UK Tuesday morning press briefing: The Telegraph’s main headlines of the day
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1. Strengthen the powers of magistrates to incarcerate criminals and reduce the backlog
Magistrates must be empowered to jail criminals for up to a year in a bid to eliminate delays in the biggest change to the system in 140 years.
Dominic Raab, the Justice Secretary, has announced that the prison terms magistrates can impose will double from the current maximum of six months, allowing them to try more serious offenses of assault, burglary, theft and fraud. Read the full story.
2. The NHS will start firing unvaccinated staff early next month
The NHS will start firing staff who have not had a Covid vaccine for just over two weeks, new guidelines reveal.
All frontline staff must have received two injections by April 1, which means the first dose must have been given by February 3. More than 80,000 – 6% of the workforce – are still unvaccinated despite repeated efforts to boost uptake. Read the full story.
3. Don’t shirk responsibility for No 10 parties, minister says in veiled swipe at Boris Johnson
The prime minister ‘should set the highest standards’, a minister said as he warned that allegations that Number 10 parties were breaking the rules had damaged trust in the government.
George Freeman told a voter that those in power ‘should not seek to evade responsibility or public accountability’, in comments that could be seen as a veiled criticism of Boris Johnson. Read the full story.
4. A man charged with manslaughter after the death of a 5-year-old British girl in the French Alps
A 40-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter after a five-year-old British girl was killed in a ‘high-speed’ skiing accident in Switzerland.
The man, who has not been identified, was charged Monday afternoon, just over 48 hours after the crash. Read the full story.
5. Princes Andrew and Harry will be denied the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal
The Dukes of York and Sussex will not receive Jubilee Medals like other members of the armed forces, it has been learned.
Having lost their honorary titles, the couple will no longer be eligible for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal, which will be awarded on February 6. Read the full story.
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