January 22, 2022

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Tuesday morning UK news briefing: Today’s top headlines from The Telegraph

Tuesday morning UK news briefing: Today’s top headlines from The Telegraph
Confusion reigns this Christmas. Boris Johnson is being urged to bring clarity to the weekend and New Year as plans were thrown into limbo amid uncertainty over new restrictions.  The Prime Minister was blocked by his Cabinet from immediately tightening the Covid rules further as at least a dozen ministers spoke out against proposals for…

Confusion reigns this Christmas. Boris Johnson is being urged to bring clarity to the weekend and New Year as plans were thrown into limbo amid uncertainty over new restrictions

The Prime Minister was blocked by his Cabinet from immediately tightening the Covid rules further as at least a dozen ministers spoke out against proposals for new curbs during a two-hour meeting. 

Chief Political Correspondent Christopher Hope has the inside story on how ministers stood their ground against the scientists. 

Mr Johnson later said that, although there would be no new restrictions now, he wanted to “reserve the possibility”. 

After the PM addressed the nation, the Queen announced she was cancelling her trip to Sandringham for the second year running and will instead stay at Windsor Castle. 

And Sadiq Khan, the London mayor, said that the Trafalgar Square New Year’s Eve celebrations will not take place.

Meanwhile, the Royal College of GPs has warned that NHS staff shortages will “inevitably” slow down the booster roll-out. 

Vaccine clinics reported staff numbers are beginning to drop after those testing positive are forced to isolate for 10 days.

 Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, is said to be “very keen” to reduce the self-isolation period to seven days

And, after Mr Javid said the unvaccinated are damaging society, Guy Kelly investigates how battlelines between colleagues, friends and family are being drawn in the great vax divide

In other developments:

Finger of blame at Treasury for photo leak

Downing Street insiders are pointing the finger of suspicion at Treasury officials for the damaging leak of a photograph showing Boris Johnson, his wife Carrie and advisers enjoying cheese and wine during lockdown. Sources inside Number 10 have pointed out that the picture appears to have been taken from a veranda reached from a first-floor function room that was being used by Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s team and which overlooks the Prime Minister’s garden. Chief Reporter Robert Mendick reports who is in the picture that triggered accusations from both sides.

‘My parents have ditched me for Christmas’

The cancellation of last Christmas was tough and bitterly disappointing, but it was supposed to be a one-off. This year, to save us from tears, we’d spend it with someone special. Or so we thought. The reality is proving somewhat different. With a lack of clarity on the rules, people are taking matters into their own hands. While some are ready to press “go” on festivities, others have begun to pull back. Rosa Silverman and Eleanor Steafel speak to people caught in the Covid conundrum whose loved-ones are cancelling their plans “just to be on the safe side”.

Daily dose of Matt

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Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

Brexit brief | Boris Johnson has been accused of “downgrading” Brexit by adding the task of leading the negotiations with the EU to the Foreign Secretary’s workload. Senior members of the European Research Group met privately to express concern about the replacement for Lord Frost, who has quit the Government. Liz Truss and Chris Heaton-Harris, the newly appointed Europe minister, have responsibility for the Northern Ireland Protocol talks. In this feature, Katy Balls explains why Ms Truss’s new role could make or break her Downing Street future.

Around the world: ‘Patriots only’ Hong Kong elections

Western allies have condemned the first elections to be held in Hong Kong since a sweeping crackdown, saying the vote further eroded democracy in the former British colony. China imposed a national security law in the city state that criminalised much dissent and introduced political rules that vet the loyalty of anyone standing for office. The foreign ministers of Britain, the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand voiced their “grave concern” at the “patriots only” elections.

Comment and analysis

Editor’s choice

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  3. Emily in Paris, series 2 review | Now as offensive to the British as it is to the French

Sport briefing: Clubs shut out fans over Covid fears

Three English Football League teams are set to play behind closed doors from Boxing Day after players and managers turned on the Premier League and their clubs for rejecting a “festive firebreak”. The prospect of returning to empty stadiums poses a shattering financial blow to the league and its clubs. But Chief Football Correspondent Jason Burt says the Premier League had little choice but to keep calm and carry on.

Business briefing: Hospitality’s £1.5bn Christmas bill

Pub and restaurant chiefs are braced for a wave of bankruptcies as a £1.5billion rent bill is due on Christmas Eve after Covid restrictions triggered a steep drop in festive trading. Businesses are scrambling to make their quarterly payments to landlords following a collapse in sales of up to 60pc at the busiest time of year. Meanwhile, the hospitality industry warned of the worst January on record to come.

Christmas baking

Wreath cake | This pretty cake by Anja Dunk has a light and fluffy, yet rich, moist crumb. For more, try our Cookbook newsletter.

Your great escape in books

Gardening books | If you are looking for gift inspiration for the plantsperson in your life, Tim Richardson has skimmed off the cream of this year’s crop to shortlist the top 20 gardening guides of 2021.

And finally… for this morning’s downtime

‘We’ve no intention of removing anything from display’ | Museums are under attack in the culture wars. Now, as Chief Art Critic Alastair Sooke finds, leading directors are staging a defence.

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