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How many people need to be vaccinated to get life back to normal?
Margaret Keenan becomes the first patient in the UK to receive the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine
In Focus

How many people need to be vaccinated to get life back to normal?

Vaccine campaign expanded to over-65s after UK hits target of 15m jabs by mid-February
25 Feb 2021
‘Alex Salmond is entitled to put forward his side of the story’
Alex Salmond departs Edinburgh High Court in March 2020
Instant Opinion

‘Alex Salmond is entitled to put forward his side of the story’

Your digest of the best columns, analysis and commentary from the British and international press
25 Feb 2021
‘Britain’s back to school shambles’
Today's newspaper front pages
Today’s newspapers

‘Britain’s back to school shambles’

A round-up of the headlines from the UK front pages
25 Feb 2021
‘How does accountability – without which there is no functioning democracy – survive?’
Boris Johnson attends a virtual press conference
Instant Opinion

‘How does accountability – without which there is no functioning democracy – survive?’

Your digest of the best columns, analysis and commentary from the British and international press
24 Feb 2021
How Israel’s ‘green pass’ could be adapted for UK
An Israeli medical student receives the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine
Getting to grips with . . .

How Israel’s ‘green pass’ could be adapted for UK

Downing Street is studying coronavirus certificate that has allowed Israeli venues to reopen
24 Feb 2021
Labour Left accuses party of mayoral ‘stitch-up’
Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
Behind the scenes

Labour Left accuses party of mayoral ‘stitch-up’

 Corbynite candidate excluded from newly relaunched selection race in Liverpool
24 Feb 2021
Why you shouldn’t panic about the UK’s slowing vaccine rate
A paramedic draws up the AstraZeneca/Oxford University
In Brief

Why you shouldn’t panic about the UK’s slowing vaccine rate

Dip caused by short-term supply issues to be offset by ‘bumper’ deliveries of Covid jabs
24 Feb 2021

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‘To ensure this lockdown is the last one, we should not make the same mistake twice’
A woman walks child to school
Instant Opinion

‘To ensure this lockdown is the last one, we should not make the same mistake twice’

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
The latest on . . .

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
Timeline: the UK’s roadmap out of lockdown
Boris Johnson smiles during a televised press conference
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Timeline: the UK’s roadmap out of lockdown

Boris Johnson reveals long-awaited route out of the country’s third shutdown
23 Feb 2021
Wanted man hands himself in ‘for peace and quiet’
Man in handcuffs
Tall Tales

Wanted man hands himself in ‘for peace and quiet’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
23 Feb 2021
‘The pandemic and our response to it will change our economy and society forever’
Metropolitan Police officers patrol as people walk in Hyde Park
Instant Opinion

‘The pandemic and our response to it will change our economy and society forever’

22 Feb 2021
Who are the warring factions in No. 10?
Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds leave the Commonwealth Day Service
Today’s big question

Who are the warring factions in No. 10?

Downing Street descends into infighting as PM plots pandemic course
22 Feb 2021
Will the Sussexes’ royal exit help heal rift between William and Harry?
Prince William alongside Prince Harry at his wedding to Meghan Markle in 2018
Why we’re talking about . . .

Will the Sussexes’ royal exit help heal rift between William and Harry?

Insiders hope severing of work ties may help the princes repair their fractured relationship
22 Feb 2021
SNP rulebook change raises ‘serious questions’
Nicola Sturgeon arrives for First Minster's Questions.
Behind the scenes

SNP rulebook change raises ‘serious questions’

Wording altered just weeks after allegations first made against Alex Salmond
22 Feb 2021
Everything we know about the end of lockdown
A member of the public on a street in Edinburgh
The latest on . . .

Everything we know about the end of lockdown

‘Rule of six’ to replace advice to stay at home from 29 March
22 Feb 2021
‘Keir Starmer has no overarching vision for the country’
Keir Starmer delivers a speech at Labour headquarters in London
Instant Opinion

‘Keir Starmer has no overarching vision for the country’

19 Feb 2021
Coronavirus: who should be vaccinated next? 
A patient receives his Covid-19 jab at a vaccination centre in Salisbury Cathedral
Today’s big question

Coronavirus: who should be vaccinated next? 

