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Plans for Scottish football’s big kick-off have potentially been dealt a blow following a major coronavirus outbreak at St Mirren.   Seven members of staff at the Paisley club have tested positive for Covid-19 nine days before the Scottish Premiership is due to start. The Scottish football authorities announced that clubs would have to revert […]

Boris Johnson has again rejected calls for a second vote on Scottish independence as he said Covid-19 has shown the UK as a “fantastically strong institution”. The Prime Minister, on a visit to Orkney, said the strength of the UK has been critical in the response to coronavirus. He also spoke of his desire to […]

UK and EU negotiators have not yet reached any agreement following intensified talks between the two sides in July, the UK’s chief EU negotiator says. David Frost said “considerable gaps remain in the most difficult areas” following the latest round of talks in London. In a statement, he said: “It is unfortunately clear that we […]

Face coverings will be mandatory in shops and supermarkets Under the new rules, people will need to have their nose and mouth covered or face a fine of up to £100. People with certain disabilities will be exempt. This comes after rules requiring people to wear face coverings on public transport became mandatory last month. […]

The Government’s failure to plan for the economic impact of a pandemic like the coronavirus has been branded “astonishing” in a scathing report by financial watchdogs. The influential cross-party Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said the economic reaction to Covid-19 was rushed and has left whole sectors behind. The committee said lack of preparedness could […]

Nicola Sturgeon has welcomed the Prime Minister’s visit to Scotland, claiming his presence north of the border highlights one of the “key arguments” for independence. Boris Johnson said ahead of his trip north that the coronavirus crisis has shown the “sheer might” of the UK, with almost 900,000 workers in Scotland benefiting from UK Government […]

Jurgen Klopp has urged Liverpool fans to stay away from Anfield as they prepare to lift the Premier League trophy for the first time.  Merseyside Police’s chief constable Andy Cooke has also warned action will be taken against any fans who congregate at the stadium. Thousands descended on the ground, and the following day the […]

Sir Keir Starmer accused the Prime Minister of reading “pre-prepared answers” rather than addressing national security concerns. But Boris Johnson replied in the Commons: “There’s no other Government in the world that takes more robust steps to protect our democracy, to protect our critical national infrastructure and to protect our intellectual property from interference by […]

The UK and US have agreed to amend the “anomaly” that allowed Harry Dunn’s alleged killer to claim diplomatic immunity, the Foreign Secretary has said. A court hearing last month heard that the “secret agreement” permitted Anne Sacoolas to return to her home country after a road crash which killed the 19-year-old in August last […]

Labour will pay “substantial damages” to whistleblowers who contributed to a TV expose of its handling of anti-Semitism as Sir Keir Starmer continues efforts to distance the party from his predecessor. The party also issued an unreserved apology over “defamatory and false allegations” made following a BBC Panorama investigation. Seven former employees who worked in […]