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Household mixing could be allowed over Christmas, but scientists have warned that each day’s freedom might require five days of tougher measures to make up for it. The Government is considering ways to allow people to spend time with family over the festive period, although a senior health official said any socialising would likely have […]

Boris Johnson will “end the era of retreat” when he unveils what is being billed as the biggest programme of investment in Britain’s armed forces since the end of the Cold War. The Prime Minister is set to lay out a four-year financial deal for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to “transform” the military, developing […]

The UK’s top counter-terrorism police chief has warned a no-deal outcome in the trade talks with the European Union would make the country “less safe”. Negotiators are currently locked in intensive discussions in Brussels as they look to secure a post-Brexit trading arrangement before the transition period ends on December 31.   As the clock […]

The University of Oxford is expected to release data on the effectiveness of its coronavirus vaccine in the coming weeks, with the latest trial results suggesting it produces a strong immune response in older adults. The ChAdOx1 nCov-2019 vaccine has been shown to trigger a robust immune response in healthy adults aged 56-69 and people […]

The coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer – which is due to arrive in the UK before the end of the year – is 95% effective and has passed its safety checks, according to further data from the firm. The pharmaceutical giant and its partner BioNTech published interim results last week showing the jab could prevent more […]

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said he will not restore the whip to his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn because he “undermined” work in restoring trust and confidence in the party’s ability to tackle anti-Semitism. Mr Corbyn was reinstated as a party member on Tuesday – three weeks after being suspended in the aftermath of the […]

Baroness Dido Harding, who leads the NHS Test and Trace programme, has revealed she is self-isolating after receiving an alert from the service she runs. The Tory peer tweeted a screenshot of an app notification on Wednesday which carried the message “you need to self-isolate” until the end of November 26.   She wrote above […]

Boris Johnson is set to make history by becoming the first leader to face the weekly ritual of Prime Minister’s Questions via videolink. The spectacle of baying MPs lining the House of Commons during the 30-minute slot is not always an edifying one, but many people insist it is an essential part of the UK’s […]

Michael B Jordan has been named People magazine’s sexiest man alive. The Black Panther actor, 33, was revealed as the winner during Jimmy Kimmel’s US chat show, entering the studio in a pandemic-appropriate yellow hazmat suit. His voice was disguised while he answered a series of questions from fans at home, saying he worked in […]

UK inflation bounced higher last month as the price of food and clothing jumped, according to official figures. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation rose to 0.7% in October from 0.5% in September.   It surpassed the expectations of analysts, who had predicted that inflation would stay flat at […]


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