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Firm with links to Gove and Cummings given Covid-19 contract without open tender

Research company owned by associates of senior Tory and PM’s adviser gets £840,000 jobCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Cabinet Office has awarded an £840,000 contract to research public opinion about government policies to a company owned by two long-term associates of Michael Gove and Dominic Cummings, without putting the work out for tender.Public First, a small policy and research company in London, is run by James Frayne, whose work alongside Cummings – the pri...
Tags: Politics, London, Conservatives, UK News, Michael Gove, Gove, Cabinet Office, Cummings, Dominic Cummings, Rachel Wolf, Coronavirus outbreak, James Frayne

Dominic Cummings to tour sensitive MoD sites amid defence review

PM’s adviser will visit SAS and Porton Down, and has been to MI5 and MI6, leaked email saysDominic Cummings is to visit the SAS and four other of the Ministry of Defence’s most sensitive sites, a leaked email has revealed, at a time when the armed forces are battling to avoid swingeing cuts in an upcoming review.MoD sources confirmed a personal tour had been organised for the prime minister’s chief adviser, which will also take in the specialist military research laboratories at Porton Down, Wil...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Military, Defence policy, Ministry Of Defence, Sas, Cummings, Dominic Cummings, Porton Down Wiltshire Continue

Met police urged to investigate Dominic Cummings' trip during Covid-19 lockdown

Exclusive: ex-chief prosecutor’s lawyers say behaviour of Boris Johnson’s adviser warrants ‘thorough investigation’The Metropolitan police have been urged to launch an immediate investigation into Dominic Cummings’ trip from London to Durham at the height of the coronavirus outbreak by the former chief prosecutor for north-west England.Lawyers for Nazir Afzal have written to the Met commissioner, Cressida Dick, arguing that the behaviour of Boris Johnson’s chief adviser during the lockdown warra...
Tags: Politics, England, Science, London, Police, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Boris Johnson, Metropolitan Police, Durham, Dominic Cummings, Cressida Dick, Nazir Afzal, Coronavirus outbreak

Johnson's father's visit to Greece 'could erode trust in guidelines'

Trip by Stanley Johnson could weaken message on Covid-19 rules, warns Sage adviserThe decision by the prime minister’s father to travel to his Greek villa in apparent breach of Foreign Office guidance has been criticised by a government scientific adviser.Boris Johnson has refused to condemn his father, Stanley, for flying to Greece, despite current advice for British nationals to avoid all but essential international travel. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Greece, UK News, World news, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Foreign Office, Dominic Cummings, Stanley, Stanley Johnson, Coronavirus outbreak

'Office for talent' to be set up for scientists who want to work in UK

Unit based in No 10 will help researchers navigate post-Brexit immigration systemDowning Street is to set up a cross-departmental unit called the “office for talent” as a way to help leading scientists, researchers and others live and work in the UK in the post-Brexit immigration system.The plan, which the Liberal Democrats said was simply trying to make up the damage caused by Brexit, is intended to “ensure excellent customer service across the immigration system”, a government announcement sai...
Tags: Politics, UK, Education, Research, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Higher Education, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Dominic Cummings

Coronavirus: 'Why I want to prosecute Dominic Cummings'

A law student is seeking a private prosecution of the PM's top aide over his trips during lockdown.
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Mark Sedwill to step down as UK's top civil servant

Mark Sedwill to step down as UK's top civil servantCabinet secretary had been at odds with Dominic Cummings and a target of hostile briefings * Relationship with No 10 was no longer tenable
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Brexiteers to be recruited and departments moved to regions in huge Whitehall shake-up

Boris Johnson will reform Whitehall by recruiting more Brexiteers and relocating Government departments to the regions, Michael Gove has said. The moves will come as part of a wholesale reform of the civil service that will include ousting its head, Sir Mark Sedwill. Mr Gove, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster said the "looking glass" world of Westminster had caused Whitehall to be "estranged from the majority" when the EU referendum was held in 2016. Mr Johnson, together with his chief ad...
Tags: News, Eu, Michael Gove, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Whitehall, Cabinet, Gove, Mark, Lancaster, Dominic Cummings, Mark Sedwill Mr Gove

Putin is up to no good. But Johnson needs little help in creating chaos | Nick Cohen

The ‘gobocracy’ that surrounds the PM is capable of doing Russia’s work for itAs Boris Johnson is leading Britain’s first government of pundits, “a gobocracy”, if you like, it is worth repeating Humbert Wolfe’s scathing poem on the press: “You cannot hope to bribe or twist,/ thank God! the British journalist./ But, seeing what the man will do/ unbribed, there’s no occasion to.”In a gobocracy, there’s no need to become too conspiratorial about why a prime minister betrays his country. Put a Teleg...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Britain, Foreign Policy, Michael Gove, Boris Johnson, Espionage, Johnson, Times

