• News Labour opposes vaccine passports
    Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth has said that vaccine passports are essentially “a digital ID card” and that Labour cannot support them in their current form. Boris Johnson announced yesterday that vaccine passports – or ‘Covid status certificates’ – will be trialled this month at upcoming events, including the FA Cup final and a range […]
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  • News George Floyd murder trial so far
    Many need little reminder about the death of George Floyd last May. It sparked a worldwide anti-racism movement when police officer Derek Chauvin was videoed by onlookers kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes as he pleaded with the officer, telling him, “I can’t breathe”. Now the man accused of George Floyd’s murder, […]
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  • health The reality of young people’s mental healthcare today
    Roughly three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health condition. In 2017, suicide was the most common cause of death for young people, both male and female, aged between five and 19. But what is it like for young people who are trying to access support from the NHS? The picture, tragically, is […]
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  • News North East domestic abuse reports rise in lockdown
    Domestic abuse reports in the Northumbria Police region have risen by over 1,000 (5%) in lockdown, according to a Freedom of Information request filed to the force by Beep. 33,118 reports of domestic abuse were made during the period of 30th March 2020 to 30th January 2021, compared to 31,524 during the same period in […]
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  • News Myanmar: seven-year-old Khin Myo Chit shot dead
    On Tuesday in Myanmar’s second-largest city Mandalay, seven-year-old Khin Myo Chit was shot and killed by the military, who staged a coup to overthrow the country’s elected government in February. Khin’s family told Sky News how the military junta broke down the doors to their house and began shooting inside. U Maung Ko Hashin Bai, […]
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  • News Selena Gomez felt ‘violated’ by paparazzi as a teen
    Selena Gomez, an American singer and former child actress, has recently spoken about her experience with the paparazzi as a teen, explaining how she felt “violated” by the men who took photographs of her in a bikini on the beach when she was only 15 years old. Speaking to Vogue, Gomez talked about how she […]
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  • News Disadvantage gap: poorer students three grades behind
    Poorer A-level students in England are up to three grades behind their more affluent peers, research from the Education Policy Institute (EPI) has found. In some areas, including the North, the “disadvantage gap” meant poorer students were up to five grades behind. The research specifically found that lower GCSE grades, then fewer and lower level […]
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  • News Vaccine bus launched in Newcastle
    Go North East has converted one of its buses into a new mobile Covid-19 vaccine unit. The bus will travel around Newcastle, visiting communities who are unable to get to a vaccination centre, or where uptake has proven low. For its first few rounds, the bus will visit hostels in Newcastle to vaccinate the homeless, […]
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  • News At least 10 killed by police in Myanmar protests
    Police at Myanmar protests have killed at least 10 demonstrators, medics have said, making Sunday 28 Februrary the deadliest day of rallies since the military removed the nation’s elected government. The killings occurred as social media footage showed protesters running away from police charging at them, using live bullets, rubber bullets, stun grenades and tear […]
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  • News Uber drivers recognised as workers, Supreme Court rules
    A Supreme Court ruling on February 19th has stated that Uber drivers must now be treated as workers – but what does this mean in terms of Uber’s success, which has been steadily growing since its launch in 2009? Well, this means that Uber drivers must now be treated like all British workers, instead of […]
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  • News Gavin Williamson reveals exam changes
    On the 24th of February 2021, the government finally revealed their plans on how GCSE and A Level students will be graded this year. This announcement came a whole seven weeks after the initial reveal that no formal examinations would take place this summer. Many students remain outraged at how long they have had to […]
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  • Environment Six million at risk of air pollution lung damage
    A recent study conducted by the British Lung Foundation and Asthma UK has found that six million over-65s are at risk of developing lung damage and asthma attacks due to polluted air. The report found that British life expectancy is cut short by six months, on average, due to the effects of toxic air on […]
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  • News Dealing with Lockdown: Nicholas’s Story
    Over the coming weeks here at Beep, we are running a number of stories about the impact of lockdown on our young people. Kicking off our series is new writer Nicholas. My name is Nicholas Cornwell, I am 21 years old and lockdown has had a drastic impact on the way I live my life. […]
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  • News Matt Hancock broke law over Covid contracts
    A high court judge has found that Health Secretary Matt Hancock acted unlawfully by failing to reveal details of contracts his department has signed during the course of the pandemic. Public contract details, once signed, should be published within 30 days. The judge said that Mr Hancock had “breached his legal obligation” to government transparency. […]
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  • News Keir Starmer announces roadmap for Labour government
    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer announced his roadmap to government today in a speech clearly delivered to re-brand the Party. Speaking on a Facebook live stream this morning, Sir Keir drew strong ties with the post-WW2 appetite for change in politics and the post-pandemic (whenever that may be) “mood in the air” for a different […]
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  • News 400,000 children could die in Yemen
    400,000 children under the age of five in Yemen could die from severe acute malnutrition, according to a report released this month. The Food and Agriculture Organization, Unicef, and the World Food Programme also found in the report that almost 2.5 million children under the age of five in war-torn Yemen will suffer from acute […]
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  • News Harry and Meghan expecting second baby
    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex – or Harry and Meghan as they like to be called these days – have announced that they are expecting their second baby. In a heart warming Valentine’s Day announcement, a spokesperson for the royals said: “We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother. “The […]
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  • News Trump acquitted in impeachment trial
    Former president Donald Trump has been found not guilty of incitement of insurrection by the US Senate tonight as the short but historic impeachment trial comes to a close. Following the Capitol Hill riots earlier this year, Democrats in Congress moved quickly to try and impeach Mr Trump before he left office. Their efforts were […]
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  • News Pope makes first female appointment
    Pope Francis has appointed Sister Nathalie Becquart as an undersecretary of the synod of bishops. Becquart is the first woman to be appointed to the position and the first to hold voting rights in a synod.
