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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Keir Starmer urges PM to scrap NHS fee for foreign health staff

Keir Starmer urges PM to scrap NHS fee for foreign health staff

The opposition leader implored the government to review the Immigration Health Surcharge for NHS staff in light of the coronavirus crisis.

PMQs: Boris Johnson ‘confident’ virus tracking effective by June

PMQs: Boris Johnson ‘confident’ virus tracking effective by June

The PM said he is confident the UK will have a coronavirus test, track and trace system in place by June 1 after criticism from Keir Starmer.

Mike Graham brands Chinese government ‘utter disgrace’

Mike Graham brands Chinese government ‘utter disgrace’

Mike Graham has berated the Chinese government for its handling of the Covid-19 outbreak and called for economic sanctions on the state.

Prime Minister for five minutes: Mike Graham

Prime Minister for five minutes: Mike Graham

Find out how talkRADIO's Mike Graham would run the country in the second edition of Dan Wootton's new feature 'PM for five minutes'.

Brexit trade deal: The EU needs to face reality, says David Davis

Brexit trade deal: The EU needs to face reality, says David Davis

The former Brexit Secretary said he is hopeful the Britain will strike a trade deal with the EU before the end of the transition period.

Captain Tom Moore to receive knighthood

Captain Tom Moore to receive knighthood

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland told talkRADIO that the war veteran and NHS fundraiser “epitomises the best of what it is to be British”.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Prince Charles: ‘Pick for Britain’ in national farming effort

Prince Charles: ‘Pick for Britain’ in national farming effort

Prince Charles has urged Brits to help harvest fruit and vegetables across the country, as coronavirus risks a shortage of seasonal workers.

Electoral Commission ‘hounded Leave campaigners’, says Tory MP

Electoral Commission ‘hounded Leave campaigners’, says Tory MP

Peter Bone criticised the Electoral Commission for its investigation of Brexit campaigners and called for the watchdog to be reviewed.

Unemployment claims surge as coronavirus hits labour market

Unemployment claims surge as coronavirus hits labour market

The Office for National Statistics said those without a job claiming Universal Credit rose to 2.1 million in April, up by 856k since March.

Julia Hartley-Brewer brands Labour council ‘bunch of idiots’

Julia Hartley-Brewer brands Labour council ‘bunch of idiots’

talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer clashed with a Bury councillor after branding the authority a “bunch of idiots” in a row over schools.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Monday, May 18, 2020

US trade talks ‘positive and constructive’, says Liz Truss

US trade talks ‘positive and constructive’, says Liz Truss

The International Trade Secretary said progress has been made to secure a post-Brexit trade deal with the US after the first round of talks.

Piers Corbyn’s coronavirus claims ‘bonkers’, says Ian Collins

Piers Corbyn’s coronavirus claims ‘bonkers’, says Ian Collins

talkRADIO’s Ian Collins has challenged Piers Corbyn on his coronavirus views after he denied that the disease had caused a pandemic.

Mike Graham berates ‘militant’ unions over back to school row

Mike Graham berates ‘militant’ unions over back to school row

talkRADIO's Mike Graham has strongly criticised teachers’ unions for opposing the government's phased reopening of schools next month.

Labour criticises effect of Priti Patel’s Immigration Bill on NHS

Labour criticises effect of Priti Patel’s Immigration Bill on NHS

Shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said the new legislation makes overseas workers feel unwelcome and risks a shortage of NHS staff.

Teaching unions are ‘supporting’ social division, says campaigner

Teaching unions are ‘supporting’ social division, says campaigner

Chris McGovern, from Campaign for Real Education, has criticised trade unions for their opposition to the phased reopening of schools.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Friday, May 15, 2020

Michel Barnier: EU ‘will not act in haste’ in Brexit trade talks

Michel Barnier: EU ‘will not act in haste’ in Brexit trade talks

The EU’s chief negotiator warned that the bloc will not rush a post-Brexit trade deal, as Britain and Brussels look continue to lock horns.

Police and CPS apologise over Covid-19 law enforcement errors

Police and CPS apologise over Covid-19 law enforcement errors

Police chiefs and prosecutors have apologised after dozens of people in England and Wales were wrongly charged under new coronavirus laws.

Shaun Bailey accuses Sadiq Khan of lying over TfL fare rise blame

Shaun Bailey accuses Sadiq Khan of lying over TfL fare rise blame

TfL will introduce above-inflation fare rises from 2021 after receiving a £1.6 billion government bailout to tackle its slump in profits.

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.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Thursday, May 14, 2020

UK continues to resist key EU demands in Brexit trade talks

UK continues to resist key EU demands in Brexit trade talks

Britain will not surrender to EU demands on fisheries and a level playing field in a post-Brexit trade deal, the government has said.

‘Despicable’: Man jailed for coughing at police officer

‘Despicable’: Man jailed for coughing at police officer

Mark Wright, 23, was handed a six-month prison sentence after he coughed in an officer’s face and claimed he had coronavirus in Newcastle.

Recession inevitable but UK will get through, says ex-Chancellor

Recession inevitable but UK will get through, says ex-Chancellor

Lord Norman Lamont told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer the UK will almost certainly face a recession following the coronavirus pandemic.

