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Boris Johnson's poll lead over Labour collapses -and just 25% think he's a "good" PM; A new YouGov poll found the Tories on 38% -six points down from the previous week. Jul 24, 2021 413
Boris Johnson 'ranted about being The King' after 2019 election victory, Cummings claims; Former top aide Dominic Cummings suggested the PM spent more time last January worrying about getting Big Ben to chime to mark Brexit than he did on any other political issue -including Covid-19. Jul 24, 2021 569
Boris Johnson could offer healthy eating 'rewards' after furious Tory backlash to tax plan; The new plan, which could be launched from January, would track families' supermarket spending through an app, and reward those who buy more fruit, vegetables and low calorie meals. Jul 24, 2021 400
Plan for PM to avoid self-isolation with testing pilot 'was Boris Johnson's idea'; Number 10 and the Chancellor u-turned on the plan to continue working in Downing Street by taking part in a testing pilot, after a furious backlash. Jul 24, 2021 515
Government admits Boris Johnson's flat refurb originally paid for by Tory donors; The bizarre funding chain was finally confirmed in the fourth footnote on the 208th page of the Cabinet Office's annual report, which the Government quietly published on Thursday. Jul 17, 2021 450
Lockdown could be reimposed as Covid hospitalisations head for 10k, Jeremy Hunt warns; Most coronavirus rules are set to be axed on Monday -but the former Health Secretary said the situation facing the NHS is "very serious" with rapidly increasing numbers of hospital admissions. Jul 17, 2021 765
Health Secretary Sajid Javid tests positive for Covid 2 days before Freedom Day; Mr Javid is self-isolating at home with his family -after testing positive despite being double-jabbed. Jul 17, 2021 384
Sajid Javid's positive Covid-19 test could set 'pings' ringing through Westminster; The Health Secretary revealed he had tested positive with a rapid lateral flow test today, after feeling "groggy" last night. Jul 17, 2021 400
Nigel Farage given prime time GB News show as channel battles plummeting ratings; The schedule shake-up suggests Andrew Neil won't be returning to his nightly programme any time soon. Jul 17, 2021 422
Government won't publish records of meetings between Dido Harding and Covid firms; EXCLUSIVE The Government says the former head of the £37 billion programme won't be required to make her diary public. Jul 17, 2021 607
Government faces legal action over claims ministers use private email and WhatsApps; The Good Law Project aims to force the government to draw up new policies to ensure official communications are accountable. Jul 9, 2021 540
8 key questions from Boris Johnson's liaison committee grilling; The PM faced a barrage of questions on Brexit, his flat, Matt Hancock, Housing, Covid and more -here's a round up of the questions and the answers -or lack of. Jul 7, 2021 1257
Boris Johnson risks fury over plan to tear up all legal Covid mask rules; It's understood No10's focus on personal responsibility also extends to vulnerable people, who they believe have the option to travel at less busy times if they're worried about catching Covid from someone not wearing a mask. Jul 5, 2021 704
Ministers 'cautious' on Covid-19 travel rules ahead of new green list update; Environment Secretary George Eustice said Angela Merkel's call for an EU-wide quarantine rule for British holidaymakers is "unjustified". Jun 24, 2021 434
Boris Johnson's junk food ad ban welcomed by health groups -but not by food industry; The British Heart Foundation welcomed it as a "bold and very positive step" -but the food and dink industry said it was a "headline chasing policy". Jun 24, 2021 560
Minister defends scrapping quarantine for 'some' international Euro 2020 fans; Culture minister John Whittingdale said there would be "some people coming in" for the semi-finals and finals of the football tournament. Jun 23, 2021 756
Ministers mocked for urging schoolchildren to sing 'embarrassing' patriotic song; The "strong Britain, great nation" song is part of a project founded by a retired police officer -but the lyrics have been branded "quite insane". Jun 23, 2021 339
BREAKING Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi to hold Number 10 Covid-19 briefing at 5pm; The minister is expected to give an update on the progress of the vaccination programme in a Downing Street press conference. Jun 23, 2021 267