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  • News Trans discrimination in politics needs to be stamped out, immediately
    In the USA, Representative Greg Steube has recently introduced new, anti-trans legislation. It is unlikely that a vote will even happen on the bill however the concept threatens not only young trans women but all young women In Idaho, a similar law already exists. According to the law in Idaho, the state or the school […]
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  • News Study finds North East has lost out due to Brexit
    BY FLAMINIA LUCK A report published by the University of Warwick, has calculated which areas of the country have won or lost out economically as a result of the Brexit vote. The report, titled Measuring the Regional Economic Cost of Brexit, has used data and statistics from 2018 to construct a predictive modelling which estimates […]
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  • News Where was the national guard?
    On January the 6th Trump supporters stormed the capitol building in Washington, incited by President Trump himself. He told his supporters at a rally in DC on the morning of the event: “you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong.’’ This speech was extremely […]
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  • News Taken… But Real Life
    ‘I will find you, and I will kill you’ is one of the most iconic film lines ever, spoken chillingly by Liam Neeson’s Bryan Mills in Taken. Well, it seems that the character actually came to life in the form of a Mexican mother who hunted down ten of her daughter’s kidnappers until they were […]
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  • News How Much Sugar is in your Festive Coffee?
    We all over-indulge a little at Christmas – but do you know how much sugar is in your over-indulgent festive coffee? You’ll be shocked to say the least as some coffees contain as much sugar as seven doughnuts. Cafe Nero’s mint hot chocolate is the main culprit, containing 59.9 grams of sugar, which is the […]
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  • News Sam Fender Launches Petition to Help Homeless
    Local music hero Sam Fender has launched a campaign and petition to provide free helplines for the homeless and vulnerable. The petition – which you can sign here (and we urge you to) – comes after Fender’s work with local homeless charities, including North East Homeless. They have found that of seven councils in the […]
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  • Editorials Bullying: Are we stamping it out?
    It is a common misconception that bullying exists only in the schoolyard. It is easy to stereotype bullies as the wedgie-giving big kid stealing your lunch money. Or perhaps the malicious ‘mean girl’ spreading rumours behind your back. However, the circumstances are often much more complex. For us to fully appreciate the concept of it, […]
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  • News Joe Biden, 46th President
    After what has been an incredibly tense, unsettling and suspenseful few days in America, the next president has finally revealed himself. Democrat Joe Biden is projected by most media sources to have won the US election and the 270 Electoral College votes necessary to eclipse Donald Trump, making him President-elect and number 46. Despite lawsuits […]
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  • News US Election: What’s going on?
