Starmer calls for ‘national effort’ to roll out Covid booster jabs

The Labour leader urged people who have not taken up the offer to ‘think again’ and get vaccinated.
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Family of teen left ‘catatonic’ in boyfriend’s kidnapping ‘furious’ at sentence
Angel Lynn, 19, was bundled into a van by Chay Bowskill and fell onto a dual carriageway while it travelled at nearly 60mph.
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I got more comedy bookings when I used a white-sounding name
'Janine' was overwhelmingly more successful in securing gig offers than 'Jenan'.
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Big Garden Birdwatch 2022: Essentials you need to take part, according to experts
From the best binoculars to how to attract birds into your garden, prepare to release your inner ornithologist
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Green energy measures saving households £1,000 a year – analysis
Savings come largely from efficient electrical appliances and boilers but insulation could halve future billsEnergy efficiency measures have already saved the average British household about £1,000 a year in energy bills, and further insulation and home improvements could halve future bills, analysis has shown.But the future savings are unlikely to be realised unless the government focuses swiftly on insulation, as the savings to date have come largely from efficiency improvements in electrical appliances and boilers, which will not be repeated. Continue reading...
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German gamer breaks his NECK while using a VR headset
A German gamer broke his his neck after playing virtual reality games for up to four hours a day (file image).
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Mum slams 'pathetic' £1.80 panini at son's school which 'isn't sufficient at all'
Jackie Fothergirll said her son, Rowan Parkin, 13, paid £1.80 for a panini on his lunch break at Hinde House secondary school in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, but the lack of filling was 'unacceptable'
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Father, 41, dies after crashing e-scooter into a tree as his family call for ban on 'lethal' gadgets
Electrician Paul Mulqueen (pictured), 41, died in a Coventry hospital the day after his crash on June 3 last year, leaving behind two children, aged nine and 15.
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Channel 4 being investigated by Ofcom over subtitle outage: ‘These problems caused deep upset’
The problems lasted from September to November last year.
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Holidaymakers face Dover traffic queues WORSE than the truckers
British tourists headed for city breaks in Paris or sunny getaways in Spain in September could be hit by new biometric checks set to be required at the border.
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Brits make 5 excuses a day to get out of plans - from being too tired to forgetting
Nearly a quarter of Brits admit they have done a job badly - so someone else would complete it or so they wouldn't be asked to do it again
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Man Utd miss Cristiano Ronaldo hint as they lose Luis Diaz transfer battle to Liverpool
Liverpool are set to sign Luis Diaz for £50million before the January transfer window closes, with Manchester United missing a hint comparing the Porto winger's journey to that of Cristiano Ronaldo's
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Bubala Soho: Critical darling and vegetarian favourite to open a second site in central
The acclaimed Middle Eastern restaurant is launching a sibling site in the heart of W1
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UK urges Putin to ‘de-escalate’ Ukraine tensions or risk serious sanctions
Technology minister Chris Philp urged Russia to peacefully work out a solution amid fears that an invasion could happen in February.
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UK urges Putin to ‘de-escalate’ Ukraine tensions or risk serious sanctions
Technology minister Chris Philp urged Russia to peacefully work out a solution amid fears that an invasion could happen in February.
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Carl Woods says 'he's poor' as he responds to troll asking him about OnlyFans move
Love Island star Carl Woods follows in the footsteps of his fiancée Katie Price by announcing his move to subscription-based website OnlyFans
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Calum Chambers agrees with new teammate's Arsenal stance following transfer exit
Former England defender Calum Chambers will be met by a familiar face at Aston Villa having joined Steven Gerrard's side from Arsenal in a shock January transfer
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Thousands could be in line for motor insurance refund from Tesco Bank
More than 120,000 customers were affected by a mistake from the lender.
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Thousands could be in line for motor insurance refund from Tesco Bank
More than 120,000 customers were affected by a mistake from the lender.
