Rishi Sunak: New ways to protect jobs ‘my priority’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChancellor Rishi Sunak told the BBC that people ‘want to be in work’ rather than on furlough The chancellor has said looking for new ways to protect jobs is his “number one priority” after the unemployment rate hit its highest level in …

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Removing graffiti will ‘boost confidence’ in railway, says Shapps

Image copyright PA Media Image caption The Transport Secretary said station operators needed to be more vigilant Rail bosses have been told to do more to crack down on graffiti on the UK’s network as a way of encouraging more people to start using trains again. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps …

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Sentences to double for attacks on emergency workers

Image copyright Police Federation Image caption PC Heather Caruna was headbutted during an arrest in Surrey Maximum sentences for those convicted of assaulting emergency workers in England and Wales will be doubled. New sentencing laws will increase the maximum penalty for violent attacks to two years as part of justice …

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Coronavirus: Ebbsfleet Covid-19 test centre shut to become lorry park

Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic image copyrightGoogle image captionOne of the car parks at Ebbsfleet International station was used as a coronavirus testing centre A coronavirus testing centre in Kent has been closed to make way for a lorry park for post-Brexit customs checks. The government is planning to use the …

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Will Halloween and birthday parties be cancelled in Scotland?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Halloween parties and guising could be problematic when it comes to current restrictions on gatherings Nicola Sturgeon has not ruled out a ban on guising in Scotland this Halloween. The first minister said she did not want to stop children trick-or-treating but that she …

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Charlie Elphicke: Ex-MP jailed for sex assaults on women

image copyrightPA Media image captionCharlie Elphicke entered Southwark Crown Court alone Ex-Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke has been jailed for two years for sexually assaulting two women. Elphicke, 49, the former MP for Dover, was convicted of groping the women in similar situations, nine years apart. He denied the charges, but …

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Don’t give prime ministers the power to choose election date, say MPs

Image copyright Getty Images The power to choose the date of the next general election should not be handed back to prime ministers, a cross party committee of MPs has said. Boris Johnson is committed to scrapping the 2011 Fixed-Term Parliaments Act. He blames it for prolonging the Brexit paralysis …

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Young people hit as unemployment rate rises

Image copyright gilaxia The UK unemployment rate has risen to its highest level for two years, official figures show. The unemployment rate grew to 4.1% in the three months to July, compared with 3.9% previously. Young people were particularly hard hit, with those aged 16 to 24 suffering the biggest …

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Coronavirus: Sir Keir Starmer calls for furlough scheme replacement

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSir Keir Starmer calls for “urgent talks” to set up “new targeted support” when the furlough scheme ends Sir Keir Starmer has called on the government to replace the furlough scheme and outlaw “firing and re-hiring” methods to avoid the “scarring effect” …

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Unison: Care workers who made £4 an hour awarded in £100,000 court case

Image caption One court case awarded home carers in London more than £100,000 The government should guarantee that care workers are paid fairly, the UK’s largest union has demanded. Unison’s statement comes on the heels of a legal victory it helped win for homecare workers in north London. General secretary …

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