Sajid Javid apologises for saying it was time to stop ‘cowering’ from Covid

Health secretary says sorry for ‘poor choice of word’ after backlash from bereaved families Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Sajid Javid has apologised for saying it was time to stop “cowering” from Covid, after an outcry from families bereaved by the virus. On Saturday, the health […]

Foreign Office is ‘complicit in British man’s Somalia torture’

‘David Taylor’ claims hooding, sensory deprivation and waterboarding was to persuade him to cooperate with the CIA A British citizen has claimed he was tortured in Somalia and questioned by US intelligence officers, raising concern that controversial practices of the post-9/11 “war on terror” are still being used. The 45-year-old […]

How England’s ‘pingdemic’ took a heavy toll on the Tories

It was billed as a return to freedom, but the week ended with empty supermarket shelves and cancelled trains as many thousand workers – including the PM and chancellor – self-isolated Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Last weekend, as MPs prepared for their long summer holiday […]

Sajid Javid’s advice to not ‘cower’ from Covid provokes backlash

Bereaved families, Labour and Lib Dems all condemn health secretary, accusing him of insensitivity Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Sajid Javid has provoked a wave of anger from families of the victims of Covid after he said people must no longer “cower” from the virus. The […]

Anger over Sajid Javid’s advice to not ‘cower’ from Covid

Bereaved families, Labour and Lib Dems all condemn health secretary’s ‘insensitivity’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Sajid Javid has provoked a wave of anger from families of the victims of Covid after he said people must no longer “cower” from the virus. The health secretary announced […]

Britain faces ‘decades of financial risk’ as £370bn pandemic bill mounts

MPs call for immediate inquiry into Covid response to learn the lessons of what went wrong Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Taxpayers will be left facing “significant financial risk for decades to come” because of the levels of emergency government spending on the pandemic, totalling more […]

Lorry drivers plan to strike over low pay and poor working conditions

Nearly 3,000 hauliers are proposing a ‘stay at home’ day, prompting fears over already creaking food supply chains Lorry drivers are planning a nationwide strike over their working conditions, prompting warnings that this would magnify food shortages and cripple the country’s already creaking supply chains. Hauliers are proposing a “stay […]

Boris Johnson wants to mimic Tony Blair’s project, say No 10 sources

PM wants to echo Blair’s promise of an ‘opportunity society’ and energise those who feel left behind Boris Johnson intends to mimic aspects of Tony Blair’s political project in the hope of winning over more voters in former Labour heartlands, Downing Street sources have revealed. While the Conservatives’ 2019-intake MPs […]

Sage adviser claims ministers trying to get as many as possible infected with Covid

Exclusive: Prof Robert West says rhetoric about caution is ‘a way of putting blame on public’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A scientist advising the government has accused ministers of allowing infections to rip through the younger population in an effort to bolster levels of immunity […]

UK government opening floodgates to Covid variants, MPs warn

Cross-party group says proportion of positive tests analysed for variants among red list arrivals has plunged Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The government is “opening the floodgates” to new versions of Covid, a cross-party group of MPs has warned, after revealing a steep decline in the […]