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Eddie Jones begins Six Nations mind games with 'no excuses' warning to favourites France
Pre-tournament favourites France enter the Six Nations with the wind in their sails, but England boss Eddie Jones is hard at work reminding his title rivals of the pressure that comes with expectation
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Office worker transforms his cubicle into a dreamy mountain cabin
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OPINION - Emily Sheffield: Like the MPs’ expenses scandal, Boris Johnson has broken trust in politics
Who cannot admire the poverty campaigner and food writer Jack Monroe? She has a tireless work ethic, coupled with fiery imaginative tenacity to get change done — and her most recent campaign took on the Office for National Statistics and won. While the Tory party and the Prime Minister thrashed about chaotically, Monroe got on with highlighting the impact of food inflation on those for whom providing even one family meal per day is a crushing, debilitating battle. She described an elderly man who told her his dinner had been a spoonful of toothpaste, “in order to fool himself into thinking he had chewed, swallowed, tasted and digested something”.
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Comedian Christian Cabrera dies of Covid aged 40, days after sharing ‘regret’ over not having vaccine
'He touched so many people’s lives,' his family wrote.
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Gardai renew appeal to find missing Dublin woman
Bernadette Connolly, 45, has been missing from the Swords area since Friday January 7.
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Richard Arnold ‘must be given time’ to succeed at Manchester United
Arnold will take the chief executive position on 1 February
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Going Gray Waiting: People React As The Met Requests Further Delay To Partygate Report
The Metropolitan Police have further delayed the publication of Sue Gray’spartygate report, prompting furious outrage on Twitter.The police have asked for “minimal reference” to the parties they are investigating to be included into the senior civil servant’s report, even though the internal probe was due for publication this week.The Met said: “For the events the Met is investigating, we asked for minimal reference to be made in the Cabinet Office report.“The Met did not ask for any limitations on other events in the report, or for the report to be delayed, but we have had ongoing contact with the Cabinet Office, including on the content of the report, to avoid any prejudice to our investigation.”Just two days ago, a Whitehall official told POLITICO’s Alex Wickham: “The report would be out in full by now if the Met hadn’t charged in.“It’s caused no end of complicated issues and the report may now have to look quite different.”It’s now believed the report will now be stripped of details of the “number of” parties being investigated by the Met.The police actually refused to investigate the alleged parties for several weeks, claiming they did look at “retrospective breaches” of Covid rules and that there was an absence of evidence.The new probe was reportedly launched once Gray passed evidence of criminal activity to the Met.Understandably, many members of the general public are frustrated at the prolonged wait of the report especially as the Cabinet Office’s internal inquiry was said to have been completed earlier this week.Here’s a round-up of the most scathing reactions to this fresh delay on Twitter:The Met:We’re not going to investigateWe’re not going to investigateWe’re not going to investigateWe’re not going to investigate*Sue Gray hands over all the piles of evidence*The MetOk we’ll investigate, but you can’t say shit— James Felton (@JimMFelton) January 28, 2022I wonder why the Metropolitan Police refused to launch an investigation into No. 10 parties despite overwhelming evidence, and then only did so at exactly the right moment to sabotage a potentially highly damaging report.It is a real mystery! pic.twitter.com/9pV3B151m8— Owen Jones
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Cold baths, cherry juice and sleep: the secret to staying fit in your 40s
Despite aching backs and stiff joints, a growing number of elite athletes – from Zlatan Ibrahimović to Serena Williams – are pushing the clock back. So why can’t you? We ask the experts how to do itSix years ago it looked as if Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s footballing career was approaching the final whistle. After Sweden’s early exit from Euro 2016, the striker announced his retirement from international competition. At 34, he was getting on a bit for an elite athlete. Cut to November 2021 and, days after firing in a spectacular free-kick for his club, AC Milan, Sweden’s record goalscorer was helping keep alive his country’s hopes of making the next World Cup. The retirement chat was over. “I am trying to prove that 40 is just a number,” he said.Ibrahimovic had joined what feels like a growing club: the quadragenarian athlete holding back the clock. In an era of ever more punishing professional sport, these twilight stars seem to challenge notions that youth trumps all else. Members include American football superstar Tom Brady (44), the tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams (41, 40), Roger Federer (40), and Oksana Chusovitina (46), the eight-time Olympic gymnast from Uzbekistan. Continue reading...
