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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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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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New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang on accused a New York Daily News cartoon of engaging in racist tropes and playing on an idea of Asian-Americans as permanent tourists and outsiders. The cartoon, drawn by artist Bill Bramhall, depicts Yang exiting the Times Square subway station as a souvenir shop owner says, “The tourists
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Matt Hancock is launching a personal fightback after Dominic Cummings’ sensational claims that he should have been sacked for telling lies about COVID. After a brutal onslaught by Boris Johnson’s former aide, the health secretary will come out fighting in the Commons and at a Downing Street news conference. He is answering an urgent question
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The vaccines minister has defended changing travel advice for areas of England worst affected by the Indian COVID variant, after Labour accused the government of imposing local lockdowns “by stealth”. Ministers have been criticised for creating “confusion and uncertainty” after people were urged to restrict their social interactions and avoid non-essential travel into and out
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Veteran journalist Martin Bashir has said he “never wanted to harm” Princess Diana with his now disgraced BBC Panorama interview, telling the Sunday Times newspaper, “I don’t believe we did.” In the 1995 world exclusive interview, Diana confirmed Prince Charles’ relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles and described in frank detail how she believed royal life
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Around 8,000 people crossed into Rwanda from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to seek refuge following the eruption of the Mount Nyiragongo volcano, Rwanda’s Emergency Management Ministry said. “This morning, after lava flows from Nyiragongo volcano have stopped, most of Congolese evacuated to Rubavu are returning back home. Rwanda received around 8000 people last
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