Lockdown

Friday, August 14, 2020

Friday, August 14, 2020

Lockdown easing: Face mask refusal fines could soar to £3,200

Lockdown easing: Face mask refusal fines could soar to £3,200

The penalty for repeatedly refusing to wear a face mask where required could reach thousands in a crackdown amid easing lockdown rules.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Friday, July 31, 2020

Boris Johnson postpones August lockdown easing for two weeks

Boris Johnson postpones August lockdown easing for two weeks

The Prime Minister said the UK must “squeeze the brake pedal” on coronavirus lockdown easing, delaying some plans for at least two weeks.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Friday, July 17, 2020

UK could return to near-normal ‘possibly in time for Christmas’

UK could return to near-normal ‘possibly in time for Christmas’

Boris Johnson has said he hoped for a “more significant” return to normality in November as he laid out the updated lockdown exit timetable.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Matt Hancock: I can’t guarantee there won’t be a second lockdown

Matt Hancock: I can’t guarantee there won’t be a second lockdown

The Health Secretary has kept the option open for a winter coronavirus lockdown in the case of a new spike in infections.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Matt Hancock: ‘My heart goes out to the people of Leicester’

Matt Hancock: ‘My heart goes out to the people of Leicester’

As Leicester prepares to lockdown once again, the Health Secretary said the government is prepared to take further action if necessary.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Andy Burnham: Lockdown easing should have been more staggered

Andy Burnham: Lockdown easing should have been more staggered

The Greater Manchester Mayor said Boris Johnson's plan to ease measures further on July 4 narrowly veered towards risk rather than caution.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Pubs, weddings and the two-metre rule: PM sets out lockdown changes

Pubs, weddings and the two-metre rule: PM sets out lockdown changes

Boris Johnson has announced a series of changes to England's lockdown restrictions, coming into force from July 4. Read the full list here.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Monday, June 22, 2020

Mark Francois: Soon there won’t be an economy left to rescue

Mark Francois: Soon there won’t be an economy left to rescue

Conservative MP Mark Francois has urged the government to speed up its easing of coronavirus lockdown, as Boris Johnson discusses proposed changes.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Grant Shapps denies ‘headless chicken’ coronavirus approach

Grant Shapps denies ‘headless chicken’ coronavirus approach

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has defended the government’s latest moves in dealing with the coronavirus crisis.

Lockdown: More than 600,000 workers lose jobs

Lockdown: More than 600,000 workers lose jobs

Labour's Jonathan Reynolds has warned that Britain is facing unemployment “on a scale we haven’t seen in this country for many decades”.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Monday, June 15, 2020

Shoppers queue as non-essential shops reopen their doors

Shoppers queue as non-essential shops reopen their doors

Non-essential shops in England are back in business as the hospitality sector calls for a reduction in the two-metre social distance rule.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

PMQs: Two-metre social distance rule to be kept ‘under review’

PMQs: Two-metre social distance rule to be kept ‘under review’

Boris Johnson was challenged over the science behind reducing the two-metre social distancing rule by the SNP's Ian Blackford.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Lockdown: Not all primary school pupils will return before summer

Lockdown: Not all primary school pupils will return before summer

Gavin Williamson has confirmed that primary schools in England will not be able to welcome all pupils back before the summer holidays.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Monday, June 8, 2020

Two-week quarantine rules for UK arrivals come into force

Two-week quarantine rules for UK arrivals come into force

Those arriving in the UK from abroad must now self-isolate for 14 days, despite warnings from travel bosses over the rule's economic impact.

Iain Duncan Smith: Lockdown could do more damage than coronavirus

Iain Duncan Smith: Lockdown could do more damage than coronavirus

Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith has warned against the impacts of maintaining the UK’s coronavirus lockdown on the economy.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Friday, June 5, 2020

Jacob Rees-Mogg: ‘I’ve never had longer hair’

Jacob Rees-Mogg: ‘I’ve never had longer hair’

Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg suggested his family nanny may need to get the pudding bowl out to give him an “emergency” lockdown haircut.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Monday, June 1, 2020

Lord Digby Jones: Time has come to put economy before public health

Lord Digby Jones: Time has come to put economy before public health

The former director general of the CBI is in favour of a quicker exit from lockdown in order to limit the impact on the economy.

Black Lives Matter protesters warned over social distancing

Black Lives Matter protesters warned over social distancing

Chris Hobbs said lockdown was "not the time" to protest after thousands marched across London to demand justice for George Floyd.

