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# UK

# Tayto
Top Tory Tom Tugendhat performs U-turn after tripping up over Tayto tweet
Minister of State Tom Tugendhat referred to Tayto preferences as “an ecumenical matter”.
This week
5th February 2023 - 7th February 2023
# Troubles Legacy Bill
UK Legacy Bill ‘not the way to address Northern Ireland’s past’, says victims commissioner
Ian Jeffers said that 25 years after the Good Friday Agreement a process for reconciliation is needed.
# UK
Hundreds have joined UK police who should not have been allowed, says inspector
Inspector of Constabulary Matt Parr said many officers had failed to declare ‘big red flags’ such as prior convictions.
# Reparations
British family descended from slave owners to apologise and pay £100,000 in reparations
The Trevelyan family had more than 1,000 slaves there in the 19th century and owned six sugar plantations.
# Trussonomics
Liz Truss: I was never given a chance to implement my tax-cutting agenda
In her first detailed comments since she was forced out of No 10, Truss said she had not anticipated the resistance she would face to her plans.
Last week
29th January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# Downing Street
UK union leader says civil servants 'bullied' by Dominic Raab suffered mental health crises
Raab was appointed Deputy Prime Minister under Rishi Sunak.
# Apology
UK MP apologises for describing Israeli government as ‘fascist’
Kim Johnson also said she recognised the use of the term, ‘apartheid state’, was ‘insensitive’.
# Job Losses
Tesco says its Ireland stores are unaffected by UK overhaul of 2,100 jobs
It announced that it will extend changes to store management roles, shut remaining counters and hot delis and shut a number of in-store pharmacies as part of the shake-up.
# Recession
Britain will be only major economy to plunge into recession in 2023, IMF warns
The IMF predicts that the UK economy will contract by 0.6% this year, 0.9 percentage points worse than its previous forecast in October.
# Northumberland
Boy, 16, charged with murder over fatal stabbing of teenage girl in UK
Holly Newton, 15, was found injured in Hexham on Friday afternoon and later died in hospital.
# westminster
Tory chairman sacked by Rishi Sunak after ‘serious breach’ found in tax affairs investigation
It comes after an investigation into Mr Zahawi’s tax affairs.
Last month
January 2023
# Administration
Scheduled flights cancelled after embattled regional airline Flybe ceases trading
Flybe was previously pushed into administration in March 2020 with the loss of 2,400 jobs as the pandemic destroyed large parts of the travel sector.
# matt hancock
Matt Hancock was paid £320,000 to appear on I’m A Celeb
The former UK health secretary’s fee was listed on the MP’s register of financial interests.
# epstein
Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre photo is fake, says Ghislaine Maxwell
The British prince has previously questioned the validity of the famous image.
# indyref2
Majority of Scottish people in favour of independence, poll finds
Research for The National found 54% in favour of independence when ‘don’t knows’ were excluded.
# UK
Rishi Sunak fined for failing to wear seatbelt in social media video
The British prime minister previously apologised for the “brief error of judgment”.
# UK
Police looking into video of Sunak failing to wear a seatbelt
The Prime Minister has apologised for the “mistake”, as Downing Street said that Sunak had made a “brief error of judgment”.
# Metropolitan Police
Serving London police officer unmasked as serial rapist sacked as chief admits 'horrific' failures
David Carrick, 48, attacked at least a dozen women over an 18-year period and admitted to 49 offences.
# gender reform bill
UK government to block Scotland's proposed gender reform bill
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon earlier today warned London against any bid to block the law.
# euston
Girl in critical condition and five more injured in gun attack outside church in London
The Metropolitan Police said a number of people were injured in the shooting.
# Scotland
SNP could fight next Holyrood election as de facto independence referendum
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said there is a ‘cast-iron democratic mandate for a referendum’.
# Alireza Akbari
Rishi Sunak condemns 'callous' execution of British-Iranian man accused of spying
Tehran’s state media has announced that the former Iranian defence minister had been put to death.
# elle edwards
Man charged with murder of Elle Edwards on Christmas Eve in Liverpool
Elle Edwards was fatally shot at the Lighthouse pub in Wallasey Village, Wirral, shortly before midnight on 24 December.
# House Of Commons
Brexiteer MP Andrew Bridgen stripped of Tory whip for comparing vaccines to Holocaust
Fellow Tories as well as Holocaust remembrance groups have slammed Bridgen’s remarks on Covid-19 vaccines.
# Industrial Action
UK unveils 'minimum safety levels' law in bid to stifle strikes
The new law will require minimum levels of service during walkouts by various essential workers.
# Soledar
Two British men missing in Ukraine
The two men were last seen on Friday.
# Brexit
Tánaiste welcomes data-sharing progress amid Northern Ireland Protocol row
The EU and UK have reached agreement on data sharing and EU access to UK IT systems.
# NHS
Sunak refuses to say if he has private healthcare amid NHS queue crisis
The UK Prime Minister said his own health provisions was a ‘distraction from what the real issue is’.
# nhs strikes
UK government urged to reopen pay talks as NHS strikes continue
Ambulance staff and nurses are to go on strike in the coming weeks due to pay disputes.
# UK
Investigation launched after three people and dog die in hotel fire in Scotland
Emergency services were called to the New County Hotel in Perth just after 5am this morning.
# climate action
Extinction Rebellion ‘to temporarily shift away from public disruption’ tactics
Activists have gained notoriety for blockading train lines, airports and roads, causing chaos for commuters.
Last year
2022
# Climate Change
2022 expected to be warmest year on record for the UK
Temperatures in the UK have been above average in every month except December.
# elle edwards
Pair questioned over Christmas Eve pub shooting in Liverpool
A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with the ‘cold-blooded’ murder, Merseyside Police said.
# Murder
Man dies after St Stephen's Day stabbing in Birmingham nightclub
Local police said hundreds of people were in attendance at the nightclub at the time and urged any witnesses to come forward.
# Complaints
The Sun apologises for Jeremy Clarkson column’s about Meghan Markle
A UK media regulator received more complaints about the column than it did in total in all of 2021.
# air chaos
UK Border Force strike could lead to major airport disruption over Christmas
The Border Force strikes will take place every day for the rest of the year, except 27 December.
# Life Sentence
British ex-cage fighter who murdered pregnant partner and children to spend life in jail
Damien Bendall killed Terri Harris, her children Lacey Bennett and John Paul Bennett, and Lacey’s friend Connie Gent.
# Ambulance workers
NHS disruption from UK strikes likely to continue into coming days health leaders say
NHS Providers said there had been ‘varying levels of disruption’ across the UK as nurses and ambulance drivers strike.
# UK
UK government's plans to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda are lawful, according to High Court
Two senior judges gave their decision in a ruling today.
# UK
19-year-old charged in connection with migrant boat deaths in the English Channel
Four people were pronounced dead and 39 people were rescued following the incident on Wednesday.