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BBC Politics
Jan 27, 2021

Covid-19: 'Poor decisions' to blame for UK death toll, scientists say
A "legacy of poor decisions" in 2020 and before the pandemic led to 100,000 deaths, scientists say.

BBC Politics
Jan 27, 2021

Boris Johnson hopes to publish criteria for easing lockdown next month
Lifting lockdown rules will depend on the number of hospitalisations, deaths and vaccinations.

BBC Politics
Jan 26, 2021

Covid: Arrivals to England from virus hotspots face hotel quarantine
The measures will apply to British residents returning to England from areas including southern Africa.

BBC Politics
Jan 26, 2021

Covid: Will the UK's pubs stay shut until May?
Previous lockdowns suggest hospitality could be facing one of the longest routes back to normality.

BBC Politics
Jan 26, 2021

Coronavirus: Cut jury size to clear courts backlog - Labour
The shadow justice secretary calls for seven-member juries to deal with cases delayed by the pandemic.

BBC Politics
Jan 26, 2021

Coronavirus 'hit us like a missile,' says care home boss
Care home owner Ty Yilmaz tells the BBC when coronavirus hit them it was like being "on the frontline in a war".

BBC Politics
Jan 26, 2021

Covid deaths: 'Hard to compute sorrow' of 100,000 milestone - PM
Boris Johnson says he takes "full responsibility" for the UK government's response to the pandemic.

BBC Politics
Jan 26, 2021

Covid deaths: UK passes milestone of 100,000
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says it is "hard to compute the sorrow contained in this grim statistic".

BBC Politics
Jan 26, 2021

Covid-19: Keir Starmer on 100,000 deaths in UK
Sir Keir Starmer says 100,000 Covid deaths in the UK is "twice the number we lost in the Blitz".

BBC Politics
Jan 26, 2021

Coronavirus: Vaccine supply fears grow amid EU export threat
The EU calls for "fair" distribution after vaccine companies cut back on pledged supplies.

BBC Politics
Jan 26, 2021

British Asian celebrities unite for video to dispel Covid vaccine myths
Comedians Meera Syal, Romesh Ranganathan and Adil Ray make a video urging people to get the vaccine.

BBC Politics
Jan 26, 2021

Climate: Government postpones Environment Bill again
The Environment Bill has been postponed again because of a lack of time for scrutiny, the government says.

BBC Politics
Jan 26, 2021

Covid-19: Vaccine minister 'confident' of supplies amid production delays
Nadhim Zahawi says supply is tight, but he expects the UK to meet its February target of 15 million doses.

BBC Politics
Jan 25, 2021

Covid: Quarantine hotel plans set to be announced
The new measures are likely to apply to British residents arriving in England from high-risk countries.

BBC Politics
Jan 25, 2021

Covid: Cancel developing countries' debt, MPs urge
A committee says the pandemic is increasing hardship and food insecurity among the world's poor.

BBC Politics
Jan 25, 2021

Poor white teens in 'left behind' towns don't go to uni
Watchdog warns of low university chances for white working youths in former industrial towns.

BBC Politics
Jan 25, 2021

Poor white teens in 'left behind' towns not going to uni
Watchdog warns of low university chances for white working class youths in former industrial towns.

BBC Politics
Jan 25, 2021

Chris Grayling leads MPs' charge to save hedgehogs
Ex-cabinet minister wants "Britain's favourite animal" to get same protections as bats and badgers.

BBC Politics
Jan 25, 2021

Covid: 'Not a moment to ease measures,' says Matt Hancock
The health secretary says it is "difficult" to put a timeline on when England's lockdown will be lifted.

BBC Politics
Jan 25, 2021

EU 'does not accept' UK decision on diplomats
EU official says UK threat to refuse full diplomatic status to the bloc's ambassador "not a friendly" start.

BBC Politics
Jan 25, 2021

Mayor of London candidate Brian Rose fined for lockdown breach
Brian Rose was filming for his Mayor of London campaign when he was fined by police in Southwark.

BBC Politics
Jan 25, 2021

Covid: Quarantine hotel plan to be discussed by ministers
The requirement would apply to British nationals arriving in the UK from high-risk countries.

BBC Politics
Jan 25, 2021

Covid: What is council tax and should it go up in the pandemic?
As homes across England face higher council tax bills from April, what is it and should the rise be scrapped?

BBC Politics
Jan 25, 2021

Mastercard to push up fees for UK purchases from EU
The move sparks concerns that customers could see prices rise if merchants pass on the higher cost.

