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UK government defends deleting all trace of job vacancies after appointing Matt Hancock's lover to health department board

Matt Hancock, the former British health secretary. Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images Matt Hancock appointed Gina Coladangelo to the UK health department board in September 2020. She was, unusually, hired outside of another hiring process for non-executive directors. The government defended its handling of the hiring, including deleting job ads linked to the roles. See more stories on Insider's business page. The British government defended deleting details on the appointments process for ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Trends, News UK, Boris Johnson, Whitehall, UK Politics, Metro, Cabinet Office, Hancock, Ned, Matt Hancock, Committee on Standards in Public Life, Peter Riddell, Chris J Ratcliffe Getty, Department of Health and Social Care DHSC


Rishi Sunak pushing Boris Johnson to relax travel rules

Chancellor urging rethink on border policy amid concerns UK is ‘out of step’ with international competitorsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePressure is building on the prime minister to radically redraw restrictions on foreign travel next week, in time for the final weeks of the summer holidays.The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has made an unprecedented intervention before a crunch meeting on Thursday, writing to the prime minister to demand that the UK change its quarantin...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Politics, UK, England, France, Spain, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak, Coronavirus


The Observer view on the Royal Navy’s operation in the South China Sea | Observer editorial

Sailing into imperial delusions is no way to run foreign policyWhat would Jack Aubrey have made of it? When Patrick O’Brian’s fictitious Royal Navy hero sailed HMS Surprise to the far side of the world, the enemy was the USS Norfolk, a lone American frigate marauding in the Pacific. Full speed ahead from the war of 1812, to 2021, and today’s maritime sparring partners are HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s new £3bn aircraft carrier, and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army navy and its 360 “battle-f...
Tags: Politics, China, UK News, World news, Beijing, Military, Asia Pacific, Foreign Policy, Royal Navy, Boris Johnson, Defence, Brexit, G7, South China Sea, Ben Wallace, Patrick O'Brian


14-months after the birth of their first child, the wife of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is pregnant again

Insider Carrie Johnson has announced that she is pregnant with her second child. She also announced that she suffered a miscarriage in early 2021. She and the Prime Minister their first child, Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson, on 29 April 2020. See more stories on Insider's business page. Carrie Johnson, wife of Boris Johnson, has announced that she is pregnant with her second child.In an Instagram post, Mrs Johnson also announced that she had a miscarriage in early 2021, and is ...
Tags: Politics, Trends, United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Carrie Johnson, Breaking, Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson, UK Weekend, Bethany Dawson, Speed desk


UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson can't work his umbrella and Prince Charles laughs at him: video

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales looks concerned as British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson's umbrella is blown inside-out at The National Memorial Arboretum on July 28, 2021 in Stafford, England. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson brought some unintended levity to a somber event in Staffordshire. Amid light rainfall, Johnson struggled with his umbrella, which blew inside-out. Prince Charles, seated next to Johnson, laughed along with other high-ranking off...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, News, Wales, Trends, Umbrella, Prince Charles, Rain, Royal Family, Boris Johnson, Charles, Johnson, Staffordshire, Reuters, Patel


UK Covid live: 31,117 new cases as research suggests vaccines have prevented 60,000 deaths in England

Latest updates: new infections rise second day in a row; figures came ahead of publication of Public Health England’s latest vaccine surveillance reportRaab: vaccine passports aimed at encouraging young to get jabbed‘I might delete it’: users on the NHS Covid app amid pingdemicLack of quarantine at England’s borders ‘risks havoc of Covid variants’Coronavirus – latest global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.29pm BST The government has been accused of introducing “Covid ID cards by st...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Travel & leisure, UK News, NHS, Liberal Democrats, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Public Health England, Alistair Carmichael, Dominic Raab, Coronavirus


UK Covid live: vaccines have prevented 60,000 deaths and 22m infections in England, new research suggests

Latest updates: new figures came ahead of publication of Public Health England’s latest vaccine surveillance reportRaab: vaccine passports aimed at encouraging young to get jabbedLack of quarantine at England’s borders ‘risks havoc of Covid variants’Coronavirus – latest global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 2.22pm BST Prof Jonathan Van-Tam, the deputy chief medical officer for England, told BBC News a few minutes ago that new research suggests that vaccines have prevented 22 million...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Travel & leisure, UK News, BBC News, Boris Johnson, Public Health England, Dominic Raab, Jonathan Van Tam, Tim Spector, Coronavirus


