ROBERT HARDMAN: How David Barclay, who has died at 86, rose to be one half of UK’s media mogul twins

His was the ultimate Thatcherite success story, even if Sir David Barclay did his level best to prevent anyone from telling it: the workaholic boy from the back streets who left school at 14 and who, with his twin brother, built one of the great business empires of his time. It encompassed great hotels, shipping … Read more ROBERT HARDMAN: How David Barclay, who has died at 86, rose to be one half of UK’s media mogul twins

ROBERT HARDMAN: How David Barclay, who has died at 86, rose to be one half of UK’s media mogul twins

His was the ultimate Thatcherite success story, even if Sir David Barclay did his level best to prevent anyone from telling it: the workaholic boy from the back streets who left school at 14 and who, with his twin brother, built one of the great business empires of his time. It encompassed great hotels, shipping … Read more ROBERT HARDMAN: How David Barclay, who has died at 86, rose to be one half of UK’s media mogul twins

Up to 40 asylum seekers living at UK’s first migrant camp at Kent Army barracks go on hunger strike

Up to 40 asylum seekers living at Britain’s first migrant camp in Kent today went on hunger strike and are sleeping outdoors in protest at conditions inside. Many migrants gathered outside the barbed wire-topped fence at Napier Barracks in Folkestone at around 1pm chanting ‘freedom!’ and waving banners.  There have been reports of suicide attempts within … Read more Up to 40 asylum seekers living at UK’s first migrant camp at Kent Army barracks go on hunger strike

Bank of England boss Andrew Bailey says the UK’s unemployment rate is WORSE than official figures

Bank of England boss Andrew Bailey says the UK’s unemployment rate is WORSE than official figures suggest – as he warns the depth of the second wave of coronavirus will delay the economic recovery UK’s jobless toll is officially 4.9% but he believes the true level is around 6.5%  Bank governor addressed the Scottish Chambers … Read more Bank of England boss Andrew Bailey says the UK’s unemployment rate is WORSE than official figures

Israel shames Britain with round-the-clock jabs as UK’s vaccine minister blames medicine shortage

Israel is continuing to shame Britain and the rest of the world with its 24/7 vaccination programme as it now begins innoculating people as young as 55. The Middle Eastern country has raced ahead by squeezing every last dose out of its vaccine supplies and using its efficient health system to launch a round-the-clock immunisation … Read more Israel shames Britain with round-the-clock jabs as UK’s vaccine minister blames medicine shortage

Glorious pictures of the UK’s 15 epic national parks

If you ever needed reminders of the sheer beauty of Britain – here they are. These breathtaking pictures show each of the country’s diverse and incredible national parks in all their wild, windswept and stress-busting glory. There are 15 national parks across mainland Britain ranging from the Cairngorms with its jaw-dropping lochs and mountains in … Read more Glorious pictures of the UK’s 15 epic national parks

Glorious pictures of the UK’s 15 epic national parks

If you ever needed reminders of the sheer beauty of Britain – here they are. These breathtaking pictures show each of the country’s diverse and incredible national parks in all their wild, windswept and stress-busting glory. There are 15 national parks across mainland Britain ranging from the Cairngorms with its jaw-dropping lochs and mountains in … Read more Glorious pictures of the UK’s 15 epic national parks

Coronavirus: WHO refuses to back UK’s Covid vaccine dose spacing

The World Health Organization has refused to give its blessing to Britain’s plan to space the two doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine by more than a month. Officials in the UK have decided to use all available doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech jab, which was the first to be approved, to get a single dose to … Read more Coronavirus: WHO refuses to back UK’s Covid vaccine dose spacing

UK’s virus sequencing labs haven’t detected any cases in a fortnight of South African strain

No new cases of the South African Covid variant have been spotted in Britain over the past fortnight, in a glimmer of hope that the highly-contagious mutation has not yet taken root in the country.  Two infections with the mutant form of Covid had been identified on British soil by December 23, Health Secretary Matt … Read more UK’s virus sequencing labs haven’t detected any cases in a fortnight of South African strain

Husband from UK’s first couple with Down’s Syndrome to get married dies aged 62 from Covid

A man who made history with his wife as the UK’s first couple with Down’s Syndrome to marry has died from Covid-19 – just two weeks after contracting the virus.  Tommy Pilling, 62, from Southend-on-Sea, Essex, lost his battle to coronavirus on January 1, leaving behind his doting wife Maryanne, 49, who says she is … Read more Husband from UK’s first couple with Down’s Syndrome to get married dies aged 62 from Covid