Labour slams 'hollow apology' after Tories oppose violence against women measures; Tory MPs voted against a series of proposals set out by Labour, including the full roll out of "Section 28", which will allow the cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses to be recorded rather than undertaken in court for victims of sexual offences. Jun 23, 2021 401
Matt Hancock says NHS app 'important' to show vaccine proof for overseas travel; The Health Secretary said ministers are "working on" plans to allow double-jabbed Brits to skip quarantine after visiting amber-list countries. Jun 22, 2021 584
Matt Hancock dismisses pensioners' concerns over social care as 'total rubbish'; The Health Secretary refused to say when he will meet with Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak about the PM's plan to fix social care -something he said was ready two years ago. Jun 22, 2021 418
Tory MPs accused of 'culture war' as schools report disowned by committee member; The report said schools could be breaking the law by promoting "divisive" terminology such as "white privilege" -but a member of the committee behind it said she was "not happy" with it. Jun 22, 2021 473
End of Covid-19 lockdown before July 19 'unlikely' says business minister; There will be a two week review of the delay to Step 4 of the Covid roadmap -but Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said it's unlikely remaining restrictions will be lifted on July 5. Jun 21, 2021 440
Dominic Cummings says a Labour PM is 'probably' needed for the NHS to improve; Boris Johnson's former chief strategist said Labour should focus on violent crime in order to "kick the Tories up and down the street" -but criticised Keir Starmer as "just another not great lawyer". Jun 21, 2021 609
Tory Minister says it's 'ridiculous' to expect him to quit if he can't improve rape convictions; Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said he was "deeply ashamed" by the downward trend in rape convictions -but said it was "dangerous" to ask him to resign if it's not reversed. Jun 20, 2021 392
Top Tory accuses John Bercow of 'diminishing' himself by branding party xenophobic; Justice Secretary Robert Buckland lashed out at the former speaker, after he defected to Labour -saying. Jun 20, 2021 583
Boris Johnson's phone 'seized by MI5' over security risk fears; Concerns were raised about the PM's digits after it was discovered they had been available to all online for the last 15 years. Jun 20, 2021 363
Tories pile pressure on Boris Johnson over planning shakeup that sparked embarrassing defeat; The PM is likely to face clashes with Tory rebels who oppose the shakeup -after a Cabinet minister dismissed their concerns in the wake of the Chesham and Amersham by-election drubbing. Jun 20, 2021 816
Tory's bitter swipe over by-election drubbing as Ed Davey literally knocks down blue wall; Defeated Conservative Peter Fleet delivered a bitter parting shot to his Lib Dem rival after an embarrassing defeat for Boris Johnson's party -as jubilant Lib Dem leader Ed Davey prepared for the most cringe wall-based stunt since the Ed Stone. Jun 18, 2021 925
Scotland likely to delay lockdown easing for three weeks, Nicola Sturgeon says; The First Minister said "in all probability" there would be no changes to Scotland's lockdown levels when they are next re-assessed, next week. Jun 15, 2021 240
Tory MP ordered to make public apology over 'grossly unprofessional' bullying; A report found Daniel Kawczynski acted in a "threatening and intimidating manner" towards workers after a tech glitch meant he was unable to join a committee hearing. The Shrewsbury MP says he will apologise, using "the script that has been handed to me by the panel.". Jun 14, 2021 946
Boris Johnson says July 19th is 'terminus date' for Covid-19 unlocking; The Prime Minister strongly indicated the four week delay would be the last one -saying it was not a "not before" date, as has been the case previously in the road map. Jun 14, 2021 515
'Make Covid memorial wall permanent', Boris Johnson told by 200 politicians; Peers, MPs and Mayors joined forces in a letter urging the PM to support the campaign to make the wall a permanent site. Jun 12, 2021 495
