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COVID-19: Ireland’s PM sets out roadmap for easing restrictions – including return of foreign travel

The Irish government has set out its plans for re-opening the country over the summer – including the adoption of a COVID-19 certificate so that people can travel abroad more freely. Taoiseach Micheal Martin confirmed the details on Friday evening following a cabinet meeting to sign-off on the proposals. Live COVID updates from the UK […]

Politics

PM warned not to ‘drop our guard’ on military power as he boasts of boost to cyber defence

Boris Johnson has said new efforts to radically boost the UK’s cyber capabilities will “transform our ability to protect our people”. The impact of the new technology will be comparable to the emergence of military air power a century ago, the prime minister said. His comments come ahead of next week’s publication of the government’s […]

Business

PM aims to show open borders with new investment office

Boris Johnson will this week seek to portray Britain as a welcoming destination for foreign investors by unveiling plans for a Downing Street operation aimed at securing backing for multibillion-pound infrastructure projects. Sky News has learnt that officials at Number 10 are coordinating the launch of a unit called the Office for Investment, which insiders […]

Politics

Hungary's PM Orban endorses Trump's re-election bid

Viktor Orban said US Democrats built their diplomacy on ‘moral imperialism’ which ‘illiberal’ leaders like him rejected. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has endorsed Donald Trump’s re-election bid for the US presidency, saying his rival Democrats have forced “moral imperialism” on the world that illiberal leaders like himself reject. “We root for Donald Trump’s victory, […]

Politics

A-level and GCSE exams row: PM has ‘confidence’ in Gavin Williamson and Ofqual

Boris Johnson has “confidence” in his education secretary and the English exams regulator despite chaos over A-level and GCSE results. Downing Street said the prime minister spoke to Gavin Williamson and other officials on the phone from his holiday in Scotland on Monday morning about the issue. Number 10 added the government was trying to […]

Politics

Coronavirus: PM rejects there was a ‘lost week’ while COVID-19 spread in Leicester

Boris Johnson has denied there was a “lost week” while coronavirus was spreading in Leicester as the government was accused of being “slow to act” over local spikes in COVID-19 infections. Leicester has re-entered strict lockdown conditions – as the rest of England prepares to reopen pubs, bars and restaurants this weekend – with the […]

Politics

Coronavirus: PM offers Cummings his ‘full support’ – as Labour calls for inquiry

Dominic Cummings has the “full support” of Boris Johnson after it emerged the prime minister’s top aide travelled 260 miles from London to Durham during the lockdown. The PM has come under pressure to sack him after it was revealed he drove his wife and child to a family property in the North East after […]

Politics

Coronavirus: PM accused of misleading Commons on care homes advice – and urged to return to correct himself

Boris Johnson has been accused of misleading the House of Commons about government advice that people in care homes were “very unlikely” to contract coronavirus. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has written to the prime minister urging him to return to the House of Commons to “recognise” that this had been government advice earlier this […]