From super-spreader Boris to Classic Dom's eyesight: daily press conference hits | John Crace

As No 10 announces Covid-19 press conferences are to end, here are some world-beating momentsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe daily Downing Street coronavirus press conferences, watched by millions since early March, are coming to an end. Here are some of the most memorable moments. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK News, Health policy, Boris Johnson, John Crace, Dominic Cummings, Patrick Vallance, Dominic Raab, Coronavirus outbreak, Chris Whitty

September reshuffle expected in effort to stem faltering Tory poll ratings

Backbenchers and party activists are unimpressed by U-turns and dithering as public support continues to fallMinisters are expecting a wide-ranging government reshuffle in September in which Boris Johnson will sack key figures who are judged to have underperformed in the Covid-19 crisis.Cabinet sources said the move was now seen as inevitable. They believe sweeping changes will be made in an attempt to defuse mounting discontent on the Tory backbenches following a stream of U-turns and a fall in...
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, UK News, Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings

Public prosecutor faces legal action over Cummings' Durham trip

Member of public seeks judicial review of Max Hill’s ‘inaction’ over alleged lockdown breachesA judicial review is being sought over the failure of the director of public prosecutions, Max Hill, to investigate Dominic Cummings for alleged breaches of the coronavirus lockdown rules.The complaint has been lodged on behalf of a member of the public, Martin Redston, who is concerned the DPP has shown insufficient independence from the government over the movements of Boris Johnson’s key adviser. Con...
Tags: Politics, Law, UK News, Boris Johnson, Crown Prosecution Service, Dpp, Dominic Cummings, Max Hill, Coronavirus outbreak, Cummings Durham, Martin Redston

Nazir Afzal joins legal fight for new inquiry into Dominic Cummings

Ex-regional chief prosecutor urges CPS to pursue case after PM’s aide breached lockdownCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNazir Afzal, a former regional chief prosecutor, has joined a legal campaign for a new investigation into Dominic Cummings over alleged breaches of the coronavirus lockdown rules.Afzal has urged his former employers at the Crown Prosecution Service, and the police, to pursue a case against the prime minister’s chief aide over his trips to Durham and B...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Durham, Cps, Dominic Cummings, Afzal, Nazir Afzal, Coronavirus outbreak

UK's top prosecutor threatened with legal action if Dominic Cummings not investigated

Legal team writes to Max Hill over failure to investigate Cummings’ alleged lockdown breachesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe director of public prosecutions, Max Hill, is being threatened with legal action if he fails to investigate Dominic Cummings for alleged breaches of the lockdown rules.A legal team, headed by the barrister Michael Mansfield, has twice written to Hill, expressing concern that no action has yet been taken against Cummings after a Guardian and ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Law, Daily Mirror, Durham, Michael Mansfield, Hill, Cummings, Dominic Cummings, Barnard Castle, Max Hill, Coronavirus outbreak

Analysis: Why the Government introduced quarantine despite their own scientists' doubts

It was in late March that it first emerged Priti Patel was pressing for quarantine to restrict arrivals coming to the UK from high-risk countries like Iran, the US and China but it was not until late last month that it was officially announced. Home Office figures show 18.1 million people entered the UK between January 1 and end of March without any health checks, including people from coronavirus hotspot countries. Of these, just 273 were quarantined and as many as 20,000 infected people may ha...
Tags: UK, News, China, US, Eu, Spain, Iran, Britain, Italy, Home Office, Ryanair, New Zealand, Michael O'leary, Tory, Donald Trump, Dominic Cummings

Coronavirus live updates: US cases approach 2 million; Chile revises death toll to 2,290

Bolsonaro conceals Brazilian death toll; 25,000 jobs at risk at Heathrow; pope warns Italians not to drop their guardAfter six months of coronavirus, how close are we to defeating it?Global report: Brazil’s running tallies deletedProtests ‘incredibly selfish’, Australian finance minister says 11.26pm BST Hi, Helen Sullivan joining you know. I’ll be bringing you the latest for the next few hours – get in touch on Twitter @helenrsullivan. 10.42pm BST In the UK, a campaign for a new invest...
Tags: UK, US, World news, Infectious Diseases, Chile, Heathrow, Brazil, Durham, Dominic Cummings, Matthew Weaver, Bolsonaro, Helen Sullivan, Coronavirus outbreak

Quarantine policy to be decided in court as 500 travel and hospitality firms attempt to stop restrictions

