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Your Morning Briefing

MSN UK 2 days ago News desk

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know to start your day with our daily briefing, compiled by Liji Varghese. 

Over 10 million across UK are in lockdown following new restrictions in north-east England

© Thomson Reuters People in northeast England will not be able to meet others outside their household from today - as Lancashire is also expected to be placed under tighter restrictions. More than 10 million people across the UK are now in lockdown, after new restrictions in Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham began at midnight. (Sky News)

Home Office bases immigration policies on ‘assumptions and prejudice’, MPs warn

The Home Office appears to be formulating its immigration policies on “anecdote, assumption and prejudice” rather than evidence, MPs have warned. In a damning report that calls for a “transformation” of the department’s approach to immigration enforcement, the Public Accounts Committee said the Home Office was relying on a “disturbingly weak” evidence base to assess the impact of the £400m it spends on the policy. (The Independent)

Queen's property drops in value by £500m after rental receipts decline

The value of the Queen’s land and property has been written down by more than £500m following a steep fall in rental receipts from shops. The group wrote down the value of its portfolio by £552.5m to £13.4bn in annual results published on Friday, reflecting the tough retail market outside London in particular. (The Guardian)

Facebook to restrict how employees can discuss politics while at work

© ASSOCIATED PRESS Facebook said it will prohibit employees from debating social issues on parts of its internal messaging service and start moderating discussions when they occur more widely, amid growing internal rows over political and social issues. (The Telegraph)

In depth: Can celebrity activism campaigns on social media actually make a difference?

The world of social media was a little quieter than usual on Wednesday: Celebrities ranging from Kim Kardashian West to Mark Ruffalo “froze” their Instagram accounts for 24 hours, to protest hate speech and misinformation being spread on Facebook, Instagram’s parent company. But while the boycott temporarily reshaped the Instagram feeds of the celebrities’ collective millions of followers, it was also met with criticism. (Time)

Video of the day: Historic aircraft set for auction

Historic aircraft set for auction Historic aircraft set for auction The last surviving example of a Blackburn Beverley transport plane is to go to auction this weekend along with the contents of the former Fort Paull museum. In total, 49 of the aircraft were produced, with the last one being manufactured in 1958, and final retirement from RAF service was in 1967. (Press Association)

On This Day

1851: Whig Party politician Henry Raymond and ex-banker George Jones publish the inaugural issue of The New-York Daily Times. It'll become better known by a shortened name, The New York Times, go on to win more than a hundred Pulitzer Prizes and be deemed the US newspaper of record. (Bing)

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