PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Lady Gaga makes her first public appearance since her dog walker was shot

Lady Gaga has made her first public appearance since her dog walker was shot by thieves who stole her two bulldogs last week. The pop superstar, 34, looked composed as she emerged from her hotel in central Rome on Tuesday, marking the first time she has been seen since the traumatic ordeal unfolded on February 24.  She … Read more

Tory tax civil war as William Hague and Philip Hammond BOTH back hikes to heal public finances

The Tory civil war over tax rages today after Boris Johnson hinted fuel duty will be frozen in tomorrow’s Budget – but Lord Hague warned that taxes will have to rise to heal the public finances. The PM signalled that Rishi Sunak will avoid raising the levy on petrol and diesel as he insisted the economic … Read more

Covid black hole in public finances ‘is less bad than feared’ thanks to vaccine surge

Rishi Sunak could have more wriggle room than feared in his Budget this week amid claims the stunning vaccine rollout has resulted in upgraded growth prospects. The Chancellor has been dropping heavy hints that he will raise taxes in his crucial financial package on Wednesday, stressing the need to fill the black hole left by … Read more

Public to be cleared from courts when rape victims give evidence under plans to boost prosecutions

The public are to be cleared from courtrooms when complainants give evidence in rape cases under new plans to boost prosecution rates in sexual assault cases. The move, which judges will be advised to consider, is intended to reduce the trauma complainants face having to recount their abuse when giving evidence. It was recommended by … Read more

Don’t force primary school pupils to wear masks, says top Public Health England adviser 

Don’t force primary school pupils to wear masks, says top Public Health England adviser Top PHE adviser warned not to force primary school pupils to wear face masks Dr Susan Hopkins said children that young have trouble keeping masks on She also said young pupils need to see facial expressions for their development By Daily … Read more

Tony Blair calls for vaccine passports: Ex-PM says scheme would make public ‘feel safe’

Tony Blair calls for vaccine passports: Ex-PM says scheme would make public ‘feel safe’ to return to normal life – and suggests anti-vaxxers are not ‘very sensible’ The former PM, 67,  encouraged everyone to have the Covid vaccine if possible UK Government considering a ‘Covid clear’ scheme ahead of lockdown lift  Mr Blair stressed that … Read more

Theresa May, 64, receives vaccination and tells public jab is ‘safe and helps to protect others’ 

Maybot gets first Covid shot! Ex-PM Theresa May, 64, receives vaccination and tells public jab is ‘safe, gives you protection and helps to protect others’ Theresa May, 64, has received her first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine today She qualifies due to her age and the fact she was diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes  Comes … Read more

Coronavirus UK: Public might abandon lockdown rules early if they think they are immune, SAGE warns

People might start socialising and ditching lockdown rules ahead of schedule if they think the Covid threat is low or believe they are immune, SAGE has warned. Scientists advising the Government say people have been good at following rules so far but caution that the public will need reminding of why it is important to stick … Read more

Coinbase one step closer to going public on US stock exchange

Cryptocurrency platform Coinbase reveals it pulled in revenues of $1.3bn in 2020 as it lines up stock market float amid Bitcoin boom Coinbase is on a mission to bring about mainstream endorsement of crypto  The listing would come after the price of Bitcoin hit highs of over $57k  By Jane Denton For Thisismoney and Reuters … Read more

Boris Johnson must be ‘honest’ with the public about need for austerity, Hammond says

Boris Johnson must be ‘honest’ with the public and ditch big-spending manifesto pledges after Covid, ex-Chancellor Lord Hammond warns – as Tories and Labour threaten to block corporation tax rises By James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline Published: 09:38 GMT, 25 February 2021 | Updated: 09:43 GMT, 25 February 2021 Boris Johnson must be ‘honest’ … Read more