Merkel leaves behind a vulnerable world

The departure of Angela Merkel has been an occasion for euro-centrists to wax lyrical about her supposedly triumphant reign as German chancellor. It is true that she remains popular in Germany. But thanks to her government’s litany of unforced errors... Read more

Valuable drawings by Dame Laura Knight stolen after Royal Mail left them on doorstep

The spate of doorstep thefts has shocked residents of the idyllic riverside village of Waldringfield, where there were just four burglaries reported last year. The theft of the drawings came after a 5ft model reindeer Lesley York had ordered for... Read more

Strictly Come Dancing 2021: Week 11, live – Rose Ayling-Ellis’s leap of faith puts her on top

It was all about the lifts in this eventful quarter-final. Four routines featured our celebrities lifting or being lifted, though it didn’t quite go to plan for some. John Whaite and AJ Odudu’s otherwise strong salsas were marred by botched... Read more

Teachers ‘risk prosecution’ for discussing gender with pupils

Boris Johnson is facing a Conservative revolt over a “rushed” legal change that senior Tories fear will lead to the prosecution of parents and teachers for helping children who say they are transgender. MPs and ministers are concerned about proposals... Read more

Yvonne Fletcher’s former colleague asks Boris Johnson to reopen criminal case

In the letter, sent on November 29 and seen by The Sunday Telegraph, Matthew Jury, Mr Murray’s solicitor, said: “The original decision by Her Majesty’s Government to withhold key materials was arguably a manifest and improper interference with the due... Read more

The EU’s reckless raid on the City is a danger to the world

The European Commission has recently issued a reprieve in its efforts to pull apart the business of UK clearing houses, saying it will continue to recognise the use by EU parties of UK clearing houses, temporarily, while it builds capacity... Read more

Dark days of lockdown have given abusers perfect cover to attack children like Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

In June last year, the NSPCC produced a report titled Isolated and Struggling, which attempted to quantify the risk of child maltreatment during lockdown. The research behind it found that the risk to children was threefold: parents struggling to cope... Read more

We need a new entente cordiale, but it won’t happen any time soon

Relations with Europe have hit a new low over the last couple of weeks. Ongoing wrangling over the Northern Ireland Protocol have been compounded by rowing with the French over fishing rights and the migrant crisis. France’s Emmanuel Macron reportedly... Read more

Boris Johnson’s Christmas card stars Dilyn the dog – and an Uxbridge student’s art

The Prime Minister has sent season’s greetings to world leaders and embassies as well as parliamentarians, civil society groups, charity leaders and individuals key to the UK’s Covid response. He said: “Many thanks to the students at Uxbridge College for... Read more

Most Jewish Labour members don’t find their local party welcoming, poll shows

A majority of Jewish Labour members find their local branches unwelcoming despite Sir Keir Starmer’s pledge to eradicate anti-Semitism in the party, a new study reveals. A survey of almost 3,000 Labour members, conducted by the Fabian Society, a think... Read more

‘Star chamber’ to wage war on Whitehall’s wasteful spending

Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak are to launch a war on waste, forming a “star chamber” to hold Cabinet ministers to account over government spending. In a move designed to put pressure on ministers to achieve value for money for... Read more

Holidaymakers face return of pre-departure Covid tests to curb omicron spread

Sources said ministers had acted on the basis of data that suggested patients with the variant become infectious more quickly than those with delta. The airline industry accused the Government of rushing into the restrictions with insufficient information, following a... Read more

‘Unnecessary’ homelessness law must be overhauled, say Tories

Two former housing ministers are launching a bid to repeal Britain’s 200-year-old Vagrancy Act in order to end the “criminalisation of the homeless”. Robert Jenrick, an ex-housing secretary, and Lord Young of Cookham, who served under Sir John Major, are... Read more

Lobbying ‘warning’ for Whitehall after Philip Hammond case

The Cabinet Office plan to issue a warning to civil servants was confirmed in a note sent by Lord True, a Cabinet Office minister, to Lord Pickles, whose advisory committee on business appointments (Acoba) monitors jobs taken up by ministers... Read more

Covid pill to be rolled out before Christmas

As well as the 480,000 courses of Lagevrio, the UK has ordered 250,000 courses of Ritonavir, a drug produced by Pfizer that is usually used to treat HIV/Aids. However, ritonavir has yet to receive MHRA approval. Lagevrio, produced by Ridgeback... Read more

‘I took out a £10k loan to pay for childcare’: crippling costs force women out of work

The problem is not a new one, but the pandemic has compounded the issue and campaigners have warned that not enough is being done by the Government to support families. Funding has failed to match the costs of nurseries, pre-schools... Read more

Savers face £89m loss as failing property group goes to court

The life savings of hundreds of investors are on the line as a failing property firm has declared insolvency and risks collapsing in the coming weeks. More than 600 DIY investors poured £89m into The High Street Group’s “loan notes”,... Read more

‘I’m ditching the countryside after a year – cities are just better’

Despite friends saying that they were mad to do it, they are delighted with their decision. “I recognised why there was that recent surge of movement to the country,” said Mr Johnston. “It is a lovely lifestyle, with the exception... Read more

This vintage Ferrari is the ultimate classic car

It starts with a ringing, mechanical clang, as though you dropped a cutlery drawer – not the sort of sound you might associate with this ultimate festive gift for the car enthusiast who owns almost everything; the oldest Ferrari in... Read more

Ask the expert: ‘Was the new Hyundai we bought from a dealer actually a used one?’

Alex Robbins is contributing editor at Telegraph Cars where, as well as responding to readers’ queries, he also contributes reviews of new and used cars, together with articles on buying and selling.  His knowledge of the used car market informs... Read more

Our big midlife gamble: why we left our perfect London life for a French dream

We phoned the estate agent. We WhatsApped. We emailed. We kicked ourselves up the behind. We went into overdrive to get our house sold. We painted, decluttered and cleaned. Young, glossy couples traipsed up our stairs and through our cupboards.... Read more

‘I spent my teenage years trapped in my grandfather’s sex cult’

In 2010, ‘Mama Maria’ ended the communal living mandate, effectively bringing The Family to an end. A David Berg website is still administered by The Family International, in which he is described as ‘the iconoclastic founder and spiritual leader of... Read more

Dear Prue: ‘Would sleeping in separate beds be the kiss of death for our marriage?’

Dear Prue, My wife tested positive for Covid-19 three weeks ago, and after all the anxieties of the pandemic we were both really relieved that she hardly developed any symptoms. We were able to distance at home: I slept in... Read more

I found myself wondering if my neighbour’s 60-year-old dad should be taking me out on a date?

The shock of separation and leaving the “family home” last September, a home we built together over a decade ago and were never meant to leave, has finally subsided just in time for Christmas. I never imagined the day would... Read more

Kirstie Allsopp: ‘Covid has definitely revealed a mealy-mouthed gutlessness in people’

‘If you say there is ignorance about this, you are shouted down. “Rubbish!” they say. Of course, young women are absolutely fed up with being told about their fertility. But I would say that I was ignorant. Certainly, I should... Read more