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For the first time since the constituency was created in 1974, the area has elected a Conservative MP, Jill Mortimer. She is also the first female MP to win the seat by almost 7,000 votes. A shadow minister has described the result as “absolutely shattering” for the Labour party.


Multiple cases of the Indian variant of Covid-19 have been found in the UK, including in care homes. The concern stems from the worsening wave of Covid in India, where on Thursday, the Indian government reported its new single-day high in new Covid-19 cases.

With a record turnout of postal voters in Edinburgh, the people of Scotland are considering the future of their country within the UK. Counting has already begun in the Scottish Parliament election.

With warnings from leading figures in the travel industry of leaping holiday costs and reduced numbers of flights, there are many factors playing in whether the long-dreamt of holiday can be pulled off this Summer. The PM has mentioned the traffic-light travel lists of other countries, partnered with vaccination proof as one way of travelling abroad. But, concerns grow over a ‘split society’ where those who have waited due to their age or other reasons are disallowed from travel.

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