UK government to bring in new controls on plastic items

Image copyright Reuters In a bid to limit ocean pollution, the government will introduce new controls on single use plastic items next year. The measures cover plastic straws, plastic drinks stirrers and plastic cotton buds in England from April 2020. Only plastic drinks stirrers will be totally banned from sale – currently 316 million are […]

Canadian nationals can now use ePassport gates to enter the UK

Canadian nationals aged 18 and over, and who are travelling using a biometric or ‘chipped’ passport, will be able to use the automated e-passport gates. Visitors aged 12 to 17-years-old, and who are accompanied by an adult, are also able to use them. The UK is already a world leader in automated passenger clearance, allowing […]

Game of Thrones: 3.2m UK viewers watched 2am finale | Television & radio

The overnight UK broadcast of the final episode of Game of Thrones averaged 3.2 million viewers, according to the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board. Another 527,000 caught up with the repeat on Monday evening. The show averaged 73% of the TV-watching audience during its broadcast on Sky Atlantic from 2am on Monday. Data from the TV […]

latest Met Office outlook for the long weekend

In brief The Met Office sadly confirmed rain for most Temperatures will be slightly below average Britain is set to have a rather drizzly Bank Holiday, meaning any outdoor activities might be best put on hold. The UK enjoyed its warmest Easter Monday on record last month, with the temperatures reaching 25C in some […]

Police arrest 586 people in county lines crackdown

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPolice tackle county lines drug operations in Hastings Nearly 600 suspected members of county lines drugs gangs have been arrested across the UK in the past week, the National Crime Agency has said. Police forces led by the National County Lines Coordination Centre also seized cocaine worth […]

New York Times says Jacinda Ardern ‘won’t save’ the UK or US

Since Jacinda Ardern was elected Prime Minister in 2017, Brits and Americans have openly expressed jealousy of New Zealand’s leadership. But a writer for the New York Times says their fascination is naive and politically misguided. London-based journalist Stephen Buranyi penned an opinion piece for the newspaper’s Monday edition titled ‘Jacinda Ardern won’t save you’. […]

European elections 2019 LIVE: latest UK party polls as Theresa May begins discussions on ‘bold’ new Brexit offer

McVey: ‘Next leader has to believe in Brexit’   The next leader of the Conservative Party must be somebody who “believes in Brexit” and has the “passion” to drive it forwards, an MP in the running to replace Theresa May has said. Former Cabinet minister Esther McVey said it is “essential” that Britain leaves the […]

Glasgow and Edinburgh race to become the UK’s first net-zero emissions city

Like most city-dwellers, Scots travel in polluting vehicles, use fossil fuels to heat their homes and work in an economy that produces greenhouse gases. But Scotland’s two biggest towns are racing to become the first city in Britain with net-zero emissions. Long-time rivals Glasgow and Edinburgh both have plans to decarbonise their economies, moving faster […]

Change UK: Revoke Article 50 to hold second Brexit referendum | Politics News

By Alan McGuinness, political reporter Britain’s EU exit should be stopped to allow time to hold a second referendum, according to Change UK. Party spokesman Chuka Umunna said the country was facing a “national emergency” – the prospect of leaving the EU with no deal at the end of October. “I have come to the […]

Lung cancer symptoms: Signs of tumour include bad cough

Lung cancer is one of the most serious types of cancer to be diagnosed, as it’s usually difficult to spot until it has spread to other parts of the body. But, it’s also one of the most common cancers to be diagnosed in the UK, warned the NHS. Signs of the disease only tend to […]

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