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A National Emergency




UK Placed Under Lockdown as Trump Insists US Will 'Reopen' Soon

Police to enforce UK lockdown; UN calls for global ceasefire; WHO says virus accelerating.

The Guardian UK 24 MAR 2020





Boris Johnson orders UK lockdown to be enforced by police

On a historic day for Britain, all of the national newspapers have given over their front pages to news of the unprecedented coronavirus lockdown.

The Guardian says today that Boris Johnson will order police to enforce a strict coronavirus lockdown, with gatherings of more than two people banned. The headline: “PM: Stay at home, this is a national emergency”.

The Daily Mail gives the first 22 pages of the paper to Johnson’s Monday evening announcement. Describing it as an unprecedented move, it reported all non-essential shops would close during a lockdown that is expected to last at least three weeks, and that police would have powers to fine those breaking the new rules. “Lockdown Britain” is the headline.

The Times goes with: “You must stay at home” and says fines for breaking the new rules will range from £30 to £1,000 once legislation passes on Thursday. It carries a sketch from Quentin Letts who notes that the “absence of melodrama” in Johnson’s televised address made it all the more striking and urgent.

Boris Johnson will order police to enforce a strict coronavirus lockdown, with a ban on gatherings of more than two people and strict limits on exercise, as he told the British public: “You must stay at home.”

The prime minister ratcheted up Britain’s response with an address to the nation on Monday evening, warning that people would only be allowed outside to buy food or medication, exercise alone once a day, or to travel to work if absolutely necessary.

All non-essential shops will close with immediate effect, as will playgrounds and libraries, he said in the address from Downing Street.

After days of being accused of sending mixed messages about what the public should do, Johnson significantly escalated his language as he urged people to comply with the more stringent measures.

“You should not be meeting friends. If your friends ask you to meet, you should say no. You should not be meeting family members who do not live in your home. You should not be going shopping except for essentials like food and medicine – and you should do this as little as you can,” he said.

“If you don’t follow the rules, the police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings.”

The decision follows Friday’s announcement that all pubs, restaurants and gyms should shut down, then the continuation of commuters packing into trains on Monday, and of sun-seekers crowding into parks over the weekend.

After weeks of being reluctant to copy the draconian measures seen elsewhere in Europe, Johnson announced the plan after coming under pressure from his own cabinet and Tory backbenchers as well as Labour.

“In this fight, we can be in no doubt that each and every one of us is directly enlisted. Each and every one of us is now obliged to join together. To halt the spread of this disease. To protect our NHS and to save many many thousands of lives,” he said.

“And I know that as they have in the past so many times, the people of this country will rise to that challenge. And we will come through it stronger than ever

In the past few days, there had been concern about announcing a lockdown before police had the proper powers to enforce one – it will only come into law when the emergency coronavirus legislation is passed later in the week.

However, Johnson has been pressured into action by the scale of worry in his own party and signs that the UK’s deaths from coronavirus are following the same pattern as Italy with a two-week lag. The total confirmed death toll rose to 335 on Monday – a sixfold increase on this time last week.

“Without a huge national effort to halt the growth of this virus, there will come a moment when no health service in the world could possibly cope; because there won’t be enough ventilators, enough intensive care beds, enough doctors and nurses,” Johnson said.

“And as we have seen elsewhere, in other countries that also have fantastic health care systems, that is the moment of real danger. To put it simply, if too many people become seriously unwell at one time, the NHS will be unable to handle it - meaning more people are likely to die, not just from coronavirus but from other illnesses as well. So it’s vital to slow the spread of the disease.”

Over the weekend, the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, had appeared to take a much clearer stance on physical distancing than the prime minister, telling the capital’s residents to stay at home. “This isn’t advice, as far as I’m concerned. These are instructions and these are rules that we should all obey to stop people dying,” he said.

The shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, welcomed the measures. “Something did have to change. We’re seeing more and more people lose their lives to this virus and the social distancing measures that the government had announced have simply not been working,” he said.

“You see beaches full of people, parks full of people, bustling markets. So we were encouraging the PM to go further this morning: we called on him to take emergency action to enforce social distancing, and it looks like that’s what he’s done this evening. So we do support it, and the drastic measures he’s taken tonight.”

Some in policing are dubious whether they currently have the powers to enforce a lockdown. One source said police were being told they would be given the powers within days, possibly being included in the emergency laws being passed through parliament now.

It is seen as anathema to the British style of policing by consent, and officers being citizens in uniform: “There is absolute reluctance,” said another source. “It’s a total change of policing style.”

The chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, Martin Hewitt, said: “We are working with the government and other agencies to consider how these new rules can be most effectively enforced.”

The NPCC quickly squashed suggestions that police would be assisted by troops on the streets or road blocks deployed to enforce the lockdown. A spokesperson told the Guardian: “Neither are being considered in any way.”

The national chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, John Apter, said: “The practicalities of policing this lockdown will be challenging … policing will do all it can to keep the public safe, but we need the public to support us. I ask that the public heed the advice and stay at home unless absolutely necessary.

“This will allow police officers to concentrate on keeping the streets safe and deal with all the regular calls we receive. This is about saving lives and supporting our NHS. I ask that the public gives us their support in this time of crisis.”

Many Tory MPs are worried that No 10 has not moved fast enough to enforce stricter distancing measures, amid public alarm about evidence of people ignoring advice.

Jeremy Hunt, the former health secretary, had a stark message for No 10 that a lockdown rule was needed immediately if the UK was to have any chance of avoiding a situation like that in Italy, where the health service is overwhelmed and many hundreds are dying every day.

“It may be too late to avoid Italy. But to have any chance, we need to move to lockdown rules now that ban non-essential travel. It’s time to stop asking people to do social distancing – we must enforce it. Not this week, not tomorrow, but today,” Hunt said.

As the prime minister’s statement was broadcast, MPs were debating emergency legislation giving the government the powers to ban gatherings, forcibly quarantine suspected sufferers, and compel schools to remain open, for a period of two years.

Ministers announced on Monday that the legislation could be reviewed by MPs every six months – a significant concession aimed at preventing a potential rebellion.

Labour had broadly supported the legislation, but sought more regular scrutiny of its sweeping powers. MPs debating measures sat widely dispersed on the green benches of the House of Commons, with many choosing to stay away.

After the compromise amendment was announced, Labour agreed to allow the legislation to pass without being forced to a vote.
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Captain Tom Moore, 99yrs Young, Completes 100th Lap of Garden and Raises £13m for NHS




Captain Tom Moore, who served during WW2, has completed the hundredth length of the garden of his family home in Bedfordshire, raising over £13million for the NHS in the process

Daily Mirror UK, 16 APR 2020




Captain Moore completed his walk with a guard of honour (Credit: BBC Breakfast) (Image: BBC)


Captain Tom Moore has completed 100 lengths of his garden and raised more than £13million for the NHS in the process.


How to Donate to Captain Tom Moore

Captain Tom has said that he will keep walking as long as donations keep coming in.
His daughter, Hannah, has set up a Just Giving page.






Tom Moore was a captain in the British Army during WW2


The 99-year-old veteran has been walking up and down the length of his 25metre garden over the past week.

This morning he completed the task as donations passed the £13million mark.

His achievements - which started at a modest target of £1,000 last week, ahead of his 100th birthday on April 30 - were singled out by Matt Han****.

The Health Secretary called the veteran an "an inspiration to us all".

"I saw the video a little while ago, a few days ago, and I was just inspired," Mr Han**** told BBC Breakfast.

"And then I've been following him since, as the amount he has raised has gone up and up and up.


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You'll Never Walk Alone: Captain Tom Moore's Charity Single with Michael Ball Goes Straight to Top of iTunes - Pipping Vera Lynn - as Hero's Fundraising Passes £23million

Fundraising hero Capt Tom Moore's charity song has shot to top of iTunes chart
  • He collaborated with singer Michael Ball for a version of You'll Never Walk Alone
  • It narrowly pipped Vera Lynn's stirring rendition of We'll Meet Again to top spot
  • Capt Moore has raised over £23million for the NHS, despite aiming for £1,000

Daily Mail UK, 18 APR 2020




The 99-year-old war veteran is raising millions for NHS Charities Together amid the coronavirus pandemic, after initially expecting to raise just £1,000 by completing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday




Captain Tom Moore's charity single has gone straight to the top of the UK iTunes chart as the hero's fundraising total passed a staggering £23million.

The 99-year-old war veteran collaborated with singer Michael Ball for a heartwarming version of You'll Never Walk Alone.
It has narrowly pipped Vera Lynn's stirring rendition of We'll Meet Again to the top spot.




Capt Moore's (pictured) single has narrowly pipped Vera Lynn's stirring rendition of We'll Meet Again to the top spot


Capt Tom has been raising money for NHS Charities Together to help frontline medics battle the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed 14,576 in the UK.

He initially expected to raise £1,000 by completing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.

He finished the walk ahead of schedule on Thursday - after starting out on 13 April - and has seen more than a million donors help the fundraiser soar past £23million.

After capturing the hearts of the nation, Capt Tom joined forces with Ball to create their own uplifting version of You'll Never Walk Alone.

