1. Number 10 fears Dominic Cummings bombshell dossier
Downing Street insiders are increasingly fearful that a devastating “treasure trove” of internal memos and emails from Dominic Cummings will paint the Government in the worst possible light at the height of the Covid crisis.
Mr Cummings, Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser, is appearing before a joint committee of MPs investigating Whitehall’s response to the virus crisis next month. Read the full story.
2. Exclusive: Scrap social distancing in June to give people control of their lives, say scientists
Social distancing should be abolished in June to allow people “to take back control of their own lives”, a letter signed by 22 leading scientists and academics says.
The open letter states that “a good society cannot be created by obsessive focus on a single cause of ill-health” and calls for all restrictions to be lifted on June 21 – the final date in Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown. Read the full story.
3. Wipe non-crime hate allegations, says Priti Patel
People accused of hate incidents that are not crimes should have the allegation wiped from their record, Priti Patel will tell police chiefs as she launches a review into the policy.
The Home Secretary has asked the College of Policing to carry out a review into “non-crime hate incidents” which can blight people’s careers years after they occur, The Telegraph can disclose. Read the full story.
4. Covid vaccine blood clot victims ‘have to prove disability’ to receive damages
Blood clot victims of the coronavirus vaccine are being told they will have to prove they are at least 60 per cent disabled to receive damages from the Government of up to £120,000.
The threshold has caused concern among some families affected, and MPs said ministers had a “moral duty” to review a requirement which could “bar a lot of deserving people from any compensation”. Read the full story.
5. Isaac Newton latest historical figure swept up in ‘decolonisation’ drive
Sir Isaac Newton has been labelled as a potential beneficiary of “colonial-era activity” in draft plans to “decolonise” the engineering curriculum at Sheffield University.
Students learning about the mathematician and scientist’s three laws of motion, the core of modern physics, could see changes in their teaching to explain the “global origins and historical context” of his theories, documents suggest. Read the full story.