Rail passengers will be hit by above-inflation price rises tomorrow

Commuters and frequent travellers in England and Wales will be hit by above inflation fare rises from Monday.     Rail passengers in England will see ticket prices increase by around 2.6 per cent while those in Wales will face a similar increase. Meanwhile in Scotland, the Government is implementing smaller rises of 1.6 per cent and … Read more

Rail passengers will be hit by above-inflation price rises tomorrow

Commuters and frequent travellers in England and Wales will be hit by above inflation fare rises from Monday.     Rail passengers in England will see ticket prices increase by around 2.6 per cent while those in Wales will face a similar increase. Meanwhile in Scotland, the Government is implementing smaller rises of 1.6 per cent and … Read more

Tony Blair calls for vaccine passports: Ex-PM says scheme would make public ‘feel safe’

Tony Blair calls for vaccine passports: Ex-PM says scheme would make public ‘feel safe’ to return to normal life – and suggests anti-vaxxers are not ‘very sensible’ The former PM, 67,  encouraged everyone to have the Covid vaccine if possible UK Government considering a ‘Covid clear’ scheme ahead of lockdown lift  Mr Blair stressed that … Read more

Tony Blair calls for vaccine passports: Ex-PM says scheme would make public ‘feel safe’

Tony Blair calls for vaccine passports: Ex-PM says scheme would make public ‘feel safe’ to return to normal life – and suggests anti-vaxxers are not ‘very sensible’ The former PM, 67,  encouraged everyone to have the Covid vaccine if possible UK Government considering a ‘Covid clear’ scheme ahead of lockdown lift  Mr Blair stressed that … Read more

Government U-turns on ‘inappropriate’ maternity leave law

Suella Braverman, 40, who is expecting her second child at the beginning of next month, is the inspiration behind the Ministerial and Other Maternity Allowances Bill, which seeks to update the treatment of pregnant Cabinet ministers The government has caved into a Lords revolt over a new law allowing ministers to go on paid maternity … Read more

Hotel quarantine ‘guest’ claims policy is against her human rights

A British businessman who will be among first people to leave hotel quarantine at midnight tonight after flying in to the UK from Dubai unaware of the rules said today he ‘can’t wait’ to see his wife and children. Wayne Kelly was part of the initial batch of travellers taken straight from London Heathrow Airport … Read more

Tory MPs change to employment law to protect workers after Uber case

Tory MPs demand law change to protect workers from ‘ruthless’ firms after Uber drivers won landmark case Supreme Court ruled that Uber drivers must be treated as workers by company Landmark judgement means they should get minimum wage and paid holidays  Tories MPs pushing ministers for legislation to prevent ‘abuses’ against workers by ‘ruthless firms’  By William Cole … Read more

Covid UK: Lockdown ease may SLOW if cases spike, says SAGE adviser

Dr Mike Tildesley warned the Government may delay lockdown easing plans Boris Johnson may have to delay plans to ease lockdown restrictions if coronavirus cases start to spike, a Sage adviser warned today. Dr Mike Tildesley, who was behind one of the gloomy forecasts that warned tens of thousands of Britons could die if No10 … Read more

Covid lockdown England: People ignore rules on meeting and haircuts

Boris Johnson’s cautious approach to easing restrictions quickly came under strain as lockdown-weary Britons jumped the gun on his road map and started mixing with friends.  Coffee catch-ups in the park and outdoor sport remain banned until March – but after nearly a year of draconian Covid measures people took advantage of the recent good … Read more

Covid UK: Matt Hancock claims cases of variants ‘falling sharply’

Matt Hancock today claimed new cases of troublesome Covid variants are falling — just hours before Public Health England figures suggested the opposite.  The Health Secretary said confirmed cases of mutated strains have dropped ‘quite sharply’ and that only a dozen were discovered last week, boasting ‘the measures we are taking at the border are working’. … Read more