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Boris Johnson broke the law, says Keir Starmer; UK records 70,924 new cases – as it happened
Latest updates: UK Labour leader says PM broke lockdown rules and then lied; latest daily UK figures do not include Scotland

Samantha Lock (now); Tom Wall , Harry Taylor and Fran Lawther (earlier)

17, Jan, 2022 @12:26 AM

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TV and radio stars rally behind BBC over plans to scrap licence fee
Critics include Armando Iannucci, who says public support for the broadcaster has been underestimated

Tom Wall

16, Jan, 2022 @8:46 PM

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Colston protester says Tories are misusing their acquittals to fan flames of culture war
Rhian Graham, cleared of criminal damage for her part in toppling the statue of the slave trader, says a vital debate about Britain’s history is being hijacked

Tom Wall

09, Jan, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Time to stockpile olives? Shortages as delis are hit by new Brexit import rules
Regulations likely to result in higher prices and empty shelves for delis and others

Toby Helm and Tom Wall

01, Jan, 2022 @1:09 PM

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France, Italy and Ireland see record daily highs; Israel orders 100,000 anti-viral pills – as it happened
Passengers travelling over the Christmas holiday hit after airlines cancel more than 4,500 flights

Caitlin Cassidy (now) Nadeem Badshah, Kaamil Ahmed (earlier)

26, Dec, 2021 @12:45 AM

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Great Ormond Street children’s hospital guards to strike in dispute over sick pay
Staff working for an outsourcing firm owned by Tory donor Michael Ashcroft are planning a walkout over a denial of their employment rights

Tom Wall

25, Dec, 2021 @5:00 PM

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Life is a cabaret – until Covid brings down the curtain on the West End
As Omicron variant rips holes in casts and productions daily, theatres are forced to cancel shows – despite £30m support fund

25, Dec, 2021 @4:14 PM

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‘I couldn’t vote Conservative again’: sleaze and parties turn Tory voters off
A failure of leadership has cut deep with people in Paddy Ashdown’s old Lib Dem stronghold of Yeovil, for whom Covid has meant sacrifice

Tom Wall

18, Dec, 2021 @5:18 PM

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Why TV crews are falling over each other to film drama in ‘Bristolywood’
The city’s picturesque past and vibrant present have made it a magnet for high-end productions

Tom Wall

11, Dec, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Succession’s plot twist prompts surge of interest in leaving money in wills to Greenpeace
When Cousin Greg was disinherited by his grandfather in favour of the environmental group, inquiries about such legacies soared

Tom Wall

27, Nov, 2021 @3:00 PM

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‘It opens up our town’: Dartmoor line hopes to lead to rail renaissance
Campaigners in Devon celebrate return of passenger trains after 50 years, a first step to reversing the Beeching closures

Tom Wall in Okehampton

13, Nov, 2021 @5:00 PM

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Return of the sleazy party: the Conservatives and the Owen Paterson affair
As No 10 ham-fistedly let the scandal spread, was this about saving an old Brexit ally or protecting the PM himself?

Toby Helm, Jon Ungoed-Thomas, Michael Savage and Tom Wall

07, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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