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Lee Rigby’s mum wants people to stop using his image to argue against Black Lives Matter protests

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Lee Rigby’s mum has issued a statement urging people not to use his murder against the current protests. 

Lee Rigby, a fusilier from Middleton in Greater Manchester, was killed outside his barracks in Woolwich in 2013 by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale who are both now serving life sentences.

Lee’s mother has issued a statement urging people to stop sharing posts online with his image and details of his murder in hateful responses to the protests and the Black Lives Matter campaigning across the world.

Her statement reads: “We are aware of a number of posts using images of Lee and his murder in a divisive way to fuel arguments against the Black Lives Matter protests.”

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Posted by The Lee Rigby Foundation on Wednesday, 3 June 2020

It continues: “Seeing his image used to cause hate of any kind especially for those exercising their freedoms in protest against this issue hurts.”

“We find these posts extremely heartbreaking and distressing, and in complete opposition to what Lee stood for.”

“We ask you all to please stop using his image and memory in such posts as he was a lover of all humanity. Every race, gender, creed, sexuality and colour.”

Goodnight all hope you all sleep well and thank you for your ongoing support xx#leerigbyfoundation #leerigbyfoundationwebsite

Posted by The Lee Rigby Foundation on Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Lee’s mother shared the post on the Lee Rigby Foundation Facebook Page which was designed to offer care, support and advice to bereaved military families, veterans and UK military suffering from bereavement or loss. The page now has over 75,000 followers.

The statement received an overwhelming response with 31,000 shares and almost 600 comments in support. 

Many of the comments support Lyn Rigby’s statement and some have used the statement as an opportunity to correct their wrongs with one user putting: “I was guilty I am deeply sorry I didn’t mean to offend his memory or upset any of his family. And please accept my deepest apologies. I have taken my post down .”

This comment received wide support for taking the post down as admitting you are wrong and apologising ‘takes a lot’. 

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Drivers warned to only go to petrol stations or services ‘if you really need to’

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The government has released a new wave of safety recommendations for those travelling in cars.

Drivers in the UK have now been warned to only stop at petrol or service stations ‘unless necessary’, due to the number of coronavirus cases. 

Department for Transport released a statement on September 23rd that said drivers should ‘only stop at petrol stations or motorway service stations if you really need to’.

The full 34-page guidance has other advice for safer travel in the pandemic, including cycling or walking where possible. 

The guidance also advises people to not share a car with those you don’t live with, and if it’s unavoidable then to share with the same people each time. 

The people in the vehicle should then wear face coverings, open the window and face away from each other throughout the entire journey. 

There is also advice for travelling on public transport. It includes advice to travel off-peak to avoid busy times and to wear the mandatory face covering while on public transport or in transport hubs. 

Travellers have also been told to face away from other passengers and move away as soon as they can when waiting in stations or crowded services where social distancing might not be possible. 

The advice has also told passengers to not eat or drink on public transport.

Finally, it states that the public, or someone they live with, should not travel if they have or think they have coronavirus.

Those who are shielding have also been advised to not travel at all. 

 

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Rishi Sunak to launch ‘Winter Economy Plan’ to help stop a ‘tsunami’ of job losses in coming weeks

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak is set to unveil an emergency Covid-19 rescue plan that aims to protect jobs. 

Following warnings from MPs and unions, the chancellor has ruled out the autumn budget and will instead launch a ‘Winter Economy Plan’, Sky News reports.

To help the economy cope with the latest restrictions, including 10pm curfews on pubs and restaurants and office staff told to work from home, the scheme will be centred around a multi-billion-pound package. 

Modelled on a similar scheme in Germany, the scheme will subsidise wages of workers who are returning to work part-time after being furloughed. 

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It is also expected that the VAT cut to 5% will be extended until the end of March rather than January. 

Those hard-hit businesses are also likely to see the extension of four loan schemes until the end of November, which include terms increased from six to 10 years to reduce monthly repayments.

Mr Sunak spoke of the unusual step to not announce a November Budget because ‘now is not the right time to outline long-term plans and people want to see us focused on the here and now’.

A source told Sky News: “No-one wanted to be in this situation but we need to respond to it. The chancellor has shown he has been creative in the past and we hope that people will trust us to continue in that vein.

“Giving people reassurance and businesses the help they need to get through this is uppermost in his mind.”

They added: “It is not about health versus the economy, but about the balance between keeping people in jobs and finding them new ones, and that ‘what remains true is that our priority is one word: jobs’.”

The Treasury explained that the chancellor is promising a ‘flexible and adaptable approach to economic support, because people have needed the help and they’ve needed it quickly and at the right time’. 

Adding that he will be ‘very honest with people’ about the trade-offs the government faces as it deals with rising infection rates and an economic slump. 

Shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds told Sky News that Labour has been: “saying for a very long time that it’s critical we have a targeted system of wage support in place”.

Dodds added: “I’ve called for that 40 times and 20 times the government has said they’re not willing to put that into place.

“Obviously, if the government has shifted, I’m pleased. It’s come very late, however. We’ve already seen a number of redundancies because of the one-size-fits-all withdrawal of the furlough scheme.”

The Prime Minister told MPs: “What we will do is continue to put our arms around the people of this country going through a very tough time and come up with the appropriate creative and imaginative schemes to keep them in work and keep the economy moving.”

Labour MP Grahame Morris demanded an expansion of the Covid Job Retention Scheme, saying: “Make no mistake: a tsunami of job losses is in the pipeline within 38 days.”

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer warned of a ‘wave of job losses in the winter’ because ‘it makes no sense to bring in new restrictions at the same time as phasing out support for jobs and businesses’.

The shop workers union also warned of ‘a tsunami of job losses’.

General secretary Paddy Lillis added: “If we are going to save the high street, there needs to be radical and bold action to level the playing field between online retail and ‘bricks and mortar’ shops.

“The time is long overdue for the government to look seriously at introducing some form of online sales tax.

“As a society we have a choice, do we want to see the high street go to the wall or do we want to save it.

“Retail is the cornerstone of our towns, cities and communities. It employs around three million people and needs urgent assistance to get the industry back on its feet.”

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You can be fined £200 for breaking the ‘golden rule’ in supermarkets from today

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If you refuse to follow supermarket’s coronavirus rules you can be fined £200 from today.

From today, Wednesday September 23rd, it is now a legal requirement for staff to wear face masks in supermarkets as well as customers.

Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, the Prime Minister said: “We will extend the requirement to wear face coverings to include staff in retail, all users of taxis and private hire vehicles, and staff and customers in indoor hospitality, except when seated at a table to eat or drink.”

The fine for breaking this rule has now doubled, meaning you could lumped with a £200 fine for breaking it or other rules.  

Giles Hurley, CEO of Aldi, sent an email to customers, asking them to be considerate when doing their shop at the store. 

He wrote in an email to shoppers: “As we continue to battle this virus together, I want to reassure you that the comprehensive safety measures we put in place in our stores at the start of the pandemic are still very much in place – and will remain so for as long as they are necessary.

“We ask that customers continue to wear a face covering when shopping with us, unless they are exempt from doing so.

“Our store colleagues will also continue to wear face coverings whilst working in store.”

Find all the updated rules here and the rules for your Greater Manchester borough here

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