Back to school: Pupils return on first day of lockdown easing

Back to school: Pupils return on first day of lockdown easing

Schoolchildren have begun the gradual return to the classroom as the government’s changes to lockdown rules come into force today.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Scots to be able to meet outdoors in groups of eight

Scots to be able to meet outdoors in groups of eight

Nicola Sturgeon said that from tomorrow people in Scotland can meet members of one other household outside in a group of up to eight people.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Lisa Nandy: Dominic Cummings’ lack of apology is ‘slap in the face’

Lisa Nandy: Dominic Cummings’ lack of apology is ‘slap in the face’

Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy has condemned Dominic Cummings for not apologising after being accused of breaching coronavirus rules.

Dan Wootton: The establishment is out to get Dominic Cummings

Dan Wootton: The establishment is out to get Dominic Cummings

talkRADIO’s Dan Wootton has said the outcry over Dominic Cummings' alleged lockdown breach was linked to his role in delivering Brexit.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Robert Jenrick denies more will resign over Dominic Cummings

Robert Jenrick denies more will resign over Dominic Cummings

The Housing Secretary said the Cabinet and PM were 'fully behind' Dominic Cummings, despite lingering anger on Tory back benches.

Brendan O’Neill: Media behaved like a ‘pack of wolves’

Brendan O’Neill: Media behaved like a ‘pack of wolves’

Columnist Brendan O’Neill has lambasted journalist for their reporting of the Dominic Cummings controversy as he defended the PM's aide.

Minister resigns over Dominic Cummings controversy

Minister resigns over Dominic Cummings controversy

Junior minister Douglas Ross has become the first to resign from government over the fallout surrounding Boris Johnson’s chief adviser.

Dominic Cummings: Julia Hartley-Brewer calls for resignation

Dominic Cummings: Julia Hartley-Brewer calls for resignation

talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer has called for Dominic Cummings to resign as the PM’s chief adviser, after he refused to do so yesterday.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Monday, May 25, 2020

Dominic Cummings did not speak to the PM before driving to Durham

Dominic Cummings did not speak to the PM before driving to Durham

Dominic Cummings said he did not tell Boris Johnson before driving to County Durham as he answered allegations that he breached lockdown.

Alastair Campbell: ‘We are governed by a bunch of liars’

Alastair Campbell: ‘We are governed by a bunch of liars’

The former political aide has accused the government of a "pack of lies" for defending Dominic Cummings’ alleged breach of lockdown rules.

Dominic Cummings: Mike Graham rips up three papers

Dominic Cummings: Mike Graham rips up three papers

talkRADIO’s Mike Graham condemned the Guardian, the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail for criticising Dominic Cummings and Boris Johnson.

Dominic Cummings’ mother ‘disgusted’ with the press

Dominic Cummings’ mother ‘disgusted’ with the press

Dominic Cummings’ parents have criticised the media’s treatment of their son over allegations that he broke coronavirus lockdown rules.

talkRADIO poll: Majority want Dominic Cummings out

talkRADIO poll: Majority want Dominic Cummings out

talkRADIO's social media polls have shown that most people think the PM's top aide should resign after he was accused of flouting lockdown.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Nicola Sturgeon reveals plan for easing Scotland’s lockdown

Nicola Sturgeon reveals plan for easing Scotland’s lockdown

A four-phase strategy to gradually ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions could begin next week, the First Minister has said.

Julia Hartley-Brewer: ‘Lockdown is going on far too long’

Julia Hartley-Brewer: ‘Lockdown is going on far too long’

talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer has warned that Britons should be less scared of going back to work amid the coronavirus lockdown.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Friday, May 15, 2020

Brendan O’Neill condemns ‘Left’s love of lockdown’

Brendan O’Neill condemns ‘Left’s love of lockdown’

Columnist Brendan O’Neill said left-wing opposition to the easing of coronavirus lockdown was “victorian and so hypocritical”.

Andy Burnham: Lockdown changes ‘too soon’ for North West

Andy Burnham: Lockdown changes ‘too soon’ for North West

The Greater Manchester Mayor said the government’s changes to coronavirus lockdown rules were too early for northern parts of the country.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Mike Graham rips up Guardian over Boris Johnson criticism

Mike Graham rips up Guardian over Boris Johnson criticism

talkRADIO's Mike Graham tore up the newspaper and hurled it across the studio, asking: “Exactly which part of all this do they not get?”

Matt Hancock: Trusting public’s common sense is a ‘compliment’

Matt Hancock: Trusting public’s common sense is a ‘compliment’

The Health Secretary echoed Boris Johnson’s calls for common sense as Britons get to grips with changes to the UK’s lockdown rules.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Monday, May 11, 2020

Sir Keir Starmer: Clarity and reassurance in ‘short supply’

Sir Keir Starmer: Clarity and reassurance in ‘short supply’

The Labour leader criticised Boris Johnson for announcing lockdown changes on television before presenting the full document to Parliament.

