Keep calm and carry on opening up

There has been a predictably panicky response from certain quarters to the fact that Covid infections have jumped – at 4.9 million, the largest number since April 2020 – but what actually matters is that the number of people being... Read more

UK families taking in Ukrainian refugees paying for foreign hotels amid Home Office delays

British families offering to take in Ukrainian refugees are being forced to pay hundreds of pounds to put them up in hotels in neighbouring countries because of Home Office delays. One family from Devon has already paid out £1,000 in... Read more

Kwasi Kwarteng: ‘Keir Starmer can’t say boo to a goose’

“We feel that nuclear is an important part of the mix. But we’re more nimble, I would suggest, than the French, because we have a diverse source of energy supply. They’re essentially betting the farm on nuclear. That’s their main... Read more

Survey asks schoolchildren as young as 13 when they first had sex

Children as young as 13 are being asked when they first had sex in a survey funded by the Welsh government, raising fears that child abuse is being “normalised”. All mainstream secondary schools in Wales are invited to participate in... Read more

Business rates must be lowered to help tackle cost of living crisis, urges Labour

Rishi Sunak must overhaul business rates levied on high street firms if he is serious about tackling the cost of living crisis, the shadow business secretary said on Sunday. Jonathan Reynolds warned that workers’ pay was likely to be hit... Read more

The Conservatives’ big state mentality is crippling the nation

You can tell when a government is in trouble when it starts to believe its own propaganda. Ministers answer straightforward questions in ways that have little bearing on reality. We are not there yet with this government. But there are... Read more

HS2 firm treats concerned residents as a ‘nuisance’, warns watchdog

He said: “I know from the work that I’ve done, looking at and talking to my counterparts in 50 or 60 different countries, that they would regard the UK as being 10 or 15 years behind them … In Africa,... Read more

Sajid Javid ‘backtracks’ on private hospitals’ role in clearing Covid backlog

Labour has repeatedly claimed that the Conservatives are attempting to privatise the NHS by stealth. But the NHS plan published in February stated: “Our ambition is to ensure that there is a system in place that puts the needs of... Read more

Fracking ban set to be reviewed after pressure from Tory MPs

But Lord Frost, the former Cabinet Office minister, is among more than 30 MPs and peers who have declared the ban policy “unconservative” and said shale gas production would allow Britain to avoid future energy crises. Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Minister... Read more

Tory MP David Warburton has whip withdrawn during investigation into drug and sex allegations

A Conservative backbench MP has had the whip withdrawn while allegations about drug abuse and sexually inappropriate behaviour are investigated by the new parliamentary harassment watchdog.  David Warburton, the MP for Somerton and Frome, has been suspended from the Tory... Read more

Boris Johnson wants to build ‘colossal’ Irish Sea wind farm within a year

Boris Johnson is pushing energy firms to build a “colossal” offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea within 12 months. The Prime Minister told industry leaders he has “a dream” that a giant floating wind farm could provide “gigawatts of... Read more

Britain could get seven new nuclear power stations by 2050

Britain could build up to seven new nuclear power stations as part of a radical expansion of homegrown energy following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the Business Secretary has said. In an interview with The Telegraph, Kwasi Kwarteng said “there... Read more

The best ways to beat the cost of living crisis

Desperate households had hoped that the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, might signal a reversal of planned tax rises in last week’s Spring Statement but were left disappointed. The Government is pushing ahead with its 1.25 percentage point increase to National Insurance... Read more

Inflation-proof stocks are letting you down – buy these ones instead

Joe Walters, manager of the Royal London UK Equity fund, warned that inflation was causing problems not just for these companies’ customers but also within their own supply chains. “In the past year inflation has risen much higher and the... Read more

‘I’ve cut down how many podcasts I do’: lockdown hobbies thrown by the wayside

Sara Mak, 49, an artist from Cheshire, rediscovered her passion for painting in March 2020 after she was furloughed and she began to take commissions from friends and family. But demand has now dwindled because of the cost-of-living crisis, Ms... Read more

Want to get divorced this weekend? Well, you can’t

Hundreds of estranged couples must wait in a “divorce black hole” until they can file for separation when new rules come into force next week.  Legislation allowing no-fault divorces will take effect from April 6, meaning couples can then split... Read more

‘I need my landline but BT won’t reinstall it’

Ivor Coleman, 65, from Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, was one of the first to write to this newspaper with concerns over BT’s digital rollout. He said: “When I wrote that first letter, during Storm Eunice, I thought it was a big thing... Read more

Fraudsters gear up to steal thousands from families worried about bills

Detective chief inspector Craig Mullish of the City of London Police said: “We have seen criminals try to defraud customers of a number of leading energy companies by offering cut-price deals to those who use prepayment meters. “These fraudsters approach... Read more

Ask the expert: ‘Can you use an electric car to tow a caravan yet?’

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

‘Archie was so loved – and so positive about everything he did’

When Archie was away at university he would often call Patty for reminders on how to make favourite dishes. “He’d say, ‘Mum, what goes in that butternut squash thing again?’ When he was working at the racing yard he decided... Read more

Yes! You can still buy your dream home in Europe – here’s how

When Britain left the EU at the end of ­January 2020, some estate agents based in France, Spain and Portugal held their breath. They had traditionally earned their keep selling properties to British sun- (and snow-) seekers – would they... Read more

Four easy ways to turn a packet of tofu into a delicious dinner

Two meals made me think that tofu – or bean curd – was more than just a bland protein. The first was in Umu, a Japanese restaurant in London. I’d never eaten a meal where texture was so important –... Read more

The last breakfast at Britain’s most stylish restaurant

On Friday morning, The Wolseley looked and sounded just like it always has. Stepping over the threshold out of the spring sunshine on Piccadilly, through the big doors and the dark curtain, you entered a thrilling and glamorous world, just... Read more

The women who were cheated out of rowing the Boat Race course – until today

This afternoon, I’ll proudly don an Oxford all-in-one for the first time in 28 years. Together with the rest of my Oxford University Women’s Boat Club alumnae crew, we’ll get the boat on the water, and paddle out to await... Read more

Is divorce about to become too easy?

So is the no-fault divorce a gateway to society becoming ever more disposable? As any long-standing couple will report, there are always rocky times in the most loving marriages, where if you could just get chatting online to an Alex,... Read more