UK national security council has not met since January | Defence policy

Britain’s national security council – a meeting of senior ministers with military and spy chiefs – has not met since late January and there are no plans for it to come together this week, prompting growing concern in some quarters of Whitehall. The high-level body used to meet weekly under David Cameron and Theresa May … Read more UK national security council has not met since January | Defence policy

UK statistics chief calls for clarity over daily Covid-19 test count | World news

The statistics regulator has urged Matt Hancock to improve the “trustworthiness” of the way he presents data on targets for coronavirus targeting. Sir David Norgrove, the chair of the Statistics Authority, suggested the way daily testing figures were being announced was concealing the true picture. He took the unusual step of writing an open letter … Read more UK statistics chief calls for clarity over daily Covid-19 test count | World news

Welsh health minister insists he has not broken lockdown rules | UK news

The Welsh health minister has insisted he has not broken lockdown rules after being photographed out with his family eating chips in a park. Vaughan Gething said the family had gone for a walk near home at the weekend and stopped for a takeaway because his young son was hungry. Speaking at the Welsh government’s … Read more Welsh health minister insists he has not broken lockdown rules | UK news

US message to Britain in bilateral trade talks: it’s us – or China | Politics

The US government has been privately pressing the UK in bilateral trade talks to make a choice between the US and China. The US is seeking to insert a clause that would allow it to retreat from parts of the deal if Britain reaches a trade agreement with another country that the US did not … Read more US message to Britain in bilateral trade talks: it’s us – or China | Politics

The UK must freeze private rents now – or thousands will be made homeless | Joe Beswick | Opinion

In March, the government announced its plans to protect renters during the pandemic: a three-month suspension of evictions and a marginal restoration of housing benefit to 2015 levels. The suspension is scheduled to end in mid-June, and has not been extended, leaving renters fearing for the future. Private renters are among those least able to … Read more The UK must freeze private rents now – or thousands will be made homeless | Joe Beswick | Opinion