Minister criticised for not meeting evacuees on visit to flood-hit town | UK news

The environment secretary has been criticised for not meeting residents of Ironbridge who were evacuated from the homes beside the River Severn after flood defences were overwhelmed. George Eustice spent 45 minutes in Ironbridge but was whisked in and out of a fenced-off compound and did not visit a hotel a few minute’s walk away … Read more Minister criticised for not meeting evacuees on visit to flood-hit town | UK news

Priti Patel ‘tried to have Home Office official sacked on Christmas Eve’ | Politics

Priti Patel is at the centre of another controversy over her treatment of civil service staff after it emerged that she tried to have her director of communications removed from the job before Christmas. The home secretary asked for Andy Tighe, the head of news at the Home Office, to be moved out of the … Read more Priti Patel ‘tried to have Home Office official sacked on Christmas Eve’ | Politics

Heathrow runway ruling prioritises planet over needs of UK plc | Environment

The legal case against Heathrow airport expansion pitted the need to tackle the climate crisis against economic arguments on behalf of UK plc, and for the first time in any major infrastructure project, the planet won. John Holland-Kaye, the chief executive of the airport, made a last-minute PR push on Radio 4’s Today programme on … Read more Heathrow runway ruling prioritises planet over needs of UK plc | Environment

Coronavirus news: death toll rises in Italy and Iran as outbreak could cause 2008-level economic damage – live updates | World news

The virus is beginning to have an effect on sporting events and organisations. Italian football authorities have insisted matches be played behind closed doors this weekend and the Ireland Italy clash in the Six Nations rugby has been postponed. Bigger concerns, however, lie over the fate of this summer’s prestige tournaments, particularly the men’s European … Read more Coronavirus news: death toll rises in Italy and Iran as outbreak could cause 2008-level economic damage – live updates | World news