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Image copyright PA Media Image caption All pupils and year groups are expected to be back full time next term The government has published its safety plans for England’s return to school in September – built on the principle of keeping classes or whole year groups apart in separate “bubbles”. But it means if there […]

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Image copyright Getty Images Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick was in close contact with the businessman behind a controversial planning case while preparing to decide whether to approve it, official documents show. Private messages show Mr Jenrick texted Richard Desmond before giving the go ahead for a housing development against advice from officials. Labour said it […]

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Image copyright Getty Images Dame Vera Lynn, the Forces’ Sweetheart whose songs helped raise morale in World War Two, has died aged 103. The singer was best known for performing hits such as We’ll Meet Again to troops on the front line in countries including India and Egypt. Her family said they were “deeply saddened […]

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Image caption Robert Jenrick has insisted he did not show any bias Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick will not appear in Parliament to answer a question from Labour relating to his approval of a £1bn property scheme. Planning minister Chris Pincher, junior to Mr Jenrick, will face MPs instead. Labour says Mr Jenrick is “hiding from […]

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Image copyright @DRNimages1 Image caption Officers were called to Energen Close in Harlesden A young child was among four people hurt in a shooting in north London, police have said. Shots were fired in Energen Close, Harlesden, at about 21:45 BST, Scotland Yard said. The child and a man were taken to hospital with gunshot […]

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Image copyright @AliBebul Image caption Ten crews of firefighters were sent to tackle the blaze in Bethnal Green Four people have been rescued from a fire at flats in Bethnal Green, east London. Eighty firefighters were sent to Hadleigh Close after the fire broke out at about 03:30 BST. London Fire Brigade said it took […]

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Image copyright AFP Image caption Part of the review will examine the measures introduced to protect bus drivers An independent review is to look at coronavirus infections and deaths among the capital’s bus workers, Transport for London (TfL) has announced. Thirty-three London bus workers have died after contracting Covid-19, including 29 drivers. Part of the […]

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Image copyright Google Image caption Police had been called to Great Dover Street in Southwark over reports of a fight A man has been stabbed to death in a south London street. Police had been called to Great Dover Street, Southwark, at 17:30 BST on Wednesday to reports of males fighting when they found the […]

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Image copyright Getty Images “It was embarrassing, everyone was looking at us,” Susan Bleau says of the moment she tried to spend free school meal vouchers worth £45. After weeks of delays, her daughter’s school had finally received the vouchers and printed them out for her. But at the till, with a trolley full of […]

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