Government watchdog calls for review of foreign CCTV technology in Whitehall after Matt Hancock leak

Government watchdog calls for review of the use of foreign CCTV technology in Whitehall after a video of Matt Hancock clinch with Gina Coladangelo was leaked Requested in letter from the Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner Fraser Sampson said ‘risks and considerations are complex and multi-faceted’ False claims blamed leak of Hancock clip on hostile … Read more

Ministers and Cabinet Secretary face grilling over Downing Street flat row

Ministers and the Cabinet Secretary face a grilling today over claims Boris Johnson tried to get Tory donors to fund a £60,000 Downing Street flat renovation. Cabinet Secretary Simon Case will appear before MPs following a string of explosive allegations made by Dominic Cummings.  Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove is also set to answer an … Read more

Michael’s Gove allies accused of stoking storm over David Cameron lobbying Ministers

Now Michael’s Gove allies are accused of stoking storm over David Cameron lobbying Ministers for a private finance firm David Cameron’s allies claim lobbying storm stoked by aides of Michael Gove Has suffered scrutiny over efforts to get Greensill Capital access to Covid loans This included lobbying Chancellor Rishi Sunak and two other Treasury Ministers By … Read more

Ministers could include ‘sunset clause’ in vaccine passports law

Ministers could include ‘sunset clauses’ in domestic vaccine passports law to reassure Tory rebels the checks will be ‘explicitly temporary’ amid growing backlash Ministers said to be considering including ‘sunset clause’ in vaccine passport law Move designed to reassure Tory rebels domestic checks would be temporary  Comes amid rising backlash at plans over privacy and … Read more

Patients are ALREADY asking for vaccine passports

Doctors reveal patients are ALREADY demanding ‘vaccine passports’ as Michael Gove launches charm offensive to win over Tories threatening alliance with Lib Dems to vote down plans – as it emerges firm behind troubled NHS contact tracing app is behind plans Michael Gove has launched a charm offensive with MPs over vaccine passports Minister for … Read more

Tories plot to wreck government’s ‘Covid passports’ plan

Boris Johnson is facing a fresh assault on his plan for ‘Covid passports’ to go to the pub today amid claims ministers are trying to strongarm young people into getting vaccinated. The government is putting together a system where the NHS app would be used as proof individuals have had jabs, or been recently tested. … Read more

GEOFFREY LEAN: They pledged to turn the tide on plastic. Tories can’t let this be an empty promise 

Has the Government lost its bottle over the scourge of plastic pollution? Scandalously — and inexplicably — it seems so. Yesterday, barely 24 hours after a minister boasted that Britain was a ‘global leader when it comes to tackling plastic’, the Mail revealed that an official ‘bottle return’ scheme has been put back until at … Read more

Raab! Not Gove! Boris’s croaked instruction to officials on who should take reins of power

How Boris Johnson told officials that Dominic Raab, not Michael Gove, should take the reins of power as he was rushed to hospital with Covid PM made his sickbed wishes abundantly clear as he battled the virus last April Directive not unexpected due to tension between Mr Johnson and Michael Gove Dominic Raab’s steady, unshowy … Read more

‘Freedom passport’ app could allow venues to reopen with minimal social distancing 

‘Freedom passport’ app could allow pubs, restaurants and sports venues to reopen with minimal social distancing Users will instantly be able to show evidence of their latest negative Covid test A government review is due to conclude before all restrictions lifted on June 21 Experts describe the technology as ‘a massive game-changer for this summer’  … Read more

Michael Gove eyes scheme that could speed up our return to bars and theatres after lockdown 

New push for vaccine passports: Michael Gove eyes scheme that could speed up our return to bars and theatres after lockdown Michael Gove is heading a review looking into Covid-status certification for Brits Vaccine passports could see lifting of limits on social contacts being accelerated Gove said that there may be ethical considerations around the … Read more