UK government gets green light to use personal data from citizens’ mobile phones to help fight coronavirus – but privacy experts brand the move ‘extremely concerning’ and warn it could lead to invasive surveillance

Experts have been conflicted since the beginning of the outbreak about whether the true number of people who are infected is significantly higher than the official numbers of recorded cases. Some people are expected to have such mild symptoms that they never even realise they are ill unless they’re tested, so only the more serious […]

The UK’s private debt crisis will make this recession so much worse

The implicit assumption was that the disruption would be short-lived: once restrictions were lifted, the debts could be paid back. But this was always doubtful. Replacing income with debt is rarely a good idea, especially when that lost income is unlikely to be recouped. If anything, incomes and revenues coming out of lockdown will be […]

New UK obesity plan fails to address underlying problems

It has taken decades to persuade those in power in the UK that obesity cannot be ignored. The seminal Foresight report, which described the junk food environment we live in, was published in 2007, but there had been many earlier warnings. Covid-19 has now done what the soaring rates of type 2 diabetes and NHS […]

Queen’s doctor Peter Fisher hit and killed by lorry while cycling in central London

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0208 991 9555 or contact via Twitter @MetCC, quoting CAD 1899/15AUG. You can also give information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or at

Cyclist killed after being hit by lorry in central London on Cycle to Work Day

Did you see what happened? Email [email protected] “A40 High Holborn (one-way street) is closed at A4200 Kingsway due to a serious collision at the Newton Street junction.” TfL tweeted.

London coronavirus rates soar in more than half of boroughs amid travel ban fear

The PM’s official spokesman told journalists yesterday : “If you look at the Contain strategy, which we published two weeks ago, it sets out within there the possibility of putting gin place restrictions on travel if there’s an area which is particularly badly affected.

Coronavirus: Government performance a pantomime, says actors’ union

“And when you see £600m going to EasyJet alone – and I’m sure that money is needed and I’m very glad people are having jobs protected there – you wonder, how come we are getting £1.57bn alongside museums, galleries, the rest of the cultural sector.”

‘Prince Andrew connection’ helped Ghislaine Maxwell enter New York high society

Maxwell is now being investigated over the alleged role she played in sex abuse by paedophile financier Epstein, who is said to have forced young girls to have sex with powerful friends.

Cyclist throws bike at knifeman who chased him down street in horrifying attack in broad daylight

“I hope that today’s outcome serves as a warning to anyone intent on carrying a knife and using it against another person that we will carry a full and thorough investigation and bring those responsible to justice.”

Are coronavirus antibody tests worth the money? As a GP, I thought I’d give one a try

Where does all this uncertainty leave us? Should my friend shell out £100? Will my life change when I get my result? Sikora says “you can wear your positive (antibody) test as a badge if you want to but you still have to stick to the law”. Perhaps it would give you peace of mind […]