As 30,000 pub closures loom, hospitality bosses plead with ministers to save sector from disaster 

30,000 pub closures loom: Bosses from across the hospitality industry plead with ministers to unlock early to save the sector from disaster Industry body UK Hospitality says 42 pubs shutting their doors every day in 2021 This rate is up from 30 pubs a day closing last year according to their latest data Figures led … Read more

MPs and the WHO plead with Britons to keep taking ‘safe’ AstraZeneca jabs

MPs from all parties were today pleading with Britons to keep taking AstraZeneca jabs amid fury that the EU’s ‘Brexit sulk’ will fuel anti-vax propaganda.   Politicians, medics and scientists have launched a concerted effort to reassure the public about the safety of the Oxford vaccine after a swathe of European countries suspended its use over unproven … Read more

‘Colston Four’ plead not guilty to criminal damage

‘Colston Four’ plead not guilty to criminal damage for toppling statue of Bristol slave trader Edward Colston as trial date is set for December Rhian Graham, Milo Ponsford, Jake Skuse, and Sage Willoughby denied charges They appeared before Bristol Crown Court charged with criminal damage today  It is alleged they damaged statue of Edward Colston … Read more

Ministers plead for MISSING Brazil variant patient to come forward

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE BRAZIL VARIANT?  Name: B.1.1.248 or P.1 Date: Discovered in Tokyo, Japan, in four travellers arriving from Manaus, Brazil, on January 2.  Why should we care? The variant has the same spike protein mutation as the highly transmissible versions found in Kent and South Africa – named N501Y – which makes the … Read more

Social media users plead for signatures on a petition to scrap tampon tax on period knickers

Social media users have highlighted an urgency to gather signatures on a petition to scrap the tampon tax on period pants. Rubina Raut who founded UK-based period pants brand WUKA in 2017, has racked up almost 18,000 signatures on an online petition to recognise the reusable underwear as entitled to being taxed fairly. While sanitary … Read more

Building society bosses plead Government to ‘taper’ stamp duty holiday 

Building society bosses plead with government to ‘taper’ stamp duty holiday for those with approved mortgages Government temporarily increased the nil rate band of residential stamp duty in England and Northern Ireland from £125,000 to £500,000 The ‘holiday’ is due to end on 31 March 2021 Building Society bosses say this will have a ‘damaging … Read more

Experts plead with Angela Merkel to put Germany on ‘tightened lockdown’ until January 10

Experts have pleaded with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to put Germany on a ‘tightened lockdown‘ and ‘suspend public life’ until January 10th as coronavirus infection rates remain high in the country. An urgent appeal has been published to politicians by members of Germany’s National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, which has been advising leaders throughout the … Read more

Church leaders plead directly to Ministers to reopen places of worship for Christmas services

Church leaders plead directly to Ministers to reopen ‘Covid-secure’ places of worship for Christmas services Michael Gove and Robert Jenrick have been handed Faith Task Force dossier It details efforts made to render places of worship safe – and comes as Tory MPs are poised to step up pressure for churches to reopen where safety … Read more

Don’t lock Britain down again, plead business chiefs, MPs and medics

Business leaders, campaigners and MPs last night pleaded with Boris Johnson to resist a devastating new lockdown. They warned that it would wreak economic carnage and devastate thousands of businesses. It came as scientists said up to 85,000 could die in a second virus wave. With Emmanuel Macron announcing a new national lockdown for France, … Read more

Business leaders plead with officials to protect UK’s financial services industry in EU talks 

Furious business leaders tonight accused officials in Brexit talks of complacency over the future of the City, while fiercely protecting Britain’s fishing rights. With the end of the transition period looming, bosses of banks and insurance companies are worried about the failure to close in on a post-Brexit deal for the UK’s powerhouse financial services … Read more