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1. Exclusive: Matt Hancock kept Boris Johnson in dark over Covid vaccines success
Matt Hancock failed to tell Boris Johnson about a major Public Health England (PHE) study showing the effectiveness of vaccines against the Indian or delta variant during a key meeting to decide whether to extend Covid restrictions, The Telegraph can disclose.
The Telegraph understands that the Health Secretary had known about the PHE data three days before the "quad" of four senior ministers, led by the Prime Minister, met last Sunday to decide whether to postpone the planned June 21 reopening until July 19. Read the full story.
2. Tory voters want return to fiscal discipline, says defeated Chesham candidate
Many Conservative voters deserted the party in the Chesham and Amersham by-election because they fear it is on course to preside over a "bloated public sector which stifles enterprise and demands ever-higher taxes", Boris Johnson’s candidate has said.
Writing for The Telegraph, Peter Fleet, the Tory candidate beaten by the Liberal Democrats in the Buckinghamshire seat, said many wanted Mr Johnson to return to "traditional Conservative values" including "fiscal discipline". Read the full story.
3. Judges may be freed from European human rights rulings
British judges would be told that they are no longer "bound" by European human rights rulings under major reforms being considered by a government review.
The Telegraph understands that the first review of the Human Rights Act in 20 years is weighing up proposals to curb the influence of the European Court of Human Rights in the UK. Read the full story.
4. Smiles and cheers as Queen returns to Royal Ascot
After missing the first four days, the Queen returned to her beloved Royal Ascot on Saturday.
But although she was enthusiastically welcomed by the crowds, perhaps she should have spent the day 500 miles north of the famous racecourse. Read the full story.
5. GB News boycott shows we can’t take democratic values for granted, says Oliver Dowden
The advertising boycott of GB News shows Britain can no longer take basic democratic values for granted, the Culture Secretary has warned.
Writing for The Telegraph, Oliver Dowden said a "vocal Twitter minority" was targeting the "free and diverse media" and the "right to dissent". The Cabinet minister pledged: "We will not stand by and allow that to happen." Read the full story.
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