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Dame Vera Lynn: Forces’ Sweetheart dies aged 103

Dame Vera Lynn, the Forces’ Sweetheart whose songs helped raise morale in World War Two, has died aged 103. The singer’s family confirmed she died on Thursday morning surrounded by her close relatives. “The family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers at the age of 103,” a statement …

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Nissan: UK factory still under threat from no-deal Brexit

The UK’s largest car manufacturing plant is “unsustainable” if the UK leaves the European Union without a trade deal, owner Nissan says. The Japanese company’s global chief operating head told the BBC people had to understand the EU was the Sunderland factory’s biggest customer. Ashwani Gupta said that Nissan’s commitment could not be maintained if …

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Coronavirus: Dominic Cummings visited parents’ home while he had symptoms

Dominic Cummings travelled hundreds of miles from London to County Durham during the lockdown when he had coronavirus symptoms. Mr Cummings and his wife went to his parents’ home to self-isolate, a source close to the PM’s chief aide told BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg. The source insisted Mr Cummings did not break official guidance …

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Coronavirus: UK arrivals could face £1,000 fines if they break quarantine

International travellers could be fined £1,000 if they fail to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in the UK, the government is expected to announce. Under the plans, health officials would be able to carry out spot checks at private addresses to check whether people were complying. Home Secretary Priti Patel is expected to outline …

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Scotland: Coronavirus: Neil Gaiman sorry for making 11,000-mile trip

Author Neil Gaiman has apologised for making a trip from New Zealand to “self isolate” at his home on Skye. The Good Omens and American Gods writer was spoken to by police after breaking Scotland’s lockdown measures. On his blog, Gaiman, who has been on Skye for almost three weeks, wrote: “So. I did something …

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