SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: And he’s off! Matt Hancock is onto a winner with £20,000 gift 

Top hats off to Matt Hancock! The Health Secretary has, I can disclose, just cantered into the winner’s enclosure in his West Suffolk constituency — which includes Newmarket, home of horse racing — by trousering £20,000. The windfall is a gift from multi-millionaire property magnate and racing devotee Bill Gredley. It’s the second time in … Read more

STEPHEN GLOVER: Why I want a vaccine passport

Are vaccine passports imperative if this country is ever going to return to normality? Or do they represent another unacceptable infringement of our liberties, as well as being deeply impractical? The Government until recently has leant towards the second view. Nadhim Zahawi, the vaccines minister, dismissed vaccine passports earlier this month as ‘discriminatory’. Only 10 … Read more

Gavin Williamson claims Britain’s lagging Covid vaccination drive ISN’T down to lack of jabs

Gavin Williamson has claimed there are no coronavirus vaccine supply issues, despite Britain’s roll-out suffering its worst slump in a month.   The Education Secretary insisted today there was ‘no problem’ with deliveries of doses and said ‘there will always be some days’ when uptake dips lower.  Figures show just 150,000 Covid vaccines jabs were dished … Read more

Covid UK: Matt Hancock claims cases of variants ‘falling sharply’

Matt Hancock today claimed the new cases of coronavirus ‘variants of concern’ are falling despite a Public Health England update showing they higher than last week.  The Health Secretary said confirmed cases of these mutated versions of the virus are ‘fallen quite sharply’ and that only 12 were discovered last week, boasting ‘the measures we … Read more

Matt Hancock claims cases of Covid variants are ‘falling sharply’

Matt Hancock today claimed the new cases of coronavirus ‘variants of concern’ are falling despite a Public Health England update showing they higher than last week.  The Health Secretary said confirmed cases of these mutated versions of the virus are ‘fallen quite sharply’ and that only 12 were discovered last week, boasting ‘the measures we … Read more

Matt Hancock defends £30m Covid contracts for his neighbour after medical regulator launches probe

Matt Hancock has defended a decision to hand Covid test orders worth £30million to a former neighbour now under investigation by the medical watchdog, saying it would be ‘ridiculous’ to block friends of ministers from public contracts. Alex Bourne, who crossed paths with the Health Secretary while running the Cock Inn in Thurlow, West Suffolk, … Read more

Matt Hancock’s pub landlord neighbour faces probe by UK’s medical regulator

Matt Hancock’s former neighbour and pub landlord is under investigation by the UK’s medical regulator, it has been revealed. Alex Bourne, who crossed paths with the Health Secretary while running the Cock Inn in Thurlow, West Suffolk, began producing millions of NHS Covid test vials during the pandemic after exchanging a personal WhatsApp messages with Mr … Read more

Ministers hold top-level meeting TODAY to finalise Boris Johnson’s lockdown roadmap

Boris Johnson and his senior ministers will meet this afternoon to finalise his roapmap for getting the nation out of lockdown before it is unveiled to the public tomorrow. Senior Cabinet figures will join the Prime Minister on a call this afternoon to hammer out the last details of the plan that will shape the … Read more

Nine areas of the UK ‘will vaccinate all over-50 by March 7’

REVEALED: The nine areas of the UK that ‘will give all over-50s their first Covid vaccination by March 7’ – almost a MONTH ahead of schedule Over 50s in Bristol, Leicestershire and West Yorkshire could get a jab by March 7 Six other areas could be injecting their first doses to over 50s by the … Read more

Matt Hancock takes swipe at Sky News presenters taken off air after Kay Burley’s 60th birthday bash

Matt Hancock today took aim at Sky News’ Covid rule-breakers while being quizzed over the lifting of lockdown rules, saying: ‘I know everyone there is keen to get back to having parties’. The Health Secretary made the quip, an obvious reference to presenter Kay Burley’s rule-breaching birthday bash, as he tackled a question over the … Read more