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1. The Queen expels Prince Andrew from the king’s life over a sexual abuse scandal
The Queen stripped the Duke of York of all military titles and patronage and agreed that he would no longer use his HRH title to protect the royal family from the consequences of his case of sexual abuse.
The announcement came after Prince Andrew, 61, was invited to Windsor Castle for a 45-minute meeting with his mother, while speculation is growing that he will have to repay his plaintiff Virginia Roberts Giuffre. Read the full story.
2. Exclusive: Two parties on Downing Street as the Queen and State mourn the death of Prince Philip
Staff on Downing Street drank alcohol in the early hours of two outings the night before Prince Philip’s socially distant funeral, The Telegraph reports.
On Friday evening, 16 April 2021, the UK was in a period of public mourning. Union flags hung half of the hoists on Westminster government buildings in honor of the death of Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, last week. Read the full story.
3. Labor MP Barry Gardiner accepts £ 425,000 in Chinese spy donations
The Labor MP has accepted more than £ 425,000 in Chinese spy donations, it turned out on Thursday, prompting calls for an urgent investigation into her links to Westminster.
MI5 has issued a warning to MPs about interfering in the activities of Christine Lee, a Chinese citizen who donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to Barry Gardiner, a former shadow minister. 17 years ago, she began making financial contributions to British politics. Read the full story.
4. Keir Starmer has been described as an ‘absolute hypocrite’ because he drinks with staff during prison
Labor is facing its own “drink dispute” after conservatives have pointed out that Keir Starmer was portrayed drinking beer while the country was still under Covid’s restrictions.
As Boris Johnson is under increasing pressure over a series of rallies on Downing Street, the Labor leader on Wednesday claimed the public could see him “lying through his teeth”. Read the full story.
5. New rules for the suppression of adult migrants claiming to be children
Ministers will introduce new rules to exclude adult migrants who falsely claim to be children in order to increase their chances of asylum after the number of false applications has tripled.
Priti Patel, the interior minister, will issue new guidelines on Friday that will allow immigration officials to hit anyone who appears to be over the age of 18 who wants to pose as a child to quickly follow their request. Read the full story.