Alexander Bridge-Wilkinson

Alexander Bridge-Wilkinson

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Conservative spring conference to be held in Wales

The Conservative Party has announced that it will hold its UK spring conference in March with Newport as the chosen venue, ahead of Wales’ Senedd election in May.

Williamson announces “triple lock” on A-Level and GCSE exam results

Education secretary Gavin Williamson has announced that the final A-Level and GCSE results awarded to students in England will not be lower than mock exam scores.

Government in push for more “transparency” in online political content

The government has said that it wants political material from parties and campaign groups online to have a “digital imprint” which shows spectators where the content has come from as it unveiled new regulations on the issue.

Cheesed off: Stilton proves to be unexpected barrier in UK-Japan trade talks, FT reports

While talks over a UK-Japan trade deal are ongoing, the Financial Times reports that negotiations may have hit a snag after international trade secretary Liz Truss sought better terms for trading British blue cheeses.

UK enters recession

The largest economic contraction on record between April and June this year has officially seen the UK enter recession, after the economy shrank 20.4 per cent compared with the first quarter of the year.

Eat Out to Help Out sees 10.5 million discounted meals purchased in its opening week

The first week of the “Eat Out to Help Out” scheme saw 10.5 million discounted meals claimed, according to the Treasury.

UK and France working on new plan to prevent migrant crossings

Immigration minister Chris Philp has said that the UK and France are discussing new measures to prevent migrants from crossing the English Channel.

NHS Test and Trace to offload 6,000 staff

The government has said that 6,000 staff will be cut from the NHS Test and Trace system in England by the end of the month, following criticism of its efficiency.

ONS: April to June brings largest quarterly employment decline in over ten years

Figures from the Office for National Statistics indicate that employment fell by 220,000 between April and June 2020, the largest quarterly decline since May to July 2009 during the financial crisis.

PM hints at changes to UK asylum laws after Brexit

Prime minister Boris Johnson has said that his government must weigh up changing asylum laws after Brexit to deter migrants from attempting to cross the English Channel, calling it “very, very difficult” to legally return those who make the crossing from France at present.

Williamson: "Little evidence" that Covid-19 is "transmitted at school"

Education secretary Gavin Williamson has said that there is “little evidence” of Covid-19 transmission occurring in schools, as educational institutions prepare to reopen.

Burnham: Government will need to consider trade-offs if Test and Trace is not “fixed”

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has warned that the government may need to consider trade-offs such as closing pubs to allow schools to reopen safely if the NHS Test and Trace system is not “fixed urgently”.

UK and Japan nearing trade deal

The UK and Japan are aiming to have the outline of a post-Brexit trade deal agreed by the end of August following face-to-face talks in London last week.

ONS figures show levelling out of Covid-19 cases

According to new figures from the Office for National Statistics [ONS] Infection Pilot Survey released on Friday, Covid-19 cases in the UK are now levelling out or in decline despite a recent increase.

Ofgem to lower cap on energy bills from October 1

Energy industry watchdog Ofgem has said that it will lower the annual price cap on energy bills to £1,042 per household from October 1, the Telegraph reports.