The pair recorded the duet of the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein tune, which has become an anthem for medical staff during the pandemic, featuring the NHS Voices of Care Choir.

The song was instigated after Ball spoke to Captain Tom on BBC Breakfast and was recorded within 24 hours

The track has a spoken work introduction from Capt Moore, where he says: 'Hold your head up high and don't be afraid of the dark.'

It has already climbed to the top of the iTunes chart ahead of the Second World War veteran's 100th birthday on 30 April








Originally from Keighley in West Yorkshire, Captain Moore trained as a civil engineer before enlisting in the Army for the Second World War, rising to captain and serving in India and Burma


Robert Jenrick says Captain Tom Moore Will be Guest of Honour at opening of 3rd Nightingale Hospital

Second World War hero Captain Tom Moore will be the guest of honour when the new NHS Nightingale Hospital for the Yorkshire region is opened in Harrogate next week.

The 99-year-old's bid to raise money for the NHS by walking laps of his garden hit £23 million this afternoon - less than two weeks after he started the challenge.

Mr Jenrick thanked Captain Moore for his fundraising efforts for the NHS, stating: 'We have all been humbled by the gestures, large and small, by people across the country to show support for those working so hard to protect the NHS and save lives.

'None more so than Captain Tom Moore, who has raised an astonishing £23 million this week for NHS charities.

'I can't think of a more worthy person to be the guest of honour at the opening of the new Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate next week.'





The country has taken to the war veteran, with this sign in Piccadilly Circus in central London congratulating him


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How Captain Tom and Michael Ball pulled a hit record together in 24 hours


After being inspired by Captain Tom's outstanding charitable efforts, Michael Ball devised a plan.

'That was the exact moment I got the idea. I was listening to him (Captain Tom) mouthing along to it – and singing along to it – and I said "ah Tom we should make it a duet,"' Ball explained.
'But I came off air and thought, well I have got a few minutes... let's see if we can do this.'

Captain Tom's words on BBC Breakfast were quickly edited into place, as Ball and the backing choir went about providing the foundations for the iconic track.

Ball continued: 'So I made some calls – called my record producer. 'I had the idea the NHS voices of care could form the background voices for us.

'Crucial though was talking to Tom and to (his daughter) Hannah.'

Using the plentiful time provided by lockdown restrictions, Ball and his producers quickly got to work on the track and brought the creation to life.

The track was recorded in different segments from various locations due to people remaining at home. It was then stitched together by producers and smoothed out to create the finished product.

Capt Tom said:
'I never in my wildest dreams imagined I would be releasing a single with Michael Ball, but I also never thought it possible for me to walk in the garden and raise millions.
'So why not sing, spread some cheer and again - raise money for our national heroes. NHS this one is for you!'

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From Yorkshire to India: Captain Tom Moore's Career in The Military

Captain Tom Moore was conscripted into the British Army in June 1940 when he was 20, alongside all men aged 20 to 35.

He began his military career in Otley, West Yorkshire, where he joined the 8th Battalion, the Duke of Wellington's Regiment under Lieutenant Lord George Saville.

The Regiment was sent to train in Wadebridge, Cornwall where they were tasked with coastal defence amid a predicted German invasion.

A young Captain Moore was soon promoted to Corporal and sent to the officer cadet training unit in Droitwich Spa.

Here, he celebrated his 21st birthday after he passed as a Second Lieutenant.

In August 1941, he was sent to the DWR headquarters in Halifax where he joined the 9th Battalion at Winchcombe.

The infantry battalion then converted to an armoured regiment 146th Royal Armoured Corp, though the majority of the soldiers could not drive.

In October, the unit was posted to Bombay, now Mumbai, in India.

The journey took six weeks by sea, with a four-day delay in Freetown, Sierra Leone and a four-day stop in Cape Town.

Captain Moore then took a train from Bombay to Poona, before arriving at Kirkee, a town now known as Khadki.

The 9th DWR formed the 50th Indian Tank Brigade under the command of Brigadier Schreiber.

Captain Moore was then asked by the Brigadier to start a motorcycling course for the Brigade due to his expertise for the sport.

The Brigade was then ordered to move to Calcutta - the road journey was in a monsoon and took three weeks.

His Battalion was stationed in the Lohardaga district near Ranchi.
They then took part in two exercises in the Arakan before moving further east and south to Rangoon.

Captain Moore was then sent on a course at the approved vehicle depot in Bovington, England.
He remained here as an instructor until it was closed.





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NHS Hero Captain Tom Moore Celebrates 100th Birthday with an Incredible Flypast From RAF. Captain Tom was Also Promoted to COLONEL by The Queen Today

A Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast of a Spitfire and a Hurricane has been organised by the RAF to mark Capt Moore's birthday and he has been appointed as an honorary colonel of the Army Foundation College


Captain Tom has also been awarded a Defence Medal, after experts realised he was owed one decades ago.
It will now be added to the 1939-1945 Star, Burma Star and War Medal he wore on his walk, which also earned him a Pride of Britain Award.


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Captain Tom Moore given flypast by Spitfire and Hurricane planes





The colonel has also had letters from members of the royal family including Prince William, which he said he "never anticipated".

He has had more than 120,000 birthday cards from members of the public.

The nation's hero Captain Tom Moore has been honoured on his 100th birthday with a special flypast over his home.

Appearing emotional, he watched the RAF flypast surrounded by family this morning - before he also became an honorary member of the England cricket team.

Special video birthday messages from the Prime Minister, his daughter and grandson were also shown in a touching morning of celebrations before he hit £30million in his record-breaking fundraising effort for the NHS.

Singer Michael Ball, who along with Captain Tom reached number one in the charts with a cover of You'll Never Walk Alone, also sang Happy Birthday to him live on air.

Tom, who was also promoted to colonel by the Queen today, said: "Never ever three weeks ago did I ever think I would get anything like this.

"It's difficult to put into words."

In a birthday message he told the nation: "To have such kind people who have made such an effort - thank you all."

Captain Tom's grandson Benjie, 16, told the BBC: "It's incredible - I've been so proud of him since I was three.

"I couldn't be more proud of him as a person and the character he has shown throughout this."

Reflecting on what he has made of the worldwide reaction, Captain Tom said: "It's hard to describe. There's been so much kindness shown and so many people making kind remarks.

"It really is outstanding. I never, ever anticipated ever in my life anything like this. It really is amazing.

"I will say to everyone, thank you very much to everyone, wherever you are."

He added: "When you see all those cards from children, it really makes you ... well, if you were a weepy person it would make you weep.

"All the work and the thought all these children have put into their cards."

He joked that he "can't promise to read them all".




Captain Tom's daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, added in a statement: "I want to look the great British and overseas public in the eye; I sincerely want you to know that for all the joy, hope and inspiration my father has given you; you have re-energised him and given him renewed purpose.

"Watching him talking and engaging with all of you, has been one of the most joyous things in my life. I cannot thank you enough."

Captain Tom told BBC Breakfast this morning being 100 felt 'the same' but he was still delighted: "It hardly feels any different to yesterday.

"I don't know what it feels like, I've never been 100 before.


"But I must say I'm absolutely delighted with all the people who have come to wish me a happy birthday and who have been so kind, thank you very much."

Boris Johnson in a special message to him said: "I know I speak for the whole country when I say we wish you a very happy 100th birthday.

"Your heroic efforts have lifted the spirits of the entire nation."

He added: "I recognise you as a point of light."

Captain Tom said the message from the PM was "outstanding" and thanked him for the message.




RAF Flypast in Honour of Captain Tom - BBC News




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Colonel Tom Moore is Knighted by the Queen in Incredible New Honour for NHS Hero

Colonel Tom Moore, an inspirational war veteran, raised more than £33 million for NHS Charities Together by walking laps of his garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire


Daily Mirror UK, 21 MAY 2020





Captain Tom Moore is promoted to Honorary Colonel by Royal assent on his 100th birthday (Image: MOD/AFP via Getty Images)


Captain Tom, the 100-year-old Army veteran who raised £33million for the NHS in the coronavirus crisis, is being knighted.

The old soldier was promoted to Colonel on his centenary last month – and a Second World War Spitfire and Hurricane carried out a fly past to mark his birthday.

On Tuesday it was revealed he would become Colonel Sir Tom Moore, in a rare honour by the Queen outside of the usual calendar for such announcements.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Colonel Tom’s fantastic fundraising broke records, inspired the whole country and provided us all with a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus.

“On behalf of everyone who has been moved by his incredible story, I want to say a huge thank you. He’s a true national treasure.”





The Second World War veteran and proud Yorkshireman became a national hero after walking 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden, with service medals pinned to his jacket and clutching his walking frame, to fundraise for the health service.


The country, shocked from the mounting Covid-19 death toll and the unprecedented curbs on freedom as part of the lockdown, rallied behind Captain Tom.

Some 150,000 birthday cards from the public were displayed in the hall of his grandson Benjie Ingram-Moore's school.

The Prime Minister personally recommended to the Queen that Col Tom be exceptionally honoured.

Political leaders from across the spectrum welcomed the accolade.




British Army Captain Tom Moore in his army uniform


Labour leader Keir Starmer said: “On behalf of the Labour Party I congratulate Captain Tom Moore on his knighthood.

