China sees tourism surge as virus recedes

China is seeing green shoots in the recovery of its domestic tourism sector as the coronavirus in the country recedes, raising hopes that Europe could soon follow suit.  Locally transmitted cases of Covid-19 fell to a one-month low, according to data released on Sunday by the National Health Commission, with just four infections, all in […]

Tipping point for northern lockdown ‘may have rested on only 14 extra positive tests’

The majority of furloughed workers have returned to work ahead of the first phaseout of the scheme this weekend, new research has shown. Despite official figures saying that 9.5 million workers are furloughed, this is “wide of the mark” as more than half of these have returned to work, new research by the Resolution Foundation, […]

‘Air bridges’ could be in place by end of June

Boris Johnson has revived hopes that an overseas summer holiday could still be on the cards in 2020, after suggesting that the UK could have ‘air bridge’ agreements in place by June 29. Air bridges would allow British holidaymakers to travel to certain countries without the need to quarantine on arrival, or when they return […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]