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COVID-19: Downing Street says Boris Johnson was ‘already at Chequers’ when told to isolate – as Keir Starmer slams ‘insensitive’ initial bid to ‘dodge’ quarantine

Downing Street has said the prime minister was already at his country retreat when he was contacted by NHS Test and Trace and told to isolate – as Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer labelled Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s initial decision to “dodge” quarantine as “crass and insensitive”. According to the prime minister’s official […]

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COVID-19: Downing St admits there was ‘issue’ with Test and Trace that led to delays

Downing Street has said there was a short delay in England’s test-and-trace system asking some people who tested positive to provide details of individuals they had been in contact with. It comes after a BBC report claimed failures in test-and-trace were partly responsible for a surge in the Indian variant in one of the worst […]

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Sarah Everard: Downing Street declines to back Shaun Bailey after Tory candidate for London mayor accused of politicising case

Downing Street has declined to offer support to the Conservative candidate for London mayor, who has been accused of politicising the disappearance of Sarah Everard. Shaun Bailey, the Tory hopeful in May’s election, has been accused of using the investigation into the missing 33-year-old for political gain. The marketing executive vanished while walking home to […]