Politics

Conservative Party MPs hope to force Boris Johnson to reverse cuts to the foreign aid budget in a vote this afternoon. Thirty Tories, including former prime minister Theresa May and four former cabinet ministers, are backing a rebellion against the £4bn reduction. They will need the support of around 45 Conservatives to defeat the government.
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The Indian (Delta) variant of COVID-19 is 40% more transmissible than previous variants, Matt Hancock has told Sky News. The health secretary said the new variant had made decisions behind the 21 June unlocking of restrictions “more difficult”. Speaking on the Trevor Phillips On Sunday show, Mr Hancock said: “That figure, around 40% more transmissible,
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Social media companies must do better in removing posts that are “glamourising” dangerous migrant crossings, the home secretary says. Priti Patel wrote to the companies on Saturday to say they must deal with the “totally unacceptable” posts promoting the “lethal crossings”. Among them is a video on TikTok which has been watched more than 800,000
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The UK’s medicines regulator has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said the decision followed a “rigorous review” of safety and effectiveness in that age group – and that the benefits of having the COVID jab outweighed the risks. The Joint Committee on Vaccination
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