The Prime Minister must learn lessons from this crisis

The much-delayed and truncated report into alleged breaches of lockdown regulations by staff in No 10 Downing Street confirmed a good deal that was already known while leaving many questions unanswered. It had been anticipated that Sue Gray, a senior... Read more

Sue Gray’s pathetic report was a bureaucrat’s dream, but a nightmare for Boris Johnson’s critics

The truth is that no one is waiting, except Boris Johnson’s backbenchers. The public have drawn their own conclusions and will deliver their verdict, with characteristic brutality, at the ballot box. Still, aside from an awkwardly pointed question from Theresa... Read more

The hunt for a smoking gun has missed a far more devastating bombshell

And so the PM lives to fight another day. While the contents of Sue Gray’s report are mortifying, it does not seem to have wielded a mortal blow. Its headline finding that there were “failures of leadership and judgement by... Read more

TikTok’s curious combination of ‘blue hair and tears’ is sending book sales through the roof

The rise of “BookTok” is driving teenagers and young adults into bookshops in numbers not seen since the Harry Potter years, according to the head of Waterstones. Sales of new books are booming after being recommended by influencers on TikTok,... Read more

The Great Cookbook Challenge with Jamie Oliver, review: dinner-time Dragons’ Den cuts out the middle man

There is a Dragons’ Den feel as the hopefuls try to sell their idea. Trainee surgeon Patrick wants to write a book in which all the meals incorporate bread. It will be called… With Bread. Moore says she thinks the... Read more

The Teacher, review: Sheridan Smith excels as the tutor you wouldn’t let near your teenage sons

It’s Sheridan Smith season. Last month she played a grieving mother in the BBC drama Four Lives. Next Monday we’ll see her in ITV’s No Return, as a woman whose family holiday turns into a nightmare. And this week she... Read more

I will fix it, says Boris Johnson as he vows to overhaul Downing Street

Aside from structural changes, however, Mr Johnson is expected to make changes in personnel. His insistence that MPs must wait for the Metropolitan Police to conclude its investigations into “partygate” before they make their final judgment means that any sackings... Read more

Theresa May accuses Boris Johnson of believing that his own lockdown rules did not apply to him

“I didn’t hug my siblings, I didn’t hug my parents, I gave the eulogy and then afterwards I didn’t even go to her house for a cup of tea. I drove back three hours from Kent to Staffordshire. Does the... Read more

Boris Johnson puts Vladimir Putin on hold, allowing France to seize diplomatic initiative

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman insisted there had been no “settled time” for the call and that they were still hoping to arrange a time with the Kremlin for the two leaders to speak. He added that it was not... Read more

Liz Truss and Nahim Zahawi test positive for Covid-19 just hours apart

“Thankfully I’ve had my three jabs and will be working from home while I isolate.” He accompanied his tweet with three flexed biceps and three injection emojis.  Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, responded to... Read more

Boris Johnson to ask Sue Gray for new ‘partygate’ report

At a meeting of all Tory MPs on Monday, Mr Johnson attempted to reassure his colleagues, revealing that Sir Lynton Crosby, the Australian campaign guru, was to play a more central role advising him. However, attempts to shore up party... Read more

Boris Johnson’s fumbling of Brexit legacy leaves him unable to reset failing premiership

Yet the success of a strategy that seeks to shift people’s attention elsewhere depends entirely on what that something else is. In this Government’s case it always turns to Brexit because, well, what else does it have really? As anger... Read more

French demands for ‘wet’ signatures spark lengthy Dover delays

French customs officials are causing lengthy queues at Dover by demanding physical “wet” signatures on paperwork, business chiefs have said. The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said demands for ink signatures on documents required for post-Brexit exports of animal and... Read more

Hangover EU rules for television have a ‘chilling effect’ on free speech, warns government

Criticising political opinions could be treated as hate speech under EU rules for broadcasters carried over into British law after Brexit, the Government fears. Plans to change the law have emerged in a document marking the second anniversary of Britain... Read more

Labour MP Jack Dromey ‘remade history many times over’, says Gordon Brown in eulogy

Sir Tony gave a Bible reading, while Mr Dromey’s daughter Amy Harman read an extract from her mother’s book A Woman’s Work. Some had tears in their eyes as they entered the church just before noon, with Cabinet ministers, broadcasters... Read more

Don’t increase National Insurance in our name, say social care workers

The money will initially go towards shifting a Covid backlog in the NHS, before gradually being moved into the social care system over the next three years. However, Nadra Ahmed, the chairman of the National Care Association, said she had... Read more

Chopper’s Politics: The blows to Boris Johnson have only just begun

It was, by all calculations, a bad day for the Conservative party, but the worst may be yet to come for Boris Johnson. On the latest episode of Chopper’s Politics, The Telegraph’s weekly political podcast, associate editor Christopher Hope is... Read more

£3,000 tax blow to every small business from National Insurance increase

Inflationary pressures are already battering households with food bills climbing at their fastest pace in a decade. The tax increase will hit households and businesses just as the cost of living crisis intensifies with energy costs set to soar in... Read more

‘PM is a man without shame… damaging everyone and everything around him’: Sir Keir Starmer speech, in full

Our national story about Covid is one of a people that stood up when it was tested. But that will forever be tainted by the behaviour of this Conservative Prime Minister. By routinely breaking the rules he set, the Prime... Read more

‘Does Boris Johnson think I’m a fool?’ Tory MP attacks PM as he recalls grandmother’s lockdown funeral while No 10 partied

Lib Dem leader Ed Davey said: “Everyone knows Boris Johnson broke the rules and lied to the country.  “It’s time Conservative MPs did their patriotic duty, listened to their constituents and stood up for decency by sacking Boris Johnson.  “He... Read more

Metropolitan Police handed ‘over 300 photographs’ by Sue Gray as they investigate ‘partygate’

In her report, Ms Gray expressed frustration that she had been unable to publish her findings in full. She wrote: “As a result of the Metropolitan Police’s investigations, and so as not to prejudice the police investigative process, they have... Read more

‘I sold everything’: how first-time investors are reacting to the market crash

‘I’ve sold everything’ Having loaded up with exciting but expensive technology stocks in 2020, including computer chip designer Nvidia, gaming firm Sea Limited and tech giant Apple, Bertie Millis, 27, from Brighton, has now sold out following a sharp drop... Read more

Energy bills to rise from April: cut your costs by making these small changes

British households continue to face surging energy bills after a supply crunch sent power prices soaring, but there are steps they can take to cut the costs of the bleak winter. Experts have warned annual bills could reach £1,900 after... Read more

Cost of living crisis: protect your investments, property, savings and pension from inflation

Prices surged by 5.4pc in the year to December as UK inflation hit its highest level in 30 years. Experts have predicted the cost of living crisis will deteriorate even further in the coming months.  The Consumer Prices Index recorded... Read more

National Insurance rise 2022: how does it work and how much should I pay?

Since 1911 workers have paid National Insurance which, as the name suggests, was intended to fund various benefits to support the needy in society. Originally, sick or unemployed workers could make a claim on the fund, but today NI is... Read more