Pandemic heroes recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours list -and those who weren't; It's gongs for real heroes on Saturday as one in four honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours list helped Britain in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Jun 12, 2021 888
Andrea Leadsom gets damehood as Boris Johnson rewards loyal Tories in Queen's Birthday Honours; Andrea Leadsom becomes a dame -and Vote Leave veteran Oliver Lewis, who was briefly in charge of the No10 Union unit, gets a CBE. Jun 11, 2021 509
Joe Biden arrives in UK for G7 summit with warning on NI peace 'peril'; The US President touched down at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk to visit US troops stationed there, before heading to Newquay for the summit. Jun 10, 2021 844
Shameless Tories hand 83% of £610m boost to towns with only Conservative MPs; Of the latest list of 26 towns benefiting from the fund, only four are represented by MPs of any other party. Jun 8, 2021 325
BREAKING Covid-19 advice to 'minimise travel' extended to all of Greater Manchester and Lancashire; The Government is poised to send Greater Manchester and Lancashire extra vaccinations, military support and a school mask-wearing rule to drive down Covid rates -as the Delta variant continues to surge. Jun 8, 2021 223
Ministers cave under pressure and delay NHS patient data grab plan; The programme -which will allow third party businesses to view a database of anonymised patient records, including treatments, referrals, sexual health and domestic violence records -has been delayed until September following pressure from Labour and campaigners. Jun 8, 2021 602
Children 'let down' by Gavin Williamson's 'paltry' plan to catch up with school; Leaked proposals recommended a £15 billion package -including longer school days -but today's "recovery plan" announcement includes just £1.4 billion in new money. Jun 2, 2021 1404
4 crucial Covid questions Matt Hancock failed to answer over Dominic Cummings' evidence; The Health Secretary was the target of the most searing claims in the Prime Minister's former advisor -but aside from denying claims about his honesty, he did not address some of the more serious allegations. May 27, 2021 730
It's 'crackers' Boris Johnson was put in charge of the country, Dominic Cummings says; The PM's former top aide suggested that had he been in charge there would have been a "kind of dictator" installed -and compared the decision-making process to a Spider-Man meme. May 26, 2021 648
Dominic Cummings 'nearly quit' and accused government of 'killing hundreds of thousands'; The PM's former top aide told MPs he considered threatening Boris Johnson with a noisy exit from his Downing Street team in March 2020. May 26, 2021 676
Dominic Cummings 'warned Boris Johnson' not to pick 'stupid' fight with Marcus Rashford; The PM's former top aide said the Prime Minister had decided to pick a fight and then surrendered twice. ". May 26, 2021 355
Delaying Covid inquiry would let people 'rewrite memories' and lose documents, warns Cummings; Dominic Cummings, the PM's former top aide said there was 'no excuse' for delaying the inquiry until next year -saying 'tens of thousands of people died who didn't need to die' and 'a lot of the reasons for why that happened are still in place now'. May 26, 2021 468
Tory MP Rob Roberts faces six week suspension for breaking sexual misconduct rules; An Independent Expert Panel found Rob Roberts had made repeated and unwanted sexual advances towards the man who made the complaint. May 25, 2021 215
Cummings could accuse Boris Johnson of skipping Covid meetings to write Shakespeare book; Cabinet Office officials reportedly fear ex-top aide Mr Cummings will use his appearance before a committee of MPs to reap revenge on his former boss -claiming the PM needed to deliver the book to fund his divorce. May 23, 2021 875
Covid-19 lockdown easing in June still 'uncertain' says Government vaccine expert; Professor Adam Finn warned the planned unlocking on June 21 isn't a done deal and that "life is not suddenly going to go back to normal in June". May 23, 2021 819
Priti Patel says ministers breaking rules not important as they're doing hard jobs; The Home Secretary, who was found to have broken the ministerial code over accusations of bullying, said the rulebook is currently being "reviewed". May 23, 2021 328
