New UK obesity plan fails to address underlying problems

But while the first response from campaign groups was a delighted short intake of breath, it is increasingly clear that there is no comprehensive long-term strategy to address the underlying problems. These are very big, very fundamental problems; essentially poverty and poor educational attainment. People with little money often buy cheap, filling food that is […]

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

The UK is drowning in private debt. At least £6bn of household debt – and probably much more – has been racked up by 4.6m people during the pandemic. More than one in eight people on furlough have defaulted on a payment. The Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned of a wave of “zombie companies”, […]

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

It is similar to SARS, which infected 8,000 people and killed nearly 800 in an outbreak in Asia in 2003, in that it is a type of coronavirus which infects humans’ lungs. It is less deadly than SARS, however, which killed around one in 10 people, compared to approximately one in 50 for COVID-19.

‘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.

Coronavirus: Government performance a pantomime, says actors’ union

Arts industry welcomes £1.57bn support package First pantomimes cancelled ahead of make-or-break Christmas Two-metre rule ‘must be relaxed for musicians’ Some venues had been due to reopen in England from 1 August, in an experiment to see whether they could operate within social-distancing rules.

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.

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 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.”

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

Hackney and City of London – 20.1, up from 17.7 Barking and Dagenham – 14.6, up from 4.7 Barnet – 8.7, up from 5.6 Harrow – 8.0, up from 4.0 Redbridge – 7.6, up from 5.3 Brent – 7.6, down from 7.9 Lambeth – 7.1, up from 5.8 Hounslow – 6.6, stayed the same Newham […]

China poised to power huge growth in global offshore wind energy

“Over the coming decade we will see emerging offshore wind markets like Japan, Korea and Vietnam move to full deployment, and see the first offshore turbines installed in a number of new countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa,” Backwell added.