Rachael Blackmore: she became the first woman to win the Grand National. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA Wire

National Treasure: “I can’t believe I am Rachael Blackmore. I still feel like that little kid. I can’t believe I’m me . . . keep your dreams big, I su(...)

Dominic Raab: was demoted to justice secretary but given the title of deputy prime minister. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Boris Johnson has removed Dominic Raab as foreign secretary and sacked three cabinet ministers in a major reshuffle of his ministerial team. Mr Raab,(...)

Education secretary Gavin Williamson told MPs that from August 16th, pupils will not have to self-isolate if they are a close contact of someone who tests positive. Photograph: House of Commons/PA Wire

Boris Johnson’s government has announced the end of classroom bubbles in England after a surge in the number of children off school due to self-isolat(...)

Secretary of state for education Gavin Williamson: “I am deeply worried about the chilling effect on campuses of unacceptable silencing and censoring.” Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Universities, lecturers and students have criticised British government proposals to deny funding to institutions that fail to “actively promote free (...)

Prime minister Boris Johnson.  Tabloid  and Tory MP  jingoism over deployment of warships in the English Channel reminds me of the headlines during the Falklands war.  Photograph: Getty Images

The UK stock market is emblematic of the country’s decline. The FTSE 100 finished last week lower than at the end of the last century. Value investors(...)

Health secretary Matt Hancock falsely claimed Brexit had enabled the UK to grant early vaccine authorisation and tearfully invoked the second World War by declaring it ‘V Day’. Photograph: Simon Dawson/AFP via Getty Images

The distribution of Covid-19 vaccines this week, in record time and with stunning effectiveness rates in clinical trials, is a remarkable feat of cros(...)

  Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci speaks during an unscheduled briefing after a Coronavirus Task Force meeting at the White House. Photograph: Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images

Anthony Fauci, the US government’s top infectious-disease specialist, slammed the UK’s drug regulator, saying that it rushed to clear the Covid-19 vac(...)

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier  at Brexit talks in central London on Thursday. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty

Talks between EU and British negotiators continued in London on Thursday night amid warnings that significant gaps remained as time was running out to(...)

European shares opened lower on Thursday after gains spurred by advances in vaccines to fight Covid-19, but data across Europe underscored the economi(...)

Chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau-WPA Pool/Getty

UK chancellor Rishi Sunak was locked in an acrimonious spat with education secretary Gavin Williamson on Monday as accusations flew over who was to bl(...)

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