“In these difficult times for our country, Tom brought inspiration to millions and helped all of us to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of our NHS.

“After serving his country during the war, Tom recognised that today’s heroes are our frontline NHS and care workers.

“In his actions, Tom embodied the national solidarity which has grown throughout this crisis, and showed us that everyone can play their part in helping build a better future.”

Lib Dem acting leader Sir Ed Davey said: “Tom is a hero, not only because he raised so much cash for the NHS but because he has become a symbol of hope in a difficult time.

“He has inspired many others to raise funds in their own ways, the way Tom and others have got behind our key workers has shown the true spirit of our country.”

The Government is also set to give further details on plans for how frontline heroes who have been fighting coronavirus will be honoured in the coming months – fuelling hopes No10 will back the Mirror's campaign to Give NHS Heroes A Medal when the Covid-19 crisis eases.

A Government spokeswoman said: “We know there is huge appetite to say thank you to all those supporting the nation during this emergency and doing incredible things day in, day out, up and down the country.

“We will ensure these unsung heroes are recognised in the right way, at the right time.”

Last month all five, living former prime ministers threw their weight behind the Mirror's campaign.

Sir John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Theresa May revealed their backing for the drive.
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Police say Dominic Cummings Breached Lockdown When He Drove to Barnard Castle

Dominic Cummings said he took a 30 minute drive to the beauty spot of Barnard Castle to 'test his eyesight' over concerns it had been affected by a suspected case of coronavirus


Daily Mirror UK, 28 MAY 2020




Cummings spent his isolation period in Durham, not his main London home (Image: Phil Harris)




Barnard Castle was about a 30-mile drive from where Mr Cummings was staying (Image: AFP via Getty Images)


However the force, which according to the most recent data, has issued 137 fines for lockdown breaches, said it would not be any further action against Mr Cummings.

It also stated that the initial trip was not a breach of the lockdown.

In an extraordinary press conference in the Rose Garden at Downing Street, Mr Cummings said that he, his wife and son made a trip in the car so that he could check his eyesight was good enough for him to make the drive to the capital after he had struggled with it during a bout of illness which he thought could have been coronavirus.




The PM's top aide gave a highly unusual press conference to explain himself (Image: PA)


The force's statement said: "Durham Constabulary have examined the circumstances surrounding the journey to Barnard Castle (including ANPR, witness evidence and a review of Mr Cummings’ press conference on 25 May 2020) and have concluded that there might have been a minor breach of the Regulations that would have warranted police intervention.

"Durham Constabulary view this as minor because there was no apparent breach of social distancing.




Mr Cummings breached lockdown when he drove to Barnard Castle (Image: AFP via Getty Images)


"Had a Durham Constabulary police officer stopped Mr Cummings driving to or from Barnard Castle, the officer would have spoken to him, and, having established the facts, likely advised Mr Cummings to return to the address in Durham, providing advice on the dangers of travelling during the pandemic crisis.

"Had this advice been accepted by Mr Cummings, no enforcement action would have been taken."

A No10 spokesman said in response: "The police have made clear they are taking no action against Mr Cummings over his self-isolation and that going to Durham did not breach the regulations.

"The Prime Minister has said he believes Mr Cummings behaved reasonably and legally given all the circumstances and he regards this issue as closed."

The Prime Minister, the Health Secretary and other cabinet ministers have insisted that Mr Cummings's journeys fell within the lockdown rules.

But today Durham Police have concluded that the senior aide did, in fact, breach the rules.

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, said: “The police have confirmed what we all knew, that Dominic Cummings broke the rules he helped to write. The country cannot afford for this saga to carry on. Only Boris Johnson can draw a line under it.

“Keir Starmer has said that if he was Prime Minister, he would have sacked Dominic Cummings. Boris Johnson should follow that advice.

"If he does not act then he will send a clear message that there is one rule for his closest adviser and another for the British people.”

At an extraordinary press conference on Monday evening Mr Cummings explained why he had left the property where he was staying on his father's estate to travel to Barnard Castle.

He said: "My wife was very worried, particularly as my eyesight seemed to have been affected by the disease," he said.

"She did not want to risk a nearly 300 mile drive with our child given how ill I had been.

"We agreed we should go for a short drive to see if I could drive safely. We drove for roughly half an hour and ended up on the outskirts of Barnard Castle town.

"We did not visit the castle, we did not walk around the town."

More than 35 Tory MPs have now called for Mr Cummings to quit but the Prime Minister has stood by his aide.

Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

"The Durham Police have now confirmed what the public already knew - Dominic Cummings should not have done what he did. The fact that Minister after Minister have tried to pretend otherwise has been an insult to each and every one of us following the rules to keep each other safe from the virus.


"Either the Prime Minister and his Ministers lied or they have no understanding of the rules they have written.

"This behaviour over the past few days has entirely eroded the public's trust in the Government. The Prime Minister has said he wants to move on so that all efforts can be focused on the UK's response to the pandemic, but the only way to do that would be for him to ask for Dominic Cumming's resignation.

"Over the past two months the British public have made huge sacrifices - losing their freedom, their livelihoods, and in many tragic instances - someone they loved.

"The longer Dominic Cumming stays in post, the more people will feel that there is one rule for him and one for everyone else, seriously threatening public health. Unless he resigns, the sacrifices everyone has made are at risk of being entirely undermined."
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Queen's Sweet Words to Captain Tom Moore as She Knights Him in Unique Service. He Raised £33mil for NHS

19 Jul 2020 The Telegraph UK


The Queen carried out her first official royal duty since lockdown when she knighted Sir Tom Moore at Windsor Castle, just hours after attending Princess Beatrice's secret wedding

The Queen thanked fundraising hero Sir Tom Moore for his incredible work as she knighted him during a special investiture at Windsor Castle.

In her first engagement since lockdown was introduced, the Monarch handed the war veteran his well-deserved medal.

The 100-year-old became a national hero during the Covid-19 pandemic when he raised a record sum of £33million by walking 100 laps of his garden with the aid of a walking frame.


His fundraiser touched the hearts of Brits everywhere and inspired people across the globe, resulting in Prime Minister Boris Johnson nominating Sir Tom for the award.

During the unique ceremony today, which took place outside to lower coronavirus risk, the Queen and Sir Tom exchanged a few words.

The Monarch said: “Thank you so much. An amazing amount of money you raised”

“A hundred is a great age.

“Anyway it’s a nice day. Best of luck to you.”

She also called his family forward and chatted to them before returning to the castle.

The Queen used a sword that belonged to her father, George VI, for the ceremony and presented him with the insignia of Knight Bachelor.




His family joined him for the occasion (Image: Getty Images)


Other investitures have been postponed because of the coronavirus, along with all of the Queen's face-to-face engagements.







There was no extravagant wedding like Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank (Image: Getty)






The Queen's first engagement came on the same day she watched her granddaughter Princess Beatrice marry her fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.


The Queen, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, were among a small group of close family and friends who attended the intimate ceremony at All Saints Chapel, Windsor Great Park, this morning.




The Queen smiled as she thanked him for his hard work (Image: Getty Images)




Sir Tom proudly poses with the insignia of Knight Bachelor (Image: Getty Images)


The Queen left promptly after the ceremony as she wanted to get back to get ready to present Captain Moore with his knighthood.

Speaking about his knighthood, Sir Tom tweeted: "I could never have imagined this would happen to me.

"It is such a huge honour and I am very much looking forward to meeting Her Majesty The Queen. It is going to be the most special of days for me."




Queen Elizabeth II poses after awarding Captain Sir Thomas Moore with the insignia of Knight Bachelor (Image: Getty Images)


The ceremony took place entirely within the confines of Windsor Castle, with no viewing positions for the public.

Members of the public were asked not to attend Windsor town centre or gather in the hope of seeing any of the ceremony, which will not be visible from any external viewpoint.

Captain Tom had set out to raise £1,000, but his incredible gesture won him fans around the world and saw his fundraising efforts soar.

In honour of his incredible achievement, he was given a flypast on his 100th birthday.

Captain Tom also became the oldest person to ever score a UK Number One single with his rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone, recorded with Michael Ball and the NHS Voices Of Care Choir.

And his incredible efforts saw him awarded a special Pride Of Britain award.

Captain Tom said the response to his charitable efforts had been "outstanding".

He said: "It's hard to describe there's been so much kindness shown and so many people making kind remarks.

"It really is outstanding, I never anticipated in my life anything like this. It really is amazing.

"I really must say to everyone thank you very much to everyone wherever you are."


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Where's Boris Johnson? How PM's Highland Holiday Compares to Other Political Staycations

Through the decades, Prime Ministers have often enjoyed staycations if it was either impossible - or not politically advisable - to chase the sun. Here's how Boris Johnson's highland getaway stacks up...


Daily Mirror UK, 21 AUG 2020.






Boris Johnson has been pictured enjoying a highland getaway, even as his government faces a string of crises over exams and coronavirus.

While he has claimed in public to be a fan of the Great British Holiday, the PM is more often seen enjoying luxury stays overseas - like his 10-day break on a private Caribbean island over New Year.

