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

One-jab Janssen vaccine is set to be approved within DAYS – as ministers prepare to widen rollout

One-jab Janssen vaccine is set to be approved within DAYS – as ministers prepare to widen rollout to under-50s A decision by the health regulator on the single-dose jab expected in ten days UK already has 30 million doses of jab made by Johnson and Johnson   Comes after first doses of the Moderna vaccine were … 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

Shadow defence secretary John Healey urged ministers to give Greensill £200m loan

Labour was today dragged into the Greensill scandal after it was revealed its shadow defence secretary John Healey lobbied ministers to hand the cash-strapped company £200million in COVID-19 loans ‘without delay’. The shadow defence secretary wrote to Business Secretary Nadhim Zahawi in May 2020 urging him to give Greensill, run by Australian financier Lex Greensill and owners of … Read more

Covid vaccine rollout is still on target, ministers pledge

All adults will be vaccinated by the target date of July 31 as the rollout continues ‘full steam ahead’, ministers pledged yesterday. And officials are confident there are sufficient supplies of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for the ten million under-30s who have now been advised not to have the Oxford/AstraZeneca one. However, some experts … Read more

As 30,000 pub closures loom, hospitality bosses plead with ministers to save sector from disaster 

30,000 pub closures loom: Bosses from across the hospitality industry plead with ministers to unlock early to save the sector from disaster Industry body UK Hospitality says 42 pubs shutting their doors every day in 2021 This rate is up from 30 pubs a day closing last year according to their latest data Figures led … Read more

Storm over student visa job reforms as ministers are accused of making ‘reckless’ changes to system

Storm over student visa job reforms as ministers are accused of making ‘reckless’ changes to the system Migration Watch criticised move to allow foreign grads to take low-skilled jobs  Only those with higher-paid offers qualify for a visa under new points system But students can avoid lower-skilled worker curbs from July 1 for up to … Read more

Oliver Dowden slams ‘sneering’ BBC mockery of minister’s union flag

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden slams ‘sneering’ mockery of minister’s union flag and Queen portrait by BBC presenters during interview Oliver Dowden joined criticism of BBC hosts mockery of minister’s union flag Culture Secretary said sometimes the comments descended into ‘sneering’  Government issued guidance for union flags to be flown on buildings every day  By James … Read more

Ministers map out Liberty Steel rescue plan

The Government is preparing to trigger an emergency plan to save 5,000 British jobs in the event of a collapse of Sanjeev Gupta’s steel business.  Gupta, founder of Liberty Steel and its vast parent company GFG Alliance, wrote to Government officials on Thursday in a desperate bid to secure a £170million bailout from taxpayers.  Troubles … Read more

Ministers looking at Israel ‘Green Pass’ to allow vaccinated to enter restaurants and bars

Will Israel’s jab passport scheme get Britain moving again? Ministers are looking at ‘Green Pass’ which allows the vaccinated to enter restaurants, bars, concert venues and gyms Ministers in both countries preparing for talks on Green Pass scheme In Israel, Green Pass shows date the holder had a jab or recovered from Covid It is … Read more