    As promised, we’d be right back with you once we had a clearer picture of what’s actually going on in the US. As for that ‘clearer picture’ – well, there isn’t one, to be honest. All that is clear is exactly what I said in my last article: this election could go on for days […]
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  • Editorials Ruth Bader Ginsburg, RBG
    It is not often that an individual leaves such a mark on a society. It is not often that an individual can symbolise so much for a society. But Ruth Bader Ginsburg was, after all, an extraordinary woman. It was announced today that this powerhouse of the American Supreme Court has passed away, aged 87. […]
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  • Music 10 Years of One Direction
    Ten years ago on this very day, a very special band was formed. If you’ve been with us at b**p from the start, you’ll know we’ve covered the band’s highs, lows and albums over the years. So it’s only right that we have our turn on such a momentous occasion. Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Niall […]
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  • News George Floyd – How it all started
    On the twenty-fifth of May, George Floyd was murdered by white police officer Derek Chauvin, outside a shop in Minneapolis. Footage showed Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck while pinning him to the floor. Chauvin has since been charged with murder, but thousands of people continue to protest on behalf of George Floyd, and anyone […]
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  • News Home vs Hospital
    Many people are struggling through these difficult times because we can’t leave our houses unless absolutely necessary. But imagine being stuck in one room for 3 weeks! That has been my experience, and I would like to share some thoughts with you about it. A few weeks ago I was admitted to hospital because of […]
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  • News Happy Birthday to You
    What an inspiration this man is. Raising £30 million for the NHS by doing laps of his garden, Captain, soon to be Corporal Tom Moore, celebrates his 100th birthday today and here at Beep, we salute you, Sir. This is exactly who a role model should be #inspired #truegent
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  • News COVID-19: The Facts
    The COVID-19 strain of Coronavirus has spread all around the globe. Large media outlets have been shamelessly capitalising on the outbreak. This is where B**b comes in. This article will separate the fact from the fiction, and give you the advice you need to keep yourself safe. COVID-19 is a strain from the coronavirus family […]
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  • News Space Trips getting Closer
    On January 19th 2020, SpaceX had their second “Crew Dragon” demonstration mission, launching a Falcon9 rocket whilst carrying the Crew Dragon capsule. However, this particular launch was unlike any other that SpaceX has done before. One minute and 37 seconds in, the Falcon rocket exploded. Now, SpaceX is no stranger to “ rapid unscheduled disassembly […]
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  • health The Benefits of Sports
    Have you ever experienced the wonders sport can do? New skills, new friends, new experiences, why not give it a go? 40% of teens in the UK ages 13-17 are active in sport and evidence shows these teens are more successful in life’s challenges. Why not create a positive life for yourself and enrol in […]
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  • News The Oscars 2020
    Here we are again. It’s year three of me putting myself through the ordeal of watching every best picture nominee for the Academy Awards. And this year, boy did they outdo themselves. After the whole race row of a few years ago, you would think they would have learned. But, it turns out, they thought […]
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  • News Sleep Tight
    A light went out on Monday night here in the North East, a light that shone so brightly and warmed so many people in so many ways. Jack Mitchell was one of the most inspiring human beings I have had the joy of knowing. His lust for making the world a better place was infectious […]
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  • News And we’re back
    After a well-deserved break, b**p is back up and running and keen to bring you topics for discussion and your info in 2020. There will be some changes coming, which we will keep you up to date on as and when they happen, but for now, our writers are getting warmed up once again to […]
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  • News The benefits of bilingualism
    It’s common knowledge that learning a second language can do wonders for your career, but bilingualism is worth much more than a bullet point on a CV. Learning a foreign language often helps you to understand your own. By studying the complexities of a foreign language you learn to identify key features in your own […]
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  • Editorials Good Riddance to Prince Andrew
    Unless you’ve been living under a rock these past couple of weeks, you’ll know that there’s been uproar surrounding Prince Andrew – the Queen’s favourite son. The whole Prince Andrew scandal is centred around the fact that he had a long and close friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted child sex trafficker. And when this […]
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  • News Mastering Politics: Labour Manifesto 2019
    Politics is never easy – and neither is cutting through all of the noise around it. But that’s why we’re here, and we’re explaining the key points of the Labour Party‘s manifesto for the 2019 general election. First of all, what’s a manifesto? Basically, a manifesto is a document produced by the political party with […]
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  • News British orphans in Syria returned to UK
    A group of orphaned British children in Syria have been returned to the UK, it has been announced. The children are the first to be repatriated to Britain from north-eastern Syria where Daesh formerly held control. It was announced that the Foreign Office had been asked to bring the children to Britain after they became […]
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  • Editorials How One Man’s Blunder Prompted Fall of Berlin Wall
    The 9th of November this year marked 30 years since the night West Germans and East Germans celebrated atop the Berlin Wall after a Socialist Unity Party official mistakenly confirmed that the border would be open for crossing. On the 9th of November 1989, Günter Schabowski was to lead a press conference which was supposed […]
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  • News Tory candidate: Benefits Street stars should be ‘put down’
    It’s not every day you catch a prospective MP candidate who said that the people starring in Channel 4 TV show Benefits Street should be “put down”. Yet Conservative candidate Francesca O’Brien said this in 2014 on Facebook, it was revealed. O’Brien, who is running to be MP for Gower in South Wales, was selected […]
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  • News UK Terror Threat Downgraded
    The terror threat in the United Kingdom has been downgraded to “substantial”, according to the Home Office yesterday. Although this means the UK is still at a “high level of threat” according to Home Secretary Priti Patel, it is the lowest threat level since 2014. During the course of the past five years, the threat […]
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  • News MP to stand down due to abuse
    We often hear about how toxic things have become in politics. Be it Brexit, immigration, the NHS – all of these issues are highly emotive and have, without a doubt, caused tensions to run high with those holding public office. However, MP Heidi Allen has announced she is to stand down due to abuse she […]
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  • News Zimbabwe droughts raise elephant sales
    After the recent droughts in Zimbabwe, over 50 elephants starved to death due to severe food shortages in national parks. The biggest drought in years has come at a bad time, with the economy of the Southern African country collapsing right before our very eyes. In the midst of it all, further controversy has surrounded […]
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