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1. Javid to push for an end to lockdown ‘as soon as possible’
Sajid Javid is to push for lockdown to end “as soon as possible” over fears of the "cost" of shutting down the economy.
The newly appointed Health Secretary, who replaced Matt Hancock after he was forced to resign for breaking lockdown rules to conduct an affair with an aide, said on Sunday it was his "most immediate priority to see to see that we can return to normal as soon and as quickly as possible". Read the full story.
2. Hancock took mistress to a G7 health conference three weeks ago
Matt Hancock took his mistress Gina Coladangelo as his aide to a G7 conference three weeks ago, prompting calls for an overhaul of the rules governing the appointment of Government non-executive directors.
Health department sources confirmed that Ms Coladangelo, a non-executive director in the department since last September, attended the G7 meeting of world health ministers at Oxford University on June 3 and June 4. Read the full story.
3. The final straw: how appeal from 80 Tory MPs sealed Hancock’s fate
Matt Hancock resigned after being told that 80 Tory MPs had complained to the whips’ office that he had not quit over breaching lockdown rules with his mistress in his office.
Mr Hancock finally stood down on Saturday night, admitting that the news he had breached social distancing rules by kissing an aide in his Whitehall office had begun to "distract attention" from the Government’s response to Covid-19. Read the full story.
4. General Carter among six top military commanders forced into Covid self-isolation
The Defence Secretary and Britain’s six most senior military commanders are all self isolating after the head of the Armed Forces tested positive for Covid, The Telegraph can reveal.
General Sir Nick Carter, the Chief of the Defence Staff, entered a 10-day period of isolation late last week after a test indicated he had developed Covid-19, The Ministry of Defence confirmed on Sunday night. Read the full story.
5. Duke of Cambridge to show his children Diana statue ahead of official unveiling
The Duke of Cambridge will pay a private visit to his mother’s statue with his wife and three children ahead of its official unveiling on Thursday, the Telegraph understands.
The family are expected to view the statue in its final position in Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden for a quiet moment of reflection in the coming days. Read the full story.
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