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Reaction and results after Thursday’s elections in England, Scotland and Wales
The SNP's hopes of securing a majority in the Scottish elections are on a knife edge this morning, but Nicola Sturgeon's party remains on course for an historic fourth term in office. Ms Sturgeon has told Sky News that a majority is "very much in the balance" and has "always been a long shot". The SNP made three gains yesterday, including Edinburgh Central from the Conservatives where the party's former Westminster leader Angus Robertson was elected.
25-year-old nurse Maria Elena Ramírez says her country is in pain. “All we can do is scream and hope they hear us,” she told The Telegraph as she marched with thousands of others in the Colombian capital, Bogotá, last Wednesday. As a health worker, Ms Ramírez kept her job during the pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns, but her husband, a security guard, was sacked when he became ill with Covid-19 last November. They ended up losing their home as a result. Like many of those marching, they feel they were abandoned by the state, and there is frustration they are now being asked to pay for the government’s response to the crisis through tax reform. “They’ve taken so much from us, we have nothing else to lose,” said Ms Ramírez. “We have to fight back.” As the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic begins to take hold in Latin America, those Colombians tossed back into the precarious position of poverty by the response to the crisis are defying curfews to vent their anger. “If the people come out to protest during a pandemic, it’s because they think the government is more dangerous than the virus,” said Ms Ramírez.
French authorities have announced that Jersey fishermen will be banned from landing their catch at three ports in response to the row over post-Brexit fishing rights. In a tit-for-tat retaliation, local leaders in La Manche, Normandy, said that boats from the Channel island would be suspended from entering the ports of Granville, Barneville-Carteret and Dielette until further notice. It came as Jersey fishermen on Friday told The Telegraph they had been unable to land their hauls since Monday, with one fisherman actively prevented from landing in Carteret on Thursday afternoon. Responding on Friday night, Ian Gorst, Jersey’s minister for external relations, said that it regretted the decision and believed it fell foul of the Brexit trade deal. “For that reason we are referring the notice of this decision immediately to the European Commission,” he said in a statement. It follows Jersey’s decision last week to impose new restrictions on fishing licences granted to French vessels in its waters, in a move which has provoked outcry in Paris. Brussels has also intervened, claiming that the move is discriminatory and in breach of the Brexit trade deal agreed with the UK last year. After the French government threatened to cut off electricity supplies to the island, a flotilla of 60 fishing boats blockaded its main port of St Helier on Thursday, in an escalation which prompted Boris Johnson to dispatch two Royal Navy vessels. The fishermen have threatened to return unless Jersey backs down, but Downing Street has insisted that the Crown Dependency commands its full support and has complied with the trade agreement. Read more: Calm after the storm as Jersey's fishermen head back out to sea
People under 40 are to be offered an alternative to the vaccine
The UK has recorded another five COVID deaths and 2,047 more cases in the latest daily figures. It compares with seven deaths and 1,907 cases this time last week, while the latest seven-day rolling average is 11.3 and 2,080. On Friday, 119,240 first vaccine doses were administered across the UK, and 449,716 second doses were given.
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Angela Rayner has been sacked as chair of the Labour Party, as Sir Keir Starmer began a major reshuffle of his top team. Anneliese Dodds, the shadow chancellor, and Jon Ashworth, the shadow health secretary, were also said to be facing the sack. A reshuffle had been planned for next month, but sources suggested it had been brought forward following the party’s poor performance at the local elections. Ms Rayner has been blamed by party insiders for the selection of Dr Paul Williams, the losing candidate in the Hartlepool by-election.
Tom Bradby, the ITV news anchor, has been accused of breaking impartiality rules by publishing a tweet in support of a second Scottish independence referendum. The broadcaster said denying the Scottish National Party (SNP) the chance to hold another vote on the issue if it achieves a pro-independence majority in the elections would make a "mockery of democratic devolution". Mr Bradby, 54, wrote on Twitter on Friday night: "If the SNP can assemble a pro-independence majority here tonight or tomorrow, I just can't see how it would be credible to deny them another referendum. "It would make an absolute mockery of the principle of democratic devolution." His comments attracted criticism from some social media users, who accused him of straying beyond the bounds of impartiality expected of newsreaders.
A teenager has been stabbed to death and another seriously injured in a double knife attack in the same playing fields where girl scout Jodie Chesney was murdered in 2019. A member of the public tried to help police revive the boy after officers were called to reports of a fight in Church Road, Harold Hill at 6.40pm tonight. Homicide detectives from the Specialist Crime Command have been informed.
DUBAI (Reuters) -Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Saturday condemned Israel's plans to evict Palestinians from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers, following a night of violence in Jerusalem. Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades towards rock-hurling Palestinian youth at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque late on Friday. The clashes at Islam's third holiest site and around East Jerusalem, which injured 205 Palestinians and 17 police officers, came amid mounting anger over the planned evictions.
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Large numbers of bikers rode through central London and in front of the Houses of Parliament in protest at the prosecution of former soldiers accused of abuses in Northern Ireland during the so-called Troubles. The 'Rolling Thunder' rally was made up of veterans and their supporters. They claim that recent attempts to prosecute veterans for abuses allegedly committed in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, are politically motivated and 'vexatious'. They want the government to drop such prosecutions and take action to prevent them from happening in future.
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Headteachers in England call for refund of £220m summer exam feesCampaigners want examination boards to give back half of fees after decision to scrap A-levels and GCSEs Pupils sitting an exam before the pandemic. Exam boards say they have incurred substantial costs this year despite not having to print and mark millions of papers. Photograph: David Jones/PA
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Portugal only major tourist destination on 'green list' Holidaymakers face airport queues of up to eight hours Britain to be Covid-free by August: vaccine chief Vaccine passport app will be ready for summer holidays Duchess leads treasure hunt for lockdown picture book Subscribe to The Telegraph for a month-long free trial Professor Anthony Harnden, the deputy chair of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which advises the government on the vaccine rollout told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme: “We’ve been tremendously successful with our speed of rollout with the vaccination programme which has contributed to infection rates being quite low at the moment, he On the suggestion that coronavirus will no longer be circulating in the UK by August, Professor Harnden said: “I’m not optimistic. Certainly the modelers suggest there will be a third wave at some point, but hopefully that third wave will be very low and perhaps very in the distance. “The summer is good, it’s a seasonal virus and we will be more outdoors in the summer. But we still all need to be cautious, we’ve only got to India to see how the pandemic can take off very quickly.” It comes after senior experts close to the Government said last month that any new wave would be more likely to arrive in the autumn, following the pattern of other seasonal respiratory infections. Follow the latest updates below.
What happens next?
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon warns Boris Johnson not to ignore the will of the Scottish people – as pro-independence parties look set to take control of the Scottish Parliament following Thursday’s elections.