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Alan Carr’s husband Paul Drayton walks free after winning sentence appeal

Alan Carr’s husband Paul Drayton walks free after winning sentence appeal

Alan Carr’s husband Paul Drayton has walked free from court following two “harrowing” nights in custody after winning his appeal against a prison sentence for drink-driving. The 50-year-old was jailed on Wednesday after reversing a 4×4 into a police car with an alcohol test reading “off the scale”. But on Friday a judge told him …

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Autonomy founder plans appeal as Hewlett Packard wins fraud case against him

Autonomy founder plans appeal as Hewlett Packard wins fraud case against him

A British entrepreneur facing extradition to the United States over fraud allegations has signalled he intends to appeal against a High Court judge’s decision in a civil case brought by Hewlett Packard (HP). Dr Mike Lynch, founder of British software company Autonomy is accused of deliberately overstating the value of his business before it was …

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‘Time for the truth’: MPs call on Boris Johnson to publish ‘partygate’ report

‘Time for the truth’: MPs call on Boris Johnson to publish ‘partygate’ report

‘Time for the truth’: MPs call on Boris Johnson to publish ‘partygate’ report Cabinet Office officials wrangle over final version of Sue Gray’s findings on alleged Covid rule-breaking parties Boris Johnson has been told it is “time for the truth to be released” as he faced more calls to publish a long-awaited report into “partygate” …

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Barry Cryer regularly returned to theatre where he first performed in 1956

Barry Cryer regularly returned to theatre where he first performed in 1956

Veteran comedian Barry Cryer had a “soft spot” for the theatre where he first performed in 1956, returning regularly over the years. Cryer, who wrote for legends of British comedy including Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, Sir Billy Connolly and Tommy Cooper has died aged 86. The Leeds-born performer had a seven-decade career and was made …

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Home Office admits unlawful secret policy to seize all Channel migrants’ phones

Home Office admits unlawful secret policy to seize all Channel migrants’ phones

The Home Office has admitted exercising an unlawful and secret policy of seizing mobile phones from all migrants crossing the English Channel. Lawyers representing the home secretary made the admission at the High Court on Thursday, while fighting legal action brought by three asylum seekers. The men, from Iraq and Iran, were all arrested on …

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Tory MPs poised to send letters of no confidence in PM after ‘partygate’ report

Tory MPs poised to send letters of no confidence in PM after ‘partygate’ report

Tory MPs poised to send letters of no confidence in PM after ‘partygate’ report Senior backbenchers to move as a collective to force no-confidence vote A new raft of Conservative MPs are poised to send letters of no confidence in Boris Johnson when the long-awaited “partygate” report is published, as the prime minister was pressured …

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Home Office loses case over stripping citizenship without notice after challenge by alleged Isis member

Home Office loses case over stripping citizenship without notice after challenge by alleged Isis member

The Home Office has lost the latest stage of a court battle over stripping people of their British citizenship. The Court of Appeal found it was unlawful to remove people’s nationality without giving proper notice, after a challenge by a woman who allegedly joined Isis in Syria. The woman, who can only be identified as …

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Boris Johnson braced for perilous 48 hours with release of Sue Gray’s report

Boris Johnson braced for perilous 48 hours with release of Sue Gray’s report

Boris Johnson braced for perilous 48 hours with release of Sue Gray’s report Premiership under threat as MPs see official report that has now triggered police investigation Boris Johnson is braced for the most perilous 48 hours of his premiership, with exasperated Conservative MPs due to see an official report into Downing Street parties that …

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Foreign Secretary Liz Truss says ‘there is a deal to be done’ on NI Protocol

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss says ‘there is a deal to be done’ on NI Protocol

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has told MPs she believes “there is a deal to be done” to resolve the deadlock over Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit arrangements. Speaking in the Commons during FCDO questions, Ms Truss said she was taking a “constructive approach to these negotiations” as she faced cross-party questions on the status of the talks. …

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NHS England plans dental ‘treatment blitz’ to tackle appointments backlog

NHS England plans dental ‘treatment blitz’ to tackle appointments backlog

NHS England plans dental ‘treatment blitz’ to tackle appointments backlog New £50m funding pot allocated to help provide 350,000 extra slots – including weekends and evenings – in February and March Hundreds of thousands of dental patients in England are to be offered weekend and evening appointments under NHS plans to tackle the backlog exacerbated …

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Boris Johnson faces fresh outrage over lockdown birthday party

Boris Johnson faces fresh outrage over lockdown birthday party

Boris Johnson faces fresh outrage over lockdown birthday party Furious response from MPs and bereaved after revelation of celebration held indoors in contravention of Covid restrictions A full list of alleged parties What were the rules in June 2020? Coronavirus – latest global updates Boris Johnson was facing renewed anger from MPs and bereaved families …

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