The UK has hit its target for vaccinating the most vulnerable – but questions linger over who should be prioritised
19 Feb 2021
Quiz of The Week: 13 - 19 February
Boris Johnson visits a vaccination centre in Cwmbran, Wales.
Quizzes and puzzles

Quiz of The Week: 13 - 19 February

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19 Feb 2021
Brits in their 40s ‘to get Covid vaccines by end of March’
A member of the public receives a dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
The latest on . . .

Brits in their 40s ‘to get Covid vaccines by end of March’

Government advisers reportedly pushing for next phase of jabs rollout to focus on age rather than prioritising key workers
19 Feb 2021
‘We should agree a date for Victory over Virus Day’
Commuters make their way through Waterloo Station
Instant Opinion

‘We should agree a date for Victory over Virus Day’

18 Feb 2021
David Frost appointed ‘minister for Brexit Britain’ after No. 10 ‘power struggle’
Lord David Frost in St. James, London
Behind the scenes

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
Today’s big question

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
RAF on mission to vaccinate entire Ascension Island in one swoop
RAF personnel load a batch of the Covid-19 vaccine onto an aircraft
Why we’re talking about . . .

RAF on mission to vaccinate entire Ascension Island in one swoop

Aircraft failure almost derailed the ambitious jab campaign
18 Feb 2021
Inside Johnson’s dossier that will determine when lockdown ends
Oxford circus during lockdown
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Inside Johnson’s dossier that will determine when lockdown ends

Timetable based on latest evidence may see shops and hotels reopen in April
18 Feb 2021
Second Handforth Parish Council meeting disrupted
A screen grab of Handforth Parish Council
Tall Tales

Second Handforth Parish Council meeting disrupted

And other stories from the stranger side of life
18 Feb 2021
‘Responsibility for lowering Covid-19 transmission has fallen to low-paid hotel workers’
A man draws his curtains at the Radisson Blu hotel after arriving at Heathrow
Instant Opinion

‘Responsibility for lowering Covid-19 transmission has fallen to low-paid hotel workers’

17 Feb 2021
Four things we learnt about the jab campaign from vaccine taskforce boss
A mass vaccination centre inside Salisbury Cathedral
Why we’re talking about . . .

Four things we learnt about the jab campaign from vaccine taskforce boss

Clive Dix says speedy rollout will not slow down due to supply shortages
17 Feb 2021
How the UK is handling the Kent Covid strain
A member of the public walks past a Covid warning advert.
Getting to grips with . . .

How the UK is handling the Kent Covid strain

Study finds variant discovered prior to Christmas may be 70% more deadly
17 Feb 2021
What does Nigel Farage’s Reform Party stand for - and will it succeed?
Nigel Farage alongside Brexit Party co-founder Richard Tice and ex-Brexit Party MEP Anne Widdecombe
Getting to grips with . . .

What does Nigel Farage’s Reform Party stand for - and will it succeed?

End to lockdown could undo party focused on opposing further Covid restrictions
17 Feb 2021
Johnson preparing mass testing ‘blitz’ as part of plan to lift lockdown
St Andrew University students at a mass testing site
The latest on . . .

Johnson preparing mass testing ‘blitz’ as part of plan to lift lockdown

Government aiming to deliver up to 75 million tests a week by April
17 Feb 2021
‘A proportional system would allow both miserable old parties to divorce’
Boris Johnson passes by Keir Starmer as they attend a service to mark Armistice Day
Instant Opinion

‘A proportional system would allow both miserable old parties to divorce’

16 Feb 2021
Pros and cons of ditching cash for contactless
Cash machine
In Depth

Pros and cons of ditching cash for contactless

Physical currency use has plummeted during the pandemic
16 Feb 2021
What next for Dominic Cummings as Covid contract scandal heats up?
Dominic Cummings leaves his London home
Getting to grips with . . .

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