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Increase in coronavirus infections means Christmas will be ‘tough’ this year, Sage member warns – The Telegraph

Professor Jeremy Farrar says the UK faces a ‘very, very difficult’ period in the next three to six months

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2020 polls: The Trump ‘hidden voter’ isn’t a real threat this election – here’s why – The Independent

House district-level polling is being closely monitored by experts, as it was the canary in the Trump coal mine in 2016. Thus far, that polling actually predicts…

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Last week, a theory of the Donald Trump presidential upset in 2016 resurfaced when the pollster who predicted it said a repeat is in store on November 3 for the same reason: Trump voters are too darn shy (i.e. embarrassed) to honestly state their intentions.  
Pollster Robert Cahaly of the Trafalgar Group calls it the social desirability bias theory. This posits that when dealing with a live caller, the person being asked the questions will craft their answer in a way that puts them in the best…

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Welsh Government to publish ‘revised guidance’ on non-essential sales policy in shops – Wales Online

Ministers have been in discussions this evening with representatives from the retail sector

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‘Revised guidance’ will be published tomorrow after a weekend of controversy in Wales over the decision to ban supermarkets and other shops allowed to remain open during the ‘fire-break’ lockdown from selling ‘non-essential items’.
The Welsh Government had said today, Monday, October 26, it planned to speak to the retail sector about the policy, which was announced last week.
Tonight, a Government spokesman confirmed those talks had taken place, and there would be news on changes tomorrow – Tuesday,…

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Over 50 Tory MPs in northern England press PM for roadmap out of lockdown – The Guardian

Joint letter from group expresses fears that election pledge to ‘level up’ is being abandoned

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More than 50 Conservative MPs in northern England have thrown down the gauntlet to Boris Johnson, urging him to provide a clear roadmap out of lockdown and arguing that the Covid pandemic has exposed in sharp relief the deep structural and systemic disadvantage faced by our communities.
In a provocative letter from the Northern Research Group, which is led by former northern powerhouse minister and Johnson ally Jake Berry, the 55 MPs express fears that the governments levelling up is being abandoned….

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