BBC Politics
Jan 25, 2021

Covid: Ministers 'actively working on' quarantine hotels
It is understood senior ministers will meet on Tuesday to discuss how the idea could work.

BBC Politics
Jan 25, 2021

Covid-19: Boris Johnson on quarantine hotels for UK arrivals
The UK could require anyone arriving in Britain to be taken to a hotel on arrival, the prime minister suggests.

BBC Politics
Jan 25, 2021

Covid-19: Coffey on future of universal credit extension
Ministers will decide "shortly" whether to extend the £20-a-week increase in universal credit, the work and pensions secretary has said.

BBC Politics
Jan 25, 2021

Covid: Schools will be told of reopening plans 'as soon as we can'
Boris Johnson says he understands parents' frustrations but the infection rate is "still very high".

BBC Politics
Jan 25, 2021

Covid-19: Boris Johnson on date for reopening English schools
Boris Johnson says teachers and pupils will be told "as much as we can, as soon as we can" about reopening them.

BBC Politics
Jan 25, 2021

Coronavirus: Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer self-isolates for third time
Sir Keir Starmer says he will be working from home until next Monday.

BBC Politics
Jan 25, 2021

Gordon Brown: Trust has broken down in way UK is run
The UK's nations and regions are being treated as if they were "invisible", the former PM warns.

BBC Politics
Jan 25, 2021

Bank of England criticised for financing carbon-intensive firms
MPs criticise the Bank of England for providing financial help without attaching environmental strings.

BBC Politics
Jan 25, 2021

Covid: School reopening plan demanded by Tory MPs
The government is asked to set out a "route map" for getting pupils back to classrooms in England.

BBC Politics
Jan 24, 2021

Tory MPs demand 'clarity' on school reopenings
The government is asked to set out a "routemap" for getting pupils back to classrooms in England.

BBC Politics
Jan 24, 2021

Gordon Brown: UK could become 'failed state' without reform
Covid has exposed "tensions" between Whitehall and the UK's nations and regions, the former PM warns.

BBC Politics
Jan 24, 2021

Kickstart: Most job roles for youths not yet filled
About 118,000 placements for young people are yet to be filled due to coronavirus lockdowns.

BBC Politics
Jan 24, 2021

Pandemic diaries: How are people coping in lockdown?
The BBC speaks to four people about their experiences in the latest lockdown.

BBC Politics
Jan 24, 2021

Covid: DVLA staff in Swansea 'scared to enter the workplace'
Ministers are urged to intervene amid rising Covid infection numbers at the Swansea office.

BBC Politics
Jan 24, 2021

UK firms told 'set up in EU to avoid trade disruption'
Firms say they have been advised by officials to set up EU hubs, but the government says it is not policy.

BBC Politics
Jan 24, 2021

David Warburton MP's six stone weight loss secrets revealed
Somerton and Frome MP David Warburton said he "got a bit obsessed" with his home gym.

BBC Politics
Jan 24, 2021

Andrew RT Davies returns as Welsh Conservatives leader
He replaces Paul Davies who quit after drinking alcohol with other politicians in the Senedd.

BBC Politics
Jan 24, 2021

Sturgeon: I did not mislead Scottish Parliament over Salmond
The first minister denies claims she knew about harassment allegations earlier than she told parliament.

BBC Politics
Jan 24, 2021

Border poll would be 'absolutely reckless', says Arlene Foster
A Sunday Times poll shows 51% of people in favour of holding a border poll in NI within five years.

BBC Politics
Jan 24, 2021

South Africa coronavirus variant: 77 cases found in UK
Cases are under "very close" observation and enhanced contact tracing is under way, Matt Hancock says.

BBC Politics
Jan 24, 2021

Indyref2: SNP reveal 'roadmap' to another independence referendum
The new plan says they will "vigorously oppose" any legal challenge from the UK government.

BBC Politics
Jan 24, 2021

Nicola Sturgeon: 'It's right that I am properly scrutinised'
Nicola Sturgeon addresses claims she mishandled sexual harassment claims made about her predecessor.

BBC Politics
Jan 24, 2021

UK shadow foreign secretary: transparency around dose gap length needed
Lisa Nandy also tells the BBC's Andrew Marr that current travel restrictions 'are not sufficient.'

BBC Politics
Jan 24, 2021

Hancock on easing lockdown: 'We don't know the answer'
The Health Secretary tells Andrew Marr that he doesn't know when it will be safe to lift restrictions.

BBC Politics
Jan 24, 2021

Matt Hancock says too soon to tell when lockdown rules will be eased
The Health Secretary tells Andrew Marr that he doesn't know when it will be safe to lift restrictions.

