Housing, communities and local government minister Robert Jenrick has had a meteoric rise to the Cabinet, only becoming an MP in 2014. One of the ministers entrusted to deliver the daily coronavirus briefings, his short time in the inner circle of government hasn’t been without controversy. At the beginning of the pandemic, he was accused of not adhering to the guidelines but now a decision he made on a property development is being called into question by opposing parties who see a conflict of interest.
With lockdown restrictions easing, non-essential retail stores have been able to open once more, with keen shoppers queueing up to get in.
NHS England has launched its test and trace system, hoping for it to be the lynchpin of the next phase of being able to lift lockdown restrictions. The new system will ask those displaying symptoms of coronavirus to isolate with their families and to contact NHS tracers to find out who else may have been exposed as Britain grapples with having one of the worst death ratios in the world.
As Britons are urged to resist the hottest day of the year so far and remain indoors where possible, the government give their daily briefing on their efforts to lower coronavirus deaths.
British people currently abroad will be helped to return home by the UK government, with a £75 million airlift operation. India’s lockdown causes a mass migration, the navy rolls into New York city as hospitals there continue to be overrun and one of Van Gogh’s paintings is stolen from a museum near Amsterdam.
Priti Patel has seen a meteoric rise within the government since becoming an MP in 2010. However, the home secretary has also packed in numerous controversies in that time in relation to her views, undeclared meetings with senior Israeli officials and the announcement of a controversial post-Brexit immigration policy that has divided many.
Successive storms have brought widespread damage across the UK as unprecedented flooding ruins homes, businesses and property. Is this Britain’s new normal in the face of climate change and can the government do more to help people that live close to rivers and coasts?
A week after Brexit and Boris Johnson has outlined a tough opening position for trade negotiations by talking up an Australia-style relationship, but does it mean anything? It’s hard for journalists to really take a look with the government taking a Trumpian turn by trying to lock out critical media from a key briefing this week. Meanwhile, Labour’s leadership election lets the prime minister run amok in the party’s former strongholds.Arj Singh is joined by Paul Waugh, Rachel Wearmouth and UK In A Changing Europe’s Anand Menon to work out what comes next for Britain.
With the withdrawal agreement signed and ratified, Britain is out of Europe! Well, not quite. First of all, we have to go through the transition period. Not much will initially change. You will still be able to travel, live and work in Europe as previous but Boris Johnson’s government has a tough twelve months to hammer out what the future relationship with Europe will look like.
After the referendum result on Brexit in 2016, fashion writer Sorcha McCrory began to question whether the Britain she was born and raised in was still the same. As Brexit dominated headlines, incidents of racism and blame began to swirl around the topic and in 2019 Sorcha moved to Copenhagen, Denmark as she felt that the UK was no longer a place where she could stay and wanted to remain a european citizen.