Boris Johnson promises crackdown on ‘county lines’ drug operations

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Rishi Sunak accused of taking a 'wrecking ball' to Brexit Britain: 'Hates hard work!'
RISHI SUNAK has been accused of taking a "high tax wrecking ball" to the UK's economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic by one of his own backbenchers.
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Joni Mitchell Calls For Spotify To Remove Her Music Amid Row Over Covid Misinformation
Music legend Joni Mitchell has requested that Spotify pull her songs from their service amid a row over Covid misinformation.The Both Sides Now singer joins fellow musician Neil Young, who successfully had his back catalogue pulled from the platform this week, as it hosts Joe Rogan’s podcast, on which the presenter has previously been accused of spreading false information about coronavirus and the Covid vaccine.In a message posted on her official website, Joni did not mention Joe Rogan by name, but did state that she “stands with Neil Young”.“I’ve decided to remove all my music from Spotify,” she explained. “Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives.“I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue.”Joni also shared an open letter signed by a group of scientists and medical professionals which called out Spotify for continuing to broadcast The Joe Rogan Experience.Responding to Neil Young’s comments earlier this week, a Spotify rep said: “We want all the world’s music and audio content to be available to Spotify users. With that comes great responsibility in balancing both safety for listeners and freedom for creators.“We have detailed content policies in place and we’ve removed over 20,000 podcast episodes related to Covid since the start of the pandemic.“We regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify, but hope to welcome him back soon”.The Joe Rogan Experience was acquired by Spotify in 2020, reportedly for more than $100 million dollars (around £77 million).READ MORE:Joe Lycett Says It Feels 'F***ing Fantastic' To Cause Mayhem For MPs As He Reveals Personal Reason Behind Sue Gray SpoofBoris Johnson Has Been Ambushed Again… This Time By Ridiculous Pop Culture Memes About PartygateGood Morning Britain Shames Government With Empty Chair After No-Show From Cabinet Ministers
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Tennis champion Emma Raducanu ‘creeped out’ by stalker who stole her father’s shoe
The man had hung fairylights on a tree in the Raducanu family’s garden before he was caught
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‘Ludicrous!’ – John McEnroe blasts Novak Djokovic claim as Daniil Medvedev eyes No.1 spot
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Clubbers enjoy end of Plan B restrictions by hitting the dancefloors in England
Revellers packed out clubs, bars and pubs across England for boozy celebrations yesterday evening as the nation fully embraced its first weekend of partying without Plan B measures in place.
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B&M shopper hit with eye-watering £2,000 fine after taking face mask off 'for 16 seconds'
A MAN who was shopping in B&M was approached by police officers as he briefly removed his face mask.
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Everton target Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek as Frank Lampard nears move
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Brexit: Spanish authorities’ brutal response to expats of 15 years waiting for residency
THE SPANISH authorities issued a brutal response to expats of 15 years waiting for their residency, a British councillor in the country has told Express.co.uk.
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Angry residents say their home is being 'severely let down' by dangerous pavements
Frustrated homeowners have called on the council for help
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Andrew Neil set for left-leaning politics show on Channel 4 after quitting ‘Ukip TV’ GB News
New stint would see broadcaster host Sunday evening show
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Man attacked love rival with stair spindle after he turned up at ex’s house uninvited
Lee Paul Watts was jailed for over three years
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Tiktok star reveals the hacks you need to know before you're 30
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8 Out Of Cats Does Countdown fans laud late Sean Lock as ‘champion’ of Carrot In A Box as iconic game makes return
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New Omicron strain ‘has greater growth rate and may be more transmissible’
Experts have said that while the BA.2 strain appears to spread faster than the original BA.1, early results suggest vaccines are just as effective against it.
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ITV Emmerdale fans stunned as David Metcalfe returns with completely new look and famous lookalikes
David and Victoria Sugden, played by Matthew Wolfenden and Isobel Hodgins, were back in the ITV soap
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Carrie Johnson ‘offered to bring cake to PM’s birthday party’
Carrie Johnson offered to bring cake to Boris Johnson’s birthday celebration inside Number 10 during the first lockdown, the Sue Gray inquiry has allegedly been told.
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Halle Berry and partner Van Hunt have ‘commitment ceremony’ as she says she’s ‘found her person’
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Joni Mitchell joins Neil Young in removing her music from Spotify in protest against Joe Rogan
The singer, 78, said she was standing 'in solidarity' with Young who this week demanded Spotify take down his songs unless the platform agrees to stop carrying The Joe Rogan Experience podcast.
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Tom Tugendhat says he will ‘go for it’ if Boris Johnson is toppled as Tory leader
Foreign affairs committee chair, and Iraq and Afghan war veteran, is first Tory to declare
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ITV Coronation Street fans hysterical over e-fit but spot major change
On Friday's night's Corrie Faye finally confessed to her boyfriend Craig that she was involved in the hit and run
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Toxic air and toxic debate as controversy grows over Greater Manchester’s clean air zone
Europe’s biggest CAZ aims to bring down killer pollution levels - but fears are growing it puts thousands of businesses and livelihoods at risk
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Ivan Toney apologises for ‘unacceptable language’ after video emerges of Brentford striker berating club
Ivan Toney has apologised after a video emerged online of him saying “f*** Brentford” while on holiday in Dubai.
