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Boris Johnson urges bosses to ‘let staff start work late on Monday after Euros final’

If the scenes in Stevenson Square on Wednesday night were anything to go by, we’ll all need the morning off…

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The Prime Minister has encouraged businesses across the country to allow a late start on Monday after the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy on Sunday night. 

While around eight million workers have booked Monday off, millions more are expected to throw sickies. 

Speaking on Thursday, less than twenty-four hours after England’s historic semi-final win against Denmark, Boris Johnson’s spokesman said: “We would want businesses who feel able to consider it if they can but we recognise it will vary depending on the business and company.”

HR experts and unions have also urged bosses to let staff take Monday off to avoid clashes with workers who will undoubtedly phone in sick after a heavy night celebrating (or mourning, in the worst case scenario). 

Alan Price, chief executive at Bright HR, said: “Companies should make the most of the morale boost for the country after lockdowns, and encourage staff to book annual leave for the day.”

A number of firms have already confirmed that they will be allowing a late start after the final, with several schools even telling pupils to enjoy a sleep in on Monday. 

St Martins CE Primary School in Oldham sent an email out to parents which read: “If your child is a football fan and likely to be staying up until after 11pm on Sunday to watch the final, then let them stay in bed a little longer and get to school by 10:30am on Monday morning. We would rather have children rested and in school ready to learn than absent all day or grumpy, as many of them were today!”

This comes after reports of a potential bank holiday in the event of England winning the Euro 2020 final.

We reported yesterday that government officials were discussing the possibility of a ‘national day of celebration’ if Harry Kane and the team bring it home on Sunday night. 

The Prime Minister has sadly ruled out springing a surprise Bank Holiday on employers this Monday – but he is considering one in August if England win.

England will take on Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday, July 12th, at Wembley at 8pm. 

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Sir David Amess MP has died after stabbing incident, police say

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A Conservative MP has died after being stabbed multiple times in his constituency.

Sir David Amess was attacked during an incident at his constituency surgery, Sky News reported earlier this afternoon.

According to police, he was treated by emergency services but died at the scene.

Sir David represents Southend West in Essex, and was reportedly attacked at the Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea.

According to Sky News, a man walked into his constituency surgery and stabbed the MP multiple times.

He received treatment at the scene for his injuries, with emergency services at the scene.

The road surrounding the location has been closed off while the incident is dealt with. 

Police said in a statement: “A man has been arrested on suspicion murder after a man was stabbed in Leigh-on-Sea.

“We were called to an address in Eastwood Road North shortly after 12.05pm today (Friday 15 October).

“We attended and found a man injured.

“He was treated by emergency services but, sadly, died at the scene.

“A 25 year-old man was quickly arrested after officers arrived at the scene on suspicion of murder and a knife was recovered.

“He is currently in custody.

“We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.”

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Conservative MP Sir David Amess stabbed multiple times in ‘major incident’

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According to reports this afternoon, a Conservative MP has been stabbed multiple times in his constituency.

Sir David Amess was attacked during an incident at his constituency surgery, Sky News reports.

Sir David represents Southend West in Essex, and was reportedly attacked at the Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea.

According to Sky News, a man walked into his constituency surgery and stabbed the MP multiple times.

The latest updates suggest he has been receiving treatment at the scene for his injuries, and police are reportedly at the scene.

The road surrounding the location has been closed off while the incident is dealt with.

Essex Police have confirmed a man has now been arrested. 

They wrote on Twitter: “A man’s been arrested following an incident in Leigh-on-Sea.

“We were called to reports of a stabbing in Eastwood Rd North shortly after 12.05pm.

“A man was arrested shortly after & we’re not looking for anyone else.

“We’ll bring you more info when we have it.”

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The Manchester Christmas Markets is moving to Piccadilly Gardens this year

Big changes for the Christmas Markets this year…

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Manchester’s beloved Christmas Markets are making a grand return to the city this year, but its main hub will be found in a different location.

While the heart of the markets is usually centered around Albert Square, ongoing renovations to the Town Hall have forced them to move to Piccadilly Gardens, the council have confirmed today.

The area will be transformed into the ‘Winter Gardens’, with all the usual yuletide bars, market stalls and food huts.

Plans for the Winter Gardens also include a one-way system and separate entrances and exits, as well as a strict limit on visitors to limit the spread of Covid-19.

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They are also adding a fully accessible toilet to make the Winter Garden as inclusive as possible.

Councillor Pat Karney, Manchester’s Christmas spokesperson, said: “It’s wonderful to welcome back our world-famous Christmas Markets and the addition of the Winter Gardens for the very first time.

“Manchester has been the capital of Christmas for twenty-two years since the very first Christmas Market arrived in the UK in 1999 and we know it was a huge disappointment that we had to scale back our celebrations last year.

“We’re making up for lost time this year and I can’t wait to see the transformation in the city centre into the festive wonderland we know and love.”

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Last year, in what would have been the markets’ twenty-first birthday, the festivities were cancelled as a result of the pandemic, much to the dismay of Mancunians all across the region.

At the time, Councillor Karney said that even the proposed smaller markets didn’t meet public health approval, adding that the council ‘could never take any risks’ with people’s wellbeing.

He said: “We’ve cancelled everything. It’s not met our commercial and public health tests, so the three markets in those locations have been cancelled, and won’t take place. It was a million miles from the traditional Christmas Markets, which obviously people would have been very anxious about.”

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