Coronavirus: Speaker outlines plans for ‘virtual’ Parliament

Image copyright AFP MPs could take part in PMQs, urgent questions and statements via video link when they return to Parliament after recess. In a letter to MPs, Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle says plans for a virtual parliament are progressing well. The main proposal would see some proceedings take place through video link, and

Coronavirus will have “significant impact” on economy

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has told reporters that Covid-19 will cause “hardship ahead”. Mr Sunak was responding to a report from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) that warned the coronavirus pandemic could see the UK economy shrink by a record 35% by June. The OBR said that its figures were based on an assumption that

Keir Starmer launches ‘urgent’ inquiry into anti-Semitism report

Image copyright PA Media Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has launched an inquiry into the leak of an internal report into the party’s handing of anti-Semitism claims. The 860-page dossier says anti-Jeremy Corbyn sentiment among Labour staff hindered efforts to tackle the issue. Sir Keir said the inquiry will look at why it was commissioned,

Opposition to Jeremy Corbyn ‘hindered’ anti-Semitism action, claims report

Image copyright PA Media Anti-Jeremy Corbyn sentiment within Labour hindered the party from tackling anti-Semitism, says a leaked report. The internal party document said an “abnormal intensity of factional opposition” to the former leader “inhibited the proper functioning” of the party and its complaints procedure. But it also said Labour was “ill-equipped” and did not

Coronavirus: Six ways the lockdown has changed the UK

Image copyright Getty Images Life in the UK has been utterly transformed in the three weeks since restrictions were brought in to curb the spread of coronavirus. On Monday 23 March, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said all non-essential travel and public gatherings had to stop, with people urged to leave home only for exercise, to

Coronavirus: What Boris Johnson’s Greek hero teaches us about epidemics

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Boris Johnson at the Parthenon in May 2012, shortly before the London Olympics As Boris Johnson recovers from Covid-19, he will undoubtedly be thinking of an earlier epidemic, says Oxford classicist Armand D’Angour – the plague that hit Athens in 430 BC, and killed the prime minister’s hero, Pericles.

Coronavirus: Plaid tells Welsh Government ‘get PPE from abroad’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Plaid leader Adam Price says the first minister has given him authorisation to “explore international co-operation” Plaid Cymru has called on the Welsh Government to obtain personal protective equipment (PPE) internationally. The Northern Ireland Executive is attempting to source PPE from a Chinese firm, but is yet to finalise

Boris Johnson discharged from hospital

UK PM Boris Johnson leaves hospital after being treated for coronavirus, but will not immediately return to work This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App.

Coronavirus: ‘Government needs to set out lockdown exit strategy’

The shadow foreign secretary has called for the government to set out its strategy to end the coronavirus lockdown. Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr, Labour’s Lisa Nandy said that ministers need to be “open and transparent” with the public to allow them to prepare. Read more: Analysis: How do we get out of lockdown?

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