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1. Matt Hancock quits as Health Secretary
Matt Hancock quit as Health Secretary on Saturday night after Tory MPs began breaking ranks to publicly call for him to quit over his “toxic” breach of social distancing guidance to have an affair with his aide.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Mr Hancock admitted that he had begun to “distract attention” from the Government’s response to Covid-19, adding: “We owe it to people who have sacrificed so much in this pandemic to be honest when we have let them down as I have done by breaching the guidance.” Read the full story.
2. A forced confession, a shocking revelation and an inevitable resignation – how Hancock affair unfolded
On Thursday evening, Matt Hancock apparently told his wife, Martha, he had something to confess.
The Health Secretary, 42, admitted he had been having an affair with his aide and old Oxford university friend Gina Coladangelo, 43, and that he had decided to leave her. Read the full story.
3. Britain’s election watchdog stands ‘ready’ to organise indyref2, says new chairman
Britain’s elections regulator could agree to a future demand by the SNP to hold a non-binding referendum on Scottish independence, even if the move is opposed by Boris Johnson, the body’s new chairman has indicated.
In his first interview since taking up the role, John Pullinger told The Telegraph that the Electoral Commission is not just "a body of the UK Parliament", and would have an "independent discussion" with the Scottish Parliament if it wanted "something to be done that helps them with their democracy". Read the full story.
4. Prince Charles enjoys Zoom so much he will use it post-pandemic, says aide
Most people in their seventies would be glad to see the back of conversations over Zoom, with its many associated pitfalls such as the dreaded mute button and awkward camera angles.
Not so the Prince of Wales, who is keen to further embrace video conferencing and incorporate it into his long-term working pattern. Read the full story.
5. ‘The Duke of Nowheresville’: Fake marquess struck down by high society bible Debrett’s
Not all is as it seems with the self-styled Lord Alexander Jackson Maier, 11th Marquis of Annaville. In truth he is neither a Lord nor a Marquess.
He is in fact Alexander Jackson Maier, a 22-year-old African-American student raised in the city of New Rochelle, in New York State. But Mr Maeir has managed to persuade publications that he is the last of a long line of Irish peers. Read the full story.
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