PM beefs up top team as leadership fears mount

New lieutenants will track loyalty of every MP

Boris Johnson has reinstated his Tory leadership team to save his premiership amid increasing concern across government that a confidence vote is inevitable, The Times has learnt. The prime minister is using the group of ministerial lieutenants who helped him to win the leadership contest in 2019...Boris Johnson has reinstated his Tory leadership team to save his premiership amid increasing concern across government that a confidence vote is inevitable, The Times has learnt. The prime minister is using the group of ministerial lieutenants who helped him to win the leadership contest in 2019...Boris Johnson has reinstated his Tory leadership team to save his premiership amid increasing concern across government that a...

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Poisonous atmosphere spreads through No 10 ‘nest of adders’

Boris Johnson hit his nadir on Tuesday. During a brutal 16-minute interview the prime minister appeared defeated, at one point looking dolefully at the floor as he was asked about leaving parties in No 10 on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral. The interview left his supporters bewildered and his critics scenting blood. “Why the f*** was he...Boris Johnson hit his nadir on Tuesday. During a brutal 16-minute interview the prime minister appeared defeated, at one point looking dolefully at the floor as he was asked about leaving parties in No 10 on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral. The interview left his supporters bewildered and his critics scenting blood. “Why the f*** was he...Boris Johnson hit his nadir on Tuesday. During a brutal 16-minute interview the prime minister appeared defeated, at one point...

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‘Complacent’ civil servants told to fill every desk in Whitehall

Civil servants have been told that all desks in Whitehall must be occupied from next week as ministers order them back to the office. Government sources accused officials of becoming complacent and inefficient when not in the office, insisting that now the spread of the Omicron variant was receding “working from...Civil servants have been told that all desks in Whitehall must be occupied from next week as...Civil servants have been told that all desks in Whitehall must be occupied from next week as...

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Moscow must make the first move to avert Ukraine crisis, says US

The US secretary of state has said he sees a “clearer path” to an understanding with Russia after crisis talks over Ukraine yesterday, but warned Moscow that it would have to take the initiative amid fears of an invasion. Antony Blinken said that Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, had...The US secretary of state has said he sees a “clearer path” to an understanding with Russia after crisis talks over Ukraine yesterday, but warned Moscow that it would have to take the initiative amid fears of an invasion. Antony Blinken said that Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, had...The US secretary of state has said he sees a “clearer path” to an understanding with Russia after crisis talks over Ukraine...

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West could send battle-ready troops to Baltic in days

Thousands of combat troops could be deployed rapidly to reinforce Nato’s presence in eastern Europe if Russia invades Ukraine. Contingency planning has been under way for weeks. President Biden’s implied suggestion on Wednesday that a minor incursion by Russia rather than a full invasion of Ukraine might lead to a lesser response by Nato —...Thousands of combat troops could be deployed rapidly to reinforce Nato’s presence in eastern Europe if Russia invades Ukraine. Contingency planning has been under way for weeks. President Biden’s implied suggestion on Wednesday that a minor incursion by Russia rather than a full invasion of Ukraine might lead to a lesser response by Nato —...Thousands of combat troops could be deployed rapidly to reinforce Nato’s presence in eastern Europe if Russia invades Ukraine.

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Welcome to ‘Putin’s Palace’, complete with pole-dancing room

Leaked photographs have confirmed that a $1 billion luxury palace on the Black Sea which was allegedly built for President Putin has a pole-dancing room, an ornate theatre and a wine cellar. The investigative team of Alexei Navalny, 45, the jailed Russian opposition leader, first revealed details of the grand...Leaked photographs have confirmed that a $1 billion luxury palace on the Black Sea which was...Leaked photographs have confirmed that a $1 billion luxury palace on the Black Sea which was...

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If whips have gone rogue the PM is to blame

The unwritten limits of bullying and bribery that once kept backbenchers in line seem to have broken down irretrievably

Energy price cap rise hits 22m homes

A record increase to the government’s price cap on energy bills will affect at least three quarters of British households after seven million customers moved to tariffs covered by the policy. The number of households covered by the energy price cap has soared to 22 million, from 15 million in...A record increase to the government’s price cap on energy bills will affect at least three quarters of British households after seven million customers moved to tariffs covered by the policy. The number of households covered by the energy price cap has soared to 22 million, from 15 million in...A record increase to the government’s price cap on energy bills will affect at least three quarters of British households after...

