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The UK’s economy will bounce back to pre-COVID levels by the end of 2021 despite the end of lockdown being delayed, the CBI has forecast – a year earlier than expected. However, the business group has warned of devastation for some still-closed sectors if they are not given more support. The CBI has upgraded its […]

Something has gone seriously wrong in the criminal justice system when it comes to rape, according to a major government report. Senior ministers say they are deeply ashamed that there has been a sharp drop in the number of cases going to court in just five years. The government has promised to overhaul the way […]

The UK has asked the European Union to extend the grace period on chilled meats being sent from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. The grace period allowing items such as sausages to be sent between the two is due to expire at the end of June. The UK has asked for this deadline to be […]

NHS chief Sir Simon Stevens has failed to confirm he has confidence in Matt Hancock. Asked repeatedly if, having worked alongside the health secretary during the pandemic, he has confidence in his ability, Sir Simon refused to give Mr Hancock his support. Pressed on whether the health secretary is hopeless, the NHS boss smirks after […]

A father and son died after they were gored at their family farm by a water buffalo which had previously taken against the younger man, an inquest has heard. Ralph Jump, 57, and his son Peter, 19, were fatally attacked by Yolo, while his daughter Isabel, 22, was injured but survived. The family kept Mediterranean […]

A man has been arrested in connection with the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants found in a lorry container in Essex. The unnamed man, a Vietnamese national, was detained at a supermarket petrol station in Middlesbrough just off the A66 at about 1pm on Thursday, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said. He is said to […]

The inquiry into the Manchester Arena bombing outlined a series of security failings on the night of the attack in which 22 people were killed and hundreds more injured. In a damning first report into the terror attack, the inquiry’s chairman Sir John Saunders said the arena’s operator SMG, security company Showsec and British Transport […]

The former boss of the government’s coronavirus Test and Trace programme has applied to become the next head of the NHS. Conservative peer Baroness Dido Harding, who is the wife of Tory MP John Penrose, formally entered the running to become the top boss of England’s healthcare system on Thursday. The announcement was made on […]

The capital is “on track” to face the worst year of teenage killings in more than a decade, the Metropolitan Police has warned. Knife and gun crime could lead to the highest number of homicides among young people since 2008, when 28 youths were killed, if youth violence continues at the current rate, the force […]

An attempt to beat the record for the fastest train journey from London to Glasgow has failed by 21 seconds. An Avanti West Coast service pulled into Glasgow Central fractionally behind the record of three hours, 52 minutes and 40 seconds set by British Rail in December 1984, the rail operator said. The train had […]