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Nicholas Cecil

Nicholas Cecil is Deputy Political Editor of the Evening Standard. He covers politics at Westminster, foreign affairs, the economy, intelligence and security, and other major stories affecting London and Britain including the Covid-19 epidemic, climate change, air pollution and occasionally sport stories.

Politics

We’re heading for a great British summer thanks to jabs, Hancock says

The Health Secretary is confidence people will be able to travel across the UK

London

London Covid rate down 27%... but signs disease may have plateaued

Swathes of central London now have a weekly rate of less than 40 confirmed new infections per 100,000 people

Health

Vaccines tweaked for Covid variants to be fast-tracked for approval

The UK’s regulator said the jabs will not have to undergo lengthy clinical trials but its safety won’t be compromised

Politics

Sunak’s tax raid on families and big businesses amid £600bn borrowing

The Chancellor gave away another £65bn in lifelines including extending furlough and stamp duty holiday - but it will be funded with eye-watering borrowing

UK

Government too slow to tighten tier restrictions, says top adviser

Ministers have insisted that they took the right decisions at the right time

Politics

New Covid testing surge will help us reopen, pledges Dominic Raab

Instant tests plan to crush outbreaks ‘like ton of bricks’ after lockdown

UK

Going to work with a cough ‘could become socially unacceptable’

‘I suspect we just won’t go to work if you have a respiratory illness’

UK

Super-fast Covid tests in bid to lift theatre curtains

Porton Down trials may pave way for venues to reopen

Politics

Don’t suggest ‘moral duty to go to pub’ after lockdown, PM warned

Last June, the Prime Minister backed a suggestion that people should ‘do their patriotic best for Britain’ and head to the pubs when they re-opened on July 4

UK

Super fast Covid tests will pave return towards normality - expert

Individuals who do not have a vaccine certificate will not be able to travel as much, WHO expert warns