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Rose Ayling-Ellis has said she feels “proud” to have encouraged Strictly Come Dancing to introduce sign language interpreters at its live shows, as the tour begins in Birmingham. The EastEnders star, the BBC One programme’s first deaf contestant, and her partner Giovanni Pernice are among the former contestants and pros taking to the floor at […]

Hospitality and retail chiefs have welcomed the relaxation of some Covid-19 restrictions – but spoke out over the damage caused by them over Christmas. A range of relaxations were announced following a meeting of the Stormont Executive on Thursday. Some venues, including pubs and restaurants, will no longer have to demand Covid certification for entry; […]

The Duke of Cambridge has sympathised with a grieving schoolboy during a visit to a centre helping vulnerable people, telling him things will get “easier”. William, who lost his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, when he was 15, told Deacon Glover, 11, “I know how you feel”, after learning his mother, Grace Taylor, […]

Grenfell Tower survivors have criticised “shocking” plans to build a new residential skyscraper with only one staircase a few hundred metres from the site of the 2017 fire. The proposed building, which is being planned as part of a development for 1,760 new homes in west London, would have flats in up to 35 storeys […]

Sally J Morgan has won an award celebrating literature from the north of England for a novel inspired by her experience of being offered a lift by serial killers Fred and Rose West. Toto Among The Murderers was named winner of the Portico Prize on Thursday night, during an online ceremony hosted from the library […]

People across the UK should have a say in whether dukes and duchesses can take on the names of places in their areas, ministers have heard. Labour MP Rachael Maskell (York Central) called for a debate into how aristocratic titles which “take their name from a geographical location” are assigned, having previously said that Andrew’s […]

Emma Raducanu battled through the pain of blisters on her hand but was beaten by lowly-ranked Danka Kovinic in the second round of the Australian Open. The 6-4 4-6 6-3 loss marks the first time the 19-year-old has been defeated in a completed match at a grand slam, with her only previous loss coming when […]

Andy Murray’s thoughts turned again to his future in tennis amid the disappointment of a second-round defeat by qualifier Taro Daniel at the Australian Open. At 120 in the world, the Japanese is the lowest-ranked player Murray has ever lost to at a grand slam, and he made no attempt to hide how much it […]

A senior Conservative MP has urged Tory backbenchers facing “intimidation” over their support for a no confidence motion in Boris Johnson to report it to the police. William Wragg, chairman of the Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, said he has received reports of conduct amounting to “blackmail”. He said they include “members of […]

The average number of booster and third doses of Covid-19 vaccine recorded each day in the UK has dropped below 100,000, Government figures show. It is the first time the average has fallen below this level since data on extra doses began to be reported at start of October last year. The average currently stands […]

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