Prince William and Boris Johnson attend NHS service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral
The Duke of Cambridge and Boris Johnson joined health chiefs at St Paul’s Cathedral this morning for a service honouring the 73rd birthday of the NHS. The Duchess of Cambridge, who had been due to attend, was forced to pull out after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus and is now in isolation. Prince William will later host an NHS Big Tea at Buckingham Palace alone. NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens addressed the congregation at St Paul's, describing the occanews.yahoo.com
Data: Writing has been on the wall for the Tories in Chesham and Amersham since May's local elections
The Conservatives' shock defeat in Chesham and Amersham is being marked as a warning shot to the party in the south-east. A combination of rural heartlands, wealthy commuter hubs and, more recently, strong Brexit-leaning areas have allowed the party to control around 85 per cent of seats on offer - often with considerable majorities. In Amersham, the party has never failed to gain over 50 per cent of the vote, while the Liberal Democrats have almost always been their closest competitors - yet onnews.yahoo.com
Liberal Democrat comeback: Can the party become a real threat to the Blue Wall?
The Lib Dem "fight back" has claimed its first scalp as the party said it has 10 southern seats in its sights. It comes after the party secured a victory in the Chesham and Amersham by-election, with their candidate Sarah Green taking a seat that has always been held by the Tories. A senior Lib Dem source added that the party is “extremely confident that across the South of England, people are tired of the Tories, and the Blue Wall is crumbling”. Ahead of the 2024 election, the party, which hasnews.yahoo.com
Lifelong Tories reveal real reason why they left party behind in favour of Lib Dems
It used to be said that if you put a donkey on the ballot paper in Chesham and Amersham and stuck a blue rosette on its hind quarters it would still win. Not any more. For the first time since the formation of the constituency in 1974 the Conservatives lost their grip on the seat. In a result sending shockwaves through Westminster the Liberal Democrats overturned the Tories’ 16,000 majority to win by 8,028 votes in the two previously true blue Chiltern towns. And it didn’t take long to establishnews.yahoo.com
The biggest by-election swings in recent years and what they meant
The Conservative Party's loss to the Liberal Democrats in Chesham and Amersham is their largest defeat at a by-election since its 2014 losses in UKIP-voting constituencies. A fierce campaign centred on the Tories’ planning reforms and the construction of the HS2 rail line saw voters swing to Sir Ed Davey’s party by 25 points on Thursday, giving the Liberal Democrats 56.7 per cent of the vote. The party is claiming to have punched a hole in the Blue Wall - a band of southern Tory-voting constituenews.yahoo.com
Liberal Democrats take Tory stronghold with historic win in Chesham and Amersham by-election
The Liberal Democrats have secured a shock victory in the Chesham and Amersham by-election, overturning a 16,000 majority in one of the safest Conservative seats in England. In what southern Conservatives fear could be the first "chink in the blue wall" of affluent Tory seats, Lib Dem Sarah Green secured 56.7 per cent of the vote on Friday morning. The Conservatives, who have held Buckinghamshire seat since it was created in 1974, finished in second place, trailing by 8,028 votes. Her victory, wnews.yahoo.com
UK extends emergency coronavirus powers by 6 months
A runner crosses the Millennium Bridge as the coronavirus lockdown continues in London, Thursday, March 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON – British lawmakers agreed Thursday to prolong coronavirus emergency measures for six months, allowing the Conservative government to keep its unprecedented powers to restrict U.K. citizens’ everyday lives. The House of Commons voted to extend the powers until September, and approved the government's road map for gradually easing Britain's strict coronavirus lockdown over the next three months. Simon Stevens, chief executive of the National Health Service in England, said Thursday that English hospitals were treating about 4,000 coronavirus patients, down from 34,000 in mid-January. Ad“We must restore the freedoms that we all cherish, but in a way that doesn’t put the (National Health Service) at risk,” he said.
UK under pressure as COVID-19 epidemic doubling every 9 days
FILE - In this Tuesday Sept. 22, 2020 file photo, members of the public are seen by a public information message in Manchester, England. Mark Walport, a former chief scientific officer, said Britain only needs to look across the English Channel to see what’s coming. It is “not unrealistic’’ that 25,000 people in the U.K. could be hospitalized by the end of November — up from about 9,000 now, he said. According to results from a large, ongoing study into the COVID-19 epidemic in England, scientists estimated that there are about 96,000 new cases every day and that the outbreak is doubling in size every nine days. Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey said the four nations must develop a unified strategy to avoid confusion and deliver a clear message.
UK's Liberal Democrat party elects Ed Davey as new leader
Ed Davey speaks after he was elected as the leader of the Liberal Democrats party, in London Thursday Aug. 27, 2020. The left-of-center Liberal Democrats' acting leader, Ed Davey, comfortably defeated challenger Layla Moran in a campaign that was mostly conducted online because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)LONDON Britains Liberal Democrats announced former Cabinet minister Ed Davey as the party's new leader Thursday, in hopes that he could turn its fortunes around after a series of poor election results. He is the Liberal Democrats fourth leader in five years. Last year, leader Jo Swinson stepped down after she lost her own seat to the Scottish National Party in the general election.