Gordon Brown calls for urgent budget help as 1 in 7 UK firms face collapse | Economic recovery

Gordon Brown has called for emergency measures to support businesses in the budget after new research from the London School of Economics warned almost 1m UK companies were at risk of failure in the next three months. The former prime minister said the report’s finding that one in seven businesses – employing 2.5 million people … Read more Gordon Brown calls for urgent budget help as 1 in 7 UK firms face collapse | Economic recovery

EU ‘to stop short of vaccine export ban’ – as it happened | World news

I’m deeply saddened by the news that in recent days and weeks Covid has taken five of our colleagues from us. “Policing is a family and the scale of our loss is truly shocking. My deepest condolences are with the families, friends and colleagues of Fabrizi, Warren, traffic police community support officer Chris Barkshire, PC … Read more EU ‘to stop short of vaccine export ban’ – as it happened | World news

Former Tory MP’s posting as UK ambassador to Cuba raises fresh cronyism claims | Conservatives

Boris Johnson’s government has been accused of fostering a culture of cronyism after the appointment of a former Conservative MP to become the ambassador to Cuba. George Hollingbery, the former minister and MP until 2019, was announced on Tuesday as the UK’s new “man in Havana”, a post usually taken up by experienced diplomats. Dave … Read more Former Tory MP’s posting as UK ambassador to Cuba raises fresh cronyism claims | Conservatives

Covid is teaching the Tories basic social democracy – but they won’t learn | Conservatives

There is an ancient Indian parable about a group of blind men encountering a huge animal for the first time. Each man grasps a different part of the creature. One thinks he is dealing with something hard and pointed, like a spear. Another thinks it is a vast leathery wall. A third presumes it is … Read more Covid is teaching the Tories basic social democracy – but they won’t learn | Conservatives