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Dominic Cummings “clearly undermined” the government’s messages on its coronavirus lockdown, the former top UK civil servant has said. Boris Johnson’s chief adviser triggered a huge backlash after he was revealed to have driven to County Durham after his wife developed coronavirus symptom.  In an interview with the BBC on Wednesday, Mark Sedwill said it […]

Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo and Katherine Schwarzenegger have all jumped to the defence of Chris Pratt after the actor lost out in a poll of the ‘best Chrises’ in Hollywood. The famous friends and family of the Guardians Of The Galaxy star have spoken out after he lost out to Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine […]

Nearly a third of Covid patients admitted to intensive care since September are from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds – meaning the second wave of the pandemic is hitting ethnic minorities as badly as the first. Yet it is four months since Public Health England made a string of recommendations to the government […]

Content warning: this article contains description of domestic violence and abuse I’ll never forget the familiar, chilling way that my husband, Rakesh*, would fix me with his eyes. That look was a warning. If I dared to question a decision he’d made, there was no telling what the consequences might be.  Looking back, it’s frightening […]

We thought we’d seen it all – then M&S came along and made a festive, Percy Pig-themed pie. Yep, you heard that right.  The supermarket announced the arrival of the “Percymas Pies” in early October – pastry with a layer of fruity filling, Percy Pig flavour sponge and pink fondant icing. And of course, hand […]

You’re reading The Waugh Zone, our daily politics briefing. Sign up now to get it by email in the evening. Three long years ago, when Boris Johnson was foreign secretary, he famously suggested that the then French president wanted to “administer punishment beatings to anyone who wants to escape, rather in the manner of some World War […]

In late July, only weeks after the first coronavirus lockdown was lifted, Manchester was thrust straight back into a local lockdown where it has remained for the last three months. As university students returned to cities and punters were encouraged to drink in pubs, Greater Manchester and the wider North West has witnessed a sharp […]

Labour leader Keir Starmer will try to end Boris Johnson’s “punishing” local lockdown deals by forcing a Commons vote on the toughest Tier 3 restrictions.  Demanding a “fair one nation deal” for areas under the restrictions, Starmer will call on the government to standardise the level of support for businesses and workers.  The move could […]

Boris Johnson is “punishing” Greater Manchester by cutting £60m in government lockdown support cash to £22m because local leaders rejected the deal, MPs have said.  The prime minister faced anger from Tory and Labour MPs after he confirmed at a Downing Street press conference he would intervene and impose tier 3 restrictions on the area […]

The government has been accused of “waging war” against Greater Manchester after the region’s mayor found out from the media that it had been put in Tier 3 lockdown. Boris Johnson has imposed tough coronavirus restrictions on Greater Manchester after talks with the region ended in acrimony and chaotic scenes. Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham […]

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