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People crossing Channel because they want to stay in UK hotels, Priti Patel claims
Priti Patel has been accused of "peddling dangerous myths" after claiming that people crossing the Channel are not genuine asylum seekers but are making the perilous journey because they want to live in UK hotels.
UK Government Considering Social Media Curfew for Kids
In an age of unfettered access to social media and the ubiquitous nature of mobile devices, parents have been asking a lot of questions about what effects all of this screen time may be having on their children.
Priti Patel says she wants to force migrant boats back to France 'to save lives'
Priti Patel has said she wants to force boats carrying asylum seekers back to France to "save lives".
Rishi Sunak's key Budget 2021 announcements at a glance
Rishi Sunak has begun setting out his plans to create an economy "fit for a new age of optimism" - revealing measures to boost wages, skills and productivity as the UK recovers from the Covid crisis.
Masks made mandatory again for parliamentary staff - but not for MPs
Masks have been made mandatory again for staff in parliament except MPs - sparking accusations that politicians are behaving as if they are "above the rules".
Tens of thousands of children book online to get Covid jabs
Tens of thousands of children have been booked in for a Covid vaccine since an online booking system opened up to 12 to 15-year-olds just days ago.
Climate education must be 'intertwined' with every school subject, Labour MP says
Teaching school children about the climate crisis must be "intertwined" in every subject of the curriculum, Labour's Nadia Whittome has demanded.
Baby born into toxic air every 2 minutes in UK, study shows
More than 250,000 babies were born in dangerously polluted parts of the UK in 2019, a study has discovered.
Ministers put off Covid decisions for two weeks
Ministers will not make a decision on Covid-19 restrictions for two weeks until the impact of half-term on infections can be seen, The Independent understands.
Rishi Sunak urged to end doubts and put climate crisis at heart of Budget
Rishi Sunak has been urged to put the climate emergency at the heart of his Budget and end suspicions he is resisting the switch to net zero, with the Cop26 summit just days away.