London reopened in the UK after months of lockdown due to COVID-19 on April 12.
London reopened in the UK after months of lockdown due to COVID-19 on April 12.
The Duchess of Cambridge has promised to wear a pink dress when she finally meets the brave youngster who had to be separated from her father during lockdown. Mila Sneddon, then four years old, became a symbol of the importance of isolation during the pandemic after she was pictured for Kate's lockdown photography project Hold Still. The moving image showed the youngster kissing the kitchen window as her father Scott stood outside.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as well as Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, have been seen visiting polling stations all over the country to cast votes today. Elections for the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Senedd, and 143 councils and 13 mayors in England, including London, are happening. The results of the London mayoral election are expected at the earliest on Saturday night, and possibly into Sunday.
Briton previously complained about the size of the ring, and he made another sly dig at the organisation of the bout at Thursday’s press conference
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‘He was very accepting of his situation,’ Lucinda Cary said
Although voting ends at 10pm on Thursday, the final results are not expected until Monday
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France is delaying an EU order for 1.8 billion doses of the BioNTech/Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine planned for the next two years, a German newspaper said on Friday, citing EU diplomats, but Paris said it backed the contract and was just asking questions. In its report, German daily Die Welt said the reason for Paris' hesitation was unclear, but diplomats had speculated that it might want French companies to play a bigger part in vaccine production. At recent meetings of European Union ministers about vaccine orders, French representatives held up decision-making by posing technical questions and requests for clarifications, Die Welt reported.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has been told to urgently change the party’s direction after its by-election disaster in Hartlepool.
Detectives hunting the killer of PCSO Julia James have issued an image of a man they believe could be key to the investigation. Police said they want to speak to the man who is understood to have been in the Aylesham area on Wednesday 28 April 2021 – the day after the 53-year-old mother of two was murdered. In the picture released by police, the man is wearing a black hoodie and carrying a large Nike holdall. He has short curly hair and a stubble under his chin. The image appears to show the man walking through a field. Mrs James was found with severe head injuries at around 4pm on Tuesday 27 April on a footpath next to Akholt Wood in the Snowdown area of Kent. She had been working at home that day alone and was killed after taking her Jack Russell terrier, Toby out for a walk.
The people of Hartlepool, like the people of almost everywhere else, have worked out that there might be more in it for them if they vote for the winners, not the losers
Cases are mainly in northwest England and London, authorities say
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This year's Scottish election is high-profile and has far-reaching consequences for the future of the UK.
Follow the latest in our local elections liveblog here Sir Keir Starmer is expected to reshuffle his front bench next month after frontbenchers and MPs called for an overhaul following the "absolutely disastrous" Hartlepool and local election results. After the Conservatives overturned Labour’s 3,600 majority to secure the seat for the first time in its history, party figures from across the political spectrum called for an urgent change in direction. However, others believe Sir Keir is likely to hold off from purging underperformers until June. "It’s not going to happen over the weekend," said one. "The logic is to wait and wait for a bit. He’s got to commit himself to change but the cabinet reshuffle needs to happen in a way that doesn't look like he’s blaming others but strengthening his position." June would also coincide with the timeframe in which Labour expects Boris Johnson to reshuffle his own team, once the final stage of the roadmap out of lockdown is complete.
Gary Lineker is being pursued by HRMC over a tax bill of nearly £5 million, it has emerged. The Match of the Day presenter, who is freelance, set up a partnership in 2012 and used it to channel his earnings from both the BBC and his other job with BT Sport. The arrangement is legal but HMRC is pursuing presenters who used this arrangement, arguing that they were effectively employees and should have paid employers' National Insurance contributions. In Lineker’s case, this amounted to £4.9 million - £3,621,735.90 in respect of the BBC and £1,307,160.46 in respect of BT Sport. Lineker is appealing the bill. The case came to light this week in documents relating to Lineker’s appeal. It is thought that HMRC will argue that, as Lineker was contracted to host a minimum number of Match of the Day programmes and other presenting work, the relationship between the Corporation and him was one of employer and employee. He is the latest star to be pursued under IR 35 legislation. Eamonn Holmes is fighting a £250,000 tax bill while the BBC news presenters Joanna Gosling, David Eades and Tim Willcox were chased for £920,000 between them. Lineker will not have to pay the £4.9 million in full as the tax he has paid through his company will be offset against it. He set up the company, Gary Lineker Media, in 2012 with his then wife, Danielle Bux. Dave Chaplin, chief executive of the ContractorCalculator tax site, said: “Once again, we are seeing a high-profile celebrity being targeted by HMRC in a misguided attempt to shore up the Treasury’s coffers. The Intermediaries Legislation, commonly called IR35, was created in April 2000 by HMRC to crackdown on the ideological invention by HMRC of ‘deemed employees’. “The fact is that high paid freelancers like Gary Lineker now pay more tax by operating via a limited company than an employee on the same salary. “The tax efficiency by hiring someone self-employed is actually obtained by the firm that hires them, in this case the BBC, who would have avoided having to pay Employers National Insurance of 13.8% on top of whatever monies were paid to Mr Lineker. To suggest that he has avoided tax is pointing the finger in entirely the wrong direction. “HMRC changed the rules for IR35 in the public sector from April 2017, and now if an individual is found to be a ‘deemed employee’ the Employers National Insurance is paid by the firm hiring the contractor. If Gary Lineker’s situation was under the IR35 microscope under the new rules then the BBC would have a tax bill to pay. “Whilst the tax figures in these rulings can be considered headline grabbing, one has to consider that those figures are largely inflated compared to what is actually owed, because the amounts of tax already paid need to be offset, which in average cases is at least a third of the original sum. “I sincerely hope that Gary Lineker wins his case. HMRC continues to carry out a witch hunt on high profile media stars and fails to grasp the simple concept that there is a freelance premium, and because of this, freelancers end up generating more in tax by operating this way compared to employment. HMRC should be thanking freelancers for their contributions, not victimising them as tax avoiders using this cruel legislation.”