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Who will be the next Lord Speaker?
Lord Fowler
Behind the scenes

Who will be the next Lord Speaker?

The successful candidate will be announced tomorrow as Lord Fowler steps down
20 Apr 2021
The four biggest problems on Putin’s desk
Vladimir Putin pictured in March
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The four biggest problems on Putin’s desk

Russia facing EU sanctions as 450,000 Alexei Navalny supporters prepare to hit nation’s streets
19 Apr 2021
Intergalactic: Van Cleef & Arpels looks to the skies
A Van Cleef & Arpels Saturn brooch in gold with diamonds
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Intergalactic: Van Cleef & Arpels looks to the skies

President and CEO Nicolas Bos explains the brand’s starry inspirations
14 Apr 2021
Inside the relationship between Boris Johnson and David Cameron
Boris Johnson and David Cameron
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Inside the relationship between Boris Johnson and David Cameron

PM announces review of predecessor’s lobbying for Greensill
13 Apr 2021
Labour reshuffle: the potential winners and losers
Keir Starmer Anneliese Dodds
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Labour reshuffle: the potential winners and losers

Keir Starmer backs Anneliese Dodds to stay put as shadow chancellor - for now
30 Mar 2021
Tory rebels plotting to block vaccine passports
Boris Johnson on a visit to a pub
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Tory rebels plotting to block vaccine passports

Hospitality bosses label plans for jab proof ‘absurd’ and ‘unfair’
26 Mar 2021
Art of Akris: Albert Kriemler meets Imi Knoebel
Albert Kriemler and Imi Knoebel for Akris
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Art of Akris: Albert Kriemler meets Imi Knoebel

The duo dreamt up an Akris collection that is futuristic in fabrication and ease of wear
25 Mar 2021

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The excuses offered for Johnson’s ‘capitalism’ and ‘greed’ vaccine gaffe
Boris Johnson
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The excuses offered for Johnson’s ‘capitalism’ and ‘greed’ vaccine gaffe

Tories insist the prime minister’s comments were just ‘banter’
24 Mar 2021
Can Nicola Sturgeon put Salmond case behind her?
Nicola Sturgeon
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Can Nicola Sturgeon put Salmond case behind her?

Scottish Tories insist she is not ‘free and clear’ but no confidence vote expected to fail
23 Mar 2021
Queen ‘to hire diversity chief’ to modernise monarchy
The Queen and Meghan Markle
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Queen ‘to hire diversity chief’ to modernise monarchy

Palace seeking ‘independent views” on how to better represent ethnic minorities, disabled people and LGBTQ+ communities
22 Mar 2021
Why is the BBC moving journalists out of London?
BBC Broadcasting House
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Why is the BBC moving journalists out of London?

Broadcaster planning to relocate 400 roles to cities around the UK
19 Mar 2021
Patel ‘to help refugees fleeing war’ get into UK
Priti Patel presents the daily Covid press briefing
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Patel ‘to help refugees fleeing war’ get into UK

Insiders say home secretary plans to offer safe passage as part of push to stem illegal Channel crossings
17 Mar 2021
Five revelations from inside the UK’s Covid response
Boris Johnson at the first daily Covid press briefing
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Five revelations from inside the UK’s Covid response

Boris Johnson reportedly told advisers that ‘best thing would be to ignore’ initial outbreaks in China
16 Mar 2021
Meghan Markle challenges Royal Family to offer evidence of bullying
Meghan Markle during the interview with Oprah Winfrey
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Meghan Markle challenges Royal Family to offer evidence of bullying

Duchess requesting ‘documents, emails or text messages’ that prove allegations against her
15 Mar 2021
Northern Tory MPs accuse Johnson of pandering to ‘climate terrorists’
Site of Woodhouse Colliery in Cumbria
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Northern Tory MPs accuse Johnson of pandering to ‘climate terrorists’

PM under fire after government orders fresh public inquiry into controversial project in Cumbria
12 Mar 2021
Taxpayers must be told ‘who’s running royal show so badly’, says biographer
The Queen visits the new headquarters of the Royal Philatelic Society
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Taxpayers must be told ‘who’s running royal show so badly’, says biographer

Expert Robert Lacey points finger at Queen’s closest advisor for failing Sussexes
11 Mar 2021
Inside Piers Morgan’s exit from Good Morning Britain
Piers Morgan in 2019
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Inside Piers Morgan’s exit from Good Morning Britain

Host departs after clash with ITV executives over Meghan Markle mental health coverage
10 Mar 2021
Crisis talks at Palace amid ‘whodunnit’ race to name ‘racist royal’
The royal family attends church on Christmas Day 2018
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Crisis talks at Palace amid ‘whodunnit’ race to name ‘racist royal’

Queen vetoes statement aimed at diffusing tension with Sussexes
9 Mar 2021
Tory minister hits back at criticism of 1% pay rise for NHS staff
NHS nurses transport a patient out of surgery.
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Tory minister hits back at criticism of 1% pay rise for NHS staff

Nadine Dorries dismisses anger over ‘pitiful’ planned increase by arguing that nurses ‘do their job because they love their job’
5 Mar 2021
Can Harry and Meghan avoid the ‘revenge of the Sussex survivors’?
Prince Harry whispers to Meghan Markle
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Can Harry and Meghan avoid the ‘revenge of the Sussex survivors’?

