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1. Crackdown on mandarins' second jobs
Britain's most senior mandarin has warned that Whitehall officials with second jobs threaten the "integrity and impartiality" of the civil service as he launched a hunt for new conflicts of interest.
Simon Case, the Cabinet Secretary, laid bare his "acute concern" in a letter to the heads of all Government departments on Wednesday. Read the full story.
2. Former Met Police chief drawn into Greensill scandal
The former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police was a paid adviser to the collapsed lender at the centre of a lobbying scandal at the same time as working at the heart of Whitehall, The Telegraph can disclose.
Lord Hogan-Howe, who was Britain’s most senior police officer for six years to 2017, was made a non-executive director of the Cabinet Office in May last year. In the same month he disclosed his role as a consultant to a subsidiary of Greensill Capital on the register of interests at the House of Lords. Read the full story.
3. Royal family could wear non-military dress for Prince Philip's funeral
Members of the Royal family could resolve to wear non-military dress for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral following intense discussions over who should appear in uniform.
The Telegraph understands that there are growing concerns that a debate over whether the Duke of Sussex and the Duke of York should wear military dress could lead to embarrassment for the rest of the Royal family, when they are the only ones who have seen active service. Read the full story.
4. Vaccines cut link between cases and hospital admissions
Vaccines are cutting Covid admissions by three quarters and breaking the link between cases and hospitalisations, research suggests, as the head of the NHS said the rollout was keeping people out of hospital.
New analysis by the University of Manchester and NHS England found there has been a 75 per cent reduction in Covid emergency hospitalisations in vaccinated 80 to 83-year-olds. Read the full story.
5. Exclusive: Cats to be microchipped by law in Government crackdown on pet thefts
All 10 million cats in the UK are to be microchipped by law after thefts soared by 12 per cent in a year, The Telegraph has learned.
Police figures show that the number of cats being stolen has risen by 12.3 per cent during the Covid pandemic and nearly three-fold in five years as the value of the most expensive breeds surged to £2,000. Read the full story.
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