Government quietly publishes troubling new India variant data late on Saturday night; A risk assessment rated the increased transmissibility and the reduced effectiveness of vaccines on the India variant as 'red' -and warned it had an "increased growth rate" compared to the Kent variant. May 23, 2021 578
Dominic Cummings claims herd immunity dropped due to 'comms disaster' panic over deaths; The PM's former top aide claimed Ministers did not realise the plan would mean hundreds of thousands "choking to death" -and the dead going "unburied" -alongside an economic implosion. May 23, 2021 481
60 million Covid-19 vaccine doses delivered in UK -with 72% having first jab; Latest Government figures show 22.6 million people (43%) have had both doses of the vaccine. May 23, 2021 821
5 explosive questions Dominic Cummings could answer in bombshell hearing. May 22, 2021 868
Top civil servant deleted David Cameron texts after 'entering wrong phone password'; The Treasury says Sir Tom Scholar had to have his phone reset -deleting his messages to the former Prime Minister -after his password was wrongly entered too many times. May 21, 2021 416
New £800m science agency exempt from transparency law because it's 'too interesting'; EXCLUSIVE Aria -the £800 million brainchild of Dominic Cummings -won't have to comply with transparency laws because the government expects the number of Freedom of Information requests to be "disproportionate". May 17, 2021 543
Indoor pubs to return in Wales as Mark Drakeford confirms move to Covid Alert Level 2; Pubs and restaurants will be allowed to serve customers indoors, and cinemas and theatres will be able to reopen. May 14, 2021 429
Covid-19 June lockdown easing 'in doubt' over India variant surge says virus expert; Microbiologist Professor Paul Hunter told the BBC there could be a "huge number of cases by June" -after a spike in cases of the new variant. May 14, 2021 390
Decision on Portugal letting British tourists in should be made 'immediately' says MP; Holiday hopefuls face uncertainty after the nation's government decided to extend its "state of calamity" until at least May 30. May 14, 2021 740
Serious Fraud Office probing Sanjeev Gupta's business empire including Greensill links; The SFO is investigating the Gupta Family Group Alliance -which part owned Liberty Steel -over suspected fraud, fraudulent trading and money laundering. May 14, 2021 178
Angela Rayner warns 'magnolia politics' is turning off voters and Labour must be bolder; The Deputy Labour Leader said people backed Boris Johnson because he "comes across as authentic" -admitting she might have been a Tory voter if she was an 18-year-old in Stockport. May 14, 2021 385
Labour MP Wes Streeting to undergo treatment for kidney cancer; The Ilford North MP says a lump was identified while he was getting treatment for a kidney stone -which helped doctors catch the cancer early. Disease/Disorder overview May 14, 2021 322
Boris Johnson will give evidence under oath to Covid-19 public inquiry; The Prime Minister has committed to testifying before the inquiry if he's asked to do so. May 12, 2021 588
Far-right to get compensation for being 'cancelled' in culture war Queen's Speech; Boris Johnson stood accused of failing to deliver on the public's priorities after announcing a wave of 'culture war' laws and no plans for social care. May 11, 2021 281
Boris Johnson to rip up legal barriers on dishing out contracts despite cronyism scandal; The Queen's Speech includes plans to "reform" the UK's public procedure regime by removing legal barriers -despite the damaging cronyism scandal. May 11, 2021 254
Boris Johnson to reduce access to courts for refugees -making it easier to deport them; The Queen's Speech includes plans to overturn a decade of legal precedent, removing the right of immigrants to challenge tribunal decisions in the High Court. May 11, 2021 335
Boris Johnson drags the Queen into his revenge feud with the courts for second time; After he risked embarrassing the Queen by forcing a shutdown of Parliament to push through his Brexit plan for a second time -today he had her announce his plan for revenge on the courts for embarrassing him. May 11, 2021 351
BREAKING Covid-19 alert level reduced from 4 to 3 after drop in cases and deaths; The UK Chief Medical Officers and NHS England National Medical Director agreed to reduce the level of risk from coronavirus. May 10, 2021 220
