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Day: November 2, 2020

New grant for self-employed, announced by the government
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New grant for self-employed, announced by the government

    Boris Johnson has announced the government will double the level of financial support for self-employed workers in November during the second coronavirus lockdown in England. Faced with mounting pressure to help millions of workers before new measures are imposed on Thursday, the prime minister said the self-employment income support scheme (SEISS) would be increased from 40% of average profits to 80% in November. People who work for themselves will be able to apply from the end of the month rather than the middle of December as initially planned to help provide support faster during the second lockdown in England. Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, confirmed that the increase would be to an average of 55% of trading profits over the wider period from November to January...
The states Trump, Biden need to win to take White House
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The states Trump, Biden need to win to take White House

    US voters are heading to the polls on Tuesday as the presidential election race nears the finishing line. The winner of the hard-fought contest between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is unlikely to be declared on the night, owing to the high number of Americans voting via postal ballots as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. But we could get a good indication of who is going to take the White House if a number of key states are won with a large enough margin. Here are the key battleground states to keep an eye on. Electoral maths In order to win the keys to the Oval Office, Democratic candidate Biden needs to secure 38 electoral votes more than the 232 that Hillary Clinton won in 2016. The states below have a combined total of 70 electoral votes and were all taken...
PM addresses MPs over ban
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PM addresses MPs over ban

    A furious Tory MP has attacked Boris Johnson over plans for a second national lockdown, accusing the Prime Minister of creating an "authoritative and coercive state". Mr Johnson is in the Commons this afternoon attempting to head off a fierce Tory rebellion over the impending measures, which are scheduled to come into force on Thursday. The Prime Minister insisted the plans were “time limited” and he hoped to lift the latest draconian restrictions on December 2 when the country will return to the coronavirus tier system. However, furious backbench Tory MPs have called the latest measures “evil” and warned they will “ruin lives”. Sir Charles Walker,  Conservative MP for Broxbourne, said he would not be supporting the government’s legislation and added: “As we drift...