New Year’s Eve press briefing in the UK: top Telegraph headlines of the day

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1. Damehood to Head Chaos-Struck Covid Testing System in New Year’s Honors List

The NHS Test and Trace official has become a lady, despite the current chaos of coronavirus testing which threatens the return to work of the new year, as well as the start of the new school year.

Dr. Jenny Harries receives the title of Lady for Her Health Services in the New Year’s Honors List. Read the full story.

2. Tony Blair receives the title of knight on the New Year’s list of honors, 14 years after leaving Downing Street

Tony Blair was knighted 14 years after leaving Downing Street, following claims the delay prevented other former prime ministers from being honored.

Sir Tony has been named a Knight Companion of the Noblest Order of the Garter by Her Majesty, the oldest and oldest British Order of Chivalry. Read the full story.

3. Prince Andrew’s accuser, Virginia Giuffre, could make a statement on the victim’s impact on the conviction of Ghislaine Maxwell

Prince Andrew’s accuser could be among the alleged victims of Ghislaine Maxwell who is expected to make impact statements to a New York judge who will decide his sentence for sex trafficking, the Telegraph can reveal.

Sigrid McCawley, lawyer for several Maxwell accusers and former boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein, said women who did not testify at the federal trial would have the unusual opportunity to appear before Judge Alison Nathan. Read the full story.

4. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge post heartfelt photo as they wish their followers a happy new year

On Friday night, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posted a candid and invisible photo of themselves as they wished their Twitter followers a Happy New Year.

The affectionate image, taken by London photographer Alex Bramall, shows the couple shaking hands in their vehicle ahead of the James Bond premiere in September, both beaming from ear to ear. Read the full story.

5. I will go further and faster to make Brexit a success, says Boris Johnson on his birthday

Boris Johnson pledged to go “further and faster” to get the most out of Brexit in a message marking the first anniversary since the end of the UK-EU transition period.

Thousands of EU regulations were automatically incorporated into UK laws in January 2021 at the end of the period due to EU law (withdrawal). Read the full story.

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