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  • Labour Shadow Cabinet Reshuffle: Who's In And Who's Out?

    Keir Starmer unexpectedly announced a reshuffle on Monday morning – bringing back a familiar face while re-igniting old tensions with his deputy Angela Rayner back to the fore. In a surprise move, reports of an imminent reshuffle began to leak as Rayner gave a key press conference on how Labour would clean up politics and banish corruption. Instead of fielding questions about her party’s plans to overhaul the standards system governing MPs, the deputy leader was put on the spot and asked about the shakeup of Starmer’s frontbench. She replied: “I don’t know the details of any reshuffle, I’ve been concentrating on the job at hand.” The row —which bears the hallmarks of May’s failed reshuffle, in which Starmer sacked and then reinstated Rayner to other posts — risked overshadowing the entire…

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  • People Trapped In Britain's Highest Pub With An Oasis Tribute Act Are Finally Leaving

    More than 60 people trapped in a snow-bound pub for three days – with an Oasis tribute act for entertainment – are finally starting to leave. On Friday, heavy snowfall during Storm Arwen meant dozens of customers at the Tan Hill Inn in the Yorkshire Dales could not get home. A snow plough managed to get through to the highest pub in the UK on Monday morning – but some may be disappointed about having to depart. Many have been sleeping on makeshift beds and mattresses on the floor, but they have been treated to films on a projector screen, a quiz night and a buffet meal amongst other comforts. Oasis covers band Noasis has been providing musical entertainment as the musicians have been stranded since their gig on Friday at the pub – which at 1,732 feet (528m) above sea level. An Oasis tribu…

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  • Storm Arwen: Pictures Which Sum Up The Chaos Caused By The Intense Weather

    Above: Stormy seas at the breakwater on the Headland, Hartlepool, County Durham as Storm Arwen batters the north east coast. This photo was taken on Saturday, November 27. The UK was rocked by Storm Arwen over the weekend, killing three people and leaving thousands without power for three nights in a row. Some parts in northern England experienced the coldest autumn night of 2021 as the temperature dropped to below zero. The lowest temperature was recorded in Cumbria, according to the Met Office, as it experienced -8.7 degrees Celsius. Rainfall also broke records and the Northern Powergrid said the storm had caused the most damage seen in the last two decades. When almost a quarter of a million homes were left without power, 100 extra engineers rushed to help but 29,000 were still without…

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  • MPs Launching 'Excessive' Personal Attacks Risk Investigation Under Shake-Up

    MPs could be investigated if they launch “excessive” personal attacks as part of a recommended package of reforms to overhaul standards in Westminster. The Committee on Standards, which looks into the behaviour of MPs and ministers, has suggested adding a new rule to the code of conduct which would ban members from attacking others in any medium. The rules around ministers’ gifts and hospitality could also be tightened under the proposed reforms to standards, which have garnered interest in the wake of the Owen Paterson lobbying row. Under the proposed draft new rules, which are out for consultation, a loophole which allows ministers to not declare on the Commons register gifts and hospitality what they receive in a ministerial capacity would be ended — a move that would force Boris Johns…

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  • 'We Expect Cases To Rise' - Sajid Javid Warns As Booster Scheme Expanded

    Sajid Javid warned “we expect cases to rise” as he extended the booster jab scheme in a bid to tackle the omicron variant. The health secretary said the government expects cases to rise in “coming days” in a statement to MPs. It comes as booster jabs are set to be extended to 18 to 39-year-olds and the waiting time between second and third doses halved to three months. Javid told the Commons: “The new variant has also been spreading across the world. Confirmed cases have been reported in many countries, including Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal. “In this race between the vaccines and the virus, the new variant may have given the virus extra legs.” Minimum dose interval for booster jabs to be halved from 6 months to 3 months and a…

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  • Covid Latest: Watchdog Recommends Rolling Out Boosters To 18-Year-Olds And Over

    The government’s independent advisory committee has recommended extending the booster vaccine programme to everyone aged 18 and over after a new variant of concern was named on Saturday. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has announced that a third vaccine jab should be available to all adults following the discovery of the omicron variant. The booster jab is currently available only to those aged 40 and over, frontline health or social workers and vulnerable individuals. Making 18-39 year olds eligible for booster jabs means 12.8 million additional people will get the third dose. More than 17.5 million people have already received their booster jabs. JCVI said these boosters should be made up of either a Pfizer vaccine or a half dose of the Moderna jab. The advise…

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  • Brendan Cole's Dancing On Ice Stint Has Already Resulted In A Hospital Dash (And The Show Hasn't Even Started)

    Dancing On Ice’s return to our screns is still over a month away, but training for the show has already got off to a bad start for Brendan Cole.  The former Strictly Come Dancing professional has revealed he was taken to hospital while training for the launch show, which will air in January. Brendan is one of 12 skating stars taking to the ice next year and has been practicing his moves on the rink with professional partner Vanessa Bauer.  However, he ended up needing medical attention for concussion after a fall on the ice.  Speaking to the Daily Star, he said: “I was on the ice and I took my mind off what I was doing for a second. I turned – and that’s the last thing I remember. “I was taken to hospital and ended up with a concussion. When I realised what had happened, I was horrified.…

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  • Downing Street Rejects Sturgeon And Drakeford Calls For Self-Isolation Extension

    Downing Street has rejected a call from the first ministers of Scotland and Wales to extend self-isolation for arrivals from two to eight days. The prime minister’s official spokesman said he believed the government’s approach was “proportionate” and warned of the “detrimental” impact it would have on the travel industry. It comes after Boris Johnson announced that all travellers, regardless of vaccination status, will have to take PCR tests by day two of their UK arrival. However, the two leaders of the Scotland and Wales want him to go further.  The PM’s spokesman told journalists: “We believe that the approach we’ve taken is the proportionate one to the evidence that we currently have available about this variant. “Introducing further isolation requirements and testing requirements wou…

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  • Omicron Variant: Everything We Know (And Don't Know) So Far

    The Omicron Covid-19 variant has been designated a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organisation and Boris Johnson has announced a set of emergency measures to tackle it here in the UK.  From Tuesday, face masks will be mandatory again in shops and on public transport in England, bringing the country in line with existing policies elsewhere in the UK. Secondary school teachers and pupils will also be advised to wear masks in communal spaces.  The rules on self-isolation are also changing; anyone who’s identified as a contact of an Omicron case will have to isolate for 10 days, regardless of vaccination status, and anyone returning to the UK from aboard will have to isolate until they have a negative PCR test.   The policy changes mark the biggest shift in Covid rules we’ve seen in…

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  • Angela Rayner Says She Doesn’t Know What’s Going On Amid Starmer Reshuffle

    A fresh row between Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner erupted after the Labour leader launched a reshuffle while his deputy was making a major speech on Tory corruption. The deputy leader told an audience at an Institute for Government (IfG) event that she did not “know the details” of the shadow cabinet reshuffle that was taking place because she was “concentrating on the job at hand”. Speculation that the reshuffle was underway began on social media after the Times reported that key figures such as shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds, shadow education secretary Kate Green and shadow culture secretary Jo Stevens all faced the sack. Instead of taking questions on the Labour party’s attempts to clean up politics, Rayner fielded multiple questions on whether she was consulted about the r…

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