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1. Sir James Dyson Exclusive: The UKTN has distorted the truth about my ties to the Tories
Sir James Dyson has accused the UKTN of a “grotesque distortion” of his ties to the Conservative Party, as he has denied acting inappropriately on his texts with Boris Johnson.
Speaking for the first time since the feud over his messages erupted last week, the British inventor and businessman said it was wrong to have tried “to get favors from the Prime Minister “. Read the full story.
2. A Covid vaccine halves the transmission of the virus
A blow halved the transmission of Covid, according to official data which was hailed as “formidable” by the Secretary of Health on Tuesday evening.
This breakthrough offers further hope that vaccines can bring the pandemic under control and prevent a third wave of coronavirus this summer. Read the full story.
3. Scots get a ‘Union dividend’ of over £ 2,500 per person
Scots enjoy a ‘union dividend’ of over £ 2,500, almost 30 times higher than the average English resident, according to research by an influential think tank.
The Institute for Government (IfG) found that in 2018/19, the most recent year for which full UK-wide figures are available, Scotland had a deficit of over 7% , while that of England was only 0.3%. Read the full story.
4. Teenager stabbed to death in London, a few yards from where his brother was murdered
An 18-year-old was stabbed to death in broad daylight just yards from where his older brother was murdered four years ago.
Junior Jah became the twelfth teenager to be fatally stabbed in the capital this year, when he was attacked on Monday afternoon near his family’s home in Canning Town, east London. Read the full story.
5. Prince Andrew said to ditch the secret trust fund
The Duke of York was forced to abandon a secret society formed with a disgraced former Coutts banker after being told such financial structures were ‘not appropriate’ for members of the royal family, the Telegraph understands .
The company was incorporated last summer to serve as a trust fund for Prince Andrew’s two daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, according to sources. Read the full story.
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