But with millions of Brits tearing up their holiday plans due to France and Croatia being placed on coroanvirus quarantine lists, a foreign jaunt probably wasn't on the cards for Boris Johnson this year.

Instead, it appears, he's chosen to enjoy the bracing winds of the Scottish highlands.

Slightly bleak images emerged overnight of the PM's cliff-side bolt hole - complete with a massive tent in the grounds.

The tent itself is understood to be a 'bell tent', the likes of which are available for around £259 from Boutique Camping.




Mr Johnson was seen chatting to his security team, dressed in a blue checked shirt and tan trousers, topped off with a black, woolly bobble hat.





One tourist who saw the couple told the Mail : "It looked like any other normal family day out."


Of course, Boris Johnson isn't the first PM to plump for a UK staycation when an overseas holiday is either impossible or not politically advisable.




Here's how Johnson's tent on a hill compares to his predecessors' staycations. (Image: PETER JOLLY NORTHPIX)




PM David Lloyd George 1913 didn’t go far during the holidays, choosing his homeland for a summer break.
(Image: PA)


Here the Welsh Wizard is seen on a camping holiday at Moel Hebog, in North Wales. He began the long, uncomfortable tradition of PMs posing for the cameras on a chilly UK break designed to demonstrate they’re ‘one of us’. Later Liberal Lloyd George proved he knew all the tricks when he made sure he was captured planting veg.

A news reel from 1922 of the Welsh Wizard on hols is titled, Premier’s Simple Life Holiday: Mr Lloyd George Finds Brief Relief From His Great Political Worries by Planting Potatoes.

He’s caught, spade in hand ... sporting a three-piece suit.




Once described as “a quiet man with a lot to be quiet about”, Clement Attlee certainly took that to heart when it came to vacation time. He chose to relax in the small Welsh seaside town of Nefyn with his family where he would mostly row boats and sit on the beach.
(Image: Getty)


He also opted for British seaside towns like Weymouth and Seaton, where his wife Violet played cricket on the beach with the children - while he sat reading on a deckchair or playing golf nearby.




Tory Harold Macmillan could be found on a rather different UK break – here he is dressed in tweed during a grouse-shooting holiday on Barden High Moor in the Yorkshire Dales, with the Duchess of Devonshire and the Duke of Devonshire’s agent.
(Image: PA)


A year earlier in 1961, as soon as the August grouse season had started he was off for three days shooting at Swinton, where his party managed 600 brace, followed by six days at Bolton Abbey, where six guns bagged nearly 1,000 brace.




Rumour had it Gordon Brown had to be pushed into holidaying by his wife Sarah to make him look more at ease. He never really managed it for the cameras, though.
(Image: PA)


The family holidayed in Norfolk during his leadership, taking in Whitlingham country park near Norwich. Although it wasn’t quite the at ease picture opportunity it was meant to be – it looked like he’d only taken his tie off. He and his family stayed at Shadingfield Hall, a grade II listed building set in five acres of wooded grounds. It cost £4,500 a week to rent. It was billed as ‘secluded’ – which he needed when local campaigners in nearby Southwold announced they would form a human chain at the promenade to protest at plans to cut spending on sea defences to mark his arrival.




Workaholic Margaret Thatcher notoriously disliked a holiday. However she and husband Denis did find one place to relax – Cornwall. The prime minister fell in love with Constantine Bay, near Padstow, and, during her years in power, she and Denis were often seen on the beach and in the surrounding area.
(Image: PA)


The PM wasn’t quite so relaxed when she holidayed in Theresa May ’s favoured destination of Switzerland – also her choice on numerous occasions. She regularly stayed with retired Tory MP Sir Douglas Glover and his wife Eleanor at their home in Schloss Freudenberg, Switzerland. But R&R was the last thing she wanted and commentators have described how Lady Glover would “scour Switzerland” looking for brainy folk to invite to dinner to keep the iron lady entertained.




Cornwall was the first place David Cameron headed on holiday as PM, and he returned numerous times – he and SamCam always managing to do a much better job of looking relaxed, accept the time he attempted to get changed under his beach towel in front of the paps.
(Image: PA)


His youngest daughter Florence was even born there – her third name, Endellion, is after St Endellion, the village where the family stayed.

Although the Camerons tried their best to look like they really enjoyed their ‘staycation’ they were also snapped holidaying in Portugal and Italy.




May: Walking in Wales (Image: Jake Garbett /SWNS.COM)


Theresa May infamously decided to call a snap general election in 2017 while walking in the mountains of Snowdonia.

She told ITV at the time: "Before Easter I spent a few days walking in Wales with my husband, thought about this long and hard, and came to the decision that to provide that certainty and stability for the future, that this was the way to do it, to have an election.

"I trust the British people. The British people gave the government a job to do to in terms of coming out of the EU and I‘m going to be asking the British people to put their trust in me in ensuring we deliver a success of that."

As history has shown, that didn't go entirely as she hoped.

Her mountain epiphany led to her losing her Commons majority and limping powerless to the premature end of her premiership.


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Feuding at No.10 Explodes Into Open as Top Aide Quits After Opposition to Dominic Cummings

PM Boris's adviser quits in power battle - Fears more aides will follow Lee Cain after revolt led by Carrie Symonds, the PM's fiancee

Carrie Symonds is at odds with several of key No 10 advisers

BBC News, 11 NOV 2020





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Boris Johnson was trying to prevent an exodus of Downing Street staff on Wednesday night after a key aide resigned following a public power struggle with the Prime Minister's fiancée Carrie Symonds....



Key aide Lee Cain, No 10's director of communications, resigned last night Dominic Cummings, Mr Johnson's most senior adviser, is understood to now be considering his position.

Mr Cain announced he would quit after Ms Symonds effectively vetoed his promotion to chief of staff and amid an extraordinary briefing battle.




Lee Cain arrived for work on Thursday, having already handed in his notice to No 10


He will leave next month, despite being offered a promotion to chief of staff.

His departure prompted speculation about the future of the PM's chief adviser Dominic Cummings, but the BBC was told he would stay for now.

No 10 denied Mr Johnson had been distracted by the saga, saying he was "fully focussed" on tackling Covid.

Mr Cain has been at the PM's side since he was a press officer for the Vote Leave campaign under Mr Cummings.

Many will not have heard of him before the story broke, but his resignation comes at a time when the government is facing big decisions over its coronavirus strategy and the future of post-Brexit trade with the EU.

After a number of rows and U-turns within government in recent months, No 10 will see communications as key in connecting with the country and trying to gain support for its decisions.

The news that Mr Cain - who worked with Mr Cummings and the PM in the Vote Leave campaign to get Britain out of the EU - could become Mr Johnson's chief of staff had led to consternation among some MPs and ministers, said BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg.

One Tory source even suggested that Mr Johnson's fiancee, Carrie Symonds - a former head of communications for the Conservatives - had misgivings about that plan.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer told LBC Radio: "This is pathetic. I think millions of people will be waking up this morning, scratching their heads, saying what on earth is going on?

"We're in the middle of a pandemic, we're all worried about our health and our families, we're all worried about our jobs, and this lot are squabbling behind the door of No 10. Pull yourselves together, focus on the job in hand."

But the PM's spokesman said Mr Johnson was concentrating on fighting coronavirus, adding: "You can see the progress we are making, in terms of rolling out mass testing, in securing vaccines and also in terms of making improvements to test and trace."


Until now, the cracks spreading through Team Johnson during the Covid crisis had been largely under wraps.
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Dominic Cummings Marches Out of No.10 For Good With Things in a Cardboard Box

Cummings exits Number 10 with parting shot at Boris Johnson. Chief aide accuses Prime Minister of 'dithering' as he is ordered out of Downing Street


The Prime Minister's chief advisor marched out of the front door of 10 Downing Street with a bulging cardboard box in what appeared to be his final bizarre stunt


The Telegraph UK, 14 NOV 2020.




Dominic Cummings was ordered OUT on Friday night after being accused of briefing against the Prime Minister.


Mr Cummings, until now regarded as Boris Johnson's most trusted adviser, left with a broadside against his boss, telling allies Mr Johnson was "indecisive" and that he and Lee Cain – who resigned as director of communications earlier in the week – had to rely on the Cabinet Office minister, Michael Gove, to make decisions.

Mr Johnson's chief adviser cleared his desk after a lunchtime meeting in Number 10 and left the building for the last time carrying his possessions in a cardboard box. Mr Cain was also asked to leave in the same meeting.

Both men had intended to stay in Number 10 until the end of the year to see out the Brexit project that had brought them and Mr Johnson together, but the last straw reportedly came after Mr Johnson heard claims that the faction headed by Mr Cummings and Mr Cain was briefing against him and his fiancee, Carrie Symonds.

They will remain employed until mid-December, with Mr Cummings expected to complete some work on mass testing, but neither is expected to set foot in Number 10 again.

Now the Telegraph has tipped ex-Chancellor Sajid Javid for the Chief of Staff job in what would be another blow to Cummings' faction in No10.






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Captain Tom Moore, 100, in Hospital as he Battles Coronavirus and Pneumonia. He Raised £33mil for NHS

Captain Tom Moore has been rushed to Bedford Hospital with breathing difficulties after testing positive for coronavirus during treatment for pneumonia in recent weeks

Daily Mirror UK, 1 FEB, 2021.




