Coronavirus: theatres, music venues and beauty salons in England to reopen | Coronavirus outbreak

Theatres, softplay centres and music venues are to be given the green lightto reopen from Saturday, Boris Johnson will announce, as he brings in new or bigger fines for illegal raves and a refusal to wear face masks in England. People who repeatedly ignore the rules on face coverings in shops and on transport could … Read more Coronavirus: theatres, music venues and beauty salons in England to reopen | Coronavirus outbreak

Boris Johnson won’t get his ‘golden age of cycling’ while the roads feel unsafe | Laura Laker | Opinion

Two-thirds of people in England feel “it is too dangerous for me to cycle on the roads”, according to the latest National Travel Attitudes Survey. That’s two-thirds of people who feel too intimidated to take to two wheels as part of everyday trips, or for leisure – and it’s up from 61% the previous year. … Read more Boris Johnson won’t get his ‘golden age of cycling’ while the roads feel unsafe | Laura Laker | Opinion

Covid shows urgent need for devolved healthcare in England, says cross-party inquiry | Society

Plans for comprehensive health devolution across England should be developed within the next year in the face of worsening inequalities amid the coronavirus pandemic, a report has recommended. Democratically led local partnerships could help to create “healthy, resilient and prosperous communities”, the Health Devolution Commission said. The group, made up of five former health ministers … Read more Covid shows urgent need for devolved healthcare in England, says cross-party inquiry | Society

Scotch whisky makers rail against UK government inaction over US tariffs | Business

The Scotch whisky industry has attacked the UK government for its “inexplicably slow” action against hefty tariffs imposed on whisky imports by the US government. In an unusually critical statement, the Scotch Whisky Association accused UK ministers of prioritising post-Brexit trade talks with the US rather than fight against the 25% tariffs imposed on Scotch … Read more Scotch whisky makers rail against UK government inaction over US tariffs | Business

‘Hierarchy of racism’ fears threaten Starmer’s hopes of Labour unity | Labour

When Keir Starmer approved apologies and six-figure damages last month for former Labour officials who had accused the party of antisemitism, he probably hoped to draw a line under a damaging issue that had dogged the party under its former leader Jeremy Corbyn. But rather than solving Labour’s problems, the settlements – regarded by some … Read more ‘Hierarchy of racism’ fears threaten Starmer’s hopes of Labour unity | Labour