From Ethiopian girl band to Kenyans listening to toads… how staff at Dfid spent YOUR millions

Boris Johnson’s historic decision to abolish the standalone Department for International Development (Dfid) and roll its functions into the Foreign Office is long overdue.  Ever since David Cameron expanded Britain’s aid budget to 0.7 per cent of GDP, scandal after scandal has emerged about millions of pounds of hard-pressed UK taxpayers’ money being shovelled into dubious … Read more

Emily Sheffield following George Osborne into the Evening Standard editor’s chair

David Cameron‘s sister-in-law Emily Sheffield will take over from George Osborne as editor of the Evening Standard, it was announced today. The former Tory chancellor stepped down after three years to become the editor-in-chief of the London free newspaper instead. Former deputy editor of Vogue Ms Sheffield – who has never shied away from airing her own political views … Read more

ANDREW PIERCE: Boris Johnson is every inch a hero to David Cameron’s rich pal

ANDREW PIERCE: Boris Johnson is every inch a hero to David Cameron’s rich pal By Andrew Pierce for the Daily Mail Published: 01:47 BST, 1 June 2020 | Updated: 02:13 BST, 1 June 2020 After refusing to sack Dominic Cummings for allegedly breaking lockdown rules, Boris Johnson appears to have lost the support of a … Read more

NHS test and trace tsar Dido Harding is on board of Cheltenham Festival

There is growing fury over the decision to hand control of the NHS‘ Track and Trace programme to a Tory MP’s wife also on the executive horseracing committee that allowed 260,000 people to attend the Cheltenham Festival days before lockdown began. Dido Harding sits on the board of the Jockey Club, the organisers of the world-famous horse … Read more

Ex jockey and TalkTalk CEO during £80m cyber attack who will lead UK’s test and trace scheme

The former chief executive of TalkTalk, who was at the helm of the company when it was hit by an £80 million cyber attack in 2015, will lead the UK’s test and trace scheme to tackle the coronavirus, set to launch tomorrow.  Baroness Dido Harding of Winscombe, 53, was raised on a Somerset pig farm … Read more

HENRY DEEDES: Keir Starmer’s tribute was surprisingly decent… then he started babbling on

Rarely do tributes between political opponents extend beyond leaden platitudes.  Before yesterday, the most sincere words of support I’ve heard between party leaders came after David Cameron’s son Ivan died aged six, prompting Gordon Brown to address the House.  Watching the hitherto emotionally impregnable Brown, whose own daughter died as a baby, shattered with grief … Read more

Boris Johnson baby: What he and Carrie Symonds can learn from David Cameron and Tony Blair

With the birth of his son in the early hours of this morning, Boris Johnson becomes only the fourth Prime Minister in 150 years to welcome a baby to Downing Street.  His fiancée Carrie Symonds, 32, is thought to be still in the NHS London hospital where she gave birth but will soon return to … Read more