England predicted to miss target of becoming smoke-free by 2030 | Society

The government is expected to miss its targetof England being smoke-free by 2030 because so many poorer people are still using cigarettes, Cancer Research UK (CRUK) has warned. Matt Hancock, the health secretary, set that ambition in last year’s green paper on health prevention which spelled out his determination to “finish the job” of eradicating … Read more England predicted to miss target of becoming smoke-free by 2030 | Society

Farmers pile pressure on UK government over chlorinated chicken | Environment

Farmers have hit back at suggestions the government will allow imports of chlorinated chicken and other low-standard farm produce in trade talks with the US, escalating the row over post-Brexit food standards. Minette Batters, the president of the National Farmers’ Union, will call for rules on minimum standards for imports to be enshrined in law, … Read more Farmers pile pressure on UK government over chlorinated chicken | Environment

Rebecca Long-Bailey pledges ‘climate justice fund’ paid by fossil fuel firms | Politics

Fossil fuel companies must pay for the damage caused by extreme weather due to the climate emergency such as the floods devastating parts of England, the Labour leadership contender Rebecca Long-Bailey has said. Long-Bailey, the most leftwing candidate in the contest, said she was calling for a “climate justice fund” to support affected households and … Read more Rebecca Long-Bailey pledges ‘climate justice fund’ paid by fossil fuel firms | Politics

Angela Rayner: Corbyn did not command respect from Labour | Politics

The Labour deputy leadership frontrunner, Angela Rayner, has said Jeremy Corbyn “didn’t command respect” as leader and claimed that she “resonates with the country” in a way he does not. Rayner made the remarks in an interview with ITV News, in which her mother predicted her daughter would be “running this country in a few … Read more Angela Rayner: Corbyn did not command respect from Labour | Politics

Government to shut schools if there was UK coronavirus outbreak | World news

Emergency planners would consider temporarily shutting schools in affected areas if there was a sudden surge in coronavirus cases in any part of the UK, as part of contingency plans being drawn up by the government. Department of Health sources pointed to official advisory documents, which suggest that school closures could not only potentially protect … Read more Government to shut schools if there was UK coronavirus outbreak | World news