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Leicester politicians reject Boris Johnson’s attempt to blame mayor for factory exploitation

Politicians in Leicester have refuted and criticised Boris Johnson’s attempt to blame the local mayor for the exploitation of workers within the city’s garment industry. The sector has once again fallen under scrutiny after The Sunday Times reported that workers in a Leicester-based factory were making clothes destined for Boohoo, the fast fashion retailer for as little as → Read More

Boohoo launches independent review into supply chain after allegations of labour exploitation

Boohoo has announced it is launching an independent review into its supply chain after it was alleged staff are earning less than the minimum wage amid unsafe working conditions. The online fashion retailer has committed £10m towards “eradicating malpractice” among its suppliers after an investigation by The Sunday Times found that workers in a Leicester-based factory were → Read More

Rishi Sunak's hint at stamp duty cut risks bringing housing market to halt, warns think tank

Rishi Sunak risks bringing the property market to a halt by hinting at a stamp duty cut later in the year, a tax expert at a leading economic think tank has warned. The deputy director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Helen Miller, said it was “mad” to allow expectations to develop of a possible reduction in the tax on property sales, as it will encourage potential buyers → Read More

Government planning temporary stamp duty exemption – reports

The government is set to introduce a temporarily exemption on stamp duty for homes at the lower end of the housing market, according to reports. Both The Times and the Daily Mail have claimed that chancellor Rishi Sunak is planning to raise the threshold at which homebuyers start paying stamp duty. → Read More

Coronavirus: Popular Spanish beaches ‘forced to close due to overcrowding’

Popular tourist beaches in Spain were forced to temporarily close over the weekend due to concerns of overcrowding amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Closures were reported along the Costa del Sol, on the southern coast, and elsewhere in Spain’s Andalusian region. According to regional government figures, around 55 beaches were shut at some point on Sunday, the → Read More

Coronavirus: Government to invest £111m in traineeships for young people as part of post-Covid recovery

The government is to invest more than £110m in traineeships for young people as part of plans to kickstart the economy following the coronavirus crisis. Businesses offering new traineeships in England will receive a £1,000 bonus per trainee under the £111 million scheme, while eligibility for the schemes is to be expanded to ensure more young people can access high quality → Read More

Met police deny ‘misconduct issues’ in stop and search of Linford Christie athletes

‘I’m sure it won’t be the last but this type of abuse of power and institutionalised racism cannot be justified or normalised any longer,’ says former Olympic champion → Read More

Coronavirus: ‘Crystal clear’ drunk people unable to social distance, says Police Federation

The chair of the Police Federation has said that it is “crystal clear” that drunk people are incapable of social distancing, as health secretary Matt Hancock warned the government will take action against those breaking the rules. Although the reopening of pubs, restaurants and bars in England passed without any major incidents on Saturday, concern has been raised over the → Read More

Coronavirus: Packed Soho scenes spark concern as pubs and bars reopen

Concern has been raised over the reopening of pubs in London after scenes from Soho appeared to show people failing to observe social distancing rules. Numerous pictures and videos have been shared online of packed, crowded streets in the famous London district. One Twitter user wrote: “Just seen the scenes in Soho. It’s as if the health care workers who risked their lives → Read More

Flag-waving activists ridiculed for Scottish border coronavirus ‘patrol’

Activists have been ridiculed and criticised for appearing to patrol the Scottish border, amid concerns people from England are bringing coronavirus into the country. In a video shared and condemned by Jamie Halcro Johnston, the MSP for Highlands & Islands, a group of people dressed in protective equipment can be seen waving Scottish flags while playing music. One man tells → Read More

Coronavirus: WHO reports record global rise in daily cases as pandemic intensifies in Americas

A record global rise in daily coronavirus cases has been recorded by the World Health Organisation, as the Covid-19 pandemic intensifies throughout much of North and South America. The latest figures from the WHO show that 212,326 cases have been confirmed across the world in the 24 hours up to 2pm on 4 July. The largest increases were reported in the US, Brazil and India – → Read More

UK coronavirus death toll rises by 67 to 44,198

The UK’s coronavirus death toll has risen by 67 in 24 hours to 44,198, according to the latest government figures. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said 44,198 people had now died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for the disease in the UK, as of 5pm on Friday 3 July. → Read More

Leicester lockdown set to heighten suffering of 25,000 children living in poverty, charity warns

More than 25,500 children are living in poverty in Leicester, with the extended lockdown set to further exacerbate the suffering of thousands of families in the city, a leading charity has warned. Deprivation in Leicester is expected to further rise, Save the Children has said, after new restrictions were enforced following a recent surge in Covid-19 cases. → Read More

Scuba diver killed in Australia shark attack

A scuba diver was killed on Saturday after being attacked by a shark off the coast of Australia’s Queensland state, local authorities said. The 20-year-old man was bitten around the legs near Indian Head on the eastern side of Fraser Island. A doctor and nurse at the scene provided first aid until paramedics arrived and were winched down by helicopter. They provided emergency → Read More

Life on the line: The Leicester street cut in half by the lockdown boundary

Out on the eastern fringes of Leicester, the newly imposed lockdown has left one community divided in a way it never anticipated at the start of the pandemic. For those on Bowhill Grove, a 500-yard stretch of road running through the heart of Thurnby Lodge, the boundary map hastily drawn up by local authorities has provoked anger and confusion, cutting the street quite → Read More

‘We were gutted’: Leicester schools back to square one after localised lockdown

After weeks of progress, in which some semblance of normality had begun to return, schools in Leicester now find themselves back to square one. Classrooms that were slowly filling up are once again empty. Children have been sent back home. And questions linger over what remains in store for the education sector. While the children of key workers are still allowed to attend → Read More

Deliveroo riders to be trained to spot signs of child abuse

Deliveroo riders will receive training to spot signs of child abuse at home under a new initiative launched by NSPCC. The charity has warned that children are more vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic, which, in forcing the widespread closure of schools and GP practices, has made it harder for authorities to identify neglect or violence. → Read More

‘You can only play so much Fifa’: Contact tracers still waiting on work as Test and Trace criticism mounts

“I just don’t think it was very well thought through. I don’t think the government took it seriously enough, early enough” says Emma*, a contact tracer based in Newcastle. She’s one of 27,000 tasked with “unlocking the lockdown”, as health secretary Matt Hancock put it last month. But after more than four weeks of work, during which she’s made just six calls, Emma isn’t so → Read More

Coronavirus: Government accused of keeping Leicester authorities ‘in the dark’ over local outbreak

Local leaders in Leicester have accused the government of failing to communicate in the run-up to the country’s first localised lockdown, saying the city has “been kept in the dark”. A picture of confusion and delay has emerged in the wake of Monday night’s announcement, in which health secretary Matt Hancock ordered the closure of non-essential shops and schools in the city → Read More

Coronavirus: More local lockdowns ‘inevitable’ and pandemic still in ‘early stages’, says Neil Ferguson

Professor Neil Ferguson has said that more localised lockdowns in the UK are “inevitable”, as he warned that the Covid-19 pandemic is still in its “early stages”. The epidemiologist and former government advisor, whose modelling led to the initial UK-wide lockdown, believes that only eight per cent of the British population has so far been infected with coronavirus. → Read More