UK Covid live: 689,313 people in England and Wales pinged by NHS Covid app last week

Latest updates: latest figures show increase of more than 70,000 compared to previous weekRaab: vaccine passports aimed at encouraging young to get jabbedLack of quarantine at England’s borders ‘risks havoc of Covid variants’Coronavirus – latest global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 12.00pm BST The next Covid wave may be more severe in Northern Ireland than in other parts of the UK because vaccine take-up rates have been lower, members of the legislative assembly (MLAs) at Stormont ...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Wales, Scotland, Travel & leisure, UK News, Northern Ireland, Treasury, Boris Johnson, England Scotland, Stormont, Dominic Raab, Coronavirus, NHS COVID, Prof Ian Young


Vaccine passport plan intended to coax young to have jabs, says Raab

Foreign secretary says government will not ‘hold country back’ because some are not getting vaccinatedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government is using the threat of domestic vaccine passports to coax and cajole people into getting double-jabbed, the foreign secretary has admitted.Dominic Raab said ministers did not want to “hold the country back” just because some individuals were not coming forward to get innoculated, confirming publicly what many suspected ab...
Tags: Health, Politics, Society, UK News, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Raab, Dominic Raab, Coronavirus


Vote Leave chief awarded £580k Covid deal after call from Dominic Cummings

Former No 10 adviser pressed for appointment to be hurried through, saying he had ‘ordered it’ from PMCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDominic Cummings personally called a former colleague on the Vote Leave Brexit campaign and asked if his company would work for the government on its response to the Covid pandemic, leading to the award of a £580,000 Cabinet Office contract with no competitive process.In an email on 20 March 2020, Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser as...
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, UK News, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Cabinet Office, Cummings, Dominic Cummings, Coronavirus


Sajid Javid admits UK Covid rates unpredictable as cases rise again

Health secretary’s comments came after a week of declining cases ended with 4,000 increase in one dayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSajid Javid has said “no one really knows” what trajectory the Covid pandemic will take in the weeks ahead, as new cases across the UK rose after seven days of consecutive declines.The latest Covid data, published on Wednesday, showed 27,734 people testing positive across the UK – up by 4,000 from a day earlier. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid, Javid, Coronavirus


Tory crime strategy will increase risk of major public disorder | Letters

Cllr Mark Blake says an enforcement approach to curb youth violence will fail, while Prof Saville Kushner says stop and search will undermine democratic policing. Plus letters from Mary Jones, TG Ashplant, Susan Ellery, Lynn Beudert and Christopher ReillyBoris Johnson’s announcements around his crime reduction strategy are worrying and predictable (Weird and gimmicky’: police chiefs condemn Boris Johnson’s crime plan, 27 July).As a councillor in Haringey who previously led on the council’s work ...
Tags: Politics, Police, Society, UK News, Boris Johnson, Haringey, Metropolitan, Saville Kushner, Cllr Mark Blake, Mary Jones TG Ashplant Susan Ellery Lynn Beudert, Christopher ReillyBoris Johnson


End to quarantine in England for double-jabbed is ‘nailed on’ for 16 August

Vaccinated adults in England will not be obliged to self-isolate from 16 August if pinged, says Boris JohnsonCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson has said the date when the obligation to quarantine will be lifted for adults who have received two vaccine doses is “nailed on” for 16 August after fears it could be pushed back.Ministers had last week declined to confirm the 16 August date for England. The environment secretary, George Eustice, said it was just “s...
Tags: Politics, England, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Boris Johnson, Johnson, George Eustice, Coronavirus, Boris JohnsonCoronavirus


UK royal yacht could cost taxpayer £50m more than initially said

Defence secretary says Britannia replacement would cost up to £250m at event to launch projectBritain’s new royal yacht could cost the taxpayer an initial £50m more than previously indicated at a total cost of £250m, the defence secretary said at an industry event to launch the project.The replacement for the long-scrapped Britannia, a brainchild of the prime minister, Boris Johnson, would be commissioned at “between £200m and £250m at a firm price”, Ben Wallace told a specially convened confere...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Tax and spending, Defence policy, Ministry Of Defence, Water transport, Boris Johnson, Defence, Ben Wallace, Greenwich Continue