Boris Johnson unveils huge lockdown changes as people can finally hug from Monday; Friends and family will be allowed to decide for themselves whether a hug, kiss or handshake is worth the risk. Also, pubs can open indoors. May 10, 2021 639
Martin Lewis and Which? join forces urging Government to get tough on web scams; The Money Saving Expert founder is among 17 organisations calling on the government to beef up protections against online scams in next week's Queen's Speech. May 7, 2021 730
Labour concede Hartlepool by-election is all-but lost to the Tories; Just before 3am, Labour Shadow Transport Secretary Jim McMahon accepted: "We haven't got over the line, that's quite clear from the ballots.". May 7, 2021 577
Giant inflatable Boris Johnson appears outside Hartlepool by-election count; The blow-up Boris was erected outside the leisure centre where votes are still being counted. May 7, 2021 322
BREAKING Tories win Hartlepool by-election in brutal night of defeats for Keir Starmer; On a grim night for Labour, the party lost the North East Parliamentary seat by 6,940 votes -after defending a majority of 3,595 from the 2019 election. May 7, 2021 977
Tories win Hartlepool by-election in brutal night of defeats for Keir Starmer; On a grim night for Labour, the party lost the North East Parliamentary seat by 6,940 votes -after defending a majority of 3,595 from the 2019 election. May 7, 2021 1170
Top Tory crime commissioner admits 'little is done' to combat major fraud; EXCLUSIVE: Thames Valley's outgoing Police and Crime Commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld -who is a national lead on fraud -accepted there is a "lack of strategy" and many fraud cases fall into an "administrative hole". May 5, 2021 427
Facebook's Donald Trump suspension upheld by board -but it may not be permanent; The oversight board said it was wrong to impose an "indeterminate and standardless penalty of an indefinite suspension" -but didn't say whether the former President should be permanently banned, or have a time limit on his time-out. May 5, 2021 292
Keir Starmer on tour in last ditch bid for votes ahead of 'Super Thursday' election; The Labour leader will campaign with three of his party's mayoral hopefuls in West Yorkshire, the West Midlands and the West of England before the largest set of elections held outside of a general election. May 5, 2021 407
France threatens to turn Jersey's electricity off over Brexit fishing rights; The Channel Island accused Paris of making "disproportionate" threats against them, after being warned France was ready to take "retaliatory measures". May 5, 2021 427
Boris Johnson considers spending £200million on a ship named after Prince Philip; The vessel would supposedly be tasked with boosting UK trade overseas, though No10 insist there are no plans for a royal yacht. May 2, 2021 219
Boris Johnson's finances in full -from 157k salary to income before becoming PM; While rent-free, the PM has to pay a tax liability of about £7,000 a year for electricity, heating and maintenance. And he pays a council tax bill of £1,665 a year for the four bedroom, central London property. May 2, 2021 428
Matt Hancock 'opens door to changing law on doctor-assisted suicide' in UK; The Health Secretary has written to Sir Ian Diamond, the national statistician, to ask for data on the number of Britons who kill themselves after being diagnosed with a terminal medical condition. May 2, 2021 307
One in five will resent not getting Covid-19 vaccination before summer holidays; Middle-class earners are more likely to be resentful, according to the study by Bristol University, King's College London and the National Institute for Health Research. Apr 30, 2021 410
What are the Covid-19 rules this bank holiday? Everything you can and can't do; Getting a day off on a rainy day has no effect on the Covid rules -here's how you're allowed to spend your time on Monday. Apr 30, 2021 865
Arlene Foster 'to quit DUP' after revolt forces her out as NI First Minister; She reportedly thinks it's 'no longer the party she joined and is moving in a different direction'. Apr 30, 2021 313
Keir Starmer jokes he'll wear boxing gloves when he faces Boris Johnson at PMQs; The Labour leader let loose on a punchbag as he visited a boxing club in Hull ahead of next week's elections. Apr 30, 2021 311
