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The government has issued an ultimatum to leaders in Greater Manchester to agree a lockdown deal or risk having stricter restrictions imposed upon them. In a statement, communities secretary Robert Jenrick has said that he has written to local leaders in Greater Manchester giving them until midday on Tuesday to reach an agreement on the […]

An app tracking coronavirus symptoms has apologised after facing a backlash for promoting face masks designed by Samantha Cameron’s fashion label. The Covid Symptom Study app is run by health science company Zoe and shares the data it collects with King’s College London. But it faced criticism over the weekend after users received “inappropriate” adverts […]

Black and Asian people should be given priority status for Covid testing alongside NHS and care workers if the government’s test-and-trace service can’t cope with demand, a new report has urged. The joint call by the Runnymede Trust and IPPR think tank came as they published research suggesting “structural and institutional racism” in health care, […]

Running Mate is a US election podcast – just for Brits. In our ninth episode, we look at what the result will mean for the UK, which has spent the last four years cosying up to Donald Trump Host Graeme Demianyk speaks to Kiran Stacey of the Financial Times and HuffPost UK’s Rachel Wearmouth about the […]

A coronavirus vaccine is “unlikely” to be available before spring 2021, Patrick Vallance has said, as he warned ministers not to be tempted to “over-promise”.  Speaking to MPs on Monday, the chief scientific adviser said the public, who face a winter of social distancing restrictions as the Covid-19 second wave gathers pace, need a “realistic […]

Greater Manchester has become the scene of one of the biggest political standoffs since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.  On one side is the weight and force of Boris Johnson and his government. Ministers insist that, amid a huge second wave of coronavirus cases they say could overwhelm the region’s intensive beds by November […]

Matthew McConaughey has shared details of his parents’ volatile relationship ― and how it came to an end. The Oscar winner revealed in his new memoir Greenlights that his father, James McConaughey, died while having sex with his mother, Kay. It was just how his dad predicted, the actor recalled. “I got a call from my […]

Theresa May has ridiculed Michael Gove’s claim that Brexit could give intelligence and law enforcement services the power to “intensify” the security they provide for the UK. The former prime minister was caught on camera looking at a colleague in astonishment and asking “what?!” as Gove made the comments during a Commons statement. He was […]

Beach Boys co-founders Brian Wilson and Al Jardine want fans to know they’re not part of a fundraising effort for President Donald Trump featuring the current incarnation of the band.   “We have absolutely nothing to do with the Trump benefit today in Newport Beach. Zero,” a spokesperson for the duo told Variety. “We didn’t even […]

Donald Trump won’t leave the White House quietly if he loses in November — and it will depend on the faint-of-heart Republicans to force him out, warned former national security adviser John Bolton in a CNN interview that aired Sunday.  “I think it’s very troubling [Trump] has said, ‘I can’t lose unless there’s fraud,’” Bolton told […]

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