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Friday, April 17, 2020

Friday, April 17, 2020

Grant Shapps: ‘We cannot simply go back to business as usual’

Grant Shapps: ‘We cannot simply go back to business as usual’

The Transport Secretary said a return to normality will be "gradual" as the country braces for three more weeks of coronavirus lockdown.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Brexit talks continue amid calls to extend transition period

Brexit talks continue amid calls to extend transition period

The UK and the EU have been urged not to add to the global coronavirus “uncertainty” by refusing to give more time to trade talks.

Priti Patel condemns ‘shameful’ arson attack on police van

Priti Patel condemns ‘shameful’ arson attack on police van

Cleveland Police are looking for information after one of its emergency response vans was torched and destroyed in Middlesbrough last night.

Mike Graham rips up Daily Mirror over Matt Hancock criticism

Mike Graham rips up Daily Mirror over Matt Hancock criticism

talkRADIO’s mid-morning host said the paper should be “absolutely and utterly ashamed” for criticising care workers "badge of honour".

Labour calls for ‘clarity’ in lockdown exit plan

Labour calls for ‘clarity’ in lockdown exit plan

The shadow health secretary has called for "details on what comes next" as the government prepares to extend lockdown measures from today.

Family ‘immensely proud’ of Captain Tom Moore, says grandson

Family ‘immensely proud’ of Captain Tom Moore, says grandson

World War Two veteran Captain Tom Moore has raised over £12 million pounds for the NHS, far exceeding his initial target of £1,000.

Matt Hancock defends care worker badge of honour

Matt Hancock defends care worker badge of honour

The Health Secretary defended the proposed “badge of honour” for care workers, saying criticism of it “misjudged the mood of the nation”.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Donald Trump attacks US media over coronavirus coverage

Donald Trump attacks US media over coronavirus coverage

In video shown at the daily press briefing, Mr Trump said “partisan” reporters had “sniped and criticised’ while he took “decisive action”.

Leaked report ‘invalidates’ Jeremy Corbyn criticism, says activist

Leaked report ‘invalidates’ Jeremy Corbyn criticism, says activist

Labour activist Christian Wolmar said a leaked report into the party's handling of antisemitism showed attempts to “sabotage” the party.

Shaun Bailey urges Sadiq Khan to ‘defend’ transport staff with PPE

Shaun Bailey urges Sadiq Khan to ‘defend’ transport staff with PPE

The London Mayor has faced calls to provide transport staff with personal protective equipment, after 21 TfL workers died with Covid-19.

Coronavirus battle to take ‘several months’ - Cabinet minister

Coronavirus battle to take ‘several months’ - Cabinet minister

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey said she believed the fight will take "several months" but that does not mean months of lockdown.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Monday, April 13, 2020

Downing Street: Boris Johnson focusing on health over work

Downing Street: Boris Johnson focusing on health over work

The PM's official spokesman said Mr Johnson will not be immediately returning to work as he recuperates at his country residence, Chequers.

Criticism of police ‘demoralising and insulting’, says ex-officer

Criticism of police ‘demoralising and insulting’, says ex-officer

Chris Hobbs hit out at the press as well as social media users for "abuse" against officers grappling with Covid-19 lockdown rules.

Mike Graham praises Labour MP's support of Boris Johnson message

Mike Graham praises Labour MP's support of Boris Johnson message

talkRADIO's Mike Graham has accused Boris Johnson's critics of spreading "hate and bile" after the PM was discharged from hospital.

Calls for foreign NHS staff to be given right to remain in UK

Calls for foreign NHS staff to be given right to remain in UK

The British Medical Association has urged the government to grant NHS staff who have come from abroad indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

Bank Holiday heat cools off as Brits thanked for staying at home

Bank Holiday heat cools off as Brits thanked for staying at home

Britons have been thanked for “doing their bit” and staying at home over the Easter weekend, despite warm weather across the country.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Friday, April 10, 2020

Police chief: ‘We could be far more draconian if we wanted’

Police chief: ‘We could be far more draconian if we wanted’

Ken Marsh told talkRADIO that he found criticism of the police approach “quite bizarre”, claiming “all we’re trying to do is save lives”.

Officer bitten in ‘vicious’ attack while explaining lockdown rules

Officer bitten in ‘vicious’ attack while explaining lockdown rules

A 21-year-old police constable suffered a serious bite while she attempted to explain the coronavirus guidelines to a member of the public.