BBC Politics
Jan 24, 2021

Smart motorways are dangerous, says Yorkshire police chief
The claim comes after a coroner ruled two deaths on the M1 motorway were avoidable.

BBC Politics
Jan 23, 2021

Firms planned record 800,000 redundancies last year
Despite the furlough scheme, employers decided to cut a record number of jobs during 2020.

BBC Politics
Jan 23, 2021

PM talks to Biden in first call since inauguration
Boris Johnson said he looked forward to "deepening the longstanding alliance" between the UK and US.

BBC Politics
Jan 23, 2021

Welsh Tory leader quits over alcohol row
Paul Davies is standing down after being seen drinking with other politicians during an alcohol ban.

BBC Politics
Jan 22, 2021

Can a Nudge or two make us better savers?
A government-backed firm is looking for new ways to get people to put money aside for a "rainy day".

BBC Politics
Jan 22, 2021

Climate change: Six questions about the Cumbria coal controversy
Green groups are calling on the PM to cancel the project - but how was the decision reached?

BBC Politics
Jan 22, 2021

Covid-19: Parties urged to suspend doorstep campaigning
Leafleting and other political activities are "neither essential nor necessary", the government says.

BBC Politics
Jan 22, 2021

East West and Northumberland rail lines get £794m boost
The government says the funding will connect "left-behind" communities.

BBC Politics
Jan 22, 2021

Coronavirus: UK variant 'may be more deadly'
Evidence suggests the coronavirus variant that emerged in the UK may be more deadly as well as spread faster.

BBC Politics
Jan 22, 2021

New UK variant 'may be more deadly'
Emerging evidence suggests the variant that emerged in the UK may be more deadly as well as spread faster.

BBC Politics
Jan 22, 2021

Covid: Senedd drinking a 'possible breach' of Wales alcohol ban
Politicians drank alcohol at the Welsh Parliament while it was banned in pubs, a probe finds.

BBC Politics
Jan 22, 2021

Covid-19: No plans for universal £500 self-isolation payment, No 10 says
There is already a £500 payment available for those on low incomes who cannot work from home, No 10 says.

BBC Politics
Jan 22, 2021

English councils battling financial ruin
BBC correspondents look at why their local authorities are in trouble - and it isn't just Covid...

BBC Politics
Jan 22, 2021

Covid-19: Government sources downplay £500 self-isolation payment idea
A senior government source says the idea was drawn up by officials and has not been considered by the PM.

BBC Politics
Jan 22, 2021

Covid-19: Ministers to discuss £500 Covid payment to boost self-isolation rates
A leaked document outlines plans to encourage people with Covid symptoms to get tested and stay home.

BBC Politics
Jan 22, 2021

Cyber criminals publish more than 4,000 stolen Sepa files
Thousands of files hacked from Scotland's environment watchdog appear on the "dark web" after it rejected a ransom demand.

BBC Politics
Jan 21, 2021

Covid-19: Ministers to consider £500 Covid payment to boost self-isolation rates
A leaked document outlines plans to encourage people with Covid symptoms to get tested and stay home.

BBC Politics
Jan 21, 2021

Brexit: Retailers warn they could burn goods stuck in EU
UK retailers may abandon goods EU customers want to return because it is cheaper than bringing them home.

BBC Politics
Jan 21, 2021

Brexit: Nissan commits to keep making cars in Sunderland
The Japanese car maker has told the BBC its Sunderland plant is secure for the long term.

BBC Politics
Jan 21, 2021

TV licence fee decriminalisation decision shelved
The government publishes its response to a public consultation on licence fee evasion.

BBC Politics
Jan 21, 2021

UK accused of 'petty' behaviour in EU diplomat row
Ex-ministers have criticised the UK for downgrading the diplomatic status of the EU's ambassador.

BBC Politics
Jan 21, 2021

City of London statues removed over 'slavery link'
Statues of William Beckford and Sir John Cass are to be removed from the Guildhall in Moorgate.

BBC Politics
Jan 21, 2021

Covid: £800 house party fines to be introduced in England
Fines of £800 will be handed to anyone attending a house party of more than 15 people from next week.

BBC Politics
Jan 21, 2021

Covid-19: NI lockdown to be extended until 5 March
The curbs may even continue until Easter, in an attempt to drive down Covid-19 case numbers.

BBC Politics
Jan 21, 2021

Licence fee decriminalisation 'under active consideration'
The government publishes its response to a public consultation on licence fee evasion.

BBC Politics
Jan 21, 2021

Could indyref2 be held without the UK's consent?
The Court of Session is being asked to rule on whether a deal with the UK government is needed for a referendum.

