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Image copyright Reuters Sweeping changes to England’s planning system will “be faster, but also build better quality homes”, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has said. Under draft laws, first revealed on Sunday, developers will be granted “automatic” permission to build homes and schools on sites for “growth”. It follows Boris Johnson’s pledge to “build back better” […]

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Image caption Ranae James, now a graphic designer, was excluded dozens of time during a tough period Black pupils are disproportionately hit with fixed-term exclusions in England – by three times as many in some places, data shows. Pupils with black ethnicity have higher temporary exclusion rates in two-thirds of local authority areas, new analysis […]

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Image caption Ailsa gives talks in schools encouraging children to widen their ambitions For Ailsa, the big “should I stay or should I go?” decision came at a Gateshead bus stop. “I thought ‘this is not for me,’” she said, thinking about a future of insecure jobs in a time and place where “industry was […]

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Boris Johnson has suggested Parliament could move to York while the Palace of Westminster undergoes renovation. In a letter, the prime minister said the government was considering establishing a hub in the northern city and “it would therefore make sense to consider this as a potential location”. Plans to move MPs out of Westminster are […]

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Imagine being a teenager and finding Stormzy in your house when you get home from school. That’s what happened to 15-year-old Ishae from Croydon. The rapper was there to help decorate his bedroom as part of a “give back” scheme run by decorating company The Good Guys. The musician also talked about why he’d been […]

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Image copyright Andrew Morris/PA Media; Getty Images Image caption Haile Selassie was Ethiopia’s last emperor A statue of former Ethiopian leader Haile Selassie has been destroyed in a park in Wimbledon, south-west London. Police are investigating the incident, which took place in Cannizaro Park on Tuesday evening. The damage to the bust was carried out […]

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Image caption General manager Diana Nabagereka says reducing the 2m social distancing rule will be vital for restaurants reopening in Brixton Village As the prime minister announced that pubs and restaurants in England can reopen from 4 July, we went to see how one neighbourhood might emerge from the coronavirus lockdown. Brixton appears almost normal. […]

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A statue of Sir Winston Churchill targeted during anti-racism protests has been uncovered for a visit by the French president this week. The statue in Parliament Square, Westminster, was covered for protection following the protests earlier in June. Nearby statues to Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi will stay hidden behind protective screens. Emmanuel Macron will […]

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Image copyright Google Image caption An officer was filmed while he was pinned to the ground in Frampton Park Road The home secretary and the Police Federation have condemned an attack on two police officers which was filmed by members of the public. Video circulating on social media shows an officer struggling on the ground […]

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionProtesters chanted “black lives matter” Thousands of people have joined a protest in London over the death of African-American George Floyd in US police custody nine days ago. It comes as UK chief constables said they stand alongside all those “appalled and horrified” by his death. In […]

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