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Green bonds offering savers the chance to back the government’s environmental projects are going on sale – but experts think the “paltry” returns on offer will see demand wilt. The bonds, described as the first ever green savings product issued by a country, go on sale online via the Treasury-backed National Savings & Investments (NS&I) […]

Family doctors in England have taken a step towards industrial action as part of an escalating row with Health Secretary Sajid Javid over plans to boost the number of face-to-face appointments. The British Medical Association’s GP committee in England on Thursday formally rejected a package of measures set out last week by Mr Javid. Under […]

In the city with two cathedrals of St Patrick, they were missing two heads of state. The Queen had “reluctantly accepted” the advice of her doctors and cancelled her visit to Northern Ireland. Ireland’s president had already declined his invitation to the service in Armagh, the island’s ecclesiastical capital. Image: St Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh […]

Conservative Party fundraising bosses are embroiled in a row over claims they offered dinner with the housing secretary to property developers for £4,000, Sky News can reveal. Michael Gove refused to be sat with developers at an event at the party’s conference in Manchester earlier this month following a furious behind the scenes row. He […]

The Welsh government says its “ambition” is to get through winter without a further lockdown, but cannot rule it out as cases rise in spite of extra precautions. In Wales, people have to wear masks in most indoor spaces and show COVID-19 passports to get into nightclubs and larger events. They are used to prove […]

An articulated lorry was left dangling on the edge of a dock after it plunged into the water of the harbour in Bristol city centre. The trailer was partially submerged while the cab remained perched on the dock. By the time the emergency services arrived, the driver had made it to safety. Avon Fire and […]

Comedian Judi Love has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not take part in Strictly Come Dancing this weekend, the BBC has said. It is hoped the stand-up star, 41, will resume her place on the Saturday night show with dance partner Graziano Graziano di Prima the following week. A Strictly Come Dancing spokeswoman said: […]

Coronavirus case rates among schoolchildren in England have reached a new record high, according to the latest government data. Rates of COVID-19 are also increasing in all but one region in England. A total of 1,366.8 cases per 100,000 people aged 10 to 19 were logged in the seven days to 17 October – up […]

The international trade secretary has failed to rule out making trade deals with countries that destroy their rainforests. As concerns grow that the government is prioritising economic growth over climate protection, Labour called on Anne-Marie Trevelyan to make the commitment in the Commons. She said economic growth and tackling climate challenges go “hand in hand”, […]

The UK has recorded another 52,009 new COVID cases and 115 virus-related deaths, the latest daily figures show. The number of new infections marks the first time that figure has been above 50,000 since 17 July. A total of 327,537 cases have been recorded in the past week – an increase of 17.9%. The figures […]