BBC Politics
Jan 21, 2021

Covid: 'Too early' to say if lockdown will end in spring - Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson says England's measures will be reviewed once the priority groups have had the vaccine.

BBC Politics
Jan 21, 2021

Covid: Labour attacks Sunak over strategy to help economy
The shadow chancellor claims her Tory counterpart has called the crisis wrong "time and again".

BBC Politics
Jan 21, 2021

Covid: Gavin Williamson hopes England's schools will reopen by Easter
The education secretary says schools in England will be given two weeks' notice before reopening.

BBC Politics
Jan 21, 2021

Michelle O'Neill: Joe Biden 'will be a good friend to us'
Northern Ireland's deputy first minister tells the BBC Joe Biden shares Sinn Féin's views on Brexit.

BBC Politics
Jan 21, 2021

University tuition fees frozen at £9,250 for a year
Tuition fees in England are being frozen for another year and ministers outline plans to reform post-16 education.

BBC Politics
Jan 21, 2021

Brexit: Movement Assistance Scheme costs £330,000 in 20 days
The Movement Assistance Scheme helps businesses with the cost of moving food and plant products.

BBC Politics
Jan 21, 2021

Malware found on laptops given out by government
Suspicious files contacting Russian servers are thought to have been found on devices given to schools.

BBC Politics
Jan 21, 2021

Covid-19: Pastor urges black communities to take up vaccine
Emmanuel Adeseko says more must be done to urge African Caribbean communities to get Covid jabs.

BBC Politics
Jan 21, 2021

University tuition fees frozen for a year
Tuition fees in England will be frozen for another year while ministers outline plans to reform post-16 education.

BBC Politics
Jan 21, 2021

Keir Starmer on Gavin Williamson as education secretary
Keir Starmer says Gavin Williamson "has failed as education secretary".

BBC Politics
Jan 21, 2021

Stormont: 'Rings run around civil servants' over contracts
Stormont finance officials displayed "a culture of indifference" over public money, a report says.

BBC Politics
Jan 21, 2021

Covid: England's schools to get two weeks' notice for reopening
The education secretary says he is "not able to exactly say" when pupils in England will return.

BBC Politics
Jan 21, 2021

Brexit: Lamb exporter to EU 'making virtually nothing'
Powys meat processing plant warns the extra cost of selling into the EU could mean major job losses.

BBC Politics
Jan 21, 2021

Stormont: BT 'ran rings around NI civil servants' over contracts
Stormont finance officials displayed "a culture of indifference" over public money, a report says.

BBC Politics
Jan 20, 2021

Could Alex Salmond bring down Nicola Sturgeon?
The next few weeks could be bloody for the SNP as a Scottish Parliament inquiry kicks off.

BBC Politics
Jan 20, 2021

Universities degree 'not the only route to success'
Ministers announce plans to reform post-16 education to give employers the skilled people they need.

BBC Politics
Jan 20, 2021

Food supply problems in NI clearly a Brexit issue - Coveney
NI Secretary Brandon Lewis said empty shelves in Northern Ireland were down to Covid-19.

BBC Politics
Jan 20, 2021

UK and EU in row over bloc's diplomatic status
The EU's top representative in London is not being accorded the same privileges as other ambassadors.

BBC Politics
Jan 20, 2021

Covid: Priti Patel urged to explain border security stance
Labour says the home secretary should update MPs after she said borders should have been shut in March.

BBC Politics
Jan 20, 2021

Biden inauguration: Step forward after bumpy period - Boris Johnson
Congratulating Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, the PM said it was a "big moment" for the UK and US.

BBC Politics
Jan 20, 2021

Covid: UK reports 1,820 deaths as Johnson warns tough weeks to come
A further 1,820 people die in the UK within 28 days of a positive test - another all-time high.

BBC Politics
Jan 20, 2021

Senedd alcohol row: PM 'expects above and beyond' on Covid
Downing Street comments come after senior Welsh Tories others seen drinking on Senedd premises.

BBC Politics
Jan 20, 2021

Storm Christoph: Boris Johnson on England flooding risk
The PM says the government is making sure it is "totally prepared in every part of the UK" for flooding that might be caused by Storm Christoph.

BBC Politics
Jan 20, 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson congratulates President Joe Biden
Boris Johnson says the inauguration is a "step forward for the country that's been through a bumpy period".

BBC Politics
Jan 20, 2021

Covid: Close courts in England and Wales or face strikes, union warns
Courts should handle cases online in England and Wales while Covid safety is improved, ministers told.

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