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Plan to link mortgages to green standards will hurt first-time buyers, government warned

Plan to link mortgages to green standards will hurt first-time buyers, government warned

Home buyers could soon be asked to improve the insulation of their properties as part of their mortgage requirements under plans announced by Boris Johnson’s government. Mortgage lenders will be asked to disclose the energy efficiency performance of homes in their portfolio – sparking fears it could deter banks from lending to people hoping to …

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UK Covid cases near 50,000 in one day as No 10 warns of ‘challenging’ winter

UK Covid cases near 50,000 in one day as No 10 warns of ‘challenging’ winter

Coronavirus UK Covid cases near 50,000 in one day as No 10 warns of ‘challenging’ winter Reported number of cases rise steadily in October to reach highest level since 17 July Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Ian Sample Science editor @iansample Mon 18 Oct 2021 20.23 BST Last modified on Mon …

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PM urged to enact ‘David’s law’ against social media abuse after Amess’s death

PM urged to enact ‘David’s law’ against social media abuse after Amess’s death

UK news PM urged to enact ‘David’s law’ against social media abuse after Amess’s death Calls for crackdown on threats to public figures and an end to online anonymity Jessica Elgot Chief political correspondent @jessicaelgot Mon 18 Oct 2021 19.59 BST Last modified on Tue 19 Oct 2021 05.12 BST Boris Johnson is facing calls …

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Covid: UK daily cases soar to nearly 50,000 – highest in three months

Covid: UK daily cases soar to nearly 50,000 – highest in three months

The UK has recorded nearly 50,000 new coronavirus infections, marking the largest daily rise since lockdown rules ended in England three months ago. For the sixth consecutive day, more than 40,000 new cases of Covid-19 were reported, amounting to 49,156 new infections tallied on Monday. The rise on Monday brought new daily cases even closer …

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Southend to be given city status in tribute to Sir David Amess, Boris Johnson announces

Southend to be given city status in tribute to Sir David Amess, Boris Johnson announces

Boris Johnson has announced that the Queen has agreed to grant Southend city status in a tribute to Sir David Amess, who had long championed the cause. The prime minister’s remarks followed a minute’s silence in the Commons chamber for the Conservative MP, who was killed while conducting a constituency surgery on Friday in Leigh-on-Sea, …

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David Amess: MPs’ frustration over police support for their security bursts into open

David Amess: MPs’ frustration over police support for their security bursts into open

MPs’ frustration with police responses to fears over their safety burst into the open today following the murder of Sir David Amess. Labour frontbencher Lisa Nandy said there was “a huge disparity” between the support offered by forces in different parts of the country, and Tory backbencher Andrew Rosindell said his own pleas for assistance …

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Priti Patel considering removing right to anonymity on social media to stop ‘relentless’ abuse of MPs

Priti Patel considering removing right to anonymity on social media to stop ‘relentless’ abuse of MPs

Social media users could face a ban on anonymous accounts, as home secretary Priti Patel steps up action to tackle radicalisation in the wake of the murder of MP Sir David Amess. Police questioning Ali Harbi Ali on suspicion of terrorism offences are understood to be investigating the possibility that the 25-year-old UK national of …

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Treasury leak reveals rift between Johnson and Sunak over costs of zero-carbon economy

Treasury leak reveals rift between Johnson and Sunak over costs of zero-carbon economy

The ObserverGreen economy Treasury leak reveals rift between Johnson and Sunak over costs of zero-carbon economy With weeks to go before the Cop26 climate summit, documents show PM being warned about the risks of damage to the UK from green investment Toby Helm & Fiona Harvey Sat 16 Oct 2021 19.12 BST Last modified on …

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Sir David Amess: Partner of Jo Cox’s sister asks her to ‘step down’ as MP following killing

Sir David Amess: Partner of Jo Cox’s sister asks her to ‘step down’ as MP following killing

The sister of murdered MP Jo Cox has said her partner suggested she stand down from being a member of parliament in the wake of the killing of Sir David Amess. Kim Leadbeater, who represents Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire, said she felt “frightened” following the fatal attack on the Conservative MP at a …

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