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Notes of Nicola Sturgeon meetings about abuse scandal lost
Deputy First Minister John Swinney arrives in Holyrood with Nicola Sturgeon
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Notes of Nicola Sturgeon meetings about abuse scandal lost

Labour MSP blasts ‘laughable’ claim that minutes were not taken during legal discussions
10 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
How the Netherlands anti-lockdown movement turned violent
A car burns during anti-lockdown protests in Eindhoven in January
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How the Netherlands anti-lockdown movement turned violent

Bombing of Covid test centre near Amsterdam follows widespread protests in January
4 Mar 2021
Has Sturgeon dodged a bullet in Salmond war - and what next?
Nicola Sturgeon gives evidence to a Scottish Parliament committee
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Has Sturgeon dodged a bullet in Salmond war - and what next?

First minister’s eight-hour inquiry appearance produces no ‘smoking gun’
4 Mar 2021
Tories praise Sunak’s ‘balancing act’ as tax rebellion fizzles
Rishi Sunak presents a post-budget press briefing.
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Tories praise Sunak’s ‘balancing act’ as tax rebellion fizzles

The chancellor is first to increase corporation tax since 1974
4 Mar 2021
Five things we learned from Sturgeon’s testimony to Salmond inquiry
Nicola Sturgeon gives evidence to a Scottish Parliament committee
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Five things we learned from Sturgeon’s testimony to Salmond inquiry

First minister denies wrongdoing as demands for ‘no confidence’ vote grow
3 Mar 2021
The rise and fall of Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy arrives at court for the verdict of his trial for corruption
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The rise and fall of Nicolas Sarkozy

Former French president sentenced to jail after being convicted of attempted bribery
2 Mar 2021
Elections make us miserable, global study reveals
A man votes in the 2016 EU referendum
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Elections make us miserable, global study reveals

Research spanning 24 European countries finds that polling days cause dissatisfaction to rise by 16%
1 Mar 2021
Four things we learned from Donald Trump’s CPAC speech
Donald Trump addresses the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference at the Hyatt Regency Orlando hotel in Florida
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Four things we learned from Donald Trump’s CPAC speech

Former US leader hints at 2024 presidential run in first speech since leaving office
1 Mar 2021
Are Republicans too late to derail Trump for 2024?
Donald Trump wraps himself in the American flag during CPAC 2020
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Are Republicans too late to derail Trump for 2024?

The window is narrowing for anyone to halt the Trump ‘juggernaut’
26 Feb 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
How vaccine diplomacy is winning Israel new allies
Benjamin Netanyahu receives a coronavirus vaccine at the Sheba Medical Center, the country's largest hospital.
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How vaccine diplomacy is winning Israel new allies

Surplus jabs being handed over to up to 19 countries in effort to build international ties
25 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
The reason Johnson won’t end lockdown sooner
Boris Johnson wearing a face mask on a visit to a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in the Northeast
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The reason Johnson won’t end lockdown sooner

Scientific experts, Tory MPs and even cabinet ministers yesterday implied that the third national shutdown could be lifted more quickly if infections fall more quickly than expected. But No. 10 has moved swiftly to dampen expectations
24 Feb 2021
Why we’re on the slow road out of lockdown
Traffic on the M8 motorway passes a road sign advising motorists to stay at home
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Why we’re on the slow road out of lockdown

Papers released by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) have provided some insight into why the prime minister is moving so cautiously in his effort to return the country to normal life
23 Feb 2021
Four things we learned from Salmond’s ‘explosive allegations’ against Sturgeon
Alex Salmond outside the High Court in Edinburgh shortly before being acquitted of sex charges in March 2020
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Four things we learned from Salmond’s ‘explosive allegations’ against Sturgeon

Former first minister claims in statement to Holyrood inquiry that SNP officials tried to have him imprisoned
23 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
Who are the warring factions in No. 10?
Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds leave the Commonwealth Day Service
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Who are the warring factions in No. 10?

Downing Street descends into infighting as PM plots pandemic course
22 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
Keir Starmer lays out his vision for Labour - but will it work?
Keir Starmer delivers a speech at Labour headquarters in London
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Keir Starmer lays out his vision for Labour - but will it work?

Opposition leader calls for ‘biggest economic shake-up since WWII’
18 Feb 2021
What does the Reform Party stand for - and will it succeed?
Nigel Farage alongside Brexit Party co-founder Richard Tice and ex-Brexit Party MEP Anne Widdecombe
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What does the Reform Party stand for - and will it succeed?

End to lockdown could undo party focused on opposing further Covid restrictions
17 Feb 2021
Do we need laws on university free speech?
Gavin Williamson leaves 10 Downing Street
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Do we need laws on university free speech?

Gavin Williamson says he will fight ‘silencing and censoring’ - but critics say he’s arguing with a straw man
16 Feb 2021
What next for Dominic Cummings as Covid contract scandal heats up?
Dominic Cummings leaves his London home
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What next for Dominic Cummings as Covid contract scandal heats up?

Former No. 10 advisor forced to defend himself against claim he handed lucrative deal to associates
16 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
What Trump’s impeachment acquittal means for Republican Party
Donald Trump waves to supporters lined along on the route to his Mar-a-Lago estate.
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What Trump’s impeachment acquittal means for Republican Party

GOP left grappling over future after former president escapes conviction
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
What is fish hook theory?
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What is fish hook theory?

Political concept takes aim at those in the political centre
12 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
Could The Spectator’s Salmond court case bring down Sturgeon?
Alex Salmond departs Edinburgh High Court in March 2020
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Could The Spectator’s Salmond court case bring down Sturgeon?

Pundits believe legal challenge could trigger release of evidence that implicates Scottish first minister
11 Feb 2021
Will the Sturgeon-Salmond split sink Scottish independence?
Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond on the campaign trail in 2015
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Will the Sturgeon-Salmond split sink Scottish independence?

Dispute over sexual harassment allegations could bring down Scotland’s first minister
10 Feb 2021
Tories furious about jail time for quarantine-dodgers
Matt Hancock at the daily press briefing
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Tories furious about jail time for quarantine-dodgers

Backbenchers accuse Matt Hancock of making ‘empty threat’ to people who travel to high-risk countries
10 Feb 2021
Are Labour knives out for Keir Starmer?
Keir Starmer on a visit to a community pharmacy vaccination centre
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Are Labour knives out for Keir Starmer?

Local elections in May will be first major test of party’s ‘new management’
9 Feb 2021
Is the Republican Party beginning a Donald Trump detox?
Marjorie Taylor Greene wearing a ‘stop the steal’ face mask, a slogan associated with baseless allegations of election fraud
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Is the Republican Party beginning a Donald Trump detox?

US Congress votes to strip pro-Trump conspiracy theorist lawmaker of committee roles
5 Feb 2021
Government changing the law to avoid a minister resigning
Attorney General Suella Braverman leaves 10 Downing Street.
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Government changing the law to avoid a minister resigning

Legislation to be tabled will allow attorney general to take maternity leave
4 Feb 2021