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The return of Jackass: ‘It’s never not funny to see someone get hit in the nuts’
Paramedics at the ready! Ten years after their last bone-crunching outing, the juvenile daredevils are at it againThe first episode of Jackass is a seminal work of the 21st century. It is titled Poo Cocktail, and features in quick succession the early stunts, pranks and goofs that make up Jackass’s enduring DNA: the show’s breakout star Johnny Knoxville flies out of a cannon into a net; another of its regulars, Bam Margera, roly-polys down a hill through a group of nonplussed golfers while a cameraman giggles from inside a nearby bush; Ehren McGhehey, the most viscerally headlockable man ever committed to film, intercepts someone’s drive-thru order and throws it for a touchdown. Jason “Wee Man” Acuña, painted orange and dressed as an Oompa Loompa, skates down Venice Beach in a way that astonishes a bystander in wraparound shades.When Jackass first launched on MTV in October 2000, I was 13 and it was the funniest thing I had ever seen. Now I’m 34 and, well, there’s a bit in the first episode of Jackass where Knoxville knocks over someone’s drinking water with a fake erection while politely asking: “Where do you get sodas around here?” and it’s still the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. Its cast of daredevil idiots took vomiting, falling off things, and brief-but-agonising pain and made it into high art. Continue reading...
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Kidnapper who left teenager, 19, brain damaged to have ‘soft’ sentence reviewed
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Getting Curious With Jonathan Van Ness review – the most zany teacher you could wish for
The Queer Eye star’s podcast gets the Netflix treatment, answering big questions like ‘are bugs gorgeous or gross?’ with a giddy infectiousnessWhat is television? After watching Getting Curious With Jonathan Van Ness (Netflix), I don’t think I know any more. This series is a spin-off from the Queer Eye star’s podcast of the same name, in which Van Ness quite literally gets curious about a topic, then speaks to various guests about it. The podcast is long-running, well-established and very charming, but the question of whether it needed to become a more visual experience is yet to be answered.Van Ness is clearly a star. The former hairdresser made their name with the extremely funny Gay of Thrones online recaps, and went on to become part of the new Fab Five on the updated, much improved Queer Eye makeover series, which is always good for a cathartic cry and a renewed sense of faith in humanity. Van Ness is the one participants often open up to, usually while having their hair spritzed. Amiable, warm and an impressive interviewer, they give the impression of someone who genuinely wants to listen and learn. They are also excitable. All of this sets them up well to host an all-sorts, magazine show. Continue reading...
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Houseplant of the week: spider plant
With its classic 80s look and ability to stay alive no matter how you treat it, this a household stalwartWhy will I love it? The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) conjures up a retro 1980s vibe. It’s a laid-back plant and very easy to propagate, because its baby plants hang from long stems, so you can pull them off and plant them separately. The long, arching leaves come in two main types of variegation: “Vittatum” with central creamy-white stripes flanked by a band of green on each side, and its opposite, “Variegatum”, with green leaves and white margins. It’s non-toxic to cats and dogs. Light or shade? Bright, indirect light to partial shade. Continue reading...
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Drivers on London Underground’s Night Tube to stage fresh strikes
The long-running dispute over rosters remains deadlocked, with weekend walkouts planned until June.
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Brit who survived sickle attack in Thailand attends memorial service for friend who was killed
Shaun Dagnan, 55, was severely injured and Marcus Evans, 49, died when a neighbour went for them during a row over playing music while drinking in Kanchanaburi.
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Drivers on London Underground’s Night Tube to stage fresh strikes
The long-running dispute over rosters remains deadlocked, with weekend walkouts planned until June.