Mike Graham rips up Daily Mail over Robert Jenrick claim

Mike Graham rips up Daily Mail over Robert Jenrick claim

The mid-morning host said he has "had enough of this ridiculous craziness by the media" as he tore up the newspaper live on talkRADIO.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Priti Patel: Lockdown ‘not about heavy handed law enforcement’

Priti Patel: Lockdown ‘not about heavy handed law enforcement’

The Home Secretary spoke exclusively to talkRADIO's Dan Wootton about Boris Johnson, lockdown, and more. Watch the full interview here.

Lockdown: Police ‘days away’ from checking shopping trolleys

Lockdown: Police ‘days away’ from checking shopping trolleys

A Northamptonshire Police chief said a “three-week grace period” is over and officers would get tougher if people continue to ignore rules.

Law firm sacks Labour councillor who said PM ‘deserves’ Covid-19

Law firm sacks Labour councillor who said PM ‘deserves’ Covid-19

In reaction to Boris Johnson's coronavirus illness, Sheila Oakes said: “Sorry, he completely deserves this”

Lockdown: ‘Stick to the course’, says Cabinet Minster

Lockdown: ‘Stick to the course’, says Cabinet Minster

Oliver Dowden has said that “now is the moment to stick to the course” as the government prepares to review the UK’s lockdown measures.

Two arrests after pair lick hands and wipe on supermarket goods

Two arrests after pair lick hands and wipe on supermarket goods

Inspector James Martin, of Lancashire Police, said it was “flabbergasting” that such an incident should take place amid the Covid-19 crisis.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

‘If you cough at police, expect to be Tasered’, warns ex-officer

‘If you cough at police, expect to be Tasered’, warns ex-officer

The retired officer and police protection campaigner condemned those who have "such contempt for society" that they put police at risk.

Essex lorry deaths: Driver admits manslaughter

Essex lorry deaths: Driver admits manslaughter

Maurice Robinson, 25, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter after 39 bodies were discovered in the back of a refrigerated truck last October.

Jail for thief who stole coronavirus face masks

Jail for thief who stole coronavirus face masks

Lerun Hussain, 34, was handed the 12 week jail term for stealing three surgical masks from King’s College Hospital in London.

Mike Graham rips up Guardian over Boris Johnson claim

Mike Graham rips up Guardian over Boris Johnson claim

talkRADIO's Mike Graham lambasted the newspaper for its claims that Boris Johnson’s hospitalisation had led to “power vacuum fears”.

Health minister: Boris Johnson ‘set a very clear strategy’

Health minister: Boris Johnson ‘set a very clear strategy’

Edward Argar denied that Boris Johnson’s Covid-19 hospitalisation has left a “power vacuum” in government, saying the Cabinet is “united”.

Tom Tugendhat questions truth behind China’s coronavirus data

Tom Tugendhat questions truth behind China’s coronavirus data

The Conservative MP criticised China’s coronavirus figures after the country reported no new deaths for the first time since the outbreak.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Labour councillor: Boris Johnson ‘deserves’ coronavirus

Labour councillor: Boris Johnson ‘deserves’ coronavirus

The Amber Valley Labour group said it "utterly condemns" the remarks and has withdrawn the whip from Ms Oakes while is investigates.

Man jailed for coronavirus cough against police officer

Man jailed for coronavirus cough against police officer

Michael Gray, 41, coughed at and threatened to spit on two officers, saying he hoped they got coronavirus and passed it onto their children.

‘No lightweight’: Dominic Raab carries out deputy PM duties

‘No lightweight’: Dominic Raab carries out deputy PM duties

The Foreign Secretary has been put in charge of running the government “where necessary” while Boris Johnson receives critical care.

Well wishes pour in for Boris Johnson

Well wishes pour in for Boris Johnson

Politicians and public figures at home and abroad have joined in wishing the PM well as he fights coronavirus in intensive care.

Julia Hartley-Brewer: If anyone is a fighter, it’s Boris Johnson

Julia Hartley-Brewer: If anyone is a fighter, it’s Boris Johnson

talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer sends her best wishes to Boris Johnson, who is in intensive care as part of his treatment for Covid-19.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Monday, April 6, 2020

Mike Graham clashes with Peter Hitchens over Covid-19 response

Mike Graham clashes with Peter Hitchens over Covid-19 response

During the fiery debate on Mike’s mid-morning show, the host told his guest: “You’re not the all time master of everything that you purvey.”

Damian Green: The West needs a ‘reset’ in relations with China

Damian Green: The West needs a ‘reset’ in relations with China

The Tory MP said the UK had become "too dependent economically" on China and urged the government and private sector to consider relations.

