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Friday, March 27, 2020

Friday, March 27, 2020

Julia Hartley-Brewer: I’ve never felt more love for my fellow Brits

Julia Hartley-Brewer: I’ve never felt more love for my fellow Brits

Watch Julia Hartley-Brewer's emotional sign off, where she praised the country for “pulling together as a nation”.

Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock test positive for coronavirus

Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock test positive for coronavirus

The Prime Minister has said he developed mild symptoms of a temperature and persistent cough over the last 24 hours.

Police chief: We will arrest lockdown rule breakers if necessary

Police chief: We will arrest lockdown rule breakers if necessary

Met Police Federation chairman Ken Marsh told talkRADIO that if people are not “sensible”, officers will enforce new powers to arrest them.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Jonathan Ashworth: ‘We’re still not testing enough’

Jonathan Ashworth: ‘We’re still not testing enough’

The shadow health secretary has urged the government to increase community testing for coronavirus.

Parents ‘beyond devastated’ after girl fatally stabbed in park

Parents ‘beyond devastated’ after girl fatally stabbed in park

Seven-year-old Emily Jones was randomly attacked by a stranger in Queen's Park, Bolton, on Sunday and died a short time later.

Philip Schofield and Lorraine Kelly lead tributes to NHS staff

Philip Schofield and Lorraine Kelly lead tributes to NHS staff

Familiar faces from TV and radio have sent talkRADIO their messages of thanks to the NHS staff working tirelessly against coronavirus.

David Gauke: ‘I have sympathy for government’ over self-employed

David Gauke: ‘I have sympathy for government’ over self-employed

The ex-Work and Pensions Secretary has said it is “really difficult” to work out how to help the “diverse group” amid the Covid-19 crisis.

Julia Hartley-Brewer: Why can Prince Charles get a test on the NHS?

Julia Hartley-Brewer: Why can Prince Charles get a test on the NHS?

talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer has taken health minister Edward Argar to task over the Prince of Wales being granted a coronavirus test.

Sadiq Khan: Passenger anger grows over lack of space on Tube

Sadiq Khan: Passenger anger grows over lack of space on Tube

Commuters who are unable to keep a two-metre distance on London’s public transport amid the coronavirus outbreak have hit out at the mayor.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Two jailed for ‘horrific spate’ of armed robberies

Two jailed for ‘horrific spate’ of armed robberies

Two men have been jailed for carrying out a string of armed robberies at convenience stores and betting shops in and around London.

‘It’s not a holiday’: Police tackle lockdown rule breakers

‘It’s not a holiday’: Police tackle lockdown rule breakers

Officers in London's Shepherd's Bush disperse sunbathers following the government's coronavirus lockdown.

Jeremy Corbyn attends final PMQs as Labour leader

Jeremy Corbyn attends final PMQs as Labour leader

Boris Johnson has paid tribute to Jeremy Corbyn as he took to the despatch box for the last time as leader of the opposition this afternoon.

Alastair Campbell criticises government Covid-19 ‘mixed messages’

Alastair Campbell criticises government Covid-19 ‘mixed messages’

The former aide to Tony Blair said he did not believe the government and its advisers were “going into the sort of detail that they should”.

Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus

Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus

The Prince of Wales, 71, is displaying “mild symptoms” but is in good health as he self isolates at home in Scotland, a spokesman said.

PM urged to curb construction work as London’s Tubes fill

PM urged to curb construction work as London’s Tubes fill

Boris Johnson is facing calls to crack down as workers continue to pile onto the London Underground despite the Covid-19 lockdown.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Wetherspoons boss tells staff to work at Tesco amid pay delay

Wetherspoons boss tells staff to work at Tesco amid pay delay

Tim Martin told his staff he "completely understands" if they look for work elsewhere while the pub chain is closed due to coronavirus.

Rebecca Long-Bailey: Government must ‘take clear action’

Rebecca Long-Bailey: Government must ‘take clear action’

The shadow business secretary said it should not be down to "bad bosses" to decide which workers are essential in the coronavirus lockdown.

Allison Pearson criticised for ‘racist’ China tweet

Allison Pearson criticised for ‘racist’ China tweet

The Telegraph journalist has been accused of racism and xenophobia over a tweet that criticises China for the coronavirus pandemic.

