Covid has taken a heavy toll on young people and made many homeless. For some, the kindness of strangers has been a saviour.
West Midlands mayor Andy Street leads criticism with Cornwall the only place on the English mainland to escape the worst restrictions.
Reports suggest London was expected to go in Tier 2 along with the majority of the country.
Health secretary says lengthy talks with Greater Manchester over its lockdown rules were "bad for public health".
Downing Street is reportedly considering a week-long loosening of restrictions over the festive period to allow families to meet up.
Service said it was “exceptionally busy” on Monday evening, especially in the Greater Manchester area.
Featuring the Battle for Manchester, weird excuses for not feeding children, and a politician's nether regions.
Boris Johnson moved Greater Manchester area into the highest tier of local lockdown, setting in motion a war of words and press conferences with mayor Andy Burnham. Tensions spilled over as an extraordinary series of negotiations over a lack of financial support for businesses and workers spilled over in public, with Burnham was branded the “king of the north” as he attempted to defend Manchester from Westminster’s “punishment”.
Greater Manchester isn't the only hard working community that has long been neglected by this government, writes Taj Ali.
Labour leader Keir Starmer accuses the prime minister of "bargaining with people's lives".