Prof Paul Elliott: ‘Our findings do paint a concerning picture of the longer-term health consequences of Covid-19, which need to be accounted for in policy and planning.’ Photograph: Thomas Angus/Imperial College London/PA

Findings come as government decides to allow officials to enter country for Euro 2020 games

Britain’s Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis. File photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

NI Secretary says British have yet to agree EU terms for additional time

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis holds a press conference outside Stormont House in Belfast on June 17th. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

DUP’s Sammy Wilson accuses MPs of behaving in condescending way towards Stormont

New Liberal Democrat MP for Chesham and Amersham Sarah Green with party leader Ed Davey  during a victory rally at Chesham Youth Centre, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, after her by-election victory. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

Shock byelection defeat in south shows that loosening party loyalties can cut both ways

UK prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Oli Scraff/PA Wire

PM defends focus on ‘red wall’ after Lib Dems overturn big Conservative majority

Edwin Poots, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leaves the party headquarters in Belfast on Thursday. Photograph:  Paul Faith / AFP  via Getty Images

DUP leader announces resignation after just 21 days in office following internal revolt

Brexit minister David Frost is pictured in London last week. Photograph: Eddie Mulholland/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

London Letter: UK is right to claim it is still a power even as it sabotages its influence

 Prof Chris Whitty: “We have to just be aware Covid has not thrown its last surprise at us, and there will be several more over the next period.”  Photograph:  Hollie Adams/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Study finds rise in cases in England is being driven by younger people who have not yet been vaccinated

Britain’s Brexit minister David Frost pictured earlier this month. Photograph: Eddie Mulholland/AFP

‘They could change their rules in the context of Northern Ireland if they wanted to,’ says Britain’s Brexit minister

Dominic Cummings left Downing Street in November during a bitter power struggle in No 10. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Former aide claims PM plans to leave office after next election ‘to make money and have fun’

People dine outdoors in Temple Bar, Dublin as Ireland begins to reopen. Photograph: Tom Honan

About 25% of all new cases seen in Northern Ireland are of the Delta variant

Prime minister Boris Johnson during the media briefing in Downing Street. Photograph: Jonathan Buckmaster/Daily Express/PA Wire

Covid cases doubling week by week in worst-hit areas, and ICU numbers on the rise

British prime minister Boris Johnson (left) discussed the Northern Ireland protocol during a bilateral meeting with  US president Joe Biden during the G7 summit in Cornwall. Photograph: PA

Bilateral meeting focused on issue that overshadowed G7 summit of world leaders

Boris Johnson speaks during a news conference on the final day of the G7 summit in the UK. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA/Bloomberg

Dublin worries EU-UK diplomatic clash could inflame tensions in the North

Boris Johnson, UK prime minister,  during a news conference on the final day of the G7 summit in Cornwall.  Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA/Bloomberg

Meeting overshadowed for UK by angry dispute with EU over Northern Ireland protocol

 US president Joe Biden  and France’s president Emmanuel Macron: G7 has called on China to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms in Xinjiang and Hong Kong. Photograph:  Phil Noble

Oxfam head of inequality policy accuses leaders of failing to meet challenges of times

British prime minister Boris Johnson  greets German chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of a bilateral meeting during the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, on Saturday, June 12th, 2021. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/WPA Pool/Getty

Johnson says UK will do ‘whatever it takes’ to ensure protocol does not interfere with market

The former Labour leader is back on the front bench – ‘the zeitgeist is different now’

European Council president Charles Michel, US president Joe Biden, Japan’s prime minister Yoshihide Suga, British prime minister  Boris Johnson and Italy’s prime minister Mario Draghi on the first day of  the G7 summit in  Carbis Bay, Cornwall on Friday.  Photograph: Hollie Adams/Pool/EPA

Cost to the UK of failing to find a way forward will be more than a few sausages

British prime minister Boris Johnson and his wife, Carrie Johnson with US president Joe Biden and his wife, US first lady Jill Biden at the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on Friday. Photograph:  Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

Actions will include faster vaccine turnaround and controlling animal-borne diseases

British prime minister  Boris Johnson and US president Joe Biden: Mr Johnson said the US president did not express concern over Britain’s unilateral actions over the protocol and his failure to negotiate agreed solutions to its difficulties with the EU. Photograph: Hollie Adams