Election hopeful plays with nunchucks in his pants in world's most embarrassing video; Brian Rose came to the attention of most people after being filmed drinking his own urine. Now footage has emerged of him flailing around an offensive weapon in a state of undress. Apr 30, 2021 275
Tory Shaun Bailey filmed 'walking away from homeless person' amid questions over charity cash; EXCLUSIVE Questions have been raised about unaccounted expenditure from a charity formerly run by Conservative Party London Mayor candidate Shaun Bailey. Apr 30, 2021 630
Government used exclusive WhatsApp group to give 'VIP' CEOs info about PPE deals; A High Court judge today ordered Matt Hancock to hand over texts and WhatsApp messages about lucrative Covid-19 contracts. Apr 29, 2021 560
Boris Johnson reported to standards watchdog with power to have him suspended; The Prime Minister has been warned by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards that he faces "more serious sanctions" -and that he displayed a "pattern of behaviour" and "an over-casual attitude towards obeying the rules of the House". Apr 29, 2021 614
Boris Johnson makes false claim even as he shrugs off accusations of dishonesty; The Prime Minister falsely claimed Labour had not supported his Brexit trade deal. In fact, Keir Starmer whipped his MPs to vote for the deal in December. Apr 28, 2021 433
BREAKING Boris Johnson will himself judge if he broke the rules over flat refurbishment; The Prime Minister's official spokesman confirmed Mr Johnson will remain 'ultimate arbiter' of the ministerial code -even if he's the one under investigation. Apr 28, 2021 200
Boris Johnson could be forced to correct false claims made in Parliament; Speaker Lindsay Hoyle has backed calls for a Commons procedure committee to look into how errors and falsehoods can be corrected. Apr 28, 2021 361
Flagship Covid jobs scheme hits 16k new starts -but could take years to reach target; If the Government maintains the current rate of 260 new employees starting each day, it should hit its target of 250,000 new jobs in a little over two and a half years. Apr 27, 2021 372
Dad of woman who died after Covid delayed cancer treatment warns of deadly crisis; In a moving video to be released by the Labour Party today, Craig Russell, whose daughter Kelly died aged 31 from bowel cancer last June, said the new crisis could cost more lives than Coronavirus. Apr 27, 2021 259
UK sends aid to help India tackle Covid surge -but has 'no surplus vaccines'; Boris Johnson's spokesman said Britain has no surplus vaccines to send, and is prioritising its own population. Apr 27, 2021 406
Tory candidate in Hartlepool by-election has spent decade away from constituency; EXCLUSIVE: Jill Mortimer, a land-owning barrister from North Yorkshire, admitted she had not "spent a lot of time" in Hartlepool as local Tory voters complained the party had "thrown everything away on someone outside the area". Apr 25, 2021 356
Boris Johnson met Manchester United's Ed Woodward days before Super League storm; It's thought the football chief was in Downing Street to discuss Covid protocols -but it came just days before news of the Super League broke. Apr 23, 2021 435
Anti-corruption group finds 'red flags' in 20% of Government Covid contracts; Transparency international's audit of pandemic-related deals found 73 contracts worth more than £37 billion -20% of the total value -merited "further investigation". Apr 22, 2021 714
Dominic Raab faces grilling over 'sneaked out' cuts to help for world poorest; The Foreign Secretary, whose department took over aid spending last year, was criticised for having "slipped out" details of reduced spending in a statement late on Wednesday. Apr 22, 2021 878
Rules forcing care residents to isolate after park visits could be relaxed next month; The Government has come under mounting pressure to scrap guidance which forces a 14 day quarantine on residents who leave their care home to visit a park, have an outdoor picnic with relatives or even visit the dentist. Apr 21, 2021 546
Tory donor's role in £100m PPE contract scrubbed from documents following 'admin error'; The Mirror understands Mr Jassal's name was included in the published records due to an "admin error" which also affected "hundreds" of other contracts with different organisations. Apr 20, 2021 652

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