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Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will take on Lord Frost’s Brexit responsibilities following his resignation, Downing Street has said. Ms Truss, 46, will become “lead negotiator with the EU on the Northern Ireland Protocol”, Number 10 said in a statement. She will have “ministerial responsibility for the UK’s relationship with the European Union with immediate effect”. […]

It’s been two years since this government was elected with a mandate to level up the left-behind parts of the UK. Now that the first round of the Levelling-Up Fund has been allocated, we can start to judge whether it will achieve what Boris Johnson set out to do. But while much has been made […]

Disability rights groups say the UK’s 2.4 million blue badge holders are suffering discrimination from increasingly strict restrictions on cars in towns and cities. The charity Disability Rights UK claims some councils are flouting equality laws, with social distancing measures, increased street trading and anti-terror barriers all reducing opportunities to park near shops and services. […]

Extra restrictions are needed “within days” to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed by Omicron, according to senior government scientists. Possible tougher measures could be imposed after Boxing Day, according to The Sun, which said a contingency plan had not yet been presented to ministers. Asked about the prospect of new rules, a government spokesman said […]

Boris Johnson’s Brexit minister has resigned from the cabinet. Lord Frost quit in a letter to the prime minister last week, and will leave immediately rather than in January as was originally planned. Sky News’ deputy political editor Sam Coates said that Lord Frost goes “on good terms”, but he is unhappy with the direction […]

People travelling from Britain to Germany will have to quarantine from midnight on Monday as the country tries to slow the spread of Omicron. Regional health ministers urged the government on Saturday to introduce tougher rules amid surging cases of the variant in the UK. They called for a two-week quarantine period, including for vaccinated […]

A person has been arrested after a Leeds fan allegedly racially abused an Arsenal player during Saturday’s game at Elland Road. The Arsenal subs’ bench called over the fourth official after the incident in the 33rd minute. Gunners’ Manager Mikel Arteta said it was a “single person” and that it was reported to the stadium […]

Officials are drawing up plans for two weeks of “circuit breaker” measures after Christmas, which would include a ban on indoor mixing, according to reports. The claims come as Boris Johnson’s cabinet is being briefed on the latest COVID data, with officials said to be concerned after three consecutive days of record case numbers. However, […]

A 22-year-old has been jailed for two serious crashes which left one man dead and another paralysed. Jordan Tedstone, from Weoley Castle, Birmingham, was sentenced to four years and nine months for dangerous driving offences and has been disqualified from driving for seven years. The first collision took place on Frankley Lane, Birmingham in 2019 […]

The killing of Star Hobson has “torn our whole family apart” with the reality of the toddler’s death having only sunk in after the “traumatic” trial, her auntie has said. Alicia Szepler also told Sky News how she found it “awful” giving evidence during the trial into the murder of the 16-month-old girl who lived […]