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The 100-year-old WW2 veteran has raised more than £30million for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement released by his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore today, she said her dad tested positive for coronavirus last week while being treated for pneumonia.

Sir Tom was reportedly unable to have his Covid vaccine before catching the disease because of his pneumonia medications.

He was taken to a ward at Bedford Hospital today after requiring extra help with his breathing but is not in intensive care.

The statement reads: "I wanted to update everybody that today my father was admitted to hospital.

"Over the last few weeks he was being treated for pneumonia and last week tested positive for Covid-19.

"He was at home with us until today when he needed additional help with his breathing.

"He is being treated in a ward, although he is not in ICU.

"The medical care he has received in the last few weeks has been remarkable and we know that the wonderful staff at Bedford Hospital will do all they can to make him comfortable and hopefully return home as soon as possible.

"We understand that everyone will be wishing him well. We are of course focusing on my father and will update you when we are able to. Hannah x"

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Twitter: "My thoughts are very much with @CaptainTomMoore and his family. You've inspired the whole nation, and I know we are all wishing you a full recovery."

He previously encouraged the British public to stay strong as the country entered its second lockdown.

His charity - The Captain Tom Foundation - launched a campaign called Walk and Talk which aims is to get as many people as possible walking and talking, spreading hope and easing loneliness.

Sir Tom said: "I would like us all to stand shoulder to shoulder - metaphorically!

"Let's try not to get downhearted, we will get through this, whatever is thrown at us and together we can ensure that tomorrow will be a good day."
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Captain Sir Tom Moore Couldn't Get Covid Jab Because of His Pneumonia Treatment

The WW2 veteran, who was knighted by the Queen for raising millions for the NHS, was admitted to hospital today with pneumonia and has tested positive for coronavirus


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Daily Mirror UK, 1 FEB, 2021.


Captain Sir Tom Moore was unable to have his Covid jab before he caught the virus because he was on medication for pneumonia.

The WW2 veteran, who was knighted by the Queen for raising millions for the NHS, was admitted to hospital today with pneumonia and coronavirus.

A spokeswoman for the family of the 100-year-old NHS hero said he was not allowed to make the journey to his local vaccination centre.

He would have been one of the first wave of Brits to be given the jab.

She said: “Because of the medication he was taking for his pneumonia he couldn’t have the Covid jab.

“But other than that, the information that was in his daughter Hannah’s statement is all we can share at the moment.

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Captain Sir Tom Moore Dead: NHS Hero, 100, Dies After Covid Fight as Nation Mourns

Captain Tom Moore captured the hearts of the nation with his incredible NHS fundraising during the coronavirus pandemic - the second time the World War Two veteran has come to his country's aid

The Telegraph UK, 2 FEB 2021.






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A spokesman for Sir Tom's family also told the BBC that he had not yet received a Covid-19 vaccine because of the medication he was taking for pneumonia.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: "The Queen is sending a private message of condolence to the family of Captain Sir Tom Moore.

"Her Majesty very much enjoyed meeting Cpt Sir Tom and his family at Windsor last year."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "Captain Sir Tom Moore was a hero in the truest sense of the word. In the dark days of the Second World War he fought for freedom and in the face of this country's deepest post war crisis he united us all, he cheered us all up, and he embodied the triumph of the human spirit.

"It is quite astonishing that at the age of 100 he raised more than £32 million for the NHS, and so gave countless others their own chance to thank the extraordinary men and women who have protected us through the pandemic.

"He became not just a national inspiration but a beacon of hope for the world. Our thoughts are with his daughter Hannah and all his family."

"He was so passionate about The Foundation’s vision for a more hopeful world and equal society and was immensely proud of the growing legacy it was establishing in his name.

"We have been working with Captain Tom to create positive impact around causes close to his and the families hearts, from combating loneliness to championing education and equality and of course supporting the incredible NHS carers and frontline workers whom he held in such high regard.

"Captain Tom’s actions inspired people across the world and he was extremely honoured that The Foundation might inspire a new generation of Captain Toms.

"We can all make a difference and through our continued work we will aspire to ensure Tom’s message of hope becomes an enduring legacy.

"Whilst we mourn his loss, we celebrate his life and will be forever grateful for his optimistic philosophy and wonderful spirit.

Captain Tom was determined to hold the memory of his comrades close to him when he took on his epic second challenge to raise much-needed funds for the NHS.

He honoured them by donning medals as he embarked on his daily 10 laps of his garden.

The proud veteran said: "It's important. It shows that I was part of a very important and super army at the time who were all battling for our country, which we're all so proud of.

"I still very proud of our country. There is nowhere like ours."

After the war he returned to the UK and went to Bovington, Dorset, where he became an instructor at the Armoured Fighting Vehicle School.

And it was here that he finally met the love of his life, Pamela.

Colonel Tom admitted he had "given up on love" but when he was 50 when he met his future wife, who was 35 and working as an office manager.

He said: "As it so happened, the office manager in Gravesend was a rather attractive young lady – she looked terrific to me, like a model – so I had to do various trips and, shall we say, the *attraction with the office manager became stronger and I eventually married her."


He described their marriage as "a happy time" and the devoted couple loved the simple things in life.

Captain Tom joked: "Pamela loved nothing more than a trip to Marks & Spencer. That was her dream day out, so we did that a lot."

Heartbreakingly, Pamela's health started to decline 20 years ago and her devoted husband cared for her for two years.

When her condition needed extra medical attention, Pamela was moved into a care home but Captain Tom was still her main carer.
He would visit her every, single day and he was the one who fed her her meals and would sit with her for hours on end until she passed away 14 years ago.



The couple tied the knot in 1968 and went on to have two daughters, Lucy and Hannah.





Colonel Tom Moore and his bride Pamela during their 1968 wedding


He also received tens of thousands of 100th birthday cards, with his grandson, Benji's, school being used to house them all.

At midnight on his 100th birthday, Captain Tom officially ended his NHS challenge after smashing both his fundraising target and aim to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.

At the end of January his family released a statement saying he tested positive for coronavirus while being treated for pneumonia.

They explained he hadn't been able to have the vaccine because of the medication he was on for the condition.











Captain Tom is survived by his two daughters and his grandchildren.



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Daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore has blasted the "vile minority" who criticised a family trip to the Caribbean, which took place just over a month before her father passed away

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Captain Sir Tom Moore, who died with coronavirus earlier this month, has left "a legacy he could never have imagined", his daughter has said.

The 100-year-old Army veteran, who raised almost £33m for NHS charities by walking laps of his garden, died in Bedford Hospital on 2 February.







Hannah Ingram-Moore said her father had been determined to beat the virus and continue raising funds.


"For him this was all about 'tomorrow will be a good day' and being hopeful."

Capt Sir Tom had tested positive for Covid-19 the week before he was admitted to hospital.

His family said due to other medication he was receiving for pneumonia, he was unable to be vaccinated.

Captain Sir Tom Moore's heart would have been "broken" if he had known about the trolling his family received in the days leading up to his death, his daughter has said.

Hannah Ingram-Moore has blasted the "vile minority" who criticised a trip to the Caribbean before Christmas while discussing her father's legacy.

She said she and other relatives kept the hurtful comments away from Sir Tom, who passed away in hospital on February 2 after testing positive for coronavirus.

The war veteran captured the hearts of the nation when he raised more than £32million for the NHS during the first lockdown by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.

Sir Tom, from Bedfordshire, managed to visit Barbados shortly before his death, which his family said was a bucket list trip for the centenarian

But the holiday drew ire from certain corners of the internet - which Ms Ingram-Moore said relatives decided to keep from her father in his dying days.

She told BBC Breakfast: "I couldn't tell him.

"I think it would have broken his heart, honestly, if we'd said to him people are hating us.

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"Because how do you rationalise to a 100-year-old man that something so incredibly good can attract such horror, so we contained it within the four of us and we said we wouldn't play to...that vile minority, we wouldn't play to them, we're not, because we are talking to the massive majority of people who we connect with."






Ms Ingram-Moore added that Sir Tom had a wonderful time on the holiday.



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The fundraising hero was honoured by royalty as he was laid to rest by eight members of his family in Bedfordshire on Saturday who said his "message and his spirit lives on"

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The Queen left a heartfelt tribute for Captain Sir Tom Moore at his funeral today.

The monarch sent a wreath of 100 white roses to be laid for the NHS fundraising hero.

The World War 2 veteran's life was honoured with a fly-past today after his efforts to raise £32million for the health service.

He captured worldwide attention after his feat of walking100 laps of his garden on his walking frame drew mammoth levels of donations.

Sir Tom died on February 2 after testing positive for coronavirus at the beginning of this year.

The deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, David Pearson, laid a wreath in Keighley, which was the birthplace of Sir Tom, on behalf of the Queen.

The touching tribute came after Sir Tom was knighted by the royal during an open-air ceremony at Windsor Castle last summer in honour of his efforts during the pandemic.

The fundraising hero was laid to rest by eight members of his family in Bedfordshire today.

They said his "message and his spirit lives on".