Palace investigation into bullying claims undermines bid to rebuild royal relations
4 Mar 2021
Charlotte Casiraghi’s Chanel moments
Chanel Casiraghi
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Charlotte Casiraghi’s Chanel moments

Casiraghi takes us backstage at Monaco villa La Vigie for her Chanel debut
4 Mar 2021
Where are ‘desperate’ EU countries turning for Covid vaccines?
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban wearing face mask
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Where are ‘desperate’ EU countries turning for Covid vaccines?

Europeans look to Russia and China, as well as private fraudsters, for much-needed doses
1 Mar 2021
Top No. 10 aide slams ‘risk averse’ civil service
The street sign for Whitehall
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Top No. 10 aide slams ‘risk averse’ civil service

Baroness Finn calls for staffing overhaul to tackle ‘lack of capability’ in Whitehall to deliver projects across UK
26 Feb 2021
EU under fire amid warnings of ‘no major breakthroughs’ on jabs
Düsseldorf vaccination centre
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EU under fire amid warnings of ‘no major breakthroughs’ on jabs

European leaders holding emergency meeting as calls for urgent action grow
25 Feb 2021
Apple’s acquisitions: legacy built on healthy business strategy
The Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York City
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Apple’s acquisitions: legacy built on healthy business strategy

CEO Tim Cook looks to ‘small, innovative’ firms to push Apple products forward
24 Feb 2021
Labour Left accuses party of mayoral ‘stitch-up’
Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
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Labour Left accuses party of mayoral ‘stitch-up’

 Corbynite candidate excluded from newly relaunched selection race in Liverpool
24 Feb 2021
Tory anger at slow-release ‘hammer blow’
Conservative MP Steve Baker
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Tory anger at slow-release ‘hammer blow’

Boris Johnson has set out a four-stage approach to reopening the country in which the last social restrictions could be lifted by 21 June. But while many health experts welcomed the cautious approach, Tory MP Steve Baker said the schedule is “a hammer blow” to business
23 Feb 2021
SNP rulebook change raises ‘serious questions’
Nicola Sturgeon arrives for First Minster's Questions.
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SNP rulebook change raises ‘serious questions’

Wording altered just weeks after allegations first made against Alex Salmond
22 Feb 2021
Has Johnson ‘trolled’ the EU over vaccine rollout ahead of G7 meeting?
Boris Johnson speaks at a virtual press conference
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Has Johnson ‘trolled’ the EU over vaccine rollout ahead of G7 meeting?

PM calls on Europe to deploy its ‘collective ingenuity’ to speed up vaccine development
19 Feb 2021
David Frost appointed ‘minister for Brexit Britain’ after No. 10 ‘power struggle’
Lord David Frost in St. James, London
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David Frost appointed ‘minister for Brexit Britain’ after No. 10 ‘power struggle’

Unelected peer will begin cabinet role next month seeking to ‘maximise post-Brexit trading opportunities’
18 Feb 2021
How Covid-19 data will dictate Johnson’s plan to end lockdown
 Boris Johnson and Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty arrive for a Covid-19 media briefing
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How Covid-19 data will dictate Johnson’s plan to end lockdown

Preliminary figures suggest vaccine campaign is cutting infections by around two-thirds
16 Feb 2021
European countries split over use of medical-grade face masks
Angela Merkel puts on a FFP2 face mask
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European countries split over use of medical-grade face masks

Germany and Austria mandate use of expensive FFP2 masks while WHO backs fabric coverings
15 Feb 2021
The three scenarios being drawn up for ending lockdown
Boris Johnson visits a PPE manufacturing facility in the north of England
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The three scenarios being drawn up for ending lockdown

Plans are based on vaccine success and range from ‘optimistic’ to ‘pessimistic’
15 Feb 2021
One year of Rishi Sunak: is the chancellor’s star still rising?
Rishi Sunak leaves 11 Downing Street
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One year of Rishi Sunak: is the chancellor’s star still rising?

Boris Johnson’s Downing Street neighbour has long been tipped to become the next PM
12 Feb 2021