Saturday, April 10, 2021



UK Covid live news: Brazil variant may make foreign summer holidays impossible, ministers warned | Politics

Good morning. As my colleague Linda Geddes reports in our overnight story, the discovery of six cases of the highly transmissible Brazilian coronavirus variant in the UK - three in England, and three in Scotland - has revived concerns that the border controls imposed by the UK government are not tough enough. Her story is here. Yvette Cooper, the Labour chair of the home affairs committee, was on the Today programme this morning saying that ministers have repeatedly been told that the measures currently in place in England may be...

Legal experts call for independent investigation of historical rape claim against minister | Australian politics

Legal experts have called for an independent investigation of the historical rape alleged to have been committed by a cabinet minister, citing it as a “very serious” integrity issue for the cabinet.The call by Geoffrey Watson, a barrister and director of the Centre for Public Integrity, challenges the Morrison government’s position that the police – and only the police – should investigate the serious offence, alleged to have occurred in 1988.It comes after the Greens leader, Adam Bandt, called on Scott Morrison to stand the minister aside pending an independent...

Cabinet minister rape claim: victim’s friend says she wants alleged perpetrator ‘sacked’ | Australian politics

As pressure builds on Scott Morrison to investigate allegations of a historical rape levelled against one of his cabinet ministers, a woman who had known the victim for 30 years has come out to say she “absolutely, 100% believes” her friend.New South Wales police have confirmed the alleged victim reported the incident to them in February 2020, and the allegations have also been forwarded to the Australian federal police.The woman took her own life in June.“It’s just so tragic, she would have turned 50 a few days ago,” the woman’s...
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