The Queen knighted Sir Tom in a special open-air ceremony during the pandemic









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Boris Johnson 'said he'd rather see bodies pile high in thousands' than do 3rd lockdown

The government has denied the 'comedy chapter gossip' of the Prime Minister’s explosive alleged remarks - at the time he reluctantly agreed a second lockdown last autumn


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The political fallout from Dominic Cummings’ latest incendiary blogpost, which has been called a “nuclear dom” in Westminster, caused some immediate tremors and is likely to lead to aftershocks for weeks to come.

Months after being turfed out of Downing Street, Boris Johnson’s once most senior adviser and trusted ally has turned on him in a blame game over leaks.

The final straw seems to have been a text exchange between the prime minister and the entrepreneur James Dyson, in which the prime minister promised to “fix” a tax issue. The most explosive row, however, is focused on who leaked news of England’s second national lockdown, nicknamed the search for the “chatty rat”.

‘It is beyond moronic’: fury at how PM set the stage for Cummings’s revenge


What happened?


Various newspapers including the Times, the Daily Mail and the Sun reported on 30 October last year that the government was planning to announce a national lockdown.

Having denied for months that another lockdown would be necessary and after resisting Labour’s calls for a “circuit breaker” in England like the one introduced by the Welsh government, Downing Street seemed caught by surprise when the news emerged.

A Whitehall inquiry was ordered, but more than six months on, no culprit has been publicly identified. Asked repeatedly to give an update on the investigation, a No 10 spokesperson has simply said they have no new information to offer.


Who’s in the frame?


According to a coordinated briefing to three Conservative-friendly newspapers by “No 10 sources” on Friday, Johnson believes Cummings has been “engaged in systematic leaking”.

Downing Street did not deny the reports, and some have speculated that a more pro-authoritarian Cummings leaked the news to bounce Johnson into taking action. But after the direct attacks on him earlier this week, Cummings came out swinging to defend his reputation and pointed the finger of blame at another No 10 staffer.

Cummings said in his blog on Friday that a meeting was had been held last year with him, Johnson, the cabinet secretary, Simon Case, and the No 10 head of communications, Lee Cain, about the investigation. Cummings claimed Case had exonerated him and Cain, and said that “all the evidence definitely leads” to a man called Henry Newman, a special adviser who moved from Michael Gove’s office to No 10 and is a close personal friend of Carrie Symonds, the prime minister’s fiancee.

Cummings alleged that Johnson was “very upset” and told him that if Newman was confirmed as “chatty rat”, he would have to fire him, which would “cause me very serious problems with Carrie”, so the prime minister suggested the leak inquiry be quashed. Johnson has since dismissed the claim and No 10 sources deny that Newman was the leaker.


Will we ever know?


The inquiry may well fail to deliver a definitive verdict on the leaker’s identity. A cabinet minister, Liz Truss, has said the investigation is still ongoing.

The Sunday Times reported MI5 as saying it had been roped in to help make a breakthrough, and that so far it had found one person who had sent a WhatsApp message from the cabinet room at around 6pm the day after the meeting where the lockdown was discussed. Present, they said, were Johnson, Cummings, Cain, an unnamed political aide and two civil servants.


Which other leaks have aroused suspicion?


A separate inquiry has been set up into how the texts between Johnson and Dyson fell into the BBC’s hands.

The Daily Mail also revealed that the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, told Johnson in a text message that UK-Saudi relations would be damaged if the British government failed to intervene to “correct” the Premier League’s decision not to allow a £300m takeover of Newcastle United last year.

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It was also revealed this year that an extensive redecoration had taken place of the Downing Street flat where Johnson lives with Symonds and their son, Wilfred, reportedly of a cost up to £200,000. The issue has caused particular embarrassment because of another leaked email from a Tory donor and peer, Lord Brownlow, to the Conservative co-chairman Ben Elliot, which confirmed a £58,000 payment to the party “to cover the payments the party has already made” on renovations.


What do all these leaks tell us?


Whereas Cummings’ departure from Downing Street and a new chief of staff being brought in was meant to “professionalise” operations, it seems the old turf wars are still playing out in No 10 between those sympathetic to Symonds and to Cummings.

The leaks are damaging, but the Conservatives are far ahead in the polls. Labour is hoping that its attacks on alleged cronyism and sleaze will start to penetrate more, and stick on not just Johnson but others around him – including cabinet ministers who may be thinking about running to replace him when the time comes.

The answers to some questions are still unknown. Did the cabinet secretary really exonerate Cummings for leaking and instead blame Newman? Was the prime minister loaned money to pay for Downing Street refurbishments, to cover up an original plan for the party to pay for them? And who is responsible for the leaks causing such a headache for No 10?

Cummings is expected to appear before a select committee next month, and has promised to “answer questions about any of these issues to parliament … for as long as the MPs want”. We may not have to wait much longer for some answers.




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Boris Johnson Under Investigation by Standards Watchdog Over £15,000 Caribbean Break

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards is probing how the Prime Minister paid for a luxury break to the island of Mustique - with key questions still unanswered 17 months on

Boris Johnsons’ flat refurbishment is also being investigated


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Boris Johnson's partner Carrie Symonds during the Caribbean trip


Boris Johnson is being investigated by Parliament's standards watchdog over the funding of a £15,000 break he enjoyed to the Caribbean.

The Prime Minister and fiancee Carrie Symonds jetted to the island of Mustique for a New Year getaway following the Tories' 2019 election landslide.

But a row quickly erupted of how exactly the luxury trip to the private paradise isle was funded.

New transparency rules today meant the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards has revealed she is investigating the Prime Minister for a possible breach of the MPs' Code of Conduct.




It comes a year and five months after he and Carrie Symonds enjoyed a trip to the elite island


The investigation is likely to raise fresh questions about whether Mr Johnson is relying on friends and allies to maintain his lifestyle.

He has still not declared whether he took a loan from a Tory donor to fund a £58,000 refurbishment of the Downing Street flat.

And he has refused to deny a Tory donor was approached about the prospect of funding a nanny for his and Carrie Symonds' son Wilfred.

The flat refurbishment is already facing three separate inquiries, including one by the Electoral Commission into whether an offence was committed over donations.

Mr Johnson and Miss Symonds, who announced their engagement less than three months later, stayed on a villa on the island, part of St Vincent and the Grenadines, between Boxing Day and January 5, 2020





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The former chief aide took aim at Boris Johnson, Matt Han**** and other key officials in a seven-hour hearing painting a picture of chaos in the heart of government.

While he is a biased witness, his claims accused the Prime Minister of being unfit to lead Britain and claimed tens of thousands of lives had been lost unnecessarily.

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Daily Mirror UK. 27 MAY 2021.






Dominic Cummings has given a searing assessment of incompetence, failure and arrogance at the top of government as the Covid-19 pandemic killed thousands of people “who didn’t need to die”.




In a seven-hour marathon appearance at a joint Committee of MPs, Boris Johnson ’s former top aide said his old boss had ‘ignored advice’ and was late to introduce both the first and second lockdowns.

Mr Cummings claimed the PM was consistently anti-lockdown, ignored scientific advice and failed to take Covid seriously - even ranting last summer that he should never have done Lockdown 1.

MPs heard that No 10 was warned the UK was “absolutely f****d” and coronavirus would “kill thousands of people” as Mr Johnson dragged his feet over bringing in the first lockdown last year - something Cummings said he “bitterly” regrets.

He painted a picture of a chaotic and dysfunctional Downing Street in denial over the scale of the disaster ahead.


Dominic Cummings: The Seven Most Explosive Claims


1. The Government 'Failed'


"Tens of thousands of people died, who didn't need to die," Mr Cummings said.

Earlier, he said sorry for ministers, officials and advisers "like me" for falling "disastrously short of the standards that the public has a right to expect".

"When the public needed us most the government failed," he added, apologising to "the families of those who died unnecessarily".

Mr Cummings said the government was not on a "war footing" when the virus emerged in January and February last year and "lots of key people were literally skiing".


2. PM 'Not Fit for Office'


Mr Cummings made a series of allegations against his former boss Boris Johnson, including:

He dismissed the emerging coronavirus as "the new swine flu" and "just a scare story" - and pledged to be injected "live on TV with the virus so everyone realises it's nothing to be frightened of'"
He was a "thousand times too obsessed with the media" and appeared to be persuaded by the Daily Telegraph's view of events on any given day
He said he would rather see "bodies pile high" than order a third lockdown in the autumn of 2020, seeming to confirm a BBC report and contradict the prime minister's denials

Describing a decline in his relationship with Mr Johnson after the summer of 2020, he said "it was clear in July that our relations were very far from where they had been".

He added: "They took another terrible dive after the second lockdown in October because the prime minister knew that I blamed him for the whole situation - and I did - and by 31 October our relations were essentially already finished...

"The heart of the problem was, fundamentally, I regarded him as unfit for the job. And I was trying to create a structure around him to try and stop what I thought would have been bad decisions, and push things through against his wishes."

Asked later by Labour MP Sarah Owen whether Boris Johnson was a "fit and proper person to get us through this pandemic", Mr Cummings replied: "No."

