-19 than they are of the virus itself.”…

Can I see my boyfriend, girlfriend or partner in Tier 2? | UK | News

But Downing Street said Tier 2 restrictions meant that while couples living apart could see each other outdoors, social distancing restrictions meant they would not be able to have physical contact. The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “The rules on household mixing in Tier 2 set out that you should mix with your own household only unless you have formed a support bubble and that obviously does apply to some couples. The spokesman confirmed couples not in support bubbles and living apart could meet outside but should “follow social distancing…

Can I leave a Tier 2 area? | UK | News

In a Downing Street press conference, Prime Minister Johnson today said he wanted to avoid another national lockdown “if at all possible” although added he “cannot rule anything out”. Instead, the Government is pressing ahead with Mr Johnson’s new three-tier restrictions which are being rolled out across the UK. The rules about where is on lockdown and what those restrictions are has been confusing – and the new tiers are aimed at reducing this chaos. So now, there are just three tiers of lockdown – Tier 1 being the softest,…

UK Army set to slash 7,000 roles sparking fears of troops shortage | UK | News

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is understood to have put forward a proposal to cut its current target of 82,000 regular troops to just 75,000 in the next decade. The 10-year plan is set to drive down the number of new recruits with a greater emphasis on the use of technology. Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the Commons defence select committee, has condemned the proposal and described the idea as “sheer madness”. The Tory MP claimed the force is already stretched in numbers and pointed to a shortage of tank operators. MP…

How do you form a support bubble – do you need to register if you have a support bubble? | UK | News

How do you form a support bubble? The Government explanation of a support bubble says: “It is better to limit all your social interactions at this time to help stop the spread of coronavirus. However, we recognise that this is difficult. “If you want to expand the group of people you can have close contact with during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, making a support bubble with another household is the safest way to do so.” The idea is to give a single person some help and company during the lockdown,…

London facing transport shutdown THIS WEEKEND as Sadiq Khan refuses £1bn bailout | UK | News

The Mayor of London is looking to securing a bailout for the transport service across the capital. But ministers have said any cash injection depends of Mr Khan extending the congestion zones. Crucial talks between the Mayor of London and the Government have now stalled. Mr Khan has refused to sign an agreement which would see more than three million people being forced to pay £15 to use their cars in London. The Mayor believes the proposed plans would inflict further pain on Londoners amid the coronavirus pandemic. Conservative mayoral…

Parents could be banned from seeing children if they live in different county in Tier rule | UK | News

Boris Johnson warned that more areas could move into higher tiers of emergency during the current coronavirus spike across the country. While holding a coronavirus presser on Friday, Mr Johnson took questions from the public on some of their concerns regarding the new rules. The Prime Minister was asked what parents should do if they do not live with their child but would regularly have contact with them.  Christopher from Margate asked: “What is the Government’s guidance to single parents who have regular contact with their children who live in…

Boris Johnson’s no deal Brexit speech shows PM is following Margaret Thatcher’s advice | UK | News

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he believes a trade deal with the EU is not likely and that the UK should now get ready to leave the bloc’s single market and customs union at the end of the year without a new agreement in place. Speaking from Downing Street in a televised speech, Mr Johnson kept the door open for further talks but blamed Brussels for refusing to “negotiate seriously” in recent months. He said he would always be willing to hear from the EU side negotiators if they…