Julia Hartley-Brewer seeks lockdown clarity from Michael Gove

Julia Hartley-Brewer seeks lockdown clarity from Michael Gove

talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer pressed the Cabinet minister to clear up points of confusion over the latest government instructions.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Monday, March 23, 2020

Priti Patel: ‘Not appropriate’ to have police in supermarkets

Priti Patel: ‘Not appropriate’ to have police in supermarkets

The Home Secretary stressed the importance of social distancing and urged shoppers to “be kind” during the coronavirus crisis.

PC Andrew Harper murder trial collapses amid coronavirus

PC Andrew Harper murder trial collapses amid coronavirus

Mr Justice Edis has discharged the jury and adjourned the Old Bailey trial with a “heavy heart” after three jurors went into self-isolation.

China accuses United States of coronavirus ‘scapegoating’

China accuses United States of coronavirus ‘scapegoating’

China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the US should "stop stigmatising and defaming China and other countries”.

Matt Hancock: Nationwide coronavirus testing available within weeks

Matt Hancock: Nationwide coronavirus testing available within weeks

The Health Secretary said Covid-19 tests will be made available for all “as soon as possible”, but refused to put a date on the roll out.

Coronavirus: Esther Rantzen urges elderly to ask for help

Coronavirus: Esther Rantzen urges elderly to ask for help

Dame Esther Rantzen has told elderly people that "now is not the time for a stiff upper lip" and urged them to ask for help if they need it.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Friday, March 20, 2020

Farmers seek fruit pickers as coronavirus risks seasonal labour

Farmers seek fruit pickers as coronavirus risks seasonal labour

UK farmers have urgently asked Brits to apply for farming jobs, as Covid-19 travel restrictions threaten the arrival of seasonal labour.

John McDonnell urges Chancellor to ‘go fast and act big’

John McDonnell urges Chancellor to ‘go fast and act big’

The shadow Chancellor has told talkRADIO that the UK has been “too slow” in providing economic support amid the coronavirus crisis.

‘Your NHS needs you’, former medics told

‘Your NHS needs you’, former medics told

A Conservative MP is among the thousands of former doctors and nurses who have been asked to go back to work to fight against coronavirus.

Dominic Grieve: Economic hit of coronavirus could raise crime

Dominic Grieve: Economic hit of coronavirus could raise crime

The former Attorney General tells talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer how the Covid-19 outbreak could affect crime rates in the United Kingdom.

Matt Hancock: ‘If you stay at home you are saving lives’

Matt Hancock: ‘If you stay at home you are saving lives’

The Health Secretary has urged people to follow the public health rules put in place to tackle coronavirus, as measures continue to step up.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Mike Graham: Sadiq Khan needs to ‘pull his finger out’

Mike Graham: Sadiq Khan needs to ‘pull his finger out’

Watch Mike Graham’s reaction to the new measures being imposed amid the escalating coronavirus pandemic.

Nigel Farage: ‘It is time we all challenged China'

Nigel Farage: ‘It is time we all challenged China'

The former Brexit Party leader has called for more scrutiny of the Chinese government amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Emergency coronavirus legislation to be published

Emergency coronavirus legislation to be published

Health Secretary Matt Hancock will table the Emergency Coronavirus Bill setting out measures aimed at slowing the spread of Covid-19.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Richard Ratcliffe: Global crisis may make politicians ‘recalibrate’

Richard Ratcliffe: Global crisis may make politicians ‘recalibrate’

It comes after his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was temporarily released from prison in Iran in a bid to curb Covid-19 in the country.

PMQs: Boris Johsnon thanks opposition for ‘cooperation’

PMQs: Boris Johsnon thanks opposition for ‘cooperation’

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn adopted a more subdued tone in the Commons today, which saw far fewer MPs than usual due to coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Shaun Bailey calls for congestion charge suspension

Coronavirus: Shaun Bailey calls for congestion charge suspension

The Conservative mayoral candidate has said health workers should drive to work to avoid public transport amid the coronavirus crisis.

Business Secretary: ‘Please shop as you would normally shop’

Business Secretary: ‘Please shop as you would normally shop’

It comes as supermarkets begin rationing groceries in steps to ensure shelves remain full amid coronavirus panic-buying phenomenon.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Hashem Abedi: Brother of Manchester Arena bomber guilty of murder

Hashem Abedi: Brother of Manchester Arena bomber guilty of murder

Hashem Abedi has been found guilty of murdering 22 people and injuring hundreds more in the “cruel and cowardly” 2017 attack.

Coronavirus: Dominic Raab advises against global travel

Coronavirus: Dominic Raab advises against global travel

Britons have been warned against non-essential gloabl travel as borders continue to close around the globe due to coronavirus.