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Banker chose Euros and tennis over quarantine

The banker who quit as chairman of Credit Suisse after breaching Covid-19 quarantine rules to attend the Wimbledon men’s singles final also went to the Euro 2020 football final at Wembley on the same day, it has emerged. Sir António Horta-Osório, who was knighted last year, took members of his family to both finals in July last year...The banker who quit as chairman of Credit Suisse after breaching Covid-19 quarantine rules to attend the Wimbledon men’s singles final also went to the Euro 2020 football final at Wembley on the same day, it has emerged. Sir António Horta-Osório, who was knighted last year, took members of his family to both finals in July last year...The banker who quit as chairman of Credit Suisse after breaching Covid-19 quarantine rules to attend the Wimbledon men’s...

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Serbia blocks Rio Tinto mine days after Djokovic exit

Tensions between Serbia and Australia have escalated after Belgrade pulled the plug on Rio Tinto’s plans for a huge lithium mine. The miner was said to have been “blindsided” by the decision, which came less than a week after Novak Djokovic, the Serbian tennis star, was deported on the eve of the Australian Open.Tensions between Serbia and Australia have escalated after Belgrade pulled the plug on Rio...Tensions between Serbia and Australia have escalated after Belgrade pulled the plug on Rio...

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Failure to get megadeal over the line puts Unilever’s entire future in doubt

A quarter of a century ago, the management of the greatest company in British history was toasting a megadeal that...A quarter of a century ago, the management of the greatest company in British history was...A quarter of a century ago, the management of the greatest company in British history was...

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Photo-Me chief puts company in City’s focus with takeover offer

A company owned by the chief executive of Photo-Me International has tabled an offer to buy the photo booth operator.A company owned by the chief executive of Photo-Me International has tabled an offer to buy the...A company owned by the chief executive of Photo-Me International has tabled an offer to buy the...

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Rangnick: Emotional Ronaldo cannot think he’s bigger than the team

Ralf Rangnick has said that Cristiano Ronaldo reacted “too emotionally” when being substituted in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Brentford and reminded the Portuguese forward that no player is bigger than the team. Rangnick, the interim manager, said that he understood why Ronaldo was...Ralf Rangnick has said that Cristiano Ronaldo reacted “too emotionally” when being substituted in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Brentford and reminded the Portuguese forward that no player is bigger than the team. Rangnick, the interim manager, said that he understood why Ronaldo was...Ralf Rangnick has said that Cristiano Ronaldo reacted “too emotionally” when being substituted in Manchester United’s 3-1 win...

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I misjudged how hard it is to stay at the top, says Raducanu

Four months after becoming a grand-slam champion and less than three weeks into her first full season on the WTA tour, Emma Raducanu has already realised how tough life can be at the upper end of tennis. As the 19-year-old prepared to embark on the long journey home after her Australian Open second-round exit, she acknowledged that a...Four months after becoming a grand-slam champion and less than three weeks into her first full season on the WTA tour, Emma Raducanu has already realised how tough life can be at the upper end of tennis. As the 19-year-old prepared to embark on the long journey home after her Australian Open second-round exit, she acknowledged that a...Four months after becoming a grand-slam champion and less than three weeks into her first full season on the WTA tour, Emma...

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Combination of intense Conte and resilient Kane has makings of something special

On October 30, Harry Kane played the full 90 minutes in the game between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United. Spurs lost 3-0, and Kane produced a kind of dazed, somnambulant non-performance. Statistically, it was the closest thing you’ll see to a top-level player leaving no imprint on a top-level game. Kane had...On October 30, Harry Kane played the full 90 minutes in the game between Tottenham Hotspur and...On October 30, Harry Kane played the full 90 minutes in the game between Tottenham Hotspur and...

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The inside story of how Derby reached brink of extinction

This week the official supporters trust for Derby County began circulating a number for the Samaritans to its members.This week the official supporters trust for Derby County began circulating a number for the...This week the official supporters trust for Derby County began circulating a number for the...

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Uefa expects rights income from new-look Champions League to rise to more than £4bn

Uefa is expecting a staggering increase in income from TV and commercial rights to its new-look Champions League from...Uefa is expecting a staggering increase in income from TV and commercial rights to its new-look...Uefa is expecting a staggering increase in income from TV and commercial rights to its new-look...

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Meat Loaf

Larger-than-life singer and actor known for his multimillion-selling album Bat Out of Hell as well as for his theatrical stage performances and his fibs

Michael Inwood

Distinguished yet unassuming Oxford philosopher who ignored convention

Hardy Krüger

German film star best known for A Bridge Too Far who was brought up to adore Hitler and fell out with Richard Burton

André Leon Talley

Flamboyant fashion journalist, editor-at-large of US Vogue and close ally of Anna Wintour before they unceremoniously fell out