Education laws will be ‘rocket fuel’ for levelling-up agenda - PM
New legislation aimed at reforming education for older teenagers and adults will be unveiled in what Boris Johnson pledges will be “rocket fuel” for his levelling-up agenda.
The Prime Minister said he was “revolutionising” the adult education and training system as the Government prepared to set out its legislative agenda in the Queen’s Speech today.
Downing Street said the promise of a “lifetime skills guarantee” will be central to plans for the new parliamentary session as the Government seeks to rebuild the nation after the coronavirus pandemic.
No 10 said new laws will create a post-16 and adult education and training system that is “fit for the future”.
Man due in court charged with murdering PCSO Julia James
A man is due to appear in court charged with murdering PCSO Julia James.
Ms James, 53, was found dead in Akholt Wood near her home in Snowdown, Kent, on April 27.
Callum Wheeler, from Aylesham, was arrested on Friday and charged last night.
The 21-year-old is due to appear by videolink at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.
Ms James, described as “fiercely loyal” by her family, died from serious head injuries while out walking her dog.
Rayner: Labour has talked down to voters for too long
Labour must stop talking down to voters, deputy leader Angela Rayner has said in the wake of the party’s damaging election losses.
Ms Rayner has set out how Labour must change to reconnect with working class voters after the crushing defeat in the Hartlepool by-election.
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Her comments came after she was given greater authority within the shadow cabinet following intense criticism of Sir Keir Starmer’s initial move to strip her of key roles as party chairwoman and campaign co-ordinator.
The Labour leader told his reshuffled top team that he takes full responsibility for the electoral failings as he met them for the first time since last week’s losses.
Pleas for calm after days of unrest amid Jerusalem crisis
Countries across the world have appealed for calm after days of unrest spiralled into retaliatory attacks by Israel and Palestinians.
The UK, US and EU urged Israel and the Palestinians to lower tensions after violence escalated last night.
Palestinian militants fired rockets toward Jerusalem and, in response, the Israeli military launched air strikes against militant targets in the Gaza Strip.
Covid vaccine passport will be on the NHS app from next week
UK holidaymakers who have received two jabs will be able to use the NHS phone app as a so-called Covid vaccine passport from next week.
Once the foreign travel ban is lifted on May 17, Downing Street said those going abroad could open the app upon arrival to prove they have had two doses.
Those without smartphones were told to call 119 to order a letter confirming their vaccination status.
Brit Awards to mark return of live music to O2 Arena
The Brit Awards will return to London’s O2 Arena tonight, marking the first live music show at the venue in more than a year.
There will be an audience of 4,000 people at this year’s event, hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall, as part of the Government’s live events pilot scheme, with 2,500 tickets gifted to key workers from the Greater London area.
Audience members attending the indoor ceremony will not be socially distanced or required to wear face coverings once seated.
They will, however, need proof of a negative lateral flow test result to enter the venue and will be required to provide details to NHS Test and Trace and follow Government guidance while travelling.
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