Politics

Boris Johnson’s approval rating has slumped in the wake of Dominic Cummings’ explosive evidence about the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, an opinion poll suggests. According to the Opinium study, the prime minister’s approval rating now stands at -6% -compared with +6% two weeks ago. But it seems that Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer
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Matt Hancock committed a “minor breach” of the ministerial code when a coronavirus contract was awarded to his sister’s company in which he had share holdings, an independent report has found. Lord Geidt, the independent adviser on ministers’ interests, found that the health secretary made a “technical” breach of the ministerial code of conduct by
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The government’s refusal to implement an insurance scheme for mass events this year means the festival industry is looking at a “lost summer”, according to a Commons report. Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage has previously ruled out the introduction of such a scheme, claiming it could “pull the rug out from underneath” organisers. Boomtown Festival, which
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Downing Street has defended a meeting between Viktor Orban and Boris Johnson amid renewed criticism over the Hungarian leader’s derogatory comments about migrants. Mr Orban has previously spoken of “Muslim invaders” and said migration is “a poison”, forcing Number 10 to condemn the comments as “divisive and wrong” ahead of their meeting on Friday afternoon.
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More than 1.5 million people flew into the UK between January and April while the UK’s borders were supposed to be heavily restricted, new figures reveal. Home Office data shows that about two-thirds of arrivals in 2021 were non-UK nationals. Labour says the figures demonstrate that the government’s border policy is “weak and dangerous”. Shadow
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Health Secretary Matt Hancock says he did not watch all of Dominic Cummings’ testimony to MPs today because he was dealing with the vaccination rollout and “saving lives”. Mr Hancock came in for repeated attacks by the prime minister’s former adviser during a seven-hour-long committee hearing. Analysis: Hancock fighting for his political life after brutal
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Matt Hancock is fighting for his political life after a brutal demolition job on the health secretary by Dominic Cummings. Amid a series of bitter barbs that sounded like a calculated political assassination, Mr Cummings accused Mr Hancock of “criminal, disgraceful behaviour that caused serious harm”. At Prime Minister’s Questions, while Mr Cummings was still
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Former Conservative chair Baroness Warsi says a report into Tory Islamophobia shows the party is “institutionally racist” – despite the findings saying otherwise. She told Sky News: “I think the findings of this report show clearly that the Conservative Party is institutionally racist, that’s based upon the definition of what is institutional racism. “The way
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“It’s a personal matter.” That was Downing Street’s response to reports that Boris Johnson and his fiancée Carrie Symonds are to “celebrate their wedding” next summer. Earlier, a spokesman for the couple, who became engaged during a holiday on the millionaires’ playground island of Mustique in late 2019, said it was a “private family event”.
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