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Groups of up to six people can meet up from Monday, Boris Johnson announces

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Boris Johnson has announced some changes to the lockdown measures in England which will come into effect from June 1st.

The Prime Minister led the daily coronavirus briefing from Number 10 today.

He announced that the five tests for easing restrictions have been met, meaning he can lift some of them.

Mr Johnson set out the next steps for easing lockdown restrictions in regards to schools, retail and social contact.

Schools will reopen to more children from Monday, as the government previously announced.

Shops will also start to reopen, with outdoor markets and car showrooms opening on Monday, while more non-essential shops will open from June 15th, as long as they follow social distancing guidelines.

Groups of family and friends up to six people will be able to meet from Monday, in gardens and other private outdoor spaces, so long as people from other households observe social distancing.

Mr Johnson told the Downing Street briefing: “From Monday we will allow up to six people to meet outside provided those from different households continue strictly to observe social distancing rules – staying two metres apart.

“At the moment people can meet in parks but not in private gardens. There is no difference in the health risks, so we will now allow to meet in gardens and other private outdoor spaces.

“These changes mean that friends and family can start to meet their loved ones – perhaps seeing both parents at once or both grandparents at once.

“For many people I know this will be a long awaited and joyful moment.”

This means people can now see parents and grandparents. However, those who have been asked to shield must continue to do so.

According to the Prime Minister, transmission of the virus is much lower outside, which is why you’ll only be allowed to meet outdoors.

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Boy, 15, arrested after teenage boy stabbed to death outside school

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A teenage boy has been arrested following the murder of a 15-year-old on Wednesday.

The suspect, also 15, was picked up by police after student Khayri McLean was stabbed to death in Huddersfield.

He has now been arrested in connection with the murder.

He’s the second person to be arrested as police investigate Khayri’s death outside his school.

West Yorkshire Police said: “Police investigating the murder of 15-year-old Khayri McLean in Huddersfield have arrested a second youth in connection with the incident.

“The 15-year-old male was arrested yesterday and is currently in custody. A 16-year-old male who was arrested yesterday also remains in custody.

“Officers from West Yorkshire Police’s homicide and major enquiry team (HMET) are continuing to conduct enquiries into the death of Khayri, who died after being stabbed on Woodhouse Hill, Huddersfield, on Wednesday.”

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Kwasi Kwarteng scraps cap on bankers’ bonuses in first mini-budget as Chancellor

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Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng gave his first mini-budget in the House of Commons this morning.

He began by discussing the government’s plan to support people with the cost of energy, including freezing domestic bills at £2,500 and giving out the £400 rebate.

There’s also unit price limits for companies.

Kwarteng said he believes the UK needs a ‘new approach for a new era’ to achieve growth of 2.5%, saying the three important parts of his mini-budget are reforming the economy’s supply side, tax cuts and a responsible approach when it comes to public finances.

As part of this, the Chancellor announced a new bill to overhaul planning restrictions, saying this will ‘unpick the complex patchwork of planning restrictions and EU-derived laws’.

He revealed that benefit claimants will see their benefits reduced if they do not fulfil their job searching commitments.

Kwarteng also confirmed that the cap on bankers’ bonuses will be scrapped, following reports that he would make this one of his first moves.

As well as that, the planned corporation tax increase has been cancelled, and will remain at 19%, with the Chancellor also setting out a series of tax cuts for businesses.

This includes tax cuts for businesses in designated tax sites for 10 years, accelerated tax reliefs for buildings, and no business rates to pay for newly occupied business residences.

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Drag Race UK star Cherry Valentine has died aged 28

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Drag star George Ward, known as Cherry Valentine, has sadly passed away aged 28, it’s been confirmed this morning.

Ward’s family announced the news, describing his death as a ‘profound shock’.

He appeared on series two of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, before going on to front the BBC documentary Gypsy Queen And Proud.

According to his family, Ward – who was raised in Darlington, County Durham as part of the Traveller community – died on Sunday.

He qualified as a mental health nurse back in 2015 before he began his career in drag.

Ward’s family said in a statement: “It is with the most heart-wrenching and deepest sadness to inform you that our George – Cherry Valentine – has tragically passed away.

“This will come as a profound shock to most people and we understand there is no easy way for this to be announced.

“As his family, we are still processing his death and our lives will never be the same.

“We understand how much he is loved and how many lives he has inspired and touched. All we ask is for your patience and your prayers in this time. We love you Georgie.”

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