Kate Josephs, the former head of the Government unit responsible for drawing covid-19 restrictions, was given a leaving do in the Cabinet Office on December 17 2020 - the day before the Number 10 Xmas Party

The Telegraph has been told that “dozens” of officials from the Cabinet Office’s Covid-19 taskforce attended the event on Dec 17 2020 while the country was still under draconian restrictions.

Same evening that Simon Case’s own staff held a gathering in his private office
Ms Josephs, who was awarded the Companion of the Order of the Bath in the Queen’s Birthday honours last June in recognition of her exemplary public service, left the Government the following day.
Sue Gray is now investigating the party.

Ms Josephs has decided to tweet out an apology after we contacted her regarding the allegations.

A source with knowledge of the incident also alleged that Simon Case, the Cabinet Secretary, was invited to the event, although the Cabinet Office said “categorically” that he did not attend.

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7 Nov 21
Exclusive in today’s Sunday Telegraph:

MPs could be banned from taking consultancy jobs under plans being discussed by the Committee on Standards in the wake of the Owen Paterson scandal.

Expected in upcoming report on MPs code of conduct

The committee is also looking at whether MPs should be forced to have contracts with firms they work for - in order to clarify the exact nature of their role.

It emerged during the Paterson investigation he had no contract
However, in a move that suggests the Committee is willing to compromise with Government, I’m told it could also consider a new appeals body.

This could look similar to the Independent Expert Panel (set up for bullying and harassment cases) - or just expand its remit
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6 Nov 21
Exc: UK has begun drawing up contingency plans for pulling out of three major EU programmes it remained part of after Brexit.

They are Horizon Europe, Copernicus and Euratom.

UK believes delay to being admitted is being used by EU as leverage.

Government departments have now been instructed to begin drawing up domestic alternatives should ministers decide to pull out.

The details of the work are contained in an official paper discussed this week at the GBO cabinet committee, and later leaked to me.
The document appears to suggest ministers are actively drawing up measures to mitigate various retaliatory options open to the European Commission should Britain trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol in the coming weeks.

Talks are now in a bad place.
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12 Dec 20
Exclusive with @christopherhope -

Cabinet ministers drawing up multi-billion £ package for bolstering industries hit hardest by no deal tariffs and trade disruption.

Agrifoods, automotive and chemicals three key targets, as well as support for fish.

We’re told that Michael Gove, George Eustice, Simon Hart, Brandon Lewis and Alister Jack have been for weeks working on plans.

Sources say worth £8-10bn of support, although plans yet to be subjected to Treasury pen pushers.

Comes as PM steps up no deal prep this week.
On Wednesday a cross-Whitehall ‘war game’ exercise codenamed ‘Operation Capstone’ will take place

I’m told official led and includes involvement of devolved administrations

Will stress-test border, scrambling navy vessels after illegal 🐟, issues with data adequacy etc
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29 Aug 19
New: Parliamentarians who intend to rapidly pass legislation to stop no-deal next week see the Lords as key battleground.

Major concerns that Downing St will enlist Brexiteer peers to filibuster bill and run down the clock until prorogation.

So, some have devised a plan...
First, both Houses to sit through Friday-Sunday.

If A50 extension bill reaches Lords, a peer could lay a business motion - the first of its kind - to time limit debate for each stage of bill.

This can already happen in the Commons via ‘guillotine’ motions, but not in Lords.
Motion would be tabled after bill arrives in the Lords, either on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday depending on timings.

It could initially be advisory but if Brexiteers do try to filibuster it could become mandatory.
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20 Apr 19
New: Labour are investigating yet another council candidate after The Telegraph passed the party social media posts they had shared.

One claimed Jewish MP Dame Margaret Hodge was using "lying techniques" developed by Joseph Goebbels.

Elaine Lightfoot is due to stand as a candidate in next month's local elections in West Devon. In August last year she shared the following post on her Facebook account:
Another she shared in July 2016 accused Labour MP Angela Eagle of being “bankers b----” who is “owned by the Zionists”
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5 Feb 19
In today’s Telegraph: Labour general secretary in stand-off with MPs over anti-Semitism.

I’ve also been passed a dossier revealing at least 20 party members accused of anti-Semitism have been allowed to remain in party after investigation since Nov.

They include a member who levelled abuse at John Mann and Tom Watson after they spoke out against anti-Semitism.

She was given a formal warning.

Another relates to activist who shared a post accusing Jewish MP Ruth Smeeth of being a US spy.

That resulted in no action at all.
Others have shared Rothschilds conspiracy theories, images and posts comparing Israel to the Nazis and the SS.

Another has been reinstated after sharing an image of a Job Centre sign with the words “arbeit macht frei”.

The slogan still hangs at the gates of Auschwitz.
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