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Bar staff at the The Oak Inn in Coventry, West Midlands, as indoor hospitality and entertainment venues reopen to the public. Photograph: Jacob King/PA Wire

British prime minister Boris Johnson has called for a “heavy dose of caution” as indoor socialising and physical contact resumed against the backdrop (...)

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

Faced with an enhanced pro-independence majority in the Scottish parliament, Boris Johnson’s government has dropped its overt threat to block any seco(...)

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

ENGLAND The Conservatives made big gains in local council elections and captured the Westminster seat of Hartlepool from Labour in a byelection. Labo(...)

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, on the back of a fourth successive SNP Holyrood election win, will bide her time, but come the spring of next year will proceed with legislation for a poll, defying London to block it. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

England at the weekend gave Boris Johnson an enthusiastic electoral pat on the back in the local elections that should see off any talk of threats to (...)

Conservative’s Jill Mortimer is declared winner in the Hartlepool parliamentary by-election at Mill House Leisure Centre in Hartlepool. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Boris Johnson has described the early election results in the UK as “very encouraging” after hopes of a Labour revival were dealt a crushing blow when(...)

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon’s push for a second independence referendum means the stakes are high in the Holyrood contest. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/Pool/AFP via Getty

Polling stations have opened in England, Scotland and Wales for voters to cast their ballots in a set of elections which could shake up British politi(...)

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

The campaign for next month’s Senedd parliamentary elections in Wales has been dominated by the coronavirus pandemic and its handling by Mark Drakefor(...)

Mark Drakeford, Welsh first minister: “When people see this sort of aggressive unilateralism on the part of the UK government it undoubtedly leads some people to ask themselves if we would be better off without them.” Photograph: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

The Welsh first minister has described the UK government as “aggressively unilateral”, “hostile to devolution” and “a recruiting sergeant” for Welsh a(...)

Welsh first minister Mark Drakeford: “Our shared ambitions are more important than ever as we both look towards recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.” File photograph: Matthew Horwood/Getty

Ireland and Wales have for the first time published a joint action plan on their post-Brexit relationship. The joint statement, published today, whic(...)

 First minister of Wales Mark Drakeford after the  cabinet announced in Cardiff that Wales would  go into national lockdown from Friday until  November 9th. Photograph:   Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

Wales will enter a two-week lockdown on Friday, with people told to stay at home and schools closing along with bars, restaurants and non-food shops. (...)

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