what time do the polls close today and when will the results be announced?

Wales  Voting is in 40 FPTP constituencies and five regional Proportional Representation top-up seats, and counting is due to take place in the day on Friday, with results from FPTP seats expected from about 3pm and peaking about 5pm. Potential estimated declaration times include: 2pm – Vale of Clwyd 4pm – Arfon 5pm – Bridgend and … Read more

Will Greenwood’s player-by-player guide to the Lions squad

He looked a shoo-in in 2020, but Scotland’s form mid-Six Nations dipped a little and Price wobbled a bit. But he’s another mini Faf; a high-tempo exponent, who loves the ball in play and the game moving. He will make sure the Springboks have no easy targets. Owen Farrell (England and Saracens) One of life’s … Read more

Coronavirus latest news: Britain faces pressure to follow President Biden and waive patent on vaccines

ONS figures revealed those from a Black Caribbean background were five times more likely not to have received a first dose of the vaccine than their White British counterparts. The lowest vaccination rates were among people identifying as Black Caribbean and Black African (66.8% and 71.2% respectively), followed by people from Pakistani (78.4%) backgrounds, while … Read more

Big calls over Tuilagi, Sexton and Smith — live updates

Alun Wyn Jones is expected to be named British and Irish Lions captain for the summer tour to South Africa at lunchtime today. The game’s most capped player with 157 Test appearances is clear favourite for the role ahead of closest rival Maro Itoje after leading Wales to success in the recent Six Nations. It would be … Read more

Australia closed to tourists until 2022

Australia will remain closed to the majority of international arrivals until at least the start of 2022, the Government has said. “We won’t be seeing borders flung open at the start of next year with great ease,” Finance Minister Simon Birmingham told The Australian on Thursday, citing “uncertainties that exist not just in the speed of … Read more

When does it start and how can I follow each stage live on TV?

How can I follow the race? Those with subscriptions to Eurosport or GCN Race Pass are in luck, both will be broadcasting every day, as will be Welsh terrestrial channel S4C which is available on Sky 134, Freesat 120 and Virgin TV 166 in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and on iPlayer. Live shows and highlights … Read more

what time do polls open and who are the candidates running against Sadiq Khan?

Will Sadiq Khan win a second term as London mayor? As of May 5, Mr Khan is currently leading polls, with 62 per cent to Mr Bailey’s 38 per cent in the second round of polls, according to recent Politico survey data.  How can I vote for the next London mayor? You can vote in person at your … Read more

What time is it, what TV channel is it on and who is likely to make the cut?

After months of conjecture, Warren Gatland will this week announce his Lions squad to take on South Africa. It is anticipated that there will be a strong Scottish contingent following an impressive Six Nations campaign and two of the Scotland coaching setup being included in the tour’s staff. While England had a poor tournament just … Read more

Moderna’s ‘tweaked’ Covid vaccine effective against Brazil and South Africa variants

Moderna has created the first “tweaked” vaccine, which it says is effective against Covid-19 variants. Early data from a 40-person trial show that a third dose of either its current Covid-19 jab or an experimental new vaccine candidate increases immunity against variants first found in Brazil and South Africa. “We are encouraged by these new … Read more