‘Weird and gimmicky’: police chiefs condemn Boris Johnson’s crime plan

PM’s attempt to grip agenda flounders amid criticism he has ignored evidence on stop-and-searchPolice chiefs have condemned Boris Johnson’s high-profile strategy to tackle crime as “weird and gimmicky”, while plans to increase stop-and-search were criticised for ignoring the evidence.The crime initiative was supposed to show the Johnson government gripping the agenda. But senior police officers, the rank and file, opposition politicians and even some in business rebuked it. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Crime, Police, Austerity, Conservatives, UK News, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Police Federation


Police chiefs condemn Boris Johnson’s crime plan as ‘weird and gimmicky’

PM’s attempt to grip agenda flounders amid criticism he has ignored evidence on stop and search Police chiefs have condemned Boris Johnson’s high-profile strategy to tackle crime as “weird and gimmicky”, while plans to increase stop-and-search were criticised for ignoring the evidence.The crime initiative was supposed to show the Johnson government gripping the agenda. But senior police officers, the rank and file, opposition politicians and even some in business rebuked it. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Crime, Police, UK News, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Police Federation


What is Boris Johnson offering in his crime reduction plan?

Making stop and search easier is among proposals that police and critics doubt will do much to cut crimeIt is a phalanx of announcements and measures the government claims will cut crime and make the public feel safer. There is some more money for medium- to long-term measures such as drug treatment and violence reduction units spearheading a public health approach. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, England, Crime, Police, Conservatives, UK News, UK criminal justice, Boris Johnson, Metropolitan Police, Stop and search


What’s Boris Johnson offering in his crime reduction plan?

Making stop and search easier is among proposals that police and critics doubt will do much to cut crimeWhat is the government’s new crime plan?It is a phalanx of announcements and measures the government claims will cut crime and make the public feel safer. There is some more money for medium to long-term measures such as drug treatment and violence reduction units spearheading a public health approach. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, England, Crime, Police, Conservatives, UK News, UK criminal justice, Boris Johnson, Metropolitan Police, Stop and search


Boris Johnson cautious despite six-day fall in Covid infections – video

The prime minister, Boris Johnson, said it was important that people did not draw premature conclusions about several days of better Covid case data and urged the public to remain cautious.'I've noticed that obviously that we're six days into some better figures, but it is very, very important that we don't allow ourselves to run away with premature conclusions about this,' Johnson said.'People have got to remain very cautious and that remains the approach of the government.'Don’t run away with ...
Tags: Politics, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Coronavirus


UK rejects EU’s Northern Ireland moves, saying Brexit deal must be renegotiated

Downing Street says Brussels overtures are insufficient and ‘comprehensive’ solutions neededBoris Johnson has rejected Brussels’ latest attempt to iron out problems with the post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland, insisting that the withdrawal agreement signed last year must be renegotiated. Related: If Britain wants to resolve the Northern Ireland protocol, this is not the way to do it | Anand Menon and Jill Rutter Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Britain, Northern Ireland, European Commission, Boris Johnson, Brussels, Johnson, Brexit, Jill Rutter, David Frost, Trade Policy, Anand Menon


10 Things in Politics: Fauci predicts booster shot for some

Hope you had a nice weekend! Welcome back to 10 Things in Politics. Sign up here to receive this newsletter. Send tips to [email protected] or tweet me at @BrentGriffiths.Here's what we're talking about:Inside the turmoil at the Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationFauci says Delta variant is running through '2 kinds of America'The climate crisis is upending real estate tooWhat we're watching today: President Joe Biden welcomes Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi to the Wh...
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How England’s ‘pingdemic’ took a heavy toll on the Tories

It was billed as a return to freedom, but the week ended with empty supermarket shelves and cancelled trains as many thousand workers – including the PM and chancellor – self-isolatedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLast weekend, as MPs prepared for their long summer holiday break from Westminster, a senior member of Boris Johnson’s cabinet had this to say about the Conservative government’s achievements in steering the country through the Covid-19 pandemic. “It seems ...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Labour, Opinion polls, Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid, Focus, Coronavirus


Britain faces ‘decades of financial risk’ as £370bn pandemic bill mounts

MPs call for immediate inquiry into Covid response to learn the lessons of what went wrongCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTaxpayers will be left facing “significant financial risk for decades to come” because of the levels of emergency government spending on the pandemic, totalling more than £370bn, a powerful committee of MPs says today.In two separate reports, the all-party public accounts committee (PAC) paints a daunting picture of the lasting financial strain cau...
Tags: Health, Politics, Society, UK News, Tax and spending, Public finance, Britain, NHS, PAC, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus, COVID


