Labour vote – As Labour party members begin receiving ballot papers for the leadership election today, the frontrunner, Sir Keir Starmer, has pledged to give leading shadow cabinet posts to his rivals Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy. Speaking at a hustings event in Durham, Starmer said they were both excellent candidates and suggested that all three represented the future of the party. “Whichever one of us actually wins this, what you are seeing on display here is the leadership of the Labour party,” he said. Most members will be able to vote via email, but paper ballots will be available as well. The vote closes on 2 April with the result to be announced two days later. … [Read more...] about Monday briefing: Wuhan eases some travel restrictions
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Home to corporate tech titans such as Google, the area, which only a couple of decades ago was synonymous with drugs, prostitution and warehouse raves, has become one of capital’s most desirable places to live. Flats in the new blocks mushrooming along the canal sell for millions, reflecting a housing market out of control, one that is stretching the term “affordability” to breaking point, with devastating consequences for those right at the bottom of the ladder – people such as Obi Ojang. … [Read more...] about Why are so many people sleeping rough on Britain’s streets?
My journey throughout Vietnam has been nothing but incredible. I knew there were several COVID-19 patients here, and I was a bit worried so I went to pharmacies to find face masks but they had all run out. However, Vietnam really made my day as I was walking around Hoan Kiem Lake when young volunteers gave me six face masks for three of us for free. I admire this small but strong country because Vietnam has long borders with China, but yet there have been very few cases, and most of them are already cured, which is amazing. … [Read more...] about Safety first as tourism gets on the front foot