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The Defence Secretary has acknowledged “prejudice played a part” in failures to properly commemorate potentially hundreds of thousands of black and Asian service personnel who died fighting for the British Empire. Ben Wallace issued an apology and expressed “deep regret” on Thursday after an investigation found the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) did not formally […]

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Coronavirus was not the leading cause of death in England and Wales in March for the first time since October, new figures show. Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows Covid-19 was the third leading cause of death in both countries that month, accounting for 9.2% of all fatalities registered in England and 6.3% in […]

Pizza Express is to hire 1,000 new employees as it prepares to welcome customers into its restaurants from next month. The recruitment spree comes as the UK’s second largest restaurant operator eyes a rapid recovery after a tough year in the face of pandemic restrictions. The new jobs come only six months after the chain […]

Rates of suspected suicides in England did not rise following the first coronavirus lockdown, according to analysis of early figures. Researchers from the University of Manchester analysed data from English Real Time Surveillance (RTS) systems in areas covering a population of around 13 million. The systems anonymously record suspected suicides as they occur, which allows […]

Sir Lewis Hamilton has said the conviction of a former police officer for the killing of George Floyd “marks a new dawn in the fight for racial justice” – but warned the battle “is not over”. On Tuesday, Derek Chauvin, 45, was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter following a three-week trial […]

The Queen has spoken out for the first time since the death of the Duke of Edinburgh. She has thanked well-wishers across the globe for the tributes paid to her husband which have “deeply touched” the royal family. In a message released on her 95th birthday, the Queen said she and her family were in […]

Police were called to a security scare at the Duke of York’s home after a woman reportedly talked her way into his mansion. The 43-year-old woman spent 20 minutes in the grounds of Royal Lodge in Berkshire on Monday after telling security guards she was having lunch with the Queen’s son, according to the Sun […]

The UK’s rate of inflation rose in March, however it remained below expectations as the price of vehicle fuels and clothing rose. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) hit 0.7% in March. It comes after a 0.4% reading in February and 0.7% in January. Inflation had unexpectedly eased in […]

An Ofcom-style regulator for football and a greater say in the running of clubs for fans are being considered following the European Super League debacle, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said. Plans for six of England’s biggest clubs to join the breakaway competition collapsed on Tuesday night following a backlash from fans, the game’s authorities and […]


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