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Government urges post-Brexit drug stockpiles

Image copyright Getty Images The government has urged pharmaceutical firms to have six weeks’ worth of drugs stockpiled, in readiness for the end of the Brexit transition period.In a letter to medical suppliers, the Department of Health and Social Care said there would be no extension to the transition period after 31 December.The DHSC acknowledged…

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Judicial review: Labour query independence of government probe

Labour has questioned the independence of a government probe into how its decisions are challenged in the courts, after a former Conservative minister was chosen to head the process.Lord Faulks will chair a panel looking into potential reforms to the existing system of judicial review.Senior Conservatives have long argued it is abused for political ends.But…

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Crispin Odey charged with an indecent assault in 1998

Image copyright Shutterstock Crispin Odey, one of Britain’s highest-profile hedge fund managers and political donors, has been charged with indecent assault.He is alleged to have assaulted a woman over the age of 16, at an address in Chelsea in July 1998, the Crown Prosecution Service said.Mr Odey, a backer of Brexit and Boris Johnson, was…

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Botham and PM’s brother to join House of Lords

Image copyright PA Media Former England cricket captain Sir Ian Botham is to join the House of Lords, the government has confirmed.The 64-year-old, a strong supporter of Brexit, is among 36 new peers, who also include former Chancellors Ken Clarke and Philip Hammond.Jo Johnson, the prime minister’s Remain-supporting younger brother, who quit as a minister…

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Covid-19: Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill set for North South meeting

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Arlene Foster (left) and Michelle O’Neill have not appeared together in public since last month Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill are expected to appear alongside each other in public after a meeting of ministers from both sides of the Irish border later.The first and deputy first ministers have not…