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Amazing waterfalls in North Wales you have to visit
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Martyn Ford vows to settle rivalry with "disgusting" and "useless" Iranian Hulk
Ford has branded the comments of his rival "disgusting" and "rude" and has vowed to settle his rivalry with the 'Iranian Hulk' by "smashing his face in"
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Covid live: lung abnormalities in long Covid patients; 36 new Winter Olympics cases
Downing Street ‘partygate’ report expected imminently; Argentinian singer-songwriter dies from CovidLong Covid study finds abnormality in lungs on scansSee all our coronavirus coverageIndonesia is bracing for a third wave of Covid-19 infections as the highly transmissible omicron variant drives a surge in new cases, health authorities and experts said Saturday.The country reported 9,905 new infections and seven deaths on Friday in the latest 24-hour period. It was the highest daily caseload since August last year when the country was struggling to contain a delta-driven wave.Indonesia had recovered from last year’s spike in cases and deaths that was among the worst in the region, and daily infections had fallen to about 200 by December. But cases are rising again just weeks after the country reported its first local omicron case.Health minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said the next few months will be critical because omicron is spreading “rapidly and massively.”“Its upsurge will be extremely fast ... We will see a sharp rise in the near future,” he told a news conference Friday, adding that the current wave would likely peak at the end of February or in early March.Daily Covid-19 infections among athletes and team officials at the Beijing Winter Olympics athletes jumped to 19 on Friday from two a day earlier, as Games organisers warned of more cases in coming days.Including the athletes and officials, 36 Games-related personnel were found to be infected – 29 when they arrived at the Beijing airport and seven already in the “closed loop” bubble that separates event personnel from the public, the organising committee said in a statement on Saturday.“We are now just going through the peak period of people arriving in China and therefore we expect to see the highest numbers at this stage,” the Games’ medical chief, Brian McCloskey, told a news conference.Organisers are “confident” in their system of Covid-19 prevention, and infections are unlikely to leak out into the public, McCloskey said.Cases among athletes and team officials exceeded those for “other stakeholders”, including media, sponsors and staff, for the first time since China started releasing daily numbers of Olympics-related coronavirus cases on 23 January, according to a Reuters tally of previous statements.“It’s annoying that every morning you need to get up a little earlier specially to get a PCR test. I think that in a few days, it will be like brushing your teeth,” Russian hockey player Anton Slepyshev told RIA news agency. Continue reading...
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‘Huge mess of theft and fraud:’ artists sound alarm as NFT crime proliferates
The digital marketplace for NFTs grew to an estimated $22bn last year but companies face challenges monitoring stolen artWhen Lois van Baarle, a Dutch artist, scoured the biggest NFT marketplace for her name late last year, she found more than 100 pieces of her art for sale. None of them had been put up by her.Van Baarle is a popular digital artist, with millions of followers on social media. She’s one of a growing number of artists who have had online images of their art stolen, minted as unique digital assets on a blockchain, and offered up to trade in cryptocurrency on the NFT platform OpenSea. Continue reading...
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‘A trailblazing queer writer’: Carmen Maria Machado on They by Kay Dick
Although this dystopian novel was first published in 1977, it was out of print for decades until a literary agent chanced upon it in a charity shop. Now it’s being re-issued – and it’s still deeply relevant“I remembered how they began, a parody for the newspapers. No one wrote about them now.”Dystopia was one of my first favourite genres, the beginning of the path away from the books of childhood. I read Animal Farm, Fahrenheit 451, V for Vendetta. They were supple with metaphor; I saw for the first time the aboutness of novels, the currents that moved underneath the prose. There is a reason we teach dystopian novels to teenagers; the same reason young adult fiction is bursting with them. Adolescence marks the moment you begin to see around things, when the disquiet that’s been churning in your mind breaks clean and clear against the shore. Dystopia is a genre for the postlapsarian age; art for what you cannot unsee. Continue reading...
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‘Fund state schools at the level of private ones’: what sort of levelling up do headteachers want?
The government has promised to improve opportunities across England. Heads have their own ideas of what it should meanHeadteachers John Barnes and Andrew O’Neill have both a lot and little in common. Both are successful leaders grappling with the impact of the pandemic as well as the usual challenges facing 21st-century schools.But Barnes leads a small trust, the Seaton Valley Federation, in the heart of Blyth Valley, Northumberland, one of the most marginal “red wall” seats in the country, at a time when the government is under huge pressure to explain what its levelling up agenda means for longstanding Labour constituencies that switched to the Conservatives in 2019. Continue reading...