Mike Graham: Coronavirus doom-mongers are ‘enemies of the recovery’

Mike Graham: Coronavirus doom-mongers are ‘enemies of the recovery’

talkRADIO’s Mike Graham launched a tirade against Keir Starmer, unions and the Guardian, labelling them “naysayers and doom-mongers”.

New antibody test ‘100% accurate’, says Public Health England

New antibody test ‘100% accurate’, says Public Health England

PHE said the new blood test was “highly specific” and had an accuracy of 100 per cent in detecting people who had ever had Covid-19.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Dan Wootton: ‘Our economy is in deep trouble’

Dan Wootton: ‘Our economy is in deep trouble’

Dan Wootton has called for young people to be let out of coronavirus lockdown to "fire up the economy as soon as is humanly possible."

Iain Duncan Smith: Private sector ‘will find way’ back to work

Iain Duncan Smith: Private sector ‘will find way’ back to work

The Conservative MP said he is optimistic that businesses will adapt to bring employees back to work amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Minister rejects renewed calls to extend Brexit transition period

Minister rejects renewed calls to extend Brexit transition period

NI Secretary Brandon Lewis has dismissed fresh calls for an extension of the Brexit transition period amid the coronavirus pandemic.

PMQs: £600m to tackle care home Coronavirus crisis

PMQs: £600m to tackle care home Coronavirus crisis

The PM has announced £600 million for infection control in British care homes, after accusations of being “too slow” in tackling the crisis.

Keir Starmer ‘baffled’ by PM’s coronavirus comparison reluctance

Keir Starmer ‘baffled’ by PM’s coronavirus comparison reluctance

The Labour leader said is was "obvious" the UK stopped comparing Covid-19 death tolls once the UK's number became the highest in Europe.

Brexit: UK outlines objectives for free trade deal with Japan

Brexit: UK outlines objectives for free trade deal with Japan

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said the UK hopes a deal with Japan will go further than the existing EU free trade agreement.

Grant Shapps: PPE for transport workers depends on job type

Grant Shapps: PPE for transport workers depends on job type

The Transport Secretary said the need for PPE differed between roles and urged operators to assess what safety measures to put in place.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Labour: New transport advice ‘will lead to confusion’

Labour: New transport advice ‘will lead to confusion’

Shadow transport secretary Jim McMahon said the government’s latest travel advice was “found wanting” and “left too much to chance”.

Government furlough scheme extended to end of October

Government furlough scheme extended to end of October

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that the government will continue to help pay wages for four more months.

Julia Hartley-Brewer: Low pay does not mean low value

Julia Hartley-Brewer: Low pay does not mean low value

talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer has said she is “fed up” with people comparing the value of a job with its pay grade.

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.

Miriam Margolyes ‘wanting’ PM to die remark sparks 240 complaints

Miriam Margolyes ‘wanting’ PM to die remark sparks 240 complaints

Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has said it is “yet to decide” whether or not to investigate Channel 4 for airing the remarks.

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.

Darren Grimes: Electoral commission ‘part of the mob’

Darren Grimes: Electoral commission ‘part of the mob’

The Brexit campaigner has lambasted the Electoral Commission after a case it brought against him was dropped after nearly four years.

Dan Wootton hopes lockdown strengthens ‘mollycoddled’ millennials

Dan Wootton hopes lockdown strengthens ‘mollycoddled’ millennials

talkRADIO’s Dan Wootton said he hopes the current Covid-19 crisis will help foster a “new greatest generation” like that of World War Two.

Police appeal to identify men in connection to sexual offences

Police appeal to identify men in connection to sexual offences

The Metropolitan Police have released images of men they would like to speak to in connection to a series of unrelated incidents.

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

Home Office: Spike in migrant boat crossings partly due to lockdown

Home Office: Spike in migrant boat crossings partly due to lockdown

Priti Patel has said lockdown road restrictions at the border is partly responsible for an increase in small boats crossings from France.

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.

David Lammy: Coronavirus effect on ethnic minorities ‘appalling’

David Lammy: Coronavirus effect on ethnic minorities ‘appalling’

New data said that people from almost all ethnic minority groups were at greater risk of dying from Covid-19 compared with white people.

Extremist admits terrorism and explosive offences

Extremist admits terrorism and explosive offences

Filip Golon Bednarczyk, 25, pleaded guilty to having explosives and a collection of instructions on how to make homemade bombs.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Alastair Campbell attacks media for ‘cheerleading’ Boris Johnson

Alastair Campbell attacks media for ‘cheerleading’ Boris Johnson

The ex-Labour adviser accused journalists of failing to reflect the UK's coronavirus crisis with the "sense of urgency" as other countries.

Police release ‘chilling’ footage of knifeman lunging at officers

Police release ‘chilling’ footage of knifeman lunging at officers

Officers were responding to a routine noise complaint when they were confronted by a man wielding a kitchen knife with an eight-inch blade.

Keir Starmer berates Boris Johnson over coronavirus comparisons

Keir Starmer berates Boris Johnson over coronavirus comparisons

As Britain's death toll became the highest in Europe, the Labour leader asked at PMQs: “How on Earth did it come to this?”

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