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The family of Captain Sir Tom Moore have paid tribute to the veteran and NHS charity fundraiser at his funeral, saying his “message and his spirit lives on”. Sir Tom’s coffin, draped in a union flag, was carried to the crematorium on Saturday by soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment while a Second World War-era C-47 […]

Anas Sarwar has been elected leader of the Scottish Labour Party, winning 57.6% of the vote. The Glasgow MSP defeated the party’s health spokeswoman Monica Lennon, who won 42.4% of votes cast. Mr Sarwar, the first person from an ethnic minority background to lead a UK party, said his election was “the greatest honour of […]

A Second World War-era plane will soar over Captain Sir Tom Moore’s funeral service in honour of the veteran and NHS charity fundraiser. The C-47 Dakota, part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which operates from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, will perform the flypast. Sir Tom’s 100th birthday celebrations last year included a Spitfire […]

Alun Wyn Jones has paid a glowing tribute to team-mate George North ahead of him winning his 100th Wales cap. North, at 28 years and 320 days, will become the youngest player in rugby union history to reach that milestone for their country when he lines up against Guinness Six Nations opponents England on Saturday. […]

A mortgage guarantee scheme aimed at helping aspiring homeowners with small deposits onto the property ladder and firing up the market will feature in next week’s Budget. Chancellor Rishi Sunak plans to incentivise lenders to provide mortgages to first time buyers, and current homeowners, with just 5% deposits to buy properties worth up to £600,000. […]

Teaching unions and police officers have been angered by the Government’s move to continue the rollout of coronavirus vaccines in age order, rather than prioritising the frontline professions. Health Secretary Matt Hancock defended pans for the next stage of the UK vaccination programme by arguing on Friday it is the “fastest and simplest way to […]

Lady Gaga’s two French bulldogs have been found safe and unharmed after being stolen at gunpoint, police in Los Angeles said. The pop star offered a 500,000 dollar (£350,000) reward for their return after her dog walker, Ryan Fischer, was shot in Hollywood on Wednesday. He is expected to make a full recovery. Koji and […]

Britain’s public finances will face “enormous strains” in the wake of the third national lockdown, the Chancellor has warned. Ahead of Wednesday’s Budget announcement, Chancellor Rishi Sunak told the Financial Times a bill for the Government’s £280bn investment in coronavirus support will eventually have to be paid, with low interest rates leaving the nation’s finances […]

People aged over 40 in Scotland will be the next to be prioritised for a Covid-19 vaccine, the health secretary has confirmed. Jeane Freeman said that Scotland will follow Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advice on the next stage of the coronavirus vaccination programme. People aged 40-49 will be prioritised for a Covid-19 […]

Final preparations are under way the mark the 20th anniversary of the Selby Rail Crash – the worst UK rail tragedy of the 21st century. Organisers of events to remember the 10 men who died in the collision between an GNER InterCity passenger service and a fully-laden coal train near the North Yorkshire village of […]

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