Defence and security

Sir David Attenborough issued a stark warning to world leaders that humanity’s future is at a tipping point in an historic address to the UN Security Council. The nonagenarian broadcaster and environmentalist said “climate change is the biggest threat to security that modern humans have ever faced,” one that may “destroy entire cities” and “alter the stability of the entire...

NHS reform will give ministers more power; China bans BBC ‘fake...

Matt Hancock’s blueprint to reform the NHS, better integrate social care and “do away with irksome bureaucracy” will also hand greater power over the NHS to ministers. Conservatives have broadly welcomed Hancock’s shakeup to the health service, laid out today,...

No-deal gunboat diplomacy from a prime minister on a ‘runaway train of English exceptionalism’

The Royal Navy has been put on standby to protect British fishing waters from European boats in the event of a no-deal Brexit with four 80-metre armed patrol ships...

Johnson’s £16.5bn defence spending blitz threatens overseas aid budget

The prime minister said the £16.5 billion boost to defence spending will restore the UK as Europe’s top maritime power with massive investment in cyber-warfare, drones, laser weapons and...

PM puts army on notice and says Covid restrictions could last until March

The British army has been put on notice to deploy on British streets by the prime minister who today announced a tightening of restrictions to try and curb the...

Gov’t calls in army to help hit coronavirus test target

The government has called in the military to test essential workers for coronavirus in a bid to hit their 100,000 tests a day target by Thursday. Military mobile units are already operating in some of...

Government sees off Tory backbench revolt on Huawei – for now

Boris Johnson has avoided his first Commons defeat after Conservative backbenchers rebelled against their government’s decision to allow Huawei a role in the UK’s 5G network. The prime minister’s 80 strong majority was cut to...

London terror attack – PM promises ‘fundamental changes’

Boris Johnson has promised “fundamental changes to the system for dealing with those convicted of terrorism offences” following the latest terror attack on London’s streets by a known and convicted offender. Sudesh Amman, 20, was...

‘High risk vendor’ Huawei gets role in UK’s 5G network

The government’s decision to permit Huawei to build part of the UK’s 5G network has been immediately attacked as a major security risk. Politicians in the UK have been joined by leading US counterparts in...

‘Madness’ to let Huawei provide UK’s 5G – PM asks ‘what’s the alternative?’

The prime minister has asked “what's the alternative?” after the UK government was warned by the US it would be “madness” to let Huawei develop the nation’s 5G network. Boris Johnson insisted he will not...