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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 went from a council estate to working in banking – but says it’s now hard for young people to move into London 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 […]

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Owen Farrell was back training with Saracens this week England captain Owen Farrell will remain at Saracens following their relegation from the Premiership. The 28-year-old fly-half, who has been with the club his whole career, has signed a “long-term” contract, but Saracens have not disclosed the length. Sarries will go down to the Championship at […]

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Image copyright PA Media Image caption All pupils and year groups are expected to be back full time next term The full-time return to school in September for all pupils in England will be based on keeping year groups apart in separate “bubbles”. The Department for Education is expected to confirm safety plans based on […]

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Image copyright PA Media Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick texted the businessman behind a controversial planning application in November while preparing to decide whether to approve it, newly published documents show. Messages released by Mr Jenrick show he told Richard Desmond he hoped to see him soon, after sitting next to him at a dinner the […]

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Image copyright Getty Images Pub chain Greene King and insurance market Lloyd’s of London have apologised for their historical links to the slave trade. One of Greene King’s founders owned a number of plantations in the Caribbean. Meanwhile, maritime insurance – which was focused at Lloyd’s – thrived on the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Both corporations […]

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Image copyright Met Police Image caption Alexander Kareem died from gunshot wounds to his chest and abdomen A man shot dead in west London has been named by police as 20-year-old Alexander Kareem. Mr Kareem was killed after suffering gunshot wounds to his chest and abdomen on Askew Road in Shepherd’s Bush just after midnight […]

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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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