Monday morning UK press briefing: today’s top Telegraph headlines


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1. Javid will push to end the lockdown “as soon as possible”

Sajid Javid must push for the lockdown to end “as soon as possible” for fear of the “cost” of shutting down the economy.

The newly appointed Health Secretary, who replaced Matt Hancock after being forced to resign for breaking lockdown rules to conduct an affair with an assistant, said on Sunday it was his “most immediate priority to see that we can get back to normal as soon as possible and as quickly as possible ”. Read the full story.

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2. Hancock took his mistress to a G7 health conference three weeks ago

Matt Hancock took on his mistress Gina Coladangelo as an assistant at a G7 conference three weeks ago, prompting calls for an overhaul of the rules governing the appointment of non-executive government directors.

Health ministry sources confirmed that Ms Coladangelo, the ministry’s non-executive director since last September, attended the G7 meeting of world health ministers at Oxford University on June 3-4. Read the full story.

3. The last straw: how the appeal of 80 Conservative MPs sealed Hancock’s fate

Matt Hancock resigned after learning that 80 Tory MPs had complained to the whip office that he had not resigned for breaking lockdown rules with his mistress in his office.

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Mr Hancock finally withdrew on Saturday night, admitting that news that he had broken social distancing rules by kissing an assistant in his Whitehall office had started to ‘distract’ from the government’s response to Covid -19. Read the full story.

4. General Carter among the six main military commanders forced into self-isolation from Covid

The Secretary of Defense and the six most senior British military commanders have all self-isolated after the chief of the armed forces tested positive for Covid, the Telegraph can reveal.

General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the Defense Staff, entered a 10-day isolation period late last week after a test indicated he had developed Covid-19, confirmed Sunday evening the Ministry of Defense. Read the full story.

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5. The Duke of Cambridge to show his children the statue of Diana before the official unveiling

The Duke of Cambridge will pay a private visit to the statue of his mother with his wife and three children ahead of its official unveiling on Thursday, according to the Telegraph.

The family are expected to see the statue in its final position in Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden for a moment of quiet reflection in the coming days. Read the full story.

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