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Marmite supplies have been hit by coronavirus causing Marmageddon for fans

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Production of Marmite has been spread scarily thin due to a reduced supply of the brewer’s yeast.

Some bad news for Marmite lovers! 

The company has tweeted that due to a shortage in yeast supply, Marmite will only be being made in the small 250g jars.

The spread is made with yeast extraction which has become increasingly more difficult to get hold of due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

It comes from the closure of pubs following the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning brewers slowed or stalled production.

A customer asked the brand why larger 400g squeezy jars were hard to get hold of at the moment, Marmite responded with: “Due to brewers yeast being in short supply (one of the main ingredients in Marmite) Supplies of Marmite have been affected.

“As a temporary measure, we have stopped production of all sizes apart from our 250g size jar which is available in most major retailers.”

It’s been coined ‘Marmageddon’ on Twitter with users expressing concerns about a reduction in their beloved spread.

The other half of Twitter is pretty happy, though. 

Fingers crossed we don’t see another toilet roll situation that we all endured at the start of the lockdown with jars of Marmite.

According to The Grocer, coronavirus panic buying is the least of our worries. If we get a no-deal Brexit, the UK food shortages will be much worse. 

British Retail Consortium spoke to the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs committee and highlighted that in January 70% of soft fruits, 90% of lettuces and 80% of tomatoes come from Europe. 

It warned: “If we get a disorderly Brexit, we potentially face a bigger challenge than the food supply chain face with COVID.” 

So maybe smaller jars of Marmite is the yeast of our worries…

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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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