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Danielle Collins credits grand slam run to upbringing on Florida’s public courts
Collins plays her first grand slam final against the home favourite.
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River Trent: drowning of elderly couple in car ruled accidental
Coroner says John and Patricia Lillistone’s apparent lack of attempt to escape may be explained by shockThe death of an elderly couple, who drowned when their car was swept away in the river Trent after heavy rain last year, was accidental, a coroner has ruled.John Lillistone, 83, and his wife, Patricia, 82, could not be rescued when their car entered the water at Hoveringham in Nottinghamshire on 1 February last year. Continue reading...
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Personalised playlists have become the latest weapon in our online dating war | Elle Hunt
Music is still synonymous with romance – just ask West Elm Caleb. But dating apps reduce it to data points, and a digital playlist is no match for the mixtapes of oldThe way culture works today, you will either know everything there is to know about West Elm Caleb or nothing. For the uninitiated, he is a 20-something New Yorker who works at a furniture store and gained online infamy for his poor dating behaviour. A group of women who had met Caleb via dating apps and then connected with each other on TikTok have accused him of ignoring messages, recycling lines, sleeping with one shortly before going on a date with another and sending unsolicited nudes.After 15m views of the #westelmcaleb hashtag on TikTok, the facts of the situation are unclear and the ethics murkier still. I do, however, feel qualified to comment on one element: Caleb’s seduction playlist on Spotify. One of the claims against Caleb was that he sent at least two women the same playlist, each believing it to have been personalised; it’s now being circulated to inform our collective arbitration of his conduct. Continue reading...
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Suspected bird flu cases at Oldham park after six geese found dead
People are being warned not to touch any sick or dead birds in the area
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ADVERTORIAL: Caravan experts answer buyers' top 11 questions - from choosing a pitch to taking your dog
Buying a caravan is a big step and some questions crop up time and time again from buyers. Thankfully a group of Haven experts has all the answers when it comes to park life
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Ask me anything: Simon Calder answers your questions on changes to travel rules at home and abroad
With restrictions set to ease on the Continent and here in the UK, The Independent’s travel correspondent tackles your most pressing queries
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AP PHOTOS: Winter Olympic mascots through the years
One was decided by a newspaper poll, one by a public vote and some others through a contest. The most recent was chosen from thousands of global entries of illustrations by children. Over the years, the mascots for the Winter Olympics have been abstract forms, animals and humans.
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‘Are you stupid?’ – Daniil Medvedev’s shocking outburst at umpire in furious on-court rant
Never seen anything quite like it.
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Crystal Palace poised to sign Jean Philippe-Mateta on permanent transfer after January U-turn
Crystal Palace are closing in on a deal to make Jean Philippe-Mateta's loan move permanent.
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Chilling moment rapist is caught on CCTV carrying his victim through city centre
The video was initially released by West Yorkshire Police back in 2015 as they hunted for the predator. Seven years on, Austin Osayande, 40, has admitted raping the woman.
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Tyson Fury set to face Dillian Whyte as talks for Anthony Joshua to step aside collapse
Tyson Fury’s next opponent is expected to be officially decided in Mexico City on Friday with Dillian Whyte finally given a shot at the WBC heavyweight title.
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Government exams chief: 2022 exam changes will not advantage more able pupils
No standardisation model will be used to decide grades, says Ofqual’s chief regulator.
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Government exams chief: 2022 exam changes will not advantage more able pupils
No standardisation model will be used to decide grades, says Ofqual’s chief regulator.
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Unseasonably warm 57F temperaures in southern England on Saturday
Many Britons are set for a one-day break from the chill of winter tomorrow with most of England and Wales getting to at least 11C (52F) on Saturday afternoon with highs of 14C (57F) possible.
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Kate Lawler in tears over idea of sending daughter to nursery as anxiety spirals
Kate Lawler has shared her fears over sending her daughter to nursery after she witnessed worrying behaviour from another child and a possible choking hazard leaving her anxiety spiralling and asking fans for advice
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