British jobs depend on reopening the economy

The writer is Labour MP for Warley. Kevan Jones MP also contributed to this article

In the past, we have often had to point out to those who wanted to distance our party from the trade unions that the clue is in our name. We are the Labour party.

In the current crisis, while emergency measures to keep families safe from Covid-19 and companies afloat were essential, we mustn’t lose focus — as a Labour party — on how we get people back to work as soon and as safely as possible.

This is not just an economic but a social imperative. The debate in Westminster, and among the commentariat, has failed to appreciate the wave of redundancies that could start to flow this month. Companies are uncertain about when the economy will pick up as government support payments decline and demand is still at rock bottom.

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Coronavirus: Shopping centre giant Intu puts administrator on standby | Business News

Britain’s biggest shopping centre-owner has put administrators on standby as it enters a crucial fortnight that will determine whether it emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic intact.

Sky News has learnt that Intu Properties, which directly employs more than 2000 people, is lining up KPMG to handle an insolvency process if lenders refuse to grant a standstill on its vast debt obligations.

The development, which is understood to have been agreed in the last few days as Intu’s board accelerates its contingency planning, underlines the parlous state of the company behind Manchester’s Trafford Centre, the Metrocentre in Gateshead and Lakeside in Essex.

Sources said this weekend that the fate of struggling Intu remained in the balance, although people close to the company expressed “cautious optimism” that its banks would agree to step back from the brink.

The company, which is run by Matthew Roberts, has requested an 18-month standstill that would

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Coronavirus: Plan to lift Sunday trading rules to boost economy | Politics News

Sunday trading restrictions could be suspended for a year under government plans to kick-start the UK’s coronavirus-ravaged economy.

Responding to the reports, Downing Street sources confirmed the laws are “being looked at”, but did not give further details.

Cafes and pubs, hard-hit by the COVID-19 lockdown, would also get fast-track approval to serve food and drink outside, according to The Times.

After the Pandemic: Life and Society

The moves are among a package of measures being drawn up by the government in a bid to offset the looming recession and threat of mass unemployment as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the legislation being drafted, larger supermarkets would be able to open for more than six hours on Sundays, the paper said.

However, there will be concerns that the plan could run into opposition from more traditionalist Conservative backbenchers as well as church leaders.

Former prime minister David Cameron

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Coronavirus: Universal Studios Orlando reopens as Florida’s theme parks begin their comeback | US News

Spider-Man and Captain America were not the only ones wearing masks when Universal theme parks reopened in Florida for the first time since being shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Locals with a pent-up desire for high-speed thrills descended on the Orlando resort on Friday, more than two months since they were last allowed entry due to COVID-19.

Major theme parks in the US are beginning to follow in the footsteps of Shanghai Disneyland by getting back up and running with new safety measures in place, including hand sanitiser stations and temperature checks.

Even Shrek and Princess Fiona had to keep two metres apart to adhere to social distancing rules.

Shrek and his true love were kept apart by social distancing

Guests and staff in all three of the resort’s parks – Universal Studios, Islands Of Adventure and Volcano Bay – have to stick to the new

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