Whitehall

The head of the inquiry into claims of bullying by Priti Patel at the Home Office has resigned after the prime minister ignored the findings that the home secretary broke the ministerial code. Boris Johnson’s ruling that Patel should not step down is an unprecedented act, forcing the resignation of Sir Alex Allan, the prime minister’s adviser on the ministerial...

NAO report on government’s £18bn Covid contracts; Starmer v Corbyn; and...

The highly critical National Audit Office report into the government’s awarding of £18 billion in procurement deals has been overshadowed by infighting in the Labour party and the prime minister’s green plan for the UK. The parliamentary watchdog made a...

Priti Patel’s ban on ‘two-or-more’ people protesting will ‘cause a lot of trouble’

Priti Patel wants to ban protests of more than two people during the second lockdown and has briefed senior police officers to enforce coronavirus law banning marches and demonstrations. Chief...

Priti Patel spends £30k for jumbo jet to deport one asylum seeker

The Home Office has spent £30,000 to charter a jumbo jet in order to deport a single asylum seeker to France. An investigation by Channel 4 News discovered the “deportation...

Whitehall shake-up – yet another top civil servant quits

Boris Johnson's promised Whitehall shake-up is continuing apace. Director general of the Attorney General’s Office, Rowena Collins Rice, announced her resignation only hours after the departure of Sir Jonathan...

Hancock scrapping PHE is ‘desperate attempt at blame-shifting’ for govt’s coronavirus failings

Matt Hancock’s plans to scrap Public Health England (PHE) is a "desperate attempt at blame shifting" for the government's coronavirus failings, critics have said. The government has been accused of trying to “scapegoat” the organisation...

Outrage as over-40s face tax hike to fund social care

The government is considering introducing an age-tax on over-40s to help fund the UK’s crisis-hit social care sector. A report that ministers are studying radical plans to hike tax or national insurance contributions for people...

UK’s top civil servant stands down – a victory for Johnson and Cummings

The UK’s most senior civil servant has announced he will stand down in September following months of tension at the heart of Downing Street. Number 10 has blamed the top mandarin for the government’s coronavirus...

PM has ‘full confidence’ in Jenrick – Labour calls for inquiry into ‘cash for...

Labour has called for an inquiry into the planning row surrounding the housing secretary Robert Jenrick and Tory donor and property developer Richard Desmond. Calls for Jenrick’s resignation have escalated since documents were released yesterday...

UK to see lockdown measures relaxed by July 4

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce on Tuesday his new plans for the coronavirus lockdown, among which are the reopening of the hospitality sector and the reduction of two-metre social distancing...