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The fee for plastic carrier bags is set to double from April next year, with the charge being extended to all shops in England, the Government has announced. Small retailers – defined as those employing 250 people or fewer – will no longer be exempt from the levy, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural […]

Labour has called for next year’s A-level and GCSE exams in England to be pushed back in order to cope with the impact of the coronavirus crisis on pupils. Shadow education secretary Kate Green said pupils entering Year 11 and 13 who have lost up to six months of teaching time face “a mountain to […]

The widow of Pc Andrew Harper has sought to dispel “misleading” and “deliberately harmful” claims about her campaign for a new law. It’s for those who kill emergency workers to be jailed for life. Lissie Harper wrote in a blog post that she was “immensely grateful” for the public’s support of an online petition calling […]

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired Arsenal to their second Wembley win in a month beating Liverpool to lift the Community Shield. August started with the Gabon forward inspiring the Gunners to a record 14th FA Cup win and ended with him wrapping up a morale-boosting win in the 2020-21 season curtain-raiser. Aubameyang saw his fine curling effort […]

The Education Secretary has warned that parents who do not send their children back to school risk their future life chances. It’s ahead of pupils returning to classrooms this week. Gavin Williamson has also said he is not considering resigning despite criticism over the exams fiasco, telling The Sun he will instead continue to “graft […]

Lewis Hamilton continued his dominance of the Formula One season by putting his Mercedes on pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix. Hamilton, who holds a 37-point championship lead over Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, beat team-mate Valtteri Bottas to top spot with a new track record at Spa-Francorchamps. The world champion saw off Bottas’ challenge […]

A “rota system” limiting the number of pupils going to secondary schools at any one time could be used for local lockdown zones, while teachers and students may need to wear face coverings in communal areas, according to new Government guidance. The staggered approach will reduce how many people students come into contact with, helping […]

Nationwide restrictions cannot be ruled out should England see a spike in coronavirus cases this winter, the Health Secretary has warned. Matt Hancock also hinted that restrictions may not be eased over Christmas to avoid an “uptick” in the number of Covid-19 cases. Speaking to The Times, Mr Hancock said countries in others parts of […]

Tributes have been paid to actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for playing superhero Black Panther, following his death at the age of 43 after a battle with cancer. In an announcement that stunned Hollywood, Boseman’s family said he had been diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago and died surrounded by his loved ones, including […]

A haulier has pleaded guilty to his part in the deaths of 39 migrants in a trailer on the back of a lorry. The bodies of the Vietnamese nationals were discovered on an industrial estate in Grays, Essex, shortly after the lorry arrived in Purfleet on a ferry in the early hours of October 23 […]