Julia Hartley-Brewer champions Britain’s ‘Blitz spirit’

Julia Hartley-Brewer champions Britain’s ‘Blitz spirit’

Julia Hartley-Brewer, with Dave Chawner and Andre Walker, have praised the British public for 'pulling together' in the face of coronavirus.

Donald Trump under fire for dubbing Covid-19 ‘Chinese Virus’

Donald Trump under fire for dubbing Covid-19 ‘Chinese Virus’

The US president was accused of “showing his true racist colours” when he referred to coronavirus as "the Chinese Virus".

Monday, March 16, 2020

Monday, March 16, 2020

Coronavirus: ‘National effort’ to produce protective equipment

Coronavirus: ‘National effort’ to produce protective equipment

Find out the latest information on how coronavirus affects you with daily updates on the steps being taken in the UK to tackle Covid-19.

Jeremy Corbyn's brother criticised for 'nonsense' Covid-19 'conspiracy theory'

Jeremy Corbyn's brother criticised for 'nonsense' Covid-19 'conspiracy theory'

The astrophysicist targeted billionaire Bill Gates as he claimed on Twitter that Covid-19 was designed to control population.

Mike Graham on coronavirus: ‘I’m sick to death of panic merchants’

Mike Graham on coronavirus: ‘I’m sick to death of panic merchants’

The talkRADIO presenter compared the claims of “panic merchants” in the Covid-19 outbreak to those of anti-Brexit campaigners.

Esther Rantzen: Elderly can use self-isolation to write life story

Esther Rantzen: Elderly can use self-isolation to write life story

It comes as elderly people are warned they could soon be asked to self-isolate for up to four months amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Grant Shapps: PM ‘following science not knee-jerk reactions’

Grant Shapps: PM ‘following science not knee-jerk reactions’

It follows Boris Johnson's announcement that daily televised briefings will now take place to update the public on the coronavirus pandemic.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Friday, March 13, 2020

Gloria Gaynor ‘will survive’ by washing hands to own iconic song

Gloria Gaynor ‘will survive’ by washing hands to own iconic song

The 70-year-old has joined the fight against coronavirus by washing her hands to the sound of her hit song 'I will survive'.

Coronavirus: Local elections postponed until 2021

Coronavirus: Local elections postponed until 2021

Mayoral and local elections will be postponed for a year due to the coronavirus outbreak, Boris Johnson has said.

Murderer yelled ‘F*** the Queen’ as he was sentenced for life

Murderer yelled ‘F*** the Queen’ as he was sentenced for life

Shemar Dawes, 19, was convicted of murdering Lord Promise Nkenda in an attack that saw the victim mown down by a BNW and stabbed 15 times.

Greta Thunberg takes climate strike online amid coronavirus fears

Greta Thunberg takes climate strike online amid coronavirus fears

The teenage activist has taken her weekly climate change protests off the streets and onto Twitter due to concerns over the pandemic.

Actors’ union apologises for calling Laurence Fox ‘disgrace’

Actors’ union apologises for calling Laurence Fox ‘disgrace’

talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer has offered “all credit and congratulations to Laurence Fox for standing his ground”.

Coronavirus: ‘Trust the government’, says Lord Falconer

Coronavirus: ‘Trust the government’, says Lord Falconer

The Labour peer has said he has "faith" in the government's action on Covid-19, as opinion among politicians and experts continues to vary.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Julia Hartley-Brewer: ‘Only women and girls have periods’

Julia Hartley-Brewer: ‘Only women and girls have periods’

talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer has been accused of being “transphobic” in a heated debate over whether or not men can have periods.

BBC boss quizzed on whether broadcaster is ‘too woke’

BBC boss quizzed on whether broadcaster is ‘too woke’

Lord Hall has faced the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee over whether the BBC reflects the "thought diversity" in Britain.

John McDonnell: ‘Bitterly disappointed’ by Tory climate Budget

John McDonnell: ‘Bitterly disappointed’ by Tory climate Budget

The shadow chancellor said the spending plan was “nowhere near enough” and, on some issues, went “significantly in the wrong direction”.

Rishi Sunak: Coronavirus Budget response ‘the right thing to do’

Rishi Sunak: Coronavirus Budget response ‘the right thing to do’

The Chancellor said the government was “working around the clock” to ensure the public remains “safe, healthy and economically secure”.

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