Cornwall meeting ahead of G7 summit takes place in wake of US diplomatic rebuke

US president Joe Biden and UK prime minister Boris Johnson in Carbis Bay on Thursday. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

President and prime minister reaffirm importance of alliance amid protocol impasse

US president Joe Biden and British prime minister Boris Johnson pose for photographers during their bilateral meeting in  Cornwall. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Leaders say they are ‘fully committed’ to the Good Friday Agreement

People eat and drink at tables outside a pub in central London, following the further easing of lockdown restrictions in England on Tuesday. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

London Letter: Many who went home to sit out the pandemic have stayed away

US president Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive on Air Force One at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall. Photograph: Joe Giddens/WPA Pool/Getty Images

US president orders officials to rebuke PM’s government for endangering peace process

US president Joe Biden boards Marine One outside the White House  for the first leg of his trip to Europe, during which  he will meet British prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg

Underestimating US president may prove costly

European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic before the start of the first EU-UK partnership council at Admiralty House in London. Photograph: Eddie Mulholland/Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

Michelle O’Neill calls on UK government to honour commitments on protocol

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin: seeking to play down tensions between the EU and the UK over the Northern Ireland protocol. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

London wants more flexibility from EU on goods checks as Biden expected to intervene

Brexit minister David Frost: “We underestimated the effect of the protocol on goods movements to Northern Ireland...” Photograph: EPA/Vickie Flores

‘The EU has no intention of letting the UK wriggle out of what it signed up to, so we should expect UK/EU relations to get worse b(...)

Minister for Finance and Eurogroup president Paschal Donohoe at a G7 meeting of  finance ministers in London today. Photograph: Getty

G7 backs 15% corporate tax rate in move which threatens Ireland’s 12.5% rate

The numbers continued to rise until the mid-1990s when new drug therapy transformed HIV from a deadly illness into a manageable condition.  Photograph: iStock

Often parents discovered their son was gay the same day they learned he was dying

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: “I think there is a sense within the EU and within EU capitals that the frustration has got to result in the EU perhaps changing the approach.” Photograph: Tom Honan

Minister says status quo not sustainable as some states advocate possibility of tariffs

Sir Kevan Collins: “A decade’s progress to narrow the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers is estimated to have been reversed.” Photograph:  PA

London Letter: Rejection of Collins’s funds plea over lost learning sparked resignation

Britain’s health secretary Matt Hancock:  “...we know we haven’t beaten this virus yet... ”Photograph: Getty Images

Government’s former chief scientific adviser says Britain is in ‘a perilous moment’

Former Downing Street  special adviser Dominic Cummings speaking at a select committee hearing on Wednesday. Photograph: PRU/AFP via Getty Images

London Letter: Even if voters don’t care, the explosive allegations could damage the PM

Matt Hancock defended his record, saying ‘there were unprecedented difficulties that come with preparations for an unprecedented event’.  Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

UK health secretary avoids answering question on testing of patients before their discharge

Dominic Cummings leaves the Houses of Parliament after giving evidence to MPs over the UK government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, in central London, Britain. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Ex-chief adviser condemns British PM in blistering appearance before committee

British prime minister Boris Johnson. ‘I regarded him as unfit for the job and I was trying to create a structure around him to try and stop what I thought were extremely bad decisions,’ his former adviser Dominic Cummings told an inquiry into the British government’s response to the coronavirus crisis. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Boris Johnson was ‘like a shopping trolley, just smashing around from one side to the other’

Dominic Cummings gives evidence to a Westminister committee on Wednesday. Photograph: PRU/AFP via Getty Images

Analysis: MPs hear story of government dysfunction that caused tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths

Former Downing Street  special advisor Dominic Cummings: ‘he truth is that senior ministers, senior officials, senior advisers like me fell disastrously short of the standards that the public has a right to expect of its government in a crisis like this.’ Photograph: Handout/PRU/AFP via Getty

Former adviser to Boris Johnson tells inquiry that prime minister is unfit for office

A group of constitutional experts  suggest that British and Irish governments should work together to start planning in good time before the referendums. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Years of acrimony over Brexit highlight the dangers of referendums, say experts

Boris Johnson and his former chief adviser  Dominic Cummings who has accused the British prime minister of pursuing a strategy of herd immunity when the pandemic first hit. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