Boris Johnson ‘remains in charge’ despite hospital stay

Boris Johnson ‘remains in charge’ despite hospital stay

The PM said he was in "good spirits" after being admitted to hospital last night as a "precautionary step" as his Covid-19 symptoms persist.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Rebecca Long-Bailey: I can’t wait to see Keir Starmer in Number 10

Rebecca Long-Bailey: I can’t wait to see Keir Starmer in Number 10

The defeated candidate said Sir Keir Starmer "will be a brilliant Prime Minister" as she led the congratulations to the new Labour leader.

Keir Starmer wins Labour leadership contest

Keir Starmer wins Labour leadership contest

Sir Keir Starmer has won the race to replace Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Friday, April 3, 2020

Family could not attend funeral of child who died with Covid-19

Family could not attend funeral of child who died with Covid-19

The 'devastated' family of 13-year-old Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab were forced to self-isolate after two of his siblings developed symptoms.

NHS Nightingale Hospital officially opens its doors

NHS Nightingale Hospital officially opens its doors

The temporary facility was established at London's ExCel Centre in just nine days and will have the capacity to treat up to 4,000 people.

Should Premier League footballers take pay cuts amid coronavirus?

Should Premier League footballers take pay cuts amid coronavirus?

Matt Hancock has defended his call for professional footballers to donate some of their salary to others during the Covid-19 pandemic.

John McDonnell: Antisemitism a ‘stain’ on Jeremy Corbyn leadership

John McDonnell: Antisemitism a ‘stain’ on Jeremy Corbyn leadership

The shadow chancellor said “lessons have been learnt” by the Labour's handling of antisemitism and that he hoped the party could “move on”.

Boris Johnson ‘battling valiantly on’, says Health Secretary

Boris Johnson ‘battling valiantly on’, says Health Secretary

Matt Hancock said the Prime Minister is "on the mend" after contracting Covid-19 and remains "heavily involved" in the government response.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Thursday, April 2, 2020

‘Quick thinking’ officers use belts to save man from 50ft cliff

‘Quick thinking’ officers use belts to save man from 50ft cliff

This dramatic footage shared by Kent Police shows officers linking their belts into an improvised hoist to rescue a man from a 50ft drop.

Bob Stewart hails thousands of ‘amazing’ coronavirus volunteers

Bob Stewart hails thousands of ‘amazing’ coronavirus volunteers

The Conservative MP told Mike Graham he hopes the coronavirus will allow the people of Britain to unite after the “bitterness of Brexit”.

Public Health England ‘working around the clock’ to boost testing

Public Health England ‘working around the clock’ to boost testing

Paul Cosford, emeritus chief medical officer for PHE, told talkRADIO that coordinating mass testing for Covid-19 was “not a simple process”.

Mike Graham: I am sick and tired of coronavirus ‘blame game’

Mike Graham: I am sick and tired of coronavirus ‘blame game’

The mid-morning host hit out at political editors for focusing on "what should have been done" rather than getting "proper information".

Coronavirus: Man jailed for coughing on police officer

Coronavirus: Man jailed for coughing on police officer

Adam Lewis, 55, was jailed for six months in what is thought to be London’s first jail term for a Covid-19 related incident involving a PC.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Suspects use coronavirus as ‘weapon’ by coughing at officers

Suspects use coronavirus as ‘weapon’ by coughing at officers

Essex Police said such offences are “unacceptable” during this “challenging time” after reports of officers being coughed at and assaulted.

Prince Charles shares video message praising ‘remarkable NHS’

Prince Charles shares video message praising ‘remarkable NHS’

It was the future king’s first appearance since coming out of self-isolation after he tested positive for Covid-19 last week.

Jonathan Ashworth: Coronavirus vaccine should be priority

Jonathan Ashworth: Coronavirus vaccine should be priority

The Shadow health secretary warned of speculation over the implementation of "cycles of lockdown" until a vaccine is produced.

Andy Burnham: We need honesty from government over testing

Andy Burnham: We need honesty from government over testing

The Mayor of Greater Manchester has called for a “new approach” to Covid-19 testing rather than “digging in behind the ‘ramping up’ phrase”.

Robert Jenrick: ‘Global shortage’ affecting coronavirus testing

Robert Jenrick: ‘Global shortage’ affecting coronavirus testing

The Housing Secretary said the government was working with experts to “ramp up” testing, but blamed a high global demand for the delay.

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