Police chief: Relaxing lockdown makes our job harder

Police chief: Relaxing lockdown makes our job harder

The Metropolitan Police Federation chairman has called for more government guidance on enforcing the changes to lockdown restrictions.

Mike Graham: ‘We have become a nation of nincompoops’

Mike Graham: ‘We have become a nation of nincompoops’

talkRADIO’s Mike Graham poked fun at those calling for clarity over Boris Johnson’s plans to ease the UK out of coronavirus lockdown.

Dominic Raab: Roadmap gives ‘light at the end of the tunnel’

Dominic Raab: Roadmap gives ‘light at the end of the tunnel’

The Foreign Secretary has defended the government’s conditional coronavirus lockdown exit plan, saying it would give the nation “hope”.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Friday, May 8, 2020

Nigel Farage: Police won’t stop me reporting on migrant boats

Nigel Farage: Police won’t stop me reporting on migrant boats

Mr Farage said he will continue to report on migrant boats coming to the UK, despite being accusing of breaking coronavirus lockdown rules.

Julia Hartley-Brewer: Teachers don’t need praise for just doing job

Julia Hartley-Brewer: Teachers don’t need praise for just doing job

talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer said: “I am so fed up with public sector workers being given credit for doing their sodding jobs.”

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Nicola Sturgeon ‘will not be pressured’ into easing lockdown

Nicola Sturgeon ‘will not be pressured’ into easing lockdown

Scotland's First Minister warned she will not be pressured into lifting restrictions too soon, amid reports the PM could ease some measures.

UK temperatures set to reach 26C in bank holiday scorcher

UK temperatures set to reach 26C in bank holiday scorcher

The UK will be bathed in sunshine over the VE Day bank holiday, though Brits are still told to mark the occasion at home.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Julia Hartley-Brewer condemns Prof Neil Ferguson’s ‘rank hypocrisy’

Julia Hartley-Brewer condemns Prof Neil Ferguson’s ‘rank hypocrisy’

talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer has lambasted Professor Neil Ferguson after it emerged the SAGE scientist flouted lockdown rules.

Minister: Professor who broke lockdown rules was right to quit SAGE

Minister: Professor who broke lockdown rules was right to quit SAGE

James Brokenshire MP said it was "the right course of action" that Professor Neil Ferguson resigned from the government advisory group.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Peer: Continued lockdown for elderly ‘patronising and insulting’

Peer: Continued lockdown for elderly ‘patronising and insulting’

Former Pensions minister Baroness Ros Altmann has urged the government not to keep elderly people in a continued coronavirus lockdown.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Monday, May 4, 2020

Police chief: Cracking down with lockdown fines ‘won’t work’

Police chief: Cracking down with lockdown fines ‘won’t work’

Ken Marsh warned that issuing fines was not the most effective way of ensuring compliance with coronavirus lockdown rules.

Iain Duncan Smith: Getting UK back to work ‘absolute priority’

Iain Duncan Smith: Getting UK back to work ‘absolute priority’

The Conservative MP has warned that getting Britain’s economy moving again is just as important for saving lives as social distancing.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Friday, May 1, 2020

Coronavirus: Andy Burnham praises ‘minimum wage heroes’

Coronavirus: Andy Burnham praises ‘minimum wage heroes’

The Greater Manchester Mayor has urged the government to recognise low paid workers’ contribution to the fight against coronavirus.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Some 82% of respondents said they would not feel safe on public transport

talkRADIO poll: Majority would feel unsafe easing lockdown

talkRADIO poll: Majority would feel unsafe easing lockdown

An exclusive poll carried out for talkRADIO has shown 84 per cent of Brits would feel unsafe going to a restaurant or pub, if the lockdown is relaxed on May 7.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Man jailed for attacking police dog after being refused travel

Man jailed for attacking police dog after being refused travel

The 29-year-old became violent after being refused travel by British Transport Police at Nottingham railway station during lockdown.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Monday, April 27, 2020

Peter Hitchens: UK has ‘missed any chance’ to fix economy

Peter Hitchens: UK has ‘missed any chance’ to fix economy

The journalist told talkRADIO that “irreparable damage” to the UK’s finances has grown “deeper” with each day of coronavirus lockdown.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Friday, April 24, 2020

Matt Hancock: We will not be pushed to ease lockdown too soon

Matt Hancock: We will not be pushed to ease lockdown too soon

The Health Secretary said the government will “consider all options” for relaxing lockdown but warned that the UK “cannot move too soon”.

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