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Coronavirus – Fri Apr 9, 2021
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Holidaymakers’ travel plans in doubt as Portugal extends lockdown

The Portuguese Government has said it is continuing in its present ‘state of calamity’ until the end of May.
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Unite leadership candidate suspended by Labour over Patel tweet

Howard Beckett, the union’s assistant general secretary, apologised for his comments suggesting Home Secretary Priti Patel should be deported.
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High Court to hear unionists’ challenge to Northern Ireland Protocol

Applicants say the judicial review aims to ‘undo the great wrong’ in the imposition of the post-Brexit trading arrangements.
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Entertainment venues in Wales to reopen as Covid alert level lowered

The lowering of the country’s alert level on Monday will come alongside the indoor reopening of pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes.
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Boris Johnson urged to perform U-turn over voter ID plan

Civil society groups said the proposals could cost up to £20 million per general election.
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Keep schools open over future lockdowns to protect children, experts say

A safeguarding watchdog has called for a ‘learning culture’ to be at the heart of child protection services to reduce cases of serious harm and death.
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Cop26 ‘our last hope’ at limiting global warming to 1.5C – Alok Sharma

Mr Sharma was appointed president for the conference by Boris Johnson in January.
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Government ‘will not hesitate’ to act on Indian coronavirus variant

Cases of the Indian variant of concern have more than doubled and ministers are monitoring the situation.
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Tracey Emin on life after cancer and living with a disability

She’s gone from enfant terrible to grande dame of art and now, as her dream exhibition reopens, the artist is making the most of it

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BRITs 2021 - our showbiz reporter goes out out for a glittering night

The British music industry’s first big night out in more than a year was a triumph

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Strengthening free speech laws ‘will counter censorship on campuses’

The Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill will be introduced in Parliament on Wednesday.
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County court judgment against Boris Johnson set aside

Downing Street said it moved ‘at speed’ to get the judgment struck out.
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Irish Cup final to be Covid test event for NI’s emergence from lockdown

Up to 1,000 spectators will be allowed to attend the event at Mourneview Park in Lurgan, Co Armagh, on May 21 but must provide a negative test result.
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Grenfell council housing boss ‘did not act’ on Lakanal fire recommendations

The inquiry heard evidence from the former director of housing at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
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Girl on school trip to US would have survived if given antibiotics, inquest told

Ana Uglow collapsed in her hotel room in New York during a school trip in December 2019.
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DUP leadership contenders deliver eve-of-polls messages to party voters

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has pledged to provide a united leadership to unionism, and Edwin Poots has stated he will ‘reinvigorate unionism’.
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Ex-Labour MP accused of sexual harassment wants to ‘clear name’

Mike Hill is accused of a campaign of sexual harassment and bullying against a parliamentary worker over a 16-month period.
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Killer jailed in 1975 ‘not suitable for release’

Patrick Mackay, 65, was given a mandatory life sentence after being convicted of three counts of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.
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1,000 spectators to be allowed at Irish Cup final as Covid test event

The decision is understood to have been made by Stormont ministers at an Executive meeting on Thursday.
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William and Kate tested by sporting challenges on day of activities

The Duchess of Cambridge missed the target as she tried her hand at archery while William struggled to keep possession in a game of keepy-uppy.
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Government urged to consider criminal charges for tech bosses over online safety

The NSPCC says plans to defer criminal liability for senior managers at tech firms will mean children remain at risk.
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Full list of ‘red list’ countries under UK hotel quarantine rules

Turkey, the Maldives and Nepal have been added to the red list

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Former police officer jailed for helping gang seize ‘criminal cash’

The criminal enterprise has been compared to a storyline out of BBC’s Line of Duty

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PM’s road map: Key dates for reopening of events, pubs and travel

Hugs and indoor socialising will return from May 17, along with capacity restrictions in place for larger events and performances

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Vaughan Gething replaced as Wales’ health minister

Eluned Morgan becomes the new minister for health as Mr Gething is moved to the economy brief
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HS2’s Florence the tunnelling machine begins to bore

Chief executive Mark Thurston described the start of work to dig a 10-mile tunnel under the Chiltern Hills as ‘a major step forward’.
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Visa-free touring possible in 17 EU countries post-Brexit, says Dowden

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden appeared before MPs after there have been widespread calls for a cultural work permit deal to be reached.
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PCR Testing: How and where can I get a PCR test to travel?

With the return of travel from May 17, how do you get a PCR test? How much does a PCR test cost?

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Irish premier to meet Boris Johnson amid tensions in Northern Ireland

Micheal Martin will meet Mr Johnson at lunchtime at the Prime Minister’s Chequers estate on Friday.
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Mary Lou McDonald warns DUP against any moves to destabilise Stormont

The DUP is to elect a new leader on Friday following the resignation of Arlene Foster.
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David Cameron: Key things we learned from his evidence to MPs

The former prime minister was questioned over his work for Greensill Capital.
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Boris Johnson’s speech: Rules of Covid restrictions from May 17

Everything you need to know about May 17 including what time the government announcement will go ahead on Monday

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Boris Johnson’s county court judgment is no more

No 10 said the claim had been vexatious.
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First woman of colour elected to Senedd says online trolls put off minorities

Natasha Asghar is the fifth ethnic minority Welsh Parliament member in the legislature’s 22-year history.
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Historic London retailer Arthur Beale to close store after 150 years

The company, which sells sailing equipment and accessories, was formed as John Buckinghams around 500 years ago.
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Ballymurphy families reject ‘disgraceful’ letter of apology from Boris Johnson

The families of 10 civilians killed in Ballymurphy 50 years ago held a press conference after receiving a letter of apology from the Prime Minister.