Downing Street rejected many of the remarks and Mr Johnson insisted his government at "every stage tried to minimise loss of life".


3. Han**** 'should have been fired'


Mr Cummings appeared to reserve his harshest criticism for Health Secretary Matt Han****.

Mr Han**** "should have been fired for at least 15 to 20 things", Mr Cummings said, as he alleged the health secretary:

Displayed "criminal, disgraceful behaviour" as he held back coronavirus tests and meddled in efforts to build a mass testing system in order to meet a "stupid" pledge of 100,000 tests per day in April 2020
Lied during meetings held in the Downing Street cabinet room, including about testing people before they were discharged from hospital into care homes during the first wave
Used the UK's chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and chief medical adviser Chris Whitty as a "shield" for government failings at Downing Street news conferences
Mr Cummings and the UK's then most senior civil servant Sir Mark Sedwill recommended to the prime minister that Mr Han**** be sacked in April 2020
The prime minister did not sack Mr Han**** because some felt he would be a convenient fall guy during any future public inquiry

A spokesman for Mr Han**** later said: "We absolutely reject Mr Cummings' claims about the health secretary."

Mr Han**** added he had not seen Mr Cummings' evidence to MPs in full "and instead I've been dealing with getting the vaccination rollout going, especially to over-30s, and saving lives".

He said he would make a statement in the Commons on Thursday when he would "have more to say".


4. First lockdown delay


Mr Cummings said it was "obvious" in retrospect that the UK should have locked down in the first week of March at the latest - and it was a "huge failure" on his part not to alert the prime minister.

"I bitterly regret that I didn't hit the emergency panic button earlier than I did," he added.

Mr Cummings said that, on 14 March, Boris Johnson had been told that models showing the peak of infections was "weeks and weeks and weeks away" in June were "completely wrong".

Mr Cummings said that meeting came after the then deputy cabinet secretary, Helen MacNamara, relayed concerns that there was "no plan... we're in huge trouble".

He said the PM was warned: "The NHS is going to be smashed in weeks. Really we've got days to act."

Mr Johnson announced a national lockdown nine days later on the evening of 23 March.


5. Bombs, quarantine... and Dilyn


Mr Cummings painted a vivid picture of the chaotic atmosphere in Downing Street on one "crazy" day in March 2020 when the government was considering a national lockdown - at the same time as officials considered a bombing campaign in Iraq.

One morning, he claimed, the "national security people came in" and said "[US President Donald] Trump wants us to join a bombing campaign in the Middle East tonight" and this "totally derailed" meetings about quarantine and the coronavirus.

At the same time, he said, "the prime minister's girlfriend was going completely crackers" over a story in Times newspaper with the headline "Downing St dog to be reshuffled".

The article reported a Whitehall source as saying they were not sure Carrie Symonds' dog Dilyn would "make it through the next reshuffle" due to the mess he had created in her and Mr Johnson's No 11 flat.

Mr Cummings said: "So, we have this sort of completely insane situation in which part of the building was saying, 'are we going to bomb Iraq?', part of the building was arguing about whether or not we're going to do quarantine or not do quarantine, the prime minister has his girlfriend going crackers about something completely trivial."


6. 'Chicken pox parties'


Mr Cummings said that, as late as 12 March last year, the UK's top civil servant championed a plan of rapid herd immunity involving "chicken pox parties" for the virus.

Then cabinet secretary Sir Mark Sedwill is alleged to have suggested to Mr Johnson: "Prime minister, you should go on TV tomorrow and explain the herd immunity plan and that it is like the old chicken pox parties. We need people to get this disease because that's how we get herd immunity by September."

But Mr Cummings said he told him not to use the analogy, which was "not right", as - according to data expert Ben Warner - Covid was "spreading exponentially and killing hundreds of thousands of people".


7. PM 'ignored' second lockdown advice


Asked about more recent decisions over a second lockdown in the autumn of 2020, Mr Cummings alleged Mr Johnson rejected a recommendation last September for a shorter stay-at-home order in England.

"He was ignoring the advice," he added, saying the prime minister believed he had been pushed into imposing the first one and that the economic harm done by lockdown would be worse than Covid itself.

He added: "All credible serious people in my opinion were saying essentially the same thing so I was very, very clear with him about it.

"He wasn't taking any advice, he was just making his own decisions, he was going to ignore the advice. Cabinet wasn't involved or asked.

"I've been very critical of Matt Han**** but I think Han**** agreed with me actually in September about acting then."


Mr Cummings also turned his guns on Carrie Symonds, suggesting she had pursued “completely unethical and clearly illegal” attempts to pack No 10 with her own friends.


But his most vicious broadsides were reserved for Health Secretary Matt Han****, whom he branded “disgraceful” - and potentially “criminal.”

Mr Cummings said there were around 20 reasons why Mr Han**** should have been thrown out of the Cabinet - including, he claimed, lying both in meetings and publicly.

But he had no such venom for Brexiteer allies Dominic Raab, Michael Gove - and particularly Rishi Sunak, whom he described as “competent and extremely able”.

With Mr Sunak long touted as a future leader, and Mr Cummings having a string of personal scores to settle, that will raise questions over the motivation behind his claims today.

Tens of thousands of Brits died needlessly due to government failure

In what’s ultimately his most damning admission, the ex-adviser said bluntly: "Tens of thousands of people died, who didn't need to die."

Mr Cummings claimed the PM was consistently anti-lockdown, ignored scientific advice and failed to take Covid seriously.

The former top aide began his evidence with a mea culpa: “The truth is senior ministers, officials and advisers like me fell short of standards the public has a right to expect.

“When the public needed us most, we failed. I’d like to say to all the families how sorry I am for the mistakes we made”.



Han**** in Spotlight After Cummings Attack


A scathing attack on Matt Han****’s handling of the pandemic by the prime minister’s former aide Dominic Cummings has put the health secretary in the spotlight. During a seven-hour appearance before MPs at the health and science select committees on Wednesday, Mr Cummings made a number of explosive claims about the government’s handling of the pandemic.


He argued that mistakes meant "tens of thousands of people died, who didn't need to die", plus he portrayed the government as unprepared and with no useful plan for handling a pandemic.

As part of his evidence, Mr Cummings said Mr Han**** should have been “fired for at least 15 to 20 things”, including lying on multiple occasions to him and others in government and in public. He described the health secretary as "completely incapable of doing the job", criticising him over PPE, or personal protective equipment, shortages and "stupid" testing targets.

Mr Han****’s spokesman said “we absolutely reject Mr Cummings' claims”, with the health secretary later saying he hadn’t seen the evidence session in full because he was “dealing with getting the vaccination rollout going… and saving lives”.

He faces MPs in the House of Commons this morning to answer an urgent question tabled by Labour. Labour's shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said Mr Cummings' "very grave allegations" appeared to be "well-founded" and the health secretary would have to "give us an explanation" in order for the country to "maintain confidence in him".




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Daily Mail UK 27 MAY 2021.


Matt Han**** today hit back at Dominic Cummings' vicious attacks on his pandemic record including allegations he lied repeatedly, failed care home residents and should have been 'sacked daily' for 'criminal, disgraceful behaviour'.

The Health Secretary told the Commons that the government had been 'straight with people' about the challenges that coronavirus posed and the difficult decisions.

'These unsubstantiated allegations around honesty are not true,' he said. 'I have been straight with people in public and in private throughout.'

Mr Han**** also dismissed Mr Cummings' criticism of his testing target, saying it was 'how you get stuff done in government'.


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Disgraced Matt Han**** Looks Set to Turn Down £16,000 Exit Payment After Outcry

The Health Secretary was warned it would be 'disgusting' to accept the severance payment when he resigned in disgrace after breaking his own Covid rules

Daily Mirror UK, 26 JUN 2021


Matt Han**** looks set to turn down a £16,000 golden goodbye after he resigned in disgrace for breaking Covid rules.

It’s understood the former Health Secretary intends to reject the exit payment, after Labour said taking it would be “disgusting”.

Mr Han**** has not, however, made a public statement about rejecting the money. The public may only have final confirmation when Department of Health accounts are published in summer 2022.

Boris Johnson's official spokesman said: “It’s a matter for the former Health and Care Secretary whether he seeks to accept that payment or not. I haven’t had final confirmation either way.”

Mr Han**** finally resigned on Saturday night, two days after learning he had been caught on CCTV in a passionate clinch with his mistress.

But Labour ’s Lucy Powell said the public would be “appalled” he will now be given a £16,000 “golden goodbye” – after months of criticism over his handling of the pandemic including the PPE scandal and sending Covid OAPs to care homes.

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Boris Johnson Accused of Misleading Rape Victims Over Missing £1bn

EXCLUSIVE: Labour has written to the stats watchdog after the PM wrongly claimed the huge sum was being poured into clearing court backlogs

Daily Mirror UK, 29 JUN 2021






Boris Johnson stands accused of misleading rape victims over claims the Government is pumping £1bn into clearing court backlogs.


Labour's David Lammy has accused the Prime Minister of "either a deliberate lie or a terrible mistake" after he made the false statement during Prime Minister's Questions, as the Government is investing a small fraction of the sum.

