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Teachers to stage fresh strikes in dispute over pay

Schools across Scotland and the north of England will face disruption today Tens of thousands of teachers across England, Wales and Scotland will strike over three days this week in the long-running dispute over pay. Today, teachers will walk out across the north of England, with the majority of schools expected to either restrict access to some pupils or fully close, the National Education Union (NEU) has said. Education Secretary Gillian Keegan has […]

todayFebruary 28, 2023 8


Rishi Sunak set for Brexit treaty D Day as he holds final talks with EU on protocol

The Prime Minister will meet the European Commission President in Berkshire Rishi Sunak appears to be on the verge of agreeing a Brexit deal aimed at easing trade friction in Northern Ireland as he enters into “final talks” with the European Union. The Prime Minister will meet European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen in Windsor, Berkshire, on Monday to discuss a “range of complex challenges” around the Northern Ireland Protocol, Downing […]

todayFebruary 27, 2023 7


Paloma Faith says we are all connected after meeting Ukrainian refugees

The 41-year-old singer visited projects in Poland supporting Ukrainian refugees Paloma Faith has said “we are all connected” after witnessing a “human chain of kindness” during a visit to meet Ukrainian refugees in Poland. The 41-year-old singer visited projects supporting Ukrainian refugees and funded by donations from the British public through the Disasters Emergency Committee’s (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. To mark one year since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Faith […]

todayFebruary 27, 2023 11


Ofgem lowers energy price cap but bills still expected to rise for households

It will go down from the current £4,279 per year to £3,280 for the average household Ofgem is lowering its energy price cap – the amount suppliers are able to charge – from the current £4,279 per year to £3,280 for the average household, effective from April 1, it has announced. The regulator said the reduction of almost £1,000 reflects recent falls in wholesale energy prices. However, domestic energy bills […]

todayFebruary 27, 2023 8


Rishi Sunak says I am giving everything to seal protocol deal and restore NI Assembly

The Prime Minister says he's hopeful of a positive outcome, but insists a pact is not yet secured Rishi Sunak said his administration is “giving it everything we’ve got” to finalise a deal to fix issues with the Northern Ireland Protocol but insists a pact has not yet been secured. The Prime Minister said he is hopeful of a “positive outcome” in the talks with the European Union as Westminster […]

todayFebruary 25, 2023 6


Hundreds attend asylum seeker hotel protests and counter demonstration

Demonstrators gathered in both Skegness and Newquay Hundreds of protesters and counter demonstrators have taken to the streets over asylum seekers staying in hotels in two English seaside towns. A rally of about 200 people took place in Skegness, Lincolnshire, while a protest and counter-protest occurred outside the Beresford Hotel in Newquay, Cornwall, on Saturday. In Skegness, marchers clutched banners stating “no more refugees” while people chanted “we want our […]

todayFebruary 25, 2023 7


Crowds gather in Omagh to demand end to violence after police officers shooting

John Caldwell remains critically ill after being attacked in the town on Wednesday night Hundreds of people have gathered to demand an end to paramilitary violence in Northern Ireland. The main street of the Co Tyrone town of Omagh was brought to a standstill as crowds assembled in front of the courthouse for a rally in solidarity with a police officer shot by gunmen at a sports centre in front […]

todayFebruary 25, 2023 10


Minutes silence held one year on from Russias invasion of Ukraine

The UK has held a national minute's silence on the first anniversary of Russia invading Ukraine. MPs stood in silence in the Commons chamber to mark a year since the invasion of Ukraine began. The one-minute silence halted Commons proceedings at 11am during a Friday sitting, when a small group of backbench MPs usually attend to consider private member’s bills. Several ministers and shadow ministers joined the cohort of backbench Labour and […]

todayFebruary 24, 2023 9


Ukraine troops reflect on first anniversary of Russian invasion

Ukrainian soldiers have spoken of their hope for their country’s future as a service was held to mark one year since the beginning of the conflict. Three hundred Ukrainian troops as well as 150 UK, Canadian and Lithuanian soldiers took part in a service at an Army camp in the south-east of England to mark the one-year anniversary of the war in Ukraine. Padre John Power of the Royal Lancers […]

todayFebruary 24, 2023 36