Prime minister Boris Johnson  returning to Downing Street on Tuesday  after holding the first weekly meeting of the cabinet since the summer recess. Photograph:  AFP via Getty Images

Boris Johnson has defended his government’s record after a summer of U-turns that has seen his personal poll ratings slump amid unease on the Conserva(...)

Minister Gavin Williamson, a key aide in Johnson’s personal rise, stays in place. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Nobody puts it quite like Boris Johnson. Last week the British PM told distraught school pupils that their exam results had been “derailed by a mutant(...)

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson: Tory party grandees are becoming increasingly concerned that errors made by Downing Street are often unforced. Photograph: Jack Hill/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Senior members of Boris Johnson’s UK government have expressed their concern at the recent string of policy U-turns, questioning the prime minister’s (...)

A pupil returns to school at Holyrood secondary school in Glasgow on August 12th. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images

Britain’s education secretary has insisted the government is following the “best scientific and medical advice” after announcing a U-turn on guidance (...)

Education secretary Gavin Williamson: Said he would not quit over the controversy. Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Ministers should seriously consider abolishing the beleaguered exams regulator Ofqual so ministers have direct accountability, the chair of a powerful(...)

Students protest outside 10 Downing Street in London on Saturday. Photograph: EPA

Tens of thousands of A-level students in England are set to see their grades increased after a humiliating U-turn by the British government. Followin(...)

Children wearing plastic face visors in class at Kinugawa Elementary School in Nikko, Japan. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Schools all over the world closed their classrooms and sent children home in the early days of the pandemic. Many have returned, many are preparing to(...)

Workers preparing an outdoor seating area at a pub  in Birmingham. Photograph:  Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images

Boris Johnson will warn on Friday that social distancing rules remain essential as pubs and restaurants prepare to open at the weekend for the first t(...)

Heal’s flagship shop in central London: Covid-19 restrictions are being lifted to get the British economy back to work.  Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP

All non-essential shops in Britain will be allowed to reopen from next Monday but restaurants and bars will have to wait until next month before they (...)

An NHS mural by artists Ricky Morrow and Dee Craig in the village of Glynn, Co Antrim. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A total of 16,060 patients have died in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Saturday, its department of health said(...)

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