Downing Street braced for prime minister’s former chief adviser’s evidence before parliamentary select committee

 BBC’s Martin Bashir “obtained fame and fortune by instituting document forgery and callously scaring a mentally vulnerable woman . . . something with more than a whiff of criminality about it”. Photograph: Ian West/PA

Broadcaster’s whistleblowing processes and rehiring of journalist to be scutinised

 Michael Gove: “There are folk in the EU who have a tendency to see the Good Friday Agreement just in terms of North/South relations and they haven’t appreciated both the balance within Northern Ireland and the importance of east/west relations as well.” Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Cabinet office minister stresses European Union’s responsibility to help deal with “significant challenges” the measure poses

Cattle farmers  in the northeastern New South Wales  town of Gunnedah, Australia. Photograph:  David Gray/Getty

London Letter: Farmers in the UK have warned about the impact of granting tariff-free access to the country’s meat exporters

Free wheelchair provision for Covid-19 vaccination appointments is offered in Blackburn, in England’s  northwest, as the government is criticised for  confused messages about travel. Photograph:  Oli Scarff

Vigilance and responsibilty key as curbs replaced with protection, Hancock says

The Houses of Parliament in London, Britain. File photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

‘I am not sure if and when violence will be the answer. I am just saying that I wouldn’t rule it off the table’

Victims of the Ballymurphy massacre, 1971: Joseph Corr, Daniel Teggart, Edward Doherty, Fr Hugh Mullan, Francis Quinn, Pat McCarthy, Joan Connolly, John James McKerr, Noel Phillips, John Laverty and Joseph Murphy. File photograph: Ballymurphy Massacre Committee/PA

Relatives again critical of British prime minister for shortcomings in statement

 UK Brexit negotiator Lord David Frost: “What we would like to see is an equivalence arrangement which reflects the fact that we both operate high food standards.” Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty

British minister insists London seeking ‘calm and stability in Northern Ireland’

British minister David Frost has told MPs that negotiations with Brussels have not yet dealt with the heart of the problem with the Northern Ireland protocol. Photograph: Aris Oikonomou/AFP via Getty Images

British minister blames bloc’s member states for lack of progress on the issue

A man plays a harmonica in The Greyhound Pub in Bolton as indoor hospitality reopens in England. Photograph: Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images

Health secretary blames vaccine hesitancy for rise in coronavirus cases in Lancashire

‘If David Frost hopes to engage the sympathy of the member state which understands Northern Ireland best, he has chosen an unorthodox way to go about it.’ File photograph: Getty

David Frost’s sabre rattling comes as DUP signal a more realistic approach to protocol

British prime minister Boris Johnson during a media briefing in Downing Street on Friday. Photograph: Matt Dunham/PA Wire

Leaders agree to meet again ‘before summer recess’ following Chequers summit

A man walks past a banner featuring a coronavirus testing site set up at St Mary’s church hall in the London borough of Hillingdon, England on May 14th. Photograph:   Adrian Dennis / AFP

Labour’s Jonathan Ashworth blames government delay for surge in cases

Queen Elizabeth at the Garden of Remembrance on May 17th, 2011: Complacency set in after her  visit as David Cameron’s government took a “semi-detached” attitude to Northern Ireland.  Photograph: Arthur Edwards

Brexit drove wedge between Dublin and London and left both sides feeling betrayed

British prime minister Boris Johnson (right) and Taoiseach Micheal Martin greet each other  at Hillsborough Castle in Belfast last summer. The two are meeting today at Chequers in England. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Leaders ‘reflected’ on coroner’s report into the Ballymurphy massacre published this week

British prime minister Boris Johnson is expected to seek support from Taoiseach Micheál Martin for changes to the Northern Ireland protocol when they meet on Friday. Photograph: Scott Heppell/AFP via Getty Images

Meeting takes place amid tensions over amnesty proposal, clumsy Ballymurphy apology

Taoiseach Micheál Martin is to travel to Chequers, the British prime minister’s country residence, for a lunchtime meeting, Government Buildings has confirmed. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Hopes that face-to-face meeting could rebuild trust between two governments

Former British prime minister David Cameron:  told MPs  the company paid him more than his salary as prime minister for a part-time role and that he also owned shares in the business. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/Getty Images

