Can I go to work? The list of key workers and essential roles, explained

As part of an unprecedented lockdown of British life, the Government has announced that schools will close except for the children of “key workers”. On Monday evening it was also announced that people should only leave their homes to go to work where it is absolutely necessary. But who is classed a key worker? The Department […]

Coronavirus latest news: Italy orders complete lockdown

Dr David Nabarro, the World Health Organisation special envoy for coronavirus has been on Radio 4 this morning. He says: “It’s in our hands, whether we’re going to be pushed under by this outbreak or actually be able to say that we managed to ride through it and we came through it well.” “As we […]

Oxford college rows back on transgender discussion rules following outcry over free speech

“We and the University are committed to fostering an inclusive, diverse environment and to ensuring that all our staff and students, including LGBTQ+ members of the community, are able to thrive and realise their potential.”   The statement went on to say that the College wants to foster an “inclusive culture and a workplace” as […]

live score and latest updates

What’s that unfamiliar feeling you have on this chilly Monday morning? Difficult to recognise in its rarity, but it is in fact the sense of England moving serenely to an away Test victory. Surely they can’t mess it up from here. Surely. Courtesy of a fine unbeaten 85 from Dom Sibley – who looks poised to […]

General election 2019 voter turnout down on 2017 figure

It reached 61.4 per cent in 2005 for Tony Blair’s re-election, 65.1 percent for the Tory-Lib Dem coalition in 2010 and then up again to 66.1 percent in 2015 which resulted in the Lib Dem destruction.  There were, however, huge turnouts at some constituencies.  In East Dunbartonshire, where Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson is fighting to hold […]

Tory lead cut as race enters final hours

While the Tory lead has narrowed slightly in the last week, from 13 points to 9.6, it is now still at the same level it was when the election was called. MRP model suggests hung parliament a real possibility Boris Johnson is heading for a 28 seat majority but a hung parliament is possible, according to a […]

What time is the BBC Question Time election special tonight, and who is taking part?

Nigel Farage, the leader of the Brexit Party, and Jonathan Bartley, the Green Party co-leader, had the opportunity to discuss their views in two separate Question Time specials.  What happened in the Channel 4 climate change debate? All party leaders except Boris Johnson took part in Channel 4’s climate change debate. The Prime Minister declined to take part in the debate, but it […]

Saudi soldier kills four, wounds eight, in US  naval base shooting rampage 

Salman condemned the shooting in a written statement and said his government’s security services were working with U.S. agencies to uncover the cause. “The perpetrator of this heinous crime does not represent the Saudi people, who count the American people as friends and allies,” Salman said. FBI investigators, who were leading a probe into the shooting, declined […]

When is the next general election TV debate, and who is taking part?

Mr Corbyn was set to join the other party leaders at the BBC Election Debate last week, but Rebecca Long-Bailey, the shadow business secretary, took his place. Mr Johnson did not take part either, sending instead the Conservative Party’s chief secretary to the Treasury Rishi Sunak. Less than a week before polling day, Mr Johnson and Mr Corbyn […]

When is the general election 2019 and when will we know the results? 

The deadline to apply for a postal vote was 5pm on Nov 26. If you are registered to vote by post, your Electoral Office must receive it by 10pm on Dec 12.  If you can’t get to your polling station and you’d like someone to vote on your behalf, apply for a proxy vote by 5pm on Dec […]