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Treasury Committee criticises shortfalls in economic support

The Treasury Committee has said that chancellor Rishi Sunak has effectively abandoned over one million people who cannot access existing support measures, following his response to an interim report into gaps in Covid-19 related economic support for firms and workers.

Hospitality, retail industries and opposition MPs claim mixed messages on face covering rules

Trade bodies and opposition MPs have said that the government has given out mixed messages over the circumstances in which face coverings must be worn, prior to new rules being implemented on Friday.

Post-Brexit trade deal still some way off, UK and EU say

The UK and EU negotiating teams have both admitted that a post-Brexit trade deal is still some way off being agreed after the latest round of negotiations took place in London this week.

Committee criticises lack of planning for economic impact of Covid-19 pandemic

The Commons Public Accounts Committee has criticised the government for what it calls an “astonishing” failure to plan for the economic effect of a pandemic situation, adding that Westminster’s response to the Covid-19 crisis was rushed.

Johnson champions “might” of the union ahead of Scotland visit

Prime minister Boris Johnson has said that the UK’s response to the Covid-19 crisis has demonstrated the “sheer might” of the union and has saved 900,000 Scottish jobs as he prepares to visit Scotland on Thursday.

PMQs: Government guilty of being complacent over national security, Labour leader says

Speaking at Wednesday’s Prime Minister’s Questions, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said the government has been complacent with the UK’s national security and has left a “serious gap in our defences”.

More stringent security laws considered following Russia report

The government is weighing up strengthening security laws after a report by MPs suggested that it has “badly underestimated” the threat of Russian interference in the UK.

Met police refers itself for investigation after finding no evidence of misconduct

After conducting its own reviews and finding no evidence of misconduct, the Met police has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

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