The Shadow Justice Secretary has written to the PM telling him he misled MPs and to the stats watchdog to demand an investigation.

The PM was hitting back at Keir Starmer, who was lambasting the Government over the country's record-low conviction rate for rape and the Tories' closure of 295 courts since 2010.

Mr Johnson, who later came under fire for dismissing questions about rape as "jabber", said minister were "fixing that by investing another £1 billion in clearing the court backlogs".

In fact, the Spending Review revealed the Government is investing “£275 million to manage the downstream demand impact of 20,000 additional police officers and reduce backlogs in the Crown Court.”

Mr Lammy's letter to the PM, and the UK Statistics Authority, says: “In Parliament you not only dismissed Keir Starmer’s questions about the record-low conviction and prosecution rates for rape as ‘jabber’, you misled the House about the amount of funding your government is prepared to invest to fix it.

“This is either a deliberate lie, or a terrible mistake which shows you have no grasp of the scale of the problem for victims in the justice system.

“Will you come to the House urgently to correct the record and apologise, once again, to rape victims for failing them?”

A source close to Justice Secretary Robert Buckland called the claims "a misleading gimmick", adding Mr Johnson was "clearly" referring to cash for victims support "over a number of years".

He said: "It's time for David to drop his Talk Radio show, spend less time on Twitter and engage with the issues."

During PMQs Mr Johnson apologised to rape victims for the trauma and delays they have faced in securing justice but came under heavy criticism after he took aim at Labour at the end of the exchange, saying: “We are getting on with the job. They jabber, we jab. They dither, we deliver. They vacillate, we vaccinate.”

Labour's Jess Phillips was among those who called the comments "disgraceful".

A party spokesman later clarified that the PM was aiming the comments at the Labour leader rather than shrugging off questions about the issue.

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Boris Johnson Jets off on Holiday as Brits Face Soaring Bills, Cuts and Shortages Crisis

Boris Johnson jetted to the Costa del Sol as millions face soaring UK energy bills, a cruel benefit cut, empty supermarket shelves and higher petrol prices


Daily Mirror 10 OCT 2021.















The PM is enjoying a sunshine break in a luxury villa while Brits suffer ( Image:AFP via Getty Images)


TRUMPs' protégée Boris Johnson is on a sunshine break in Marbella... as a cloud of misery engulfed Britain.



The Prime Minister jetted to the Costa del Sol as millions face soaring UK energy bills, a cruel benefit cut, empty supermarket shelves and higher petrol prices – if they can get any.

Mr Johnson arrived on Friday and is understood to be staying in a luxury villa until Thursday.

Hillside properties around Marbella typically boast private pools, swanky bedrooms and sweeping views across the countryside.

Temperatures in “Marbs” – a favourite with stars of TV’s The Only Way Is Essex – are set for 24C today.

In London it will be 18C – though angry Brits are much hotter under the collar at government bungling over the ongoing supplies and bills crisis.

Should the PM have gone on his hols? Have your say in the comment section

Temperatures in “Marbs” are set for 24C

A Westminster source said: “It’s fine the PM taking a break, but the timing shows just how out of touch he is with ordinary Brits facing bills, bills and yet more bills.”

And a Spanish police source told the Sunday Mirror last night: “Officially we can’t confirm, but unofficially he’s in a big luxury villa on the border between Mar-bella and Benahavis.

"We have been made aware that the British Prime Minister is staying and so we are all being extra vigilant. We know how important he is globally and what a potential target he is so there are extra patrols over the next few days.”

Critics claim the PM is out of touch with the current mood of the nation

It was unclear whether Mr Johnson’s pregnant wife Carrie, 33, and their year-old son Wilfred were with him in Marbella.

Spain had been on the Government’s amber list, before green and amber countries were merged into one list on Monday.

And Mr Johnson wasted no time jetting off soon after the Tory conference ended , leaving Brits back home to cope with the pain.

As he flew out, store shelves back home were left empty across the country with many shoppers unable to buy essential foods as Britain’s supply chain crisis continued.

Some supermarket aisles were stripped bare of meat, fruit and frozen goods as customers panic-bought items, including toilet roll and water bottles.

There were even warnings of shortages of festive favourites like Quality Street. Meanwhile, millions of households were facing up to yet tougher times ahead following the £20-a-week cut in Universal Credit benefits.

Mr Johnsons’s trip comes as something of a surprise as a senior government source had claimed only in August: “The PM’s going to staycation this year.”But the same month the PM said: “We need to get the travel industry moving again”.

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Last year, the Johnsons had a summer holiday on the west coast of Scotland – renting a house on the Applecross peninsula. And in December 2019, the PM and his then fiancé took a luxurious winter break to Mustique, a private island in the archipelago nation of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The PM was later criticised by the MPs standards watchdog for failing to properly explain how the £15,000 holiday was funded.

Marbella, meanwhile, is a popular spot with other leading Tories too. Zac Goldsmith has a sprawling property there.



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Boris Johnson Relaxes and Paints Picture in £25k-a-WEEK Villa as UK Crisis Grips

The country’s in crisis and his deadly mishandling of Covid is being condemned by bereaved families and MPs... So where’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson? >He’s playing with his paint set at his billionaire pal’s villa - having fun Boris?


Daily Mirror 13 OCT 2021.










Boris Johnson painting at the Goldsmith’s Ranch in Benahavis, Marbella, Spain. 12.10.2021 The PM is reportedly in a 'super bubble'



As Boris Johnson stood at his easel trying to emulate his hero Winston Churchill, at home he was being condemned for failing to lead the nation through its worst crisis since the Second World War.

Families of those who died of Covid-19 were calling on the Prime Minister to apologise for his Government’s appalling failings during the pandemic, after a devastating report by MPs.

And as Mr Johnson relaxed in the Spanish villa owned by his billionaire pal, Zac Goldsmith, who he made a peer, industry chiefs were warning soaring energy prices could shut factories, costing thousands of jobs.

The country was also tackling labour shortages, price hikes, and a brutal Universal Credit cut, and with Cop26 less than a month away, the PM was advised to “get off his sun lounger and start being a statesman” amid warnings he needs to take the climate talks in Glasgow seriously to avoid a “greenwash” summit.

But Mr Johnson carried on his holiday with wife Carrie and their year-old son Wilfred regardless, leading the Spanish press to react to his sunshine break with disbelief. The El Pais newspaper said: “Boris Johnson spends a week in Marbella with his family while the United Kingdom tackles its greatest crisis since the pandemic.”

Mr Johnson has failed to comment on a report on ministers’ handling of the pandemic by the Health and Social Care and Science and Technology committees.

It concluded that 20,000 lives could have been saved if the country had gone into lockdown earlier in March last year.

Cabinet Office Minister Steve Barclay, who was sent out to defend the Government, admitted he had not even read the report and refused more than a dozen times to apologise – even though 150,000 people have died.

Asked if he wanted to say sorry for the failings, he said: “We’ve followed throughout the scientific advice. We got the vaccine deployed extremely quickly, we protected our NHS.”

Another Tory minister George Freeman said: “It’s too early for any proper discussion about blame and fault. This was a biomedical Battle of Britain and I suspect mistakes were made.”

Rivka Gottlieb, 49, believes the decision not to lock down earlier last spring cost her dad Michael, 73, his life in April.


She said: “I remember at the time, so many voices clamouring for an earlier lockdown, including from the scientific community.

“So the finger pointing, and the blaming the scientists, I just don’t accept it, I don’t buy it.


“Ultimately, the buck stops with the Government. They are responsible for the decisions and they made very poor decisions.”

"Everybody is entitled to a holiday, including the Prime Minister, but Boris Johnson has had 3 or 4 this past year that we know of. Now he has undeniably chosen a particularly bad time to escape a worried country by booking this trip to Spain.



While he enjoys painting pictures in the sunshine, back home many millions of workers, families and businesses are fighting serious crises on multiple fronts.

While he indulges in the luxury of a grand villa in Marbella courtesy of a Conservative Government Minister gifted a peerage, companies in the glass, steel, ceramic, paper and cement industries are concerned soaring crippling fuel bills could shut them down.

While he relaxes abroad, shortages of lorry drivers and agricultural workers are emptying supermarket shelves and making life tougher for those who couldn’t go away.

While he decides whether to swim or play tennis, households he callously hit hard by snatching £20 a week Universal Credit face choosing between hearing and eating.


And while he contemplates life, mourning relatives are asking why he isn’t apologising for the thousands of Covid victims needlessly killed by his and his Government’s incompetence.

The angry public voices raised about this ill-judged holiday are entitled to be heard and in a democracy it is demonstrably in the public interest for voters to read and see what their absent Prime Minister is doing while they grapple With making ends meet.

Yes, Johnson’s suffered Covid himself last year and his mother died recently so he could do with a break like everybody else.

Yet when he’s contributing to the woes of those hardworking grafters, families and businesses rather than giving them a break at what is a stressful time, Britain screaming our for incisive leadership, Johnson’s reinforcing growing evidence that he’s a trivial figure when a serious Prime Minister’s required.

The picture he’s painting by abandoning Downing Street this week isn’t pretty.

A good PM would be at work, not on holiday. Going awol tells us much about Johnson that is disturbing."





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