Boris Johnson wants to mimic Tony Blair’s project, say No 10 sources

PM wants to echo Blair’s promise of an ‘opportunity society’ and energise those who feel left behindBoris Johnson intends to mimic aspects of Tony Blair’s political project in the hope of winning over more voters in former Labour heartlands, Downing Street sources have revealed.While the Conservatives’ 2019-intake MPs are more likely to model themselves on Margaret Thatcher than the former Labour prime minister, No 10 insiders said Johnson had been studying Blair’s approach. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, David Cameron, UK News, Margaret Thatcher, Labour, Tony Blair, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Peter Mandelson, Blair, Dominic Cummings, Coronavirus


Sage adviser claims ministers trying to get as many as possible infected with Covid

Exclusive: Prof Robert West says rhetoric about caution is ‘a way of putting blame on public’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA scientist advising the government has accused ministers of allowing infections to rip through the younger population in an effort to bolster levels of immunity before the NHS faces winter pressures.The allegation comes after England’s remaining Covid restrictions were eased on Monday, with nightclubs throwing open their doors for the first tim...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, UK News, NHS, Boris Johnson, Robert West, Coronavirus


All the bad news Boris Johnson's government just tried to bury

UK prime minister Boris Johnson in London on July 8, 2021. Jeremy Selwyn - WPA Pool/Getty Images The UK government released a trove of bad news as MPs head on their summer break. Ministers announced pay freezes and dodged questions on transparency. Labour said the government had "clearly attempted to hide" a damning report. See more stories on Insider's business page. The UK government has a cynical tradition of saving up bad news and dumping it into the public domain just as MPs head ...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, London, Wales, Trends, David Cameron, Bbc, NHS, Labour, Yvette Cooper, News UK, Home Office, Michael Gove, Boris Johnson, Pembrokeshire


France fiasco to pingdemic U-turn: Boris Johnson’s week of chaos

In the last seven days the UK government has flailed from one controversy or misstep to the nextCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOften, the political week heading into the Commons summer recess can feel almost soporific, with the thoughts of ministers and MPs geared more towards holiday sunbeds than rows. But the last seven days has been different, and not only because of the ongoing political flux of coronavirus, with the government seeming to flail from one controver...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, France, Conservatives, Travel & leisure, UK News, Immigration and asylum, NHS, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid, Rishi Sunak, Coronavirus


Jeremy Heywood’s widow calls Greensill inquiry a ‘travesty’

Suzanne Heywood says process was set up to scapegoat the former civil servant and ‘distract attention’The widow of a former top civil servant who was heavily criticised in the government’s inquiry into the Greensill affair has described the process as a “travesty” set up to scapegoat him and “distract attention” from events after his death.Boris Johnson has already been accused of orchestrating a cover-up over the lobbying scandal after an official review issued a mild rebuke of the former prime...
Tags: Politics, David Cameron, Conservatives, UK News, Civil Service, Boris Johnson, Lobbying, David Cameron Continue, Jeremy Heywood, Greensill, Suzanne Heywood


100 days to Cop26: protesters urge Boris Johnson to take climate talks seriously

With 100 days to go to crucial UN crisis summit in Glasgow, PM is accused of lack of leadershipProtesters will fill London’s Parliament Square on Friday morning, calling on the prime minister, Boris Johnson, to make the climate crisis his top priority, as the UK prepares to host UN talks that will determine whether the world tips into environmental catastrophe this decade.Giant alarm clocks will show time running out, while 100 protesters chant that Johnson and his chancellor, Rishi Sunak, are “...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Protest, Climate Change, Environment, UK News, US foreign policy, Foreign Policy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Un, Glasgow, Boris Johnson, Green politics, John Kerry, Johnson


Protesters urge Boris Johnson to take Cop26 climate talks seriously

With 100 days to go to crucial UN crisis summit in Glasgow, PM is accused of lack of leadershipProtesters will fill London’s Parliament Square on Friday morning, calling on the prime minister, Boris Johnson, to make the climate crisis his top priority, as the UK prepares to host UN talks that will determine whether the world tips into environmental catastrophe this decade.Giant alarm clocks will show time running out, while 100 protesters chant that Johnson and his chancellor, Rishi Sunak, are “...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Protest, Climate Change, Environment, UK News, US foreign policy, Foreign Policy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Un, Glasgow, Boris Johnson, Green politics, John Kerry, Johnson



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