Alexei Navalny makes first appearance in court since ending hunger strike
Alexei Navalny makes first appearance in court since ending hunger strike
Reaction and results after Thursday’s elections in England, Scotland and Wales
A huge SNP effort to get their supporters to polling stations cancelled out a rise in unionist tactical voting in key constituencies as the first tranche of results in the Holyrood elections were announced. Turnout surged across the country despite the pandemic – rising by more than 10 percentage points in some seats compared to 2016 – with a record number expected to have participated in a Scottish Parliament vote. The nationalists were determined to avoid a repeat of the 2017 general election, when SNP voters staying at home was seen to have contributed to surprise gains for Labour in urban areas and Tories toppling nationalists in parts of rural Scotland. The SNP bombarded its supporters with texts and emails addressed from Nicola Sturgeon on election day, urging them to vote and also to ensure that at least five friends or family members also made it to polling stations. On Friday, Scottish Tory strategists admitted that the success of the SNP drive to get out the vote had neutered their attempts to gain seats by encouraging widespread tactical voting among unionist voters determined to stop a second independence referendum.
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UK government ‘failed to consider gender’ in its response to Covid pandemicSage overlooked the heavy toll suffered by women when developing policies to combat coronavirus, says study ‘Decisions to close schools meant that mothers on the lowest incomes are nine times more at risk of losing their job due to childcare responsibilities’: Clare Wenham, global health policy expert. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA
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
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.
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.
The Conservatives would have a reduced majority at Westminster if voting patterns in the local elections were replicated nationally, Sky News analysis suggests. Just over 2,000 council wards have been scrutinised - and more than six-and-a-half million votes. The projection finds that Boris Johnson's party would have a parliamentary majority of 48 seats - down from the 80 achieved in the December 2019 general election.
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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.
The Scottish Tories returned four MSPs in the Highland and Islands, one more than in 2016.
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
Alex Salmond has hit out at Nicola Sturgeon after his attempt at a political comeback looked set to end in a humiliating failure. The former First Minister said pro-independence voters had “missed an opportunity” by failing to back his new Alba Party, which he conceded would fail to win a single seat. He predicted Ms Sturgeon, who is set to be returned as First Minister in a pro-independence parliament once SNP and Green seats are combined, would continue to “prevaricate” over separation. He also claimed his new party had “helped” the SNP in the Scottish election by taking “venom” from the mainstream media that would otherwise have been directed at Ms Sturgeon, and because Alba had made her appear “more moderate”. Mr Salmond has repeatedly called for his former party to take more extreme positions in seeking to achieve the break-up of the UK, floating “alternative” routes to independence other than a legally-binding referendum and claiming a breakaway Scottish state should refuse to take on its share of UK debt.
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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.
Boris Johnson has made clear he would reject calls for a second Scottish independence referendum if Nicola Sturgeon secured an SNP majority at Holyrood. In an interview with The Telegraph, the Prime Minister said: “I think a referendum in the current context is irresponsible and reckless.” The comments set up a political battle over the future of the UK that will loom large for the rest of the year. Ms Sturgeon, the SNP leader, who is set to be returned as Scottish First Minister in the Holyrood elections, said on Friday that she was prepared to push for a second referendum “when the time is right”. It followed Labour suffering a historic by-election defeat in Hartlepool, with a Tory MP elected in the town for the first time since 1964. Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, admitted his party had “lost the trust of the working people” and said the defeat of a traditionally solid Labour seat was “bitterly disappointing”.
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.