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Global Christmas tree shortage could hit UK amid supply chain problems
Britain may be set to face a Christmas tree shortage as a result of a global supply chain bottleneck seeing prices soar, prompting fears of panic buying ahead of the festive season. 1
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Why are migrants crossing the English Channel?
This year, almost 4,000 people have crossed the English Channel, in more than 300 small boats. 1
There was a new record of at least 235 arrivals on 6 August. 1
The numbers attempting the crossing are higher - but some boats are intercepted by the French authorities before they reach British waters. 1
The boats tend to be small dinghies that are overcrowded. 1
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Covid: England braces for Plan B rule changes amid Omicron fears
The new rules, some of which start on Friday, include masks in most public places, Covid passes for some venues and work from home guidance.
Downing Street party: Police will not investigate due to 'lack of evidence'
A video obtained by ITV shows No 10 aides joking about holding a Christmas party amid lockdown restrictions.
Prosecutors could be forced to meet victims before making charging decisions
Prosecutors could be made to meet with victims before making a charging decision in cases of rape and other serious crimes, under new proposals put forward by the government.
Saga insurance firm to offer workers one week paid 'grandparental leave'
Employees of insurance firm Saga are to be offered a week of paid time off when their grandchildren are born.
Children 'facing long waits and inappropriate care in mental health services'
Children are waiting "far too long" to access mental health services and are facing "inappropriate care" on wards, according to a new report by MPs.
Ofgem 'failed to act against unfit energy suppliers for almost a decade', says report
A regulator's long-term failure to tackle a spiralling energy market has partly caused the recent huge spikes in the costs of gas and electricity, a charity has written in a damning report.
Kate Forbes promises 'stability and support' for Scots in her 2022-23 Budget
The Scottish Budget for next year will provide people with "stability and support" as the country seeks to recover from coronavirus, Kate Forbes has insisted.
Tories admit party was held at HQ during Covid restrictions last year
The Conservative Party has admitted that a separate party took place at its Westminster headquarters during coronavirus restrictions last December.