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


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1. Matt Hancock: NHS staff must be vaccinated against Covid

NHS workers should be legally required to be vaccinated against Covid before winter, said Matt Hancock, the former health secretary.

In his first major political intervention since leaving government, Mr Hancock – writing in The Telegraph – warned ministers against postponing mandatory injections for nurses and doctors. Read the full story.

2. UK ready to abolish Northern Ireland Protocol customs laws

Britain is ready to trigger Article 16 and change laws to drop customs controls required by the Northern Ireland Protocol before Christmas, The Telegraph has learned.

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In a move to show the EU that the UK is serious about changing current trade agreements, ministers are working on legal changes to customs regulations. Read the full story.

3. Universities warned against ethical risks associated with donations

Universities should “consider the ethical and reputational risks” of accepting funding from controversial donors, the universities minister said on Sunday evening after it was revealed that the University of Oxford had taken money from Sir Oswald Mosley’s Family Trust.

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Michelle Donelan, the premier to comment on the controversy, said institutions should consider the risks and “the views of all affected student and staff communities,” but should accept donations from “organizations legitimate charities “. Read the full story.

4. Joe Biden under fire for resisting British program to end sales of dirty cars

The US is refusing to subscribe to UK-led plans for a global deal to end the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars in talks at the Cop26 climate summit.

Germany, Europe’s largest automaker, also cannot sign the deal while it is still stuck in coalition talks, which could take weeks. Read the full story.

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5. The daughter-in-law of an IRA supporter plays Crown Countess Mountbatten

It’s a piece of casting that can raise eyebrows in the halls of Buckingham Palace and beyond.

Roy Greenslade’s daughter-in-law, the avowed Fleet Street cheerleader for the IRA, was cast in The Crown as a descendant of the Mountbatten family, whose members were murdered by the terror group in the one of his most infamous atrocities. Read the full story.

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