Boris Johnson’s quarantine policy is set to be decided in court with more than 500 travel and hospitality businesses expected on Monday to join a legal bid by airlines to reverse the restrictions. A new group called Quash Quarantine, which includes major names such as hotelier Sir Rocco Forte, will announce how it plans to stop the policy in its tracks, with options including backing a judicial review or seeking its own injunction. They claim the quarantine rule — which comes into force on Monda...
Tags: UK, News, Boris Johnson, Easyjet, British Airways, Brexit, Dominic Cummings, Rocco Forte, IAG Ryanair

Under Pressure, UK Government Releases NHS COVID Data Deals With Big Tech

From a report: Hours before facing court proceedings from openDemocracy over its massive NHS COVID-19 data deal with private tech firms, the UK government has caved to pressure and released all the contracts governing its deals with Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and controversial AI firms Faculty and Palantir. The contracts, released to openDemocracy and tech justice firm Foxglove today, reveal details of what has been described as an 'unprecedented' transfer of personal health information of milli...
Tags: UK, Tech, NHS, Dominic Cummings, Faculty, Amazon Microsoft Google, NHS COVID

UK govt publishes contracts granting Amazon, Microsoft, Google and AI firms access to COVID-19 health data

Questions linger over involvement of biz linked to Dominic Cummings and Vote Leave campaign UK government has published the contracts it holds with private tech firms and the NHS for the creation of a COVID-19 data store, just days after campaigners fired legal shots over a lack of transparency.…
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Anti-racism protest targets British PM Johnson's aide Cummings

A small group of protesters chanting "Black Lives Matter" gathered on Thursday outside the London home of Dominic Cummings, a close aide to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the centre of a scandal that has damaged the government. Anti-racism protests have taken place in Britain in recent days, in solidarity with U.S. demonstrations sparked by the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck. The brief protest outside ...
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Coronavirus live news: New Zealand passes 13 days without case as Germany reveals major stimulus plan

€130bn German package cuts VAT, offers cash grants; Mumbai introduces new restrictions after hurricane; Italy opens borders; Follow the latest updatesNew Zealand marks 13 days without new Covid-19 caseGlobal report: Mexico and Brazil hit highest daily deathsExclusive: governments and WHO changed Covid policy bases on suspect data from tiny US companyWHO reports 100,000 new cases a day for five straight daysCoronavirus latest: at a glance 6.24am BST People across almost all the world’s leadin...
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Dominic Cummings's Durham cottage plans investigated

A council is looking into whether where the PM's adviser stayed had the correct planning permission.
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Tory MP's inbox 'exploded' during Dominic Cummings row

Stephen Crabb said he received 700 emails about the issue from constituents.
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Keir Starmer: 'Boris Johnson has to get a grip and restore public confidence'

Labour leader says any rise in R-rate is fault of No 10 following Cummings affair and mixed messagesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFor the last two months, Keir Starmer has been cautious about criticising the government’s coronavirus response.He has preferred to be forensic rather than furious, accepting that ministers have a difficult job. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Science, UK News, Boris Johnson, Keir Starmer, Cummings, Dominic Cummings, Coronavirus outbreak

Milton Keynes MP becomes Scotland Office minister

Iain Stewart is appointed to take the place of Douglas Ross, who quit over the Dominic Cummings row.
Tags: News, Scotland, Milton Keynes, Dominic Cummings, Iain Stewart, Douglas Ross

Emily Maitlis back on Newsnight in wake of Cummings row

BBC presenter returns for first time since being ruled to have broken impartiality guidelinesEmily Maitlis returned to presenting Newsnight on Monday for the first time since the controversy over her comments on Boris Johnson’s top aide.The presenter was found to have broken the BBC’s impartiality guidelines following her monologue on Dominic Cummings last week. In her introduction to that show, Maitlis said Cummings had “broken the rules” when he travelled from London to Durham during lockdown ...
Tags: Politics, London, Media, UK News, Bbc, Newsnight, Boris Johnson, Emily Maitlis, Durham, Cummings, Dominic Cummings, Maitlis

Former Prime Minister Theresa May wades into Dominic Cummings row

Theresa May said Boris Johnson's chief advisor said she could "well understand" the public's anger [Author: [email protected] (Hugh Fort)]
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Rogue Trip by Boris Johnson Aide Makes U.K.’s Spectator Part of the Story

A senior editor of the magazine, Britain’s oldest, did not disclose in an article that her husband, Dominic Cummings, had taken a 260-mile trip that breached the nation’s stay-at-home order.
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Trip by Boris Johnson Aide Thrusts 192-Year-Old Magazine Into Uproar

A senior editor of The Spectator did not disclose in an article that her husband, Dominic Cummings, had taken a 260-mile trip that breached the nation’s stay-at-home order.
Tags: England, News, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Great Britain, The Spectator, Boris, Cummings, Dominic Cummings, News and News Media, Dominic (1971-, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV

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