The imposter managed to fool the award organisers but not everyone in the audience:
The imposter managed to fool the award organisers but not everyone in the audience:
Rishi Sunak has told Tory MPs that implementing tax rises soon will hand the Government greater leverage to slash them ahead of the next election in 2024. The Chancellor made his pre-budget appearance at the powerful 1922 committee of backbench Conservatives on Wednesday evening to take soundings before the fiscal event on March 3. He told MPs that honesty and fairness were his guiding principles, as he signalled that difficult decisions lie ahead on raising revenue and reducing the deficit, according to several sources present on the call. Laying the groundwork for potential tax rises in the coming budget and the next one, Mr Sunak argued that the public would respect candour about what is to come. Such moves will also burnish the Conservatives’ reputation for responsible management of the public finances, and are essential to differentiate the party from the opposition, he added. One MP summarised Mr Sunak’s argument: “He basically said we can’t be Labour lite.” The budget can be the Government’s “signature moment” in the fight against coronavirus, the Chancellor is understood to have declared. After a series of piecemeal bailout packages responding to the pandemic over the past year, he signalled he wants to set out a broader, philosophical approach to the economy. MPs said they now expect him to set out a detailed roadmap on his strategy for spending, tax rises, the deficit and other economic levers at the budget. He urged his backbench colleagues to judge him over the “arc of the parliament”, not just on the coming budget alone. One MP said: “People asked, ‘Why can't you cut taxes now?’ His point was that we have to look at this over three to four years. “He [Mr Sunak] said he wants to be tax cutting towards the end of the parliament, that there will probably be some rises in the middle, and that we’re going to be frank with people about the tough choices ahead.
For much of the European press, the public spat between the European Union and AstraZeneca was just the latest Brexit battle — but there was little support for the EU’s position. Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused on Wednesday to divert millions British-made doses to the EU, which is months behind in its coronavirus vaccination rollout. The decision has been ruled a Brexit victory - even by EU member states. “The European Commission is providing the best advertisement for Brexit,” Germany’s Zeit newspaper wrote. "It is acting slowly, bureaucratically and in a protectionist manner. And if something goes wrong, it's everyone else's fault.” The EU delayed approving a vaccination by months, leaving it vulnerable to shortages, while Britain placed its faith in AstraZeneca before its effectiveness had been confirmed. As Europe's supplies dwindle, meetings between Britain and the EU have become increasingly frantic. Influential MEPs are stoking talk of a trade war. "How did the atmosphere get so poisoned?“ Germany’s Bild asked, under a headline of “Vaccine row gets ever crazier”.
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Belgium sends investigators into AstraZeneca Covid vaccine plantEU wants to know whether doses produced on its territory have been diverted to UKCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Journalists at the Brussels Expo exhibition centre in the Heizel district of Brussels where a vaccination centre for Covid-19 is being set up. Photograph: Eric Lalmand/Belga/AFP/Getty Images
Cases of Covid likely to have been caught in hospital have halved in three weeks, bringing hope that the rollout of vaccines to staff is beginning to slow transmission. NHS data shows the number of cases has fallen from a high of 635 a day at the start of this month to 367 last week. The trend came despite a rise in the total numbers of Covid sufferers in hospital from around 25,000 to 37,000 over the period. On Wednesday night, Sir Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific adviser, said early findings from Israel – which has already given first jabs to almost a third of its population – suggested they could cut rates of transmission by around 60 per cent. However, Sir Patrick told a Downing Street briefing that he would be "extremely cautious" about making an assessment of the impact of the vaccines on transmission until there was "proper data" to assess. Boris Johnson said proof about the impact of vaccines should emerge by the middle of February. A study by Public Health England (PHE), tracking 40,000 health workers – including those given jabs early in the vaccination programme – is expected to report its findings next month. NHS staff were among those offered Covid jabs when the vaccination programme began in December, with a concerted push at the start of this month after the AstraZeneca jab became available.
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Europe's fight to secure COVID-19 vaccine supplies intensified on Thursday when the European Union warned drug companies such as AstraZeneca that it would use all legal means or even block exports unless they agreed to deliver shots as promised. The EU, whose member states are far behind Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States in rolling out vaccines, is scrambling to get supplies just as the West's biggest drugmakers slow deliveries to the bloc due to production problems. As vaccination centres in Germany, France and Spain cancelled or delayed appointments, the EU publicly rebuked Anglo-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca for failing to deliver and even asked if it could divert supplies from Britain.
Around one in 16 local areas are currently recording a week-on-week rise.
UK quarantine hotels: how would they work? Our blueprint for getting holidays back to normal Will vaccine passports open up our holidays? 'We can't control the virus with a travel ban' Sign up to the Telegraph Travel newsletter The Government has announced the list of the 30 'high risk' countries from which visitors into the UK will be required to enter quarantine upon arrival. Travellers from these nations, including Britons returning to the UK, will have to self-isolate in state-provided hotels for 10 days "without exception", at their own expense, Boris Johnson stated. This will put holidays to Portugal, South America, and large parts of Africa off the cards for the foreseeable future, and cause heartbreak for tens of thousands of Britons will family and friends overseas. The Department of Health is working to establish quarantine hotels "as fast as possible", the Prime Minister added, with the list of countries to be "reviewed" today, Michael Gove added. According to one estimate, the move could cost the UK economy £548 million every day. Home Secretary Priti Patel has meanwhile doubled down on the message that any travel should "absolutely essential". Transport providers will check passengers' reasons for journeys on departure, police presence will be increased at ports and airports, and people will be directed to return home if they do not have a valid reason. Patel added that police will also carry out more checks at physical addresses, to ensure compliance with the restrictions. Scroll down for more of the latest news.
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Scotland’s First Minister has said Boris Johnson’s proposed visit to Scotland on Thursday is “not essential”. Nicola Sturgeon said there should not be one rule for the public and another for politicians, as the Prime Minister prepares to head north. Under current regulations put in place by the Scottish Government, only people making essential journeys across the border are allowed to enter Scotland.
Film critic Lisa Nesselson speaks to Eve Jackson about the week's movie news, including Armando Iannucci's adaptation of Charles Dickens's "The Personal History of David Copperfield" for the silver screen, starring Dev Patel. It was intended for movie theatres but starts streaming in France this week on Amazon Prime. We also give our top French film tips, including "Burning Ghost", a strikingly original take on life versus the afterlife, set mostly in Paris's 19th arrondissement, plus Jean Cocteau's "Orpheus", both of which you can watch outside France on MyFrenchFilmFestival.com.
Ghislaine Maxwell denied introducing Prince Andrew to underage sex abuse victims and said she had no memory of taking his accuser Virginia Giuffre out clubbing in London, court documents show. Prince Andrew has repeatedly and vehemently denied all of the claims made against him. Maxwell also claimed that she had no memory of any wrongdoing taking place on Jefrrey Epstein’s properties, and said she learned of the paedophile’s crimes “like the rest of the world…in the papers”.
Coronavirus vaccines produced in the UK could be sent to the EU before the domestic immunisation programme is completed, Downing Street has indicated. The development came after cabinet minister Michael Gove said that the UK wants to engage in “dialogue” with EU nations to ensure that as many of their populations as possible get a jab. The European Commission is pushing AstraZeneca to reroute supplies from its plants in Oxford and Keele, after the pharmaceutical giant announced its deliveries to the EU will be cut from 80m to 31m doses because of production problems in a factory in Belgium.
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