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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.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Harry and Meghan will pay for their own security

Harry and Meghan will pay for their own security

A spokeswoman said security costs will be “personally covered” by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as they officially quit royal life today.

Police chief: ‘We’re asking for common sense’

Police chief: ‘We’re asking for common sense’

Ken Marsh has denied that officers are checking that shopping bags contain only “essential items” amid the coronavirus lockdown.

Zoo appeals for donations to continue care amid lockdown

Zoo appeals for donations to continue care amid lockdown

Keepers at Marwell Zoo are working "tirelessly" to continue to care for its endangered animals since it was forced to close by coronavirus.

Grant Shapps: Police doing ‘incredible job’ under circumstances

Grant Shapps: Police doing ‘incredible job’ under circumstances

The Transport Secretary said while “police won’t always get it exactly right”, they are “trying their hardest” amid coronavirus lockdown.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020

Dog rescued from pipe after being stuck for almost 24 hours

Dog rescued from pipe after being stuck for almost 24 hours

Engineers said it was "an emotional moment" pulling Olive the Bedlington terrier to safety after she chased a rat into a waste pipe.

Man fined £500 for breaking lockdown rules at Tesco

Man fined £500 for breaking lockdown rules at Tesco

Steven Mackie told police “I can do what I want” before being arrested for flouting emergency coronavirus restrictions twice in 15 minutes.

Dominic Cummings self-isolating with coronavirus symptoms

Dominic Cummings self-isolating with coronavirus symptoms

Boris Johnson’s top adviser is self-isolating after developing coronavirus-like symptoms over the weekend, according to Number 10.

Julia Hartley-Brewer ‘salutes’ those who cannot stay at home

Julia Hartley-Brewer ‘salutes’ those who cannot stay at home

The presenter said she is “fed up” of “middle class” people criticising those who are unable to work remotely during the coronavirus crisis.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Friday, March 27, 2020

Locked-down pygmy goats missing attention from public

Locked-down pygmy goats missing attention from public

Keepers at London Zoo have been giving their goats some extra love after the animals were left disappointed by a lack of visitors.

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.

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