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Booster Covid vaccines will be offered to millions of people from next week alongside annual flu jabs. Those eligible include anyone aged 50 and over, people living and working in elderly care homes, and frontline health and social care workers. All those who are clinically extremely vulnerable and anyone aged 16 to 65 in an […]

The six books shortlisted for the prestigious 2021 Booker Prize for fiction explore themes including racism, injustice, freedom and constraints on women’s lives. The only shortlisted author of British descent is Somali-British novelist Nadifa Mohamed for The Fortune Men. She is up against three Americans, one Sri Lankan and one South African. The American-authored novels […]

Boris Johnson saw his House of Commons majority cut as several Tory MPs opposed his £12 billion tax hike to pay for health and social care. The Health and Social Care Levy Bill cleared the Commons at third reading by 307 votes to 251, majority 56. A total of 10 Conservative MPs rebelled to oppose […]

German authorities have compensated nearly 250 people who were prosecuted or investigated under a Nazi-era law criminalising homosexuality that continued to be enforced enthusiastically after the Second World War. The Federal Office of Justice said that, up to the end of August, 317 people had applied for compensation and it had been paid out in […]

JD Sports has revealed a surge in profits following on from shoppers pent-up demand in returning to stores as well as strong online sales that helped drive the retailer to a “record first half” of trading. This morning shares in the company jumped after the sportswear retailer revealed a pre-tax profit of £364.6 million for […]

Boris Johnson is mourning the loss of his mother after she died aged 79. Charlotte Johnson Wahl, a painter, died “suddenly and peacefully” at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, on Monday according to a death notice in The Times. Mr Johnson once described his mother as the “supreme authority” in the family and credited her with […]

Former Love Island contestant Amy Hart said she has stopped reporting abusive comments to social media companies because she does not believe anything will be done. The 29-year-old, a former air stewardess with British Airways, told an inquiry into influencer culture she did not believe sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram were supportive enough […]

The England and Wales Cricket Board will formally request that the world’s governing body adjudicates on last week’s abandoned Test match if a rearranged fixture cannot be agreed, the PA news agency understands. England’s fifth and final Test against India at Old Trafford was called off just hours before the start of play on day […]

Andrew Neil has stepped down as chairman of GB News, it has been confirmed. The journalist and broadcaster, 72, has been absent from the channel after announcing a break two weeks into its launch. He will continue to contribute to GB News as a regular guest commentator. He said: “I am sorry to go but […]

They’ll also be pulling 10p bags for life from all major stores Waitrose is aiming to eliminate 40 million single-use plastic bags per year by removing them from deliveries and in-store collections. Bags for life, which cost 10p, will also be pulled from all major stores, to be replaced with a 50p reusable bag that […]

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