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Watchdog looks into £220,000 public funding for Johnson Partygate defence

Exclusive: Director at NAO, which hasn’t launched a formal inquiry, plans to speak to Cabinet Office about legal costs over former PM’s denials in Commons Officials at the government’s spending watchdog are examining the controversial decision to provide £220,000 of taxpayers’ money to fund Boris Johnson’s legal defence for the inquiry into his Partygate denials.Continue reading “Watchdog looks into £220,000 public funding for Johnson Partygate defence”

Boris Johnson: anyone who thinks I covered up parties is out of their mind

Former PM tells Nadine Dorries talkshow the idea he was knowingly going to rule-breaking parties is ‘for the birds’ UK politics live – latest news updates Boris Johnson has said anyone who suspects he knowingly covered up lockdown parties in No 10 is “out of their mind”. The former prime minister said the claim wasContinue reading “Boris Johnson: anyone who thinks I covered up parties is out of their mind”

Biden to end Covid-19 emergency but may declare reproductive health crisis – live

White House announces extraordinary pandemic measures to lapse on 11 May, a move Republicans had called for Sign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email Good morning, US politics blog readers. It’s been three years since Covid-19 broke out across the United States and the government took extraordinary measures to stopContinue reading “Biden to end Covid-19 emergency but may declare reproductive health crisis – live”

Matt Hancock says he did not ‘primarily’ go on I’m a Celebrity for the money

Ex-health secretary defends appearance on TV show and denies he broke law by embracing aide during lockdown Matt Hancock has said he did not “primarily” go on I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! for his £320,000 fee, adding that his £10,000 charitable donation was a “decent sum” after his appearance on theContinue reading “Matt Hancock says he did not ‘primarily’ go on I’m a Celebrity for the money”

China claims Covid wave is ‘coming to an end’ as tourism and factory activity rebound

Government figures, which cannot be verified, showed big rises in travel and hospitality activity during lunar new year compared to the same time last year China’s wave of Covid is “coming to an end”, health officials have claimed, saying there had been no sign of a new surge from the lunar new year holiday period,Continue reading “China claims Covid wave is ‘coming to an end’ as tourism and factory activity rebound”

Biden will announce end of national and public health Covid emergencies in May

The move to end the declarations comes as House Republicans are set to pass a resolution to demand their immediate scrapping Joe Biden informed Congress on Monday that he will end the twin national emergencies for addressing Covid-19 on 11 May, as most of the world has returned closer to normalcy nearly three years afterContinue reading “Biden will announce end of national and public health Covid emergencies in May”

‘Debilitating’ effects of pandemic linger on for Britain’s young

Exclusive: from physical and mental and health to education and careers, two studies detail ways in which young still suffer ‘We’re on permanent catch-up’: how Covid has changed young Britons’ lives Young people have been “disastrously” affected by the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, according to two pieces of research that show happiness and confidenceContinue reading “‘Debilitating’ effects of pandemic linger on for Britain’s young”

‘We’re on permanent catch-up’: how Covid has changed young Britons’ lives

Young people across the UK reflect on how the pandemic affected them – and continues to shape their futures In the next phase of the Guardian’s Covid Generation series, young people from across the UK continue to analyse how the pandemic is still affecting their lives and their plans for the future, 18 months afterContinue reading “‘We’re on permanent catch-up’: how Covid has changed young Britons’ lives”

‘It was all for nothing’: Chinese count cost of Xi’s snap decision to let Covid rip

After three years of lockdowns, the country was ill prepared for its abrupt ‘freedom’. Now, with some estimating 1m deaths, public anger is growing When Sunny* thinks back to March last year, she laughs ruefully at the ordeal. The 19-year-old Shanghai student spent that month locked in her dormitory, unable to shop for essentials orContinue reading “‘It was all for nothing’: Chinese count cost of Xi’s snap decision to let Covid rip”

Absence from work at record high as Americans feel strain from Covid

More than a million people have called out sick for the past three years, and CDC says long Covid probably a contributor too For many Americans it feels like everyone is out sick right now. But there is a good reason: work absences from illness are at an all-time annual high in the US andContinue reading “Absence from work at record high as Americans feel strain from Covid”