Boris, like Prince Andrew, has become a liability to the institution he ought to serve

I always thought courage was the most important quality in a leader but I’ve come to realise it is decisiveness. Good leadership is not just about having the confidence to do what you believe is right – but being brave... Read more

China’s Westminster spy is the tip of the iceberg. We must do more to stop them

The word “spy” doesn’t really cover it, but it’s a start. This week, MI5 issued an unusual alert to MPs, warning them that an agent of the Chinese state named Christine Lee is “engaged in political interference” on behalf of... Read more

The courts have finally debunked this Covid ‘corruption’ controversy

Ambulance-chasing lawyers strike again! Unlike the usual type, to all appearances they are helping doctors and nurses. Along they run, with their writs and their letters, calling out to the medics: “Did you know the PPE that you are wearing... Read more

Young Scots defied Nicola Sturgeon’s Covid rules by celebrating new year indoors

The report said that just a quarter of Scots went to a pub or restaurant in the week to January 5, compared to 39 per cent before the measures were introduced. The proportion who visited another person’s home surged from... Read more

After a week defined by boozy leaving parties, Boris Johnson could soon be planning his own

There was little time for Mr Johnson to worry about what his rivals were up to though. After a 15-minute phone call with Douglas Ross, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Mr Johnson was dismayed when Mr Ross publicly called... Read more

Drop your Tsarist ambition to invade Ukraine or face sanctions, Ben Wallace warns Vladimir Putin

Mr Wallace, who has served as Defence Secretary since July 2019, is no stranger to the threat of war and the consequences of its aftermath. Only recently, he oversaw Operation Pitting, the UK’s effort to rescue 15,000 people from Afghanistan. ... Read more

Woman fined £12,000 for birthday party on day after Downing Street events

A woman who was fined £12,000 for hosting a birthday party on the day of Prince Philip’s funeral has accused the Government of “double standards” after the Telegraph revealed Downing Street held two parties just hours before. While officers hauled... Read more

Liz Truss promises ‘intense negotiations’ as UK and EU sing from same hymn sheet on Northern Ireland

Liz Truss and her EU counterpart have pledged to hold “intense negotiations” to fix the Northern Ireland Protocol in the first joint statement on Brexit talks in a year. In a bid to end frosty relations with Brussels, the Foreign... Read more

Arron Banks sues journalist after claims he had ‘covert relationship with Russian government’

The businessman said he thought Ms Cadwalladr made the remarks due to “personal animus”, adding: “This was a calculated and deliberate attack upon me.” Mr Banks’s claim is being heard at the High Court this week. While he said he... Read more

Russia preparing ‘false-flag’ sabotage operation in Ukraine to spark invasion, White House says

A US official said: “As part of its plans Russia is laying the groundwork to have the option of fabricating a pretext for invasion, including through sabotage activities and information operations, by accusing Ukraine of preparing an imminent attack against... Read more

Sir Ed Davey calls for criminal probe into Downing Street ‘partygate’ allegations

In the letter to Dame Cressida, Sir Ed wrote: “It is now vital that you take urgent action to investigate potentially unlawful behaviour on the part of all those who attended the party, including Boris Johnson. “On the day of... Read more

The Telegraph weekly news quiz: Which Cabinet minister got stuck in a lift at the BBC headquarters?

In the week that saw Boris Johnson admit to attending a Downing Street garden party on May 20, 2020 to the Novak Djokovic visa row, The Telegraph’s news quiz is here to find out how closely you have been paying attention... Read more

York MP urges Prince Andrew to give up dukedom for sake of the city

However, one former Tory councillor in the city urged the public to follow the Queen’s example in adopting a tone of “noble silence” on the scandal. David Carr reminded the public that the historic Duke of York title is bestowed... Read more

MI5 outed Chinese spy over fears she was ‘grooming’ rising MPs

Mr Gardiner had been a Labour minister in Sir Tony Blair’s government. He was later promoted to Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet and stood to take up a position of prominence in power should Mr Corbyn have won either of two... Read more

For all his faults, there is no other Tory politician who has Boris Johnson’s political reach

More than 20 years ago, Boris Johnson was beginning to be famous. I was asked to appear in a documentary about him. He had recently been adopted for a parliamentary seat while editor of The Spectator, despite having indicated to... Read more

It’s time for the Tories to rediscover their values

This week the twin pillars on which the political constitution of this nation rests, government and monarchy, took a battering. The reputation of the former was assailed by endless revelations of lockdown parties; the latter by allegations of sexual misconduct... Read more

How Boris Johnson’s fall from grace over ‘partygate’ compares to ex-prime ministers’ downfalls

In September 2019, just two months into his tenure, there was gleeful speculation among Boris Johnson’s enemies that he might become the shortest-serving prime minister in British history. Faced with an impossibly divided and paralysed House of Commons, a Conservative... Read more

Pictured: For flash mob of protesters dressed as Boris Johnson, this is a work event

The Prime Minister was said to have been away from Downing Street at the time. Sir Ed Davey, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “The Queen sitting alone, mourning the loss of her husband, was the defining image of... Read more

Lord Frost: ‘Boris Johnson’s instincts are strong, but he hasn’t been well-served by those near him’

Until relatively recently, Lord Frost was little known beyond Westminster and Whitehall. But after Mr Johnson appointed him Chief Brexit Negotiator in July 2019, he became a household name. Almost overnight, Lord Frost toughened up the UK’s negotiating stance, before... Read more

Tory heartlands turn against Boris Johnson in wake of ‘partygate’

In the subsequent election, the Conservatives took nine seats from Labour in the West Midlands, cementing what has become one of its strongholds in the UK. Late last year, things began to change, after the seat in North Shropshire, previously... Read more

No 10 apologises to Buckingham Palace for ‘deeply regrettable’ parties on eve of Prince Philip’s funeral

Separately, Mr Slack, who has since become deputy editor of The Sun newspaper, released an apology for his involvement in the events. “I wish to apologise unreservedly for the anger and hurt caused,” he said. “This event should not have... Read more

Plan B restrictions to be scrapped as Boris Johnson plots fightback

Cabinet ministers made public shows of support for Mr Johnson on Friday, with Michael Gove, the Communities Secretary, and Liz Truss, the Foreign Secretary, giving broadcast clips as well as Damian Hinds, the Security Minister. There is a growing speculation... Read more

Investors save millions in tax by pouring cash into fledging stocks

Investors have put a record £580m into venture capital trusts so far this tax year, more than double the £280m they had invested at this point in 2021. Demand for VCTs is booming as investors hunt out ways to reduce... Read more

Questor: inflation to hit 7pc but the gold price is becalmed – what’s going on?

Is gold the dog that refuses to bark in the current bout of inflation? The news on the cost of living continues to worsen but the precious metal is not, so far at least, becoming more precious still: its price... Read more

‘Now Facebook is Meta, I’m thinking about selling’

Which companies could perform well if inflation persists? First, we look at companies with ­superior pricing power. A good example is Microsoft, one of our top 10 holdings, which recently said it would raise its prices by 15pc to 20pc... Read more