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Details of drunkenness, fighting and late night parties at the heart of government have been laid bare in a damning report by Sue Gray - who said "senior leadership" must bear responsibility. The long-awaited report, which also details karaoke, wine spillages, aides being sick and others being rude to security staff and cleaners, reveals behaviour in Downing Street during 2020 and 2021 when COVID-19 restrictions were in place across the country. In one message after a "bring your own booze" party to which 200 people were invited in May 2020, Martin Reynolds, the prime minister's principal private secretary, said: "We seem to have got away with [it]."
Peter Cowgill, arguably the most successful British retailer of the last two decades, sensationally stepped down this evening as executive chairman of JD Sports amid speculation he had been ousted. Announcing the move, JD Sports said that, as a consequence of an ongoing review of its internal governance and controls, it had decided to accelerate the separation of the roles of chair and chief executive. JD announced in July last year that it would split the roles of chairman and chief executive over the following 12 months following criticism of its corporate governance by shareholders.
The MP's Standards Committee are also calling for lobbying rules to be tightened so MPs can't take part in proceedings that would benefit someone they are receiving money from. The Chair of the committee Chris Bryant has called the new measures "robust" and says they will "uphold and strengthen" standards in parliament. The report comes after the case of former MP Owen Paterson, which triggered a row over MPs second jobs.
Crymych Panthers Boccia Club recently held their first in-house Boccia competition, with eight members in the tournament.
Wiltshire Police were cracking down on road users across the county - especially focusing on the 'Fatal Four'. That Facebook post, that WhatsApp message, that tweet you want to read - it can all wait.
Former PM says he will back new Liberal leader and downplays loss, saying party ‘will regroup’
The superstar footballer revealed in a candid interview his struggles in the game - opening up about his battle with mental health. .
Negotiations for a peace deal cannot resume until Russia pulls out troops, president says
Analyst says negative tweets about Heard were not related to Depp lawyer's statements
Firearms now kill more American children than car crashes and cancer combined, with the country’s gun sales on a seemingly inexorable rise.
After making it through the spring planting season, sometimes with the help of bulletproof vests and helmets, Ukraine's farmers are facing another challenge – finding enough diesel for the harvest to come. The war with Russia cut fuel supplies just as farmers stepped up work for the spring season and they have lost about 85% of their normal supplies since the conflict started on Feb. 24, farmers, fuel distributors and analysts say. The total area planted with grain this spring is already expected to be up to 30% smaller than last year because of the fighting, and yields could drop too if farmers don't get fuel so they can apply chemicals and harvest crops at the right time.
Sue Gray's Partygate report “lays bare the rot” Boris Johnson has spread in Downing Street, Sir Keir Starmer has suggested. Responding to the prime minister's statement and apology in the House of Commons, the Labour leader suggested the government has treated the British people with “utter contempt”. “That report lays bare the rot that under this prime minister has spread in No 10,” Mr Starmer said.
PEMBROKESHIRE County Council has been awarded a £10,000 grant by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to carry out community engagement on the future of Haverfordwest Castle.
DOLLOW, Somalia (Reuters) -Hacked-off thorn branches encircle two mounds of earth heaped over the tiny bodies of Halima Hassan Abdullahi's twin granddaughters. "She is malnourished and her two babies died of hunger," Abdullahi said at the Kaxareey camp which sprang up in January and now houses 13,000 people. With global focus on Ukraine, aid agencies and the United Nations are desperate to attract attention to a calamity they say is shaping up to be comparable to Somalia's 2011 famine.
For lounging poolside or perfecting your stroke, these playful cossies deliver the support you need
The first cases of monkeypox has been confirmed in Wales and Northern Ireland, meaning it has now been identified in all nations of the UK, health officials have said.
Since Moscow captured Kherson in early March, information on what is happening there has been hard to come by. AFP journalists joined a press trip organised by the Russian Defence Ministry to find a region relatively untouched by the fighting - yet 'apprehensive' about the future.
The footballer wants to see more progress in the teaching of the history and experiences of black, Asian and ethnic minority communities.
Five-year-old Hiyaan Kapil died early on Monday after being sent home from the Logan hospital
A US senator who came to Congress representing Sandy Hook, has begged his colleagues to take action on gun violence following a primary school shooting in Texas. In an impassioned speech, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy demanded his colleagues to pass legislation to address gun violence in the US, after an 18-year-old gunman opened fire at a Texan primary school killing 19 children and two adults.