PA Media Ministers will meet later to decide whether or not to scrap mandatory Covid vaccinations for NHS staff in England. Front-line NHS workers in England must be fully vaccinated by 1 April, meaning they need a first dose by Thursday. If they are not jabbed by April, they will be redeployed or dismissed. Around
Last updated on 45 minutes ago45 minutes ago.From the section Tennis Dates: 17-30 January Venue: Melbourne Park Coverage: Daily radio commentaries on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, BBC Sport website and app, with selected live text commentaries online; TV highlights from middle Saturday. Rafael Nadal won a record 21st Grand Slam men’s title in
Getty Images A planned £12bn rise in National Insurance from April is “the right plan” and “must go ahead”, Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak have said. In an article in the Sunday Times, the PM and chancellor said the rise – which applies to employees and employers – will help clear the NHS backlog. Despite
A nine-year-old boy and a 60-year-old woman have died after being hit by falling trees during Storm Malik. The boy was killed after a tree fell in Winnothdale, Staffordshire, on Saturday afternoon, while the woman was killed in Aberdeen. Power lines have also been affected with thousands of homes in Scotland and England without electricity.
Getty Images Boris Johnson will telephone Russian President Vladimir Putin and visit Eastern Europe in the coming days as the UK steps up its diplomatic efforts to resolve the Ukraine border crisis. No 10 said the PM would repeat the need for Russia to “engage diplomatically” when he speaks to Mr Putin this week. He
Reuters The Metropolitan Police has asked senior civil servant Sue Gray to make “minimal reference” to events they are investigating in her report. Ms Gray’s inquiry into lockdown parties in Downing Street had been due to be released this week. But the Met has asked her to leave out details of parties they are investigating
Reuters US President Joe Biden has warned there is a “distinct possibility” Russia might invade Ukraine next month, the White House says. Russia meanwhile says it sees “little ground for optimism” in resolving the crisis after the US rejected Russia’s main demands. The build-up of tens of thousands of Russian troops on Ukraine’s borders in
Reuters Boris Johnson has promised that the official report into parties held in Downing Street during lockdown will be published “in full”. But the prime minister said he did not know when senior civil servant Sue Gray’s findings would come out. “We’ve just got to let the independent inquiries go on,” he added. Ms Gray’s
Virginia Roberts Lawyers for Prince Andrew have written to a US judge to demand a jury trial in a civil lawsuit brought by a woman who has accused him of sexual assault. Virginia Giuffre, 38, alleges that he sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager at the homes of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.
Getty Images Boris Johnson faces more questions about No 10 parties from MPs later, as the results of an internal inquiry into possible lockdown breaches are due. It is understood the highly-anticipated report, by senior official Sue Gray, is largely complete and could be published as early as Wednesday. But it is not expected to
Reuters Boris Johnson is under renewed pressure after Downing Street admitted staff gathered inside No 10 during the first Covid lockdown to mark his birthday. ITV News reported that up to 30 people attended the June 2020 event, sang Happy Birthday and were served cake. No 10 said staff had “gathered briefly” to “wish the
Getty Images The US has ordered the relatives of its embassy staff in Ukraine to leave amid rising tension in the region. The State Department has also given permission for non-essential staff to leave and urged US citizens in Ukraine to consider departing. In a statement. it said there were reports that Russia is planning