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Showers of colour: Chelsea flower show in pictures

Impressions of gardens, gardeners, plants, visitors and dogs from photographer Sarah Lee as she visited the horticultural event of the year at RHS Chelsea Continue reading...

Support staff at No 10 ‘subjected to bullying for years’, union claims

Sue Gray report found cleaners and security guards have been subjected to ‘lack of respect and poor treatment’Support staff at No 10 and the Cabinet Office have been subjected to bullying and harassment for years, according to a union member in Whitehall.The claim comes after Sue Gray’s report into the Partygate scandal disclosed that cleaners and security...

Safety regulator refused to investigate some NHS staff Covid deaths

Health and Safety Executive did not look into at least 89 incidents in England, including 10 deathsBritain’s safety at work regulator refused to investigate reports from NHS trusts that 10 frontline staff had died as a result of catching Covid-19 during the pandemic.The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) declined to look into at least 89 dangerous incidents...

Refugees being sent to areas of UK with little or no legal aid, study finds

People are missing out on immigration status they are entitled to because of shortfall, says report’s authorRefugees fleeing violence and persecution, including those who face being deported to Rwanda, risk being denied expert advice because many areas of the UK have little or no legal aid provision for people seeking asylum, a major report has found.The...

Boris Johnson to try to oust Lady Scotland from Commonwealth role

PM accused of abuse of position with public backing for Jamaican candidate before summit next monthPrince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are likely to witness an unseemly showdown at the Commonwealth conference in Rwanda next month when Boris Johnson tries to oust Patricia Scotland as secretary general of the Commonwealth.The UK has been working...

Work begins to turn 99,000 hectares in England into ‘nature recovery’ projects

Five projects to receive funding from Defra and Natural England to tackle wildlife loss and improve access to natureUp to 99,000 hectares of land in England, from city fringes to wetlands, will be focused on supporting wildlife in five major “nature recovery” projects, the government has said.The five landscape-scale projects in the West Midlands, Cambridgeshire,...

Teachers strike to hit NSW Catholic schools on Friday

About 18,000 staff at schools in NSW and ACT will take industrial action over pay and conditionsFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesDownload the free Guardian app; get our morning email briefingAbout 18,000 teachers and support staff from 540 Catholic diocesan schools in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory are...

What the future holds for ‘humbled’ Boris Johnson – Politics Weekly

The Sue Gray report has finally been published. Boris Johnson made a statement to parliament and took questions at a press conference. He said he was ‘humbled’ by what was in the report, but is that enough? John Harris is joined by Guardian columnist Rafael Behr and the Observer’s Sonia Sodha to discuss what the report said and Johnson’s future Continue...

Sue Gray day: the Partygate finale – podcast

The Partygate saga culminated with a report on Wednesday on the extent of rule-breaking in Downing Street during lockdown. Peter Walker and Jonathan Freedland analyse what it means for the PMFor months, Sue Gray’s report on rule-breaking at the heart of Downing Street during the Covid pandemic has hung over Boris Johnson’s government like a dark cloud....

Review calls for child protection overhaul in England after two deaths

Report in wake of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson killings proposes new specialist teamsChild protection services in England face a shake-up after an independent review of safeguarding failures that led to the killings of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and the toddler Star Hobson.The review’s central proposal is the creation of specialist...

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