Former British leader declines to say under questioning by MPs how much he was paid

Angela Rayner’s  experience as a negotiator may have helped her to turn Starmer’s move against her to her advantage and by the beginning of this week, she was enjoying a victory lap. Photograph: Stefan Rousseu/PA Wire

London Letter: Leader’s handling of Rayner, cabinet reshuffle raise questions on political judgment

Prime minister Boris Johnson elbow greets a nurse at Westminster Abbey’s annual service for the Florence Nightingale Foundation, to mark nurses’ contribution to the community. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

‘State has an obligation to examine its actions as rigorously and candidly as possible’ – Johnson

UK prime minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Keir Starmer as Queen Elizabeth delivers a speech in the House of Lords on Tuesday. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Queen’s speech outlining legislative programme signals change of approach

David Frost. Photograph: Aris Oikonomou/AFP via Getty

David Frost, who negotiated the protocol, says UK will ‘consider all options’

 Boris Johnson  and  Labour Party leader Keir Starmer leading MPs in a socially-distanced  line through the central lobby for  the state opening of parliament.  Photograph:  Getty Images

Government programme full of popular proposals to ‘build back better’, with more money for adult education and transport

Queen Elizabeth delivers her speech in the House of Lords. Photograph: Eddie Mulholland - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Britain has suffered worst death toll in Europe but enjoyed fastest vaccine rollout

Britain’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, attends a virtual press conference to announce changes to lockdown. Photograph: Dan Kitwood-WPA Pool/ Getty

Prime minister urges caution as theatres, cinemas and indoor hospitality reopens

Britain’s Labour Party leader Keir Starmer leaving his home in London on Monday. Photograph:  Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

Party leader says blame for poor election rests with him after rancorous weekend

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer returning to his north London home on Sunday. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Party leadership in chaos as chief whip sacked in shadow cabinet reshuffle

 Labour party leader Keir Starmer: Scrambled to reshuffle his shadow cabinet a day earlier than planned. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Treatment of Angela Rayner after poor election performance puts judgment in spotlight

Scotland’s first minister and leader of the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon gives a thumbs-up on the steps of her official residence Bute House in Edinburgh on May 9th following the party’s landslide victory in the Scottish parliament elections. Photograph:  Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty

SNP wins 64 seats in parliament, which with Greens has its biggest ever independence majority

First minister of Wales Mark Drakeford: Led Labour to its best result since 2011 with 30 seats, one short of an overall majority. Photograph: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

Conservatives make gains in local elections and Edinburgh gets big independence boost

British prime minister Boris Johnson in Hartlepool on Friday after the Conservative Party won the Westminster byelection. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images

Starmer criticised as Tories win Hartlepool byelection while SNP doing well in Scotland

The Conservatives’ Jill Mortimer hugs supporters after being declared winner ofHartlepool  byelection. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Keir Starmers’s tactical mistakes contribute to Labour’s crushing defeat in Hartlepool

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney met  Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis at the Department of Foreign Affairs  in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Simon Coveney warns Britain against ‘unilateral’ action on North legacy issues

French fishing vessels  protesting  outside the harbour at St Helier, Jersey. Photograph: Gary Grimshaw/Bailiwick Express/PA Wire

London Letter: Britain often embarks on reckless assaults against the EU, only to complain about unfairness when Europe strikes ba(...)

The British patrol ships are of a type that is generally armed with 20mm and 30mm guns and can carry 45 crew with as many as 50 Royal Marines, according to the ministry of defence website. File photograph: Getty Images

Britain says two armed patrol ships to remain despite breakthrough in talks on fishing rights

Michel Barnier  describes former Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as “courageous”, while  Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is “always shrewd, methodical and well-informed”. Photograph:  John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

In new book former EU chief negotiator never wavers from view that Britain made mistake

 Michel Barnier: “Controls to protect the internal market must be implemented somewhere. Either around the island or inside the island,” he writes of his talks with Leo Varadkar in his new diary,  The Grand Illusion,  which will be published in French on Thursday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

British ‘provocations’ on Border continue, Brexit negotiator says, criticising EU’s Article 16 error

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer: “I take full responsibility for the results, just as I take full responsibility for everything that happens in the Labour Party under my leadership.” Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Keir Starmer says he takes responsibility for Labour performance in Thursday’s elections

Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar, First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party  Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Conservative party leader Douglas Ross. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scots go to the polls next week and the outcome will heavily influence next steps towards a second referendum to leave the UK

 Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson:  “I don’t think there’s anything to see here or to worry about,” he told reporters on Thursday. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AFP via Getty Images

London Letter: Renovation controversy re-enforces questions about the PM’s judgment

Colm Tóibín is among the signatories. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Colm Tóibín, Elena Ferrante and Sam Heughan among the 170-plus signatories

Boris Johnson faces Labour leader Keir Starmer during prime minister’s questions. Photograph: PRU/AFP via Getty

Body believes there are ‘reasonable grounds to suspect an offence may have occurred’

Scottish first minister and leader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon at Rouken Glen Garden Centre while campaigning. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/Pool/Getty

SNP leader hopes to win Holyrood majority and push for second referendum post Covid

British prime minister Boris Johnson: Labour’s Rachel Reeves describes his alleged comment as “stomach-churning”. Photograph: Phil Noble/PA

Allegation follows stream of charges against PM by former aide Dominic Cummings

Alex Salmond, former Scottish first minister and leader of the Alba Party,  in the boxing gym of former world champion Alex Arthur in Edinburgh on Monday. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Former Scottish first minister’s pro-independence Alba party struggling to win voters

Labour Party leader Keir Starmer pulls a pint at Cameron’s brewery in Hartlepool. Photograph: Ian Forsyth/WPA Pool/Getty

Byelection defeat could catalyse much-needed change in party, says Peter Mandelson

UK prime minister Boris Johnson and his former special adviser Dominic Cummings. File photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty

Dominic Cummings claims prime minister proposed having Tory donors secretly pay

Boris Johnson’s former aide Dominic Cummings: “I told him I thought his plans to have donors secretly pay for the renovation were unethical, foolish, possibly illegal and almost certainly broke the rules on proper disclosure of political donations . . .” Photograph:  Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

Former adviser says PM tried to stop inquiry into leak of plans for second lockdown

A placard during a Wales independence march in Cardiff on May 11th, 2019 when up to 3,000 people marched through the centre of Cardiff in a demonstration led by the grassroots group YesCymru. Photograph:  Mark Hawkins/Composed Images /Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Pandemic has moved question of Wales’s place in the UK to centre of political debate

Boarded-up  premises on Oxford Street: A report this week says more than 720,000 businesses in Britain are in “significant financial distress”. Photograph:  Leon Neal/Getty

London Letter: Boarded-up shops testify to commercial and social damage of Covid-19

Former UK veterans minister Johnny Mercer. File photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/ PA

Leo Docherty announces U-turn on Overseas Operations Bill

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden speaking in the House of Commons. Photograph: House of Commons/PA Wire

Culture secretary pledges to oppose breakaway plan and to seek ways to empower fans

 George Eustice: said David Cameron’s lobbying of  Rishi Sunak  was acceptable.  “It is acceptable because people have worked within the rules.” Photograph: AFP/Getty   Images

Environment secretary Eustice defends lobbying rules but says government may consider tweaking system

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney was in London holding meetings with key political figures.

Coveney hails ‘honest engagement’ on contentious issues at constructive London talks

Eating and drinking outside in Soho: Some of the streets are closed to traffic from 5pm every evening to allow for more tables. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga

London Letter: Outdoor postprandial talk of vaccine passports and failed imagination

Offices of collapsed finance firm Greensill near Warrington, northwest England: Health secretary Matt Hancock admits to a “private drink” with David Cameron and Lex Greensill while contracts were up for grabs. Photograph: Oli Scarff

Labour seizes moment to highlight decade of Conservatives in power and corruption links

Former British prime minister David Cameron: engaged Lex Greensill, an Australian financier, as an adviser in Downing Street and, after he left office, he joined Mr Greensill’s company. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP

Johnson’s government in crosshairs for cronyism after Cameron lobbying scandal

Northern secretary Brandon Lewis: he has rejected calls for a British-Irish summit in response to the violence in Belfast. File photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

Lewis tells MPs he will look to convene a meeting at an ‘appropriate time’

Thousands of Scottish independence supporters march through Glasgow in January  2020. Photograph:  Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Union would no longer be based on consent but on force of law, says Ciaran Martin

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