Special Forces storm ship as 'hijackers' threaten crew
Special forces on Sunday night ended a ten-hour standoff in the Channel after a group of violent Nigerian "hijackers" threatened to kill the crew of an oil tanker bound for the UK. Troops from the Special Boat Service stormed the Nave Andromeda under cover of darkness and in a nine minute raid detained seven suspected migrants after they forced the giant vessel to drop anchor five miles off the Isle of Wight. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Home Secretary Priti Patel praised the police and armed forces for bringing the situation under control. The Nigerian stowaways are understood to have turned violent after the crew found them hiding in the bowels of the 228 metre-long vessel, which had been due to dock in Southampton this morning. Jamie Johnson and Bill Gardner reconstruct how the dramatic standoff came to an end.
Boris Johnson faces Tory revolt over free school meals
Former ministers are leading a growing Tory revolt on free school meals as they told Boris Johnson to come up with "something better" or they would vote against the Government. Up to 100 Tory MPs were said to be sharing furious texts over the Government's handling of England footballer Marcus Rashford's campaign for free school meals in the holidays, and the way it handed a political coup to Labour. Sir Keir Starmer took advantage of the Tory disarray to pledge a second vote on Rashford's latest appeal. It comes as a London School of Economics study found only six in ten pupils are getting a full education despite schools going back, as researchers warn of "permanent scarring" to the Covid generation. Elsewhere, universities have been urged to allow students to go home amid fears mental health services are becoming overwhelmed.
Meanwhile, Tory MPs are moving to set up the coronavirus equivalent of the European Research Group (ERG) if the Government fails to come up with a "plan B" to tackle the pandemic. Steve Baker, a former chair of the ERG, which led the Brexit backbench rebellions, is being urged by as many as 90 Tory MPs to adopt the same approach to put the case for an alternative strategy to perpetual lockdowns. Read on for details.
Olivier Ward winner Tutty back living in family home
Winning your first Olivier Award at 22 years old should have meant a joyful night of champagne, celebration and singing on stage at the Royal Albert Hall. But, instead of walking the red carpet, Sam Tutty is back in his childhood bedroom, having just watched the pre-recorded ceremony with his mother and younger brother, eating nibbles on the sofa in their West Sussex home. The actor has moved out of his North London flat, is relying on his savings, and does not know when he will be back on stage due to lockdown. Read how he and his colleagues are making ends meet.
At a glance: More coronavirus headlines
Shelves taped off | Chaos over Welsh ban on non-essential shopping
Reducing contacts | Rule of six and curfews likely to have 'zero effect'
Second wave | Spain declares state of emergency as Italy closes gyms
'Downed tools' | Hunt 'shirked tough choices' in pandemic dry run
Keeping UK fit | Joe Wicks suffering hip pain from 'draining' efforts
Also in the news: Today's other headlines
NHS staff's shame | Hospital food should be nutritious and served on china plates, rather than plastic microwaveable containers, to make eating more pleasurable for patients, a review has concluded. The review, led by celebrity chef and restaurateur Prue Leith, also found NHS staff feel "ashamed and humiliated" that they cannot serve good hospital food to patients. Read on for details of the recommendations.
Brexit talks | Merkel may intervene as France refuses fishing deal
BBC licence fee | Almost two thirds of Britons want it scrapped
Frank Bough | Former Breakfast Time presenter dies, aged 87
Scottish independence | How Prince Charles 'campaigned for SNP'
Christmas clash | The UK's best-loved Dames will battle in the charts
Around the world: Biden's poll lead in pivotal Texas
Joe Biden has edged into a three-point lead in the pivotal state of Texas according to the latest opinion poll, raising the possibility he could clinch the presidency on election night. With minimal mail-in voting, the fate of Texas - and its 38 electoral college votes - is expected to be declared on November 3, dealing Donald Trump's re-election chances a potentially fatal blow. To unpack the real state of play, The Telegraph has brought together a panel of experts who will discuss the latest with US Editor Ben Riley-Smith. Here is how to join our US election webinar.
Comment and analysis
Nick Timothy | Brexit and Biden demand bold British foreign policy
Charles Levinson | The lockdown health crisis is already here
Jane Shilling | What free school meals row proves about 'good food'
Tim Stanley | Woke National Trust risks trivialising our rich history
Reader letters | Coronavirus restrictions are destroying our society
In case you missed it: Highlights from the weekend
'Losing sight' | National Trust could face inquiry into its 'purpose'
Tim Stanley | Trump won the debate and can win the election
Level playing field | UK trade deal with Japan 'unlocked Brexit talks'
Katie Morley Investigates | 'My son lost his savings to a fraudster'
Talking points | 'There is a much bigger prize to be had by no deal'
Editor's choice: Features and arts
Leaving a long shadow | The strange ways that coronavirus can affect the brain
Nightly battles | The new rules for our children's lockdown screen time
Business and money briefing
Covid cash | Ministers struck a deal worth up to £119m with one of the world's biggest marketing companies for a coronavirus campaign three weeks before the country went into a national lockdown, official filings show. Read on for details of the tie-up with London-based OMD Group.
Challenger wars | Starling founder reveals rift with Monzo chief
Investment tip | This is the food delivery app to invest in
Alex cartoon | See our cartoonist's latest work on world of finance
Among greats | Tao Geoghegan Hart has made history at the Giro d'Italia, becoming only the second British rider to win the famous race. The 25-year-old, who rides for Ineos Grenadiers, finished the final day 39 seconds faster than Jai Hindley, his Australian rival. Tom Cary has the inside story on how the boy from Hackney in east London became an overnight sensation while Geraint Thomas analyses how Geoghegan Hart showed unbelievable composure as the race came to an end.
Women's Six Nations | England champions after help from Scotland
Dover sole with brown butter and watercress | An elegant and simple dish that takes minutes to make. James Martin adds brown butter to add a touch of bitterness. Read the recipe.
And finally... for this morning's downtime
Gloriously weird | Five minutes into her global livestream extravaganza, Billie Eilish froze – left arm aloft, one finger pointing – and remained there for the duration of an entire song. A message flashed on my screen, Page Unresponsive. It's not a problem you usually get at live gigs. But it was a temporary glitch in the boldest virtual concert since Covid brought the live scene to a grinding halt. Neil McCormick reviews the 18-year-old's art pop experience.