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Life in clifftop homes ‘falling into the sea’ amid the climate crisis
‘I tend to keep at least a metre away from the edge,’ one resident who estimates his house has 30 years left says
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Corrie spoilers for next week: Horror accident, death cover-up and exit hints
Coronation Street spoilers reveal danger ahead for one resident, and possible repercussions for others on the ITV soap
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Katie Price's ruined wealth after bankruptcy as she sinks into millions of pounds of debt
Katie Price's finances have been in disarray since she declared bankruptcy in 2019, despite having everything she touched turn to gold at the height of her career, when her net worth was a whopping £45million
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WWE Royal Rumble 2022 preview: UK start time, matches, live stream and more
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Baby neglect, dangerous intentions, and Paul Robinson’s lies: 7 Big Neighbour spoilers
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Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte: The big boys are back, so it’s a good time to cover your ears
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How I Made It: ‘I’m a dominatrix and train women to step into their power’
'When I became a dom I felt free - I was celebrated for being this tall, Black women who was strong. I felt at home.'
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EastEnders spoilers: Car crash horror revealed for Stacey
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Emmerdale spoilers: Kim confirmed as the new Woolpack owner as she takes control?
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Coronation Street spoilers: Shock exit storyline revealed for Asha?
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David Moyes facing key West Ham dilemma to revive Tomas Soucek threat with Declan Rice flourishing
If you need an example of how David Moyes has excelled in the transfer market during his second stint at West Ham, look no further than Tomas Soucek.
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Bradley Rea reveals 2022 target ahead of Amir Khan vs Kell Brook undercard fight
EXCLUSIVE: Bradley Rea is set to fight on the undercard of Amir Khan vs Kell Brook on February 19th in Manchester.
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Rejected by New Zealand, reporter turns to Taliban for help
A pregnant New Zealand journalist says she turned to the Taliban for help and is now stranded in Afghanistan after her home country has prevented her from returning due to a bottleneck of people in its coronavirus quarantine system
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Croydon taxi rapist kept condoms and baby oil in cab
A private hire taxi driver who raped a female passenger kept condoms and baby oil in his cab.
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Strictly Pros Kai Widdrington And Nadiya Bychkova Seen Kissing Amid Romance Rumours
Strictly Come Dancing performers Nadiya Bychkova and Kai Widdrington have been spotted looking cosy behind the scenes of the show’s current UK tour.The professional dancers – who are both single – have been at the centre of romance rumours since earlier this week.In pictures published by The Sun on Friday night, they were seen kissing alone in a hotel bar after the Strictly tour stopped in Newcastle a day earlier.Tomorrow's front page: Strictly Come Dancing’s Nadiya Bychkova and Kai Widdrington caught snogging in picture that proves they are an itemhttps://t.co/V6rHf9l5ZGpic.twitter.com/biX544wtNe— The Sun (@TheSun) January 28, 2022Nadiya performed with BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker during the most recent series of Strictly, and is taking part in group numbers during the current tour alongside several of her colleagues.Earlier this year, the Ukrainian-Slovenian dancer confirmed she and her footballer fiancé Matija Skarabot had split up last year. She and Matija share a five-year-old daughter named Mila.Meanwhile, Kai was paired up with TV personality AJ Odudu during last year’s Strictly, which marked his first series as a professional dancer on the show.Over the course of the run, the two were repeatedly at the centre of speculation that they were an item, though they consistently downplayed the rumours.AJ had been due to appear on the new Strictly tour, but was forced to pull out due to an ongoing injury. She has been replaced by Maisie Smith, who made it to the Strictly final in 2020, and is currently dancing with Kai.Spokespeople for Nadiya Bychkova and Kai Widdrington did not respond to HuffPost UK’s requests for comment on the initial romance rumours earlier this week.We have once again contacted their representatives for additional comment.MORE STRICTLY:Giovanni Pernice Unveils Tattoo To Mark Strictly Win With Rose Ayling-EllisOti Mabuse Gets Put On The Spot About Strictly Future During This Morning InterviewGiovanni Pernice Celebrates As His Strictly Victory Carries On Italy's 2021 Winning Streak
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MPs spent £100,000 on temporary bonging mechanism for Big Ben used just ten times
Parliament’s clock tower is under refurbishment but MPs still wanted to hear the bell on special occasions
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Ivan Toney apologises for ‘unacceptable language’ used about Brentford in video
Toney was on holiday in Dubai when the incident took place.
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Rain restricts England’s progress as Heather Knight continues to lead Women’s Ashes Test fightback
England continued their fightback on day three of the Women’s Ashes Test, but rain affected their progress after more heroics from Heather Knight.
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Third COVID wave looms in Indonesia as omicron spreads
Indonesia is bracing for a third wave of COVID-19 infections as the highly transmissible omicron variant drives a surge in new cases
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Weather warnings for northern UK as Storm Malik sweeps in
High winds and rain expected in Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland, and a chilly nightGusts of up to 80mph could batter northern areas of the UK this weekend as Storm Malik sweeps in.Yellow weather warnings are in place across all of Scotland, northern England and parts of Northern Ireland for most of Saturday as Storm Malik is expected to bring high winds and rain. Continue reading...
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