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Third of British people have enjoyed coronavirus lockdown

One in three respondents told researchers at University College London (UCL) that, on balance, they had enjoyed the period of restrictions. But the survey highlighted the social inequalities that impacted people’s experience during the lockdown, with those who earned more and those who did not have underlying mental health conditions more likely to enjoy it. […]

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HS2 ‘badly off course’ as damning report accuses government of hiding soaring costs

A damning report on the troubled HS2 high-speed rail programme has accused the government and the company running the project of hiding massive cost and time overruns from parliament and taxpayers. The report by an influential Commons spending watchdog found the programme has gone “badly off course” and said the Department for Transport and HS2 […]

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Plans for ‘phased’ reopening of schools in Wales set to be announced

The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Plans for the phased return to school for children in Wales are due to be announced by the Welsh Government. Education minister Kirsty Williams will set out the five key principles which will determine how pupils will go back […]

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UK coronavirus news LIVE: Covid-19 rate of infection ‘doubling every three to four days’, Michael Gove says as he stands in for Boris Johnson at daily briefing

The latest headlines in your inbox The rate of infection of coronavirus in the UK is doubling every three to four days and the country must stay indoors to stop the spread, Michael Gove has said. Mr Gove confirmed the stark increase in cases as he stood in for Boris Johnson at the Government’s daily […]

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UK weather: The latest Met Office forecast

Watch the latest UK weather forecast from the Independent for today. We’ll be updating this page daily with the latest available live video. Download the new Independent Premium app Sharing the full story, not just the headlines Download now This forecast is supplied to us by the Met Office, which is the national weather service […]

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Sussex Royal brand: Meghan and Harry’s use of the word ‘Royal’ being reviewed, source says

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex surprised the world last month when they announced plans to step back from their duties in the British royal family and “transition into a new working model.” At the same time, it emerged that couple had submitted an application for a UK trademark for the term “Sussex Royal,” covering […]

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Can the Commonwealth Fill the Gap?

I recently attended a conference at Clare College, Cambridge, organised by The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, considering the role of the Commonwealth in 2019 – its challenges and opportunities. The Commonwealth still struggles to an extent to articulate its role and significance in international relations. One session, which included myself as […]

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Johnson’s won the election but he may struggle to keep the UK together

While Johnson’s Conservative Party punched huge holes in Labour’s red wall in the north of England and Wales with a dominant performance in England outside London, it fell back in Scotland — in a set of results that reverse surprising gains from 2017 and may set a constitutional time bomb ticking. Across the water in […]

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How many seats for a majority? Boris Johnson wins election landslide

Boris Johnson is set to win a landslide Tory majority of 86 in the House of Commons, according to an exit poll for the general election. The poll, conducted by Ipsos Mori for the BBC, ITV and Sky News, suggested the Conservatives would win 368 seats, with Labour on 191 and the SNP on 55. If the forecast […]

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Body found in underwater search for missing pilot David Last

The latest headlines in your inbox A body has been found in the search for a pilot missing since the aircraft he was flying disappeared  off the coast of Wales.  Professor David Last , 79, has not been seen since his plane disappeared from radar contact off the south east coast of Anglesey on November […]

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